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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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  • The British Indian Ocean Territory is abundant in enormous coconut crabs (pictured), which can grow up to a meter in length.
  • It's possible to bicycle across the Sahara, crossing hundreds of kilometers of desert from Morocco to Senegal.
  • The Inca Trail through the mountains of Peru follows the same stone paths used by the Incas hundreds of years ago.


  • 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 has 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).

  • Alaska Airlines, despite its name, actually has its largest hub at SeaTac, though with frequent daily services to Anchorage.
  • The Pilbara is a very hot area, and Marble Bar is often quoted as the hottest place in Australia.
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  • Monument Valley (pictured) has been the backdrop for many movies and advertisements, ranging from Marlboro cigarette ads to the films of John Ford to Back to the Future 3 and Forrest Gump.
  • The Dr. Guislain Museum in Ghent is a museum on the history of mental health.
  • Bhaktapur is an ancient city and is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colourful festivals, traditional dances and the indigenous lifestyle of the Newari community.
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  • Würzburger Residence is one of the finest palaces in Europe and is famed for its magnificent staircase (pictured).
  • A destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing, Dahab has about 270 days a year of wind.
  • When recording video you will be aiming the camera at people for several times longer than when you're snapping a photo, which increases the chance of annoying someone if you're filming, say, a street scene.
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  • The monks at Wutong Monastery in Tongren have an unequaled reputation for creating beautifully detailed images of Buddhist deities meticulously painted (paints pictured) on stretched fine-weave canvas.
  • People around the world wouldn't know La Grange if it weren't for the eponymous 1973 song by the rock band ZZ Top.
  • Panama is well known for its excellent medical care, making it a recent hot spot for medical vacations.
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  • Maize-based dishes are popular in Swaziland, and mealie or pap (cooking pictured) – similar to porridge — is a staple.
  • Fort Wayne is nicknamed the "Summit City" because, even though the surrounding area seems completely flat, it is on the high point of the old Wabash-Erie canal.
  • The riverboat Aquidabán still departs once a week from Concepción, Paraguay, a living relic of the city's history as an important transportation hub.
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  • The Esplanade is one of Greenock's most enjoyable walks, with Helensburgh, Kilcreggan (pictured) and the Highlands to see across the impressive expanse of the Clyde.
  • The main islands of Samoa are the result of countless volcanic eruptions, leaving easily visible volcanic cones all over both islands.
  • Albanian is a branch of Indo-European and is considered to be the only language derived from the extinct Illyrian language.
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  • The National Library of Bhutan (pictured) in Thimphu houses a rare collection of Buddhist texts.
  • Watching wildlife and the Great Migration in the Serengeti is tremendous; nowhere on earth is there a sight that can rival the spectacle of 1.5 million hoofed animals on the march.
  • The prison camp Perm-36 was closed in 1988, and later turned into the only genuine Gulag museum in Russia.
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  • Vianden Castle (pictured) was impressively restored in 1977 and has been a real visitor's magnet ever since.
  • The National Landmarks Garden in Pyin U Lwin is a grandiose collection of large models of Burma's landmarks with interesting touches like proudly displaying oil wells in the middle of a line of stupa.
  • When dialed from outside Germany phone numbers on the East Frisian Island of Borkum start "+494922"
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  • Sigiriya is famous for its high red stone fortress and palace ruins which are surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens (pictured), reservoirs and other structures.
  • The layout of Mariehamn follows the same basic guidelines as can be found in many Russian cities, with large avenues with promenades in the middle of the street.
  • Given the huge area Jacksonville covers (largest city in the continental U.S.A.), cars are the only practical way of getting around.
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  • Palacio de López in Asunción houses the Paraguayan government and is very well lit at night (pictured).
  • The coastal strip of Angola is tempered by the cool Benguela Current, resulting in a climate similar to coastal Peru or Baja California.
  • The most identifiable cuisine in Singapore is Peranakan or Nonya cuisine, born from the mixed Malay and Chinese communities of what were once the British colonies of the Straits Settlements.
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  • The Three Crosses (pictured) in Vilnius is a monument to seven Franciscan friars that were reportedly tortured there by pagans before the conversion of Lithuania to Christianity.
  • It is forbidden to bring alcohol into Qatar as a tourist.
  • The Calgary Tower may not be quite as impressive as the CN Tower in Toronto, but it still commands a great view over the city and the surroundings.
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  • Although the original Iwakuni Castle only stood for seven years, that was excuse enough for a reconstruction (pictured) during the 1960s.
  • Worldwide, teaching English is a major industry.


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: