10. Gravity Hill - Various Locations
Claim To Fame: Gravity hills appear to defy the laws of physics
There are, in fact, hundreds around the world. When you park your car at the foot of a gravity hill (also sometimes called Magnetic hills or Mystery hills), the car will appear to roll up the hill - not down. The reason for this is an optical illusion caused by the surrounding environment.

9. Ebenezer Place
- Scotland
Claim To Fame: World’s Shortest street
Ebenezer Place is the shortest street in the world, measuring just 2.06 meters (6.8 ft). There is just one house on the street, number 1 Ebenezer Place which was built in 1883. The building is a hotel (Mackays) and the owner was instructed to paint a street name on its shortest side. It was officially declared a street in 1887.


8. Pan-American Highway - The Americas
Claim To Fame: World’s longest road
The Pan-American Highway is the longest motoring road in the world. The Pan-American highway links the mainland nations of the Americas and is an amazing 48,000 kilometers (29,800 miles) long. The highway passes through 15 nations, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and El Salvador.



7. Parliament Street
- England
Claim To Fame: World’s narrowest street
Parliament Street is in Exeter, England. It is the narrowest street in the world, measuring less than 0.64m (25″) at its narrowest point. It was originally called Small Street but was renamed when parliament passed an act of law that expanded the representation of the people in the house of commons. The street dates from the 1300s and it is 50 meters long.



6. Road To Giza
- Egypt
Claim To Fame: World’s oldest paved road
The Road to Giza is the world’s oldest known paved road. The road is over 4,600 years old and is six and a half feet wide. It covered a distance of seven and a half miles - connecting the quarries to the Southwest of Cairo, to the quay on Lake Moeris which connected to the Nile.


5. 9 de Julio Avenue - Argentina
Claim To Fame: World’s widest street
It has six lanes in each direction and it spans an entire city block. There is a single building that sits on the Avenue (the former Ministry of Communications building) but there are many famous landmarks along the side - such as the old French Embassy, a statue of Don Quixote, and the famous obelisk (visible in the picture above) and Plaza de la Rep├║blica.


4. Lombard Street - United States
Claim To Fame: World’s crookedest street
Lombard Street in San Francisco is famous for its bizarre hair-pin turns. There are eight of the turns (called switchbacks) and the street is known as the “crookedest street in the world”. The turns were added because the street would have been too steep for most vehicles (though it would still be less steep than the street in item 1). The twisting section of Lombard Street is now one way - in order to make it safer and there is a parking ban in place.



3. The Magic Roundabout
- England
Claim To Fame: World’s worst roundabout
The roundabout is a real roundabout in Swindon, England. It was built in 1972 and it includes 5 other smaller roundabouts. To make matters worse, you must travel anti-clockwise (the reverse of the normal situation on British roundabouts) when you enter the smaller central roundabout. The Swindon Junction has been voted the worst junction in Great Britain.


2. Savoy Court
- England
Claim To Fame: Only street in Britain where you must drive on the right
As we all know that the British drive on the left (unlike Europe and the United States). But there is one exception to this rule: Savoy Court is the only street in Britain where cars must legally drive on the right. Apparently this dates back to the old Hackney Cabs - by driving on the right, the driver was able to open the backdoor without leaving the cab, allowing the passengers to alight on the sidewalk.



1. Steepest Street
- New Zealand
Claim To Fame: Steepest street in the world
Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand boasts the steepest street. This street (and many others in New Zealand) were designed by British town planners who had never been to the country. They simply overlaid a grid pattern on the map and had no idea that they had made impossible or ridiculous design choices. The slope on Baldwin street has a 35% grade. The road is so steep that at the top it is made of concrete because the usual road surfacing material used in New Zealand (asphalt) would slide down the street in hot weather.
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