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* Sometimes referred to as the '''Tibet of the Americas''', [[Bolivia]] is one of the most "remote" countries in the Western hemisphere.
* Mural de la Prehistoria (''pictured'') in [[Viñales]] is perhaps the '''most bizarre sight''' on [[Cuba]]. It is a cliff painted with snails, dinosaurs, and a family of cavepersons, in garish colors.
* [[Flagstaff]] is '''stretched out along historic [[Route 66]]''', which runs roughly east-west.
* In [[South Luangwa National Park]] in [[Zambia]] you can take a '''night safari'''.
* A '''supernatural creature called "Mothman"''' was reportedly sighted on several occasions in the 1960's around [[Point Pleasant (West Virginia)|Point Pleasant]] in [[West Virginia]]. Today there is a '''Mothman themed museum, research center, statue and festival in the city.'''
* Built in 1482, the '''oldest European structure in Africa''', [[Elmina]] Castle (''pictured'') was a notorious slave fort used for moving slaves onto ships bound for other parts of the world.
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* When visiting the [[Faroe Islands]] you are '''never more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean.'''  
* 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]].
* In [[Trapani]] you can learn about the '''history of salt manufacturing by visiting the Museum of Salt'''.
* 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.
* [[Urumqi]] (''pictured'') is quite famous for its claim that it is the '''most inland major city in the world''', that being the farthest from any ocean.
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* The Caribbean island of [[Saba]] is known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the '''protection of its unique ecosystem.'''
* 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'''".
* In [[Tbilisi]] you can '''climb up to the ruins''' of the once-great Narikala Fortress for a '''panoramic view of the city below'''.
* The yearly [[Calgary]] Stampede fills the city is filled with '''Western-themed events''', the most popular being the '''rodeo and chuckwagon races.''' <nowiki>July 6-15 2012</nowiki>
[[File:Food Beavertail.JPG|100px|right]]
* 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'''.
* In [[Canada]], '''beaver tails''' are not necessarily made out of the animal. It is also a name for a '''fried dough topped with icing sugar''' (''pictured'').
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* 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'''.
* [[Galway]] is '''nicknamed "The City of the Tribes".'''
* Kujukuri-hama (九十九里浜) beach in [[Chiba (prefecture)|Chiba]] is, for many travelers , 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".'''
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* Buddha Park (''pictured'') outside [[Vientane]] 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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Revision as of 12:03, 23 August 2012

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


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  • Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the Western hemisphere.
  • Flagstaff is stretched out along historic Route 66, which runs roughly east-west.
Ghana Elmina slave castle.jpg
  • Built in 1482, the oldest European structure in Africa, Elmina Castle (pictured) was a notorious slave fort used for moving slaves onto ships bound for other parts of the world.
  • When visiting the Faroe Islands you are never more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean.
  • In Trapani you can learn about the history of salt manufacturing by visiting the Museum of Salt.
  • Urumqi (pictured) is quite famous for its claim that it is the most inland major city in the world, that being the farthest from any ocean.
  • The Caribbean island of Saba is known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem.
  • In Tbilisi you can climb up to the ruins of the once-great Narikala Fortress for a panoramic view of the city below.
Food Beavertail.JPG
  • In Canada, beaver tails are not necessarily made out of the animal. It is also a name for a fried dough topped with icing sugar (pictured).

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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 [1], 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)
  • 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.
  • Taï National Park, in Cote d'Ivoire, contains the largest tropical rainforest in West Africa. (fact does not appear in any of the mentioned articles, and the Tai article itself is hardly even a stub)

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