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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.

Now displayed


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  • Bei Guo Zhi Chun in Hohhot is greenhouse/warehouse turned into a massive eatery where plants are abundant as well as water features and indoor yurts.
  • Anyone who visits downtown Detroit will be pleasantly surprised to see one of America's best preserved collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings standing beside the contemporary (Brush Street pictured).
  • Wicklow Head 3 km south of Wicklow Town, is the most easterly point on the Republic of Ireland mainland: on a clear day you might glimpse Snowdonia in Wales.


  • 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 first railway station in continental Europe was the horse railway station of České Budějovice; now the building houses a horse-drawn railway museum.
  • The Historic Santa Fe Trail is too fragile to travel on, even on foot, but it's a popular route to travel parallel to.
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  • Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "the smoke that thunders" only became known to the western world as Victoria Falls (pictured) after David Livingstone first set eyes on this astonishing natural wonder in 1855, a heartbeat ago in geological time.
  • One of Nuorgam's top sights is the monument to the northernmost point of the European Union - the literal northernmost point is in the adjacent Teno river.
  • The adobe ruin of La Huaca del Sol outside Trujillo is purported to be the largest pre̠-Columbian structure in the Americas.
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  • The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod (pictured) features a church, war monument with eternal flame, a reasonable art museum and impressive views along the Volga River.
  • Most visitors to Yakushima come to experience the ancient cedar trees and forests.
  • The short undistinguished Ragged Ass Road is known for its name far beyond Yellowknife, which started as a joke among prospectors about their lack of success one season.
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  • Bab Mansour (pictured) is the largest and most striking of Meknes 27 gates.
  • Thanks to the significant Indian population, Indian food in Suva, Fiji, is authentic, tasty, and good value.
  • Held annually in October, the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in America.
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  • Soft sleepers (compartment pictured) are the most comfortable mode of transportation on most trains in China and are still relatively cheap by Western standards.
  • Tashelhit has been written with several different alphabets.
  • The Struve Geodetic Arc is a World Heritage Site comprising 34 out of 265 points used to measure the Earth's exact size and shape in the 19th century.
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  • Innamincka (pictured) is one of the few Aboriginal communities in Australia; home to Yawarrawarrka and the Yandruwandha people.
  • Though a tiny country, Monaco is packed with entertainment for those with money to burn.
  • In Colombia yellow fever vaccination is free for people who travel to high risk areas like Leticia (where it's also obligatory for entering).
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  • Kalong Island near Labuan Bajo is home to thousands of kalong, or giant flying fox bats, emerging at dusk (pictured).
  • Some great souvenirs to purchase in Ilha de Mozambique literally come from the sea.
  • The Nordic countries have some of the highest levels of English proficiency among countries where English is not an official or first language.
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  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park (landscape pictured) is named for the US president who lived in North Dakota during the 1880s, owning and operating two ranches there.
  • Street addresses in Abu Dhabi are simultaneously very logical and hopelessly confusing.
  • If you are looking for an unusual holiday, a yacht charter to Madagascar might be a good choice.
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  • Topside, the interior of Nauru, is a "moon landscape" (pictured) as a result of phosphate mining.
  • Surprisingly, fog is the most lethal kind of weather in some parts of the world.
  • An attraction in Akademgorodok outside Novosibirsk is the Monument to the laboratory mouse.
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  • The Hôtel-Dieu (pictured) in Beaune is a stunning example of Burgundian architecture.
  • At Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco you can visit two WWII warships: the submarine USS Pampanito, and SS Jeremiah O'Brien which was involved in the D-day landing.
  • The dynastic and religious capital of Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom Egypt, Luxor has a lot of historic sites to offer.
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  • Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (inhabitants pictured) is the biggest facility of this kind in the world and a favorite among visitors to the city.
  • Some credit card companies insure trips purchased with certain types of credit cards they issue.
  • The Muthappan Temple in Kannur is unique in the whole of India, as there is no idol but rather a ritualistic art-form (Muttappan Theyam) to worship.
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  • Portchester Castle (pictured) near Portsmouth was built in Norman times largely from recycled stones from an earlier Roman fortification on the same site.
  • Vancouver International Airport has earned the title Best North American Airport by Skytrax every year from 2010-2020.


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: