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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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  • Swimming in Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (pictured), you can enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona.
  • The National Railway Museum in Adelaide is Australia's largest railway museum.
  • In Moldova, the Romanian language is sometimes referred to as Moldovan.


  • 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).

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  • From the summit of Mauao, there are fantastic views of the beach-side suburb named after it (Mt Maunganui or The Mount), Tauranga, and the entire Tauranga harbour area and coastlines (pictured).
  • If you visit Tikal early enough in the morning, it's possible to see and hear monkeys.
  • Near Visakhapatnam there are three hills dedicated to three different faiths.
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  • Encompassing 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area re-creates (pictured) 18th-century Williamsburg as it appeared preceding and during the American Revolution.
  • Though the Maasai Mara National Reserve has good numbers of wildlife all year around, it is more lively during the annual great wildebeest migration.
  • The cable car of Grenoble is the easiest way to see the town from above, and the trip in the plastic bubbles is impressive.
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  • Johor Zoo (entrance pictured) was built by Sultan Ibrahim in 1928 as a private menagerie of the royal family and opened to the public in 1962.
  • The Imperial City of Hue is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries, featuring art and costumes from various periods of Vietnamese history.
  • Klerksdorp Konsentrasiekamp Monument was built to honor those who succumbed in the Klerksdorp concentration camps during the Second Boer War.
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  • Founded as a gold rush town in 1895, the handful of original buildings (town hall pictured) still standing are all that remain from Menzies' previous grandeur.
  • The statue of Manas, Kyrgyzstan's legendary hero/leader of yore, in Osh depicts Manas with a snow leopard.
  • There are five tones in Mandarin that must be followed for proper pronunciation.
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  • Established in the 13th century, the current buildings (pictured) of Wijlre's old watermill date from 1776, and some holiday apartments have been created in them.
  • The four plazas Plaza Guadalajara, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Liberación and Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres in Guadalajara form a cross of plazas with the cathedral in the center.
  • Not just fish is sold at Novi Sad's fish market, which offers a true Serbian market experience.
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  • There are places off-limits due to mines (warning sign pictured) in many parts of the world, including some where the conflict ended decades ago.
  • Streymoy is the largest of the Faroe Islands.
  • São Luís's Historical Center is a testimony to the city's past wealth as the home of the cotton aristocrats.
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  • Alexander the Great's conquests (map pictured) covered a wide area.
  • Omarama has a world famous gliding centre, where scenic glider flights into the Southern Alps are available.
  • The American Windmill Museum in Lubbock offers a unique experience into the history of wind power from the Old West to today.
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  • The front facade (pictured) and retable behind the altar of Notre Dame de Lourdes in Libreville have a hand-painted airy white and blue tapestry.
  • The Spruce Grove Grain Elevator is now a museum and the last remaining wooden grain elevator on the CN Rail line west of Edmonton.
  • Wounded soldiers of the Baekje Dynasty are said to have been healed after taking a bath in the springs today forming Yuseong Spa in Daejeon.
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  • The U-Tower (pictured), a high-rise former brewery building, has been a Dortmund landmark since 1927.
  • Chellah ouside Rabat was founded by Carthaginians, conquered by Romans and later passed under Arab rule, then abandoned and settled by unbelievable numbers of birds.
  • Dishes of the Spanish cuisine tend to be light and not overly spicy.
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  • Jhansi was built around Jhansi Fort (pictured), and once the city fit inside the fort's walls.
  • Beer has a history spanning back to the very oldest agricultural civilizations.
  • Golfing is an enormously popular outdoor sport in Auburn among both visitors and those associated with the university.
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  • Ruka has a large cross-country skiing track network (tracks pictured).
  • Shirakawa is famous in the region for its unique daruma (wooden doll) design.
  • At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, you can learn about the 1854 Eureka miners' rebellion and the changes it caused in Australian democracy.
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  • With a maximum height between 260 and 312 m, King Fahd's Fountain (pictured) in Jeddah is the tallest in the world.
  • Inca legend says that Viracocha, the bearded god who created the universe, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca and created the sun at Isla del Sol.
  • God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow displays hundreds of illuminated signs including signs of businesses, decorative signs, movie props and artworks.
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  • The most prized piece of art in Klosterneuburg Monastery is the triptych Verduner Altar (pictured), painted in 1181 by Nicholas of Verdun.
  • Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane's relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is.
  • The San Gabriel mountains above Pasadena offer some excellent hiking opportunities.
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  • Completed in 1929, Havana's neoclassical El Capitolio (pictured) resembles the U.S. Capitol and housed the Cuban Congress prior to the revolution.
  • Basketball is one of the most popular team sports in North America, both as a spectactor sport and as an activity.
  • Sakhalin has long been the scene of a power struggle between major Asian powers.
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  • Buffalo History Museum (pictured) has by far the most extensive collection of artifacts relevant to the history of Buffalo and Western New York from pre-Columbian times to the present day.
  • Some towns owe their existence or at least their current size to mining.
  • The wooden roof of the 11th century Ancona Cathedral is in the shape of an upside-down boat and its most obvious feature is the 12-sided cupola.
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  • The French language originated in France, but in the modern day it is spoken on every continent (French speaking areas pictured).
  • Townsville on the Australian Pacific coast enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine a year.
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport had a famously messy construction period making Berlin the laughingstock of Germany


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: