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

Criteria

  • Keep it short and snappy: no more than twenty words, please.
  • 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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  • Krämerbrücke (pictured) in Erfurt is one of the few remaining bridges in the world that have inhabited buildings.
  • The Ki'ilae Village in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park offers a glimpse into the past, when Hawaii was changing rapidly but still supported traditional aspects of daily life.
  • Grasse is known worldwide for its traditional perfume industry.


  • Updates are automatically handled by Template:Discover daily 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. Any entries that are added to the template should be removed from the nominations list.
  • If you are unsure about how it works, feel free to try out things in the Discover sandbox first.
  • When the entry's sojourn on the Main Page is over, it should not just be deleted from the template but also added to the Discover archive.

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 Crystal Cave in Put-in-Bay is the largest geode in the world and features crystals in lengths of up to 18 inches.
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  • In Diocletian's Palace in Split you can see two original Egyptian Sphinxes (pictured), that were brought from Egypt by the Roman emperor Diocletian.
  • Retiring abroad can let you live cheaply in an interesting place; you are not all that likely to actually find paradise-on-earth or the fountain of youth, but you might get close enough to enjoy yourself immensely.
  • Rhode Island's full name, as established by the Royal Charter granted by King Charles II in 1663, is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
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  • "Wigan Pier" (pictured) is Wigan's main tourist attraction, though this is meant to be an ironic joke perpetuated by the early 20th century comedian George Formby. The city is inland, and the "pier" itself is a small wooden overhang where canal barges used to load cotton from nearby mills.
  • Average visitors to Mount Athos can stay for free at each monastery for one day, for a maximum of three nights/four days, pending acceptation of request — scholars and genuine Orthodox novices can obtain longer permissions.
  • Sibu is not only famous for food (such as kompia, kampua and the like), but also boasts of being the hometown of the Malaysian national patriot Rosli Dhoby.
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  • The descent into San Diego airport from the east comes remarkably close to downtown buildings (pictured), which can be a bit alarming for first-time visitors.
  • Due to its strategic location, Belgrade has seen more than 115 wars and has been destroyed more than forty times.
  • In general, Sri Lanka has very hot temperatures all year long, which is why most Sri Lankan men wear sarongs while Sri Lankan women dress lightly with a long dress.
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  • The relics of antiquity found in Baclayon Church and Museum (interior pictured), which date back to the early 16th century, include crystal chandeliers, brightly colored window panes, life-size religious images, carved altars with gold embossing, and a silver tabernacle.
  • Socorro is named after the Spanish word for "succor" or "aid," which is what 18th- and 19th-century travelers looked for as they traveled south through the desert between Mexico and Santa Fe.
  • Despite the vast distances in Namibia, most people get around by land, and not air.
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  • Igreja de Santo Antônio (organ pictured) in Tiradentes is a beautiful church constructed in 1732 with the richest gold foil interior of any church in Brazil.
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum in Gisborne features New Zealand's largest planting of North American trees and has plenty of walks and gardens, and is lovely in the autumn when the leaves change. 
  • Pilsen Municipal Armoury ranks among the best preserved armouries of European medieval towns.
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  • Simien National Park contains Ethiopia's biggest and most spectacular mountain range, the Simien Mountains (pictured).
  • East Timor is the only Asian country entirely in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Whitehorse Fishway is the longest wooden fish ladder in the world and allows migratory salmon to bypass a Yukon Energy hydroelectric station.
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  • The whole of the Hardangervidda (landscape pictured) is above the tree line and its alpine climate enables the presence of many species of arctic animals and plants further south than anywhere else in Europe.
  • Because of the power and influence of the Gonzaga family, which used to own the city for over 400 years, Mantua was considered one of the most important cultural cities in the Renaissance.
  • Iquitos has attracted a lot of travellers from around the globe who are interested in the ancient shamanic ways of plant healing.
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  • The much-photographed red Shinkyo Bridge (pictured) separates the shrines from the town of Nikko, and in feudal times, only the shogun was permitted to cross it.
  • Tamworth is nationally famous as the "Country Music Capital of Australia", annually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January.
  • Tyumen was founded in 1586 as the first Russian settlement in Siberia.
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  • In Lexington (Kentucky) you can visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House (pictured), which is the girlhood home of Abraham Lincoln's wife, and the nation's first shrine to a First Lady.
  • Smoked herrings are a specialty of Bornholm.
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  • One of the most famous features of the Sigiriya complex are the fifth-century paintings (pictured) found in a depression on the rock face more than 100 metres above ground level.
  • The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is one of the last remaining pockets of Old Dubai, home to many reconstructed buildings in the traditional style.


On hold

The articles linked in from the entries below need to be improved before they're ready to go. Plunge forward, edit them, and move to the main queue. If you move trivia to this list, please provide a reason for doing so.


  • 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: