Lucas’s Astounding Facts

Hello blog readers,

I hope you enjoy reading my new and interesting facts. Please leave a comment or maybe tell me your interesting facts. I will add to this page with more ideas, so please take another look when you next visit our blog.


Updated: 08/07/2014

Fact 1: When you remove the Kings, Queens, Jacks and Joker cards from a deck of cards, then add the remaining card values together – it totals 220!

Fact 2: All the signage is made by hand in Lao, not by machine. I have watched several being made.


Fact 3: We have invented a category system for Laos Tuk Tuk’s. The categories we have come up with are 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A and 4B. The number refers to the number of wheels on the vehicle. The letters refer to the different types of body. We don’t see 4B’s much because they are usually seen in the mountains. I will try to get some pictures around town to show you. The C in the term 3C stands for customised body work.

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Fact 4: The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km², discharging 457 km³ of water annually. (Wikipedia)

Fact 5: Most of the motorbikes in Luang Prabang are Honda Waves.

Fact 6: The e-rickshaws in New Delhi are in a grey area in regards to the law. That’s because these rickshaws are registered as electric vehicles running on 250 watt motors and hence are non-motorized transport beyond the ambit of the Delhi Motor Vehicles Act. But because they run on elelctricity they do not release fumes, are quiet and are eco-friendly.

Fact 7: The word Byzantium besides being the ancient name of Istanbul, Turkey is also the name of a modern colour – a dark tone of Purple.

Fact 8: Albert Einstein, the most recognised scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm. He married his cousin.

Fact 9: There is a law in Switzerland stating that local governments must provide nuclear shelter space for all citizens.

Fact 10: No proper restaurant in France will serve ice in your water. Most of the time, the water will be either room-temperature or slightly chilly, but never cold.

Fact 11: Belgium has more comic book creators per square kilometre than any other country in the world.


  1. Your observations are very astute, most accurate and well photographed. We both are very proud of you Lucas. Your loving Uncle Paul-John and Grandma who is missing you.xoxo..


  2. Dear Lucas, I have enjoyed reading your page, and seeing the classification system you have for tuk tuks, When I have travelled in SE Asia I have always been astounded at the numerous varieties of them. And they are mostly so beautiful. Vehicles in the UK (where I live) and Australia aren’t even halfway as attractive as tuk tuks! I see that Reuben has drawn a tuk tuk. Is it a 3C?


    • Hi Briony,

      Thank you for looking at my page.

      Technically the tuk tuk on Reuben’s page is a ‘3A’ because the windscreen turns with the handlebars and front wheel like a motorbike.

      A 3C means it has a fixed front windscreen and customised body work at the back.

      From Lucas 🙂


  3. Dear Lucas and Reuben, I hope you remember me and my friends met you in Massori (india). We really had a very good time with nice Vodka and awesome weather.
    Hope to see you again in India.


  4. I have just read all your recent special facts. Very interesting Lucas. I am so looking forward to seeing you and hearing in person what you have done, specially in Paris, my favourite city. Love from Nanna


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