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* The '''Hotel Grand Canal''' in the [[Dutch]] city of [[Delft]] occupies a former '''prison'''.
* The '''Hotel Grand Canal''' in the [[Dutch]] city of [[Delft]] occupies a former '''prison'''.
* If you venture out from [[Iriomote]], [[Japan]] to nearby '''Yubu Island''', you'll ride in an '''amphibious cart''' pulled by a '''water buffalo'''.
* If you venture out from [[Iriomote]], [[Japan]] to nearby '''Yubu Island''', you'll ride in an '''amphibious cart''' pulled by a '''water buffalo'''.
* The USS Razorback submarine in Little Rock, Arkansas, is named after a whale, not the University of Arkansas mascot.
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Revision as of 02:37, 1 September 2007

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.
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  • '''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.
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This selection is updated every day automatically by DiscoverBot at 01:00 EDT. DiscoverBot is presently down until further notice; please update Template:Discover manually. Older entries can be found in the archive.

Last updated on 07 Mar 2007 01:00:06


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 Europe or the Americas).

  • The original church at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Dubrovnik, Croatia was said to have been built using funds donated by Richard the Lionhearted.
  • Most of the animals at Star Eco Station, a rescue center/teaching zoo in Culver City, California, are illegal animal immigrants seized during Customs operations.
  • The city of Tenney, Minnesota bills itself as the smallest statutory city in the United States, with a fully functioning government and six full-time residents.
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  • The shrine at Phra Nang Beach in Rai Leh, Thailand holds offerings to a legendary princess claimed to have drowned there: carved, red-tipped phalluses.
  • The San Fernando Valley in California is home to over a thousand exotic wild parrots descended from pet-store and theme-park escapees.
  • The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is responsible for over one tenth of the country's gross national product.
  • Hot Doug's, an eatery in the Far Northwest Side of Chicago, specializes in sausages, with ostrich sausage among its offerings.
  • The Unsichtbar, a bar/restaurant in Cologne, is designed to let guests experience blindness; patrons get a private butler, who is a blind person, and eat in total darkness.
  • The Sink, a bar in Boulder, Colorado, USA, once employed a janitor named Robert Redford -- yes, that Robert Redford.
  • In a bit of national one-upmanship, the Parliament building in Budapest is claimed to be one meter longer and wider than its English counterpart.
  • The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, starting in Silverton (Colorado), is often called the toughest endurance race in the world, yet is so popular that would-be runners must enter a lottery to register for it.
  • Nostalgic for Cold War days for some odd reason? Then visit the Polish city of Szczecin, and go on a tour of Poland's largest fallout shelter.
  • The classic photo of Harry Truman with the incorrect "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper was taken at St. Louis Union Station.
  • According to local legend, the bauru sandwich, a trademark food item in São Paulo, was invented by a law student.
  • Despite its name, Casa de las Chimeneas, a B&B in Taos, New Mexico, offers non-smoking rooms only.
  • The Hotel Grand Canal in the Dutch city of Delft occupies a former prison.
  • If you venture out from Iriomote, Japan to nearby Yubu Island, you'll ride in an amphibious cart pulled by a water buffalo.
  • The USS Razorback submarine in Little Rock, Arkansas, is named after a whale, not the University of Arkansas mascot.

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  • In Kemi, Finland, you can go for a spin on Sampo, the world's only cruise icebreaker. (destub)
  • The 110,000 people that crowd into Beaver Stadium during Penn State football games are claimed to (temporarily) make State College the third largest city by population in Pennsylvania.
  • Menton Fête du Citron: There's a lemon party and you're invited! Lemon-related festivities over several days in February.
  • The town of Pontianak, Indonesia is named after a mythical baby-eating undead female vampire. (destub)
  • The tallest flagpole in the United States of America is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and is nearly 340 feet tall. (destub)
  • The temple of Wat Lan Khuad in Si Saket Province, Thailand is built entirely from glass bottles — and the frescoes are made from bottle caps. (destub)
  • 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.
  • Northern Kentucky is home to the Creation Museum, which teaches the Book of Genesis as literal truth. (de-outline)
  • The Ox in Castlefield, Manchester is the only pub in the United Kingdom to be named after a potato.(about to overhaul districts in Manchester)

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:

  • A centerpiece of the September Fiesta de Santa Fe (New Mexico) is the ceremonial burning of Zozobra, a huge animated figure also known as Old Man Gloom.
  • Among the events of the Indy Irish Fest, a September festival in Indianapolis, is a mile race in which all contestants must wear kilts.