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This Did you know statistics (DYK STATS) page is an attempt to recognize the DYK entries that have distinguished themselves, either by receiving an unusually high number of page views while being featured on DYK, or by going on to become some of Wikipedia's best content after appearing at DYK. The page illustrates the types of hooks that have been particularly successful in attracting readers. The statistics are manually updated.

For page view counts, there are separate lists for the all-time top hooks and the most effective hooks on a monthly basis. If you have thoughts on the format of this page, or whether it is useful, please post your comments on the Discussion page.

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Please do not see this list as a competition, but rather a celebration of some of the most effective DYK hooks.

Good and Featured DYKs

Good/featured content from DYK
Status Number of articles
Featured article 1,536
Featured list 653
Good article 5,560
These may be slight underestimates (learn more)
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Some articles that were featured on DYK have gone on to become some of Wikipedia's featured or good content, in the form of featured articles, featured lists, or good articles. This table records the number of former DYK articles that are currently listed as good or featured content.

Most-viewed DYKs

This section details all the most-viewed DYKs from the beginning of the available data - December 2007. Unfortunately the articles that appeared in the DYK section before that date do not have page view information and cannot be included.

Rules

  1. Use ErrantX's DYKStats tool which will calculate the statistics for you based upon the date and time it was featured on the Main Page. You can use Wikipedia:Recent additions to find out whether it was posted during AM or PM (UTC); remembering that recent additions lists the time it was removed from the Main Page.
    Historical (pre-2016) statistics are based on Henrik's page view tool at http://stats.grok.se/. For more information on this tool, see http://stats.grok.se/about and stats FAQ. Please note that at some point since December 2013 this tool began compiling days using a 23:00 to 22:59 (UTC) time range to match the range that wikiviewstats uses rather than the 00:00 to 23:59 (UTC) time range that it had previously used. Also, note that these statistics ignore mobile viewers. For queries, go to Henrik's talk page – missing stats are often the result of the tool being down or missing source files. Normally, you should count page views only for the day X when the article was featured. Because of the timing of the stats collection, nearly all hooks which exit the main page around 00:00 UTC get extra DYK views on the next day X+1; in this case views for two consecutive days (X and X+1) should be summed.
  2. The views are counted and summed for all articles which were bolded (not merely linked) in the hook. If one or more bolded articles were moved while on the main page, add views for the main article(s) and the redirect page(s).
  3. This page aims to list the views originating from the DYK section of the main page. Some articles draw additional views unrelated to DYK. Those views are removed by subtracting a half sum on the days before and after, that is VX − (VX−1 + VX+1) / 2. Example [1] VX=18,400; VX−1=4,400; VX+1=2,000; total=18,400−(4,400+2,000)/2=15,200.
  4. Subject to rule 3, any article receiving at least 5,000 views (after subtracting background views) is eligible for listing on the "STATS" page. If you know of an article that has received more than 5,000 views while on DYK, feel free to add it to the list.
  5. Anyone is free to help by checking page views and listing hooks here that meet the requirements. Help is also welcome reviewing page views for earlier months where data is waiting to be mined (Jan–May 2008).

All-time DYK page view leaders

Lead hooks with at least 25,000 views

  • Note: "Views / hour" = "DYK views" divided by the number of hours on the Main page (6, 8, 12 or 24)


Article (DYK date) Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Infant swimming
(Sep. 22, 2014)
A swimming baby 295,306 24,609 ... that babies will instinctively hold their breath underwater (pictured) until the age of six months?
Silver Cross Tavern
(Jan. 29, 2014)
Silver Cross Tavern 192,578 16,048 ... that the Silver Cross Tavern (pictured) is the United Kingdom's only legal brothel?
Frank Sinatra
(Dec. 12, 2015)
24-hour position in lead slot with 2 images and 2 hooks
Frank Sinatra Billboard.jpg
Frank Sinatra '57.jpg
123,052 5,127 ... that after gaining a job as a singing waiter in 1938, Frank Sinatra (pictured) boasted that he would "become so big that no one could ever touch him"?
... that American music critic Robert Christgau called Frank Sinatra (pictured) "the greatest singer of the 20th century"?
War Doctor, Night of the Doctor
(Nov. 23, 2013)
John Hurt at the London premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp.png 36,360 + 52,209 - (12599 + 23723 / 2) + 22,061 27,032 -(10,695 + 13070 / 2) = 107,618 13,886 ... that the War Doctor (played by John Hurt, pictured), introduced in "The Night of the Doctor", will be a "dark doctor" who will "bring an ancient battle to its devastating conclusion"?
Paul the Octopus
(Jul. 11, 2010)
Oktopus-Orakel Paul mit Schuh.JPG 152,200 – (145,772 / 2) = 79,320 + 18,448 - (9,632 / 2) = 13,632 = 92,952 15,492 ... that Paul the Octopus (pictured) predicts Spain winning the World Cup today, while Mani the Parakeet tips a victory by the Netherlands?
Water bottle flipping
(Nov. 7, 2016)
Water bottle flipping (cropped).gif 87,202 7,266 ... that flipping water bottles (pictured) has been banned in some U.S. and British schools?
HMS Highlander (H44)
(Dec. 21, 2011)
HMS Highlander(H44).jpg 77,346 9,668 ... that the British destroyer HMS Highlander (pictured) escorted Convoy SC 122 through the largest convoy battle of World War II in March 1943 and was unsuccessfully attacked by U-441 and U-608?
Anthony Davis (basketball)
(Apr. 3, 2012)
Anthony Davis dunk.JPG 94,410 – (19,472 + 15,379) / 2 = 76,984 9,623 ... that 2012 National Player of the Year Anthony Davis (pictured) was unknown locally and nationally through his junior year of high school basketball?
Clinton Romesha
(Feb. 11, 2013)
Clinton Romesha in a U.S. Army photograph. 35,581 + 47,595 - (10,312 - 1,140/2) = 73,434 8,955 ... that Clinton Romesha (pictured), who today is being awarded the Medal of Honor, joined the United States Army after deciding not to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
2016 FA Cup Final
(May. 21, 2016)
Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg 55,574 + 17,008 =72,582 ... that Manchester United seek to match Arsenal's FA Cup winners record with a win in the 2016 FA Cup Final (venue pictured) against Crystal Palace today?
Eternal Silence (sculpture)
(Oct. 31, 2011)
Chicago, Illinois Eternal Silence1 crop.jpg 71,800 5,983 ... that according to folklore, people looking into the eyes of Eternal Silence (pictured) will see a vision of their own death?
Ivan Castro (soldier)
(Dec. 8, 2008)
Lt. Castro 4pg.jpg 71,300 5,941 ... that Captain Ivan Castro is the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces?
Leroy Petry
(Jul. 12, 2011)
Leroy Petry 2nd Ranger Bn crop.jpg 66,900 - (925 + 5,100) / 2 = 63,900 7,987 ... that Leroy Petry (pictured) is receiving the U.S. Medal of Honor today, marking only the second time that the award has been bestowed upon a living soldier for actions after the end of the Vietnam War?
Operation Overlord
(Jun. 6, 2014)
Approaching Omaha.jpg 55627 + 13411 - (11519 + 6611) / 2 = 59,973 4,916 ... that Operation Overlord (detail pictured), the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, was the largest seaborne invasion in history?
Sophia (robot)
(Nov. 13, 2017)
Sophia (robot).jpg 59,972 2,499 ... that Sophia (pictured) is the first robot to become a recognised citizen of a country?
Statue of Tara
(Dec. 11, 2013)
head of the statue of Tara 41,411 + 12,377 = 53,789 4,482 ... that the Statue of Tara from Sri Lanka (partly pictured) was kept hidden for 30 years in the British Museum because it was considered too erotic?
Hallucinogenic fish
(Nov. 15, 2011)
The hallucinogenic Sarpa salpa 11,483 + 41,786 - (0 + 1,218) / 2 = 52,660 6,582 ... that Sarpa salpa (pictured) is a hallucinogenic fish that was used as a recreational drug during the Roman Empire?
Fortress of Mimoyecques
(Jun. 29, 2011)
Mimoyecques2.jpg 51,700 8,616 ... that the underground Fortress of Mimoyecques (pictured) was built by Nazi Germany to bombard London with 10 shells a minute using the V-3 supergun?
Soo Yeon Lee
SPiN
(Jun. 30, 2017)
Soo Yeon Lee by Eric Longden Table Tennis 1.jpg 43,922 + 5,619 = 49,541 2,154 ... that table tennis player and model Soo Yeon Lee (pictured) has coached numerous celebrities and is a brand ambassador for a chain of table tennis bars?
Leonard Siffleet
(May 8, 2009)
Len Siffleet's execution in WWII 49,500 ... that Sergeant Len Siffleet was the subject of a famous photograph (pictured) depicting an execution by the Japanese in World War II?
Tommy Tucker (squirrel)
(Nov. 12, 2016)
Pet-Squirrel-Grid-LIFE-1944-single-image.jpg 47,095 5,886 ... that Tommy Tucker, a male pet squirrel wearing women's clothes (pictured), became famous during World War II, selling war bonds and entertaining children?
Śmigus-Dyngus
(Apr. 1, 2013)
Postcard showing a Polish girl about to get a soaking 46,706 3,892 ... that Polish girls (pictured) are getting wet and spanked today, but will have their revenge tomorrow?
Giovanni de Ventura
plague doctor
beak doctor costume
plague doctor contract
(Oct. 31, 2010)
Beak Doctor.jpg 7,600 + 1,600 + 6,400 + 1, 700 + 17,800 + 5,000 + 3,700 + 865 =
44, 665
... that Giovanni de Ventura, a plague doctor who may have worn a beak doctor costume (pictured), was restricted by a covenant to treat only infectious patients?
Longest recorded sniper kills
(May 8, 2010)
Sniper rifle 44,600 ... that the longest recorded sniper kill is from 2,475 m (8,120 ft) using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle (pictured)?
Battle for Castle Itter
(Jul. 26, 2013)
Castle Itter 42,120 ... that what has been called the strangest battle of World War II was fought at a medieval castle (pictured), and was the only battle of the war in which American and German soldiers fought as allies?
MagiCans
(Apr, 22, 2013)
CokeMagiCan2.jpg 38,970 + 1,790 = 40,660
(article moved)
5,083 ... that defects in Coca-Cola's MagiCans (pictured) led a child to mistakenly drink foul-tasting liquid used to replace actual cola?
Bacon Explosion
(Feb. 6, 2009)
Bacon Explosion.jpg 40,500 ... that the 5,000-calorie Bacon Explosion (pictured) was created in response to a Twitter challenge to develop "the ultimate bacon recipe"?
Saxbe fix
(Nov. 29, 2008)
Hclintonm cropped.jpg 39,600 ... that Hillary Rodham Clinton (pictured) may be ineligible for appointment as United States Secretary of State by Barack Obama unless a Saxbe fix can be worked out?
Slow loris
(Mar. 30, 2011)
Nycticebus tooth removal 01.jpg 39,200 ... that the slow lorises that are illegally caught and traded as exotic pets have their front teeth cut out (pictured) due to fear of their toxic bite?
Kemna concentration camp
(Jan. 20, 2012)
Wuppertal - KZ Kemna 05 ies.jpg 38,567 4,820 ... that torture at Kemna concentration camp (memorial pictured), one of the first Nazi concentration camps, was so brutal that the Nazis held hearings on it?
List of Mountain Bothies Association bothies
(May 23, 2017)
Corrour Bothy - geograph.org.uk - 1546559.jpg 37,379 3,114 ... that visitors can stay overnight free of charge in any of over ninety bothies (Corrour Bothy pictured), but must bring their own fuel in order to watch "bothy TV"?
Pleuni Touw
De Stille Kracht (television series)
(Sep. 18, 2012)
Pleuni Touw.png 24,877
+ 11,928
= 36,805
4,600 ... that Pleuni Touw (pictured) had the first nude scene in Dutch television on 1974's The Hidden Force?
Tett turret
(Oct. 14, 2010)
Tett Turret Close up - geograph.org.uk - 168509.jpg 35,100 ... that the only exit from a Tett turret (pictured) could expose a soldier trying to leave the fortification to direct fire from the enemy?
Colossus of Ostermunzel
(Mar. 25, 2016)
Findling von Ostermunzel Grösse.jpg 34,971 2,976 ... that the Colossus of Ostermunzel (pictured) is significantly lighter than originally estimated?
Barn the Spoon
(May 24, 2017)
Barn the Spoon Portrait.jpg 34,824 ... that it takes Barn the Spoon (pictured) between twenty minutes and two hours to carve a spoon out of green wood?
Andaman Sea
Khao Phing Kan
(Sep. 29, 2010)
JamesBondEiland.jpg 6,100 + 27,900 = 34,000 ... that there is a James Bond Island (pictured) in the Andaman Sea?
Lena Sundström
(Oct. 3, 2016)
Lena Sundström 32,283 ... that Swedish journalist Lena Sundström (pictured) was a foundling?
Antonija Mišura
(Aug. 23, 2012)
Antonija Mišura at the 2012 Summer Olympics 32,282 4,035 ... that according to Bleacher Report, Antonija Mišura (pictured) was the most beautiful female competitor at the 2012 Olympics?
1907 Tiflis bank robbery
(Dec. 20, 2010)
Lenin-1895-mugshot.jpg 32,200 ... that a 1907 stagecoach robbery organized by Vladimir Lenin (pictured) and Joseph Stalin killed an estimated 40 people and netted approximately 250,000 rubles (over $3 million in current USD)?
Spragg Bag
(Dec. 21, 2010)
Spragg Bag air test.jpg 32,200 ... that a large waterbag (pictured) can bring water to California and, according to its inventor, peace to the Middle East?
Operation Strength
(March 18, 2016)
BLU-82 Daisy Cutter Fireball.JPG 31,726 2,644 ... that during Operation Strength, a 15,000 lb (6.8 T) bomb (example of detonation pictured) served as a diversion to a diversion?
Daniel Lambert
(Jul. 6, 2010)
Daniel Lambert 31,400 ... that English gaol keeper and animal breeder Daniel Lambert (pictured) weighed 52 stone 11 lb (739 lb; 335 kg)?
Brittany CoxXx
(Jan. 21, 2011)
Brittany CoxXx with a pink flower in her hair 31,400 ... that Borat Sagdiyev's son, who appeared in photos in the movie Borat, was actually trans woman and porn star Brittany CoxXx (pictured)?
Walter Koch (Fallschirmjäger)
(Mar. 2, 2011)
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L04232, Walter Koch.jpg 31,200 ... that German paratrooper Walter Koch (pictured) acted against the Commando Order and saved John Dutton Frost's British paratroopers from execution?
Candy desk
(Apr. 1, 2011 - April Fools Day)
Candy desk 32,100 4,012 ... that there is a desk full of candy (pictured) on the floor of the US Senate?
Stannard Rock Light
(Jun. 16, 2009)
Stannard Rock Light 31,000 ... that the Stannard Rock Light (pictured), known as the "Loneliest Place in the World", is the furthest lighthouse from land and described as one of the top ten engineering feats in the United States?
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(Apr. 21, 2016)
Catherine Zeta-Jones VF 2012 Shankbone 2.jpg 35,555-(4318+4805)/2 = 30,994 2,582 ... that Catherine Zeta-Jones' (pictured) wedding ceremony cost an estimated £1.5 million?
Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk
(Sep. 17, 2009)
Nazi and Soviet soldiers standing together shoulder to shoulder during the parade 30,900 ... that a joint Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk (pictured) was held on September 22, 1939, to display the power of the newly formed Soviet-Nazi pact to the whole world?
Brad Stevens
(Apr. 5, 2010)
Brad Stevens on Butler sideline.jpg 30,800 5,133 ... that Butler men's basketball head coach Brad Stevens (pictured) has won 89 games in his first three years, exceeding the previous NCAA record by 8 games?
Airplane Coaster
(Aug. 4, 2017)
Airplane Coaster postcard vertical crop.jpg 30,752 1,281 ... that numerous writers have called the Airplane Coaster (pictured) the greatest roller coaster ever built?
Sea of Japan
Kamome Island
(Oct. 18, 2010)
Heishiiwa Rock Esashi crop.jpg 5,000 + 25,700 = 30,700 ... that according to a legend, the Heishi rock (pictured) represents the God of the Sea of Japan?
Love dart
(Oct. 9, 2008)
Monachoides vicinus dart lateral.jpg 30,700 ... that some hermaphrodite snails and slugs pierce each other with love darts (pictured) during mating?
Disappearance of Rebecca Coriam
(Mar. 22, 2012)
Disney Wonder 20110216.JPG 30,657 3,832 ... that the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam from the Disney Wonder (pictured) one year ago today was the first such incident in the history of Disney Cruise Line?
Normandy landings
(Jul. 21, 2014)
Royal Engineers in Caen.jpg 30,477 2,540 ... that a key target for the Normandy landings, Caen (pictured), was not captured by the Allies until 21 July 1944?
Gleno Dam
(Mar. 23, 2011)
Diga gleno1.jpg 30,400 ... that, in 1923, the Gleno Dam (pictured) in Italy failed shortly after it was completed and its flooding killed at least 356 people?
Etruscan shrew
(Oct. 25, 2010)
Suncus etruscus crop.jpg 30,400 ... that the Etruscan shrew (pictured on a human thumb) is the smallest known mammal by weight?
Ernest R. Kouma
(Aug. 10, 2011)
Cmoh army.jpg 30,200 ... that US Army Master Sergeant Ernest R. Kouma was awarded the Medal of Honor (pictured) in the Korean War for singlehandedly killing approximately 250 North Korean troops?
Swimming Reindeer
(Aug. 18, 2010)
Sleeping Reindeer cropetc.jpg 30,000 ... that the Swimming Reindeer (pictured), a 13,000-year-old Ice Age sculpture, was originally thought to be two separate reindeer sculptures until Henri Breuil realised they fitted together?
David B. Bleak
(Mar. 23, 2012)
DavidBleak.jpg 29,847 3,730 ... that combat medic David B. Bleak (pictured) was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Korean War after killing five Chinese soldiers, four using only his hands?
Marching fire
(Dec. 18, 2011)
GeorgeSPatton cropped.jpg 29,800 3,725 ... that General George S. Patton (pictured) praised the tactic of marching fire during World War II?
Jim Delligatti
(Dec. 30, 2016)
Big Mac hamburger.jpg 29,661 ... that Jim Delligatti created the Big Mac (pictured)?
West Loch Disaster
(Apr. 23, 2010)
US Navy 030521-N-8157C-040 59 years after explosions rang out in Pearl Harbor's West Loch, a memorial of disaster reminds all of a quiet Sunday afternoon on May 21, 1944.jpg 29,500 ... that the hulk of LST-480 (pictured) is the only remaining evidence of the West Loch Disaster, the second tragedy to befall Pearl Harbor during World War II?
Janice Rand
(May 20, 2015)
Grace Lee Whitney Star Trek 1966 (cropped).JPG 29,491 ... that Star Trek producer Bob Justman said you could hit Janice Rand's (pictured) hair with a sledgehammer and not leave a dent?
Giant huntsman spider
(Dec. 19, 2008)
Heteropoda maxima 1.jpg 29,300 4,883 ... that with a leg-span of 30 centimetres (12 inches), the giant huntsman (pictured) is one of the world's largest spiders?
Neel Kashkari
(Oct. 13, 2008)
Neel-kashkari cropped.jpg 29,200 ... that Neel Kashkari (pictured), six years after completing his MBA, was put in charge of the $700 billion U.S. Government bailout of financial institutions?
Valonia ventricosa
(Sep. 7, 2010)
Ventricaria ventricosa.JPG 29,100 ... that "sailors' eyeballs" (pictured) is one of the largest single-celled organisms?
Filibus
(Dec. 28, 2016)
Filibus poster detail.jpg 28,982 1,208 ... that Filibus (pictured), a fictional sky pirate, has been called one of the first lesbian characters in cinema?
Podoconiosis
(Feb. 20, 2013)
Ethiopian Farmer affected by Podoconiosis - NIH - March 2011.jpg 28,976 + 3,352 = 32,328 4,041 ... that an estimated four million people worldwide suffer from podoconiosis?
Sundial cannon Sundial with motion work-CnAM 911-1-IMG 6457.JPG 14938+11456+2377=28771 2398 ... that sundial cannons (example pictured) were triggered by the sun to fire at noon?
Wreck of the RMS Titanic
(Mar. 15, 2012)
Titanic wreck bow.jpg 28,526 3,565 ... that proposals to raise the wreck of the RMS Titanic (pictured) have included filling it with ping-pong balls, injecting it with 180,000 tons of Vaseline or turning it into an iceberg?
Bradley Cooper
(Sep. 7, 2016)
Bradley Cooper (3699322472) (cropped).jpg 28,516 1,188 ... that Bradley Cooper (pictured) is the tenth man to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in three consecutive years?
Fighting Irish (Family Guy)
(May 29, 2015)
Liam Neeson 8,704 + 19,779 = 28,483 2,373 ... that Liam Neeson (pictured) agreed to say any line that the writers of the Family Guy episode "Fighting Irish" wrote – except one?
Sofia Richie
(Jul. 13, 2017)
Sofia Richie 28,100 2,342 ... that model Sofia Richie (pictured) played soccer until she broke her hip in a Segway accident?
Rollstone Boulder
(Jan. 4, 2013)
Old postcard of the Rollstone Boulder on Rollstone Hill 28,004 2,334 ... that in order to save the Rollstone Boulder (pictured) from being demolished, it was blown up?
Flag of Weihaiwei
(May 10, 2017)
British Weihaiwei flag.svg 28,002 ... that the flag of Weihaiwei (pictured) was redesigned to include Mandarin ducks, as it was felt inappropriate to have a Chinese imperial dragon on a British flag?
Nevertheless, she persisted
(May 2, 2017)
Erica Flannes tattoo-Nevertheless.jpg 27,948 ... that after Mitch McConnell said, "Nevertheless, she persisted" in reference to Elizabeth Warren's silencing during a U.S. Senate debate, more than 100 women in Minneapolis got tattoos (example pictured) of that meme?
Clive Mantle
(Apr. 1, 2013)
Clive Mantle 24,963 + 2,905 = 27,868 3,484 ... that English actor Clive Mantle (portrait pictured) beat up Clint Eastwood?
Lazarus syndrome
(Nov. 5, 2008)
Lazarus, Russian icon cropped.jpg 27,800 ... that the Lazarus syndrome is named after Lazarus of Bethany (pictured), who the Bible says was raised from the dead by Jesus?
Omid Tahvili
(May 6, 2008)
Omid Tahvili.jpg 27,500 ... that in April 2008, Forbes listed Omid Tahvili (pictured) as one of the world's ten most wanted fugitives?
TiME (spacecraft)
(Nov. 10, 2009)
TSSM-TandEM-Lander.jpg 27,400 ... that TiME (artist's rendering pictured) is a boat that is not designed to sail on any water on this planet?
Aircraft camouflage
(Nov. 4, 2009)
A-7E VA-72 CV-67 1991.jpeg 27,400 ... that experiments with modern aircraft camouflage (pictured) have used panels that emit light?
Imperial German plans for the invasion of the United States
(Dec. 31, 2012)
Kaiser Wilhelm II - 100px.jpg 27,118 2,260 ... that Kaiser Wilhelm II (pictured) ordered plans drawn up for Germany to invade two US cities: Boston and New York?
Bedding ceremony
(Jul. 25, 2017)
Brauysegen im Bett.gif 27,095 ... that the bedding ceremony (pictured) symbolised the involvement of family, friends, and neighbours in the newlyweds' sexual intimacy, but also had legal importance in parts of Western Europe?
Inexhaustible bottle
(Feb. 18, 2014)
The Inexhaustible Bottle from Deschanel.png 27,049 3,381 … that the trick to the inexhaustible bottle (illustrated) was so widely known that it became part of a common hydrostatics demonstration for physics students?
Gömböc
(Oct. 9, 2009)
Gomboc2.jpg 27,000 ... that the discovery of geometrical body Gömböc (pictured) in 2006 helped understanding the body shape of turtles?
Wait for me, Daddy
(Oct. 1, 2010)
British Columbia Regiment 1940.jpg 26,900 ... that 70 years ago on October 1, 1940, little "Whitey" Bernard was photographed running after his father (pictured) who was marching to war?
Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi
(Nov. 6, 2011)
IJN carrier Amagi capsized off Kure in 1946.jpg 26,708 2,258 ... that the Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi (wreck pictured) capsized on 29 July 1945 as a result of cumulative damage inflicted by American airstrikes on 24 and 28 July?
Termitaradus mitnicki
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
Termitaradus mitnicki (dorsal view).jpg 26,600 ... that researchers have identified the pictured life form which no longer lives on this planet?
Akutan Zero
(Dec. 7, 2008)
AkutanZero1.jpg 26,600 2,216 ... that the U.S. devised tactics to defeat Japan's Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane from the 1942 capture of an intact example dubbed the Akutan Zero (pictured)?
Chicken fried bacon
(Feb. 17, 2009)
Chicken Fried Bacon.jpg 26,500 ... that the recipe for chicken fried bacon (pictured) was developed in the small town of Snook, Texas, at Sodolak's Original Country Inn?
Air well (condenser)
(May 1, 2009)
Air well in Trans-en-Provence 26,301 ... that an air well (pictured) collects water by promoting the condensation of moisture from air?
Door to Hell
(Nov. 1, 2012)
Blazing The Door to Hell Fire 26,298 3,287 ... that the Door to Hell (pictured) has been blazing since 1971?
Earth's shadow
(Oct. 26, 2010)
Earth's shadow and Belt of Venus.jpg 26,200 ... that the Earth's shadow (pictured) can be observed during twilight hours?
Elephant of the Bastille
(Aug. 29, 2011)
Elephant-siderography-LaBastille2.jpg 26,256 ... that a giant elephant (engraving pictured) in Paris was protected by a man living in one of its legs?
Girl with Peaches
(Feb. 1, 2017)
Walentin Alexandrowitsch Serow Girl with Peaches.jpg 24,550 + 1,661 = 26,211 2,184 ... that the girl with peaches (pictured) married the future chief prosecutor of the Most Holy Synod?
PL-01
(Jan. 3, 2014)
Czołg lekki PL-01 (02).jpg 25,748 ... that the PL-01 (pictured) is a tank designed in Poland?
Cat Daddy
(May 29, 2012)
Kate Upton at 2011 Jets VIP draft party (crop).jpg 25,686 3,211 ... that a bikini-clad rendition of the "Cat Daddy" dance by the reigning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton (pictured) was temporarily banned from YouTube?
Scowle
(Oct. 6, 2008)
Puzzlewood.jpg 25,620 ... that the ancient opencast iron ore workings known as scowles (pictured) in the Forest of Dean, England, are believed to have been an inspiration for settings in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings?
Gerp's mouse lemur
(Jan. 18, 2012)
Microcebus gerpi 001.jpg 25,495 3,186 ... that Gerp's mouse lemur is a newly discovered mouse lemur species from Madagascar, and is only known from an area smaller than the size of Puerto Rico?
Hotpants
(May 9, 2017)
Bebe Hot Pants 01 2008 (cropped).jpg 25,491 ... that hotpants (example pictured) were originally short shorts made from materials such as velvet, silk, and fur?
Westinghouse Time Capsules
(Jan. 8, 2008)
Westinghouse replicas Sep 65.jpg 25,252 3,166 ... that the Westinghouse Time Capsules (pictured) of the 1939 New York World's Fair and the 1964 New York World's Fair were made of special metal alloys to resist corrosion for 5000 years, the time span of all previous recorded human history?
Unexpected John Cena
(Apr. 1, 2016 - April Fools Day)
John Cena 2012.jpg 25,226 3,153 ... that somebody stole the show in Ghostbusters, Breaking Bad, and SpongeBob SquarePants, and his name is—JOHN CENAAA!!! (pictured)
Taylor Swift
(Aug 23, 2016)
Taylor Swift GMA 2012.jpg 25,145 2095 ... that Taylor Swift (pictured) is the first act to have three albums with opening week sales of one million copies in the US?
Yogo sapphire
(Nov. 23, 2011)
43pearYogoSapphire.jpg 25,141 2095 ...that Yogo sapphires (pictured) are rarer than diamonds and are found only in Yogo Gulch, Montana?
Carmenelectra
(Feb. 3, 2013)
Picture deleted 25,090 3,136 ... that Carmenelectra was named after the model (pictured) because both have "splendid" bodies?
Lord's honours boards
(Jan. 16, 2013)
The England centuries honours board 25,034 3,129 ... that Australia's Warren Bardsley and Charles Kellaway were only listed on the Lord's Honours Boards (pictured) 98 years after they had fulfilled the requirements, due to the lack of a neutral board?

Non-lead hooks with at least 15,000 views

Articles in the lead slot on DYK tend to get the most page views. In order to recognize outstanding hooks which do not appear in the lead slot, this chart displays non-lead article hooks that have received at least 15,000 page views.

  • Note: "Views / hour" = "DYK views" divided by the number of hours on the Main Page (6, 8, 12 or 24)
Article (DYK date) DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Death of Nicole van den Hurk
(Aug. 9, 2017)
577,636 + 55,793 = 633,429 52,785 ... that following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing?
Blood Moon Prophecy + April 2014 lunar eclipse
(Apr. 15, 2014)
32,393 + 115,399 = 147,792 24,632 ... that, according to the Blood Moon Prophecy, tonight's eclipse could be a sign that the end time is near?
Tiffany Trump
(Jul. 22, 2016)
229,227 – (168,559 + 55,795)/2 = 117,050 ...... that Tiffany Trump has been called part of the "Snap Pack" for her voluminous postings to Instagram?
United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls
(Apr. 1, 2014)
112,300 ... that the United States once sued 50,000 cardboard boxes and clacker balls?
Euthanasia Coaster
(May 3, 2011)
86,300 14,383 ... that the concept for the Euthanasia Coaster, a roller coaster designed to kill its riders, caused concern among anti-euthanasia groups when it went on display?
Philip Hindes
(Aug. 2, 2012)
59,004 + 20,518 = 79,522 7,376 ... that track cyclist Philip Hindes was born in Germany and did not take up cycling until 2008, but has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
The Negro Motorist Green Book
(Aug. 10, 2013)
36,617 + 29,882 = 66,439 3,051 ... that The Negro Motorist Green Book provided advice on how African-American drivers could avoid dangers and discrimination on the road in Jim Crow-era America?
Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly
(May 13, 2012)
59,267 7,409 ...that the Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly is a thorium-rich hotspot on the back of the moon?
Mining in North Korea
(May 16, 2013)
2,969 + 49,136 - 379 = 51,726 6,347 ... that while North Korea is abundant in natural resources worth trillions of dollars, most of these often cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country?
David González (skateboarder)
(Jan. 5, 2012)
51,032 4,253 ... that skateboarder David González was named Thrasher magazine's 2012 "Skater of the Year"?
Bodybuilding in China
(Apr. 12, 2016)
27,554 + 23,332 = 50,886 ... that bodybuilding in China was once banned?
New Jersey Forest Fire Service
(Sep. 4, 2015)
46,406 3,867 ... that a New Jersey Forest Fire Service firewarden can summon any person aged 18 to 50 to assist in putting out wildfires—and it's against the law to refuse?
Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
(Jan. 28, 2016)
65,267 - (2,726 + 38,712)/2 = 44,548 3,712 ... that armed groups have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2, 2016?
R v Registrar General ex parte Segerdal
(Jan. 15, 2013)
20,800 + 21,832 = 42,632 5,329 ... that in 1970, the English Court of Appeal found that Scientology does not engage in religious worship?
Batman Province
(Apr. 1, 2011)
38,300 4,787 ... that Batman is half female?
Todd Palin
(Sep. 4, 2008)
37,900 6,316 ... that Alaska's First Gentleman Todd Palin won the world's longest snowmobile race four times?
Super Hornio Brothers
(Apr. 2, 2012)
37,093 4,636 ... that Nintendo owns the rights to a pornographic film?
Disappearance of Joan Risch
(Oct. 24, 2016)
37,080 1,545 ... that after Joan Risch's apparent abduction from her home 55 years ago today, it was discovered she had borrowed books on missing-person cases from the local library?
Sairat
(Apr. 29, 2016)
33,393 4,174 ... that Sairat, which is set to be released today, is the first Indian film to include a symphonic score recorded in Hollywood?
Hello (Adele song)
(Oct. 27, 2015)
32,613 2,717 ... that the music video for Adele's song "Hello" was the first to be filmed using IMAX cameras?
Sex for Breakfast
(Apr. 1, 2013)
27,802 + 3,448 = 31,250 3,906 ... that Christina Aguilera had sex for breakfast with slow jam and honey drip?
Shooting Star (Glee)
(Apr. 14, 2013)
46,208 - (20,646 + 10,162)/2 = 30,804 3,851 ... that "Shooting Star", the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Glee, has been characterized as "unsettling" and "harrowing" by pre-broadcast reviewers?
Until Dawn
(Sep. 11, 2015)
29,958 2,497 ... that Until Dawn, a survival horror video game, has a game mechanic called "butterfly effect"?
Labia minor
(Apr. 1, 2011)
27,700 3,462 ... that a typical Labia minor is chocolate brown, up to 7 mm long, and is equipped with pincers?
Malus baccata
(Apr. 1, 2011)
26,100 3,262 ... that 14-metre (46 ft) tall Siberian crabs are being used in experimental breeding programs?
The Great Train Robbery (TV series)
(Dec. 18, 2011)
12,346 + 13,581 = 25,927 2,160 ... that the BBC filmed The Great Train Robbery in Yorkshire, as it was the "most cost-effective and realistic alternative" to filming in 1960s England?
John's Phone
(Sep. 27, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that John's Phone has been dubbed "the world's simplest phone"?
Harry Powers
(Oct. 31, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that Harry Powers said that watching his victims die was more fun than a brothel?
Natalia Poklonskaya
(Jun. 6, 2014)
25,586 - (1,220+945)/2 = 24,501 2,042 ... that the Prosecutor General of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, is barred from entering European Union countries?
La Pelegrina pearl
(Apr. 1, 2011)
24,500 3,062 ... that a wanderer survived both the French Revolution of 1789–99 and the Russian Revolution 127 years later?
Loring Air Force Base
Alert crew
Mole hole
Christmas tree (aviation)
Loring Air Force Base Alert Area
Elephant walk (aviation)
Minimum Interval Takeoff
(Nov. 11, 2012)
4,153 + 1,571 + 5,169 + 3,942 + 750 + 5,779 + 3,133 = 24,497 2,661 ... that Loring AFB alert crews would scramble from a mole hole, run to awaiting jets on a christmas tree (both within the alert area), and perform an elephant walk and a MITO, all within fifteen minutes?
Eleanor Butler
(Jul. 1, 2015)
16,355 + 8,050 = 24,405 2,033 ... that in 1681, a white woman married an African slave in colonial Maryland, even though she knew that doing so would condemn her to a life of slavery?
Elvis' Greatest Shit
(Apr. 1, 2013)
23,993 2,999 ... that Elvis' greatest shit was dropped in 1982?
2017 FA Cup Final
(27 May 2017)
35,415 - (9825 + 13,350)/2 = 23,828] 1,985 ... that Arsenal are looking to win a record 13th FA Cup at the FA Cup Final against Chelsea today?
Red or Black?
(Jul. 11, 2011)
23,300 2,912 ... that Simon Cowell conceived the idea for Red or Black?, the most expensive game show ever made?
Battle of Palmdale
(Mar. 25, 2015)
23,246 1,937 ... that missiles from USAF fighter planes started dozens of fires in the Battle of Palmdale?
Cardboard bicycle
(Feb. 4, 2013)
23,245 2,906 ... that a cardboard bicycle has been made that weighs just 20 pounds (9.1 kg) and can support up to 220 kilograms (490 lb)?
Vincent Mroz
(Dec. 3, 2012)
20,846 + 2,264 = 23,110 2,889 ... that United States Secret Service agent Vincent Mroz shot an attempted presidential assassin in the "biggest gunfight in Secret Service history"?
Devil's Cigarette Lighter
(May 2, 2013)
20,923 + 2,126 = 23,049 2,881 ... that John Glenn saw the Devil's Cigarette Lighter from orbit?
Operation London Bridge
(Mar. 29, 2017)
22,837 1,903 ... that use of the code phrase "London Bridge is down" will signal the death of Queen Elizabeth II?
Lyle Stevik
(Mar. 5, 2015)
17,285 + 5,210 = 22,495 1,874 ... that Lyle Stevik's true identity has never been discovered?
Disappearance of Brian Shaffer
(Mar. 31, 2016)
22,412 1,868 ... that ten years ago today, Brian Shaffer walked into a bar in Columbus, Ohio, and hasn't been seen since?
Angel Island mouse
(Oct. 18, 2011)
22,400 1,866 ... that the entire population of Angel Island mice on the island of Estanque in the Gulf of California may have been killed by a single domestic cat in a period of just two years?
Fowler's Ghost
(Oct. 31, 2011)
22,400 1,866 ... that Fowler's Ghost was first seen on the London Metropolitan Railway in 1861, nearly exploded and was never seen again after 1895?
People sniffer
(Oct. 30, 2008)
22,000 ... that during the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong hung buckets of mud with urine in trees to thwart American people sniffers?
Andrew Báthory
(Apr. 5, 2017)
21,949 1,829 ... that the severed head of Andrew Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, was sewn back on?
Segregated prom
(Apr. 3, 2010)
21,800 ... that despite criticism, some high schools in the United States still hold separate segregated proms for black and white students?
Bunkers in Albania
(Jan. 29, 2012)
21,784 2,723 ... that over 700,000 bunkers were built in Communist-era Albania, most of which now have little use other than as a place to lose one's virginity?
Fugging
(Apr. 1, 2014)
21,722 ... that Fucking was renamed Fugging for an unknown reason?
Muria people
premarital sex
(Aug. 27, 2011)
18,700+
2,800=
21,500
... that although the Muria generally encourage premarital sex, some communities punish young people who take the same sexual partner for more than three nights?
Dewi Sandra
Quickie Express
(Oct. 27, 2011)
12,200 + 9,200 = 21,400 1,783 ... that Sandra Dewi gave an "arousing" performance in Quickie Express, but has refused to do "vulgar" photo shoots?
Naked (Glee)
(Feb. 1, 2013)
24,040 + 12,821 - 8,234 -7,319 = 21,308 1,775 ... that in the Glee episode "Naked", when Lea Michele's character Rachel was "Torn" over having to do a topless scene, Michele had to film the song twice so she could duet with herself?
Disappearance of Leah Roberts
(March 18, 2015)
19,692 + 1,587 = 21,279 1,773 ... that though police investigating the disappearance of Leah Roberts found her wrecked Jeep 15 years ago today, they only looked under the hood in 2006 and saw the starter relay wire had been cut?
SS Clifton
(Oct. 31, 2017)
19,499 1,624 ... that the whaleback SS Clifton disappeared for over 90 years?
Military tiara
(Aug. 3, 2017)
19,086 ... that the United States Marine Corps tiara was designed by the New York fashion house Mainbocher?
List of Billboard Social 50 number-one acts
(Jan. 21, 2013)
21,166 2,731 ... that Canadian singer Justin Bieber holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number-one on the Billboard Social 50 with 24?
John C. Colt
(Oct. 31, 2011)
21,000 1,750 ... that the unusual way that John C. Colt disposed of his murder victim's corpse may have influenced Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Oblong Box"?
Falcon Nest 20,954 873 ... that Falcon Nest is the tallest single-family home in North America?
List of fastest production motorcycles
(Jun. 29, 2011)
20,800 3,466 ... that the competition to build the fastest production motorcycle raged for over a century, and then ended in a truce?
Cathy Wayne
(Feb. 26, 2009)
20,700 ... that pop entertainer Cathy Wayne was the first Australian woman killed in the Vietnam War, when a US Marine shot her on stage while she was performing?
2017 EFL Cup Final
(Feb. 26 2017)
20,694 ... that Southampton reached the 2017 EFL Cup Final against Manchester United today without conceding a goal?
Salty and Roselle
(Apr. 19, 2012)
20,611 ... that two guide dogs, Salty and Roselle, were awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry after leading their blind owners out of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks?
Thunderbolt (Savin Rock)
(Jun. 27, 2017)
20,604 859 ... that the Thunderbolt was damaged by lightning and then destroyed by a hurricane?
Gabi (dog)
(Apr. 18, 2012)
20,545 1,700 ... that a dog named Gabi fought a jaguar, preventing the big cat's escape from the Belgrade Zoo onto the streets of Belgrade?
Android lawn statues
(Nov. 10, 2011)
20,400 1,700 ... that Google keeps giant dessert items on its lawn?
Men's parking space
(Jul. 11, 2011)
20,077 2,509 ... that the two men's parking spaces in Triberg, Germany, have drawn accusations of sexism?
The River (1997 film)
(Dec. 16, 2010)
20,000 ... that The River was called a "porn movie" by the lead actor's father?
United States free speech exceptions
(Jan. 11, 2012)
19,800 2,475 ... that there are eight exceptions to the freedom of speech in the United States?
Dark Hedges
(May 11, 2017)
19,766 ... that the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, a popular tourist destination since it was used as the King's Road in Game of Thrones, might not last twenty years?
George Spencer (New Haven)
(Nov. 13, 2011)
19,700 1,641 ... that a stillborn, deformed piglet's resemblance to George Spencer led to him becoming the first white man executed in Connecticut?
Han solo (trilobite)
(Apr 1, 2009 – April Fool's Day)
19,700 ... that a team of archaeologists discovered a fossilized Han Solo in the rocks of China?
Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley
(May 11, 2011)
19,600 ... that "That Dress", worn by Elizabeth Hurley at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, has been voted the greatest red carpet dress of all time and is perhaps Gianni Versace's best-known creation?
Prada Marfa
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
19,600 ... that the Prada Store in Marfa, Texas, is never open?
Guy Fort
(Apr. 17, 2017)
19,533 1,627 ... that Brigadier General Guy Fort is the only American-born general officer to be executed by enemy forces?
Green Versace "jungle" dress of Jennifer Lopez
(May 25, 2011)
19,500 ... that David Duchovny said, "I'm sure that nobody is looking at me", when standing beside Jennifer Lopez who was wearing her "jungle" Versace dress?
Murder of Joey Fischer
(Mar. 3, 2017)
19,477 2,434 ... that Joey Fischer was murdered after he refused to take US$500 to date his ex-girlfriend?
Forest ring
(Sep. 1, 2017)
19,451 1,620 ... that forest rings had gone unnoticed by geologists until aerial photography became a common surveying tool in the 1950s?
Blood rain
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
19,400 ... that a rain of blood in Germany foreshadowed the coming of the Black Death?
Murder of Julia Martha Thomas
(Jul. 20, 2011)
19,400 2,425 ... that the severed head of Julia Martha Thomas, murdered, boiled and dismembered by her maid in 1879, was found next door to Sir David Attenborough's house in 2010?
Ratón
(Aug. 19, 2011)
19,300 ... that a terrible Mouse weighing 500 kg (1,100 lb) has killed three people in Spain in the last five years?
John le Fucker
(Apr. 1, 2013)
16,673 + 2,291 = 18,964 2,371 ... that John le Fucker's name probably did not mean what you might think it means?
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
(Jun. 17, 2011)
23,900 - (5,400 + 4,800)/2 = 18,800 3,133 ... that The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification?
Eriksen M/25
(Jan 4, 2017)
18,789 ... that although only a single example of the Eriksen M/25 machine gun was built, it saw service in the 1940 Norwegian Campaign?
Rosemary's Baby (miniseries)
(May 12, 2014)
4,212 + 19,080-(2655+6353)/2 = 18,788 1,534 ... that the 2014 adaptation of Rosemary's Baby starring Zoe Saldana is set in Paris rather than New York City like the original novel?
Diethyl azodicarboxylate
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
18,600 2,325 ... that even small amounts of dead cat can explode when heated?
Rico Harris
(Oct. 10, 2016)
18,556 1,546 ... that after the 6-foot-9-inch (206 cm), 300-pound (140 kg) former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Harris disappeared two years ago today, searchers wondered why they could find no trace of such a large man?
National Masturbation Day
(Mar. 21, 2012)
18,466 2,308 ... that National Masturbation Day, an annual event celebrated in the US in May, was first observed in 1995?
Lost Nigger Gold Mine
(Mar. 7, 2012)
18,452 2,306 ... that the legendary Lost Nigger Gold Mine, first discovered in 1887, was still being searched for in 1930?
Law Ting Holm
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
18,400 2,300 ... that nesting is not used by breeding Mute Swans but they do use this thing?
Hexagonal water
(Nov. 1, 2011)
18,400 1,533 ... that hexagonal water, a configuration of water that supposedly stops aging, is a marketing scam?
Star Trek: The God Thing
(Jan. 29, 2015)
18,346 1,528 ... that Gene Roddenberry blamed religious executives of Paramount Studios for its rejection of Star Trek: The God Thing?
Disappearing Model
(May 1, 2009)
18,300 ... that Disappearing Model, a body painting in which a model is painted so that she is indistinguishable from her background, is Joanne Gair's most famous work and was displayed on Ripley's Believe It or Not!?
Toilet plume 18,287 762 ... that there is indirect, but unconfirmed, evidence of certain diseases being spread by toilet plume?
Wrangell Bombardment
(Nov. 16, 2017)
18,232 1,519 ... that the U.S. Army bombarded the village of Wrangell, Alaska, in 1869 to force the handover of the first man to be given the death penalty under U.S. rule?
Sigma war games
(Dec. 17, 2014)
18,164 ... that as early as 1962 the Sigma war games predicted that American intervention in the Vietnam War would be unsuccessful?
James Ferguson (Scottish politician)
(Jan. 28, 2013)
14,264 + 3,813 = 18,077 2,260 ... that James Ferguson was so ugly that his own mother warned him against being mistaken for a rapist?
Nasone
(Aug. 23, 2017)
18,049 752 ... that Romans like to drink out of large noses?
Ines Rau
(Nov. 2, 2017)
18,001 1,500 ... that Ines Rau is the first transgender woman to be a Playboy Playmate?
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.
(Mar. 23, 2012)
17,992 2,249 ... that in spite of being shot eight times, Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. ordered his men to tie him to a tree so he could keep fighting, action for which he received the Medal of Honor?
James Muri
(Feb.11, 2013)
17,974 2,237 ... that World War II pilot James Muri's only means of escape, after attacking the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi, was to fly down along the line of her flight deck?
World Naked Gardening Day
(Apr. 5, 2012)
17,935 1,195 ... that World Naked Gardening Day, celebrated in May to promote nude gardening, was first observed in 2005?
2008 Kerry bogslide
(Sep. 9, 2008)
17,900 ... that the 2008 Kerry bogslide was described as "one of the most frightening and overwhelming events ever witnessed"?
Battle of Grunwald (painting)
(Feb. 24, 2012)
17,856 2,232 ... that the masterpiece painting Battle of Grunwald by Jan Matejko was among the most wanted artifacts that Nazi Germany planned to destroy?
Henryk Siwiak homicide
(Sept. 11, 2016)
17,707 738 ... that the unsolved shooting death of Henryk Siwiak 15 years ago today is officially the only homicide that occurred in New York City on 9/11?
Boeing RC-1
(Sep. 8, 2014)
17,700 ... that the Boeing RC-1, designed to haul ore and oil out of the Arctic, would have been twice the size and weight of the largest aircraft ever built?
Rainbow Canyon (California)
(Apr. 25, 2017)
17,641 ... that the US military refers to Death Valley's Rainbow Canyon as Star Wars Canyon?
Pichi
(Jul. 23, 2014)
17,604 1,466 ... that male pichis have a penis that is 60% of their body length, even though the females have no vagina?
Commodore Nutt
(Jan. 30, 2008)
17,600 … that Commodore Nutt grew only 37 inches (94 cm) tall?
A Free Ride
(Feb. 14, 2012)
17,510 2,188 ... that A Free Ride is considered to be the earliest surviving American hardcore pornographic film?
Trumpington bed burial
Bed burial
(Mar. 28, 2012)
12,792 + 4,690 = 17,482 2,185 ... that a 7th-century grave in Cambridge discovered in 2011 held the remains of an Anglo-Saxon teenage girl who was lying on a bed, with a gold and garnet cross on her breast?
Meat dress of Lady Gaga
(May 20, 2011)
9260 + 10584 - (784 + 3979) / 2 = 17463 ... that the meat dress of Lady Gaga was to be preserved by being made into a type of jerky?
1111 Lincoln Road
(Jan. 6, 2012)
17,300 2,165 ... that a parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a "stunning" design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties?
Buxbaumia
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
17,200 ... that humpbacked elves are rarely seen because their bodies are microscopic?
Lighthouse and naval vessel urban legend
(Sep. 24, 2011)
17,200 1,433 ... that the Military Officers Association of America reports that the "I'm a lighthouse. Your call" urban legend is forwarded to the organization an average of three times a day?
Hypoalgesic effect of swearing
(Aug. 21, 2013)
15,818 + 1,368 = 17,186 ... that you should swear when you hurt yourself?
D. J. Wilson
2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
(June 23, 2017)
15,699 + 1,364=17,063 718.4 ... that D. J. Wilson entered the 2017 NBA draft rather than staying in college and playing for the 2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team?
Stefanie Rabatsch
(May 2012)
15,181 + 1,849 = 17,030 ... that Adolf Hitler was so hopelessly in love with Stefanie Isak when he was a teenager that he planned to kill both her and himself in the Danube?
Béatrice Saubin
(Nov. 6, 2017)
17,024 1,418 ... that the Malaysian High Court sentenced 22-year-old Frenchwoman Béatrice Saubin to death by hanging for smuggling 534 grams (1.177 lb) of pure grade heroin?
The Black Swan, Oldstead
(Oct. 26, 2017)
17,021 ... that The Black Swan at Oldstead is rated the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor?
The Story of Menstruation
(Apr. 1, 2009 – April Fool's Day)
17,000 ... that in Disney's animated film The Story of Menstruation, the flow is snow white?
Jacqueline Voltaire
(May 12, 2008)
16,900 ... that British actress Jacqueline Voltaire won a "most bizarre sex scene" award in 2005 for her performance in the Mexican film Matando Cabos?
Clubfoot George
(Apr. 1, 2011)
16,900 2,112 ... that Clubfoot George was executed by vigilantes because they believed that he was innocent?
Black Destroyer
(Nov 15, 2016)
16,715 ... that the short story "Black Destroyer" was the basis for A. E. van Vogt's lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, as the plot of the movie Alien matched it so closely?
Cray-3
(Jan 3, 2017)
16,119 ... that when Seymour Cray designed the Cray-3 supercomputer, he insisted that the processor fit into a 1-cubic-foot (0.028 m3) block?
Cheese slaw
(Oct. 6, 2016)
16,686 1,390 ... that cheese slaw is sometimes used as a topping for hot dogs?
Alien Spidy
(Apr. 1, 2015 – April Fool's Day)
15,039 + 1,553 = 16,592 ... that extraterrestrial spiders have only six legs?
Project Camelot
(Mar. 19, 2015)
15,260 + 1,311 = 16,571 ... that the U.S. Army cancelled Project Camelot on the day Congress began investigating it?
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
(Mar. 31, 2009)
16,500 ... that Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only known survivor of the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II?
John 3:7 (sign)
(Aug. 18, 2009)
16,300 ...that John 3:7, once flung from a train window, made the news again in 2009 after going missing on a train?
The Big Bend 16,299 ... that The Big Bend, which would be the world's longest building if built, was designed to circumvent zoning regulations?
Disappearance of Asha Kreimer
(September 2, 2016)
16,293 ... that Asha Kreimer disappeared on her way to the restroom of the Rollerville Cafe in Flumeville?
Triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's
(Aug. 18, 2016)
17553 - (1834+749) /2 = 16262 ... that Jonathan Brownlee collapsed almost immediately after crossing the finish line at the men's triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait
(Sep. 7, 2016)
16,141 673 ... that following the arrest of Rolf Harris, no one knows the location of his painting, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait?
Polynesian Dog
(Mar. 24, 2017)
16,104 ... that the extinct Polynesian Dog never became feral because of the scarcity of food in the forests of Polynesia?
Montecristo
(Mar. 6, 2012)
16,035 2,004 ... that the Italian island of Montecristo, although 10.39 km2 (4.01 sq mi) in area, is almost deserted, having only two stable inhabitants?
Ain't
(Aug. 4, 2014)
12,641 + 3,386 = 16,027 1,334 ... that there ain't no more?
Roy Wiggins
(Jun. 21, 2017)
16,014 ... that Roy Wiggins claimed to have ruined 80 million records?
John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol
(Nov. 17, 2016)
15,980 665 ... that the 7th Marquess of Bristol once reportedly opened a fridge door by blasting it with a shotgun?
Ilse Hess
(Apr. 21, 2017)
15,944 ... that Ilse Hess, who was one of the first women to study at the University of Munich, remained a committed Nazi after World War II?
Ntrepid
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
15,900 1,987 ... that Ntrepid was paid $2.76 million by the U.S. military to create sock puppets?
Death of Margaret Martin (Oct. 6-7, 2015) 15,865 755 ... that after the death of Margaret Martin in 1938, plainclothes police officers attended her funeral in the hopes of spotting possible suspects?
Samson Isberg
Murder of Knut Grøte
(Apr. 4, 2012)
9,620+
6,196=
15,816
1,977 ... that Samson Isberg's last beheadings were attended by about 5,000 spectators?
Hermann Hogeback
(Dec. 20, 2012)
14,668 + 1,145 = 15,813 1,318 ... that Hermann Hogeback's entire bomber crew was decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II, a unique distinction in the Luftwaffe?
Lepiota brunneoincarnata(Nov. 7, 2017) 15,806 1,317 ... that people have been poisoned after mistaking the deadly dapperling for the grey knight?
Megapenthes lugens
(Jun. 27, 2010)
15,800 ... that the Queen's executioner lives in Windsor Great Park and feeds on weevils and nectar?
List of United States Presidents by net worth
(Aug. 29, 2012)
10,613 + 5,176 = 15,789 1,973 ... that Harry Truman was the poorest U.S. President since 1929?
Abraham Lincoln's hearse
(Mar. 22, 2017)
15,759 1,313 ... that Abraham Lincoln's "immense" hearse was escorted by 160,000 people as it was drawn through New York City?
MTB 345
(Nov. 15, 2012)
14,168 + 1,576 = 15,744 1,989 ... that the Norwegian-British crew of MTB 345 were tortured and executed as a result of Adolf Hitler's Commando Order?
25 Luglio
(Jul. 25, 2013)
14,851 + 873 = 15,724 1,966 ... that on 25 July 1943, the Gran Consiglio del Fascismo asked the king to reassume power, provoking the fall of Italian Fascism and the arrest of Mussolini?
Boise homosexuality scandal
(Jun. 9, 2009)
15,700 ... that a sex scandal in Boise, Idaho, in 1955 resulted in almost 1,500 people being interviewed and a list of 500 suspected homosexuals?
White Tights
(Dec. 9, 2008)
15,700 1,962 ... that White Tights are mysterious blonde female snipers from the Baltic states who have supposedly fought against the Russian Army in various conflicts?
The Rolling Stones
(Oct. 9, 2017)
15,637 ... that The Rolling Stones are a British rock band? Okay, you probably did...
Tyrannasorus rex
(Feb. 1, 2013)
15,612 1,952 ... that Tyrannasorus rex had wings and six legs?
Jerry Hardin
(Jan. 11, 2012)
15,600 1,950 ... that Deep Throat's daughter is Monk's wife?
Dismaland
(Aug. 27, 2015)
15,598 ... that Banksy described his Dismaland as a "family theme park unsuitable for children"?
Batman and Harley Quinn
(June 26, 2017)
15,542 ... that in Batman and Harley Quinn, Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman?
Abortion in Latvia
(Jun. 22, 2013)
15,446 1,931 ... that in 1991 there were 34,633 births and 44,886 abortions in Latvia?
Faces of Meth
(Feb. 1, 2011)
15,505 ... that the Faces of Meth project shows before-and-after images documenting physical deterioration caused by meth use?
TSS The Queen
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
15,500 ... that The Queen was captured by the Germans in 1916?
Kalantaka
(May 25, 2011)
15,500 ... that the icon of "the Death of Death" is popular in South India?
Disney bomb
(Jun. 22, 2011)
15,500 2,583 ... that the Disney bomb of the Second World War is thought to have been inspired by the Walt Disney cartoon Victory Through Air Power?
Escape from Tomorrow
(Jan. 29, 2013)
13,665 + 2,462 - (869 + 403)/2 = 15,491 1,936 ... that Escape from Tomorrow was covertly filmed on location at Disneyland and Walt Disney World without Disney's permission or knowledge, using iPhones to store scripts and schedules and record sound?
Viking raid on Seville (844) 15,471 ... that when the Vikings occupied Seville in 844, they tried unsuccessfully to burn the city's great mosque?
The Boat Race 2008
(Jul. 21, 2014)
1,176 + 14,294 = 15,470 1,263 ... that the 2008 Boat Race featured the oldest ever competitor, a 36-year-old?
How Am I Supposed to Kill You If You Have All the Guns?
(Jun. 26, 2009)
15,441 ... that How Am I Supposed to Kill You If You Have All the Guns? was described as "disgusting" by the parents of one of its creators?
Frontier Series
(Apr. 1, 2014)
13,354 + 2,058 = 15,402 ... that Canada's new money features too much pornography and not enough women?
USCGC Chincoteague (WPB-1320),
MY Titanic
(Apr. 1, 2011)
8,592 +
6,800 = 15,392
1,924 ... that in 2010, three survivors of the Titanic were rescued by the USCGC Chincoteague?
Dylan Penn
treats!
(Sep. 9, 2014)
12,213 + 3,149 = 15,362 1,340 ... that Dylan Penn—daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright—declined a US$150,000 offer to pose for a Playboy cover, but later appeared nude behind a $6000 Fendi bag on a treats! cover?
Murder of Leigh Leigh
(Aug. 21, 2014)
12,398 + 2906 = 15,304 1,275 ... that the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Leigh Leigh inspired a theatrical play that was later adapted into a feature film?'
Sharknado
(Jul. 22, 2013)
28,590 - 13,332 = 15,258 1,272 ... that, in case of a Sharknado, a National Weather Service representative recommended staying indoors "whether sharks are raining down or not"?
Charlotte McKinney
(Mar. 11, 2015)
12,382 + 4,663 - (1,292 + 2,415) / 2 = 15,192 1,266 ... that model Charlotte McKinney became "insta-famous" by posting pictures to Instagram?
Cut Sleeve
(Apr. 1, 2016)
15,159 ... that He was gay?

DYK page view leaders by month (over 5,000 views)

November 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Sophia (robot) Sophia (robot).jpg 59,972 2,499 ... that Sophia (pictured) is the first robot to become a recognised citizen of a country?
Wrangell Bombardment 18,232 1,519 ... that the U.S. Army bombarded the village of Wrangell, Alaska, in 1869 to force the handover of the first man to be given the death penalty under U.S. rule?
Ines Rau 18,001 1,500 ... that Ines Rau is the first transgender woman to be a Playboy Playmate?
Béatrice Saubin 17,024 1,418 ... that the Malaysian High Court sentenced 22-year-old Frenchwoman Béatrice Saubin to death by hanging for smuggling 534 grams (1.177 lb) of pure grade heroin?
Lepiota brunneoincarnata 15,806 1,317 ... that people have been poisoned after mistaking the deadly dapperling for the grey knight?
Grape-kun 12,979 1,081 ... that Grape-kun, a Humboldt penguin, "fell in love" with a cutout of an anime character?
Han–Liu War 12,609 1,050 ... that before the Han–Liu War, many soldiers bought coffins as they were prepared to fight to the death?
World tour of Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant 1870-1880.jpg 12,445 1,037 ... that during his world tour in 1878, Ulysses S. Grant (pictured) became the first U.S. President to visit Jerusalem?
Albert Sidney Johnston (Ney) 11,908 992 ... that Albert Sidney Johnston lies in repose atop his grave?
Ughill Hall shootings 11,889 990 ... that after murdering his mistress and her daughter in Ughill Hall, Sheffield, Ian Wood absconded to France and threatened to jump off Amiens Cathedral?
Helene Bechstein 11,849 ... that Helene Bechstein helped to teach Hitler table manners?
Boiled leather Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 17 Totenkopf Paradehelm Cut out.jpg 11,660 ... that the German Army used pickelhaube helmets made of boiled leather (example pictured) until halfway through World War I?
Suicide of Randy Potter 10,483 438 ... that it took authorities at Kansas City International Airport eight months to find Randy Potter's body in his parked truck, despite recording all license plate numbers nightly?
Shadia Bseiso 10,471 873 ... that Shadia Bseiso from Jordan is the first female Arab wrestler to sign with WWE?
Dardeen family homicides 10,307 858 ... that serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells confessed to the Dardeen family homicides that took place in Ina, Illinois, 30 years ago today, but he was never charged?
Roma Agrawal The Shard from the Sky Garden 2015.jpg 10,234 852 ... that after playing with Lego bricks as a child, Roma Agrawal designed both the tip and bottom of The Shard (pictured)?
J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World 9,922 826 ... that the J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World franchise was the "most-snubbed franchise" of all time at the Academy Awards, with 12 nominations and zero wins until its 2017 success?
Achilleas Kallakis 9,719 809 ... that Achilleas Kallakis has been called "Britain's most successful serial confidence trickster"?
Phantom Blood Apollo & Daphne September 2a.jpg 8,522 710 ... that the character posings in the manga Phantom Blood were influenced by the sculpture Apollo and Daphne (pictured)?
Ringed brown snake 8,492 707 ... that the species name of the ringed brown snake means "well-behaved" and has been linked to its reluctance to bite people?
Big-fish–little-pond effect 8,351 695 ... that it is better for one's self-concept to be a big fish in a little pond than in a big pond?
James Fugaté 8,133 677 ... that James Fugaté was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after it was revealed that he wrote Quatrefoil: A Modern Novel under the pen name James Barr?
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park 8,104 675

... that the memorial to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots is at the exact location where they died?

Megawatt Valley 7,892 657 ... that power stations in Megawatt Valley were once responsible for up to a quarter of all electricity generated in England and Wales?
Bananas, Beaches and Bases 7,640 636 ... that the book Bananas, Beaches and Bases argues that banana sales have a "gendered history"?
Avenue Range Station massacre 7,338 611 ... that the Avenue Range Station massacre involved the shooting murders of nine Aboriginal Australians, including children and a baby, by white settlers?
Mediaster aequalis,
Phyllochaetopterus prolifica
Mediaster aequalis on glass.jpg 4,157 + 3,151 = 7,308 609 ... that larvae of the vermilion sea star (pictured) preferentially settle among the tubes of a tube-dwelling worm?

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Dominique Blake 7,084 590 ... that Jamaican sprinter Dominique Blake was accidentally awarded a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 4 × 400 m relay?
Tongo Tongo ambush 6,552 546 ... that Frederica Wilson suggested that President Donald Trump's response to the deaths of four American soldiers in the Tongo Tongo ambush in Niger might become his Benghazi incident?
Architecture of Seattle Duwamish Longhouse interior 02.jpg 6,522 543 ... that several buildings in Seattle (example pictured) deliberately evoke traditional regional Native American architecture?
Khufiyya 5848-Linxia-Yu-Baba-Gongbei-general-view.jpg 6,204 517 ... that Khufiyya (shrine complex pictured) is the oldest of the four Sufi orders established in China?
Bosnia and Herzegovina–Holy See relations Pope John Paul II in Bosnia 1997 (cropped).jpg 5,998 499 ... that with Bosnia and Herzegovina–Holy See relations improving, Pope John Paul II came for a visit (pictured)—and then police discovered 23 land mines planted in the area where he was to have been driven?
Bonesetter 5,871 489 ... that "Crazy Sally", an 18th-century bonesetter, successfully treated dislocated shoulders and knees in a London coffee house despite having no medical training?
Anthony Franchini 5,760 480 ... that Anthony Franchini, who served in the U.S. Army for both World Wars prior to obtaining U.S. citizenship, recorded more than 3,500 phonograph record sides with Frank Ferera in the 1920s?
Freewill (song) 5,512 459 ... that the Rush song "Freewill" was the last studio recording to use the "shrieking high range" of Geddy Lee's vocals?
Louise Cook 5,370 447 ... that rally driver Louise Cook sold her trophies on eBay to help her continue competing in the 2012 World Rally Championship after her funding dried up?
Ophiopholis aculeata 5,235 436 ... that the crevice brittle star is sometimes involved in mass spawning events?
Ballot laws of the Roman Republic Roman voting scene.png 5,117 426 ... that the ballot laws introduced the secret ballot (voting pictured) to all popular assemblies in the Roman Republic?
Kimmie Taylor 4,997 + 106 = 5,103 425 ... that Kimmie Taylor of the Kurdish YPJ is the first British woman to travel to Syria to fight ISIS?

October 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Optima Signature 20170924 Optima Signature 02.jpg 20,278 + 1,147=21,425 902 ... that residents of the top 15 floors of the Optima Signature (pictured) have access to a private club in the building?
SS Clifton 19,499 1,624 ... that the whaleback SS Clifton disappeared for over 90 years?
The Black Swan, Oldstead 17,021 709 ... that The Black Swan at Oldstead is rated the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor?
Antonov An-70 Antonov An-70 in 2008.jpg 15,726 ...that the Antonov An-70 (pictured) was the first aircraft to fly that was powered only by propfans?
The Rolling Stones 15,637 ...that The Rolling Stones are a British rock band? Okay you probably did...
Loggerhead Key Aerial view of Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas (8473755888).jpg 15,345 ... that Loggerhead Key (pictured) was home to the Tortugas Laboratory, which performed some of the first research on Western Hemisphere mangroves and coral reefs?
Muntz Jet 1951 Muntz.jpg 12,608 + 1,658 = 14,266 1,188 ... that the Muntz Jet (pictured) was a car that came with the option of a liquor cabinet and ice chest under the rear seat armrests?
AirTrain JFK JFK AirTrain.agr.jpg 13,125 ... that AirTrain JFK (vehicle pictured), an airport rail link in New York City, took almost 30 years to plan?
The Ex (target) 11,626 + 365 = 11,991 ... that the Ex is a target practice mannequin that spouts blood when shot?
Chinese wedding door games Groom drinking from bottle during Chinese wedding door game.jpg 10,543 + 1,367 = 11,910 992 ... that as part of Chinese weddings, the groom may be made to swallow pungent wasabi, chilli padi, and bitter tea before receiving the bride at her family home?
Battle of Emmendingen 11,335 + 392 = 11,727 ... that both sides in the Battle of Emmendingen lost their commanding general, one to a musket ball, the other to a cannonball?
Thai royal funeral TNN24 - Royal crematorium of King Bhumibol (1) cropped.jpg 11,083 ... that the cremation pyres (example pictured) built for Thai royal funerals symbolize Mount Meru, the Hindu centre of the universe?
Halloween card
(Oct. 31, 2017)
347+ 9,986 + 537 = 10,870 861 ... that the United States experienced a Halloween "postcard craze" in the early 1900s?
Extraterrestrial diamonds SpaceNanoDiamonds.jpg 10,482 ... that extraterrestrial diamonds (pictured) in meteorites preserve their history from before the Solar System formed?
Death of Victoria Martens 10,328 860 ... that officers from the Albuquerque Police Department lied to the Albuquerque Journal when providing details regarding the death of Victoria Martens?
John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu 9,073 + 1,229 = 10,302 858 ... that before his death at the Battle of Barnet in 1471, John Neville was reported to be in the thick of the fighting and "cutting off arms and heads like a hero of romance"?
Matt Page (artist) 10,068 420 ... that Matt Page humorously edited historical images to include Axl Rose eating snacks?
Jeremy (snail) 9,874 ... that a global search yielded two mating partners for Jeremy, a rare left-coiled snail, but they began to mate with each other instead?
German People's Radio 8,829 + 549 = 9,378 ... that German People's Radio pretended to broadcast from within Germany, but was actually located in Moscow?
Pacheco Pass Tunnel 9,062 ... that California High-Speed Rail's proposed Pacheco Pass Tunnel is expected to become the longest rail tunnel in North America?
Abbie Hutty 8,813 367 ... that Abbie Hutty hopes there really is life on Mars?
William Lunn (educator) 7,949 + 809 = 8,758 365 ... that after William Lunn's wedding, people destroyed the door of a police watch house in Montreal?
Canan Bayram Canan Bayram (2017).jpg 8,196 + 194 = 8,390 ... that Canan Bayram (pictured) was the only member of Alliance 90/The Greens directly elected to the German parliament in the 2017 election?
Schizomyia viticola Schizomyia viticola galls.jpg 8390 - ((14 + 45)/2) = 8,361 Views ... that although the gall midge Schizomyia viticola can produce up to 135 galls (pictured) on a single grape vine leaf, the plant is not harmed?
Vector General 8,311 ... that a Vector General 3D terminal was used to create the 3D animation near the end of the original Star Wars?
NUDE 8,285 ... that the film NUDE is about a talent search that was inspired by the Pirelli Calendars of the 1970s?
Toronto (cocktail) 6,274 + 1,159 = 7,433 ... that the earliest record of the Toronto cocktail is from 1922, when the city of Toronto was under prohibition?
Lady Macbeth (sculpture) Elisabet Ney - Lady Macbeth - Detail.jpg 7,214 ... that Elisabet Ney's Lady Macbeth (detail pictured), whose face resembles the artist's own, has been interpreted as a self-portrait and expression of personal grief?
Calgary White Hat 6,902 575 ... that instead of giving the keys to the city to visiting dignitaries, the mayor of Calgary "white hats" them?
BC Liquor Stores 6,309 + 369 = 6,678 ... that until 1968, a list of some 5,000 people, referred to as the "Indian List" due to the automatic inclusion of indigenous people, was prohibited from buying liquor from BC Liquor Stores?
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral Choir looking west, London, UK - Diliff.jpg 6,343 + 143 = 6,486 ... that in his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for St Paul's Cathedral (interior pictured), Herbert Howells uses slow and spacious changes in harmony and tonality to suit the building's long echo?
Lorna Arnold 5,694 + 673 = 6,367 265 ... that as UK secretary in the Economic Directorate of the Allied Control Council in post-war Berlin, Lorna Arnold slept with a revolver under her pillow?
Vine Colby 5,595 + 755 = 6,350 529 ... that a 1912 party hosted by Vine Colby made the news for its originality?
Drew Live II 5,643 + 680 = 6,323 526 ... that the producers of "Drew Live II" kept many elements of the episode a secret from the cast?
Serene Velocity 6,083 507 ... that after viewing footage from his 1970 film Serene Velocity, director Ernie Gehr felt nauseated?
The Gypsy Madonna Tiziano Vecellio,called Titian - Gipsy Madonna - Google Art Project.jpg 5,536 + 504 = 6,040 ... that the landscape in Titian's Gypsy Madonna (pictured) virtually repeats part of that in the Dresden Venus?
Niagara Apothecary 5,680 + 337 = 6,017 ... that the restoration of the Niagara Apothecary has been described as "the most authentic restoration of its kind in Canada and perhaps in North America"?
Yttralox 4,576 + 1,416 = 5,992 499 ... that Yttralox, a transparent ceramic, was accidentally discovered in the course of fuel cell research in the mid-1960s?
1982 Bristow Helicopters Bell 212 crash 5,920 + 62 = 5,982 ... that the 1982 Bristow Helicopters Bell 212 crash was one of three fatal helicopter accidents Bristow Helicopters suffered in little more than a year in the North Sea?
William Carpentier 5,573 464 ... that Dr. William Carpentier, the flight surgeon for Apollo 11 and Apollo 13, was registered on the Air Force One manifest as WFP – "World Famous Physician"?
Siegfried Fietz Siegfried Fietz 2012.jpg 5,521 ... that Siegfried Fietz (pictured) wrote a popular melody for "Von guten Mächten", one of more than 3,000 song melodies he composed?
Lazar Bach 5,449 ... that Latvian-born Lazar Bach became chair of the Communist Party of South Africa, but died in a Gulag?
Trou au Natron 5,317 ... that the so-called "Tibesti Soda Lake" at the bottom of the Trou au Natron volcanic caldera is actually a mineral crust composed of sodium carbonate?
Deep Purple (album) 5,157 215 ... that the song "Why Didn't Rosemary?" from the 1969 album Deep Purple was inspired by the film Rosemary's Baby?
Von guten Mächten 4,664 + 450 = 5,114 ... that "Von guten Mächten", a poem written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in prison in 1944 where he faced execution, became a hymn with several melodies?
Erich Mühe 4,769 + 233 = 5,002 ... that Erich Mühe, the first surgeon to remove a gallbladder by laparoscopy, was initially mocked by his colleagues for performing "Mickey Mouse surgery"?

September 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Forest ring 19,451 ... that forest rings had gone unnoticed by geologists until aerial photography became a common surveying tool in the 1950s?
Donald Trump and handshakes Bastille Day Parade 170714-D-PB383-004 (35886716836) - square crop.jpg 19,239 ... that Donald Trump's handshake (pictured) with Emmanuel Macron at the Bastille Day celebrations was 29 seconds long?
Brazilian coastal defense ship Deodoro Brazilian coastal defense ship Marshal Deodoro NH 101480.jpg 15,492 1,291 ... that the Brazilian coastal defense ship Deodoro (pictured) was once mistaken for a war-bound privateer?
Palythoa toxica 14,253 ... that an animal called the "Seaweed of Death from Hana" has caused poisonings of aquarium hobbyists?
Manon Antoniazzi Manon Williams Croeso Cymru.jpg 13,826 ... that Manon Antoniazzi (pictured) gave Welsh lessons to Prince William, the son of the Prince of Wales?
The Jewish Confederates 12,151 ... that thousands of Jews fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War?
Judy Smith homicide 11,237 468 ... that a Buncombe County, North Carolina, deputy sheriff interrupted his convalescence from back surgery to investigate a body discovered 20 years ago today and crushed his sciatic nerve as a result?
Shirley Pitts 9,191 + 1,929 = 11,120 ... that Shirley Pitts was trained by the Forty Elephants and became the "queen of shoplifters"?
Kate Brew Vaughn 10,561 965 ... that someone told Kate Brew Vaughn that her eggless, sugarless, and butterless World War I Victory Cake was "joyless", but then ate three pieces??
Wilfrid Oulton 10,375 ... that Wilfrid Oulton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for sinking three U-boats in one month?
2011 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts theft 10,305 429 ... that an Edmonton man who unknowingly bought a $1.2 million artwork stolen six years ago today, kept it in his bedroom next to Star Wars figures and stuffed animals?
Helen Huntington Hull Albert Bierstadt - Among the Sierra Nevada, California - Google Art Project.jpg 9,645 ... that when Helen Huntington Hull inherited Among the Sierra Nevada, California (pictured) by Albert Bierstadt, she had it glued directly to a wall of her mansion?
Zerai Deres Zerai Deres.jpg 7,991 + 1,074 = 9,065 755 ... that both Eritrea and Ethiopia consider Zerai Deres (pictured) a folk hero of anti-fascism and anticolonialism?
Disappearance of Tammy Kingery 8,888 370 ... that although Tammy Kingery left her keys inside her South Carolina house when she disappeared from it three years ago today, the door was found locked from the outside?
1972 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts robbery De Heem, Vanitasstilleven.jpg 8,702 363 ... that the largest theft in Canadian history occurred 45 years ago today, when jewellery and 18 paintings (example pictured) were stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts?
Project Emily Thor missile prepared for launch.jpg 8,634 720 ... that British crews launched Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles (example pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of Project Emily?
Battle of Bileća 7,985 ... that the Kingdom of Bosnia allowed the Ottoman Turks to penetrate deep into their territory before inflicting a heavy defeat on them at the 1388 Battle of Bileća?
Birds' Head Haggadah Red figure Scribe- Menahem - The Birds' Head Haggadah - Google Art Project (cropped).jpg 7,866 655 ... that the oldest surviving illuminated Passover Haggadah depicts Jews as humans with the faces and beaks of birds (detail pictured)?
Opossum Brook 7,860 ... that evidence of beavers was first detected on Opossum Brook in 1929 by a man on his way to Hell's Kitchen?
Pietà (Titian) 7,687 ... that Titian intended his painting of the Pietà to hang over his grave, but it never did?
Yarkand hare 7,520 ... that the Yarkand hare is hunted as game and, between 1958 and 1981, about 10,000 furs annually were produced from the species?
dril 7,396 ... that the absurdist Twitter writer known as dril continues to insist that he is not owned, even as he slowly shrinks and transforms into a corncob?
Oregon black exclusion laws 7,293 ... that an 1844 Oregon law required all slaves to be freed—and all freed slaves to leave Oregon?
The Tribute Money (Titian) Titian - The Tribute Money - Google Art Project (715452).jpg 6,995 ... that Titian's The Tribute Money (1516) (pictured) was painted to be a cupboard door?
Ida Hinman 6,722 614 ... that Ida Hinman, author of a popular Washington, D.C. guidebook, died in poverty and her body was identified through a membership pin of the Daughters of the American Revolution?
Nigel Williams (conservator) 2004 sutton hoo 01.JPG 6,435 ... that when only 23 years old, Nigel Williams was tasked with restoring "the most iconic object" (pictured) from a spectacular archaeological discovery?
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines John Ford in OSS training film.jpg 5,591 + 681 = 6272 ... that John Ford (pictured) portrayed an Office of Strategic Services officer in an OSS training film that he directed in 1943?
Tanis (podcast) 5,643 ... that the producers of the horror podcast Tanis have never confirmed whether the show is fictitious?
Camino Island 5,568 ... that John Grisham (pictured) said his novel Camino Island was conceived on a road trip to Florida while talking about stolen books with his wife?
The Index Card 5,098 ... that Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack wrote a book based on an index card?

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