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* The official book depository of the [[United Kingdom]], the British Library in [[London/Camden|Camden]] '''holds a copy of every book ever printed in the UK, and a wide variety of periodicals.'''
* The official book depository of the [[United Kingdom]], the British Library in [[London/Camden|Camden]] '''holds a copy of every book ever printed in the UK, and a wide variety of periodicals.'''
* [[Tarifa]] is located on the '''southernmost point of the European continent''' and known as a '''Mecca for Windsurfing.'''
* [[Tarifa]] is located on the '''southernmost point of the European continent''' and known as a '''Mecca for Windsurfing.'''
* In the Indian cities of [[Rishikesh]] and [[Haridwar]] '''non-vegetarian food is illegal'''.
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Revision as of 09:29, 6 March 2012

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


  • 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:
The interesting fact linked to this image goes here.

Now displayed

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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

DiscoverBot is not currently operational. All updates are now performed manually. If it's been a few days, feel free to rotate in a new entry.


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).

  • In the Earthquake Awareness and Preparation Center in Yokosuka visitors can experience a strong earthquake in controlled surroundings, learn how to avoid injury, put out fires, and escape a smoky building.
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  • Perth (pictured) is the most isolated capital city of over 1,000,000 people in the world.
  • Aberdeen has got many nicknames - among others "the Granite City", "the Rainbow city", "Silver City" and "Oil Capital of Europe".
  • Gloucester is America's oldest seaport. Established in 1623, the city's roots are tied to the sea.
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  • Table mountain (pictured) in Cape Town is the home of a small animal, the rock rabbit (known locally as the 'Dassie') whose closest relative, DNA-wise, is the elephant.
  • Wurstkuchl in Regensburg is thought to be the oldest fast food restaurant in the world.
  • Huangshan is a granite massif consisting of 36 separate peaks, rising above 1,800 m. Famous throughout Chinese artistic history, Huangshan represents the typical mountain in Chinese paintings.
  • Indiana's motto is "The Crossroads of America" (pictured).
  • The official book depository of the United Kingdom, the British Library in Camden holds a copy of every book ever printed in the UK, and a wide variety of periodicals.
  • Tarifa is located on the southernmost point of the European continent and known as a Mecca for Windsurfing.
  • In the Indian cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar non-vegetarian food is illegal.

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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)

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: