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The Discover page is about strange but true trivia about destinations around the world. You can contribute and add or edit future facts to the list. Previously displayed facts:

March 2015[edit]

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  • No visit to Montreal is complete without at least one plate of poutine (pictured).
  • The most westernly and remote McDonald's in the world can be found in central Apia.
  • Zhuhai is known as a tourist destination for Chinese nationals, and as playground for Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan businessmen.
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  • Paarl is famous for having one of the world's largest rock outcrops, the Paarl Rock (pictured).
  • Want to visit a French fries museum? Head to Bruges!
  • Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.
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  • The geographic South Pole marker (pictured) is moved every year to account for the shifting ice.
  • It is said that St. Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available in an American city.
  • One thing not to miss while in Çanakkale is bomba, which is the usual döner in half a bread plus an omelette added in.
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  • An island in the Ao Phang Nga National Park is known as the James Bond Island (pictured).
  • Bolzano’s archaeology museum is famous worldwide as the home of the alpine iceman "Ötzi".
  • The Marine Tower in Yokohama is the largest onland lighthouse in the world.
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  • Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples (pictured).
  • Because of the first downtown pedestrian mall in America, Kalamazoo got the nickname "the Mall City" in 1959.
  • Wells is the smallest city in England, with a population of around 10,000.
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  • The urban rail network of Seoul (subway car pictured) is huge with a combined track length of almost 1,000 km and it also boasts the highest ridership number.
  • Due to its country music image, Nashville is sometimes called “"Music City, USA”.
  • Chile is among the longest countries in the world with several climate zones and types of nature.
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  • Central Yerevan (pictured) is a true jewel of early Soviet architecture.
  • Borås used to be the centre of the Swedish textile industry, and is still well known for having many shops that sell high-quality textiles at low prices.
  • A hideaway from pirate attacks, Corfu’s Old Perithia has views to, but cannot be seen, from the sea.
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  • Newcastle has Australia’s oldest sea port (pictured).
  • A local delicacy in Matabeleland are sundried mopani worms.
  • Port Augusta is known as the crossroads of Australia, as it is situated where the country's main north-south and east-west roads cross.
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  • Burj Khalifa (pictured) in Dubai is the world's tallest building by far.
  • Newquay is known as the surf capital of Great Britain.
  • Hornindal Lake near Stryn is believed to be the deepest lake in Europe.
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  • The Stuart Highway (pictured) known as "the Explorer's Way" is a highway running north to south through the middle of Australia.


February 2015[edit]

  • The Italian town of Bra is home to the Slow Food movement and the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
  • Each Friday morning a historical event is re-enacted in the Moro Naaba palace in Ouagadougou.
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  • Nidaros cathedral (pictured) in Trondheim was supposedly built over the grave of St Olav, Norway's patron saint and "eternal king".
  • Polish is unique in that it retains the nasal sounds lost in other Slavic languages and uses an unique diacritic mark.
  • The names Uluru (pictured) and Kata Tjuta come from the local Anangu people and respectively mean "Earth Mother" and "Many Heads".
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  • The names Uluru (pictured) and Kata Tjuta come from the local Anangu people and respectively mean "Earth Mother" and "Many Heads".
  • Eight places in the old Japanese capital Nara have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including five Buddhist temples, one Shinto shrine, an imperial palace and a primeval forest.
  • Svalbard is bound to a treaty that stipulates that any sign of human presence from before 1946 must remain untouched, including loose objects.
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  • Baiyoke Tower II (pictured) in Pratunam in Bangkok is the tallest tower in Thailand.
  • The Dutch are among the largest coffee drinkers in the world.
  • In rural British Columbia you can still hear slang terms from the Chinook Jargon pidgin language.
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  • Xijiang (pictured) bears the title "thousand household village" and is known as the largest Miao village in China.
  • Kourou used to be part of a penal colony for the worst criminals in France.
  • Owensboro is known for burgoo, a traditional stew originally made with squirrel or venison, but now made with mutton, chicken, beef and vegetables.
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  • The striking cone-shaped peaks Large and Small Piton (pictured) on Saint Lucia constitute one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean.
  • There are around 200 million Portuguese native speakers, the vast majority in Brazil.
  • In Karratha you can sleep in the local mining accommodation villages.
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  • The Hurtigruten ferry line (M/S Polarlys pictured) along Norway's jagged coastline is sometimes called the world's most beautiful sea voyage.
  • In Frankfort (Kentucky) you can take a tour in the Rebecca Ruth candy factory where the Bourbon ball candy was invented.
  • Kolkata is called the City of Joy.
  • There are 174 ASI Protected monuments in the Indian capital of Delhi.
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  • In the winter when the ice is strong enough it is possible to drive to the island (pictured) of Hailuoto without taking the ferry.
  • Akaroa was the only French settlement in New Zealand and the French heritage remains in form of names of streets and businesses.
  • Samarkand literally means “stone fort” or “rock town”.
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  • With a façade from around the year 1700, the city hall (pictured) is one of the most prominent buildings on the market square of Roermond.
  • Bangalore is the major centre of India's IT industry popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India.
  • Hokkaido is home to Japan's native Ainu people.
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  • Meteora consists of a number of rock pinnacles topped with a total of 24 monasteries (Megalou Meterou pictured).
  • A certain rum made on Grenada has an alcohol content of 75%, making it illegal to take home to many countries, at least on flights.


January 2015[edit]

  • Venice is the world's only pedestrian city.
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  • In Baalbek you can visit great ancient temples (pictured) built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations.
  • Possibly the premier zoo in North America, the San Diego Zoo encompasses over 100 acres of displays and habitats.
  • The Forbidden Island near Saipan was allegedly once occupied by evil spirits but is now a bird sanctuary.
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  • German architecture (pictured) and the world’s second largest Oktoberfest are examples of the strong German heritage of Blumenau in Brazil.
  • Kansas derives from the Sioux language meaning "People of the South Wind".
  • Ko Tao was once a detention site for political prisoners, but today it is a great place for divers.
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  • In Ushuaia you can ride the train to the end of the world (pictured).
  • The name of the city of Kotka translates to “eagle”.
  • Saint Martin is one of the smallest land masses that is divided between two countries.
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  • Roskilde hosts a viking museum with several original viking ships (pictured).
  • In 2004, Edinburgh became the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was designated a City of Literature.
  • Nuclear tourism is travel to places connected with nuclear research and technology.
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  • Mt. Warning (pictured) is the world's largest extinct shield volcano.
  • Labrador is home to the largest herds of Caribou in the world.
  • Though it never was buried by a volcano, Jerash is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the "Pompeii of the Middle East”.
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  • Saint-Denis (pictured) is the largest city in all of the French Overseas Departments.
  • The Bavarian village of Aufsess holds the record for most beer breweries per capita.
  • Calico museum of textiles in Ahmedabad is regarded as one of the finest textile museums in the world.
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  • The Gateway Arch (pictured) in St. Louis is the world’s tallest national monument.
  • Because of numerous festivals, the Philippines is often dubbed "The Fiesta Islands".
  • The New World Afro-Diasporic customs of Vodou are widely practiced in Haiti.
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  • Jakarta has a large number of giant, glittering malls (Grand Indonesia pictured), well above expectations for newcomers.
  • Boat building traditions are kept alive at the Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn's eastern harbour.
  • Uliastai used to be a provincial capital of the Manchu Empire and is one of the three oldest settlements in Mongolia.
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  • Cimetière du Père Lachaise (pictured) in Paris is probably the most visited graveyard in any Western city.
  • Capurganá is surrounded on three sides by dense jungle and no roads lead to it.
  • The islands of the Indian Ocean are a varied collection, including many of the smallest territories and one of the largest island nations (Madagascar).
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  • The world's first grain elevator was built at Buffalo Harbor (marker sign pictured) in 1842.
  • Saariselkä boasts Europe’s northernmost Spa.
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras is known as the biggest free party on earth.


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