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Criteria[edit]

  • Keep it short and snappy: no more than twenty words, please.
  • [[Link]] any place names.
  • '''Boldface''' the fact of interest.
  • The articles don't need to be perfect, but preference should be given to those with a status of "usable" or higher.
  • The article linked to must contain the fact in question.
  • Relevant images are optional but welcome, ideally once for every three facts. They should be placed above the fact in question, with the following formatting:
[[Image:imagename|right|100px|description]]
The interesting fact linked to this image goes here.

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  • It’s not allowed to import pork to Saudi Arabia, even for personal consumption.
  • Salar de Uyuni (pictured) is the world’s largest salt flat



All updates are performed manually. If it's been a few days, feel free to rotate in a new entry (don't forget to also add them to the Discover page).

Upcoming[edit]

Add your entries to the end of this list. Do not leave any space or other commentary between entries. However, feel free to rearrange the list, because geographic variety in what's displayed is good (e.g. if the next three items are all from Asia, it's good to intersperse something from Africa, Europe or the Americas).

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  • Diving into the Atlantic Ocean (pictured) is a popular activity in the Salthill district of Galway.
  • Bolivia is the most indegneous country in the Americas.
  • Unsurprisingly Space is the most exprensive travel destination.
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  • Milford Sound (pictured) was hailed as the Eight Wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling.
  • Beerenberg on Jan Mayen is the world’s northernmost active volcano.
  • In Kitakyushu you can walk between the islands of Kyushu and Honshu through an undersea tunnel.
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  • Mount Kilimanjaro (pictured) is the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
  • Since 1834 the American flag has continuously flown over Lafayettes tomb in Paris.
  • One of the Vatican City’s official languages is Latin.
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  • Formerly the Ala-Too square in Bishkek hosted a Lenin statue - nowadays an independence monument (pictured) stands there.
  • Casino Campestre in Camagüey is the largest urban park in Cuba.
  • Cherrapunji is credited as being the wettest place on Earth.


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  • Prora is home to the world’s largest hotel which however never got into use. (pictured)
  • Nearly half of the US population lives within a 500-mile radius of North Carolina.
  • Puerto Plata has a replica of the famous Christ statue of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • The cathedral (pictured) of Echmiadzin was founded in 301 and has been rebuilt and expanded for over 17 centuries.
  • Cairns is the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • In Rwanda plastic bags are banned - when entering the country your luggage is seached to make sure you aren’t bringing any!
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  • Unlike most temples in Korea - Yonggungsa (pictured) in Haeundae is located next to the ocean.
  • The Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is known for its Scandinavian heritage.
  • More than 40% of Venezuela is covered by protected areas.
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  • The Singaporean specialty chilli crab (pictured) is eaten by hand and the meal might leave you a bit messy.
  • A specialty of Tokaj is the Tokaj wine cream soup.
  • Cuiabá is a great place to stock up on boots, saddles and other Western gear.
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  • San Antonio (pictured) is located at the axis of three different geological terrains.
  • One third of Sheffield’s territory is rural national park land.
  • The official name of Bangkok is listed as the world’s longest location name by the Guinness Book of Records.
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  • For some unusual souvenirs in Lomé - go to the Fetish Market (pictured).
  • In some countries you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter - whether you’re coming from an endemic country or not.
  • Pisco, a hard alcohol made from fermented grapes, is the unofficial drink of the Easter Island.
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  • The open air museum of Kizhi shows wooden architecture (pictured) of the native people of the Karelia region.
  • El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America.
  • Malta boasts some of the world’s most ancient standing buildings.
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  • BMW fans visiting Munich should probably not miss BMW Welt (pictured) - an exhibition and museum complex dedicated to the car brand.
  • Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay is a recreation of the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade.
  • Malay can be written in two scripts - the Roman alphabet and the Arabic-derived script.
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  • One original piece of architecture in Pristina is the Library of the University (pictured) that looks like it’s built out of LEGO bricks.
  • At the glass bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk you can “walk above” Grand Canyon.
  • Yes - Ecuador is named after the Equator (which bisects the country).
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  • The mosque in Djenne (pictured) is the largest mudbrick building in the world.
  • Vyborg is one of the few places in Russia that can be visited visa free by visitors from all countries.
  • The Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam is full of Vietnam War relics.


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  • Puerta del Sol (pictured) in Madrid is where Kilometro Cero is located, the point where the measuring of the Spanish highway system begins.
  • The whole city of Arrow Rock, Missouri, is a National Historic Landmark.
  • Madeira are nicknamed the Islands of Eternal Spring.
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  • The elephant trunk hill (pictured) of Guilin has a large natural arch cut into it that looks like an elephant dipping into the river.
  • Grenoble is crossed by two rivers, the Drac and the Isère (“the lion and the serpent”).
  • Incheon hosts the only official Chinatown in South Korea.
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  • The Hindu temple (pictured) in Nadi is the largest in Oceania.
  • Many Bulgarians - contrary to most nationalities - shake their head for yes and nod for no.
  • Åre has the largest zipline park in Europe.
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  • The “Subway” (pictured) and Mystery Canyon are so popular destinations in the Zion National Park, that walk-in permits are alloted by a lottery.
  • Nicknamed the Imperial City, Guelph was named after a house that once ruled the Great Britain.
  • The Bio-Degbo near Monrovia is a rock formation shaped like a human face.
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  • Tianjin eye (pictured) is the world’s second largest ferris wheel.
  • Steeped in culture and history, the Chatham Islands are on the very edge of civilisation.
  • At the New City Hall in Hanover there are several miniatures depicting the city at different points in history.
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  • The “Mitad el Mundo” monument (pictured) outside Quito isn’t exactly at the Equator where it’s supposed to be but 240m away.
  • If you’re satisfied by just seeing the North Pole from a plane, it can be visited for less than €1000.
  • Death rates from altitude sickness above 7,000m (23,000ft) are estimated at 4% of all people who venture that high.
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  • Taupo is located next to Lake Taupo (pictured) which fills the caldera of one of the largest super-volcanoes in the world, in a still active geological region.
  • The Vatican is probably the only country without any accommodation.
  • Described as the “Hawaii of the Atlantic”, the surf on Gran Canaria can be incredible.
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  • The presidential palace (pictured) in Bissau was bombed out during the civil war, but is still standing, though now only inhabited by bats./pic/
  • A sight in the Mount Bandai region are the Five-Colored Ponds.
  • Once a thriving riverfront pioneer town, Old Sacramento now primarily exists as a living historic district.
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  • Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin (pictured) is a fortress that no enemy has ever taken.
  • The name the town of Varkaus translates to “theft”.
  • At the Presidental Palace Museum in Kigali you can get a glimpse of life as an African dictator in the 1970’s and 80’s.
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  • Tikal (Jaguar temple pictured) was the largest of Maya cities during the “Classic Era” over 1000 years ago.
  • A region of Bavaria can boast the highest brewery density in the world.
  • The Uro Islands in Lake Titicaca are floating islands, made of reed.


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  • Golestan (pictured) consists of 17 palaces and is the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran
  • At Oulu automobile museum you can see the largest car ever built in Scandinavia.
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is home to a "redemption booth" for the karmically challenged traveller.
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  • Over 300 elephants (pictured) live in Yankari National Park, the most visited destination in Nigeria.
  • Kayabukiya Tavern in Utsunomiya is a Japanese restaurant where guests are served by employed monkeys.
  • With a population of just over 8,000, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States.


On hold[edit]

The articles linked in from the entries below need to be improved before they're ready to go. Plunge forward, edit them, and move to the main queue. If you move trivia to this list, please provide a reason for doing so.

  • The small principality of Andorra is probably the only country in the world ruled by two princes: the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. (red-link article needs to be created and de-outlined)
  • All the houses in Piódão, Portugal have their doors painted in blue because that's the only ink the village shop had. (de-outline, fact does not appear in the article)
  • Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada, is the largest uninhabited island in the world although it does have a cemetery...the world's northernmost. (de-outline?)
  • The world's largest pool is located at San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo. (de-outline)
  • The anchor of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince. (must verify the anchor and museum were not destroyed in the earthquake—museum is half buried and so it was only moderately damaged per French Wikipedia) [1], should wait until it reopens before displaying)
  • The town of Kristinestad, Finland has a road called Kattpiskargränden, which means Cat Spanker Alley. (de-outline)
  • Hebron in Northern Kentucky is home to the Creation Museum, which teaches the Book of Genesis as literal truth. (de-outline)
  • The name of the Japanese town of Shiojiri means "Salt Butt". (de-outline)
  • Mt. Angel recently built the largest glockenspiel in the United States. Also hosts a Bavarian-style "Oktoberfest" complete with traditional German bands every September (de-outline, wait for September)
  • A street in Lancaster, California was modified for a Honda commercial so that all cars driving over it at 55 miles per hour would hear the William Tell Overture due to grooves cut in the road. (de-outline)
  • Taï National Park, in Cote d'Ivoire, contains the largest tropical rainforest in West Africa. (fact does not appear in any of the mentioned articles, and the Tai article itself is hardly even a stub)

The following calendar-related items are "ready-to-go" criteria-wise and should be moved to the main queue at a date appropriate to the trivia featured: