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* The '''Fire and Water''' hot spring in [[Guanzihling]] has been aflame for three decades, thanks to the release of methane gas in the spring
 
* The '''Fire and Water''' hot spring in [[Guanzihling]] has been aflame for three decades, thanks to the release of methane gas in the spring
 
* [[Menton]] Fête du Citron: There's a '''lemon party''' and you're invited! '''Lemon-related festivities''' over several days in '''February'''.
 
* [[Menton]] Fête du Citron: There's a '''lemon party''' and you're invited! '''Lemon-related festivities''' over several days in '''February'''.
 +
* The residents of [[Gori]] still travel to '''Gori Jvari''' on celebrations of Saint George to make '''animal sacrifices''' of sheep.
 +
* The Star Wars city of Tatooine was named after the actual city of [[Tataouine]], although it was filmed in [[Malmata]].
 +
* Scotland's [[Holy Island (Arran)|Holy Island]] has become a meditation ground for '''Tibetan Buddhists''' since the previous owner had a '''vision of the Virgin Mary''', instructing her to sell it to the Buddhists.
 +
* The '''H.E.H The Nizam's Museum''' in [[Hyderabad]] is home to the '''world's longest wardrobe''', owned by Mahbub Ali Pasha who is said to have never worn the same thing twice.
 +
* Filled with works by Salvador Dali, the '''Theatre Meseu Gala Salvador Dali''' in [[Figueres]] is actually the largest work of art by Dali, as he designed and resided in it.
 +
* All of the '''guides''' that lead visitors through [[Trois-Rivières]]'s '''Old Prison''' are '''former inmates'''.
 +
* Legend has it that the infamous '''Arc of the Covenant''' is held inside the '''Church of St. Mary of Zion''' in [[Axsum]], [[Ethiopia]].
 +
* '''Auerbach's Keller''' in [[Leipzig]] is the oldest continually operating pub in [[Germany]].
 +
* The anchor of '''Christopher Columbus'''' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the '''Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien''' in [[Port-au-Prince]].
 +
* With 13000 temples built in the 12th century and 2200 remaining today, [[Bagan]] has more Buddhist structures than anywhere else on the planet.
 +
* '''Lake Retba''' near [[Dakar]] is a famous '''naturally pink lake''', gaining it's color from the algae that live in it.
 +
* The '''Baptistery of St. John''' in [[Poitiers]] is the oldest Christian site in [[France]] and one of the oldest in all of [[Europe]].
 +
* The island of [[Kiritimati]] is the '''first to see each new day''', as it is the closest inhabited island to the International Dateline.
 +
* For a true taste of Medieval Europe, head to [[Tallinn]]'s '''Olde Hansa''' where food is prepared and served in the old fashion way, without the use of electricity or any modern appliances.
 +
* The city of [[Shibam]] is known as the '''Manhattan of the Desert''', because of its medieval high-rise buildings '''made completely of mud'''.
 +
* '''Saint Peter's Basilica''' in [[Rome/Vatican|Vatican City]] is so large the entire '''Statue of Liberty''' could fit inside the dome with room to spare.
 +
* The famous '''bogolan cloth''' of the Bambara people of [[Ségou]] is dyed '''using only mud'''.
 +
* Five of the dinosaurs on display at [[Pittsburgh]]'s '''Carnegie Museum of Natural History''' were used as '''holotypes''', giving us our current knowledge about them, including the '''Tyrannosaurus Rex'''.
 +
* Although the '''Christ Redeemer Statue''' in [[Rio de Janeiro]] is the most famous Christ statue, the highest and largest Christ Statue in the world is the '''Cristo de la Concordia''' in [[Cochabamba]].
 +
* The largest settlement of Romani people, known more widely as '''gypsies''', can be found in the '''Šuto Orizari''' on the outskirts of [[Skopje]].
 +
* If you can't see it all yourself, [[Astana]]'s '''Atameken Map''' is an outdoor museum that recreates the entire nation of [[Kazakhstan]] for visitors to walk through and experience.
 +
* The beautiful frescoes in [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old City/Istanbul]]'s '''Chora Church''' were lost under plaster for over 500 years before being uncovered.
 +
* The only remaining ''' wild white rhino''' population in the world is located in [[Garamba National Park]] in the [[Democratic Republic of the Congo]].
 +
* The Basilica in [[Cartago]] is said to be built on the grounds where a '''stone depicting the Virgin Mary''' mysteriously continued to return after being repeatedly taken away and even locked up.
 +
* For those who love Hollywood and horticulture the '''Celebrity Tree Park''' in [[Kununurra]] offers the opportunity to enjoy both at once as it is a grove of '''trees planted by famous people'''.
 +
* Legend has it, '''Suyumbike Tower''' in [[Kazan]] is name after a '''Tatar Princess''' who committed suicide by jumping off it in order to avoid marriage to '''Ivan the Terrible'''.
 +
* The trial of Emperor Maximilian I, the writing of the Mexican constitution, and the first performance of the national anthem all occurred at the '''Theater of the Republic''' in [[Querétaro]].
 +
* If you believe size matters, check out the '''Icelandic Phallological Museum''' in [[Húsavík]] where the '''penises of nearly all Iceland's animals''' are on display for you to size up and compare.
 +
* If you're tired of one-sided history reports, the '''Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site''' in [[Battlefields (KwaZulu-Natal)|KwaZulu-Natal]] has two museums about the same event; one from the perspective of Europeans and the other from the Zulus.
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* The Chinese '''Dragon Boat Festival''' of [[Wuhan]] commemorates the suicide of '''Qu Yuan''' in the Miluo River with the purpose of the dragon boats and drums being to protect his body from being eaten by fish.
  
 
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Revision as of 02:50, 4 January 2010

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

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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).

  • With more than 7,300 kilometers, the tiny European country Denmark has a longer coastline and more beaches than the subcontinent of India.
  • Prior to being a mosque, the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus has been a Greek temple, a Roman temple, and a Christian church.
  • Known as the wickedest city in the world, the earthquake that destroyed Port Royal in Kingston is said to have been a punishment from God.
  • The Fire and Water hot spring in Guanzihling has been aflame for three decades, thanks to the release of methane gas in the spring
  • Menton Fête du Citron: There's a lemon party and you're invited! Lemon-related festivities over several days in February.
  • The residents of Gori still travel to Gori Jvari on celebrations of Saint George to make animal sacrifices of sheep.
  • The Star Wars city of Tatooine was named after the actual city of Tataouine, although it was filmed in Malmata.
  • Scotland's Holy Island has become a meditation ground for Tibetan Buddhists since the previous owner had a vision of the Virgin Mary, instructing her to sell it to the Buddhists.
  • The H.E.H The Nizam's Museum in Hyderabad is home to the world's longest wardrobe, owned by Mahbub Ali Pasha who is said to have never worn the same thing twice.
  • Filled with works by Salvador Dali, the Theatre Meseu Gala Salvador Dali in Figueres is actually the largest work of art by Dali, as he designed and resided in it.
  • All of the guides that lead visitors through Trois-Rivières's Old Prison are former inmates.
  • Legend has it that the infamous Arc of the Covenant is held inside the Church of St. Mary of Zion in Axsum, Ethiopia.
  • Auerbach's Keller in Leipzig is the oldest continually operating pub in Germany.
  • The anchor of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince.
  • With 13000 temples built in the 12th century and 2200 remaining today, Bagan has more Buddhist structures than anywhere else on the planet.
  • Lake Retba near Dakar is a famous naturally pink lake, gaining it's color from the algae that live in it.
  • The Baptistery of St. John in Poitiers is the oldest Christian site in France and one of the oldest in all of Europe.
  • The island of Kiritimati is the first to see each new day, as it is the closest inhabited island to the International Dateline.
  • For a true taste of Medieval Europe, head to Tallinn's Olde Hansa where food is prepared and served in the old fashion way, without the use of electricity or any modern appliances.
  • The city of Shibam is known as the Manhattan of the Desert, because of its medieval high-rise buildings made completely of mud.
  • Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is so large the entire Statue of Liberty could fit inside the dome with room to spare.
  • The famous bogolan cloth of the Bambara people of Ségou is dyed using only mud.
  • Five of the dinosaurs on display at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History were used as holotypes, giving us our current knowledge about them, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Although the Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro is the most famous Christ statue, the highest and largest Christ Statue in the world is the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba.
  • The largest settlement of Romani people, known more widely as gypsies, can be found in the Šuto Orizari on the outskirts of Skopje.
  • If you can't see it all yourself, Astana's Atameken Map is an outdoor museum that recreates the entire nation of Kazakhstan for visitors to walk through and experience.
  • The beautiful frescoes in Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old City/Istanbul's Chora Church were lost under plaster for over 500 years before being uncovered.
  • The only remaining wild white rhino population in the world is located in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • The Basilica in Cartago is said to be built on the grounds where a stone depicting the Virgin Mary mysteriously continued to return after being repeatedly taken away and even locked up.
  • For those who love Hollywood and horticulture the Celebrity Tree Park in Kununurra offers the opportunity to enjoy both at once as it is a grove of trees planted by famous people.
  • Legend has it, Suyumbike Tower in Kazan is name after a Tatar Princess who committed suicide by jumping off it in order to avoid marriage to Ivan the Terrible.
  • The trial of Emperor Maximilian I, the writing of the Mexican constitution, and the first performance of the national anthem all occurred at the Theater of the Republic in Querétaro.
  • If you believe size matters, check out the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Húsavík where the penises of nearly all Iceland's animals are on display for you to size up and compare.
  • If you're tired of one-sided history reports, the Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site in KwaZulu-Natal has two museums about the same event; one from the perspective of Europeans and the other from the Zulus.
  • The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival of Wuhan commemorates the suicide of Qu Yuan in the Miluo River with the purpose of the dragon boats and drums being to protect his body from being eaten by fish.

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  • 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.

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