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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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  • As you approach the Little Castle in Český Krumlov, you cross the Bear Moat, where the famous Krumlov bears gambol about lazily.
  • During the Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, held on the fifth Sunday after Easter, streets in São Miguel in the Azores are carpeted with colorful flowers (pictured).
  • The Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments in Dushanbe displays Central Asian musical instruments, and during musical or cultural events there you can see and hear them being played.


  • 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).

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  • Built circa 850 CE, the Grand Mosque of Sousse, Tunisia (pictured) is simple and austere in the Aghlabite style, with no decoration whatsoever aside from a string of angular Arabic and curved arches.
  • Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas has over 300 caves within its boundary.
  • Dhanbad is considered the coal capital of India, home to 112 coal mines and the country's largest colliery.
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  • Park Square, the beautifully-preserved village center of Franklinville, New York, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 (former Town Hall at 11 Park Square pictured).
  • Kinsale is perhaps best known for the siege of 1601, the fallout of which resulted in the expulsion of the Gaelic aristocracy from Ireland and the supplanting of the ancient Irish social order by English rule.
  • Córdoba is the home of a popular genre of Argentine Latin dance music, the lively and fast Cuarteto.
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  • The Slovak National Uprising Memorial and Museum (pictured) in Banská Bystrica memorialises resistance to fascism during the Second World War.
  • The word Farsi entered the English language mainly because West-migrated Iranians didn't know about the English exonym for their language (i.e. Persian)
  • Kisangani in the DRC is exceptionally diverse, with over 250 cultures represented and no single ethnicity or place of origin dominant.
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  • Brisbane is very laid-back, even by Australian standards (Kangaroo rest area pictured).
  • The area around the Swedish town of Ljusdal is known for is UNESCO-listed decorated farmhouses.
  • The Honmé Museum in Porto-Novo is the former residence of King Toffa, and offers a nice look into how Beninese royalty lived.
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  • Zamora in Spain has Europe's highest concentration of Romanesque art and architecture (dome of the city's cathedral pictured).
  • While some destinations are better known for their alcoholic beverages than anything else, other places totally ban alcohol. Therefore, a traveller needs to know and adapt to local drinking customs.
  • Cabo San Lucas captures the essence of Baja California, with excellent resorts, golf courses and watersports to enjoy by day, and one of Mexico's wildest nightlife scenes.
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  • Valley Forge National Historical Park was the place in Pennsylvania where, in the winter of 1777-78, General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force (re-enactment gunner pictured).
  • The Tonga people of Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi are famed for their love of fine clothing — it's common to see older men dressed in full suits with Homburg hats, spats and canes!
  • There must be something in the water at Havelock (New Zealand), as two of the world's greatest scientists had their formative education there: Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first man to split the atom, and the NASA rocket scientist Bill Pickering.
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  • While mostly known by Westerners for its 1945 conference, Yalta is a popular Crimean resort, and has such varied sights as Anton Chekhov's House and a beautiful Armenian church (pictured)
  • Inland San Diego County, California, is a haven for world-class rock-climbing.
  • Shenzhen is unique in that if you are travelling from Hong Kong and remain in the Shenzhen special economic zone, you do not need a full China Mainland Visa.
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  • Blackpool Tower Ballroom (pictured), in the eponymous Lancashire resort town, remains a global mecca for ballroom and Latin dancing.
  • Natives call Aguascalientes "the perforated city" or La Ciudad Perforada due to its intertwining passages, or catacombs beneath it that the pre-colonial Indians carved from rock.
  • Tobacco products vary enormously in price around the world, mainly because different countries or states tax them differently.
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  • At the Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan (pictured) in Tashkent you can see Russian paintings depicting Uzbek people and their lifestyle, local antiquities, and decorations salvaged from ancient temples.
  • The Old Town of Szczecin is jokingly referred to by locals as "Brand New Old Town", as its reconstruction only started in late 1990s and is ongoing.
  • Maine's unique accent and dialect lend to its one-of-a-kind charm.
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  • The Swiss Papal Guards of the Vatican wear very colourful clothing, similar to the uniforms worn by Renaissance-era soldiers (pictured).
  • Once famous for its hair-raisingly short runway ending at a cliff over the Atlantic Ocean, Funchal airport has been expanded to handle all sizes of aircraft.
  • South Sea pearls are a large part of the history of Broome.
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  • The Great Wall of China, as we know it, is actually a series of several walls (map pictured) built at different times by different emperors.
  • According to a legend, Teotihuacan was where the gods gathered to plan the creation of man.
  • The highest and the lowest points of South America are both located in Argentina.
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  • The Poshanu Cham Tower (pictured) in the Phu Hai ward (Thap Po Sha Inu) of Mui Ne is a derelict remainder of the ancient Cham culture that was built in the 8th century.
  • Don't use your thumb for hitchhiking in Gambia, as it's an obscene gesture there — instead wave if you want a car to stop.
  • Despite originating in the South of Italy, pizza is one of the most popular dishes in North America and has had a degree of cultural and societal impact that far outstrips most foods.
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  • Built at the beginning of the 15th century, the Lutheran church of the Holy Trinity (pictured) in Rakvere was a shelter during the Livonian war (1558-1583) and suffered greatly then.
  • Mumbai is named after the goddess Mumba devi of the Koli community.


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: