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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:

April 2017[edit]

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  • St. Jacob's Church (pictured), accessible only by a steep trail through the woods outside of Ortisei, South Tyrol, is more than 700 years old.
  • Nha Trang is Vietnam's most famous seaside resort town, and the scuba diving centre of Vietnam.
  • Fanø hosts Denmark's first golf course, the Fanø Golf Links, established in 1901.
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  • Contrary to intuition, seeing the Northern Lights (pictured from space) isn't just a matter of heading north. The Lights occur mainly in a circular band centered on the Earth's Magnetic North Pole, which is not at the same location as the Geographic North Pole.
  • The borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet in Vaals, on the Drielandenpunt.
  • The Geysers del Tatio, in San Pedro de Atacama, are some of the highest geysers in the world. It's also the third-largest geyser site on Earth, with over 80 active ones.
  • Ulsan (pictured) is the gateway to the Yeongnam Alps, considered to be one of the most beautiful national parks in South Korea.
  • Mombasa was founded in the 16th century and has been ruled by the Portuguese, Arabs and British. The city's culture today still exhibits those of its past.
  • The fact that the small town of Simpelveld had two different monasteries gained it the local title of "kloesterstedsje", or "monastery town".
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  • Denver Airport (pictured) has been the focus of numerous conspiracy theories, with some people suggesting ties to everything from the Illuminati to the New World Order.
  • El Balneario de Alhama de Granada in Andalusia is a spa which has been in use since the 1st century.
  • The world's longest known cave system is in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, with over 392 miles of cave.
  • Palais de l'Isle (pictured) is a former palace-turned-prison situated on a tiny island between canals in Annecy.
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan was Thailand's first seaside resort, having been popularised by King Rama V and his family.
  • The Rio Negro and Rio Solimões flow parallel to one another for many miles before finally meeting near Manaus, forming the Amazon.
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  • St Mary's and All Saints' Church (pictured) in Chesterfield, Derbyshire is best known for its crooked spire, which has inspired much local folklore.
  • Carver, Massachusetts once produced more cranberries than any other town in the world.
  • Taxis in Freetown are normally shared and operate fixed routes; travellers wishing to charter their own taxi should say "cha cha" to the driver and negotiate a price.
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  • Zamboanga (pictured) is known as Asia's Latin city, due to its melting pot of Spanish, Filipino and world cultures.
  • Tallinn is treated as a home away from home by day trippers from Finland, due to their close linguistic and cultural ties with Estonia.
  • White pearl-sand beaches, bathed in a perfumed breeze, are a most popular visitor attraction of Comoros.
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  • Apple Valley's 485-acre Minnesota Zoo (pictured) was one of the first to organize animals into themed areas and trails by their living environment, as opposed to their species.
  • The national flag of the Czech Republic was banned by the Nazis in 1939. It was restored at the end of World War II and still flies across the country.
  • The steepest street in the world is claimed to be in Dunedin, New Zealand, and celebrated by the annual rolling of 40,000 chocolates down the street.
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  • In about 1257, Mount Rinjani (pictured) erupted so violently that its shape changed, and this event is believed to have contributed to the onset of the Little Ice Age.
  • There are 160 monasteries in Bulgaria, which remained vital centres of local culture for centuries under Ottoman rule.
  • For a town pretty well slap bang on the Equator, Entebbe is a few degrees cooler than you might expect.
  • Magadan, an oblast in the Russian Far East, served as a gateway to the notorious Kolyma Gulags.
  • Bautzen, home to an medieval-era old city in Saxony, was infamous throughout East Germany for its penitentiaries.

March 2017[edit]

  • In Balatonfüred, you can go to the Anna Ball, which is one of the most unique balls in Hungary, and has been organised annually since 1825.
  • The last Emperor of the French, Napoléon III, is entombed in Farnborough, a quiet suburban corner of Hampshire, England.
  • Mongolia (pictured) is nicknamed the "Land of Blue Skies" and with good reason; there are said to be about 250 sunny days throughout each year.
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  • In 1960, Grand-Bassam was little more than a ghost town, until a surge of tourism in the 1970s led to its resettlement, with today, a modest 5,000 people calling the town their home.
  • Wikivoyage's E11 hiking trail article is the only English-language guide giving a precise routing of the trail.
  • It is said that Christopher Columbus sighted Saba (pictured) on his trans-Atlantic voyage, but did not land due to the rocky shores.
  • Derry is the only remaining completely intact walled city on the whole island of Ireland.
  • The most famous landmark in Jakarta is the 137m-tall obelisk of solid bronze National Monument, commissioned to celebrate Indonesia's independence.
  • You can visit the dam which James Bond bungee jumped from in the opening scene of Golden Eye (pictured) in the Verzasca Valley.
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  • Bahrain means "two seas" in the Arabic language.
  • Antarctica is notable for being the only continent with no significant land plant life and no native land mammals, reptiles, or amphibians.
  • The TelefériQo cable car (pictured) hoists visitors up the active Pichincha Volcano, with views of half-a-dozen volcanoes and all of Quito below.
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  • Eskişehir province is the only place in the world where Meerschaum is extracted.
  • Riobamba is known locally as the "Sultan of the Andes", due to its majestic mountains and regal colonial architecture.
  • Fort St. Angelo (pictured) has been in Cottonera (Malta) since Roman times, and possibly before.
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  • Ooty was founded in the 19th century by the British, and served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency.
  • The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island is responsible for an amazing 11% of the Bahamas' GNP.
  • Albany (pictured) is the longest continuously chartered city in the United States.
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  • At about 1,700 m above sea level, the airport in Samedan (Switzerland) is the highest in Europe.
  • Frankfurt airport has two railway stations, one for local trains only and one only for long distance trains.
  • The Arkansas State Capitol (pictured) in Little Rock occupies the former site of the state penitentiary.
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  • Most sites in Egypt offer a hefty 50% discount on entrance fees for holders of the International Student Identification Card (ISIC), or the teacher equivalent.
  • Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota technically has well over 15,000.
  • In Melbourne centre, a number of intersections require drivers to perform the infamous hook turn (warning sign pictured).
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  • Since its opening in 1998, Skytrax has named Hong Kong International Airport the world's best airport eight times.
  • Madeira Casino (pictured) in Funchal, the only casino on the island, was designed by Oscar Niemeyer who also designed much of Brasilia.

February 2017[edit]

  • With a huge selection of records and instruments, the House of Guitars in Rochester (New York) is considered a shrine to music and musicians.
  • The bullring (pictured) in Colonia is almost unused, it was finished two years before bullfighting was outlawed in Uruguay.
  • Greenland is the world's largest non-continental island.
  • Tsitsikamma translates to "place of much water" in Khoisan, and probably refers to the average annual rainfall of 1,200 mm.
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  • At low tide, you can walk between Saint Martins Island and the island of Chera Dwip (pictured).
  • There are more native speakers of Wu Chinese than there are native speakers of French.
  • Lviv has a multicultural history but just a little of the evidence of this has survived the ravages of war, Nazism and Stalinism.
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  • The 18 survivors of the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation (map of circumnavigation pictured) were the first recorded people to have sailed around the world.
  • There is no standard for written Azerbaijani in terms of spelling.
  • Tulum is one of the earliest resorts in Mexico, offering a place of worship and solitude for the Mayan kings, clergy and gods in early times.
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  • Krabi Town (pictured) is, in reality, two towns.
  • According to a German internet meme, Bielefeld does not exist. Incidentally this is the one thing almost all Germans know about the town.
  • Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung is surrounded by temples, some of which have built out onto the lake.
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  • Clusane (pictured) was founded during the Bronze Age, and has been a fishing village since the 18th century.
  • Almost all long distance trains in Germany are run by state owned Deutsche Bahn.
  • Albert the Bull in Audubon is the world's largest bull statue.
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  • Berenty Reserve is world-famous for its lemurs (pictured), which have been studied and filmed extensively.
  • The Republic Square is the main meeting point of Belgradians, and popularly referred to as "by the horse".
  • In one part of Washington D.C., you can visit the place where President Lincoln penned the second draft of his Emancipation Proclamation.
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  • You can see the remains of the HMS Bounty (painting of ship pictured) in Bounty Bay in the Pitcairn Islands.
  • The Brecon Beacons National Park contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain.
  • The Ark citadel was once the fortified residence of the rulers of Bukhara.
  • Lublin is a beautiful mid-sized city with its own particular Renaissance style, called the Lublin Renaissance (St. Joseph church pictured).
  • Although the ground at the South Pole is close to sea level, the thick ice at that location raises the station to an altitude of 9,300 feet (2,835 meters).
  • The black stupa in Vientiane is the mythical abode of a seven-headed dragon that protects the city.
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  • Cuzco (pictured) is the city with the highest average level of UV-radiation in the world.
  • On both sides of the Atlantic there are museums and memorials to RMS Titanic's tragic journey.
  • The Midwest was historically the center of the American brewing industry, and major domestic breweries remain headquartered in the area.

January 2017[edit]

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, and also features other Aussie wildlife (resting kangaroo pictured).
  • The outdoor night club Heat in Mbarara is a car wash during daytime.
  • Sleeveless shirts and short pants or skirts are not permitted within the borders of the Vatican.
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  • The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek leads through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer (pictured).
  • Llanwrtyd Wells claims to be the smallest community in the UK with the status of a town.
  • Elburg, rebuilt in the 1390s, is the only historical city in the Netherlands to have been entirely rebuilt on a grid pattern before the the Industrial Revolution.
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  • Bento Gonçalves is the wine capital of Brazil; most of the country's wine and grape juice is produced in the region (Miolo vineyards pictured).
  • Karni Mata temple outside Bikaner is home to holy rats.
  • Elk Island National Park is one of the last remaining large areas of natural aspen parkland.
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  • In Abiquiu (pictured), you can visit the home of famous painter Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Whenever you buy something at Manchester Airport, you're probably saving someone, somewhere, some money on their council tax!
  • An uninhabited island off the southern coast of Puerto Rico is named Caja de Muertos — "Box of the Dead".
  • Laxey is home to the Laxey Wheel (pictured), often described as the biggest water wheel in the world.
  • Puerto Pirámides is one of the best sites to observe the famous southern whales.
  • Always wanted to sleep in a lighthouse? Kylmäpihlaja lighthouse outside Rauma has been converted to a hotel.
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  • Awash National Park (pictured) features places where some of the earliest human remains have been found.
  • Kuala Lumpur translates to "muddy river confluence" in Malay.
  • Norfolk Islanders have their own language, Norfuk, a blend of English and Tahitian. It is not easily understood by outsiders.
  • Rishikesh is scenically located where the Ganges River (pictured) comes down from the Himalayas.
  • Big Bend is one of the largest national parks in the lower 48 states yet one of the least visited.
  • The Rance tidal power plant in Saint-Malo reportedly attracts 200,000 visitors per year.
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  • The Castle of Good Hope (pictured) in Cape Town is South Africa's oldest surviving building.
  • Some divers know Isla Malpelo as the "shark heaven."
  • The Tamil language is described as having one of the richest literatures in the world.
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  • The most popular association football team in Mexico, as rated by FIFA, is Club Deportivo Guadalajara (stadium pictured) in Guadalajara.
  • Legend has it that Kraków was built on the cave of a dragon whom the mythical King Krak had slain.
  • With the same time zone and latitude (though to the south, rather than the north of the equator) as Hawaii, the Cook Islands are sometimes thought of as "Hawaii down under".
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  • The Ha Long Bay archipelago (pictured) is made up of 1,969 islands, both inhabited and uninhabited.
  • Barbados has a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent rum.
  • Savaii has no real towns as such, just a series of small villages with people living in traditional huts.
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  • Mount Sinai (pictured) is said to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God; indeed, the Arabic name Gebel Musa means "Mount of Moses".

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