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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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  • Through the transatlantic slave trade, the Igbo language (spoken mainly in Nigeria) has influenced many creole languages in the Americas.
  • The world's first passenger railway was in Swansea, Wales. It began service in 1804 and ran five miles from the centre of Swansea to the suburb of Mumbles, using horse-drawn vehicles.
  • Built immediately after the saint's death in the 1200s, Saint Anthony's Cathedral (pictured) in Padua houses his tomb and notable relics.


  • 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).

  • The Omani region of Dhofar is UNESCO-listed as the land of frankincense.
  • DNA researchers in Knysna, South Africa ask visitors to report any elephant dung they discover.
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  • Mars, Pennsylvania has a statue of a flying saucer (pictured).
  • "Standard souvenirs" to purchase from La Fortuna include photos of the town's erupting volcano, machetes and Costa Rican coffee.
  • Despite the popular Croatian saying that Split experiences snowfall once every 30 years, there is actually at least one snowy day nearly every winter.
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  • As a purpose-built capital city, Abuja is a great place to see modern Nigerian architecture (National Mosque pictured).
  • Jesus is said to have been baptised in the Jordan river at Jericho, now in the Palestinian Territories
  • Gurudwara Sahib in Mantin is one of the oldest Sikh temples in Malaysia.
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  • One specialty of Spanish cuisine is tapas (pictured), small bites of meat, seafood, cheese or vegetables that are traditionally eaten as bar snacks.
  • Travellers teaching English must be prepared to strain their knowledge of their own language in order to answer seemingly straightforward questions posed by learners.
  • Garden City, Long Island, is actually a village.
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  • Amateur photographers will appreciate Komsomolsk-on-Amur for its many Stalinist-era neo-renaissance buildings (residential block pictured).
  • The Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the annual migration of 20,000 grey whales past the small town of Ucluelet, British Columbia.
  • Luganville, Vanuatu's biggest draw is the wreck of the SS President Coolidge, a WWII troop carrier sunk by friendly mines in 1942.
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  • Martians (tripod sculpture pictured) chose the English town of Woking to launch their invasion of Earth in H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
  • With only 37,000 inhabitants, Nunavut covers a land area larger than Mexico.
  • Hamburg still has Bahnsteigkarten. These are tickets for those who wish to enter the platform area but don't want to ride a train.
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  • One of Spain's most spectacular fire festivals, Valencia's Falles (pictured) can be best characterised as a fire-fireworks-gunpowder street party extravaganza.
  • The best rice in Japan is said to come from Niigata.
  • Barber shops consisting of nothing but a chair and an enthusiastic barber can be found on the sides of roads in Johannesburg.
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  • The El Choro Trek (view on day one of the trek pictured) was constructed before or during the Inca Empire for the transport of food and goods to the high mountains from the subtropical woods.
  • The sale of postage stamps and coins to foreign collectors is an important source of revenue for the island nation of Niue.
  • The casino in Bad Homburg served as direct inspiration for the Monte Carlo Grand Casino, which the Monegasque Prince ordered to be built "in the German style".
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  • Þingvellir National Park in Iceland sits on the faultline between the Eurasian and North American plates (pictured).
  • Abu Dhabi is a compulsive shopper's dream.
  • North Gyeongsang is the cultural epicentre of Korea, where Buddhist traditions and Confucian philosophy still guide a rather conservative populace.
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  • Morondava is known throughout Madagascar for its ancient baobab trees (pictured), including the two intertwined "baobabs amoureux".
  • The Avenida Paulista, with its busy cosmopolitan atmosphere and blend of old and new architecture, is a good representation of São Paulo's aspirations for itself.
  • The Alexander Pushkin Museum is dedicated to the adventures of Odessa's most famous short-term resident.
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  • The Sintra National Palace (pictured) was the summer estate of the Portuguese royal family from the middle ages until the 1910 republican revolution.
  • Jet lag is caused by rapid travel across time zones.
  • The former meat-packing plant in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, was once one of the largest industrial plants in South America.
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  • A dusty ranching center in northern Argentina, surrounded by cacti and colorful mountains, Humahuaca (pictured) looks like a set for a wild west movie.
  • Nebraska is the only triple landlocked state in the U.S, meaning that you'd have to drive through at least three other states (or two states and a Canadian province) to get to the ocean.
  • Himachal Pradesh's name literally means "Abode of Snow".
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  • Flights to Milford Sound Airport (pictured) are undoubtedly some of the world's greatest scenic flights, with unsurpassed views of the mountains and glaciers en route.
  • The present Greek alphabet was introduced by a Phoenician called Qadmu (Καδμος) about 800 BCE and has been in use continuously since then.
  • Forgottonia's peculiar name in part stems from a semi tongue-in-cheek independence movement from the 1970s that was a reaction to economic hardship and policy decisions harmful to western Illinois


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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)

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