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Here we collaborate on future discover facts that are featured on the Main Page (and on the Discover page).

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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  • 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.
  • Venice is the world's only pedestrian city.
  • In Baalbek you can visit great ancient temples (pictured) built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations.
  • Updates are handled by a template found here. The box is updated daily and each Discover entry is displayed for three days.
  • If the box above is empty, it means that it has ran out of entries. If this happens you can add new entries from the nominations below.
  • If you are unsure about how it works, feel free to try out things in the Discover sandbox first.
  • Old Discoveries should not just be deleted but archived on the Discover page.

Nominations[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).

  • Nanjing is officially the safest city in China.
  • The 1940's neighborhood of Balhura in Belo Horizonte features some of the highlights of Brazil’s modern architecture.
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  • Mount Pico (pictured) in the Azores is Portugal’s tallest mountain.
  • Few caverns in the world approach the astounding wealth or the extent of those of Jeita.
  • Although not particularly high, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their majestic scenery of a unique kind.
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  • Palmyra (New York) claims to be the only community in the U.S. that has a four-corner intersection with a church at each one. (pictured)
  • Baleyara is known across West Africa for having one of the largest animal markets.
  • Tolbooth Street in Falkirk is the shortest street in the UK.
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  • Songthaew means "two rows" in Thai, and is the local name for vehicles (pictured) used both as minibuses and taxis in Thailand.
  • Patmos is one of the most religiously significant Greek Islands because it is where Saint John the Divine had its revelation and wrote the Apocalypse.
  • In Torshavn riding public buses is free.
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  • Niue is dotted with many caves (Avaiki cave pictured) and limestone arches.
  • Jermuk is full of Soviet hotels and sanatoriums, some of which have been renovated to high standards.
  • GR20 is often referred to as "the toughest long distance trail in Europe”.
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  • Dolomite, windmills (pictured) and the famous local home-brewed beer are the symbols of Saaremaa.
  • Bamako has only a few paved main roads despite being one of West Africa’s largest cities.
  • For its population of just under a million people, Hamamatsu is a uniquely international city.
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  • Portland Head Light (pictured) is regarded as one of the most scenic lighthouses in the U.S.
  • A Chinese proverb says: Heaven has paradise; Earth has Hangzhou and Suzhou.
  • San Marino is the sole survivor of the independent city states that used to make up the Italian peninsula.
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  • Jal Mahal (pictured) in Jaipur translates to Water Palace and is indeed located in the middle of a lake.
  • Guadeloupe is sometimes known as the Butterfly Island.
  • A specialty of Mongolia is home made vodka distilled from yoghurt or milk.
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  • Tampere is (in)famous for its black sausage — mustamakkara (pictured) — a sausage made of blood.
  • Tuareg sabres and knives are typical souvenirs to buy in Timbuktu.
  • The Ginza district is considered the high fashion center of Tokyo.
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  • Barbary Macaques (pictured) can be regarded as the signature animals of Gibraltar.
  • The Research Triangle in North Carolina is named after the multitude of research universities and high tech firms in the area.
  • The WW2 German U-boat base Dora 1 in Trondheim is today used as the city archive.
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  • The Zimbabwe museum of Human Sciences (pictured) in Harare was formerly known as the Queen Victoria Museum.
  • Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest cities in India, there are even references to the city in ancient Greek and Roman texts.
  • The name of the city of Nouadhibou translates to the place of the Jackal
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  • There are good views (pictured) of Caracas from the nearby mountain Avila.
  • Pinsk in Belarus has throughout the history been of great religious importance both for Christians and Jews.
  • Grand Cache hosts the yearly Canadian death race.
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  • The Taoist Temple (pictured) reflects the Chinese heritage of Cebu.
  • The archaeological site Joya de Ceren in La Libertad features a pre-Columbian Maya farming village preserved under volcanic ash and is known as the “Pompeii of the Americas”.
  • Maó harbour on Minorca, is the second largest natural deep water port in the world.
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  • Oregon’s state beaches are all public, allowing unfettered access to the shore with beautiful views (pictured).
  • Hobart is one of the most easily accessible places to view the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis.
  • Hyderabad was once the seat of the Nizam, the ruler of the largest and the most opulent "princely state”.
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  • Liverpool Cathedral (pictured) is one of the finest examples in the world of Gothic revival architecture.
  • With an average annual temperature of -1.3°C, Ulaanbaatar is the world’s coldest national capital.
  • ATOW1996 in Northern Greenland is currently considered the northernmost piece of permanent land on Earth.
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  • Louages (shared taxis, pictured) are ubiquitous in Tunisia.
  • The Bacardi Rum factory in San Juan is known as the “Catedral of Rum”.
  • The Magic Mountain theme park features 18 roller coasters, a world record.
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  • At the mud volcano (pictured) near Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk you can see fumaroles bubbling through the mud.
  • One foot of St.Peter’s statue in the Vatican City has been largely worn away by pilgrims kissing it over the centuries.
  • A rare, but still occuring pheonomenon in Mexico are mountain road stretches with left-hand traffic.
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  • The three Tang Dynasty pagodas (pictured) in Dali are some of the best preserved Buddhist structures in China.
  • The Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover (Delaware) is one of the only museums that is dedicated to airlift and air refueling.
  • Europe’s largest wild reindeer herds live in Hardangervidda.
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  • The old warehouse district Bricktown (pictured) in Oklahoma City is nowadays a restaurant and night club hot spot adjacent to downtown.
  • Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is one of the last refuges for the Chilean Huemul.
  • The Wire Tour is a grand tour of Baltimore, taking you past various important filming locations for the highly acclaimed HBO TV series, The Wire.
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  • The mosque of Chinguetti (pictured) includes what is believed to be the second oldest continuously used minaret in all of the Muslim world.
  • Route 62 can be regarded as the South African twin of the more famous Route 66.
  • Adventurous culinarists visiting Hanoi can try dog meat, various cobra foodstuffs and ca cuong, an extract from the giant water bug.
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  • Edinburgh Royal Botanical Garden boasts the tallest palm house (pictured) in the UK.
  • In Cairns you can see a replica of Duyfken, the first recorded European ship to visit Australia.
  • Haridwar translates to Gateway to God and has been a centre of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries.
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  • Estonia’s most famous ghost – the White Lady — supposedly haunts Haapsalu Castle (pictured).
  • Colorado is split down the middle north to south by the Rocky Mountains.
  • As the centre of a large pistachio-growing region, fresh pistachio is readily available in Gaziantep.
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  • The fort (pictured) at Ilha de Mozambique is likely the oldest surviving European building in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Urban decay and abandonment has given Gary the name “Pompeii of the Midwest”.
  • The two-minute flight between Papa Westray and Westray is the shortest scheduled flight in the world.
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  • The local train (pictured) network in Hyderabad known as the Multi-Modal Transport System.
  • At London’s South Bank you can visit the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening.
  • Fez is the medieval capital of Morocco, and a great city of high Islamic civilization.
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  • The Livonian Order Castle (pictured) in Ventspils is one of best preserved medieval fortresses in the world.
  • The Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City is a touristy relic of the old Gold Rush days
  • Delhi consists of more than 8 cities and also houses 174 monuments.


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)
  • 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 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 (wait for September)

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: