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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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  • Guadeloupe is sometimes known as the Butterfly Island.
  • Jal Mahal (pictured) in Jaipur translates to Water Palace and is indeed located in the middle of a lake.
  • San Marino is the sole survivor of the independent city states that used to make up the Italian peninsula.
  • 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).

  • 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 a modest fishing village named 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.
  • Pyongyang boasts the world’s largest Arch of Triumph.
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  • Malaysia is regarded as a mix of the modern world and a developing nation (Petronas towers pictured).
  • As the story goes, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) was founded on Christmas Eve and named after Jesus’ birth town mentioned in Christmas carols.
  • Shengo Hall in Addis Ababa is the world’s largest building that was pre-fabricated elsewhere than where it now stands.
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  • An attraction around Waitomo are caves that are lit up (pictured) by glowworms.
  • In Tortola and elsewhere on the British Virgin Islands, hallucinogenic mushrooms are legal.
  • Tipping can be perceived as an insult in certain countries.
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  • An iconic Maldivian accommodation is the overwater bungalow (pictured), built on stilts directly above a lagoon.
  • Weimar is regarded as one of the most historically important cities in Germany.
  • Halmstad is known as the "golf capital" of Sweden with 12 beautiful courses.
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  • Jackson Square (pictured) is the historic heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  • The average year-round temperature of Baku matches the average temperature of the landmass of Earth to within a tenth of degree.
  • Due to the prevalence of waterways in its geography, Recife is known as Veneza Brasileira — the Brazilian Venice.
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  • One major attraction of Kish Island is the Greek ship (pictured) that rests on one of its shores.
  • Walvis Bay is the only commercial port of Namibia.
  • Kristiansand in southern Norway bears the nickname "the coolest riviera".
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  • Tipaza is one of Algeria’s most popular destinations thanks to its world heritage listed Roman ruins (pictured).
  • When driving in the UK, be aware that side roads never have priority, overtaking on the left (so called undertaking) is illegal, and you may not turn left over a red light.
  • Managua, the capital of Nicaragua has a cathedral that cannot be entered due to fear of it collapsing, since it was damaged in a 1972 earthquake.
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  • Driving a car or even bicycle on the island of Heligoland (bird's eye view pictured) is prohibited by federal law
  • In Ko Samui you can see the grandfather and grandmother stones that bear a striking resemblance to male and female genitalia.
  • Copenhagen Airport is the only airport with year-round direct regular scheduled passenger service to Greenland.
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  • The old town of Dresden that was almost entirely destroyed in the second world war is now almost completely rebuilt in the original style (Semperoper pictured).
  • Bouvet Island is thought to be the most remote island in the world.
  • At the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo you can learn more about tsunamis.
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  • In Michigan, don't be surprised if a resident tells you where a city is by pointing at their hand (pictured).
  • Schengen which also has given the name to the Schengen Agreement is also home to the European Museum.
  • Its temperate climate and colonial architecture has givenNuwara Eliya the nickname “Little England”.
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  • Outside Doha you can visit the Singing Sand Dunes, “singing” when the wind blows.(pictured)
  • From the summit of the volcano Baru near Boquete you can see both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
  • Holy Island (Arran) just off the Scottish coast is home to a community of Buddhist monks.
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  • St.George’s cathedral (pictured) in Georgetown (Guyana) is one of the world’s largest all-wooden buildings.
  • Fort Portal is famous for its high quality tea made possible by to its cool climate.
  • The Seniwati Gallery in Ubud features only art by female artists.
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  • At Davao international airport you can find a monument dedicated to the Durian fruit (pictured)
  • When spoken correctly, Afrikaans is the most melodic Germanic language.
  • On the Isle of Man there is no overall speed limit for private vehicles.
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  • In Stavanger you can visit an oil museum (pictured) and a museum of canning.
  • Isle of Arran is also known as “Scotland in miniature”
  • Joliet Correctional Center has been used as a filming location for numerous tv shows and movies.
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  • Mount Erebus (pictured) is the southernmost active volcano in the world.
  • Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is sometimes called the "Land of Milk and Honey".
  • The shops of Chihuahua have a great selection of cowboy boots.
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  • The main attraction in Kanchanaburi is the Bridge over the River Kwai (pictured), famous from the eponymous novel.
  • Gibraltar claims to have the southernmost pub in Europe.
  • Nausori has been dubbed "the Paradise of the Green".
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  • The Montauk Lighthouse (pictured) is a historical lighthouse with a beautiful view of "The End" of Long Island.
  • The Pole of Cold is a region in Siberia where you can experience the world’s coldest temperatures outside Antarctica.
  • St. Joseph, Missouri, is famous as the place where Jesse James was gunned down.
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  • Kiritimati (pictured) is the coral atoll with the largest land area in the world.
  • Benin City is actually located in Nigeria.
  • With a population of around 310, Kulusuk is one of the largest towns in Eastern Greenland
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  • Antwerp’s city hall (pictured) is built in a style combining Gothic and early Renaissance, almost exclusively found in this region of Europe.
  • The Gambia is a thin country, essentially consisting of the flood plain of the Gambia river flanked by some low hills.
  • The Barbados museum in Bridgetown is housed in the former British Military Prison.
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  • Rotorua is known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. (boiling pool pictured)
  • In Jinja you can see the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile.
  • Cristalino State Park in Alta Floresta offers great opportunities to explore exceptional Amazon flora and fauna.
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  • Casinos (pictured) are Reno’s most common visitor attraction.
  • The Manitoba Children’s Museum in Winnipeg is home to several hands-on galleries, offering plenty of family fun.
  • Are you interested in violins? In Cremona you can visit the the Stradivarius museum.
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  • The Paper Dome (pictured) in Puli is a temporary church building constructed using paper tubes as structural elements.
  • Surat Thani has a monkey training college.
  • The James Bond beach is in Ocho Rios, close to the former home of author Ian Fleming who created the character.
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  • Iya Valley is famous for its vine bridges (pictured).
  • Antigua and Barbuda are nicknamed "Land of 365 beaches" due to the many beaches that surround the two islands.
  • Sark still has a quite liberal smoking legislation.
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  • The size of the Super pit (pictured) in Kalgoorlie-Boulder makes everything else look small.
  • A popular event in Douz is the International festival of the Sahara, held towards the end of each year.
  • In Rosario you can visit the house where Che Guevara was born.
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  • The biggest snow castle in the world (pictured) is built yearly in Kemi since 1996.
  • Sukhothai translates to the Dawn of Happiness.
  • Batticaloa is known as “Land of Singing Fish”.
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  • The Groot Spitzkoppe (pictured) is often referred to as the "Matterhorn of Namibia" because of the similarity in shape.
  • Bermuda’s airport has the world's highest landing/parking fee for airlines.


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