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Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "Did You Know" items for April Fools' Day 2018

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

Ground rules for this activity along with a list of participants may be found on the Main talk page.


April Fools Did You Know items should present some trivia that can be presented in a manner that is possibly unbelievable to the reader. This can be done through words or names that mean two different things, shortened names, unbelievable facts, unrelated facts, etc. The normal written and unwritten rules for Did You Know (DYK) are followed, with these exceptions...

  • April Fools DYKs are subject to the usual exclusions regarding prior Main Page appearance, but the normal rules for special occasions do not apply: the article need only have been created/expanded/brought to GA in the year immediately preceding the April 1 on which it will appear.
  • Proper capitalization, title formatting, and linking standards may be disregarded only if adhering to them will tend to give away the joke. This should be done as little as possible. (example from 2009: "... that Caviar, Chardonnay, and Hot Cocoa compete for the love of Ray J? ")

All other Wikipedia rules and guidelines still apply. Pay special attention to Wikipedia's Biographies of living persons guidelines if your hook relates to a living person.

Remember, we are trying to confuse and mislead Wikipedians and visitors, not lie to them. Keep all hooks and articles completely truthful, but outrageous. (examples from 2010: A hook claiming Dmitry Medvedev died in 2005 is ok, saying Mikheil Saakashvili died is not.)

How to review a nomination

Any editor who was not involved in writing/expanding or nominating an article may review it by checking to see that the article meets the DYK criteria except, per above, the normal new enough rule (long enough, no serious editorial or content issues) and the hook is cited. Editors may also alter the suggested hook to improve it, suggest new hooks, or even lend a hand and make edits to the article which the hook applies so that the hook is supported and accurate. For a more detailed discussion of the DYK rules and review process see the supplementary guidelines.

If you want to confirm that an article is ready to be placed on a later update, or note that there is an issue with the article or hook, please use the following symbols to point the issues out:

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Please consider using {{subst:DYKproblem|Article|header=yes|sig=yes}} on the nominator's talk page, in case they do not notice that there is an issue.


Awaiting verification

Note: Nominations for April 1 should be added to Template talk:Did you know in the usual way, as well as below.

Joe Kryczka, Andrey Starovoytov, Hotel International Prague, Bunny Ahearne, Fred Page

A place in Prague
A place in Prague
  • ... that Justice Joe and a Russian referee met at a place in Prague (pictured) and agreed to a Cold War on ice, approved by a Bunny and a Page?
    Source 1:The Globe and Mail article which mentions the four signatories on the document, and it taking place in Prague on April 18, 1972.
    Source 2: Specifically mentions the Hotel Internation Prague as the location, and confirms the four men and date.
    Houston, William; Shoalts, David (1993). Eagleson: The Fall of a Hockey Czar. Whitby, Ontario: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. pp. 76–77. ISBN 0-07-551706-X.

Created/expanded by Flibirigit (talk). Self-nominated at 18:36, 29 November 2018 (UTC).

  • Starting this review now. Will probably do it in bits & pieces.
  • ☑Y Joe Kryczka is long enough (27,000 characters), nominated just in time (created on 22 November, nominated on 29 November), and article is within policy.
  • ☑Y Andrey Starovoytov is long enough (3341 characters), nominated in time (created 24 November, nominated on 29 November), and article is within policy. Article is well-sourced and glad to see the unsourced content from the Russian article has been left on the talkpage rather than included in this article.
  • ☑Y Bunny Ahearne has been expanded enough (from 831 characters to 6200 characters, which is more than 5x), nominated in time (expanded on 28 November, nominated on 29 November), and article is within policy. Bunny appears to be his common name and so the correct article title, as I've noted in the article.
  • Question? On Hotel International Prague, three of the six sources don't seem to be independent reliable sources. [1] is a primary source, [2] and [3] are tourist sites. As such, much of the text isn't source by reliable sources. Please can you find better sources?
  • ☑Y Fred Page has been expanded enough (688 characters to 7293 characters is well over 5x), nominated in time (expanded on 29 November and nominated on same day), and article is within policy.
  • ☑Y Hook is short enough, interesting and quirky enough for April Fool's hook (or failing that, the "quirky" last slot of a normal set). The connection between articles and the Summit Series is mentioned in all five articles, and the hook is supported by [4].
  • ☑Y 5 QPQs done, as required to nominate 5 articles.
  • ☑Y Image is freely licenced, in Hotel International Prague and Joe Kryczka articles, and looks fine at 100px.
  • Symbol question.svg Hotel International Prague needs more reliable sources, no other issues. Joseph2302 (talk) 21:14, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
@Joseph2302: I did find one other usable source here for the hotel. A google search for the hotel is inherently difficult as almost all hits are for tourism sites. I will try to see if I can independently source the Czech cultural status from another site. Having said that, removing those three sources as citations still leaves almost everything else sourced. The questions then are a "four star rating" which is a tourist term would only come from a tourist web site, and the amenities. How do you feel about listing the number of rooms and conference capacity from a tourist site? Flibirigit (talk) 21:19, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
@Joseph2302: I found the Czech cultural status from a Czech web site. I also added in the Mark Baker interview here. I have also rearranged the amenities section. It includes one citation from a tourist web site to say that it is a four star hotel, and one primary source to say the hotel has 278 rooms and the conference centre. It's the best arrangement I could find, unless the entire amenities section is removed. That would also mean removing the number of rooms from the infobox. What are your thoughts? Flibirigit (talk) 22:35, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
  • ☑Y Seems fine to me for amenities section to be referenced to primary sources or tourist sites, as this is likely the only place to find them. Rest of article is sourced with reliable sources, article is clearly long enough, nominated in time, and within policy.
  • Symbol confirmed.svg Overall, this nomination now passes, as issues on the one article have been resolved. Joseph2302 (talk) 18:20, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Verified hooks

Mud pie

Fancy mudpies
Fancy mudpies
  • ... that a mud pie is not meant to be eaten and may contain pebbles as an ingredient? Source: "Making mud pies". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
    • ALT1:... that some parents actually create outdoor 'kitchens' in which children make mud pies? Source: "Build a Mudpie Station…". Small Potatoes. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2018-04-23 and "Top 20 of Mud Kitchen Ideas for Kids
  • Reviewed: in process VDM-1, now Signaling of the New York City Subway
  • Comment: Consider this nomination for possible inclusion for the April 1, 2019 DYKs. I realize this is not the most amazing article ever written but it was fun and would definitely make readers say "Huh?"

5x expanded by Barbara (WVS) (talk). Self-nominated at 13:26, 28 April 2018 (UTC).

  • Symbol possible vote.svg New enough (5x expansion began on 28 April 2018), not long enough ( 1,381 characters "readable prose size") - 2 (a) Articles must have a minimum of 1,500 characters of prose, fully referenced. The image is of sandcastles, not mud pies, but it does have an appropriate licence. Main hook is okay; ALT1 is unsupported. Stricken. QPQ done. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 10:08, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your review. I'll get to work. Best regards, Barbara   10:25, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
Symbol confirmed.svg As this has stalled, I'll pick it up. Date from redirect fine, length is now OK and the hook is very good. QPQ one, no close paraphrasing. I'm happy for this to to be the first DYK in next year's April Fools sets so well done on that. If you change your mind on that, I'll put it back here @Barbara (WVS):. Good to go for April Fools Day then. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 08:36, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
Oh my! I am thrilled and flattered. I was the number #1 April's Fool DYK in 2018 and I hope to keep it up. Best Regards, Barbara   12:12, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
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