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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.

March 2019[edit]

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  • The 200m-long Kaisergang (Imperial Corridor and Abbey Museum) of Melk Benedectine Abbey (pictured) is decorated with portraits of Austrian rulers.
  • Plaza de los Mariachis in Guadalajara is where the famous Mexican hat dance (jarabe tapatío) was born.
  • Alappuzha is often called the Venice of the East due to the canals that connect it to Kerala's famous snaking backwaters.
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  • The fjords (Lysefjorden pictured) increase Norway's coastline from a modest 3,000 km to 30,000 km. Islands add another 70,000 km – in total creating the most complex coastline in the world.
  • The Museum Kitchen in the National Museum of Nigeria in Lagos is a good place to try local Nigerian cuisine.
  • The area in and around Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park is inhabited by the Tenggerese, one of the few significant Hindu communities left on the island of Java.
  • Fort Meigs (pictured) in Perrysburg, Ohio is the largest wooden walled fort in North America and played a key role in the war of 1812.
  • Mei Kedem in the Carmel Range is a walkable underground aqueduct dating to the Byzantine period, which was used to supply the city of Caesarea and with water still flowing.
  • Chiclayo and surroundings feature sights related to Lord of Sipan, the "King Tutankamon of the Americas", including one of the most spectacular tombs discovered in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The former Utrecht Main Post Office (indoor pictured) is a great example of Dutch Art Deco architecture.
  • Gujarat is a dazzlingly diverse state that shakes up the know-it-all Indophile, and reveals treasures hidden from the tourist hordes.
  • At Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro you can see see tigers, lions, cougars and other big cats, all rescued from poor treatment and brought there.
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  • Lightning Ridge (town and mines pictured) has many attractions related to opals and mining.
  • Squamish calls itself The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada due to the variety of outdoor activities readily available in the area.
  • While alcohol isn't widely available or visibly consumed in Algeria, a selection of wine (not in big volume) and also beer is produced there.
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  • Schifffahrtsmuseum Spitz (ship model pictured) is devoted to illustrating the history and development of maritime traffic on the Danube River.
  • The Yamaguchi Daijingu was built in the Muromachi Period as a branch shrine the of Ise Shrine, and like the latter it is rebuilt every 20 years.
  • Milwaukee was once the home to four of the world's largest breweries, making it the number one beer producing city in the world for many years.
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  • Chom Ong Cave (inside pictured) outside Muang Xay gives the visitor a dazzling feeling of entering Tolkien's Mines of Moria.
  • The St. Patrick's day celebration in Savannah is considered by many to be the second largest party in the U.S.
  • The largest wine producing area in Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to 6 of the 9 wine-producing districts in the country.
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  • Punta del Este (pictured) is sometimes called the Monaco of South America.

February 2019[edit]

  • Ajman Fish Market is great place to see fishermen bring out the fresh catch and watch the middlemen auction them to the shopkeepers and you can buy fish and get it cooked right there.
  • In the early 1970s the first backpackers travelling on the back of a coconut boat arrived on Ko Samui, now the second most popular island destination in Thailand.
  • Geghard Monastery (pictured) in Garni is a world heritage listed, revered 11th century monastery, much of it carved out of the solid stone of the mountainside, in dramatic canyon setting.
  • Castello di Sasso Corbaro was built in only six months in 1479, 462 meters up the hill, as the highest fortification in Bellinzona.
  • The large, iconic thumbs-up sign right in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park is too large for selfies, but there will probably be geek tourists around to take your picture.
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  • Shiono-Misaki Southernmost Point Park in Kushimoto denotes the southernmost point of Honshu and serves as the festival grounds for the annual Fire Festival (pictured).
  • Today a museum and tourist attraction, the infamous Robben Island was used for imprisoning people since 1658.
  • Ljubljana has no world-famous attractions, which is just great: there's no need to hop from one place to another, taking photos and crossing off the items on your checklist.
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  • Cité de Carcassonne (pictured) is a medieval fortress with over 3 km of walls with 52 towers and a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years.
  • Jiageng Park in Jimei is also called Kah Kee Park in memory of Tan Kah Kee (Chen Jiageng), a rubber baron who made an enormous fortune in Malaya.
  • The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton includes an opportunity to row a three-passenger St. Lawrence Skiff.
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  • In Oxley Wild Rivers National Park there are several spectacular waterfalls (Apsley Falls pictured).
  • Zamboanga City Hall was completed in 1907 by the Federal Government of the United States for the then American Governors.
  • Taxi-brousse, or interurban shared taxi, is the way most locals travel around Madagascar, and this mode of travel is a great way to meet and interact with locals and experience Madagascar as the Malagasy do.
  • The Moon Church (pictured) in Oradea is a church unique in Europe, with a type of astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon.
  • The Bandstand in Mumbai's Western Suburbs is lined by expensive bungalows and flats, some of which belong to Bollywood movie stars.
  • Shetland is of great interest to the naturalist and anyone who is keen to see wild animals and birds in their native habitat.
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  • Merzouga is a village on the edge of Erg Chebbi (pictured), a 50-km long and 5-km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to a height of 350 m.
  • Orquídeas Moxviquil in San Cristóbal de las Casas grows orchids and other plants rescued from nearby areas undergoing deforestation, and is dedicated to preserving and displaying all varieties of orchids native to the state of Chiapas.
  • Depoe Bay is famous as the smallest navigable harbor in the world, and as the "whale watching capital of the world."
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  • The old aqueduct in Évora has houses built into the arches (pictured).
  • Alto Ribeira State Touristic Park is a prime destination for cave exploring, containing the Gruta da Casa da Pedra cave, with the largest cave mouth in the world.
  • In Kenting National Park you can see a sculpture representing the southernmost tip of Taiwan — famous with the locals for pictures and a great sunset spot.
  • The Dr. Pepper soft drink was invented in Waco in 1885 and the Dr. Pepper museum (delivery truck door pictured) houses the original bottling plant.
  • Once the feared base of pirates (corsairs), heavily fortified against Norman (or English) attacks, today's Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws in Brittany.
  • The Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot showcases local flora, fauna and history from the stone age until modern times, as well as minerals and mining, space exploration, and dinosaurs.
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  • A few colonial-era rocket steamers (pictured) depart from Dhaka's Sadarghat river port to Barisal and Khulna several times per week.
  • Cerro Catedral outside San Carlos de Bariloche has the biggest ski centre in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km² (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 miles) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour.

January 2019[edit]

  • Castlemaine boasts a proud automotive history, and is the self-proclaimed 'Hot Rod Capital' of Victoria.
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  • The world's largest Coca-Cola can (pictured), constructed from an old water tower, can be seen in Portage la Prairie.
  • Despite being less developed, Myanmar is expensive compared to other Southeast Asian countries.
  • Legend has it that Harry's New York Bar in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris was the birthplace of the Bloody Mary invented by Fernand "Pete" Petiot, an American bartender
  • Pope Alexander IV was buried in Viterbo Cathedral (pictured) but his tomb was unaccountably destroyed during 16th century renovations.
  • The first Europeans to settle in Puerto Madryn were Welsh arriving in 1865, and they named the city for Baron Madryn of Wales.
  • The City Of Sadness Restaurant in Jiufen was featured in a film with the same name, which won the Golden Lion award at the 1989 Venice Film Festival.
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  • Also North Pole in New York has a Santa and Christmas theme park with entertainment, rides and shops (pictured).
  • From the summit of Isle of Man's highest mountain Snaefell, it's said that visitors can see 6 Kingdoms — Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Heaven.
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  • Housed in an old fort built in the early 20th century, Al Wakrah Museum (pictured) displays artifacts of marine life and local history.
  • Unlike most of France, Hauts-de-France is better known for its beer than wine.
  • Avarua is the main village on the northern side of Rarotonga and has most of the population and services — people tend to refer to it as the town.
  • The Pidjiguiti port (pictured) in Bissau was the site of the Pidjiguiti massacre on 3 August 1959, which became the beginning of the active resistance against the Portuguese colonial power.
  • While Tibetan spelling in the written language is fairly standard throughout the ages and regions, pronunciation is very diverse and there are many, often mutually incomprehensible, dialects.
  • The Cyclades are the Greece of the travel posters: bare rocky islands adorned with brilliantly white cubistic villages soaring on hills above the wine-dark sea, and fringed with terrific beaches.
  • Penguin was named after the little penguins that used to wander around its beaches, and many things there (Big Penguin statue pictured), including bins, are shaped like penguins.
  • Nagpur can be considered the centre of India as the zero milestone of India is located in the city.
  • Chaozhou considers itself the "Ceramic Capital of China" and you will notice that there are a lot of ceramics for sale, often at very inexpensive prices.
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  • The two and a half mile boardwalk (pictured) is the central focus of Ocean City's attractions — lined up with shops and restaurants of every kind, movie theaters, amusement rides, miniature golf courses, and a water park like no other.
  • Kelimutu near Ende is a holy mountain with three crater lakes, filled with water of different colors.
  • A popular attraction in Awasa are hippos — they can be seen from the shore of Lake Awasa, or from a boat.
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  • Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the home town of the great English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare (Shakespeare's birthplace pictured).
  • Loveland, Colorado was founded in 1877 along the Colorado Central Railroad and was named after the company's president, William A.H. Loveland.
  • A volcano is regarded as active if it has erupted within the last 10,000 years — less than a second in geological time.
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  • St. Mark's Church (pictured) in Zagreb is known for its colourful roof tiles depicting the coat of arms of Croatia and Zagreb.
  • The Beilin Museum in Xian has a remarkable collection of 4000 inscribed stone tablets, covering scripture, poetry, classic Chinese texts, triumphs of rulers, family history, and practical affairs such as instructions to rebuild a school.
  • Ponta do Seixas in João Pessoa is the easternmost mainland point in the Americas — there is a monument to mark the spot, as well as an odd lighthouse designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and it has a sweeping view of the Atlantic.
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  • Famed as the oldest temple in the world, and dated to 9000 BCE, Göbekli Tepe (ruins pictured) outside Urfa pre-dates farming and settlements.
  • The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg commemorates Atlantic Canada's fishing tradition, and exhibits include ships, an aquarium featuring native species, and a working boat building shop.
  • The geographical center of New York City is in Queens.

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