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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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  • Calle de los suspiros (the street of the sighs, pictured) in Colonia allegedly got its name from its past as a red-light district during colonial times.
  • Loango National Park is described as Africa’s Last Eden.
  • A part of the harbour in Rostock is usually called "Strand" (beach) by locals, even if there is no sand within sight.


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. Also, remember that 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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  • A small Pacific island (pictured), Nauru is the least visited country in the world.
  • The name of the Swedish province Småland translates to the small lands.
  • Omaha has many unique landmarks including the birth sites of Malcolm X and Gerald Ford.
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  • If you want to experience local specialties in a local atmosphere at low cost, street food is a great way to go (choripán pictured).
  • Kyrgyzstan has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia.
  • Trabzon was the longest surviving rump Byzantine state.
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  • The Pink Cliffs (pictured) in Heathcote emerged as a side effect of gold mining.
  • Sriharikota is famous as the home of India's only satellite launch center.
  • In Cartago, you can buy woodcraft made from roots of coffee plants.
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  • The Agostinho Neto Mausoleum (pictured) dedicated to the first President of Angola towers over the capital Luanda.
  • The word Bahamas is of Spanish origin and means Shallow Water.
  • Xian is the oldest surviving capital of ancient China.
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  • Akron hosts the yearly All-American Soap Box Derby (track pictured)
  • Museo Arqueologico Antonini in Nazca presents textiles made by ancient Nazca people, some of them intended for mummification of corpses.
  • Urfa is supposedly the birthplace of the Old Testament’s Abraham and Job.
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  • The beautiful Beaux-Arts Michigan Central Station (pictured) in Detroit stands as a perfect example of urban decay in America.
  • The Chinese dialect of Minnan is known by several different names.
  • Over the course of centuries, the Netherlands has gained a reputation for tolerance and progressivism.
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  • Gullfoss (pictured) is the highest volume waterfall in Europe.
  • Alto do Moura in Caruaru is recognized by UNESCO as the largest center for figurative arts in the Americas.
  • Swaziland's absolute monarchy is one of the oldest in Africa.
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  • The island of Capri (pictured) was already a celebrated coastal resort during the Roman Empire.
  • Though mostly a diving destination, recently more and more non-divers have discovered the beauty of Ko Tao.
  • One highlight for travellers in Roseau is the Saturday morning market where you can buy fresh fruits, seafood, spices and snacks.
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  • Air Koryo, the flag carrier of North Korea (plane pictured), has the dubious distinction of being the only 1-star airline (worst) on Skytrax' list.
  • Geneva is one of the world's major centers of international diplomacy.
  • Culver City is steeped in the history of filmmaking.
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  • Ironbridge is indeed home to the world's first iron bridge (pictured).
  • In Ho Chi Minh City motorbike taxis are known as xe ôm, which literally translates to hug-vehicle.
  • A popular sight in Vieques is the Bioluminescent Bay with its micro-organisms that light up in a blue-green glow whenever there is movement in the water.
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  • Judd mat gaardebounen (pictured), or smoked neck of pork served with boiled broad beans, is the unofficial national dish of Luxembourg.
  • Settled in 1607, Richmond is one of the oldest cities in the United States.
  • Most unusually for a Japanese city, Sapporo is logically organized thanks to its strict grid system.
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  • Lola ya Bonobo in Kinshasa is the world's only sanctuary for orphaned bonobos (pictured).
  • With Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens, Melbourne is regarded as Australia's cultural capital.
  • The land around Vaasa is rising from the sea due to post-glacial rebound.
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  • The 12th century Dhakeshwari Temple (pictured) in Old Dhaka is the National Temple of Bangladesh.
  • Larissa is one of the oldest settlements in Greece, with artifacts uncovered dating back to at least the Neolithic period (6,000 BC).
  • Strictly speaking, you are required to carry a breathalyser when driving in France.
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  • Chivito al pan (pictured) is the hamburger's Uruguayan relative.
  • Unlike other common tropical diseases, there's no preventive vaccination against dengue fever - you can only avoid mosquito bites.
  • Daytona Beach is certainly dominated by motorsports: Even the boulevard passing by its racetrack was renamed "International Speedway Boulevard".
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  • The Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore is home to the original Singapore Sling (pictured).
  • The virgin Komi forests in the Komi Republic are the largest virgin forests in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • At Sharjah Desert Park, visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert
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  • Longyearbyen (pictured) is generally regarded as the northernmost town in the world.
  • At the Monetary Museum in Brasilia, you can see the biggest gold nugget ever found in Brazil.
  • Brasov provides a mix of wonderful mountain scenery and medieval history.
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  • Gyeongju is possibly the foremost location in Korea where ancient buildings, burial grounds and artifacts can be found (Bulguksa Temple pictured).
  • Reykjavík has a museum dedicated to phallology.
  • Kaolack has one of the biggest covered markets in West Africa.
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  • Almost 7000m high, Aconcagua (pictured) is the highest mountain outside Asia.
  • The ruins of the ancient city of Smyrna now make up the İzmir Agora Open Air Museum.
  • One attraction at the Dream Mall in Kaohsiung is the Hello Kitty ferris wheel on its roof.
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  • Chicago's Far Northwest Side is a great place to sample sausages (pictured) and other Polish products.
  • The Great Glen Way walking path takes you past Loch Ness, where you can scan the waters for the Loch Ness Monster.
  • In Osaka, you can visit an instant ramen museum.
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  • Tromostovje, The Triple Bridge (pictured), in Ljubljana consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another.
  • A typical souvenir to buy in Myanmar is the longyi, a type of sarong.
  • Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the world.
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  • Kaiping is famous for a number of small villages and small houses (pictured) that were built in mixed eastern and western style by overseas Chinese at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras is known as the biggest free party on earth.
  • Saariselkä boasts Europe’s northernmost Spa.
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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.


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: