Discover


The Discover page is an archive of about strange but true trivia about destinations around the world, previously featured in the Discover section on the main page. You can contribute and add or edit future facts to the list here. Previously displayed facts:

February 2017Edit

  • With a huge selection of records and instruments, the House of Guitars in Rochester (New York) is considered a shrine to music and musicians.
  • The bullring (pictured) in Colonia is almost unused, it was finished two years before bullfighting was outlawed in Uruguay.
  • Greenland is the world's largest non-continental island.
  • Tsitsikamma translates to "place of much water" in Khoisan, and probably refers to the average annual rainfall of 1,200 mm.
  • At low tide, you can walk between Saint Martins Island and the island of Chera Dwip (pictured).
  • There are more native speakers of Wu Chinese than there are native speakers of French.
  • Lviv has a multicultural history but just a little of the evidence of this has survived the ravages of war, Nazism and Stalinism.
  • The 18 survivors of the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation (map of circumnavigation pictured) were the first recorded people to have sailed around the world.
  • There is no standard for written Azerbaijani in terms of spelling.
  • Tulum is one of the earliest resorts in Mexico, offering a place of worship and solitude for the Mayan kings, clergy and gods in early times.
  • Krabi Town (pictured) is, in reality, two towns.
  • According to a German internet meme, Bielefeld does not exist. Incidentally this is the one thing almost all Germans know about the town.
  • Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung is surrounded by temples, some of which have built out onto the lake.
  • Clusane (pictured) was founded during the Bronze Age, and has been a fishing village since the 18th century.
  • Almost all long distance trains in Germany are run by state owned Deutsche Bahn.
  • Albert the Bull in Audubon is the world's largest bull statue.
  • Berenty Reserve is world-famous for its lemurs (pictured), which have been studied and filmed extensively.
  • The Republic Square is the main meeting point of Belgradians, and popularly referred to as "by the horse".
  • In one part of Washington D.C., you can visit the place where President Lincoln penned the second draft of his Emancipation Proclamation.
  • You can see the remains of the HMS Bounty (painting of ship pictured) in Bounty Bay in the Pitcairn Islands.
  • The Brecon Beacons National Park contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain.
  • The Ark citadel was once the fortified residence of the rulers of Bukhara.
  • Lublin is a beautiful mid-sized city with its own particular Renaissance style, called the Lublin Renaissance (St. Joseph church pictured).
  • Although the ground at the South Pole is close to sea level, the thick ice at that location raises the station to an altitude of 9,300 feet (2,835 meters).
  • The black stupa in Vientiane is the mythical abode of a seven-headed dragon that protects the city.
  • Cuzco (pictured) is the city with the highest average level of UV-radiation in the world.
  • On both sides of the Atlantic there are museums and memorials to RMS Titanic's tragic journey.
  • The Midwest was historically the center of the American brewing industry, and major domestic breweries remain headquartered in the area.


January 2017Edit

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, and also features other Aussie wildlife (resting kangaroo pictured).
  • The outdoor night club Heat in Mbarara is a car wash during daytime.
  • Sleeveless shirts and short pants or skirts are not permitted within the borders of the Vatican.
  • The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek leads through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer (pictured).
  • Llanwrtyd Wells claims to be the smallest community in the UK with the status of a town.
  • Elburg, rebuilt in the 1390s, is the only historical city in the Netherlands to have been entirely rebuilt on a grid pattern before the the Industrial Revolution.
  • Bento Gonçalves is the wine capital of Brazil; most of the country's wine and grape juice is produced in the region (Miolo vineyards pictured).
  • Karni Mata temple outside Bikaner is home to holy rats.
  • Elk Island National Park is one of the last remaining large areas of natural aspen parkland.
  • In Abiquiu (pictured), you can visit the home of famous painter Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Whenever you buy something at Manchester Airport, you're probably saving someone, somewhere, some money on their council tax!
  • An uninhabited island off the southern coast of Puerto Rico is named Caja de Muertos — "Box of the Dead".
  • Laxey is home to the Laxey Wheel (pictured), often described as the biggest water wheel in the world.
  • Puerto Pirámides is one of the best sites to observe the famous southern whales.
  • Always wanted to sleep in a lighthouse? Kylmäpihlaja lighthouse outside Rauma has been converted to a hotel.
  • Awash National Park (pictured) features places where some of the earliest human remains have been found.
  • Kuala Lumpur translates to "muddy river confluence" in Malay.
  • Norfolk Islanders have their own language, Norfuk, a blend of English and Tahitian. It is not easily understood by outsiders.
  • Rishikesh is scenically located where the Ganges River (pictured) comes down from the Himalayas.
  • Big Bend is one of the largest national parks in the lower 48 states yet one of the least visited.
  • The Rance tidal power plant in Saint-Malo reportedly attracts 200,000 visitors per year.
  • The Castle of Good Hope (pictured) in Cape Town is South Africa's oldest surviving building.
  • Some divers know Isla Malpelo as the "shark heaven."
  • The Tamil language is described as having one of the richest literatures in the world.
  • The most popular association football team in Mexico, as rated by FIFA, is Club Deportivo Guadalajara (stadium pictured) in Guadalajara.
  • Legend has it that Kraków was built on the cave of a dragon whom the mythical King Krak had slain.
  • With the same time zone and latitude (though to the south, rather than the north of the equator) as Hawaii, the Cook Islands are sometimes thought of as "Hawaii down under".
  • The Ha Long Bay archipelago (pictured) is made up of 1,969 islands, both inhabited and uninhabited.
  • Barbados has a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent rum.
  • Savaii has no real towns as such, just a series of small villages with people living in traditional huts.
  • Mount Sinai (pictured) is said to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God; indeed, the Arabic name Gebel Musa means "Mount of Moses".


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