Trivia books are strange things. I never feel drawn to reading them but if I happen to pick one up for a glance, I find myself still reading and saying inane things like, "noooooo"?¦" "really" "wow" "you don´t say" and "gaffawassspppiittcchwaaa" which is a combination of a laugh and a snort being involuntarily pushed out without awareness.
The latest book I have come across is "The Ultimate Book of Travel Trivia´ by journalist Nadine Godwin. There´s smoking titbits such as "Which airline was the first to prohibit smoking on every flight (way back in 1987)?´ or "At which hotel do you cross the Equator to get from the lobby to the restaurant?´ or how about "Who invented the rolling suitcases that everyone carries onto planes nowadays?´ I couldn´t go past "How much would it cost today to rebuild the Great Wall of China? (Answer is 155 billion).
Have to get back to it, I know there must be something about Mile High Clubs. More on www.traveltriviabook.com
Oh and the answer to the title question is: There are five "United States´ in the world — the United States of America, the United States of Brazil, the United States of Colombia, the United States of Indonesia, and the United States of Venezuela. We are not so exclusive after all?