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Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "Did You Know" items for April Fools' Day 2022

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

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


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

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

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

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

How to review a nominationEdit

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

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

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  {{subst:DYKtickAGF}} Yes Article is ready for DYK, with a foreign-language or offline hook reference accepted in good faith
  {{subst:DYK?}} Query DYK eligibility requires that an issue be addressed. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article}}
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  {{subst:DYKno}} No Article is either completely ineligible, or else requires considerable work before becoming eligible

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


Awaiting verificationEdit

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

Verified hooksEdit

Seventh East Press

A shoe mirror
  • ... that the independent student newspaper, Seventh East Press, discussed the campus ban of the sale of shoe mirrors (example pictured) in their April Fools' Day issue? Source: "Shoe-mirrors, part of a local fad, have been determined incompatible with the BYU Honor Code, according to Standards official Carmichael Whitaker. In accordance with this recent determination, shoe-mirrors will no longer be sold in the BYU bookstore" April Fool's day issue on
      • ALT0b:... that the independent student newspaper, Seventh East Press, discussed the campus ban on the sale of fictional "shoe mirrors" (example pictured) in their April Fools' Day issue?
      • ALT0c:... that the independent student newspaper, Seventh East Press, discussed the campus ban of fictional "shoe mirrors" (example pictured) used by students to look upskirt in their April Fools' Day issue?
    • ALT1:... that Brigham Young University banned the on-campus sale of the Seventh East Press? "Paul Richards, BYU Public Communications director, informs Dean Huffaker, editor of Seventh East Press, that the paper cannot be "sold at the campus bookstore or on campus newsstands after Feb. 16."Anderson Dialogue article pg. 19-20

Created by Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk). Self-nominated at 19:18, 21 July 2021 (UTC).

General: Article is new enough and long enough
Policy: Article is sourced, neutral, and free of copyright problems
Hook: Hook has been verified by provided inline citation
  • Cited:  Y
  • Interesting:  Y
QPQ: Done.

Overall:   Article is new enough, long enough and sourced. Earwig is not picking up any apparent copyvio. qpq has been done, both hooks are cited and interesting. I'm proposing ALT0b and ALT0c to make it clearer that "shoe mirrors" were made up. BuySomeApples (talk) 04:06, 7 August 2021 (UTC)

  •   @Rachel Helps (BYU) and BuySomeApples: I know this approved and all, but I think this would make a great April Fools' Day hook if you don't mind waiting until next year... either discussing the April fools in the hook, or reworking with a bit of an easter egg link to maybe use the headline from that day? DYK has our own April fools pranks and this would be a meta one if you're interested. Kingsif (talk) 03:54, 11 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Hi Kingsif, that's a great idea! I'd like this hook to run with its picture, because I so rarely have a good picture to go along with my hooks. Would that be possible with the April Fool's day set? I have a family vacation this weekend and will respond next week. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:43, 11 August 2021 (UTC)
  • We can request an image slot, and since this doesn't give away the joke, it's probably a good choice. I'd also like to use the image, if it's appropriately licensed, because it's a bit different to the images we usually get. So how about ALT2 ... that shoe-mirrors (pictured) are banned at Brigham Young University? Kingsif (talk) 16:27, 11 August 2021 (UTC)
  •   I believe such a misleading hook is in the spirit of April Fool's day. I added another in-line citation for the sentence about shoe-mirrors on the 7EP page. Can I approve a hook for my own nomination? How do we move this to the April Fool's day queue? Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:04, 16 August 2021 (UTC)
  You can't review your own nom, unfortunately. As for moving it, well, approved noms go to a different project page automatically, and from there they can be manually moved to a holding section for April Fool's Day. Kingsif (talk) 18:16, 16 August 2021 (UTC)

@BuySomeApples: mind re-approving the hook for april fools' day? theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 07:46, 17 August 2021 (UTC)

  The April Fool's hook looks good and is cited (and cheeky). Looks all good for next year! BuySomeApples (talk) 17:41, 17 August 2021 (UTC)

Indradi Thanos

  • ... that Thanos was involved in the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars and founded a disco club after retirement? Source: "Sari Berita Sosial-Politik: Pengiriman Konga ke Balkan". Kompas. 9 March 1996. p. 11. Retrieved 13 July 2021., Nurdiana, Titis (14 May 2020). "Tak terima ditutup, pemilik diskotek Golden Crown menggugat Pemprov DKI". Kontan. Retrieved 8 August 2021.

Created by Love and Parting (talk). Self-nominated at 00:08, 8 August 2021 (UTC).

  •   When I think of "Thanos," I think of the Marvel character instead of your nomination. I think that the hook is misleading by saying "Thanos," as it makes people think that Thanos the Marvel character had involvement in the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars and started a disco club when he retired. All I think you'll need to do before submitting is to replace the current link text, "Thanos," with "Indradi Thanos." (Do not take this verbatim; remove the period!) Otherwise, you're good to go! Capsulecap(talkcontribs) 02:09, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
  • @Capsulecap: You'll figure out why I use Thanos instead of the full name when you click the "What links here" on this page. --Love and Parting (talk) 03:02, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Some sources seem to refer to him as "Thanos" instead of "Indradi", e.g. [1]. And besides, since this is an AFD Hook, I have several additional propositions:
  • ALT1: ... that Thanos owned a disco club? or ALT2: ... that Thanos hunted drug dealers? Juxlos (talk) 08:26, 8 August 2021 (UTC)

Comment: The name confusion is a good thing, our goal is to get people to actually click the articles and DYK enshrines the use of hooky hooks like this. Maury Markowitz (talk) 18:53, 12 August 2021 (UTC)

Another drive-by comment: I agree. The name confusion is what makes this hooky. I like ALT1 or ALT2 for the same reason: they are punchier. —David Eppstein (talk) 19:01, 14 August 2021 (UTC)
Seconded. No one's going to really think that the Marvel character Thanos owned a disco club or hunted drug dealers. But it makes it hooky, and the people who click through will figure it out pretty quickly. theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 18:34, 15 August 2021 (UTC)
Alternatively, we could always save this hook for April Fools' day. It's a while from now, but it'd be a good addition. theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 07:25, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
@Love and Parting and Capsulecap: times' a-wastin'–possibly make this an april fools' day hook? theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 07:53, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
@Theleekycauldron: You'll figure out why I use Thanos instead of the full name when you click the "What links here" on this page. --Love and Parting (talk) 17:04, 18 August 2021 (UTC)
@Capsulecap: any updates? theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 19:31, 27 August 2021 (UTC)
@User:Theleekycauldron I think this is a good fit for an April Fool's Day. Pinging @User:Love and Parting to see if they agree. If they don't, I'll move it into prep ASAP and the admins can check it. Capsulecap (talkcontribs) 13:09, 28 August 2021 (UTC)

@Capsulecap: you're the reviewer, you can't move to prep—ping me and I'll do it theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 19:45, 28 August 2021 (UTC)

reping @Capsulecap: theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 19:45, 28 August 2021 (UTC)
  • theleekycauldron, the nominator had already added the nomination to the April Fools' Day page back on August 8, so no need for permission: AFD was requested already by them. I've just moved the entry from Awaiting verification section of the AFD page to the Verified hooks one, and deleted the Approved page transclusion so it isn't promoted before then. I do think that Capsulecap needs to be clear on which of the three hooks are being approved; nominator Love and Parting did say they agreed on shorter hooks after Juklos proposed the two ALT ones. BlueMoonset (talk) 19:46, 8 September 2021 (UTC)

Zoosphaerium darthvaderi

  • Reviewed: KPEC-TV
  • Comment: I do hope this suffices for an April Fools' Day nomination—my preference would be for ALT2, than ALT1, than ALT0.

Created by The Great Mule of Eupatoria (talk) and Theleekycauldron (talk). Nominated by Theleekycauldron (talk) at 07:20, 20 October 2021 (UTC).

General: Article is new enough and long enough
Policy: Article is sourced, neutral, and free of copyright problems
Hook: Hook has been verified by provided inline citation
  • Cited:  Y
  • Interesting:  Y
QPQ: Done.

Overall:   First time reviewer here, I would express that this article's title is shortened for deliberate comedic effect and for the context it is given as an April Fools DYK, I would understand, though I'm quite new to this, and I believe that a second opinion is always a good idea. Ornithoptera (talk) 02:12, 21 October 2021 (UTC)

Oh, definitely AFD material (excepting ALT1). ALT2 is particularly good. All assuming it is verifiable of course :) Gatoclass (talk) 05:34, 21 October 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! It seems we've got ourselves a ball game, then—I'll move the nomination. Welcome to DYK, Ornithoptera! theleekycauldron (talkcontribs) (they/them) 05:58, 21 October 2021 (UTC)