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The Discover page is an archive of about strange but true trivia about destinations around the world, previously featured in the Discover section on the main page. You can contribute and add or edit future facts to the list here. Previously displayed facts from this year are below. You can find older facts from previous years using the links at the bottom of the page.

April 2021[edit]

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  • A "smart city" dating back to 500 BCE, a gate and a pillar complex (pictured) are all that remains of Sisupalgarh, an archeological site south of Bhubaneswar.
  • The Dutch Empire was different from some other colonial European empires at the time, inasfar it was mostly centered around individual trading posts, rather than large areas of land.
  • Gold and silver jewellery is cheap in Asmara and is definitely a bargain by world standards.
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  • As "space tourist" (Mark Shuttleworth pictured) conjures an image of someone in a polyester shirt with a camera around their neck, NASA and RKA prefer the term spaceflight participant.
  • The G.D. Naidu Museum in Coimbatore is an interesting collection of inventions by G.D. Naidu, also referred to as the Edison of India.
  • Bei Guo Zhi Chun in Hohhot is greenhouse/warehouse turned into a massive eatery where plants are abundant as well as water features and indoor yurts.
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  • Anyone who visits downtown Detroit will be pleasantly surprised to see one of America's best preserved collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings standing beside the contemporary (Brush Street pictured).
  • Wicklow Head 3 km south of Wicklow Town, is the most easterly point on the Republic of Ireland mainland: on a clear day you might glimpse Snowdonia in Wales.
  • Phitsanulok is not well-known to foreign tourists and thus has retained the charm of a typical, larger Thai city.
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  • The 1627 Battle of Grolle is re-enacted (pictured) biannually with hundreds of re-enactors from all over Europe, making the town look like it did in the 17th century for a few days.
  • LAX is a massive airport, with nine terminals built in different eras in a variety of architectural styles.
  • The Orheiul Vechi Monastery is carved into a massive limestone cliff and this wild, rocky and remote spot is one of Moldova's most fantastic sights.
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  • Thought to be cast in 1252, the big Kōtokuin statue (pictured) in Kamakura was originally housed in a giant temple hall that was washed away in a tsunami.
  • Bruny Island is home to the southern-most licenced pub in Australia and the country's most-southern vineyard.
  • The Antarctic Islands have a marine polar climate: very cold, but not as extremely cold as the mainland.
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  • Plymouth (pictured) is one of England's classic ocean cities, and for centuries has been a centre for shipping.
  • Believed to date back to 753, Staraya Ladoga was the first capital of Russia.
  • Short-hop ferries, which are part of the local public transportation network are sometimes called water buses.


March 2021[edit]

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  • Robert Bateman's "Wolf Sketch" (pictured) on the Highland Tower in Thompson is Canada's largest photo-real mural and the largest lighted mural in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world.
  • West Virginia is often called the "Mountain State", being the only state in the USA to lie completely within a mountain range.
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  • Orto botanico di Padova (entrance pictured) is the world's oldest still operating botanic garden.
  • Abuja Millennium Park includes a large system of terraces highlighting the different vegetation zones across Nigeria.
  • León is known as the "shoe capital of the world", and is a great place for discounted top footwear.
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  • The small Republic Square (pictured) in Malé, marked by a flagpole with a giant Maldivian flag, is the focal point of every political demonstration in the capital but also has an extremely helpful tourist map.
  • With some 500 guitars the guitar museum in Umeå is one of the largest of its kind worldwide.
  • Geneva provides free public transit passes to any tourist staying in a hotel, hostel or campground.
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  • Today a tourist attraction, the Diefenbunker (tunnel pictured) in Carp was built at the height of the Cold War as the site where Canada's leadership could ride out a nuclear attack.
  • Theater De Maagd in Bergen op Zoom owes its atmosphere with the international architecture award-winning transformation from church to theater.
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System is operated by the State of Alaska and comprises 3,500 miles or almost 6,000 km of ferry lines.
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  • Dengbian near Kaiping is a ghost town known as the "village without people" with trees overgrowing structures (pictured).
  • World-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are bisected by the Equator.
  • The cathedral of Girona includes the widest Gothic nave in the world.
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  • Ostia Antica is an archaeological site that contains many Roman ruins (pictured), dating back to the days when it served as Rome's port.
  • Fortaleza d'Amura in Bissau is an old Portuguese fort, containing the mausoleum of national hero Amilcar Cabral and tombs of other revolutionaries.
  • Living in the Philippines is cheap and shopping in the country is also cheap compared to some nearby countries.
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  • The railway station in Asunción is now a museum, but more impressive than the exhibits is the building itself (pictured) and old wagons.
  • Brickfields is known as the biggest Little India of Kuala Lumpur.
  • The "Four Great Cuisines" of China (四大菜系) are Sichuan (Chuan), Shandong (Lu), Guangdong (Cantonese/Yue), and Jiangsu (Huaiyang) cuisine.
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  • The Boston Black Heritage Trail takes you around ten important sites (Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial picured) in American black history.
  • For many reasons, air travel entails some additional restrictions when it comes to your baggage, compared to other modes of travel.
  • The Kalinga War Memorial in Dehradun is the only war memorial of its kind in the world; it was erected by the British to honour their foe, the Gurkhas.
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  • Always wanted to have a meal in a crooked building? Head to Den Skæve Kro - "The Crooked Inn" (pictured) - in Ebeltoft!
  • The University of Kansas campus in Lawrence is simply beautiful and has been called "one of the most picturesque campuses in all of America."
  • Travelling for a funeral or memorial service often involves planning a long-distance trip on short notice.
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  • Te Kuiti is known as the "Sheep Shearing Capital of the World" (sheep shearing statue pictured).
  • Pinhão is the centre of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
  • The Steps of Penitence leading up to Mount Sinai is a path quite literally carved out of the rock by monks.
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  • Climbing from sea level to 866 m (2841 ft) in 20 km (12 mi), the Flåm railway (view from train pictured) the third steepest normal railroad in the world.


February 2021[edit]

  • In Ajaccio you can visit the house where Napoleon was born, which is now a museum.
  • Queen Juliana Bridge in Willemstad is the highest bridge in the Caribbean.
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  • At the McDonald's in Taupo you can have your meal in a decommisioned airplane (pictured).
  • The seat of the Sicilian Parliament, Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, is the oldest royal residence in Europe and once housed the rulers of the Kingdom of Sicily.
  • In Fort Worth you can visit two museums presenting the life of women and non-white cowboys in the Old West.
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  • At the Daio Wasabi Farm (pictured) in Azumino, the largest in Japan, you can make your own wasabi pickle.
  • Due to how the city's Bashkir name is written in the Cyrillic script, Ufa is sometimes nicknamed the City of Three Screws.
  • The architecture of the Azadi Tower in Tehran, constructed to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture.
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  • From 1562 to 1792, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned in the Kaiserdom (pictured) in Frankfurt.
  • The Elkmont Historic District is a ghost town within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Bambara is heavily influenced by French, and even the slightest knowledge of French will make it easier to remember words.
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  • Port Royal (remains pictured) outside Kingston was once the largest city in the Caribbean and perhaps its most notorious base for pirates and privateers.
  • Coonoor provides the traveller with the panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls.
  • Chester - or "Deva" in Latin - was one of the great military bases in Roman England, and as such, has its fair share of Roman ruins.
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  • Les Almadies (pictured) in Dakar is the western tip of the African continent with plenty of seafood restaurants.
  • One of the last large wildernesses close to Helsinki, in Sipoonkorpi National Park you can reportedly encounter all mammal and bird species that are common in Southern Finland.
  • Shakhmansur Bazaar is the biggest bazaar in downtown Dushanbe and has a huge variety of foods, as well as an odd assortment of tools and household products.
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  • Moored across the river from downtown Wilmington, USS North Carolina (guns pictured) offers visitors the chance to envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
  • High over Kavala a big white cross can be seen from everywhere in the town.
  • Brazil's cuisine is as varied as its geography and culture, based on the variety of crops, livestock and seafood produced in the country.
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  • Sasanaramsi Burmese Buddhist Temple (standing Buddha at the temple pictured) in Singapore is the only Buddhist temple outside Myanmar to be built in the traditional Burmese architectural style.
  • Estelí has historically been and continues to be a Sandinista stronghold and you can see almost as many murals bearing witness of this as in León.
  • Musée International du Golfe de Guinée in Lomé houses a quite large collection of authentic mainly West African historical items.
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  • During the colonial period, the Germans left a distinct mark on Qingdao's architecture that can still be seen in its historic center and train station (pictured).
  • Famous for its Catalan origins, Alghero was known in the past as "la Barceloneta sarda", little Sardinian Barcelona.
  • One of the most famous streets in New York City if not the world, Broadway has a history reaching back to pre-Columbian times.
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  • At 56 m, Zenkov's Cathedral (pictured) in Almaty is among the tallest wooden buildings in the world, which you wouldn't guess from the smoothly painted exterior hues of custard, icing sugar and coloured marzipan.


January 2021[edit]

  • Due to the white color of the sand in the White Sands National Park, some animals have evolved lighter coloration, resulting in white reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates that blend with their white background.
  • A sculpture from 1960 showing whalers in action, the Whaling Monument is Sandefjord's most famous attraction.
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  • Bodrum Castle (pictured) is one of the world's best preserved monuments dating back to medieval times.
  • In Baisha near Lijiang you can see Buddhist murals that reflect a fusion of Han Chinese and Tibetan painting techniques with Naxi cultural traditions.
  • The region of and around the Turkey Run State Park is indeed known for its population of wild turkeys.
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  • Traben-Trarbach (pictured) is one of the most charming wine towns along the Mosel River.
  • A supra (Georgian banquet) always features a tamada, a master of ceremonies nominated by the host, who is responsible for the toasts, for keeping the party going, and keeping the guests joyful.
  • The Lusatian Lake District is a collection of artificial lakes created from former open-pit lignite mines
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  • The kasbah (old town) of Rabat has narrow streets with cute white and blue houses (pictured).
  • Burnham Market is one of the five Norfolk Burnhams in existence today–there were originally seven.
  • Described as a football temple, Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires is the largest stadium in Argentina and home to the national football team.
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  • The Black Sand Beach (pictured) in Vík í Mýrdal is famous for its basalt stacks and black lava sands.
  • As mountains are by their nature hard to reach, traditionally cheese produced there had to be of a variety that stores well and can be collected for later sale.
  • Perth has an enormous traditional arts scene.
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  • The Dome of Light (pictured) in Kaohsiung is the world's largest stained glass installation.
  • If you visit Tikal early enough in the morning, it's possible to see and hear monkeys.
  • Basketball is one of the most popular team sports in North America, both as a spectactor sport and as an activity.
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  • The French language originated in France, but in the modern day it is spoken on every continent (French speaking areas pictured).
  • The wooden roof of the 11th century Ancona Cathedral is in the shape of an upside-down boat and its most obvious feature is the 12-sided cupola.
  • Some towns owe their existence or at least their current size to mining.
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  • Buffalo History Museum (pictured) has by far the most extensive collection of artifacts relevant to the history of Buffalo and Western New York from pre-Columbian times to the present day.
  • Sakhalin has long been the scene of a power struggle between major Asian powers.
  • Townsville on the Australian Pacific coast enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine a year.
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  • Completed in 1929, Havana's neoclassical El Capitolio (pictured) resembles the U.S. Capitol and housed the Cuban Congress prior to the revolution.
  • The San Gabriel mountains above Pasadena offer some excellent hiking opportunities.
  • Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane's relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is.
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  • The most prized piece of art in Klosterneuburg Monastery is the triptych Verduner Altar (pictured), painted in 1181 by Nicholas of Verdun.
  • God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow displays hundreds of illuminated signs including signs of businesses, decorative signs, movie props and artworks.
  • Inca legend says that Viracocha, the bearded god who created the universe, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca and created the sun at Isla del Sol.
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  • With a maximum height between 260 and 312 m, King Fahd's Fountain (pictured) in Jeddah is the tallest in the world.
  • At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, you can learn about the 1854 Eureka miners' rebellion and the changes it caused in Australian democracy.
  • Shirakawa is famous in the region for its unique daruma (wooden doll) design.


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