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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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  • 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.
  • Burj Khalifa (pictured) in Dubai is the world's tallest building by far.
  • Newquay is known as the surf capital of Great Britain.
  • 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).

  • Chongqing boasts the world's largest public restroom.
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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.
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  • Huanggoushu Waterfall (pictured) in Guizhou is the largest waterfall in China.
  • 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.
  • Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada, is the largest uninhabited island in the world although it does have a cemetery...the world's northernmost.
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  • The centrepiece of the Hiri Moale festival in Port Moresby is a race of up to 100 traditional Lakatoi canoes (pictured).
  • Dilijan is called the "Armenian Switzerland" due to the densely forested valleys and mountains with alpine meadows around.
  • Coiba used to be a penal colony for the Panama’s most dangerous criminals, nowadays it’s part of a national marine park.
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  • The D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station (pictured) in Lemmer is the largest steam-powered pumping station in the world that is still in operation.
  • The anchor of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince.
  • The town of Kristinestad, Finland has a road called Kattpiskargränden, which means Cat Spanker Alley.
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  • In Miyajima you can gaze upon the World's Largest Spatula (pictured) and eat a chocolate called “deer shit”.
  • Tennant Creek is known as the Territory’s heart of gold mainly due to the people, but also in reference to the gold mining history.
  • Devanagari writing is often likened to a washing line: a line is drawn above the words, and the letters are hung out to dry below the line.
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  • Temperatures in Eilat can be very high, but there’s still an ice rink (pictured) in the Ice Park Mall.
  • Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth.
  • Opened in 1770, Ouro Preto’s Teatro Municipal is the oldest functioning theater in South America.
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  • The Palmeral in Elche (pictured) is one of the world's largest palm groves and the only one in Europe.
  • Hebron in Northern Kentucky is home to the Creation Museum, which teaches the Book of Genesis as literal truth.
  • The name of the Japanese town of Shiojiri means "Salt Butt".
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  • Mount Tai (pictured) is the most climbed mountain in China and a sacred Daoist site.
  • Caernarfon is one of the best places in the world to hear a living Celtic language, with over 80% of the local population speaking Welsh.
  • Pyongyang boasts the world’s largest Arch of Triumph.
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  • Originally built to fend off slave traders, the world heritage listed Tatas (pictured) in Nadoba now serve as home to farm animals and various materials.
  • Mt. Angel recently built the largest glockenspiel in the United States. Also hosts a Bavarian-style "Oktoberfest" complete with traditional German bands every September
  • The Loire Valley is often referred to as "the Garden of France" and the Cradle of the French Language.
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  • St.Sophia’s cathedral in Kiev (pictured) has the world biggest ensemble of frescoes and mosaics dating from 11th century.
  • Fortaleza is known as the capital of hammocks.
  • Haridwar translates to Gateway to God and has been a centre of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries.
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  • Mammoth Cave National Park features over 392 miles of caves (pictured).
  • Due to the exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture Budapest is nicknamed "Paris of the East".
  • Kumbakonam is full of temples — every street, road, locality has a prominent temple.
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  • Rhodes City hosts the oldest inhabited medieval town (Avenue of the Knights pictured) in Europe.
  • The original capital of French Louisiana, Mobile is home to the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.
  • Ein Gedi National Park is considered the biggest and the most important oasis in Israel.
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  • Le Palais des Papes (pictured) in Avignon is the world's largest Gothic edifice.
  • The Kolyma Highway is one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
  • The main street of Chuy is also the border between Uruguay and Brazil.
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  • Thanks to the ferry (pictured) connection to the mainland, Devonport is nicknamed the Gateway to Tasmania.
  • People eat early in Bloemfontein - even by South African standards.
  • Budva is often called the "Montenegrin Miami”.
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  • Qingchengshan (front gate pictured) is one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China.
  • The town of Horyuji has grown around the eponymous temple of Horyuji, the "Temple of the Flourishing Law”, which is also the oldest surviving wooden structure in the world.
  • At the craft centre in Ségou you can to try your hand at creating your own traditional Bogoan clothes.
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  • Built by the Romans, Torre de Hércules in A Coruña is the oldest lighthouse in the world that is still in use.
  • Pforzheim is known as "Goldstadt" (Gold town) for its jewelry and watch-making industries.
  • Preah Vihear is perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of its surroundings.
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  • Grimeton VLF transmitter (pictured) near Varberg is the only workable machine transmitter in the world.
  • Lexington is home to hundreds of horse farms and nicknamed the Horse capital of America.
  • The name of ruins near Zeravshan, Sarazm, translates to “the beginning of the world”.
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  • The Bazaar of Tabriz (pictured) is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world.
  • Jeongdongjin station in Gangwon is the world's closest train station to the ocean.
  • Benin is the birthplace of Vodun (Voodoo) and to this day Vodun remains the official religion of the country.
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  • Þingvellir National Park (pictured) was home to the world's longest running Parliament.
  • Jaén is said to be the largest olive producing area in the world, producing 10% of the worlds olives.
  • There are no traffic lights in Mombasa and the traffic will likely appear chaotic to a westerner.
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  • On Saint Helena you can visit the Longwood House (pictured) where Napoleon died during his exile.
  • A special memory from Samoa is a traditional tattoo.
  • Gatwick Airport is the world's busiest single runway airport.
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  • Lake Assal (pictured) in Djibouti is the lowest point in Africa and the saltiest lake outside Antarctica.
  • Randengfo pagoda is the oldest and tallest pagoda in Beijing
  • The Magic Mountain theme park features 18 roller coasters, a world record.
  • Over 500 years old, the city of Tokyo was once the modest fishing village of Edo (江戸).
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  • In Adelaide you can ride one of the historic trams from the CBD to the historic beachside (pictured) suburb of Glenelg.
  • Rental houseboats are a good (if expensive) way of exploring the expanse of Shuswap Lake.
  • Valletta was named after its founder, the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette.
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  • In Colombo, getting around by Tri-shaw (pictured) is most convenient.
  • Manchester is the site of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station.
  • Matanzas is known as the City of Bridges for its many bridges on the city's three rivers.
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  • The ceiling of Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Pilar (pictured) in Zaragoza features works by several Spanish famous painters.
  • In Barnaul you can visit the Museum of Time.


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