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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.

February 2018[edit]

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  • During the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, held on the fifth Sunday after Easter, streets in São Miguel in the Azores are carpeted with colorful flowers (pictured).
  • The Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments in Dushanbe displays Central Asian musical instruments, and during musical or cultural events there you can see and hear them being played.
  • Once named Berlin, Kitchener, Ontario was renamed after British military hero Lord Kitchener in 1916, due to the anti-German sentiment during World War I.
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  • Athens offers some of the best and worst urban walking (stairs in the Plaka district pictured) in Europe.
  • For most of human history, people either traveled for religious reasons or out of economic necessity, hence business travel may well be the oldest form of travel.
  • The last two decades, dinosaurs have become a main theme of Savannakhet, Laos.
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  • Wycliffe Well is not just another roadhouse — it is the self-proclaimed UFO Capital of Australia (sign pictured).
  • The name Quime comes from the Quechua word for "Place to Rest" and was a traditional stopping point for mules carrying gold.
  • Northern Cyprus has been dubbed as the Turkish Las Vegas, and you will find casinos almost everywhere in the country.
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  • The name of the New Forest (ponies pictured) is somewhat misleading, as it is neither new, nor is it a forest in the current sense of the word; in 1079, the word "forest" was understood to mean "game reserve".
  • Visiting the Soviet Lifestyle Museum in Kazan has been described as going through a time-machine back to the USSR.
  • Like the South Pole, the precise location of the North Pole is constantly shifting due to shifts in the Earth's axis of rotation.
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  • The Padmanabhapuram Palace (pictured) outside Thiruvananthapuram in southern India is recorded as the world's largest wooden palace by the Guinness Books of Records.
  • Forgottonia's peculiar name in part stems from a semi tongue-in-cheek independence movement from the 1970s that was a reaction to economic hardship and policy decisions harmful to western Illinois.
  • The present Greek alphabet was introduced by a Phoenician called Qadmu (Καδμος) about 800 BCE and has been in use continuously since then.
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  • Flights to Milford Sound Airport (pictured) are undoubtedly some of the world's greatest scenic flights, with unsurpassed views of the mountains and glaciers en route.
  • Himachal Pradesh's name literally means "Abode of Snow" in Sanskrit.
  • The title "Nebraska Admiral" is solely honorary; as the only triple-landlocked U.S. state, Nebraska is separated from tidewater by at least three other states or provinces in every direction.
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  • A dusty ranching center in northern Argentina, surrounded by cacti and colorful mountains, Humahuaca (pictured) looks like a set for a wild west movie.
  • The former meat-packing plant in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, was once one of the largest industrial plants in South America.


January 2018[edit]

  • Jet lag is caused by rapid travel across time zones.
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  • The Sintra National Palace (pictured) was the summer estate of the Portuguese royal family from the middle ages until the 1910 republican revolution.
  • The Alexander Pushkin Museum is dedicated to the adventures of Odessa's most famous short-term resident.
  • The Avenida Paulista, with its busy cosmopolitan atmosphere and blend of old and new architecture, is a good representation of São Paulo's aspirations for itself.
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  • Morondava is known throughout Madagascar for its ancient baobab trees (pictured), including the two intertwined "baobabs amoureux".
  • North Gyeongsang is the cultural epicenter of Korea, where Buddhist traditions and Confucian philosophy still guide a rather conservative populace.
  • Abu Dhabi is a compulsive shopper's dream.
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  • Þingvellir National Park in Iceland sits on the faultline between the Eurasian and North American plates (pictured).
  • The casino in Bad Homburg served as direct inspiration for the Monte Carlo Grand Casino, which the Monegasque Prince ordered to be built "in the German style".
  • The sale of postage stamps and coins to foreign collectors is an important source of revenue for the island nation of Niue.
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  • The El Choro Trek (view on day one of the trek pictured) was constructed before or during the Inca Empire for the transport of food and goods to the high mountains from the subtropical woods.
  • Barber shops consisting of nothing but a chair and an enthusiastic barber can be found on the sides of roads in Johannesburg.
  • The best rice in Japan is said to come from Niigata.
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  • One of Spain's most spectacular fire festivals, Valencia's Falles (pictured) can be best characterized as a fire-fireworks-gunpowder street party extravaganza.
  • Hamburg still has Bahnsteigkarten. These are tickets for those who wish to enter the platform area but don't want to ride a train.
  • With only 37,000 inhabitants, Nunavut covers a land area larger than Mexico.
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  • Martians (tripod sculpture pictured) chose the English town of Woking to launch their invasion of Earth in H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
  • Luganville, Vanuatu's biggest draw is the wreck of the SS President Coolidge, a WWII troop carrier sunk by friendly mines in 1942.
  • The Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the annual migration of 20,000 grey whales past the small town of Ucluelet, British Columbia.
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  • Amateur photographers will appreciate Komsomolsk-on-Amur for its many Stalinist-era neo-renaissance buildings (residential block pictured).
  • Garden City, Long Island, is actually a village.
  • Travellers teaching English must be prepared to strain their knowledge of their own language in order to answer seemingly straightforward questions posed by learners.
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  • One specialty of Spanish cuisine is tapas (pictured), small bites of meat, seafood, cheese or vegetables that are traditionally eaten as bar snacks.
  • Gurudwara Sahib in Mantin is one of the oldest Sikh temples in Malaysia.
  • Jesus is said to have been baptised in the Jordan river at Jericho, now in the Palestinian Territories
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  • As a purpose-built capital city, Abuja is a great place to see modern Nigerian architecture (National Mosque pictured).
  • Despite the popular Croatian saying that Split experiences snowfall once every 30 years, there is actually at least one snowy day nearly every winter.
  • "Standard souvenirs" to purchase from La Fortuna include photos of the town's erupting volcano, machetes and Costa Rican coffee.
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  • Mars, Pennsylvania has a statue of a flying saucer (pictured).
  • DNA researchers in Knysna, South Africa ask visitors to report any elephant dung they discover.
  • The Omani region of Dhofar is UNESCO-listed as the land of frankincense.



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