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* The famous '''Sereer wrestlers''' in [[Palmarin]] still carry on the tradition of using talismans and drinking magical potions to give them the strength to win.
 
* The famous '''Sereer wrestlers''' in [[Palmarin]] still carry on the tradition of using talismans and drinking magical potions to give them the strength to win.
 
* North Sentinel, one of [[Andaman and Nicobar|Andaman Islands]], is home to a tribe that have so far '''resisted all outside attempts to contact''', including those by the [[India]]n government.
 
* North Sentinel, one of [[Andaman and Nicobar|Andaman Islands]], is home to a tribe that have so far '''resisted all outside attempts to contact''', including those by the [[India]]n government.
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* ''Tünel'' in [[Istanbul/Galata|Galata, Istanbul]] is the '''second oldest underground railway in the world''', after [[London]]'s Underground, though from one end to the other, it's just 573 ''meters'' long.
  
 
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Revision as of 07:57, 30 June 2010

Discover is Wikitravel's heading for strange but true trivia about destinations and events.

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This selection, as presented by Template:Discover, is updated every day automatically by DiscoverBot at 01:00 EDT, at least when the bot works (it isn't working as of March 2009). Please don't edit the template directly. Older entries can be found in the archive.

Last updated on 04 Nov 2008 01:00:09

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Add your entries to the end of this list. The list is read by an automated bot, which simply reads lines off the top, so please 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 name of Japan's northernmost city Wakkanai sounds like "wakannai" which means "I don't know" You can thus expect to get some ribbing if you answer questions like "Where are you?" with "Wakkanai"!
  • The Vatican is the only country in the world where ATM instructions are in Latin—the "dead" language.
  • A golf player boasting about having played a round in two countries has probably played in Tornio, Finland.
  • One of the highlights on the Trans-Siberian is the freshly smoked fish sold on the shore of Lake Baikal.
  • Iquitos, Peru is the largest continental city unreachable by road. The only ways in are by plane or river boat.
  • Truth or Consequences, New Mexico was renamed after a 50's television show.
  • The Hanseatic salt warehouses in Lübeck have functioned as Count Nosferatu's house in both the original movie from 1922 and the remake almost 60 years later.
  • An alternative to the extreme summer temperatures of Dubai is the indoor ski center where you can ride the slopes even in the middle of the summer.
  • The closest relative of the tiny rock rabbits that inhabit Cape Town's Table Mountain is actually the massive African elephant.
  • The famous Sereer wrestlers in Palmarin still carry on the tradition of using talismans and drinking magical potions to give them the strength to win.
  • North Sentinel, one of Andaman Islands, is home to a tribe that have so far resisted all outside attempts to contact, including those by the Indian government.
  • Tünel in Galata, Istanbul is the second oldest underground railway in the world, after London's Underground, though from one end to the other, it's just 573 meters long.

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  • The anchor of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince. (must verify the anchor and museum were not destroyed in the earthquake)
  • The town of Kristinestad, Finland has a road called Kattpiskargränden, which means Cat Spanker Alley.
  • Hebron in Northern Kentucky is home to the Creation Museum, which teaches the Book of Genesis as literal truth. (de-outline)
  • The name of the Japanese town of Shiojiri means "Salt Butt". (destub)
  • Mt. Angel recently built the largest glockenspiel in the United States. Also hosts a Bavarian-style "Oktoberfest" complete with traditional German bands every September (de-outline, wait for September, 2008 dates are Sep.11-14)
  • A street in Lancaster, California was modified for a Honda commercial so that all cars driving over it at 55 miles per hour would hear the William Tell Overture due to grooves cut in the road.
  • The world's longest street is Yonge Street in Ontario, Canada, which runs from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe and is 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long. (de-outline)

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