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Here we collaborate on future discover facts that are featured on the Main Page (and on the Discover page).

Criteria

  • At a minimum, [[link]] the article that contains the fact in question. The fact must be taken from a Wikivoyage article.
  • '''Boldface''' the fact of interest.
  • Linked articles don't need to be perfect, but preference should be given to those with a status of "usable" or higher.
  • Relevant images are required for one in 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.
  • When looking for fun facts to add, Special:Random (also accessible in the left sidebar) which displays a random Wikivoyage article can be a useful tool. As many articles unfortunately are short on content, you may want to hit the link multiple times while opening up new articles in new tabs.

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  • Hamamatsu is a uniquely international city in Japan, home to almost 16,000 Brazilians among others (samba dancing pictured).
  • Although some of Dublin's finest Georgian architecture was demolished in the mid-20th century, a remarkable amount remains.
  • Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the world with over a hundred thousand animals in 8 million gallons of water.


  • The content in Template:Discover is automatically updated on a daily basis and each Discover entry is displayed for three days.
  • If the box above is empty, it means that the template ran out of entries. If this happens you can add new entries from the nominations below. Remove entries from the nominations list as you add them to the template.
  • If you are unsure about how it works, feel free to try out things in the Discover sandbox first.
  • When an entry isn't shown on the Main Page any longer, it should be added to the Discover archive, not just deleted from the template.

Nominations

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).

  • The Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves.
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  • The Chaukundi Tombs (pictured) in Karachi are remarkable for the elaborate and exquisite stone carving, a style unique to the region of Sindh.
  • Middletown, Connecticut offers excellent resources for those with an artistic bent.
  • Ranong occupies the Kra Isthmus which is the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.
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  • Walt Disney World (Cinderella Castle pictured) is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire and by far the most popular theme park resort in the world.
  • There isn't much to see in Setúbal, but a lot to admire in the surrounding areas.
  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, photography is officially illegal without an official permit, the last known price for which was US$60.
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  • The Basilica of San Zeno (pictured) is dedicated to Verona's patron saint Zeno, a 4th-century North African keen fisherman who was ordained Bishop of Verona in 363.
  • Filipino is a modified version of Tagalog, the main language of the northern Philippines.
  • One of the main central Salvador beaches is Porto de Barra. It was originally the site of the first settlement of European newcomers to Bahia.
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  • The world-famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen (pictured) in Hanover were created in the 17th century to copy the Versailles Garden in France.
  • Lynchburg's name is derived from its founder, John Lynch, who, at the age of 17, began a ferry service across the James River to facilitate travel to and from New London.
  • Dmitrov is surrounded by wetlands, and has a frog museum which celebrates the city by exhibiting all types of frog-related objects.
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  • The Mass Rapid Transit system (system map pictured) of Taipei has been widely lauded as one of the most reliable and efficient systems in the world.
  • Minneapolis is one of few cities to use multi-colored street signs. The colors indicate the priority of plowing during winter storms.
  • The Lighthouse of Port Said was built in 1869 by Francois Coignet using reinforced concrete for the first time in the history.
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  • Radcliffe Camera functions as a reading room for Oxford students and so is not generally accessible. The grand exterior (pictured), however, is well worth viewing.
  • At the far end of St Kilda pier is the St Kilda breakwater, which is home to native water rats and the popular little penguins.
  • El Castillo was built shortly after a pirate attack in the 1670s to protect Lake Nicaragua and its ports, mainly Granada, from pirates.
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  • Sometimes called the "Country Music Capital of the World", Nashville features the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (exhibits pictured).
  • Nazareth has for 2,000 years been closely identified with Christianity and has attracted hundreds of millions of pilgrims from around the world.
  • Even bigger than the one on Jersey, the German Underground Hospital on Guernsey was built during the occupation against an Allied attack that never came.
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  • The facade of the Town Hall (pictured) of 's-Hertogenbosch was built in the 17th century and reflects Dutch classicism.
  • The name of Arkansas is a French pronunciation of a Siouxan word meaning "land of downriver people", was prescribed by law in 1881 and it is still illegal to mispronounce the name.
  • With eight of the top ten highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes which are only reachable on foot, trekking in Nepal is one of the unique experiences of Asia.
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  • A former army base, converted to a large botanical garden in 1993, Jardín Etnobotánico in Oaxaca showcases the rich biodiversity of Oaxacan plant life (cacti pictured).
  • The impressive building of the KGB headquarters on the main street of Minsk has a façade that belies what's found within.
  • In Chinese cuisine, tofu comes in lots of different forms, many of which may be totally unrecognizable.
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  • The monkeys at Uluwatu on the Bukit Peninsula are adept at stealing visitors' sunglasses (pictured).
  • A seemingly odd statue of Bulgaria's first Communist leader stands in a road intersection in Cotonou, Benin as a remnant of its abandoned Communist efforts.
  • The rose window in St. John's Episcopal Church in Franklin is the second largest Tiffany window in the world and said to be among Tiffany's personal favorites.
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  • The all-you-can-eat Nordic buffet/smörgåsbord (pictured) on Baltic Sea ferries should traditionally be eaten as seven servings; herring, other seafood, cold cuts, warm meat, sausage, cheese and dessert.
  • After weeks of fighting over control of Takamatsu Castle in Okayama, Toyotomi Hideyoshi was able to force a quick surrender by diverting a river to flood the castle.
  • Tongatapu's flying foxes are considered to be sacred in Tonga; only the king is allowed to hunt them.
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  • The most popular food in Kathmandu could be the momo (pictured), a dumpling which has its roots in Tibet and China.
  • Cursing is illegal on the island of Nevis.


On hold

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  • There are only two cities in North America situated on an isthmus, Madison and Seattle.
    Isn't Panama City (and every other city in Panama) situated on a large isthmus? I think this entry would need to be adjusted to be accurate. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:15, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
    Also Rivas and San Juan del Sur Hobbitschuster (talk) 23:31, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
    I only copied what it says at Madison, "One of only two cities in North America situated on an isthmus (the other is Seattle)...", then changed it slightly to read well.  Seagull123  Φ  14:02, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
    Yeah, I think we should look up what the statement would have to look like to be accurate. Hobbitschuster (talk) 14:05, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
    IMO this is an unfixable fact. But if it's important to always have something here in the On hold section, I guess this one serves the purpose perfectly. ϒpsilon (talk) 17:13, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
By definition, Panama is an isthmus. I think that what's in the Madison article should be edited to reflect that those are the only two cities on isthmi in the Americas north of Central America. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:16, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
Yes. As you said, use as many relevant links as there are. Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:26, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
It seems I have misinterpreted what the consensus was (or rather wasn't; the discussion doesn't seem to have come to any conclusion). This being the case, I apologise for interfering with your edits and citing a consensus that doesn't exist.
However, I do agree with Ypsi's original concerns that the entry should generally only link to the page where the fact is mentioned; in nearly all cases that is the destination / travel topic that is the entry's subject. Novelty architecture (as an article covering an entire field of study) is only tenuously related to this one specific ice hotel in Sweden. It's a bit like linking to Historical travel (very broad and general topic) in an entry about Herculaneum (a specific Roman archaeological site).
But we should really try to conclude that discussion one way or the other. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:55, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
What if the fact is mentioned in more than one place? For instance, Chicken AK being named for ptarmigan is mentioned in both the town's article and places with unusual names. Likewise, it would make sense for the "ice hotel" concept to be mentioned both in their host cities and in the novelty architecture article. K7L (talk) 11:17, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
Well, ice hotels in general, and the specific hotel in question are both mentioned on novelty architecture, like you say. There are lots of cases like this where the same or similar information appears on more than one page. But the discover fact is about this hotel in particular (it being the very first of its kind), so that's the article we should link to, in my opinion. There could be a future discover entry specifically for the novelty architecture article, though, no problem. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:48, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
The novelty architecture is the whole point of the item; the bit about "being first" was merely an arbitrary line drawn to avoid having to list all of the other hotels of the same genre - which are too numerous to fit in a twenty-word blurb. K7L (talk) 12:44, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
I still think we should link to just one article, the article where the fact appears. If we are to link to several articles, like the factoids in Wikipedia's Did you know (upon which our Discover section is based), I'd say we should also write the name of the article where the fact appears in bold letters, just like they do. --ϒpsilon (talk) 14:25, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
The facts do appear in places with unusual names (for Chicken) and novelty architecture (for the ice hotel). K7L (talk) 02:47, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
In these cases I still see the destination is the "main article" which should be highlighted somehow. It's Jukkasjärvi that has become famous because of the ice hotel representing Novelty architecture, not the other way around (ie. novelty architecture would still be around if they had built it in Gällivare instead, or not at all). In the same way, Chicken is famous because it has a funny name. --ϒpsilon (talk) 10:50, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
If the rest of you think it's best to have only one link per entry, I'll accede to that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:57, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
That's for the best. We can still have a fact relating to novelty architecture in the future, whereas linking two or more articles in one fact is basically using those articles up for the foreseeable future, in that we don't like repeat coverage of the same articles within a period of time. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:26, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
I believe the concerns about duplication are that we don't want the same fact twice, not that we are trying to prevent two facts about the same destination from appearing at different times. This was raised at Wikivoyage talk:Discover#Repeating Discoveries and Same-type Discoveries before the WT split, and I think there was one we'd removed the better part of a year ago here as the same fact was mistakenly submitted twice, one month apart. K7L (talk) 13:34, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
We can certainly feature a single destination as many times as we like but I think there should be a couple of months between them at least. Intentionally featuring the same fact again is something we should avoid, though if this occasionally happens by accident (maybe because there have been so long time since it was featured that nobody remembers) I don't think it's a huge problem. For instance, the fact we had a few weeks back of Michigan's map resembling two hands was featured in October 2015 with a different wording. ϒpsilon (talk) 08:34, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
I'd prefer not to feature the same fact twice, or have three facts from the same country appear in the same three-day interval (like The [[Aleutian Islands]] of Alaska are the easternmost U.S. point", "[[Texas]] is the second-largest state, behind Alaska", "[[Wyoming]] is the second least-populous, behind Alaska")... unless this were April 1 or some occasion where the pattern is the joke. Conversely, I can't see a fact on big things in Australia being precluded because a fact on ice hotels had already run previously; both are technically novelty architecture. K7L (talk)

The following calendar-related items are "ready-to-go" criteria-wise and should be moved to the main queue at a date appropriate to the trivia featured: