Truth is stranger than fiction.
Here are seven travel factoids to help prove it:
Root for art: Since 1897, Mexico’s Night of the Radishes Festival (celebrated annually on December 23, notably in Oaxaca) has featured specimens up to 6.5 pounds each, carved into wildly imaginative sculptures of animals, religious figures, and royalty.
Fit to be tied: Men’s neckties are thought to have evolved from the jaunty red scarves worn by Croatian mercenaries during the 17th century’s Thirty Years’ War.
Hail yeah: The largest hailstone (as big as a cantaloupe) ever recorded fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
This piece, written by former National Geographic Traveler executive editor Paul Martin, first appeared in the magazine’s October 2014 issue.