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* For avid '''runners''', the summer festival in [[Dunedin]], [[New Zealand]] hosts a race up Baldwin Street, the '''world's steepest street'''.
 
 
* At '''Tokyu Hands''' in [[Tokyo/Shinjuku|Shinjuku, Tokyo]], you can buy &mdash; among many, many other things &mdash; a dozen types of '''sand for model railways'''.
 
* At '''Tokyu Hands''' in [[Tokyo/Shinjuku|Shinjuku, Tokyo]], you can buy &mdash; among many, many other things &mdash; a dozen types of '''sand for model railways'''.
 
* The '''Hotel Paisano''' in [[Marfa]], [[Texas]] shows the '''James Dean''' film '''''Giant''''' in a screening room off its lobby all day, seven days a week.
 
* The '''Hotel Paisano''' in [[Marfa]], [[Texas]] shows the '''James Dean''' film '''''Giant''''' in a screening room off its lobby all day, seven days a week.

Revision as of 04:00, 23 September 2009

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

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  • Keep it short and snappy: no more than twenty words, please.
  • [[Link]] any place names.
  • '''Boldface''' the fact of interest.
  • The articles don't need to be perfect, but preference should be given to those with a status of "usable" or higher.
  • The article linked to must contain the fact in question.
  • Relevant images are optional but welcome, ideally once for 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.

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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).


  • At Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, Tokyo, you can buy — among many, many other things — a dozen types of sand for model railways.
  • The Hotel Paisano in Marfa, Texas shows the James Dean film Giant in a screening room off its lobby all day, seven days a week.
  • Legend has it that the city of Ljubljana was established by Jason and the Argonauts with Jason himself as the city's first citizen.
  • You're welcome to have as much as you like, but the Emperor of Japan is legally barred from eating Shimonoseki's most famous dish, fugu, the poisonous pufferfish.
  • With a length of 800 meters, Hilversum has the largest wildlife crossing of the world.
  • Among the attractions at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan is "Leonardo's Horse," a finished interpretation of the giant sculpture da Vinci intended to be his masterpiece.
  • Mitsukoshi, Japan's 325-year-old retailer, has only one North American location—and it's inside the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World.
  • With more than 7,300 kilometers, the tiny European country Denmark has a longer coastline and more beaches than the subcontinent of India.
  • Despite being famed as the Marble City, Kilkenny's black marble is in fact a finely grained carboniferous limestone.

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  • The town of Kristinestad, Finland has a road called Kattpiskargränden, which means Cat Spanker Alley.
  • By tradition, the sand spit of Amanohashidate, one of Japan's Three Views, is best viewed upside down from between your legs. (de-outline)
  • 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 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:

  • Menton Fête du Citron: There's a lemon party and you're invited! Lemon-related festivities over several days in February. (wait for Feb)

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