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Fun Facts about Fun Facts

Who doesn’t like fun facts? They are… well… fun. And factual. And for some reason they are popular.

Here on Quixo, we have of course, completely exploited them. We have Fun Facts About Spain, Fun Facts About Peru and even a tongue-in-cheek Fun Facts About Global Warming.

Early on we noticed that “fun facts” is a frequently searched phrase. But it has very little competition. There is a good reason for that. People searching for “fun facts” are not getting ready to spend money. So they aren’t worth anything to web publishers. They don’t generate ad clicks and they sure don’t sell product. But they are kinda like Top 10 lists — they are enticing to read and for some reason, even though they are always cheesy, people search for them.

Here is a Fun Fact about Fun Facts. They are absolutely tied to the school year. Check out this Fun Facts graph from Google Trends. I haven’t done any scientific research on this (yet) but I’m guessing kids need fun facts for reports. And teachers need fun facts for their lesson plans. And look, ‘animals’ and ‘geography’ follow the same pattern. Ooh, and check out the similar search trends for cliff notes, book report and bullies.

And here is another Fun Fact: Fun Facts do not pay off for webmasters. Before all you web content providers rush out to exploit this popular phrase, note that you won’t make any money off of it. Both the students and the teachers are searching, probably at the last minute for a class the next day. They aren’t about to spend money. They aren’t even gonna buy books because they don’t have time to get them delivered.

And one more Fun Fact about Fun Facts search trends. “Trivia” is much more popular than “Fun Facts.” And trivia and fun facts seem to trend inversely. I guess people are really into trivia during the holidays and slightly more into to it over the summer. And it must be more lucrative than fun facts — there is a lot of ad competition for that phrase in internet advertising programs like Google Adwords and Yahoo Search Marketing. I bet websites sell all kinds of books and games related to trivia.

So get ready for the Fun Facts season, here it comes. And remember, here at Quixo, when we offer you Fun Facts (and Top 10 lists), we know we are completely pandering. And we also know we won’t make a dime off them.

August 29th, 2007

Peru Earthquake Relief: How to Help

The folks here at Quixo have been busy communicating with friends in Peru about the devastating 8.0 earthquake that hit last Wednesday.  We’ll be posting some more travel information soon, but in the meantime, please help any way you can.  Donations to any organization with folks already on the ground there can make a difference.  These include the Red Cross, the Embassy of Peru, and many others, including many religious organizations.

(Our friends at the Peru Food blog have some moving pictures and more earthquake news.)

More very soon -CC

August 23rd, 2007

Packing List for a Vacation Trip to Peru

Catherine Criolla has provided another helpful entry on the Quixo Peru travel site. Her Peru Vacation Packing List is crafted to help plan for a two week trip to Peru with travel in the highlands and on the coast. The list focuses on travel between April and November with a supplemental list for Peru’s summer, December through March. The list has all you’ll need for you trip, plus luggage recommendations and a Kids packing list. Seems like a good list if you are looking for bon voyage gifts for any adventurers headed to South America.

1 comment July 30th, 2007

Peruvian Food Recipe: Lomo Saltado (gringa version)

We’ve been having a lot of fun with Quixo Peru and we’ve been getting a really nice response. The biggest surprise has been the huge demand for info on Peruvian food. We’ve been getting emails and requests and here is our first recipe: Lomo Saltado (gringa version). It is a mostly authentic peruvian recipe with plenty of background resources, tips for substitutions and variations. But our chef, Catherine Criolla, while she insists on authentic Peruvian aji chile and even lists an option to cover the dish with pisco (an alcohol drink from Peru) and ignite it, she just had to take a little gringa short cut. I was personally involved in the taste test and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, so here it is: Peruvian Cuisine: Lomo Saltado Recipe.

¡Buen provecho!

13 comments April 26th, 2007

Peru Animals, Plants & Natural history page updated

Our Quixo Peru Animals, Plants & Natural History page has been updated! Say you want to know where to find a llama, alpaca, vicuña or guanaco…. Or maybe you want to find the best reference books for bird watching in Peru and South America. And by the way did you know that in the highlands of Peru you might find a member of the chinchilla family that looks like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel? You guessed it, the vizacha.

Anyway, there’s a lot more, like info on dear, foxes, giant hummingbirds. And as always great book recommendations.

2 comments March 27th, 2007

Fun Facts About Peru added to Quixo Peru!

We just launched a new page — Fun Facts About Peru ! It has nice little nuggets about Incas, llamas, potatoes, the Andes and more. And, like the rest of the Quixo Peru travel guide, there are some really nice book recommendations so you can learn more. Two favorites are The Ancient Inca for kids and for adults The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming. There’s also a nice coffee table book and a book about potatoes. Really.
Also, the Traveling with Kids in Peru section was expanded to include a packing list! The packing list would be helpful for any trip with kids but has some advice specific to Peru. We recommend a bunch of kids clothes and backpacks from Lands’ End and I know it looks like we are just a big Lands’ End ad, but we really shop there, they really have great stuff and we think you’ll find something you can use.

8 comments March 1st, 2007

Things to Do in Peru

Things to Do in Peru — has a nice ring to it. It is also the newest page in our Quixo Peru travel guide. It really covers all the bases — Machu Picchu, beaches, animals, great food, dancing, music, archaeological trips and more. Many great books and guide books are recommended along the way. Yes, much of this is covered in depth in other sections of the Peru Guide, but this pulls it all together for a nice outline of the kinds of activities you should consider when traveling to Peru.

February 19th, 2007

Peru Adoption Page Added plus Book Recommendations

We’ve added a page to our Quixo Peru Special Interests section. It provides excellent background info and advice on adoptiong children from Peru: Adopting a Child from Peru.

Also, we’re calling a little more attention to the Learning About Peru Section (book recommendations) . These book recommendations are one of the strongest parts of the site! This is a great list of the essential guidebooks plus general and academic texts about Peru’s history and culture. Not to be missed!

1 comment January 29th, 2007

Quixo Peru Travel Guide

The Quixo Peru Travel Guide is now live! Our insider, Catherine Criolla offers opinionated tips and resources. Basically you get to peek into the resource folder of an archaeologist who frequently visits Peru and sometimes leads tours. There are tons of great, inspiring book recommendations as well.

Please share you experiences with us! We’d love to hear them.

12 comments January 9th, 2007

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