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Harissa (pictured) is a very hot spicy chili paste (somtimes milded with carrots or yogurt), served with bread as a starter at almost any meal in Tunisia.
There are so many bars along Rue Saint Michel in Rennes that locals call the street Rue de la Soif, ie. "thirst street".
Chongqing is claimed to be the place of origin of the Chinese dish hot pot, and the locals are said to be the only ones who are able to stand a real (spicy) one.
The Zytglogge clock tower (pictured) in Berne plays an animatronic show each full hour and the locals are proud to tell you it's "the longest running act in show business".
The yearly Calgary Stampede fills the city with Western-themed events, the most popular being the rodeo and chuckwagon races. July 6-15 2012
The day trip by train from Salta up in the mountains and back is aptly named tren a las nubes - the train to the clouds.
According to a legend, Church of St. Mary of Zion (pictured) in Aksum, Ethiopia is the repository of the Ark of the Covenant.
A local joke has it that New Orleans really does have four seasons: Summer, Hurricane, Christmas, and Mardi Gras.
Kujukuri-hama (九十九里浜) beach in Chiba is, for many travelers (coming in from east), their first glimpse of Japan: it's the long coastline you see from the plane coming in over the Pacific into Narita.
In Bundaberg rum distillery you can take an interactive tour and learn about the history of rum making.
The old town hall in Leipzig was built in 1556 in Renaissance style and remains one of Germany's largest. The position of the tower follows the ancient ideal of "golden mean".
Buddha Park (pictured) outside Vientiane is a bizarre outdoor collection of huge concrete sculptures of Buddhist and Hindu deities and real and imaginary beasts.
Maritiman in Gothenburg calls itself "the world's biggest floating museum of ships" and consists of 19 boats of all sizes.
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The small principality of Andorra is probably the only country in the world ruled by two princes: the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. (red-link article needs to be created and de-outlined)
All the houses in Piódão, Portugal have their doors painted in blue because that's the only ink the village shop had. (de-outline)
Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada, is the largest uninhabited island in the world although it does have a cemetery...thee world's northernmost.
The world's largest pool is located at San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo. (de-outline)
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—museum is half buried and so it was only moderately damaged per French Wikipedia , should wait until it reopens before displaying)
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)
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.