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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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  • Founded over 2000 years ago as Noviodunum, the Roman museum and ruins are among the prime sights of Nyon.
  • Wrangel Island is known for its rare Arctic tundra bio-system. (pictured)
  • Not just famous for polar bears, Churchill is also known as the Beluga Capital of the World.
  • 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).

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  • The world's first grain elevator was built at Buffalo Harbor (marker sign pictured) in 1842.
  • The islands of the Indian Ocean are a varied collection, including many of the smallest territories and one of the largest island nations (Madagascar).
  • Capurganá is surrounded on three sides by dense jungle and no roads lead to it.
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  • Cimetière du Père Lachaise (pictured) in Paris is probably the most visited graveyard in any Western city.
  • Uliastai used to be a provincial capital of the Manchu Empire and is one of the three oldest settlements in Mongolia.
  • Boat building traditions are kept alive at the Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn's eastern harbour.
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  • Jakarta has a large number of giant, glittering malls (Grand Indonesia pictured), well above expectations for newcomers.
  • The New World Afro-Diasporic customs of Vodou are widely practiced in Haiti.
  • Because of numerous festivals the Philippines is often dubbed as "The Fiesta Islands”.
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  • Gateway arch (pictured) in St. Louis is the world’s tallest national monument.
  • Calico museum of textiles in Ahmedabad is regarded as one of the finest textile museums in the world.
  • The Bavarian village of Aufsess holds the record for most beer breweries per capita.
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  • Saint-Denis (pictured) is the largest city in all of the French Overseas Departments.
  • Though it never was buried by a volcano, Jerash is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the "Pompeii of the Middle East”.
  • Labrador is home to the largest herds of Caribou in the world.
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  • Roskilde hosts a viking museum with several original viking ships (pictured).
  • Saint Martin is one of the smallest land masses that is divided between two countries.
  • The name of the city of Kotka translates to “eagle”.
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  • In Ushuaia you can ride the train to the end of the world (pictured).
  • Ko Tao was once a detention site for political prisoners, but today it is a great place for divers.
  • Kansas derives from the Sioux language meaning "People of the South Wind".
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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.
  • The Forbidden Island near Saipan was allegedly once occupied by evil spirits but is now a bird sanctuary.
  • Possibly the premier zoo in North America, the San Diego Zoo encompasses over 100 acres of displays and habitats.
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  • In Baalbek you can visit great ancient temples (pictured) built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations.
  • Venice is the world's only pedestrian city.
  • 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.
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  • Meteora consists of a number of rock pinnacles topped with a total of 24 monasteries (Megalou Meterou pictured).
  • Hokkaido is home to Japan's native Ainu people.
  • Bangalore is the major centre of India's IT industry popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India.
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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.
  • Samarkand literally means “stone fort” or “rock town”.
  • Akaroa was the only French settlement in New Zealand and the French heritage remains in form of names of streets and businesses.
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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.
  • Kolkata is called the City of Joy.
  • in Frankfort (Kentucky) you can take a tour in the candy factory of Rebecca-Ruth known as Originators of Bourbon Candy.
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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 Karratha you can sleep in the local mining accommodation villages.
  • There are around 200 million Portuguese native speakers, the vast majority in Brazil.
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  • The striking cone-shaped peaks Large and Small Piton (pictured) on Saint Lucia are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean.
  • Owensboro is known for burgoo a traditional stew originally made with squirrel or venison, but now made with mutton, chicken, beef and vegetables.
  • Kourou used to be part of a penal colony for the worst criminals in France.
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  • Xijiang (pictured) bears the title "thousand household village" and is known as the largest Miao village in China.
  • In rural British Columbia you can still hear slang terms from the Chinook Jargon pidgin language.
  • The Dutch are among the largest coffee drinkers in the world.
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  • Baiyoke Tower II (pictured) in Pratunam in Bangkok is the tallest tower in Thailand.
  • Svalbard is bound to a treaty that stipulates that any sign of human presence from before 1946 must remain untouched, including loose objects.
  • 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.
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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".
  • Polish is unique in that it retains the nasal sounds lost in other Slavic languages and uses an unique diacritic mark.
  • Georgia was named after Great Britain's King George II and was the last of the 13 original U.S. colonies.
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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".
  • Each Friday morning a historical event is re-enacted in the Moro Naaba palace in Ouagadougou.
  • The Italian town of Bra is home to the Slow Food movement and the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
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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.
  • Hornindal Lake near Stryn is believed to be the deepest lake in Europe.
  • Newquay is known as the surf capital of Great Britain.
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  • Burj Khalifa (pictured) in Dubai is the world's tallest building by far.
  • 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.
  • A local delicacy in Matabeleland are sundried mopani worms.
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  • Newcastle has Australia’s oldest sea port (pictured).
  • A hideaway from pirate attacks, Corfu’s Old Perithia has views to, but cannot be seen, from the sea.
  • 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.
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  • Central Yerevan (pictured) is a true jewel of early Soviet architecture.
  • Chile is among the longest countries in the world with several climate zones and types of nature.
  • Due to its country music image, Nashville is sometimes called “"Music City, USA”.
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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.
  • Wells is the smallest city in England, with a population of around 10,000.
  • Because of the first downtown pedestrian mall in America, Kalamazoo got the nickname "the Mall City" in 1959.
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  • Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples (pictured).
  • The Marine Tower in Yokohama is the largest onland lighthouse in the world.
  • Bolzano’s archaeology museum is famous worldwide as the home of the alpine iceman "Ötzi".
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  • An island in the Ao Phang Nga National Park is known as the James Bond Island (pictured).
  • One thing not to miss while in Çanakkale is bomba, which is the usual döner in half a bread plus an omelette added in.
  • It is said that St. Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available in an American city.
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  • The geographic South Pole marker (pictured) is moved every year to account for the shifting ice.
  • Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.
  • Want to visit a French fries museum? Head to Bruges!
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  • Paarl is famous for having one of the world's largest rock outcrops, the Paarl Rock (pictured).
  • Zhuhai is known as a tourist destination for Chinese nationals, and as playground for Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan businessmen.
  • The most westernly and remote McDonalds in the world can be found in central Apia.
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  • No visit to Montreal is complete without at least one plate of poutine (pictured).
  • Okayama is known as the "Land of Sunshine".
  • The Sundbåt ferry in Kristiansund is world's oldest public transport line in continuous operation.
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  • Ljubljana (pictured) is noted as one of the greenest capitals in Europe.
  • Freak street is a street in central Kathmandu, formerly popular among western hippies.
  • Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World.
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  • The small farming town of Hyden is justifiably overshadowed by its better known attraction, Wave Rock (pictured).
  • Orson Welles filmed part of his Othello in Essaouira; west of the medina there's a square named after him.
  • According to the World Meteorological Organization, Bangkok is the world's hottest city.
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  • If you take the Jambo Kenya Deluxe train (pictured) from Nairobi to Mombasa you may see wildlife up close.
  • The Monument of Bulgarian-Soviet friendship is a concrete behemoth that overlooks Varna from Turna hill, mostly abandoned nowadays.
  • Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world.
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  • The Temple Square (pictured) in Salt Lake City, including the headquarters of the LDS church is the most visited tourist site in Utah.
  • The capital of Japan for over a millennium, Kyoto carries a reputation as its most beautiful city.
  • Saba is so safe that some hotels do not have locks on their doors.
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  • Kazan (Kremlin pictured) holds the title of "The Third Capital of Russia”.
  • York is famous for giving its name to the city and state of New York in the United States.
  • Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan".
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  • Visitors to the Alamo (pictured) in San Antonio are often surprised by its small size.
  • Richman is a local street food specialty of Bratislava.
  • Many minority tribes live in the area surrounding Cao Bang, and their village markets make fascinating places to visit.
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  • Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in Europe, home to Iceland's highest mountain, largest glacier, and Europe's most powerful waterfall (pictured).
  • Reunion was originally known as the Isle de Bourbon.
  • Oaxaca is famous for at least two drinks: Mezcal and hot chocolate.
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  • No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one of its many pubs (pictured).
  • Greek has changed less in the last two thousand years than English has in the last five hundred.
  • Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar, though they still mint their own coins.
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  • The impressive 2nd century Roman theater (pictured) in Amman could seat up to 6,000 people.
  • In Sudan visitors are technically required to obtain a permit for photography of any kind.
  • Eupen is the capital of the German-speaking community of Belgium.
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  • Issyk Kul lake (pictured) is the second largest alpine lake in the world.
  • Umeå’s nickname is the "Town of Silver Birches".


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)
  • 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: