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


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  • La Antigua Guatemala (pictured) was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. It is a World Heritage Site, and is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala.
  • Khan Shatyry in Astana is a shopping and entertainment center hosted in giant transparent tent big enough to hold 10,000 people.
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  • Fishermen used to have their boats blessed in Marseille's cathedral, Notre Dame de la Garde (pictured), and you can still see many boat models hanging around in the church.
  • At a Howler's Inn in Bozeman two rooms overlook wolf enclosures, so guests can enjoy a wolf serenade by moonlight.
  • Invented in Damascus, Syria over 2000 years ago, the only place where the traditional making of Damascene can be found today is far from its origins, in Kyoto, Japan
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  • A popular day trip from La Paz goes to Coroico along the scenic "Death Road" (pictured), regarded as the most dangerous road in the world.
  • At 105 hectares Abuko Nature Reserve is one of the smallest (if not the smallest) protected areas in Africa, but it still offers a good introduction to the Gambian wildlife.
  • Founded by Christopher Columbus's brother Bartolome Colombus in 1496, Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas.
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  • The Police Boat 813 (pictured) in Khao Lak was swept 2 kilometers inland in the 2004 tsunami, and it has been left where it was as a memorial and historical landmark.

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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)
  • Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has the busiest Burger King in the world with 1,3 million visitors a year. It has never closed since its opening in 1993. (fact does not appear in the article)

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