Formal Thai
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Bangkok’s full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

It means “the city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous royal palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”

Twice Around Noah’s Ark

A race among all the world’s creatures would show some surprising results. Top speeds:

  • Tortoise: 0.23 mph
  • Sea trout: 15 mph
  • Dragonfly: 18 mph
  • Human sprinter: 22 mph
  • African elephant: 25 mph
  • Cat: 30 mph
  • Racehorse: 43 mph
  • Ostrich: 45 mph
  • Bluefin tuna: 46 mph
  • Racing pigeon: 53 mph
  • Pronghorn: 55 mph
  • Cheetah: 62 mph
  • Mallard: 65 mph
  • Sailfish: 68 mph

The winner would be the peregrine falcon, which has been clocked in level flight at 217 mph.