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Native sons William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett all won Nobel Prizes for literature, making Dublin the only city to boast the coveted award in triplicate.  
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Following centuries-old custom to invoke good fortune, Buddhists hang prayer flags on spiritual structures, outside homes, and on mountain passes.  
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The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure that can be seen from space. If the corners and curves were straightened out, the Wall would stretch for 4,000 miles—longer than the United States.  
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Colossal heads comprise the architectural legacy of the Olmecs, an ancient Mesoamerican culture. These basalt sculptures range in height from five to 11 feet and weigh up to 18 tons.  
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Early Costa Rican oxcarts were made of plain wood, used for transporting coffee. At the height of the coffee boom, a cartmaker's wife decided to liven up his wheels with some paint and starburst designs.  
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No shopper in the markets of St. George, Grenada, can miss the nutmeg vendors. Introduced in 1843, the fragrant spice has been grown commercially on the island since the 1860s.  
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The Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, was built during the 'extended' reign of the fifth god-king. In order to complete the sprawling structure, the Great Fifth's death had to be kept secret for 14 years.  
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The highland tribes of New Guinea typically live in gender-segregated barracks. Young boys are threatened with death if they reveal details of their initiation ceremonies to their sisters or mothers.  
Credit: Dan Morrison 
 
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