Wikipedia:Did you know/Statistics

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Did you know...?"
Discussion WT:DYK
Rules WP:DYK
Supplementary rules WP:DYKSG
Noms (awaiting approval) WP:DYKN
Reviewing guide WP:DYKR
Noms (approved) WP:DYKNA
Preps & Queues T:DYK/Q
Currently on Main Page
Main Page errors WP:ERRORS
Archive of DYKs WP:DYKA

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.

See also:

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 1,467
Featured list 649
Good article 5,536
These may be slight underestimates (learn more)
refresh this table

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.


  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 For more information on this tool, see 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?
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?
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?
(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?
(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?
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 - - 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?
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?
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^rsquo,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.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?
(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?
(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?
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?
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?
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?
(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?
(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?
(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?
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?
(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 or 12)
Article (DYK date) DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
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?
(Apr. 29, 2016)
33,393 4174 ... 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?
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?
(Apr. 1, 2014)
21,722 ... that Fucking was renamed Fugging for an unknown reason?
Muria people
premarital sex
(Aug. 27, 2011)
... 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?
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"?
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?
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?
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?
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?
(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?
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!?
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?
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?
(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?
(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?
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?
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?
(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?
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?
(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?
(Aug. 4, 2014)
12,641 + 3,386 = 16,027 1,334 ... that there ain't no more?
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?
(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)
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?
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?
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?
(Aug. 27, 2015)
15,598 ... that Banksy described his Dismaland as a "family theme park unsuitable for children"?
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?
(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?
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?
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
(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?'
(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)

April 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Andrew Báthory 21,949 1,829 ... that the severed head of Andrew Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, was sewn back on?
Mount Davis (Oakland) McAfee Coliseum (15993646150) (Mount Davis).jpg 20,641 ... that the Oakland Athletics' management refuses to remove the tarp from Mount Davis (pictured) unless the team reaches the World Series?
Guy Fort 19,533 ... that Brigadier General Guy Fort is the only American-born general officer to be executed by enemy forces?
Jadwiga Szubartowicz Jadwiga Szubartowicz (2016) - square crop.jpg 19,506 ... that Jadwiga Szubartowicz (pictured aged 110), the oldest living Pole, witnessed the October Revolution?
Schloss Bruchsal Schloss Bruchsal Spiegelung.jpg 18,483 ... that the 18th-century Schloss Bruchsal (pictured) in southwest Germany contains an elaborate Baroque staircase that has been described as "ingenious and ravishing"?
Harry R. Lewis HarryRLewis Harvard demonstrating SHAPESHIFTER 1967or1968.jpg 18,546 ... that the website "Six Degrees to Harry Lewis" (Lewis pictured) was a precursor to Facebook?
Ilse Hess 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?
Rearing Horse and Mounted Warrior Budapest Rearing Horse and Mounted Warrior, right side, by E.C.Rae.png 15,857 ... that the Nazi plunder of European treasures prevented Leonardo da Vinci's Rearing Horse and Mounted Warrior (pictured) from falling into the hands of the Red Army?
Wrigley Field ivy Wrigley Field Ivy (2935611800).jpg 15,041 ... that any baseballs that get hit and lodged in the Wrigley Field ivy (pictured) score the batter a double?
Lake Ptolemy 13,023 ... that a lake larger than Lake Erie existed in the eastern Sahara less than 12,000 years ago?
Last Judgement (Michelangelo) Michelangelo, Giudizio Universale 03.jpg 12,803 ... that Michelangelo destroyed parts of his own Sistine Chapel ceiling to make room for his Last Judgement?
Black River (Saucon Creek) 12,792 ... that the Black River is a "miserable ditch"?
Sagunto Castle Castell de Sagunt Porta Almenara i Porta de Sant Ferran 01.jpg 12,507 ... that Hannibal sacked the Iberian settlement within the site of Sagunto Castle (pictured), an action that led to the Second Punic War?
1950 Fairfield-Suisun Boeing B-29 crash 12,478 1,040 ... that 19 people, including Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, were killed when a Boeing B29 crashed with a Mark 4 nuclear bomb on board?
Ann Manley 12,243 1,020 ... that in 1861, sex worker Ann Manley rescued part of the 6th Massachusetts Regiment after it was attacked by a mob in Baltimore?
Prawn soup Chupe de Camarones.jpg 11,573 ... that a week in honor of the prawn soup chupe de camarones (pictured) took place in areas of Peru in 2016?
Mohammed Mohiedin Anis 11,519 ... that Abu Omar returned home after the Battle of Aleppo to find that only 13 of his 30 vintage cars remained?
René Beeh René Beeh, Portrait de l'artiste en turban.jpg 11,487 ... that the artist René Beeh (self-portrait shown) was a surveyor on the World War I Western Front?
Fatebenefratelli Hospital 10,773 ... that during the Holocaust in Italy, doctors at Fatebenefratelli Hospital protected Jews from the Nazis by diagnosing them with a fictitious disease called "Syndrome K"?
1953 Alcoa Aluminum advertisement 10,545 ... that a woman can open a bottle?
Monument of States Monument of States-1.jpg 10,115 422 ... that the Monument of States (pictured) in Kissimmee, Florida, was erected in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor and built with stones donated from around the world?
Barbara Hammond 9,987 ... that Barbara Bradby was the first woman to ride a bicycle at Oxford University, where her academic prowess inspired a limerick?
Home Run Apple 9,936 ... that New York Mets fans once booed the Home Run Apple for over two minutes because it was not raised for a Mets home run?
Niels Larsen Bruun 9,436 ... that during the Second World War, the Norwegian naval officer Niels Larsen Bruun sank a German supply ship before he was certain which country was invading Norway?
When in Rome, do as the Romans do 9,633 ... that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" means that it is advisable to follow the conventions of the area in which you are residing or visiting?
Robin Hood v. United States
(Apr. 1, 2017)
9,380 ...that Robin Hood sued the United States?
McGuire Apartments 9,316 ... that the nine-year-old McGuire Apartments building in Seattle was demolished due to the discovery of major corrosion issues?
The Vinh wiretap 9,312 ... that the CIA's black helicopter from Area 51 was used to eavesdrop on Paris Peace Talks discussions during the Vietnam War?
Giyorgis of Segla Giyorgis MET DP367372.jpg 9,162 763 ... that Giyorgis of Segla (pictured) was imprisoned by Ethiopian Emperor Dawit I because of his controversial views on the Sabbath?
Diocesan Museum in Pelplin Pelplin Muzeum Diecezjalne 026.jpg 8,816 734 ... that the Gutenberg Bible held by the Diocesan Museum in Pelplin (pictured) survived World War II in Canada, kept in a vault at the Bank of Montreal until 1959?
Big A Sign 20140702-0183 Angel Stadium.jpg 8,782 ... that the halo on the Big A Sign (pictured) lights up to tell passing motorists of a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball win?
Angata 7,727 ... that Angata, a Christian Rapa Nui prophetess, led a 1914 rebellion on Easter Island, claiming God wanted her people to kill and eat the island's livestock?
Orobanche uniflora 7,640 ... that the naked broomrape is a parasitic plant of other species?
Measure S 7,487 312 ... that a campaign mailer for Los Angeles' Measure S designed to look like an eviction notice drew the ire of the sheriff's department after many recipients thought it was real?
Sabinoso Wilderness 7,475 ... that the 16,030 acres (6,490 ha) of Federal land in New Mexico's Sabinoso Wilderness are inaccessible without trespassing, because they are entirely enclosed in privately-owned property?
Tears on the Dancefloor 6,568 ... that Steps' fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor, is their first album in 17 years to consist mostly of original material?
Macrotermitinae 6,512 542 ... that termites developed agriculture some 31 million years ago?
The Winker's Song (Misprint)
(Apr. 1, 2017)
6,486 ... that a song about masturbation was written by Ivor Biggun and recommended by Johnny Rotten?
Miriam Katin 6,299 ... that award-winning graphic novelist Miriam Katin only started creating comics at the age of 63?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (song) 6,261 521 ... that the theme song for the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is actually called "Yo Home to Bel-Air"?
Bjarne Keyser Barth 6,154 ... that on his 48th birthday, artillery officer Bjarne Keyser Barth was tasked by his commander with surrendering a fortress to invading German troops?
Tamaeva V Vini kuhlii -painting by Edward Lear-4c (cropped).jpg 6,052 ... that Queen Tamaeva V saved the Rimatara lorikeet (pictured) from extinction through a royal taboo that forbade her people from harming or exporting the birds?
Londonderry Borough Police
(Apr. 1, 2017)
5,957 ... that thrust into a difficult situation, Horney Dicks failed to satisfy?
Atamu Tekena 5,740 ... that when he ceded Easter Island to Chile, King Atamu Tekena gave up a handful of grass and retained a handful of dirt?
Rose Cannabich 5,691 ... that Rose Cannabich was "a very beautiful and well-behaved girl", according to her piano teacher Mozart, who composed a piano sonata for her?
Maon Kurosaki 5,683 * ... that prior to her major debut, singer Maon Kurosaki posed as a gravure model for the cover of a novel?
Moses Fleetwood Walker 5,371 447 ... that Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first openly black athlete to play in Major League Baseball?
Wayne Shaw (footballer)
(Apr. 1, 2017)
5,368 ... that the Roly Poly Goalie ate all the pies?

March 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Operation London Bridge 22,837 1,903 ... that use of the code phrase "London Bridge is down" will signal the death of Queen Elizabeth II?
Murder of Joey Fischer 19,477 2,434 ... that Joey Fischer was murdered after he refused to take US$500 to date his ex-girlfriend?
Marquesan Dog Dog relief from meʻae Iʻipona, Puamaʻu Village, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, photograph by Moth Clark, 2009 (levels adjusted).jpg 18,056 ... that a stone relief (pictured), now accepted as an extinct Marquesan Dog, was claimed by Thor Heyerdahl to depict a llama to bolster his theory that Polynesia was settled from South America?
Polynesian Dog 16,104 ... that the extinct Polynesian Dog never became feral because of the scarcity of food in the forests of Polynesia?
Abraham Lincoln's hearse 15,759 1,313 ... that Abraham Lincoln's "immense" hearse was escorted by 160,000 people as it was drawn through New York City?
Rossa Matilda Richter Zazel (tall crop).jpg 15,442 ... that the first recorded human cannonball act was an 1877 London performance by 14-year-old Rossa Matilda Richter (pictured)?
Home Kidston Bugatti Typ 37A 1929 2.jpg 14,224 ... that Home Kidston owned a Bugatti Type 37A (example pictured) while still a schoolboy at Eton?
Ron Hackenberger 14,128 ... that Ron Hackenberger is selling his collection of 700 vehicles, including over 250 Studebakers?
David Martin Long 13,866 1,155 ... that convicted murderer David Martin Long was on life support two days before he was executed?
Lightning rod fashion Umbrella fitted with lightning conductor.jpg 10,518 + 3,110 = 13,628 ... that the lightning rod fashion (lightning rod umbrella shown) was a fad in 18th-century Europe?
Murder of Dora Bloch 13,248 ... that after the disappearance of Dora Bloch, Britain cut all diplomatic ties with Uganda?
Tsukemen Tsukemen at a Tokyo restaurant.jpg 12,734 ... that tsukemen (pictured) became a popular dish at Taishoken restaurant in Tokyo soon after its 1961 invention there, and has since become popular throughout Japan?
What's Your Raashee? Priyanka Chopral at Save the Girl Child music video launch.jpg 12,540 ... that Priyanka Chopra (pictured) played twelve different characters, one from each zodiac sign, in the film What's Your Raashee?
East Base East Base - Stonington Island (cropped).jpg 12,034 ... that East Base (pictured) in Antarctica housed Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington, the first women to spend a winter on the continent?
Simon Kidston Lamborghini Miura P400SV (cropped).jpg 11,364 ... that Simon Kidston's car collection includes the last Lamborghini Miura SV (example pictured) ever produced?
Karolina Styczyńska WOSC-2013-Styczynska.JPG 10,784 ... that Karolina Styczyńska (pictured) is the first non-Japanese person to be awarded professional status by the Japan Shogi Association?
Mr. Trash Wheel 10,349 ... that Mr. Trash Wheel removed 19 tons of garbage from Baltimore's Inner Harbor in one day?
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Man Fat Tsz (Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery), Man Fat Din, Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - cropped.jpg 9,883 ... that the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (pictured) is not a monastery and actually contains close to 13,000 Buddha statues?
Pangolin trade Manis temminckii (29600162001) - mirrored.jpg 9,769 ... that pangolins (example pictured) are believed to be the world's most trafficked mammal?
Operation Hurricane 9,665 805 ... that in Operation Hurricane, an atomic bomb was exploded in the hull of HMS Plym?
Tahitian Dog 9,516 ... that Captain James Cook thought the now-extinct Tahitian Dog of the Society Islands tasted like English lamb?
Sam Adonis 8,571 ... that professional wrestler Sam Adonis has been described as the "most hated man" in Mexico for his pro-Donald Trump character?
Ashbridge Estate Ashbridge Estate.jpg 8,482 707 ... that descendants of the family who settled Toronto's Ashbridge Estate (pictured) were still living on the same property over 200 years later?
Almone 8,416 ... that the ancient Romans used to bathe a sacred stone in the waters of the Almone on March 27?
1000 Second Avenue 1000 Second Avenue, Seattle from 2nd & Marion (tall crop).jpg 8,352 ... that construction of 1000 Second Avenue (pictured) in downtown Seattle, Washington, required demolition of a building that had been donated for fire testing?
Lucie Ingemann Lucie Ingemann self portrait.jpg 7,768 ... that Danish artist Lucie Ingemann (pictured), known for her large altarpieces depicting biblical figures, also created flower paintings with religious and mystical themes?
Rest on the Flight into Egypt Meister Bertram von Minden - Rest on the Flight to Egypt, panel from Grabow Altarpiece - WGA14312.jpg 7,738 644 ... that the Rest on the Flight into Egypt is a popular subject in Christian art, but the earliest known example only dates to about 1379?
Detachment Hotel 7,723 ... that the Detachment Hotel nuclear bunker on Peanut Island, Florida, was constructed in less than two weeks?
South African Defence Force Ensign Ensign of the South African Defence Force (1981-1994).svg 7,563 ... that the South African National Defence Force initially used the South African Defence Force Ensign (pictured), which contained the former flag of South Africa, despite the adoption of a new national flag?
INSV Tarini Tari1 0.jpg 7,544 ... that this August, an all-woman crew plans to circumnavigate the globe on the Indian Navy's second ocean-going sailboat, INSV Tarini (pictured)?
Mary Hardy (diarist) Mary Hardy by Huquier 1785 (Cozens-Hardy Collection).jpg 7,425 ... that the diary of Mary Hardy (pictured) provides a detailed record of an 18th-century English farming and brewing business?
James B. Thayer 7,283 607 ... that in 1945, Lieutenant James B. Thayer and his platoon liberated the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp, saving thousands of Jewish and political prisoners from starvation?
Forced conversions of Muslims in Spain 7,249 ... that, in 1525, Charles V ordered the conversion of his Muslim subjects in the lands of Aragon, despite having sworn an oath not to do so?
Operation Jupiter (Norway) 6,949 ... that a senior British general described Winston Churchill's proposal to invade Arctic Norway, Operation Jupiter, as "not merely dangerous but useless"?
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan 6,896 ... that the 17th-century German hymn "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" has been described as "one of the most exquisite strains of pious resignation ever written"?
William Plankinton,
William Plankinton Mansion,
John Plankinton statue
John Plankinton statue in circular atrium close-up (cropped).jpg 2,552 + 2,494 + 1,774 = 6,820 ... that William Plankinton, for whom the William Plankinton Mansion is named, commissioned the John Plankinton statue (pictured) from the sculptor who was his sister's ex-fiancé?
Clam Lake Canal 6,753 ... that when Clam Lake Canal freezes over early in the Michigan winter, the lakes on each side remain unfrozen, but when the lakes later freeze over, the canal thaws and flows once more?
Fay E. Davis 6,254 ... that 50 years after a mural by Fay E. Davis depicting Native Americans in battle was installed in the post office in Oglesby, Illinois, a janitor claimed it was pornographic?
Abigael González Valencia 6,161 ... that suspected drug lord Abigael González Valencia reportedly co-owns a biomedical technology consulting firm in Mexico?
Sarah Hayes (crossword compiler) 6,097 ... that Arachne used a crossword puzzle to protest police corruption in the investigation of the murder of Daniel Morgan?
Lake Meke Lake Meke - Meke Gölü 07.JPG 6,093 ... that Lake Meke (pictured), a crater lake beside a volcanic cone, is a natural monument and a Ramsar site in Turkey?
Project E 5,791 .. that the United States gave nuclear weapons to Britain as part of Project E?
Bouncing ball Bouncing ball strobe edit.jpg 5,750 ... that the physics of a bouncing ball (motion shown) can be used to understand supernovae and gravitational slingshot manoeuvres?
Guillotière Cemetery 5,740 478 ... that Guillotière Cemetery in Lyon, France, was mistakenly bombed by the American military during the Second World War?
Kuni-yuzuri 5,724 ... that the mythological events of the kuni-yuzuri may be rooted in real historic events?
Han Zhuo 5,563 ... that Chinese legend holds that Han Zhuo tried to feed the archer Houyi's body to his sons and killed them when they refused to eat it?
Tofu Curtain 5,500 ... that a Tofu Curtain divides two neighborhoods in Melbourne and two counties in Massachusetts?
Wipeout HD 5,456 ... that the release of Wipeout HD was delayed for a few months because it had failed epilepsy tests?
M2M (band) 5,074 ... that M2M were going to call themselves M&M until they realised the name was already being used by a type of candy?
Kokichi Sugihara 5,038 ... that Kokichi Sugihara's illusions make marbles appear to roll uphill and circular pipes look rectangular?
Penny graph 5,021 ... that, no matter how n non-overlapping pennies are arranged on a table, there is a subset containing at least 0.258n of them that will not touch other pennies in the subset?

February 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Girl with Peaches 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?
2017 EFL Cup Final 20,694 ... that Southampton reached the 2017 EFL Cup Final against Manchester United today without conceding a goal?
Oroville Dam crisis Oroville dam spillway 2017-02-11.jpg 15,034 ... that nine million fish were rescued from the Feather River Fish Hatchery during the 2017 Oroville Dam crisis (pictured)?
Timoclea Sirani, Elisabetta - Timoclea uccide il capitano di Alessandro Magno - 1659.jpg 14,062 1,172 ... that on this day in 1572, Elizabeth I and her court saw a play about the rape victim Timoclea (pictured) acted by London schoolboys?
Dredge No. 4 Dawson dredger.jpg 12,808 1,067 ... that Dredge No. 4 (pictured), now a National Historic Site of Canada, mined nine tons of gold between 1913 and 1959?
The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776 The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton December 26 1776.jpeg 12,324 1,027 ... that in The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776 (pictured), the artist wanted to show the compassion of General George Washington?
HMS Spiteful (1899) HMS Spiteful under way.jpg 12,141 1,012 ... that, in 1904, HMS Spiteful (pictured) became the first warship to be powered solely by fuel oil?
Botticelli Inferno Sandro Botticelli - La Carte de l'Enfer.jpg 9,988 832 ... that the Map of Hell (pictured) by Botticelli is the subject of the 2016 documentary film Botticelli Inferno?
Emergency Alert System misactivation of 2005 9,877 ... that during the Emergency Alert System misactivation of 2005, everyone in Connecticut was ordered to flee the state, but the most common reaction was to change the channel?
Presidential M&M's 9,568 ... that Presidential M&M's are given as gifts to guests of the President of the United States?
Giovanni Battista Palumba Palumba europa2 (cropped to monogram).jpg 9,202 767 ... that the real name of the 16th-century Italian printmaker Master I.B. with a Bird (monogram pictured) was long suspected to be bird-related, but this was only demonstrated in 1936?
Flag of Provo, Utah Flag of Provo, Utah (1985-2015).svg 9,071 ... that the former flag of Provo, Utah (pictured), was compared to Centrum vitamin bottles?
Divine Comedy illustrated by Botticelli 8,974 748 ... that the drawing of Lucifer from the Divine Comedy illustrated by Botticelli depicts the whole story of canto XXXIV, and shows Lucifer's geographical location in Hell?
Jean Tatlock 8,887 740 ... that Jean Tatlock had a romantic relationship with Robert Oppenheimer, introducing him to poetry and politics?
Hexamethylbenzene C6(CH3)6(2+) 3D skeletal.png 8,555 713 ... that the pyramidal structure of the hexamethylbenzene dication (pictured) has a central carbon atom bonded to an "unprecedented" six other carbon atoms?
Cecil E. Harris 8,261 ... that Cecil E. Harris, the U.S. Navy's second most successful World War II flying ace, was a school teacher from landlocked South Dakota?
Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (Bruegel) 8,099 675 ... that the Landscape with the Flight into Egypt by Pieter Bruegel I includes two tiny salamanders, symbols of evil?
Private Property (1960 film) 7,784 ... that the 1960 crime film Private Property was "condemned" by the National Legion of Decency?
High Explosive Research 7,327 610 ... that whilst carrying out High Explosive Research, British scientists developed atomic weapons?
Chenail Island 7,311 ... that a monument on Chenail Island (pictured) honors the families that lived there before much of the island was submerged?
Sue Anschutz-Rodgers 7,301 ... that over a 22-year period, Colorado cattle ranch owner Sue Anschutz-Rodgers increased her stock from 33 cows and a single bull to 1,700 head of cattle?
Qard al-Hasan 7,200 600 ... that Qard al-Hasan is considered a "beautiful loan" in Islam, because the borrower is Allah and not the person who receives the loan??
Carved lacquer Foliated Dish (Pan) with Sword-Pommel Pattern LACMA M.87.203.jpg 7,009 584 ... that in 1782, the Qianlong Emperor enquired "lacquer is cause for ten officials to protest; what if it is also carved?" (example pictured)
1861 Tooley Street fire The Tooley Street fire of 1861.JPG 6,974 ... that James Braidwood, superintendent of the London Fire Engine Establishment, was killed during the 1861 Tooley Street fire (pictured)?
Komboni 6,746 ... that approximately 80% of residents of Lusaka, Zambia, live in kombonis?
Seseli libanotis
Puccinia libanotidis
Seseli libanotis sl3.jpg 3,940 + 2,647 = 6,587 ... that moon carrot rust, which infects the moon carrot (pictured), was thought extinct from Britain, but was re-discovered in 2009?
The Palace Restaurant and Saloon 6,556 ... that the oldest bar in Arizona, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon in Prescott, played host to Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in the late 1870s before they moved on to Tombstone?
The Holy Trinity (The Grand Tour) 6,500 ... that at a cost of £2.5 million (US$3.2 million), the opening scene for "The Holy Trinity", the first episode of The Grand Tour, was the most expensive scene in television history?
Shuixian Zunwang 5,998 ... that China's Five Water Gods may have originated from a misunderstood surname?
Curtis P. Iaukea Curits P. Iaukea (PP-73-3-021).jpg 5,613 ... that Curtis P. Iaukea (pictured) served as the Hawaiian ambassador to the coronation of Tsar Alexander III of Russia and the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Queen Victoria?
Kensington Railway Station 5,502 459 ... that the architecturally outstanding Kensington Railway Station, now a National Historic Site of Canada, is referred to as a "boulder station" because of its fieldstone walls?
Oriental Desert Express 5,292 ... that the Oriental Desert Express is equipped with shovels to help clear sand off the railroad tracks?
General George Washington at Trenton General George Washington at Trenton by John Trumbull.jpeg 5,118 426 ... that in General George Washington at Trenton (pictured), Trumbull painted Washington in "the most sublime moment", the night before the Battle of Princeton?
Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway 5,104 ... that stockpiles of United States Marine Corps weapons and equipment are stored in caves in Norway as part of a Marine Corps Prepositioning Program?
Mantri Manai Mantri Manai.JPG 5,090 ... that the Mantri Manai (pictured) has a mixture of European and Dravidian architectural styles?

January 2017

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Jumbo slice Adams Morgan Jumbo Slice.jpg 29,422 2,451 ... that a single jumbo slice (pictured) may contain over 1,000 calories?
Sutton Hoo helmet Sutton Hoo helmet 2016.png 24,360 ... that the 7th-century royal Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo helmet (pictured) was excavated in more than 500 pieces?
Eriksen M/25 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?
Soup and sandwich Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.jpg 18,026 1,502 ... that the soup and sandwich combination (example pictured) has been a popular lunch dish in the United States since the 1920s?
Cray-3 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?
V-2 missile launch site, Blizna 15,383 ... that in order to disguise the V-2 missile launch site in Blizna, the Nazis created an artificial village with plywood cottages and barns, and plaster people and animals?
Sundial cannon Sundial with motion work-CnAM 911-1-IMG 6457.JPG 14,938 ... that sundial cannons (example pictured) were triggered by the sun to fire at noon?
Emany Mata Likambe 14,634 ... that Emany Mata Likambe, Zaire's former ambassador to Poland, was discovered homeless and living on the streets of Warsaw in 1994 after his government had failed to pay him for over two years?
Deseret alphabet Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia written in Deseret cursive.svg 14,269 594 ...that at one point, some street signs in Salt Lake City were written in the Deseret alphabet (pictured)?
Rabbit stew Civet de lapin aux USA.jpg 10,374 864 ... that rabbit stew (pictured) sometimes includes rabbit blood as an ingredient to thicken and enrich it?
Bernardo Putairi,
Arone Teikatoara
Bernardo Putairi.jpg 5,566 + 9,807 = 15,373 1,281 ... that Bernardo Putairi (pictured) succeeded as the final Prince Regent of Mangareva after his predecessor Arone Teikatoara kissed a girl on the street?
Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal Sculpted reliefs depicting Ashurbanipal, the last great Assyrian king, hunting lions, gypsum hall relief from the North Palace of Nineveh (Irak), c. 645-635 BC, British Museum (16722368932) (cropped).jpg 15,080 ... that the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal reliefs (pictured) from c. 640 BC show the king killing lions with swords, spears, and arrows?
J. W. Lonoaea 14,361 ... that J. W. Lonoaea died because he voted for a king instead of a queen?
HMS Negro (1916) 14,200~ ... that following a collision, HMS Negro sank after two depth charges from HMS Hoste tore open its hull?
Democracy voucher 13,343 1,112 ... that Seattle will begin issuing "democracy vouchers" in 2017?
Oskar Gottlieb Blarr Oskar Gottlieb Blarr 2001.jpg 12,992 ... that Oskar Gottlieb Blarr (pictured), "the composer with the hat", visited Israel to experience where Jesus lived as a Jew?
Alan Rawlinson 12,282 .... that Australian World War II fighter ace Alan Rawlinson had "Sweet FA" in the Middle East before he got "up you" in the South West Pacific?
Murder of Pamela Werner 11,866 494 ... that British and Chinese officials in Beijing cooperated in trying to solve the murder of Pamela Werner, which happened 80 years ago today?
Peter Prevc FIS Ski Weltcup Titisee-Neustadt 2016 - Peter Prevc1.jpg 11,855 ... that Slovenian ski jumper Peter Prevc (pictured) became the first athlete to land a jump of 250 metres (820 ft)?
Petrodollar recycling ChryslerBldgNYC2007.jpg 11,819 984 ... that the 90% purchase of New York's Chrysler Building (pictured) by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council was a prominent example of petrodollar recycling?
Üçayak Byzantine Church Üçayak Gesamt.jpg 9854 821 ... that the Üçayak Byzantine Church (pictured) was a double church?
Elizabeth Plankinton House Elizabeth Plankinton House crop of 1890 image.jpg 9818 818 ... that "Merchant Prince and Princely Merchant" John Plankinton built a mansion (pictured) as a wedding gift for his daughter Elizabeth, but she refused to live in it because her fiancé Richard Henry Park ran off with a dancer?
Shamma Al Mazrui 9,354 ... that on her appointment in February 2016, 22-year-old Shamma Al Mazrui became the youngest government minister in the world?
Naomi Frankel Naomi Frenkel.jpg 9,136 761 ... that after six decades subscribing to left-wing ideology, German-Israeli novelist Naomi Frankel (pictured) adopted right-wing ideology and moved to the West Bank?
Ralph Deleon 9,030 ... that US President-elect Donald Trump referred to the Ralph Deleon case in a speech about immigration?"
Lucy Dudko 8,931 744 ... that in 1999 Lucy Dudko hijacked a helicopter to break out her lover from Silverwater Correctional Complex in Sydney?
Dragon kiln Hangzhou 2009 1796.jpg 8,650 721 ... that Chinese dragon kilns for pottery (excavated kiln pictured) ran up hillsides, could be 135 metres (443 ft) long, and could fire tens of thousands of pieces at a time?
Franco-Tahitian War Prise du fort de Fautahua à Tahiti, 17 décembre 1846, Charles Giraud, 1857.jpg 8,643 721 ... that the Franco-Tahitian War (1844–1847) culminated in the defeat of the Tahitians at Fort Fautaua (pictured)?
Lyngiades massacre 8,641 ... that 71 years after the Lyngiades massacre in Greece, President Joachim Gauck was Germany's first official representative to visit the site and express his apologies for the Wehrmacht's atrocities?
Walt Disney World Railroad Walter E Disney on track.jpg 8,548 ... that the Walt Disney World Railroad (pictured), with 3.7 million passengers each year, is one of the most popular railroads in the world powered by steam locomotives?
Unsuccessful nominations to the Cabinet of the United States 8,443 ... that the United States Senate rejected Caleb Cushing's nomination to be Secretary of the Treasury three times in one day?
Woke 8,207 ... that Bloomberg Businessweek asked, "Is Wikipedia woke?"
Pablo Hidalgo 8,037 669 ... that J. J. Abrams consulted Pablo Hidalgo up to three times a day while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Mangal Shobhajatra Mangal Shobhajatra in Dhaka.jpg 8,017 668 ... that the Mangal Shobhajatra (pictured) has been declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO?
Sonja Vectomov Sonja Vectomov in 2016 (cropped).jpg 7,857 654 ... that "lamprophrenia", a portmanteau of the Greek words lampron (bright) and phrenia (mind), was coined by Czech–Finnish musical artist Sonja Vectomov (pictured) as the title of her debut album?
Kim Seong-il 7,762 ... that Kim Seong-il believed the Japanese invasions of Korea would not take place?
Goofus and Gallant 7,137 ... that a critic of the didactic comic strip Goofus and Gallant observed that the "obnoxious" Goofus may appeal to children more than the "do-gooder" Gallant?
Killenworth ('Killenworth,' George Dupont Pratt house, Glen Cove, New York. (LOC) (7221372476) crop.jpg 6,827 .. that the city of Glen Cove, New York, once tried to foreclose on the Russian diplomatic retreat at Killenworth (pictured), and later denied its residents beach permits?
DRDO Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon 6,800 ... that India's first fully indigenous anti-airfield weapon was tested in 2016?
Grace Bochenek
Grace Bochenek (4x3 crop).jpg 6,683 ... that Grace Bochenek (pictured), an engineer and director of the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory, is the acting Secretary of Energy until the expected confirmation of Rick Perry?
Lost in London 6,589 549 ... that Woody Harrelson's Lost in London became the first film broadcast into theaters live?
Timex Expedition WS4 Timex Expedition WS4.jpg 6567 547 ... that the face of the Timex Expedition WS4 (pictured) matches the shape of the rear window of a Land Rover?
RNA silencing suppressor p19 1R9F tombusvirus p19 dimer.png 6,487 ... that the p19 protein (dimer pictured) evolved in an arms race between plants and viruses?
Jōmon Venus Tanabatake Venus. Middle Jōmon.JPG 6,394 ... that the Jōmon Venus (pictured) was the first Jōmon period artifact to be designated a National Treasure of Japan?
Shooting of Benjamin Marconi 6,326 527 ... that the suspect in the shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi got married the following morning and was arrested later that day?
James N. Post III 6,007 500 ... that Major General James N. Post III flew over 4,000 hours in the F-16 Falcon?
Gertrude Kelly 5,978 ... that Irish immigrant, anarchist, strike organiser, and New York surgeon Gertrude Kelly is commemorated by a children's park in Chelsea, Manhattan?
Sri Lankan Christmas tree Sri Lankan Christmas tree.jpg 5,958 ... that the Sri Lankan Christmas tree (pictured) is claimed to be the world’s tallest artificial Christmas tree??
List of Antarctic churches 5,910 ... that there are eight churches on Antarctica?
Pakistan Communist Party 5,869 ... that the Pakistan Communist Party ceased to exist just three weeks after it had been founded?
The Three Kings The Adoration of the Magi (Matthias Stom) - Nationalmuseum - 18796.jpg 5,339 ... that the Epiphany anthem "The Three Kings" describes the visit of the Biblical Magi to the baby Jesus (pictured)?
Jingdezhen porcelain Chinese - Flask - Walters 491632 (square).jpg 5,319 443 ... that Jingdezhen ware (example pictured) has dominated Chinese porcelain for over 600 years?
Klein Heidelberg 5,302 ... that Germany's Klein Heidelberg used Great Britain's own Chain Home radar transmitters as the source for their passive radar?
Use of bayonets for crowd control 5,063 ... that during 1968 revisions to the United States Army Field Manuals, there was an attempt to eliminate the use of bayonets for crowd control?
Swatow ware 5,011 417 ... that scholars have been puzzled by a motif in Chinese Swatow ware, where a pagoda is split "almost like a volcanic eruption"?

Archive of monthly DYKSTATS leaders

2016, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2015, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2014, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2013, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2012, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2011, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2010, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2009, by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2008, by month

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Wikipedia:Did you know/Statistics"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA