Contacting faraway places with strange-sounding names has always been a top interest among hams. As DXers we may spend hours trying to make a 1 minute contact to add to our DXCC total. Occasionally, we’ll go to a world atlas to locate the place we have just worked, then return to combing the bands for the next rare DX contact. When conditions are poor, we might spend a bit more time researching more information in an atlas or encyclopedia, or on the Internet. When you investigate the geography, history and culture of the DX entities you contact, DXing takes on more meaning than just carving successive notches on your DXCC belt. This article will delve into the some fascinating facts and histories related to several DXCC entities, in the hope of whetting your interest in this aspect of DXing.