The South American nation of Ecuador is named for the Equator, which runs right through it. Many South American nations are named for things that run through them: Colombia (Spanish for “Power Lines”), Brazil (Portuguese for “Old, Creepy-Ass Dirt Road”) and Chile (Spanish for “A General Sense Of Dread And Ennui”).
Here are a few facts about Ecuador. Write them down and keep them in your wallet at all times:
- Ecuador’s capital is Quito, which is also the name of the Mark brother no one talks about. Well, him and Zeppo. And Gummo. And Wojo.
- The tourism slogan for Ecuador is “Ecuador: We’re That Country Right Next To The One Where They Filmed ‘Romancing The Stone.’ You Remember ‘Romancing The Stone,’ Right? With Michael Douglas? And Kathleen Turner? No? Well. Screw You, Then.”
- Ecuador doesn’t have a national anthem, because the only thing that rhymes with “Ecuador” is “Schmecuador.”