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31 March 2012

  • 16:00, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Batavia Market gate, 1922

*... that the front gate of Gambir Market (pictured in 1922) was rebuilt in a different traditional Indonesian style every year?

*... that Jubbet ad-Dib was established near Bethlehem by Bedouin from the Bani Harb in 1929?

*... that despite missing their four best batsmen, the Matabeleland Tuskers cricket team won the final of the 2010–11 Logan Cup?

*... that after winning the 2000 Guineas in 1932, the racehorse Orwell started as the 5/4 favourite for the Epsom Derby, but finished ninth and was found to be lame afterwards?

*... that Janja Kantakouzenos was executed together with his two brothers, four sons, and twelve grandchildren?

*... that the gender of an East Canary Gecko is determined by the temperature at which the egg is incubated?

  • 08:00, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Nozomi Ohashi at a Ponyo press conference in 2009

*... that child actress Nozomi Ōhashi (pictured), who sang the theme song for the 2008 film Ponyo, started acting when she was just three years old?

*... that the Nevada–California–Oregon Railway Station in Lakeview, Oregon, was built in 1912 for $15,000?

*... that George Bazeley, Mark Paterson, Liam de Young, Tim Deavin and Andrew Charter moved to Perth so they could train with the Australia men's national field hockey team?

*... that Leona Lewis released Hurt: The EP as something for her fans to "bridge the gap" while she finishes recording for her third studio album, Glassheart?

*... that Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies is the home to the largest optical telescope in Sri Lanka?

*... that Indonesian writer Clara Ng was reportedly able to read The Adventures of Tintin by kindergarten?

  • 00:00, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

The Michigan Jug

* ... that the 1909 Michigan football team won the first battle for the Little Brown Jug (pictured), the oldest rivalry trophy in American college football?

*... that the magnitude of the 1762 Arakan earthquake may have been as high as 8.8?

*... that the music of Bach's cantata Alles, was von Gott geboren, BWV 80a, composed in Weimar for the Lenten Sunday Oculi, is lost, but he later expanded most of the music in BWV 80?

*... that the Abbasid invasion of Asia Minor in 806 was the largest expedition ever launched by the Abbasid Caliphate, and forced Byzantine emperor Nikephoros I to pay a head tax for himself and his son?

*... that since 1997, while the junior national softball team has won four Junior World Championships in a row, the Australia men's national softball team has only won one World Championship?

*... that pioneering ecologist William Gardner Smith only became active in the field after the sudden death of his brother Robert, who had left an unfinished manuscript that William completed?

30 March 2012

  • 16:00, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

A Seri ironwood carving depicting a seal

*... that Mexican ironwood carvings (example pictured) didn't become popular in other countries until University of Arizona students began buying them in the late 1960s?

*... that Havana on the Hudson takes its name from the influx of Cuban émigrés and exiles to towns on the Hudson River?

*... that Borsig Palace, the German Vice-Chancellor's official residence and offices in Berlin, became the new headquarters of Hitler's Storm Troopers (SA) after the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934?

*... that "The Aleph" in Jorge Luis Borges's short story is an allusion to Cantor's cardinality of transfinite sets, demonstrating the influence of mathematics on his writing?

*... that Westmead Hawk, winner of the English Greyhound Derby in 2005 and 2006, sired Taylors Sky, the winner in 2011?

*... that listeners have heard the backward message "You know Satan holds the keys" in Cheap Trick's 1979 song "Gonna Raise Hell"?

  • 08:00, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

A painting of Friedrich Schiller

*... that the skull thought for almost 200 years to belong to the revered poet Friedrich Schiller (pictured) was shown to be someone else's in 2008?

*... that in vocabulary development from age six to eight, the average child in school is learning six to seven words per day?

*... that before being forced to resign from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987 for homosexuality, Joseph Steffan sang the U.S. National Anthem at two Army–Navy games?

*... that the shelling of Stepanakert, during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, caused mass casualties and widespread damage?

*... that Ali al-Sulayhi, originally an Ismaili missionary, brought all of Yemen under the control of his Sulayhid dynasty before capturing Mecca in 1063?

*... that the 1880 Michigan football team played its only game in a foreign country and at a lacrosse club?

  • 00:00, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Salix hastata

*... that low-growing willows, such as Salix hastata (pictured) and S. brachycarpa, were found to have recolonized riparian habitats destroyed during the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline within four years?

*... that Lazaret, a northern suburb of Niamey, Niger, contained the largest refugee camp in the Sahel during the extreme drought of 1973–1975?

*... that the Throne of Maximian has scenes from the Book of Genesis carved into it?

*... that Bernhard Kummer regarded the conversion of the Germanic peoples as a cultural catastrophe and thus titled his doctoral thesis Midgards Untergang?

*... that WWI British flying ace Valentine Collins, who scored his victories from a Bristol F.2b, teamed up with William Bostock, future air vice-marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force?

*... that Marion, Utah, used to be called Denmark?

29 March 2012

  • 16:00, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Side view of the main church of the Etropole Monastery

*... that Etropole Monastery (pictured), the most important literary centre of northern Bulgaria in the 16th through 18th centuries, later sheltered national hero Vasil Levski in a specially built hideout?

*... that the Iberian frog includes beetles, caddisflies and spiders in its diet?

*... that Wallace Wade led the 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide football team to the national championship after he announced his resignation as head coach prior to the start of the season?

*... that Fedor Baranov, a founding father of fisheries science, was saved from a Gulag by one of his students?

*... that Eskimos harvested the leaves of diamondleaf willow in the spring and stored them in seal oil for later eating?

*... that Indonesian radio personality Sys NS wanted to open a museum to pornography but later destroyed his collection?

  • 08:00, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Sandra Holden

*... that Aussie Spirit player Sandra Holden (pictured) was drafted to represent Tasmania in softball one year when there were not enough players for an all-Tasmanian team in the Gilleys Shield?

*... that until its conviction for trafficking in wiretapping equipment, the Spy Factory was the largest chain of spy shops in the United States?

*... that Crissi Cochrane reached No. 5 in the Canada national folk chart for campus/community radio?

*... that Karnail Singh Stadium has been banned from hosting Ranji Trophy cricket matches for the 2012–13 season after the pitch used in a match in the previous season was found to be in "poor condition"?

*... that Giorgio Strehler owned both the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and Teatro San Ferdinando in Naples, and that the latter once featured actors such as Enzo Petito?

*... that Oka Antara both starved and splurged for his role in The Dancer?

  • 00:12, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Artwork from The Banner Saga

*... that the art style (pictured) of The Banner Saga, a forthcoming tactical role-playing video game about Vikings, is inspired by a 1959 Disney film?

*... that Republic Steel executive Charles M. White authorized the spending of almost US$12,000 on tear gas and handguns in 1935, the year workers at one of the company's plants voted to form a union?

*... that proximity fuzed anti-aircraft ammunition was used by ships in the European Theatre of World War II for the first time during the amphibious Battle of Gela in July 1943?

*... that Africadoc, an organization for African documentary makers founded in 2002, initially expanded within French-speaking African countries?

*... that the Days of our Lives character Nancy Wesley was used to promote food franchisor Mrs. Fields?

*... that part of the financing for the first published work by Romanian communist activist Mihail Roller reportedly came from Baptists?

28 March 2012

  • 16:27, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Illinois Central No. 790 on display at Steamtown, USA

*... that retired steam locomotive Illinois Central 790 (pictured) was frequently put back into service during floods because any amount of water made the diesel-electric locomotives short out?

*... that George Harrison's 1973 solo song "Living in the Material World" includes all his former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr?

*... that in 2012 the World Bank presidential election will include non-American candidates for the first time?

*... that Australian field hockey player Matthew Gohdes is the cousin of Kookaburras teammate Jamie Dwyer, and rooms with teammate Matthew Swann?

*... 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?

*... that as early as 1919, women's garden clubs in the United States were campaigning against highway billboards?

  • 08:42, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Tall everlasting, cultivated Melbourne

*... that the tall everlasting daisy (pictured) can grow to 2 m (7 ft) high?

*... that the Beau Street Hoard, found in Bath, consists of an estimated 30,000 Roman silver coins and is the largest ever found in a former Roman town in Britain?

*... that the OsRox Mission secured the Hare–Hawes–Cutting Act, which divided the Philippine Legislature into two opposing camps, the Antis and the Pros?

*... that the 2011 album Gravity the Seducer by Ladytron has been described as having "a feminine warmth"?

*... that before modern paleontology came about, fossils of Encrinus went by a number of names in Germany, including "sun wheels", "Saint Boniface's pennies", and "witches' money"?

  • 00:57, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

The prayer hall of the Aqsunqur Mosque

*... that Aqsunqur Mosque (pictured) gained the name "Blue Mosque" following its decoration with blue tiles over 300 years after the mosque's construction in 1347?

*... that British ecologist Arthur Tansley, founder of the British Ecological Society and the journal New Phytologist, introduced the concept of the ecosystem in 1935?

*... that Hans Uwe Hielscher played the 1500th weekly organ recital during market time at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden in a series he initiated some 30 years earlier?

*... that Rambhadracharya was deposed as an expert witness in the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute in July 2003?

*... that at the age of 13 years and 268 days, Marjorie Gestring was the youngest competitor to win an Olympic gold medal?

27 March 2012

  • 17:12, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

*... that the conversion to Catholicism of Princess Irene of the Netherlands (pictured with two of her sisters) and her marriage to Prince Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, caused a constitutional crisis for her country?

*... that Pevsner called Arthur Blomfield's All Souls Church, Hastings a "serious town church", but claimed "absolutely nothing can be said" about the architect's St Leodegar's Church, Hunston?

*... that when Herbert Ernest Hart was appointed Deputy Controller of the Imperial War Graves Commission based in Jerusalem, unrest in the region meant he had to live in Cairo instead?

*... that in 1864 the world's first salmon cannery was established in North America on a barge in the Sacramento River?

*... that eight of Danish Kaneria's international cricket five-wicket hauls have come in victory for Pakistan, while three have been in defeats?

*... that the countercultural Club 7 got its name because it should be "more than 6"?

  • 09:27, 27 March 2012 (UTC)
Banksia oblongifolia, Georges River National Park

*... that the larger of two varieties of Banksia oblongifolia (pictured) described in 1987 was called minor?

*... that the now demolished Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago were the location of both LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman's Peabody Award-winning radio documentary and Frederick Wiseman's Public Housing?

*... that after 42 years of being played in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker has expanded to South Africa?

*... that the Cwm in Llanrothal, a college on the MonmouthshireHerefordshire border, was a "stronghold" of Roman Catholics like Henry Milbourne in the 17th century?


*... that United States v. Cotterman showed that property presented for inspection at a United States border can be seized and held for a reasonable time to be sent elsewhere for further examination?

*... that Henry C. Kellers of the U.S. Navy collected over 10,000 biological specimens from the Philippines for the Smithsonian Institution in 1929?

  • 01:42, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

*... that nearly 1,000 airmen such as Pruett Mullens Dennett who were killed on the Western Front and have no known grave are commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial (pictured)?

*... that Scottish missionary to India Stephen Hislop discovered the fossil reptile Brachyops laticeps?

*... that during an 1888 visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Theodore Roosevelt quipped that it was "not healthy to get in the way of the U. of M. rugby team"?

*... that the 2011 film October Baby was based on the experiences of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen?

*... that Colonel John Boyd's Patterns of Conflict, a presentation on military strategy, became so influential that he was summoned by Dick Cheney to help plan for Desert Storm?

*... that professional baseball player Scott Beerer briefly retired to become an emergency medical technician?

26 March 2012

  • 17:57, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Augustus Brine

*... that Augustus Brine's portrait (pictured) was painted by John Singleton Copley when Brine was a thirteen-year-old midshipman?

*... that residents and preservationists have fought to save the Julia C. Lathrop Homes from demolition by the Chicago Housing Authority?

*... that Ian Molyneux, who was awarded a posthumous George Medal for trying to disarm a murderous sailor on a nuclear submarine, had previously started and run an under-12 rugby league team?

*... that the miniatures in the Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany show not only over 300 plants in detail, but influence from Leonardo da Vinci?

*... that the Casting Crowns' song "East to West" received 78 adds in its first week, a record at Christian radio?

*... that in 1997, after winning the 2000 Guineas, the racehorse Entrepreneur started with the shortest odds at the Epsom Derby in fifty years?

  • 10:12, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Shire Hall, meeting place of the Monmouth Town Council

*... that Monmouth Town Council (town hall pictured) was created because of a monopoly on trade?

*... that Millennium's "The Wild and the Innocent" episode has been compared to the works of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy?

*... that Zaskia Adya Mecca found her pregnancy "perfect" for playing the role of Siti Walidah in The Enlightener, despite the fact the character was not pregnant?

*... that David Edward Cronin used his training at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf to paint Fugitive Slaves in the Dismal Swamp, Virginia based on what he saw as a Union Army officer?

*... that whilst the Spanish trade union CSUT criticized other unions for links with political parties, it was itself heavily influenced by the Party of Labour of Spain?

*... that baseball Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson once said Chris Pittaro had "a chance to be the greatest second baseman who ever lived"?

  • 02:27, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Tufted capuchins (Sapajus apella)

*... that the genus Sapajus has been proposed for the robust capuchin monkeys, such as the tufted capuchin (pictured), which split from the gracile capuchins about the same time as humans split from chimpanzees?

*... that Madeline Rogero, the first woman mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, was once an organizer for César Chávez's United Farm Workers?

*... that the natural approach is a method of language teaching in which teachers are recommended never to force their students to speak?

*... that co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association Mohammed al-Bejadi spent most of 2011 in prison?

*... that a Superior Court judge in the U.S. state of Georgia was prompted to resign after "Very Tough Love" was aired on the radio show This American Life?

*... that the statue Kwakiutl, currently on display in a public park greenhouse in Brampton, Ontario, was originally set to be sited at local municipal offices before his exposed genitals caused controversy?

25 March 2012

  • 18:42, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

A knotwork, a design often associated with Celtic traditions. The outer design is a a circle, surrounding what appears to be a triangle surrounded by a Celtic knot at first glance. Closer inspection of the triangle reveals that it is in fact an organic part of the inner knot, which seems to have two continuous segments linked by knots. At first glance, the knotwork appears to be symmetric; closer inspection reveals that the right-hand knots seem to be the reverse of the left-hand knots and there are are small differences among the "twin nots"; the right and left hands of the design have variations, much as our right and left hands have subtle distinctions. The design is not symmetric with respect to 120 degree rotations: The center of the pseudo-triangle is above the center of the surrounding circle, but visual balance is maintained by extra knots below the lower pseudo–line-segment. The background is crimson.

*... that the music company Discipline Global Mobile has the policy that copyrights belong to artists and consequently does not own even its corporate logo (pictured)?

*... that a storm in 1968 caused 20 deaths in Scotland, with 9 deaths in Glasgow alone?

*... that Theodor Rowehl's high-altitude flights in a rented plane were Germany's first strategic aerial photoreconnaissance after World War I?

*... that Les Palabres de Mboloko, despite being made by Europeans, have been called the first truly "African" films, since they incorporate elements of African folklore and music?

*... that Des Abbott was the first Australian Aboriginal to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in men's field hockey?

*... that the occupants of the lifeboats of the RMS Titanic included a musical toy pig, two mysterious "orphans" and a Pekingese dog called Sun Yat Sen?

  • 10:57, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Morgraig Castle

*... that there is no evidence that the 13th-century Morgraig Castle (pictured) in Wales was ever completed or occupied?

*... that Jesse Thomas, founder of creative interactive agency JESS3, was involved in making a graphic novel about Steve Jobs' life?

*... that Tree Hill Nature Center, a natural preserve in Jacksonville, Florida, started an arts program that includes an artist in residence, art workshops, sale of artists' work, and concerts?

*... that Polish cabaret creator, Piotr Skrzynecki, founder of Piwnica pod Baranami, who became a "legend in his own lifetime", did not care for material wealth and for a time was homeless?

*... that murders in Millennium's "Gehenna" echo ritual sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible's Gehenna?

*... that carcinologist Isabel Pérez Farfante and her family were blacklisted by the Cuban government because her husband refused to travel with Che Guevara?

  • 03:12, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

A potato infected by Streptomyces scabies

*... that Streptomyces scabies causes common scab on potatoes (pictured)?

*... that Universal Pictures bought filming rights for the untitled Tom Cruise project from Disney after the latter refused to produce a PG-13 rated film?

*... that Australian field hockey player Glenn Simpson is also an electrician?

*... that the Shapoorji Pallonji Group built the Mumbai Central railway station for 16 million in 1930 and was commended by the then Governor of Bombay for completing the project within 21 months?

*... that in Maryland, as per the recent case United States v. Graham, the government can order providers to disclose historical cell phone location data without a warrant or probable cause?

*... that Dražen Bogopenec was one of the most powerful people of Hum?

24 March 2012

  • 19:27, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

A plate of Paneer Tikka

*... that paneer tikka (pictured) is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka?

*... that Czech football manager Jozef Weber took part in four national cup finals as a player, but was never on the winning team?

*... that the wooden screw corvette HMS Druid, launched in 1869, was the last ship to be built at Deptford Dockyard?

*... that Australian field hockey player Graeme Begbie is an occupational health and safety officer?

*... that Idrus wrote what may be the only satire of the Indonesian National Revolution?

*... that the cover art of the Gorillaz song "DoYaThing" portrays James Murphy as a baboon and André 3000 as a masked figure?

  • 11:20, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Film poster for The Virginian

*... that The Virginian (poster pictured) featured "yup and nope" actor Gary Cooper saying "if you wanna call me that – smile"?

*... that the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary Draperis in Istanbul has been leveled by earthquake, forcibly demolished by the Ottoman Government, and destroyed three times by fire?

*... that Argentina is in a period of fiscal austerity?

*... that American professional wrestler Otto Schwanz is also a high school athletics instructor in Four Oaks, North Carolina?

*... that the Iberian rock lizard is often found above the tree line in cold, mountainous areas?

*... that Robert Antoine Pinchon was referred to by Claude Monet as a "surprising touch in the service of a surprising eye"?

  • 00:00, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Amethyst at anchor

*... that HMS Amethyst (pictured) was the only British wooden sailing ship to fight an armoured opponent after she engaged Peruvian Huáscar?

*... that Sterling Cinema in Mumbai was the first cinema in India to introduce Dolby sound, Xenon projectors, Caramel popcorn, and matinee shows as well as late night shows?

*... that although the Corsican Brook Salamander is quite common, the Sardinian Brook Salamander is considered to be an endangered species?

*... that George William Spencer Lyttelton served as a private secretary to William Ewart Gladstone during three of his terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

*... that Chilean jack mackerel are captured by encircling schools with purse seine nets?

*... that a "town fair" was set up in the middle of a military prison on Melville Island?

23 March 2012

  • 16:00, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Faceless Amish dolls

*... that Amish dolls (pictured) are left faceless, possibly to emphasize that "all are alike in the eyes of God"?

*... that Sebastian Weigle, named "Conductor of the Year" by Opernwelt three times between 2003 and 2006, performed Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Frankfurt Opera?

*... that in 1885, the racehorse Paradox won the 2000 Guineas in May by a head, but lost the Epsom Derby in June, also by a head?

*... that some of the leaders of pro-Venetian alliance during Skanderbeg's war against Venice were members of the Humoj family?

*... that 2011–12 Ivy League men's basketball season was the first time that four teams (Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale) played in the postseason?

*... 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?

  • 08:00, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

David B. Bleak

*... 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?

*... that the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan, produced by Nahua artists in the 1530s, is one of the earliest maps of what is now Guatemala?

*... that the fungi Callistosporium vinosobrunneum, Marasmiellus hapuuarum, Marasmius koae, Mycena marasmielloides, and Pleurocybella ohiae, newly described in 2011, are known only from the wet forests of Hawaii?

*... that Australia men's national softball team pitcher Andrew Blackshaw participated in a battle of the sexes game between the Chicago Bandits and Schaumburg Flyers as a ringer for the men's team?

*... that Seton Medical Center was fined $100,000 when the cap of the breathing tube of an elderly woman was left on, suffocating the patient?

*... that a campaign by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver resulted in an increase in standards for school children's dinners in the UK?

  • 00:00, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

The Disney Wonder at Puerto Vallarta

*... 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?

*... that Breitenbach, an archaeological site in Germany dated to the early Upper Palaeolithic, was discovered in 1925 by a local school teacher?

*... that al-Jawali Mosque was built in 1320 to enlarge the prayer space of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron?

*... that the racehorse Mystiko, winner of the European Free Handicap, 2000 Guineas and Challenge Stakes in 1991, never won a race outside the Newmarket Racecourse?

*... that there are over five hundred state historical markers in the U.S. state of Indiana?

*... that deputies of the Sejm of the Duchy of Warsaw circumvented the restriction on debating by staying in the chamber after the session officially ended?

22 March 2012

  • 16:00, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Former EMI headquarters in Hayes

*... that the records of many of EMI's popular artists including The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd were manufactured at what is now The Old Vinyl Factory (pictured) in Hayes in Greater London?

*... that in one of its last acts, the Sejm of the Congress Poland dethroned Tsar Nicholas I of Russia from his position as the King of Poland?

*... that Australian bowler Shane Warne claimed that he had "nightmares" at the thought of bowling to Sachin Tendulkar after being dominated by him in the 1998 Coca-Cola Cup?

*... that a fire destroyed the house at Hilston Park, Monmouthshire in 1838 and a Palladian mansion was built to replace it?

*... that Clara Holst was the first woman to study for a doctorate at a Norwegian university?

*... that Tarsius fuscus was resurrected in 2010 as the scientific name of a primate originally described in 1804?

  • 08:00, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Prince Antasari on 2009 series 2000 rupiah bill

*... that Prince Antasari (pictured), who led a war against Dutch colonists for over three years, was ultimately defeated by smallpox?

*... that although Philip Michael Thomas coined the term "EGOT" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), only Edward James Olmos and Jan Hammer would win any of those awards working on Miami Vice?

*... that in 1977 AOA, a trade union linked to the Spanish urban guerilla movement FRAP, was founded?

*... that Hector the Tax Inspector was replaced by Mrs Doyle in the Inland Revenue's advertising?

*... that to house his collection of vintage steam locomotives the former CEO of Ohio Central RR built the Age of Steam Roundhouse, the first full-sized, working roundhouse built in the U.S. since 1951?

*... that a sermon by English clergyman Richard West required a vote in Parliament before it could be printed?

  • 00:00, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

The Atlantic cranch squid swimming in the "cockatoo" posture

*... that the Atlantic cranch squid (pictured) has been nicknamed "Eddie McBlobbles" for its defensive behavior of inflating itself into a ball with its head and tail inside out?

*... that though Mumbai's Phoenix Mills has been redeveloped into a shopping mall, its chimney has been retained?

*... that after the death of François de Pâris in 1727, many people reported miracle cures through convulsions by consuming the earth around his grave?

*... that Oh Moscow, by English musician Lindsay Cooper, is a song cycle that reflects on the Cold War?

*... that NASCAR driver David Mayhew drove for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in two Camping World Truck Series races in 2011, and finished third in both races?

*... that the northern kingcroaker is a fish that is unable to croak?

21 March 2012

  • 16:15, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Duvernay as Miranda in La tentation

*... that Pauline Duvernay (pictured) rose apparently naked from a cauldron surrounded by demons in Fromental Halévy's opera-ballet La tentation?

*... that Keizan, Great Patriarch of Sōtō Zen Buddhism, founded Sōji-ji?

*... that Alexandru Al. Ioan, the natural son of Romanian ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza and the half-brother of Serb king Milan I, was introduced by his own family as a rescued orphan?

*... that South Korean band F.T. Island's mini-album Grown-Up debuted at number three on Gaon Chart's monthly albums chart for January 2012 with one day worth of sales?

*... that National Masturbation Day, an annual event celebrated in the US in May, was first observed in 1995?

  • 08:30, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Victoria Fountain at Old Steine Gardens

*... that Sir John Cordy Burrows is responsible for the Victoria Fountain (pictured) at the Old Steine Gardens?

*... that the Chicago Housing Authority's renovation of the Dearborn Homes housing project includes adding neo-Georgian quoins and ball-topped gables to the brick high-rises?

*... that the German teleplay Jeder stirbt für sich allein, about Otto and Elise Hampel, who were executed by the Third Reich, was directed by Falk Harnack, who lost several family members to Nazi executions?

*... that the 1879 Michigan football team defeated Racine College, 1–0, in the first intercollegiate football game in the school's history?

*... that dormice benefit from charcoal burning at Croes Robert Wood, near Monmouth?

*... that De Typhoon, a Dutch paper founded during World War II by the Dutch resistance, merged in 1992 with a competing local paper that had collaborated with the Germans during the war?

  • 00:00, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Connie Mack

*... that fifty-nine Major League Baseball player–managers, including Connie Mack (pictured), have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame?

*... that an actor in the film Somewhere I Have Never Traveled played the roles of two different people, one with long hair and a beard and one with short hair and clean-shaven?

*... that at least five people died due to torture during the 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising?

*... that the German Bundesliga footballer Willi Kraus was sentenced to seven years in prison for bank robbery?

*... that People v. Diaz upholds the right of police in California to make warrantless searches of cell phones during a lawful arrest?

*... that Glacier Media, which owns the daily newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia, was originally a bottled water company?

20 March 2012

  • 16:00, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

1884 Michigan Wolverines football team

*... that the 1884 Michigan football team's (pictured) first game was part of a "field day" that included heavyweight boxing, "catch-as-catch-can wrestling" and "chasing greased pig"?

*... that during the 1989 Kosovo miners' strike about 180 miners were hospitalized?

*... that Greta Garbo threatened to return to Sweden rather than act in Women Love Diamonds?

*... that the Pyrenean brook salamander sometimes lives entirely underground in caves?

*... that Gotthold Schwarz has been associated with the 800-year-old Thomanerchor boys choir in Leipzig as a member, a vocal coach since 1979, a bass soloist and an interim conductor?

*... that in 2007 it was reported that Scroogle was becoming the preferred search engine of Internet civil libertarians?

  • 08:00, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Common toad attacked by toadfly larvae

*... that larvae of the toadfly make their way through the nostrils of the common toad (affected toad pictured) and eat its flesh?

*... that in 2008, nearly 40,000 acres of the former Irvine Ranch, including Bommer Canyon, were designated as the first California Natural Landmark?

*... that in 1905, Bolckow Vaughan was easily Great Britain's largest producer of pig iron?

*... that a couplet from Elton John's song "Elderberry Wine" has been called the worst of lyricist Bernie Taupin's career?

*... that an employee who erases the hard drive of an employer-owned computer may be in violation of the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

*... that Indonesian actress Titi Kamal paid to follow a poor woman around and learn about her lifestyle?

  • 00:00, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Satellite image of the nor'easter

*... that a nor'easter in December 1992 (satellite image pictured) washed over 20 whales onshore along Cape Cod, killing seven of them?

*... that Thurgood Marshall said of Lloyd L. Gaines "I have never lost the pain of having so many people spend so much time and money on him, just to have him disappear" 73 years ago today?

*... that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the largest covered markets in the world, attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily?

*... that the European leaf-toed gecko can change colour according to the temperature of its surroundings?

*... that 2011–12 Ivy League teams Harvard and Princeton both defeated 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Champion Florida State?

*... that, according to legend, geologist John Marley discovered the Cleveland Ironstone by tripping on a rabbit hole?

19 March 2012

  • 16:00, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Branch House, Richmond, Virginia

*... that when architect John Russell Pope designed Branch House (pictured) in 1916, the 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) private residence included designated storage rooms for carpets, china, paintings – and suits of armor?

*... that Anton Bacalbaşa, who wrote the first Romanian introduction to Das Kapital, was elected to the Deputies' Assembly on a Conservative Party ticket?

*... that the final episode of the television series Kaseifu no Mita was the second-most-watched television program in Japan in 2011?

*... that in 1786, Prince William Henry, a naval officer and future king, entered Edward Hawker onto his ship's books when Hawker was just four years old?

*... that the Roper River Scrub-robin being listed as extinct may be "a case of mistaken locality or a hoax"?

*... that Chrisye was not alone on Sendiri (Alone)?

  • 08:00, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

The toothcomb of a lemur (viewed from above)

*... that lemurs, lorises, and galagos have a special dental structure called a toothcomb (example pictured), which they use to comb their fur during grooming?

*... that the Indonesian novel Atheist was decried by religious figures, Marxist–Leninists, and anarcho-nihilists?

*... that in portraying Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, actress Laurie Holden spent hours learning fifteen seconds of Russian dialogue?

*... that the cookbook Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes discusses the health benefits of cooking with animal fat?

*... that a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision allowed an online publisher to protect the identity of an anonymous user, just like print publishers have the right to protect their sources?

*... that despite its name, there is speculation that Temple VI at the Maya city of Tikal was not a temple?

  • 00:00, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Detail of official portrait of JJ Rochussen, 1845

*... that Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Jan Jacob Rochussen (pictured) was father-in-law to another governor general and grandfather to a president of the League of Nations?

*... that, over his long career, African American attorney Conrad Lynn represented civil rights activists, Puerto Rican nationalists, and draft resisters during two U.S. wars?

*... that an estimated 100 million wildflower and grass seeds were spread at Graham Oaks Nature Park before it opened to the public?

*... that in 1979 the trade union Sindicato Obrero Canario labelled Spanish rule of the Canary Islands "colonial" in an appeal to the OUA?

*... that individual cellular slime mould cells are of two distinct mating types?

*... that, according to controversial Romanian anthropologist Henric Sanielevici, the Chinese eye fold comes from chewing rice?

18 March 2012

  • 16:00, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Woodmancote Mission Church, a tin tabernacle at Woodmancote, West Sussex

*... that places of worship in the district of Chichester, West Sussex, include a Buddhist monastery and a tin tabernacle (pictured)?

*... that in 1968 the rector of Wrocław University, Alfred Jahn, supported students who were striking against communist censorship and lost his position as a result?

*... that after winning the 1926 Belmont Stakes, Crusader set a course record at the Dwyer Stakes that year, and later became the first horse to win the Suburban Handicap two years in a row?

*... that the life cycle of the parasitic marine fluke Homalometron pallidum involves three different hosts, one of which is the mummichog?

*... that, in exchange for securing Welsh interests within the See of St David's, Bishop David fitzGerald renounced efforts for its elevation into an archbishopric?

*... that the 1885 Michigan Wolverines football team played a game on roller skates against the Princess football team?

  • 08:00, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

George Jewett in 1890

*... that after George Jewett (pictured) played for the 1892 Michigan football team, it was 40 years before another African-American played for the Wolverines?

*... that Tan Boon Teik was the longest-serving Attorney-General of post-independence Singapore, having held office for just over 25 years?

*... that Indian soft drink concentrate brand Rasna made an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the "world's biggest glass" in 2009?

*... that the German architect Anna Heringer has contributed to sustainable architecture building hand-made schools in Bangladesh and Morocco with local craftsmen and materials?

*... that the berries of the alpine waxberry are eaten by lizards and ground weta?

*... that three skulls were unearthed in a berry patch on Deadman's Island?

  • 00:00, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

1833 oil painting by Thomas Sully of Octavia Celestia Valentine Walton, later known as Madame Le Vert

*... that Alabama socialite and writer Madame Le Vert (pictured) was the only female commissioner at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris?

*... that the GLOBE at Night project recruits citizen scientists to quantify light pollution in their locales?

*... that the Lhasa Apso Zentarr Elizabeth's victory at Crufts in 2012 was considered fitting due to the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II?

*... that prior to becoming the Bishop of Southampton, Arthur Lyttelton was the first Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge?

*... that International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin, under a pseudonym, won a gold medal at the 1912 Summer Olympics?

17 March 2012

  • 16:00, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

The "Humboldt-Box" in June 2011

*... that the Humboldt Box (pictured) is a new, futuristic five-story museum in Berlin that is slated to be dismantled in a few years?

*... that Saint Patrick was reputedly a priest at the monastery of St. Illtyd of Llantwit Major when he was abducted by Irish pirates, later becoming the patron saint of Ireland?

*... that the song "Bad Girl", originally recorded by Rihanna and Chris Brown, was covered by The Pussycat Dolls?

*... that Abbas Kazmi was asked, by a United States diplomat, to construct a brainwashing defense for Ajmal Kasab, the gunman who was tried for the 2008 Mumbai attacks?

*... that Jan Gulbrandsen, president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and managing director of the Norwegian Automobile Federation, won eight national championships in the 400 metres hurdles?

*... that Pat Barker's gritty first novel Union Street inspired the much lighter romantic film drama Stanley & Iris?

  • 08:00, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Whistler's The Princess from the Land of Porcelain

*... that the model for James McNeill Whistler's The Princess from the Land of Porcelain (pictured) was not Asian, but Anglo-Greek?

*... that the right to vote is not expressly stated in Singapore's Constitution?

*... that although the adult southern kingcroaker is found in the Atlantic Ocean, its juveniles are often found in estuaries?

*... that an anonymous poster on a Yahoo! message board successfully quashed a subpoena to reveal his identity by claiming a First Amendment right to anonymous speech?

*... that the deadliest accident Aeroflot experienced in the 1960s occurred in November 1967 (1967-11), when an Ilyushin Il-18V crashed upside down shortly after takeoff from Koltsovo Airport, killing all 130 people aboard?

*... that Ueno Park in Tokyo is home to a fox shrine, a National Museum, and the homeless?

  • 00:00, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

*... that among the best-known works by photographer Rudolf Eickemeyer are portraits of Evelyn Nesbit (example pictured)?

*... that despite being in Herefordshire, Wyastone Leys hosted meetings of the Monmouthshire fox hunt?

*... that CompuServe Inc. v. Cyber Promotions, Inc. was one of the first cases to apply United States tort law to restrict spamming on computer networks?

*... that the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa broke away from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to further jihad in West Africa?

*... that German philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that an action must be performed out of duty to be moral?

*... that although ecologist Arthur Tansley devised the ecosystem concept, the term was coined by botanist Arthur Roy Clapham at Tansley's request?

16 March 2012

  • 16:00, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Virago, British racehorse. Engraving appeared in Baily's Magazine 1854. From painting by Harry Hall (1814–1882).

*... that in 1854, the filly Virago (pictured) won ten of the eleven races she entered, including the 1000 Guineas, the Goodwood Cup, the Nassau Stakes, the Yorkshire Oaks, and the Doncaster Cup?

*... that a government commission has found that Bahrain Public Security Forces involved in Arab spring protests sometimes used force and firearms unnecessarily and in a disproportionate manner?

*... that in 2009 Addie MS and his Twilite Orchestra were the first Indonesian orchestra to play in the Sydney Opera House?

*... that Anonymous hacked into private intelligence company Stratfor's email system and these emails were leaked by WikiLeaks?

*... that after the O&C Lands were revested to the United States government, 18 Oregon counties received federal payments that may have ended in 2012?

*... that the newly described Galápagos catshark differs from other catsharks by having an asymmetric pattern of spots?

  • 08:00, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

The Tamamushi Shrine

*... that the Tamamushi Shrine (pictured) derives its name from the tamamushi beetle, as it was previously ornamented with that beetle's iridescent wings?

*... that the Kačák Event caused widespread marine anoxia, forming black shales such as those that generate gas in the Marcellus Shale?

*... that a plan to move the Baraga County Courthouse to a former hospital was twice rejected by voters?

*... that a poll carried out by The Sporting Times ranked Wheel of Fortune and Achievement the fifth and sixth highest-rated fillies or mares amongst all British racehorses of the 19th century?

*... that Karen Agustiawan was first in Forbes' list of "Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen"?

*... that in Obsidian Finance Group, LLC v. Cox, a court in Oregon, United States, held that a blogger was not a member of the media?

  • 00:00, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

An adult male Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the last of its kind

*... that the tadpoles of the critically endangered Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog (pictured) literally eat the skin off their fathers' backs?

*... that the Schneller Orphanage in Jerusalem, which operated from 1860 to 1940, had its own printing press, bindery, flour mill, bakery, carpentry, pottery factory, and brick and tile plant?

*... that the recently released album And I Thank You by Ontario-based band The Elwins was named one of the 20 most-anticipated Canadian albums of 2012 by the music magazine Exclaim!?

*... that the Antigua and Barbuda national cricket team played at the 1998 Commonwealth Games?

*... that at 730 horsepower, the 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta is the most powerful road-legal Ferrari to date?

*... that most of the paintings by Adolf Hitler, which he painted in his youth and sold to a glazier's store during his Vienna years, were bought by Jewish customers?

15 March 2012

  • 15:53, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

The bow of the wrecked RMS Titanic

*... 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?

*... that Werner Schuster, who in the Bundestag was concerned with health policy, Africa and the fight against AIDS, founded a civic partnership between Idstein in Germany and Moshi in Tanzania?

*... that on 3 March 1945 the Royal Air Force accidentally bombed a residential neighbourhood in The Hague, Netherlands, killing 511 people?

*... that Shadeed, an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse with an Arabic name, set a course record at Ascot when he won the 1985 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes?

*... that one can see almost the whole of Metohija (1,290 sq mi) from the heights of Dulje, Kosovo?

*... that television producer and director Richard Jasek's father was a concert violinist who was coerced into becoming a spy?

  • 07:38, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Meat fruit, not a mandarin orange

*... that the restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves fruit made of meat (pictured)?

*... that in 1928 English cricketer Robert Lyttelton claimed that drawn matches, due in part to blocking the wicket with the legs, were the "curse of modern cricket"?

*... that FM 742, located in Waco, is currently the shortest road in Texas's Farm/Ranch to Market Road system, at just 0.175 miles (0.282 km)?

*... that Elton John's vocal performance on "Teacher I Need You", a song about a schoolboy's sexual desire for his teacher, was inspired by former teen idol Bobby Vee?

*... that the AD 17 Lydia earthquake was described by Pliny the Elder as the "greatest earthquake in human memory"?

*... that Sophia Taylor fought for women's suffrage in New Zealand but opposed women standing for Parliament?

14 March 2012

  • 23:23, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Water Willow, an 1871 portrait of Jane Morris in the landscape near Kelmscott Manor which appears in the left background. Oil on canvas glued to wood.

*... that Rossetti was "really mortally sorry" to have sold Water Willow (pictured), an 1871 portrait of Jane Morris with Kelmscott Manor in the background?

*... that the Anglo-Norman nobleman Walter de Lacy died in 1085 by falling from a scaffold while inspecting the building of Saint Guthlac's Priory?

*... that a little girl in Millennium's "Wide Open" is named for author Patricia Highsmith?

*... that Clara Nomee was the first woman to hold the chairmanship of the Crow Nation of Montana?

*... that Satyam Infoway Ltd. v. Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. dealt with the confusion of an unwary Internet user of "average intelligence and imperfect recollection"?

*... that chick lit author Laura Zigman once described herself as a lonely loser?

  • 15:08, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Abel Gance studio portrait

*... that, at the age of 89, producer and director Abel Gance (pictured) viewed a restoration of his French epic silent film Napoléon in Telluride, Colorado?

*... that Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen, author of The Land and Freshwater Mollusca of India, was an early president of the Malacological Society?

*... that while the city of Wilsonville, Oregon, was incorporated in 1969, it did not have a library until 1982?

*... that English adventurer Sir Francis Verney spent two years in the Sicilian slave galleys before being rescued by an English Jesuit priest?

*... that Bermuda fish chowder is the national dish of Bermuda?

*... that about 40 Jews live in Mauritius as of 2006?

  • 06:53, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Eucalyptus deanei, Woodford, NSW

*... that the tallest specimens of Eucalyptus deanei (pictured) are over 70 m (230 ft) high?

*... that Kaytek the Wizard, the second of the novels by Polish author and pedagogue Janusz Korczak to be translated into English, has often been compared to Harry Potter?

*... that in 2000, the FBI lured a suspect to Seattle, arrested him in a sting operation, and then successfully had him convicted for cyber-crimes committed while he was physically located in Russia?

*... that microbiologist Charles Thom was awarded the first PhD from the University of Missouri in 1899?

*... that in 1874 the British corvette HMS Volage transported a party of astronomers to the Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean to observe the transit of Venus?

*... that a set of trading cards with themes and people from Operation Desert Storm was criticized for commercializing and trivializing the war?

13 March 2012

  • 22:38, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Michael Crouse

*... that Canadian baseball players Michael Crouse (pictured), Marcus Knecht, Chris Bisson, Andrew Albers, Jamie Romak, Tim Smith, Kyle Lotzkar, Mark Hardy, Nick Bucci, and Jon Malo won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games?

*... that the Millennium episode "The Judge" featured a "high camp" villain and an allusion to Moby-Dick?

*... that Nathan Outlaw's self titled restaurant is the only seafood restaurant in the UK to hold any Michelin stars?

*... that Herbert von Karajan approved of the vineyard style of the Berliner Philharmonie?

*... that the 1955 film Teaserama featured a man in drag as "gender sabotage" against the prevailing sexual norms of the time?

*... that the 9th-century Lindau Gospels contains two illuminated pages imitating textiles?

  • 14:23, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Knotted fan coral

*... that the knotted fan coral (pictured) is used in the creation of jewellery?

*... that the interactive horror film Take This Lollipop was created to warn about placing too much personal information on the internet?

*... that naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White immortalized the localities of West Worldham and East Worldham and the surrounding region in his The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)?

*... that the multi-ethnic Truth and Justice party of Afghanistan supports reconciliation with the Taliban and cooperation with ISAF?

*... that the Cybele-class mine destructor vessels were designed to sweep mines by being towed through minefields?

*... that at the 2005 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Sacrifice pay-per-view event, Raven used a pizza cutter to slice open Jeff Jarrett's forehead during the main event?

  • 06:08, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Unionoida shell used in button manufacturing

*... that Unionoida freshwater mussel shells (pictured) were used to make buttons?

*... that American sports-writer Dudley Doust once moved, along with his wife and daughter, to a mud-hut in Mexico to attempt to write a novel?

*... that Le Pouce is named after its thumb-like peak?

*... that Historicist sculptor Otto Lessing, who largely shaped the appearance of Imperial Berlin and built the Lessing Monument, also designed his own tomb?

*... that only the ending scene in the 2011 film Runway Beat is presented in 3D?

*... that according to Jess Nevins, the worst science fiction novel of the 19th century is An Entirely New Feature of a Thrilling Novel: Entitled, The Social War of the Year 1900; Or, Conspirators and Lovers. A Lesson for Saints and Sinners?

12 March 2012

  • 21:53, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Baldwin–Wallace conservatory of music

*... that Baldwin–Wallace College's school Conservatory of Music (pictured) celebrates its 80th year as the oldest collegiate Bach Festival and the second oldest Bach festival in the United States?

*... that Budai, The Laughing Buddha is often confused with Gautama Buddha?

*... that naval officer Samuel Warren served in European waters in the American War of Independence, the West Indies in the French Revolutionary Wars, and the East Indies in the Napoleonic Wars?

*... that the tadpoles of the frog Indirana semipalmata are the first ever known to hatch, feed, and metamorphose on tree barks?

*... that AYUSH Sevaks are volunteers of AYUSH-ISHA Organic Health Systems, who dispense herbal medicines in Kolli Hills?

*... that Roger Peckinpaugh set a World Series record for errors?

  • 13:38, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Imme R100

*... that the single-sided swingarm of the 1949 Imme R100 (pictured) was also the motorcycle's exhaust pipe?

*... that the barnacle Megabalanus tintinnabulum travelled from the tropics to the Netherlands by ship in 1764 and reached Western Australia in 1949?

*... that Lords Justices Stephenson and Edmund-Davies freed a man accused of rape as the jury had not been asked to consider whether he "entered as a trespasser"?

*... that the Millennium episode "Blood Relatives" has been compared to episodes of The X-Files and Cracker?

*... that all of Edward William Price's immediate family died in a shipwreck the year before he became Government Resident of the Northern Territory?

*... that Paul McCartney was so impressed by the album Call Me Burroughs he hired the producer, Ian Sommerville, to build him a home studio?

  • 05:23, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Confederate Memorial Monument in Montgomery, Alabama

*... that after the American Civil War ended, Ladies' Memorial Associations sprang up all over the South to bury Johnny Reb, build monuments (example pictured) in honor of Confederate soldiers, and propagate the Lost Cause?

*... that the deep water sea urchin Aspidodiadema jacobi may brood its eggs among its spines?

*... that the scout floatplane Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.5, which had its first flight in November 1918, was the first tractor aircraft designed in Norway?

*... that Body of Proof episode "Society Hill" marked the first appearance of Megan Hunt's mother Joan, played by Six Feet Under star Joanna Cassidy?

*... that the Bahrain Supreme Defence Council is composed of 14 members, all of whom belong to the ruling Al Khalifa family?

*... that quarterback Dan Fouts was embarrassed that he was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame before his former head coach, Don Coryell?

11 March 2012

  • 21:08, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Charles Cruft, pictured in 1902

*... that Charles Cruft (pictured), the founder of the Crufts dog show, invented special train carriages to carry dogs to his shows?

*... that Malaysia won all but one gold medal at the badminton events of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games?

*... that Indian rail minister Dinesh Trivedi caused a change in the script of a James Bond action sequence when he insisted that people not be shown travelling on the roofs of trains, which is illegal?

*... that Francisco Lopes Suasso lent William of Orange two million guilders to finance his invasion of England?

*... that students of the American Laboratory Theatre during the 1920s and 1930s included Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and Mitt Romney's mother?

*... that Park Chung-hee convinced military police who had come to arrest him to join his May 16 coup?

  • 12:53, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

A gelatinous seasnail

*... that the gelatinous seasnail (pictured) is actually a fish?

*... that the cherry blossom front in Japan is forecast by means of the Arrhenius equation?

*... that Nemoe Karma by I Wayan Gobiah was the first Balinese novel?

*... that former Olympic alpine skier Ian Appleyard was the first of three drivers to win the coveted Coupe d'Or at the Alpine Rally?

*... that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White's concurrence in Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. v. Byrd raised a question the Court had to resolve two years later in Shearson/American Express Inc. v. McMahon?

* ... that water polo goalkeepers in the 1880s were allowed to stand on the pool deck and leap onto an opponent's head?

  • 04:38, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

A Victorian photo of the bridge that featured in the battle

*... that after his death, caused by the Battle of Burton Bridge (site pictured) on 10 March 1322, Roger d'Amory's corpse was "executed" by King Edward II?

*... that Juan Pedro Laporte was described in an obituary as the father of Guatemalan archaeology?

*... that after becoming the sixth winner of the English Triple Crown in 1893, the racehorse Isinglass retired in 1895 with a world record for career earnings?

*... that the album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads features Redding's first top-ten single?

*... that Mary Kessell went to Germany in August 1945 as one of only three female British official war artists commissioned to work abroad?

*... that Walter Diesendorf was employed to perform abstruse technical calculations which could not be done by an ordinary engineer in Australia or anywhere else?

10 March 2012

  • 20:23, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Holly Lincoln-Smith

*... that as a 12-year-old, Australian water polo player Holly Lincoln-Smith (pictured) saved the life of another swimmer in the middle of a race, then went on to finish 27th out of 40?

*... that Kairuku grebneffi, an extinct species of penguin, was nearly 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) long and weighed 50% more than modern Emperor Penguins?

*... that John Blackadder was outlawed and later arrested for unlawful preaching at conventicles, and died in prison?

*... that Kapil Dev is the only player in the history of Test cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs?

*... that a student witness to the Chardon High School shooting said her math teacher had a bulletproof vest in his classroom that he wore during the crisis?

*... that a review for the 2000 gay pornographic video A Young Man's World said its portrayal of fictional middle-aged men was demeaning to actual middle-aged men?

  • 12:08, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Great Dismal Swamp Maroons 1888

*... that thousands of former slaves, the Great Dismal Swamp maroons (pictured), settled in the marshlands of Virginia and North Carolina from the early 1700s to 1865?

*... that, in 1978, Maryon Pittman Allen became the first woman to serve on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee?

*... that John C. Osgood strongly opposed labor unions and tried welfare capitalism at his company town of Redstone, Colorado, to discourage his workers from forming unions and striking?

*... that in 1873, J. J. Murphy proposed an inertial model of animal navigation in Nature, challenging Darwin's views?

*... that Australian Stinger Isobel Bishop is left-handed and has a water polo scholarship from the South Australia Institute of Sport?

*... that the mineral georgerobinsonite was first identified in 2009 from samples collected from a mine in Arizona in the 1940s?

  • 4:10, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Juvenile Pomacanthus semicirculatus

*... that the blackbelly triggerfish, the whitespotted surgeonfish, the brown tang, the yellowface angelfish and the semicircle angelfish (pictured) are native to the Indo-Pacific but have all been observed off the coast of Florida?

*... that the setting of the Millennium episode "Weeds" "simmers with recrimination and vigilantism"?

*... that Charles Turner coached the Australian Institute of Sport men's water polo team before becoming the chief executive of the New South Wales Institute of Sport?

*... that organic dust toxic syndrome is a flu-like illness caused by inhaling organic dust particles such as grain kernel fragments, bits of insects, bacteria, fungal spores, molds and chemical residues?

*... that "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long" was ex-Beatle George Harrison's "single-that-never-was"?

*... that the racehorse Busted was voted as the British Horse of the Year in 1967, the same year one of his legs was "busted" during training, forcing him into retirement?

9 March 2012

  • 16:00, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Sandwick Fish Bed

*... that the Devonian Orcadian Basin once contained a lake estimated to be hundreds of kilometres across, forming distinctive sediments (pictured) in which a diverse fauna of fossil fish has been found?

*... that a daughter of the 1796 Epsom Oaks winning filly Parisot was poisoned with arsenic in 1811?

*... that future National Hockey League player Paul Reinhart's agent Alan Eagleson threatened to take his junior league to court after a rule change would have forced him onto a different team?

*... that "the bravest man in Saudi Arabia" was charged in the Specialized Criminal Court that tries suspected al-Qaeda members and human rights activists?

*... that Thomas Horne was passed over as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania due to his precarious financial situation, but later became President of the Legislative Council?

*... that pianist Siegfried Rapp, who lost his right arm during World War II, premiered Sergei Prokofiev's 4th Piano Concerto (for the left hand)?

  • 08:00, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Eliza Barchus

*... that Eliza Barchus (pictured), who was widely recognized for her paintings of the Cascade Range volcanoes, sold many postcards of her work to augment her income?

*... that Bronwen Knox captained the Australian Stingers at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?

*... that the 2007 statue of Amida at Isshin-ji is formed from the remains of 163,254 people?

*... that the central Mexican town of San Pablito is home to women and children who manufacture paper from tree bark?

*... that a new species of seaweed has appeared since the last ice age?

*... that a common theme in modern Balinese literature is dealing with tourists?

  • 00:00, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Wartime poster portraying a woman wearing a red bandana to hold her hair, looking at the viewer, the right arm extended with the hand raised high and clenched, the left hand rolling up the right sleeve of a worker's coverall. Words at the top read, "We Can Do It!"

*... that the wartime poster "We Can Do It!" (pictured) was parodied using Marge Simpson?

*... that civil rights pioneer Nellie Stone Johnson was the first black person to be elected to a citywide office in Minneapolis?

*... that malacologist Myra Keen was called the "First Lady of Malacology"?

*... that the part of Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood was Lauren Ambrose's first role in a science-fiction production?

*... that the Holy Trinity Church was the oldest church in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine, until it was destroyed by the Soviets in 1935?

*... that American artist Ellen Gallagher created artworks which included images carved into the surface of thick sheets of paper?

8 March 2012

  • 16:00, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Esther Hill

*... that in 1925, Esther Hill (pictured) became the first woman to be registered as an architect in Canada?

*... that Clare Smyth was the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars when she became head chef of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 2007?

*... that the first indoor St. Louis Auto Show was held in the Willys-Overland Building in 1917?

*... that Maria Pinto designed the purple sheath dress Michelle Obama wore to give her husband "the fist bump heard 'round the world"?

*... that the Antarctic sponge Homaxinella balfourensis prevents ice crystals from forming in its cells by the use of peptides with antifreeze properties?

*... that the lesbian German writer Christa Reinig stated in a poem, "Sometimes the gay shirt is closer to me than the feminist skirt"?

  • 08:00, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

A possible portrait of Giulietta Guicciardi

*... that Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his second piano sonata quasi una fantasia, widely known as the Moonlight Sonata, to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi (possible portrait pictured)?

*... that in 1973 the first women's Cricket World Cup was held – two years before the first men's tournament?

*... that Canadian indie rock band Reverie Sound Revue went on a "blog tour", wherein they released videos of band members playing live online?

*... that Henry, Prince of Wales (Henry V) stationed himself at Burton Court manor while surveying the movements of Owain Glyndŵr?

*... that Butler Blue II, the live mascot of Butler University, was granted a special exemption from NCAA rules, allowing him to appear at Butler basketball games during the 2010 and 2011 Final Fours?

*... that after winning the 1957 Cotton Fashion Award, designer Anne Fogarty showed off dresses in goldfish colours?

  • 00:00, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Caricature of P. P. Carp

*... that, in summer 1917, a plan existed to make septuagenarian Petre P. Carp (cartoon pictured) the dictator of German-occupied Romania?

*... that Harwell, Nottinghamshire, contains the Grade II listed Pear Tree House, which has a portico with two Tuscan columns and an eight-panelled door?

*... that in Doe v. Shurtleff, a Utah law requiring registered sex offenders to provide to the state all of their internet identifiers was ruled constitutional?

*... that the British racehorse Tristan travelled to France and won the Grand Prix de Deauville three years in a row?

*... that the airing of Millennium's "Kingdom Come" was postponed due to the death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago?

*... that the legendary Lost Nigger Gold Mine, first discovered in 1887, was still being searched for in 1930?

7 March 2012

  • 16:00, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Melissa Rippon

*... that Australian Stingers Rebecca Rippon, Kate Gynther and Melissa Rippon (pictured) had hopes of being the first set of Australian siblings to all compete in three consecutive Olympic Games?

*... that, in the past, every landowner in the parish of St Margaret's Church in West Hoathly, West Sussex, was responsible for maintaining a specific section of the churchyard wall?

*... that the racehorse Eager was not given his name until the year after he won the 1791 Derby Stakes, whereas the 1797 Derby winner was never officially named?

*... that Irish novelist George Moore described Ingres' The Source as an "exquisite dream of innocence"?

*... that five actresses have won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play more than once, but no actress has won it more than twice?

*... that the boxer crabs Lybia tessellata and Lybia edmondsoni carry a sea anemone such as Triactis producta in each claw for protection from predators?

  • 08:00, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Antoine Watteau: Gilles (or Pierrot) and Four Other Characters of the Commedia dell'arte, c. 1718. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

*... that the Gilles who was long identified as the subject of Watteau's poignant portrait (pictured) was a lewd and credulous clown who starred in The Shit Merchant?

*... that the St. James' Infant School building in Dudley was built on two completely different sites?

*... that Vyjayanthimala, who played Chandramukhi in the 1955 film Devdas, declined the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress because she thought that her role was not a supporting one?

*... that the parents of Australian national team water polo player Victoria Brown believed that she would be an Olympian in an equestrian event?

*... that to gain permission to demolish the Pevely Dairy Company Plant, Saint Louis University threatened to move its medical school out of St. Louis?

*... that Polish mathematician Stefan Banach and poet Zbigniew Herbert survived the Holocaust working as feeders of lice?

  • 00:00, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

The Kugelbake

*... that Kugelbake is the name of a series of tall wooden structures (current structure pictured) built at the mouth of the River Elbe for more than 300 years to aid mariners?

*... that logical positivist A. J. Ayer believed that religious language was meaningless because it could not be verified empirically?

*... that the Body of Proof episode "Dead Man Walking" guest starred Christina Hendricks as a potential love interest for her real-life husband's character?

*... that the Italian island of Montecristo, although 10.39 km2 (4.01 sq mi) in area, is almost deserted, having only two stable inhabitants?

*... that the 19th-century American female seminary movement, which aimed to give women educational opportunities, lent its name to a pair of similarly named institutions in Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlestown, Massachusetts?

*... that Malcolm X was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973?

6 March 2012

  • 16:00, 6 March 2012 (UTC)


*... that Nasturtiums (pictured), a painting by E. Phillips Fox, was purchased as a memorial to Margaret Olley?

*... that science fiction author Greg Egan was praised for taking Zendegi "into the street demos and sitting rooms of near-future Tehran"?

*... that in 1815 Napoleon surrendered to Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland of HMS Bellerophon, the ship that had "dogged his steps for more than twenty years", ending the Napoleonic Wars?

*... that Australian Stinger Jane Moran is only the second woman ever to have competed in 200 games in the National Water Polo League?

*... that one of Gustav Morelli's wood engravings was a reproduction of a painting by Árpád Feszty of chieftain Árpád and the arrival of the Magyars?

*... that Nudes-A-Poppin' is billed as "The World's Largest Outdoor Nude Beauty Pageant"?

  • 08:00, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

The 16th-century tower of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Bolney, West Sussex

*... that 16th-century parishioners of St Mary Magdalene's Church, Bolney built the church's 66-foot (20 m) tower (pictured) in "an inspired community effort involving the whole village"?

*... that the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, brought into force in 2010, was the first global instrument that dealt with migratory sharks?

*... that Nigerian journalist Nosa Igiebor was held incommunicado for months because his magazine Tell criticised General Sani Abacha?

*... that after winning the 1796 Derby Stakes, the Thoroughbred Didelot failed to win again the rest of his racing career, and was subsequently sent to Russia?

*... that Casa Alvarez, built in 1790, serves as a "last link to the Spanish occupation of the Upper Louisiana territory"?

*... that in Young v. Facebook, Inc., Judge Jeremy Fogel found that Facebook was not a physical place for the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act, despite its having "posts" and "walls"?

  • 00:00, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Sand dunes and beach at Penhale Sands

*... that Penhale Sands (pictured) is believed to be the landing site of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall?

*... that Millennium's "Loin Like a Hunting Flame" took its name from a Dylan Thomas poem?

*... that German film director Falk Harnack, who was related to six people executed by the Nazis, left East Germany after the Communists banned his first film for being "sympathetic to Nazism"?

*... that after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show in 2012, the Pekingese Palacegarden Malachy has been compared to a mop, a wookiee, and Snooki from Jersey Shore?

*... that Bellville Sassoon was one of Princess Diana's most prolific early designers?

*... that a lone miner is said to have extracted two sacks of wolframite each day from the waste tips of the disused Great Wheal Fortune mine in Cornwall?

5 March 2012

  • 16:15, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

St Michael's Mount, favoured by some scholars as the location of Ictis

*... that the island of Ictis, reported by Diodorus as a centre of the ancient tin trade, has uncertainly been identified with St Michael's Mount (pictured) in Cornwall?

*... that Glasser v. United States was the first U.S. Supreme Court case to hold that juries must be drawn from a "cross-section of the community"?

*... that literary agent Carmen Balcells represents six Nobel Prize winners?

*... that the Siah Bishe Power Plant is to be both the first pumped-storage power plant and the site of the first concrete-face rock-fill dam in Iran?

*... that Ventongimps Moor was the first nature reserve to be owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust?

*... that while one reviewer called the recent Fringe episode "The End of All Things" the best of the season, another remarked that it "failed to make my dinger hum"?

  • 08:30, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

Stratiotosuchus maxhechti

*... that the hypercarnivorous crocodyliform Stratiotosuchus (pictured) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil occupied the niche of top predator in the absence of theropod dinosaurs?

*... that the loss of a French column at the Battle of El Herri was blamed on the commander's disobedience of orders?

*... that Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, who later wrote The Art of Beowulf, was one of a group of University of California professors who at first refused on principle to sign the loyalty oath in 1949?

*... that missionaries to the colony of New France welcomed the 1663 Charlevoix earthquake as a miracle rather than a disaster?

*... that the W. B. Thompson Mansion in Yonkers, New York, was used as a location for the films A Beautiful Mind, The Royal Tenenbaums and Mona Lisa Smile?

*... that Alicia McCormack, a member of the Australia women's national water polo team, received a bow from Prince William at a Sydney barbecue?

  • 00:45, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

A picture of the southern entrance to the Engaña Tunnel

*... that the Engaña Tunnel (pictured) was once the longest railway tunnel in Spain, but was never used?

*... that terror suspect Amine El Khalifi believed he was in touch with an al-Qaeda operative, but was actually communicating with an FBI agent?

*... that the car of Los Angeles Clippers fan Clipper Darrell features the team's colors on the exterior and interior with the team's logo and autographs on the hood?

*... that historian Charlotte Zeepvat's first book, published in 1998, was about Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, the haemophiliac youngest son of Queen Victoria?

*... that Australian politician John Hart described William Bloomfield Douglas as a "fool" for wanting the job of Government Resident of the Northern Territory?

*... that the Chuck Berry House is an unusual inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, in that it is associated with a living person?

4 March 2012

  • 17:00, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Thomas Tyldesley in an 1831 illustration

*... that Thomas Tyldesley (pictured) was knighted for bravery shown at the Battle of Burton Bridge in 1643?

*... that dubstep musician James Blake released the three extended plays The Bells Sketch, CMYK, and Klavierwerke in only one year?

*... that the New Stables, a building complex in central Berlin, Germany, that had housed the Imperial horses and carriages, later housed revolutionaries in the Christmas Crisis of 1918?

*... that Olympic athlete Arthur Keily ran over 130 miles (210 km) a week to train for marathons?

*... that Italian Renaissance portrait styles reached England through the medium of Brussels tapestry?

*... that Jennifer Worth wrote her bestseller Call the Midwife in response to an article in the British Midwifery Journal, criticising the lack of midwives in literature?

  • 09:15, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Teigan Van Roosmalen

*... that Australian Paralympic swimmer Teigan Van Roosmalen (pictured) is legally blind and deaf?

*... that the name Ginkgo dissecta was first coined in 1974 but not formalized until 2002?

*... that the French military used the "Mikado strategy" during Operation Septentrion in the Uzbin Valley of Afghanistan?

*... that the developer of Volunia, a potential competitor to Google, has said it may represent the "search engine of the future"?

*... that one reviewer found several scenes in Millennium's "The Well-Worn Lock" to be as horrifying as anything he had seen on television?

*... that women are encouraged to go topless in public and men are told to cover their chest by wearing bras or bikinis on Go Topless Day, an event to promote the right to go bare-chested for women?

  • 01:30, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Le Sommeil, painting by Gustave Courbet

*... that Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting Le Sommeil (pictured), depicting a lesbian relationship, was inspired by Charles Baudelaire's poem "Delphine et Hippolyte"?

*... that the 'R' in the World War II British deception unit R Force was meant to make the Germans believe it was a reconnaissance unit?

*... that Australian national team water polo player Hannah Buckling made the Australian junior team after 20 months of serious training with a new coach?

*... that through his extensive building works, Sanjar al-Jawli transformed Karak and Gaza into major cities?

*... that in August 2000, 37 people were banned from attending matches at Arsenal F.C.'s stadium because of their involvement in the Battle of Copenhagen?

*... that the first Cray-1 was delivered to the customer without a supercomputer operating system?

3 March 2012

  • 17:45, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Salix glauca in East Greenland tundra

*... that the gray-leaf willow (pictured) is a rich source of calcium and phosphorus for its browsers?

*... that the work of ornithologist Chandler Robbins helped inspire Rachel Carson to write Silent Spring?

*... that "We Belong Together" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but was not nominated for Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media?

*... that Meyer Kestnbaum led a business with a long record of peaceful labor relations, and after he died the company and its labor union collaborated on a memorial to him?

*... that Sandra Laing was legally declared "coloured" largely on the basis of a pencil test, despite being born of two "white" parents?

*... that Millennium's "Dead Letters" ventures into "Lynchian nightmare territory"?

  • 08:00, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Photograph of William Carter, 1860

*... that William Carter (pictured), the first mayor of Hobart, was especially distinguished for his aversion to slander and backbiting?

*... that Toby Litt's novel Journey into Space takes place on board a generation ship?

*... that Bentworth Hall was built in 1832 to replace the former 14th-century hall, now called Hall Place?

*... that John King's win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' 2012 event at Daytona International Speedway was only the third victory of his racing career?

*... that Sean Combs' Revolt, Robert Rodriguez' El Rey and Magic Johnson's Aspire are upcoming U.S. ethnic minority-owned television networks that Comcast agreed to promote in order to secure the NBCUniversal acquisition?

*... that the T37 rocket could be fired by "Cowcatcher", "Woofus", "Whiz Bang" and "Grand Slam"?

  • 00:00, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

The Lost World Pyramid dominates the complex.

*... that the Lost World (pictured) at the ancient Maya city of Tikal was the first architectural complex to be built at the city?

*... that academic publishers often ask authors to sign a copyright transfer agreement before printing their work?

*... that a document from the 1960s STRAT-X US nuclear deterrent study was composed from a Soviet perspective, disapproving of capitalism and glorifying socialism?

*... that the 19th-century Fort Widley was later reused as an emergency civil control centre?

*... that the runic insignia of the Schutzstaffel, like the sig-runes worn on SS uniforms, stood for Nazi values but were actually inspired by the neopagan occultism of mystic Guido von List?

*... that Australian Stinger Kelsey Wakefield took a year off university in order to try to make the 2012 Summer Olympics in water polo?

2 March 2012

  • 16:00, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Self-Portrait with cigarette. Oil on panel by Henri-Edmond Cross, 1880.

*... that painter Henri-Edmond Cross (self-portrait pictured) changed his name twice, each time to avoid confusion with a similarly named artist?

*... that Australian Stingers Ashleigh Southern, Glencora Ralph, Zoe Arancini, Rowena Webster and Nicola Zagame are five of seventeen water polo players trying to make the 2012 Summer Olympics squad?

*... that Druid's Lodge in the parish of Woodford, Wiltshire was used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II?

*... that there has been a 33% decrease in cars entering Milan's city center since the Area C congestion charge was introduced?

*... that Erkki Kourula was the first Finn to be elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court?

*... that the Limestone Corner area of Hadrian's Wall is not made from limestone?

  • 08:00, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

 A colorful one-and-a-half-story wooden building with a pointed wooden shingled roof and large signs on the front and in front reading "Redstone General Store". There are some old gas pumps out front. To the left is another house in a mixture of colors.

*... that Colorado Fuel and Iron banned residents of its company town at Redstone (pictured in present) from treating each other to drinks?

*... that Caroline Birley's lifelong love of geology started with stones she collected as a child on family holidays?

*... that in 2010, the only known complete manuscript written in the extinct Khitan language was identified in the collection of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Oriental Manuscripts?

*... that Rémi Ochlik, who was killed in the February 2012 bombardment of Homs, won the 2012 World Press Photo contest for his photograph of a Libyan rebel fighter?

*... that Australian Stinger coach Greg McFadden requires members of the national water polo team to eat every thing on their plates?

*... that Margaret Thatcher joked that her statue in the Houses of Parliament should have been made of iron?

  • 00:05, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Hot-air ballooning at Vauxhall Fields

*... that Charles Rolls and early members of the Royal Aero Club used to go ballooning (pictured) from Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth?

*... that, until the Los Angeles class, the Sturgeon class was the most-produced class of nuclear-powered warships?

*... that only Reginald Owen, Carleton Hobbs, Jeremy Brett, and Patrick Macnee have portrayed both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson professionally, with Macnee portraying Holmes in The Hound of London?

*... that Abidin Bey was the first governor of Egyptian Dongola?

*... that the Swedish Asatru Assembly, now the Swedish Forn Sed Assembly, held a blót at Gamla Uppsala to celebrate the Church of Sweden no longer being the state church?

*... that, since 2011, cash mobs have supported businesses in more than 32 U.S. states and in Canada?

1 March 2012

  • 16:20, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Woollen Monmouth cap

*... that according to Shakespeare, Henry V, who was born in Monmouth, approved of Welshmen wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps (pictured)?

*... that the Thomas Cook European Timetable, in publication since 1873, was called "the most revered and accurate railway reference in existence" by travel guide-book editor Stephen Birnbaum?

*... that by acquiring the commercial division of the Norwegian Mapping Agency, the company now called Nordeca became a market leader in leisure maps in Norway?

*... that Orland Kurtenbach was the Vancouver Canucks' first captain and first member of their Ring of Honour?

*... that a former chapel at Monmouth Cemetery is now used as a genealogy centre?

*... that patches of broom crowberry in New Jersey began to sprout seedlings again after an F-16 set them on fire?

  • 08:35, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

By the River Wye

*... that although St Peter's Church (pictured) in Monmouthshire is a Welsh church, in 1920 its congregation decided to join the Church of England?

*... that Pat Hawkins from Perth, Australia, set a women's world record by cycling 2,489 km (1,547 mi) in seven days in 1940?

*... that many cabanas at 9 Beaches resort in Bermuda feature Plexiglas floors to allow guests to view the ocean below their hotel room?

*... that the mint plant largeflower false rosemary has the largest flowers of the genus Conradina?

*... that the largest credit union merger in Michigan history took place in 2008, resulting in the creation of Genisys Credit Union?

*... that the Philippe Starck-designed A has been described as both "the most extraordinary yacht launched in recent memory" and "one of the ghastliest megayachts ever created"?

  • 00:50, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Painting of Minoru, champion racehorse, as featured in Vanity Fair on 8 September 1909

*... that the victory by Minoru (pictured) at the 1909 Epsom Derby made his owner Edward VII the first reigning British monarch to win a Derby?

*... that Bay Darnell crashed his race car into Lake Lloyd during an ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway in 1964?

*... that the Coimbatore bypass included construction of a 32.2 metres (106 ft) toll bridge over the Noyyal River in India?

*... that the 126-acre Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, which opened November 15, 2008, contains 13 separate and distinct ecosystems?

*... that an entire print run of Svetlana Kalinkina's newspaper was seized by the Belarusian police?

*... that, shortly after being sentenced to death for treason, Ioan C. Filitti became manager of the National Theatre Bucharest?

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