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

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

See also:

  • DYK Hall of Fame – for outstanding contributions to the DYK project as a whole;

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

Please note that hits from outside the DYK section of the main page are also included here. That might include random clicks or direct searches, but also views from other parts of the main page which feature the same article on the same day.

Good and Featured DYKsEdit

Good/featured content from DYK
Status Number of articles
Featured article 2,065
Featured list 658
Good article 6,300
These may be slight underestimates (learn more)
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Some articles that were featured on DYK have gone on to become some of Wikipedia's featured or good content, in the form of featured articles, featured lists, or good articles. This table records the number of former DYK articles that are currently listed as good or featured content.

Most-viewed DYKsEdit

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

RulesEdit

  1. Use ErrantX's DYKStats tool which will calculate the statistics for you based upon the date and time it was featured on the Main Page. You can use Wikipedia:Recent additions to find out whether it was posted during AM or PM (UTC); remembering that recent additions lists the time it was removed from the Main Page.
    Historical (pre-2016) statistics are based on Henrik's page view tool at http://stats.grok.se/. For more information on this tool, see http://stats.grok.se/about and stats FAQ. Please note that at some point since December 2013 this tool began compiling days using a 23:00 to 22:59 (UTC) time range to match the range that wikiviewstats uses rather than the 00:00 to 23:59 (UTC) time range that it had previously used. Also, note that these statistics ignore mobile viewers. For queries, go to Henrik's talk page – missing stats are often the result of the tool being down or missing source files. Normally, you should count page views only for the day X when the article was featured. Because of the timing of the stats collection, nearly all hooks which exit the main page around 00:00 UTC get extra DYK views on the next day X+1; in this case views for two consecutive days (X and X+1) should be summed.
  2. The views are counted and summed for all articles which were bolded (not merely linked) in the hook. If one or more bolded articles were moved while on the main page, add views for the main article(s) and the redirect page(s).
  3. This page aims to list the views originating from the DYK section of the main page. Some articles draw additional views unrelated to DYK. Those views are removed by subtracting a half sum on the days before and after, that is VX − (VX−1 + VX+1) / 2. Example [1] VX=18,400; VX−1=4,400; VX+1=2,000; total=18,400−(4,400+2,000)/2=15,200. Other "special occasion" hooks may draw additional views because of the occasion, not because of the DYK; these cannot be accounted for with this method. For example, the hook for Tom Moore scheduled on his 100th birthday may have attracted extra views because of the celebration activities on that day which are not directly related to DYK, a factor this listing does not consider.
  4. Subject to rule 3, any article receiving at least 416 23 views per hour (after subtracting background views) is eligible for listing on the "STATS" page. If you know of an article that has received more than 416 23 views per hour while on DYK, feel free to add it to the list.
  5. Anyone is free to help by checking page views and listing hooks here that meet the requirements. Help is also welcome reviewing page views for earlier months where data is waiting to be mined (Jan–May 2008).

All-time DYK page view leadersEdit

Lead hooks with at least 25,000 viewsEdit

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


Article (DYK date) Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Infant swimming
(Sep. 22, 2014)
  295,306 24,609 ... that babies will instinctively hold their breath underwater (pictured) until the age of six months?
Fall of the Berlin Wall
(Nov. 9, 2019)
  280,266 - (23,750 + 25,487)/2 = 255,647 10,651 ... that the fall of the Berlin Wall (immediate aftermath pictured) was the result of a bureaucratic mistake?
Silver Cross Tavern
(Jan. 29, 2014)
  192,578 16,048 ... that the Silver Cross Tavern (pictured) is the United Kingdom's only legal brothel?
United Airlines Flight 175
(Sep. 11, 2021)
  152,176 6,341 ... that after being hijacked, United Airlines Flight 175 almost had two mid-air collisions with other aircraft before crashing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center (pictured)?
Frank Sinatra
(Dec. 12, 2015)
24-hour position in lead slot with 2 images and 2 hooks
 
 
123,052 5,127 ... that after gaining a job as a singing waiter in 1938, Frank Sinatra (pictured) boasted that he would "become so big that no one could ever touch him"?
... that American music critic Robert Christgau called Frank Sinatra (pictured) "the greatest singer of the 20th century"?
War Doctor, Night of the Doctor
(Nov. 23, 2013)
  36,360 + 52,209 - (12599 + 23723 / 2) + 22,061 + 27,032 - (10,695 + 13070 / 2) = 107,618 13,886 ... that the War Doctor (played by John Hurt, pictured), introduced in "The Night of the Doctor", will be a "dark doctor" who will "bring an ancient battle to its devastating conclusion"?
Paul the Octopus
(Jul. 11, 2010)
  152,200 – (145,772 / 2) = 79,320 + 18,448 - (9,632 / 2) = 13,632 = 92,952 15,492 ... that Paul the Octopus (pictured) predicts Spain winning the World Cup today, while Mani the Parakeet tips a victory by the Netherlands?
Water bottle flipping
(Nov. 7, 2016)
  87,202 7,266 ... that flipping water bottles (pictured) has been banned in some U.S. and British schools?
HMS Highlander (H44)
(Dec. 21, 2011)
  77,346 9,668 ... that the British destroyer HMS Highlander (pictured) escorted Convoy SC 122 through the largest convoy battle of World War II in March 1943 and was unsuccessfully attacked by U-441 and U-608?
Anthony Davis (basketball)
(Apr. 3, 2012)
  94,410 – (19,472 + 15,379) / 2
= 76,984
9,623 ... that 2012 National Player of the Year Anthony Davis (pictured) was unknown locally and nationally through his junior year of high school basketball?
Bestwood Country Park
(Sep. 4, 2018)
  74,731 3,113 ... that one account has it that King Charles II offered his mistress Nell Gwyn (pictured) "all the land she could ride around before breakfast"—and the next morning she rode out early and encircled what would become Bestwood Park?
Clinton Romesha
(Feb. 11, 2013)
  35,581 + 47,595 - (10,312 - 1,140/2) = 73,434 8,955 ... that Clinton Romesha (pictured), who today is being awarded the Medal of Honor, joined the United States Army after deciding not to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Race-reversed casting
(Jul. 1, 2020)
  73,086 3,045 ... that Patrick Stewart (pictured) invented "photo negative" casting in order to play Othello when it had become no longer acceptable to perform the role in blackface?
2016 FA Cup Final
(May. 21, 2016)
  55,574 + 17,008 =72,582 6,049 ... that Manchester United seek to match Arsenal's FA Cup winners record with a win in the 2016 FA Cup Final (venue pictured) against Crystal Palace today?
Eternal Silence (sculpture)
(Oct. 31, 2011)
  71,800 5,983 ... that according to folklore, people looking into the eyes of Eternal Silence (pictured) will see a vision of their own death?
Ivan Castro (soldier)
(Dec. 8, 2008)
  71,300 5,941 ... that Captain Ivan Castro is the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces?
Poutine, peameal bacon, Made in Canada, Canadian Comedy Awards, 1st Canadian Comedy Awards
(Jul. 1, 2019)
  29,514 + 18,463 + 10,639 + 7,082 + 1,777 − (1,971 + 4,528)/2 = 64,225 2,676 ... that poutine (example pictured) and back bacon on a bun were served while the Beaver was awarded to Made in Canada at the inaugural Canadian Comedy Awards?
Leroy Petry
(Jul. 12, 2011)
  66,900 - (925 + 5,100) / 2 = 63,900 7,987 ... that Leroy Petry (pictured) is receiving the U.S. Medal of Honor today, marking only the second time that the award has been bestowed upon a living soldier for actions after the end of the Vietnam War?
Operation Overlord
(Jun. 6, 2014)
  55627 + 13411 - (11519 + 6611) / 2 = 59,973 4,916 ... that Operation Overlord (detail pictured), the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, was the largest seaborne invasion in history?
Sophia (robot)
(Nov. 13, 2017)
  59,972 2,499 ... that Sophia (pictured) is the first robot to become a recognised citizen of a country?
Statue of Tara
(Dec. 11, 2013)
  41,411 + 12,377 = 53,789 4,482 ... that the Statue of Tara from Sri Lanka (partly pictured) was kept hidden for 30 years in the British Museum because it was considered too erotic?
Murder of Jane Britton
(Jan. 7, 2019)
  53,494 2,229 ... that the red ochre sprinkled on the body of Jane Britton (pictured) 50 years ago today ultimately turned out to be a red herring in solving her murder?
Hallucinogenic fish
(Nov. 15, 2011)
  11,483 + 41,786
- (0 + 1,218) / 2
= 52,660
6,582 ... that Sarpa salpa (pictured) is a hallucinogenic fish that was used as a recreational drug during the Roman Empire?
Fortress of Mimoyecques
(Jun. 29, 2011)
  51,700 8,616 ... that the underground Fortress of Mimoyecques (pictured) was built by Nazi Germany to bombard London with 10 shells a minute using the V-3 supergun?
Soo Yeon Lee
SPiN
(Jun. 30, 2017)
  43,922 + 5,619 = 49,541 2,154 ... that table tennis player and model Soo Yeon Lee (pictured) has coached numerous celebrities and is a brand ambassador for a chain of table tennis bars?
Leonard Siffleet
(May 8, 2009)
  49,500 8,250 ... that Sergeant Len Siffleet was the subject of a famous photograph (pictured) depicting an execution by the Japanese in World War II?
Tommy Tucker (squirrel)
(Nov. 12, 2016)
  47,095 5,886 ... that Tommy Tucker, a male pet squirrel wearing women's clothes (pictured), became famous during World War II, selling war bonds and entertaining children?
Śmigus-Dyngus
(Apr. 1, 2013)
  46,706 3,892 ... that Polish girls (pictured) are getting wet and spanked today, but will have their revenge tomorrow?
Mercy dog
(Jan. 8, 2021)
  43,554 3,630 ... that mercy dogs (example illustrated) were trained during World War I to comfort mortally wounded soldiers as they died in no man's land?
Giovanni de Ventura
plague doctor
beak doctor costume
plague doctor contract
(Oct. 31, 2010)
  7,600 + 1,600 + 6,400 + 1, 700 + 17,800 + 5,000 + 3,700 + 865 =
44, 665
7,444 ... that Giovanni de Ventura, a plague doctor who may have worn a beak doctor costume (pictured), was restricted by a covenant to treat only infectious patients?
Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick
(Apr. 30, 2019)
  44,648 1,860 ... that the fashion designer Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (pictured) is the closest relative of Queen Elizabeth II who cannot succeed to the British throne because of conversion to Catholicism?
Longest recorded sniper kills
(May 8, 2010)
  44,600 5,575 ... that the longest recorded sniper kill is from 2,475 m (8,120 ft) using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle (pictured)?
Battle for Castle Itter
(Jul. 26, 2013)
  42,120 5,265 ... that what has been called the strangest battle of World War II was fought at a medieval castle (pictured), and was the only battle of the war in which American and German soldiers fought as allies?
MagiCans
(Apr, 22, 2013)
  38,970 + 1,790 = 40,660
(article moved)
5,083 ... that defects in Coca-Cola's MagiCans (pictured) led a child to mistakenly drink foul-tasting liquid used to replace actual cola?
Bacon Explosion
(Feb. 6, 2009)
  40,500 6,750 ... that the 5,000-calorie Bacon Explosion (pictured) was created in response to a Twitter challenge to develop "the ultimate bacon recipe"?
Ronald J. Shurer
(Oct. 1, 2018)
  40,011 1,667 ... that US Army combat medic Ronald J. Shurer's (pictured) Silver Star commendation for service in Afghanistan is being upgraded to a Medal of Honor today?
Tammie Jo Shults,
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
(Jul. 6, 2018)
  26,176 + 13,505 = 39,681 1,653 ... that Tammie Jo Shults (pictured), captain of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, was one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy?
Saxbe fix
(Nov. 29, 2008)
  39,600 6,600 ... that Hillary Rodham Clinton (pictured) may be ineligible for appointment as United States Secretary of State by Barack Obama unless a Saxbe fix can be worked out?
Slow loris
(Mar. 30, 2011)
  39,200 4,900 ... that the slow lorises that are illegally caught and traded as exotic pets have their front teeth cut out (pictured) due to fear of their toxic bite?
Daulat (Mughal painter)
(Apr. 16, 2020)
  38,839 1,618 ... that a Mughal painter described himself in his self-portrait (pictured) as "the lowly, needy, insignificant, Daulat"?
Jimmy Carter
(Oct. 1, 2021)
  61,238 - (15,344 + 28,811)/2 = 38,660.5 1610.9

... that Jimmy Carter reported that he had seen a UFO?

Kemna concentration camp
(Jan. 20, 2012)
  38,567 4,820 ... that torture at Kemna concentration camp (memorial pictured), one of the first Nazi concentration camps, was so brutal that the Nazis held hearings on it?
KA2N Gorgon IIA
CTV-N-2 Gorgon IIC
(Jan. 8, 2018)
  26,948 + 11,536 = 38,484 1,603 ...that the United States Navy placed orders for the Gorgon IIA (pictured) and Gorgon IIC missiles with the Singer Manufacturing Company, better known for its sewing machines?
Soviet destroyer Sposobny (1970)
(Jan. 14, 2019)
  38,125 1,588 ... that the Soviet destroyer Sposobny (pictured) was designed to survive a nuclear explosion?
Deutsches Reichsbräu
(Jul. 15, 2020)
  37,990 3,165 ... that the German police were called to investigate Deutsches Reichsbräu beer because of the Nazi-style imagery on its logo (pictured)?
Big Long Slidin' Thing,
Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl,
It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion),
Keep On Churnin' (Till the Butter Comes),
Big Ten Inch Record
(Jan. 1, 2020)
  13,757 + 6,108 + 6,308 + 6,080 + 5,306 = 37,559 1,565 ... that a ranking of the greatest double-entendre songs of all time included "Big Long Slidin' Thing" by Dinah Washington (pictured), "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl" by Bessie Smith, "It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)" by the Swallows, "Keep On Churnin' (Till the Butter Comes)" by Wynonie Harris, and "Big Ten Inch Record" by Aerosmith?
This Is Her First Lynching,
Lynching of Henry Lowry,
Lynching of George Hughes,
The Law Is Too Slow,
1935 New York anti-lynching exhibitions,
Death (statue),
Aaron Goodelman
9 June 2021
  8,253 + 4,255 + 6,269 + 5,616 + 6,291 + 5,880 + 913 = 37,477 ... that the 1935 New York anti-lynching exhibitions included Death (modeled after the lynching of George Hughes), Necklace (by Aaron Goodelman), This Is Her First Lynching, and The Law Is Too Slow (pictured), and were intended to support anti-lynching legislation, while earlier similar proposed legislation was supported by the NAACP using the lynching of Henry Lowry?
List of Mountain Bothies Association bothies
(May 23, 2017)
  37,379 1,557 ... that visitors can stay overnight free of charge in any of over ninety bothies (Corrour Bothy pictured), but must bring their own fuel in order to watch "bothy TV"?
Jackie Summers
(Sept. 16, 2020)
  37,332 3,111 ... that Jackie Summers (pictured) quit his corporate job to pursue a "lifelong dream of day-drinking professionally"?
Catherine Lynch
(Mar. 11, 2018)
  37,237 1,551 ... that at the inquest into the death of Catherine Lynch (pictured), the presiding coroner described her as "one of a class who were a nuisance to themselves, their husbands and everybody else"?
Michael Collins (astronaut)
(Jul. 21, 2019)
  112,192 - (115,723 + 34,037)/2 = 37,312 1,554 ... that Michael Collins (pictured), the command module pilot for Apollo 11, was the first person to perform two spacewalks in a single mission?
Franz Halder
(Oct. 20, 2019)
  37,135 1,547 ... that Franz Halder (pictured), a former chief of staff of Nazi Germany's army, was the only German to be decorated by both Adolf Hitler and an American president?
2b2t
(Nov. 12, 2020)
  39,781 - (1,978 + 3,354)/2 = 37,115 1,546 ... that 2b2t, a no-rules Minecraft multiplayer server running since 2010, has seen more than 580,000 distinct Minecraft players join and explore its nine-terabyte map (pictured)?
Pleuni Touw
De Stille Kracht (television series)
(Sep. 18, 2012)
  24,877
+ 11,928
= 36,805
4,600 ... that Pleuni Touw (pictured) had the first nude scene in Dutch television on 1974's The Hidden Force?
hit-to-kill
(Feb. 10, 2020)
  36,550 ... that hit-to-kill weapons (example pictured) require no warhead as their high velocity gives them many times the energy of TNT?
Lisa Nowak
(Oct. 24, 2020)
  36,330 1,514 ... that the 2019 film Lucy in the Sky is loosely based on the life of astronaut Lisa Nowak (pictured)?
Laura Kamhuber
(Apr. 9, 2018)
  36,131 1,505 ... that Laura Kamhuber's (pictured) rendition of "I Will Always Love You" at The Voice Kids Germany is the most-watched YouTube video by an Austrian artist?
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan
(Aug. 15, 2018)
  36,118 1,504 ... that the painting Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan has been attacked and damaged twice (damage pictured)?
State House (Zimbabwe)
Statue of Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe House, Harare
State House (Bulawayo)
Blue Roof
(Mar. 2, 2021)
  5,034 + 20,224 + 2,366 + 2,585 + 5,694 = 35,903 ... that the president of Zimbabwe has access to State House which has a "drunk" "Superman" statue of Robert Mugabe in the grounds, and to the former Rhodesian prime minister's house and Cecil Rhodes's Government House in Bulawayo (pictured), but not to Mugabe's Blue Roof mansion?
James McDivitt
(Sep. 28, 2021)
  35,447 1,477 ... that astronaut James McDivitt (pictured)saw a UFO during his first spaceflight?
Chadwick Boseman
(Apr. 25, 2021)
  35,114 (70,227/2) 2,926 ... that Chadwick Boseman (pictured) was the seventh actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination?
Tett turret
(Oct. 14, 2010)
  35,100 5,850 ... that the only exit from a Tett turret (pictured) could expose a soldier trying to leave the fortification to direct fire from the enemy?
Colossus of Ostermunzel
(Mar. 25, 2016)
  34,971 2,976 ... that the Colossus of Ostermunzel (pictured) is significantly lighter than originally estimated?
Barn the Spoon
(May 24, 2017)
  34,824 1,451 ... that it takes Barn the Spoon (pictured) between twenty minutes and two hours to carve a spoon out of green wood?
Elly Mayday
(March 28, 2019)
  34,666 1,562 .... that when Elly Mayday (pictured) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she not only continued to model, but appeared in pictorials with a bald head from chemotherapy and surgery scars?
Tina Strobos
(Jul. 12, 2018)
  30,903 + 3,213 = 34,116 1,421 ... that Dutch psychiatrist Tina Strobos (pictured), who rescued over 100 Jewish refugees during World War II, said that her grandmother was the only person she knew who scared the Gestapo?
Andaman Sea
Khao Phing Kan
(Sep. 29, 2010)
  6,100 + 27,900 = 34,000 5,667 ... that there is a James Bond Island (pictured) in the Andaman Sea?
Baba Anujka
(Sep. 19, 2019)
  33,721 2,810 ... that Serbian poisoner Baba Anujka (pictured), aged over 90 at the time of her trial, was sentenced to 15 years' hard labor?
General George Washington Resigning His Commission, George Washington's resignation as commander-in-chief
(Feb. 22, 2018)
  10,546 + 22,649 = 33,195 1,383 ... that John Trumbull, the painter of General George Washington Resigning His Commission (pictured), considered Washington's resignation "one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world"?
Hurricane (clipper)
(May 18, 2020)
  33,191 2,765 ... that Hurricane (pictured), built in Hoboken by Isaac C. Smith in 1851, was reputedly the most extreme clipper ever constructed?
Urine deflector
(July 14, 2021)
  33,023 ... that the Bank of England has a device to prevent unwanted deposits (pictured)?
Charles R. Ellet
(October 16, 2020)
  32,990 1,374 ... that 19-year-old Union Army colonel Charles R. Ellet (pictured) ran two separate steam-powered ram ships past the batteries at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the American Civil War?
Rene Strange
(Jul. 20, 2018)
  32,967 1,373 ... that the puppets of Rene Strange (pictured) included Annie Pride of the Rockies, Mr Bertram, and Samoa the Hula Hula Girl?
Wang Danfeng
(May 16, 2018)
  32,488 1,354 ... that "legendary" Chinese actress Wang Danfeng‎ (pictured) was invited to attend the inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan?
Flag of Weihaiwei
(May 10, 2017)
  28,002 + 4,418 = 32,420 1,351 ... that the flag of Weihaiwei (pictured) was redesigned to include Mandarin ducks, as it was felt inappropriate to have a Chinese imperial dragon on a British flag?
Podoconiosis
(Feb. 20, 2013)
  28,976 + 3,352 = 32,328 4,041 ... that an estimated four million people worldwide suffer from podoconiosis?
Goat Canyon Trestle
(Mar. 15, 2018)
  32,298 1,346 ... that the Goat Canyon Trestle (pictured) is the world's largest curved wooden trestle?
Lena Sundström
(Oct. 3, 2016)
  32,283 1,346 ... that Swedish journalist Lena Sundström (pictured) was a foundling?
Antonija Mišura
(Aug. 23, 2012)
  32,282 4,035 ... that according to Bleacher Report, Antonija Mišura (pictured) was the most beautiful female competitor at the 2012 Olympics?
United States Zouave Cadets
(Jan. 11, 2019)
  32,243 1,343 ... that The New York Times stated that, with one exception, the United States Zouave Cadets (pictured) were "all young men of extraordinary muscular power"?
1907 Tiflis bank robbery
(Dec. 20, 2010)
  32,200 5,367 ... that a 1907 stagecoach robbery organized by Vladimir Lenin (pictured) and Joseph Stalin killed an estimated 40 people and netted approximately 250,000 rubles (over $3 million in current USD)?
Spragg Bag
(Dec. 21, 2010)
  32,200 5,367 ... that a large waterbag (pictured) can bring water to California and, according to its inventor, peace to the Middle East?
Candy desk
(Apr. 1, 2011 - April Fools Day)
  32,100 4,012 ... that there is a desk full of candy (pictured) on the floor of the US Senate?
Paper car wheel
(Sep. 6, 2018)
  31,839 1,326 ... that paper wheels (pictured) provided a quiet and smooth ride in Pullman dining and sleeping cars?
Operation Strength
(Mar. 18, 2016)
  31,726 2,644 ... that during Operation Strength, a 15,000 lb (6.8 T) bomb (example of detonation pictured) served as a diversion to a diversion?
Women's Barracks
(Nov. 23, 2020)
  31,693 1,320 ... that Women's Barracks (cover pictured), regarded as a classic of lesbian pulp fiction, was banned in Canada and became the first paperback-original bestseller in the United States?
Daniel Lambert
(Jul. 6, 2010)
  31,400 5,233 ... that English gaol keeper and animal breeder Daniel Lambert (pictured) weighed 52 stone 11 lb (739 lb; 335 kg)?
Brittany CoxXx
(Jan. 21, 2011)
  31,400 5,233 ... that Borat Sagdiyev's son, who appeared in photos in the movie Borat, was actually trans woman and porn star Brittany CoxXx (pictured)?
Walter Koch (Fallschirmjäger)
(Mar. 2, 2011)
  31,200 3,900 ... that German paratrooper Walter Koch (pictured) acted against the Commando Order and saved John Dutton Frost's British paratroopers from execution?
Fannie Lou Hamer
(February 27, 2018)
  31,109 1,296 ... that African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer (pictured) was brutally beaten on the orders of police in Mississippi for standing up against racial segregation?
Stannard Rock Light
(Jun. 16, 2009)
  31,000 5,167 ... that the Stannard Rock Light (pictured), known as the "Loneliest Place in the World", is the furthest lighthouse from land and described as one of the top ten engineering feats in the United States?
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(Apr. 21, 2016)
  35,555-(4318+4805)/2 = 30,994 2,582 ... that Catherine Zeta-Jones' (pictured) wedding ceremony cost an estimated £1.5 million?
Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk
(Sep. 17, 2009)
  30,900 5,150 ... that a joint Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk (pictured) was held on September 22, 1939, to display the power of the newly formed Soviet-Nazi pact to the whole world?
Thirst trap
(Jul. 18, 2020)
  30,853 1,285 ... that a thirst trap (selfie pictured) can lead to harassment and bullying?
Brad Stevens
(Apr. 5, 2010)
  30,800 5,133 ... that Butler men's basketball head coach Brad Stevens (pictured) has won 89 games in his first three years, exceeding the previous NCAA record by 8 games?
Airplane Coaster
(Aug. 4, 2017)
  30,752 1,281 ... that numerous writers have called the Airplane Coaster (pictured) the greatest roller coaster ever built?
Sea of Japan
Kamome Island
(Oct. 18, 2010)
  5,000 + 25,700 = 30,700 5,117 ... that according to a legend, the Heishi rock (pictured) represents the God of the Sea of Japan?
Love dart
(Oct. 9, 2008)
  30,700 4,385 ... that some hermaphrodite snails and slugs pierce each other with love darts (pictured) during mating?
Disappearance of Rebecca Coriam
(Mar. 22, 2012)
  30,657 3,832 ... that the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam from the Disney Wonder (pictured) one year ago today was the first such incident in the history of Disney Cruise Line?
Normandy landings
(Jul. 21, 2014)
  30,477 2,540 ... that a key target for the Normandy landings, Caen (pictured), was not captured by the Allies until 21 July 1944?
Gleno Dam
(Mar. 23, 2011)
  30,400 3,800 ... that, in 1923, the Gleno Dam (pictured) in Italy failed shortly after it was completed and its flooding killed at least 356 people?
Etruscan shrew
(Oct. 25, 2010)
  30,400 5,067 ... that the Etruscan shrew (pictured on a human thumb) is the smallest known mammal by weight?
Ernest R. Kouma
(Aug. 10, 2011)
  30,200 3,775 ... that US Army Master Sergeant Ernest R. Kouma was awarded the Medal of Honor (pictured) in the Korean War for singlehandedly killing approximately 250 North Korean troops?
Hungry Tree
(Oct. 3, 2018)
  30,126 1,255 ... that the Hungry Tree in Dublin is "eating" a park bench (pictured)?
Swimming Reindeer
(Aug. 18, 2010)
  30,000 5,000 ... that the Swimming Reindeer (pictured), a 13,000-year-old Ice Age sculpture, was originally thought to be two separate reindeer sculptures until Henri Breuil realised they fitted together?
David B. Bleak
(Mar. 23, 2012)
  29,847 3,730 ... that combat medic David B. Bleak (pictured) was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Korean War after killing five Chinese soldiers, four using only his hands?
Marching fire
(Dec. 18, 2011)
  29,800 3,725 ... that General George S. Patton (pictured) praised the tactic of marching fire during World War II?
Burnley Embankment
(Dec. 3, 2019)
  29,761 1,240 ... that the Straight Mile (pictured) is not a mile, and includes the Culvert, which is not a culvert?
Jim Delligatti
(Dec. 30, 2016)
  29,661 1,236 ... that Jim Delligatti created the Big Mac (pictured)?
West Loch Disaster
(Apr. 23, 2010)
  29,500 3,688 ... that the hulk of LST-480 (pictured) is the only remaining evidence of the West Loch Disaster, the second tragedy to befall Pearl Harbor during World War II?
Janice Rand
(May 20, 2015)
  29,491 2,458 ... that Star Trek producer Bob Justman said you could hit Janice Rand's (pictured) hair with a sledgehammer and not leave a dent?
Giant huntsman spider
(Dec. 19, 2008)
  29,300 4,883 ... that with a leg-span of 30 centimetres (12 inches), the giant huntsman (pictured) is one of the world's largest spiders?
Shu Xiuwen
(Jan. 3, 2018)
  29,252 1,218 ... that Shu Xiuwen (pictured) became an escort dancing girl after her father tried to sell her to repay debts, but later supported him when she became a movie star?
Bodega cat
(Dec. 9, 2019)
  29,242 1,218 ... that bodega cats (example pictured) are used as a form of pest control in New York City?
Insular crozier
(13 October 2021)
  29,224 4,871 ... that of the many Insular croziers (pictured) made between c. 800–1200 AD, fewer than 20 fully intact examples survive?
Neel Kashkari
(Oct. 13, 2008)
  29,200 4,867 ... that Neel Kashkari (pictured), six years after completing his MBA, was put in charge of the $700 billion U.S. Government bailout of financial institutions?
Valonia ventricosa
(Sep. 7, 2010)
  29,100 4,850 ... that "sailors' eyeballs" (pictured) is one of the largest single-celled organisms?
Filibus
(Dec. 28, 2016)
  28,982 1,208 ... that Filibus (pictured), a fictional sky pirate, has been called one of the first lesbian characters in cinema?
Sundial cannon   14938+11456+2377 = 28,771 2,131 ... that sundial cannons (example pictured) were triggered by the sun to fire at noon?
Wreck of the RMS Titanic
(Mar. 15, 2012)
  28,526 3,565 ... that proposals to raise the wreck of the RMS Titanic (pictured) have included filling it with ping-pong balls, injecting it with 180,000 tons of Vaseline or turning it into an iceberg?
Bradley Cooper
(Sep. 7, 2016)
  28,516 1,188 ... that Bradley Cooper (pictured) is the tenth man to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in three consecutive years?
Fighting Irish (Family Guy)
(May 29, 2015)
  8,704 + 19,779 = 28,483 2,373 ... that Liam Neeson (pictured) agreed to say any line that the writers of the Family Guy episode "Fighting Irish" wrote – except one?
Waw an Namus
(Oct. 29, 2018)
  28,313 1,178 ... that the volcanic Oasis of Mosquitoes in the Sahara has multicoloured lakes (example pictured) and can be seen from space?
Hussein of Jordan
(Apr. 16, 2018)
  28,275 1,178 ... that Hussein (pictured) started his 46-year reign as King of Jordan in 1952 when he was a 17-year-old schoolboy?
Raindrop cake
(Sep. 5, 2018)
  28,185 1,178 ... that raindrop cake (pictured) is a dessert made of water and agar, and has practically no calories?
Sofia Richie
(Jul. 13, 2017)
  28,100 2,342 ... that model Sofia Richie (pictured) played soccer until she broke her hip in a Segway accident?
Rollstone Boulder
(Jan. 4, 2013)
  28,004 2,334 ... that in order to save the Rollstone Boulder (pictured) from being demolished, it was blown up?
Nevertheless, she persisted
(May 2, 2017)
  27,948 1,165 ... that after Mitch McConnell said, "Nevertheless, she persisted" in reference to Elizabeth Warren's silencing during a U.S. Senate debate, more than 100 women in Minneapolis got tattoos (example pictured) of that meme?
Clive Mantle
(Apr. 1, 2013)
  24,963 + 2,905 = 27,868 3,484 ... that English actor Clive Mantle (portrait pictured) beat up Clint Eastwood?
Lazarus syndrome
(Nov. 5, 2008)
  27,800 6,780 ... that the Lazarus syndrome is named after Lazarus of Bethany (pictured), who the Bible says was raised from the dead by Jesus?
Elizabeth L. Gardner
(Jul. 12, 2019)
  27,656 1152 ... that Elizabeth L. Gardner served as a WASP during World War II and was the subject of a well-known photo (pictured)?
Jane Withers
(Nov. 29, 2020)
  27,540 1,148 ... that Jane Withers (pictured) rose to child stardom in the 1930s playing mischievous little girls, "tomboy rascals", and "America's favorite problem child"?
Omid Tahvili
(May 6, 2008)
  27,500 3,438 ... that in April 2008, Forbes listed Omid Tahvili (pictured) as one of the world's ten most wanted fugitives?
TiME (spacecraft)
(Nov. 10, 2009)
  27,400 4,567 ... that TiME (artist's rendering pictured) is a boat that is not designed to sail on any water on this planet?
Aircraft camouflage
(Nov. 4, 2009)
  27,400 4,567 ... that experiments with modern aircraft camouflage (pictured) have used panels that emit light?
William Goldman (photographer)
(Jan. 14, 2020)
  27,255 2,271 ... that William Goldman secretly assembled a collection of photographs (example shown) of prostitutes in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the 1890s?
Imperial German plans for the invasion of the United States
(Dec. 31, 2012)
  27,118 2,260 ... that Kaiser Wilhelm II (pictured) ordered plans drawn up for Germany to invade two US cities: Boston and New York?
Bedding ceremony
(Jul. 25, 2017)
  27,095 2,258 ... that the bedding ceremony (pictured) symbolised the involvement of family, friends, and neighbours in the newlyweds' sexual intimacy, but also had legal importance in parts of Western Europe?
Inexhaustible bottle
(Feb. 18, 2014)
  27,049 3,381 … that the trick to the inexhaustible bottle (illustrated) was so widely known that it became part of a common hydrostatics demonstration for physics students?
Chrysler Turbine Car
(Feb. 8, 2018)
  27,991 – (248 + 1,728) / 2
= 27,003
1,125 ... that the Chrysler Turbine Car (pictured) could burn a variety of unusual fuels, ranging from furnace, peanut, and soybean oils to tequila?
Gömböc
(Oct. 9, 2009)
  27,000 4,500 ... that the discovery of geometrical body Gömböc (pictured) in 2006 helped understanding the body shape of turtles?
Wait for me, Daddy
(Oct. 1, 2010)
  26,900 4,483 ... that 70 years ago on October 1, 1940, little "Whitey" Bernard was photographed running after his father (pictured) who was marching to war?
Fabiana Rosales
(Apr. 22, 2019)
  26,823 1,117 ... that Venezuelan journalist Fabiana Rosales (pictured) has assumed the role of international ambassador, soliciting support for her husband's opposition party, towards resolving the crisis in Venezuela?
Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi
(Nov. 6, 2011)
  26,708 2,258 ... that the Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi (wreck pictured) capsized on 29 July 1945 as a result of cumulative damage inflicted by American airstrikes on 24 and 28 July?
Termitaradus mitnicki
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
  26,600 4,433 ... that researchers have identified the pictured life form which no longer lives on this planet?
Akutan Zero
(Dec. 7, 2008)
  26,600 2,216 ... that the U.S. devised tactics to defeat Japan's Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane from the 1942 capture of an intact example dubbed the Akutan Zero (pictured)?
Chicken fried bacon
(Feb. 17, 2009)
  26,500 3,533 ... that the recipe for chicken fried bacon (pictured) was developed in the small town of Snook, Texas, at Sodolak's Original Country Inn?
Warsaw Ghetto boy
(Nov. 1, 2018)
  26,455 1,102 ... that this photograph (pictured) was taken to glorify the SS men who suppressed the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but helped convict them of murder?
Chang and Eng Bunker
(Aug. 6, 2018)
  27,567 - (1,074 + 1,169)/2 = 26,446 1,101 ... that the conjoined liver of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker (pictured) is on display at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia?
Air well (condenser)
(May 1, 2009)
  26,301 4,962 ... that an air well (pictured) collects water by promoting the condensation of moisture from air?
Door to Hell
(Nov. 1, 2012)
  26,298 3,287 ... that the Door to Hell (pictured) has been blazing since 1971?
Earth's shadow
(Oct. 26, 2010)
  26,200 4,367 ... that the Earth's shadow (pictured) can be observed during twilight hours?
Elephant of the Bastille
(Aug. 29, 2011)
  26,256 3,282 ... that a giant elephant (engraving pictured) in Paris was protected by a man living in one of its legs?
Girl with Peaches
(Feb. 1, 2017)
  24,550 + 1,661 = 26,211 2,184 ... that the girl with peaches (pictured) married the future chief prosecutor of the Most Holy Synod?
Gallagh Man
(June 14, 2021)
  26,032 2,169 ... that the Irish bog body Gallagh Man (pictured) preserves the remains of an Iron Age man who was around 25 years old, dark haired, and was either strangled during a ritual killing or executed as a criminal??
Female urinal
(Mar. 18, 2018)
  25,899 1,126 ... that female urinals available today (example pictured) are typically used in a "skiing" position?
Economy coffin
(Aug. 3, 2021)
  25,871 ... that Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, caused outrage in 1784 when he ordered that people be buried naked in reusable coffins (example pictured) from which the body fell into the grave via a trapdoor?
Zofia Posmysz
(Mar. 17, 2018)
  25,808 1,075 ... that Zofia Posmysz (pictured), Auschwitz inmate No. 7566, wrote an audio play on her memories, which became the basis for her 1962 novel Passenger, a 1963 film, and a 1968 opera?
Patricia Kenworthy Nuckols, Chickie Geraci Poisson, Betty Shellenberger, Alice Putnam Willetts, Joan Moser, Anne McConaghie Volp, F. Elizabeth Richey, Adele Boyd, Ruth Heller Aucott, Phyllis Stadler Lyon
(Feb. 6, 2021)
  3,826 + 2,504 + 3,421 + 979 + 924 + 707 + 806 + 743 + 847 + 11,140 = 25,807 2,158 ... that the first women inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame included a WASP pilot, a World War II Marine, a "Chickie", a Hall of Fame lacrosse player, a world-champion softball player, an All-College basketball player, the founder of the first collegiate squash program in the United States, a professor and a valedictorian of Ursinus College, and a resident of Atlantis (pictured)
Goat tower
(May 4, 2020)
  25,703 2,142 ... that many goat towers (example pictured) have become tourist attractions?
PL-01
(Jan. 3, 2014)
  25,748 3,223 ... that the PL-01 (pictured) is a tank designed in Poland?
Cat Daddy
(May 29, 2012)
  25,686 3,211 ... that a bikini-clad rendition of the "Cat Daddy" dance by the reigning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton (pictured) was temporarily banned from YouTube?
Scowle
(Oct. 6, 2008)
  25,620 3,203 ... that the ancient opencast iron ore workings known as scowles (pictured) in the Forest of Dean, England, are believed to have been an inspiration for settings in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings?
Gerp's mouse lemur
(Jan. 18, 2012)
  25,495 3,186 ... that Gerp's mouse lemur is a newly discovered mouse lemur species from Madagascar, and is only known from an area smaller than the size of Puerto Rico?
Hotpants
(May 9, 2017)
  25,491 1,062 ... that hotpants (example pictured) were originally short shorts made from materials such as velvet, silk, and fur?
Oscar C. Pfaus
(Feb. 26, 2020)
  25,451 1,060 ... that Abwehr agent and Nazi propagandist Oscar Pfaus (pictured) once served in the U.S. Army?
Roger B. Chaffee
(Jul. 17, 2019)
  28,471 - (2,896 + 3,156)/2 = 25,445 1,060 ... that when Roger B. Chaffee (pictured) was selected for Apollo 1, he was the youngest American astronaut to earn a NASA mission assignment?
Westinghouse Time Capsules
(Jan. 8, 2008)
  25,252 3,166 ... that the Westinghouse Time Capsules (pictured) of the 1939 New York World's Fair and the 1964 New York World's Fair were made of special metal alloys to resist corrosion for 5000 years, the time span of all previous recorded human history?
Unexpected John Cena
(Apr. 1, 2016 - April Fools Day)
  25,226 3,153 ... that somebody stole the show in Ghostbusters, Breaking Bad, and SpongeBob SquarePants, and his name is—JOHN CENAAA!!! (pictured)
Taylor Swift
(Aug 23, 2016)
  25,145 2,095 ... that Taylor Swift (pictured) is the first act to have three albums with opening week sales of one million copies in the US?
Yogo sapphire
(Nov. 23, 2011)
  25,141 2,095 ...that Yogo sapphires (pictured) are rarer than diamonds and are found only in Yogo Gulch, Montana?
Camilla Nylund
(Mar. 15, 2018)
  25,129 1,047 ... that Camilla Nylund (pictured) appeared as the Countess in Capriccio by Richard Strauss at the Frankfurt Opera, staged by Brigitte Fassbaender, who set the opera in Occupied France?
Carmenelectra
(Feb. 3, 2013)
Picture deleted 25,090 3,136 ... that Carmenelectra was named after the model (pictured) because both have "splendid" bodies?
Lord's honours boards
(Jan. 16, 2013)
  25,034 3,129 ... that Australia's Warren Bardsley and Charles Kellaway were only listed on the Lord's Honours Boards (pictured) 98 years after they had fulfilled the requirements, due to the lack of a neutral board?

Non-lead hooks with at least 15,000 viewsEdit

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

  • Note: "Views / hour" = "DYK views" divided by the number of hours on the Main Page (6, 8, 12 or 24)
Article (DYK date) DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Death of Nicole van den Hurk
(Aug. 9, 2017)
577,636 + 55,793 = 633,429 26,393 ... that following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing?
Disappearance of Gary Mathias
(Feb. 25, 2018)
268,739 + 45,177 = 313,916 13,079 ... that 40 years ago, Gary Mathias disappeared after leaving a working automobile, to walk into California's Plumas National Forest without winter clothing or food, along with four men later found dead?
Bill Brown (rancher)
(Jun. 19, 2018)
121,886 + 62,806 = 184,692 7,695 ... that Oregon rancher Bill Brown, known as the "Horse King of the West", often wrote checks on newspaper margins and soup can labels—which bankers would cash without question?
Tom Moore (fundraiser)
(Apr. 30, 2020)
215,033 - (21,618 + 49,936)/2 = 179,256 14,938 ... that Captain Tom, who turns 100 today, has raised more than £31 million for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden?
Blood Moon Prophecy + April 2014 lunar eclipse
(Apr. 15, 2014)
32,393 + 115,399 = 147,792 24,632 ... that, according to the Blood Moon Prophecy, tonight's eclipse could be a sign that the end time is near?
Comparative illusion
(Dec. 17, 2018)
127,304 10,609 ... that Escher sentences like "More people have been to Russia than I have" may initially be perceived as meaningful despite being ungrammatical nonsense?
Tiffany Trump
(Jul. 22, 2016)
229,227 – (168,559 + 55,795)/2 = 117,050 9,754 ...... that Tiffany Trump has been called part of the "Snap Pack" for her voluminous postings to Instagram?
United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls
(Apr. 1, 2014)
112,300 ... that the United States once sued 50,000 cardboard boxes and clacker balls?
USS Herald (1798)
(Jun. 8, 2020)
101,709 8,475 ... that the American merchant ship Herald served in the U.S. Navy against France before becoming a French privateer, was sold to Britain as a slaver, and ended her days as a West Indiaman?
Euthanasia Coaster
(May 3, 2011)
86,300 14,383 ... that the concept for the Euthanasia Coaster, a roller coaster designed to kill its riders, caused concern among anti-euthanasia groups when it went on display?
Philip Hindes
(Aug. 2, 2012)
59,004 + 20,518 = 79,522 7,376 ... that track cyclist Philip Hindes was born in Germany and did not take up cycling until 2008, but has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
The Negro Motorist Green Book
(Aug. 10, 2013)
36,617 + 29,882 = 66,439 3,051 ... that The Negro Motorist Green Book provided advice on how African-American drivers could avoid dangers and discrimination on the road in Jim Crow-era America?
Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly
(May 13, 2012)
59,267 7,409 ...that the Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly is a thorium-rich hotspot on the back of the moon?
Mining in North Korea
(May 16, 2013)
2,969 + 49,136 - 379 = 51,726 6,347 ... that while North Korea is abundant in natural resources worth trillions of dollars, most of these often cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country?
David González (skateboarder)
(Jan. 5, 2013)
51,032 4,253 ... that skateboarder David González was named Thrasher magazine's 2012 "Skater of the Year"?
Bodybuilding in China
(Apr. 12, 2016)
27,554 + 23,332 = 50,886 ... that bodybuilding in China was once banned?
New Jersey Forest Fire Service
(Sep. 4, 2015)
46,406 3,867 ... that a New Jersey Forest Fire Service firewarden can summon any person aged 18 to 50 to assist in putting out wildfires—and it's against the law to refuse?
Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
(Jan. 28, 2016)
65,267 - (2,726 + 38,712)/2 = 44,548 3,712 ... that armed groups have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2, 2016?
Moritz Wagner (basketball)
(Jun. 22, 2018)
43,692 1,820 ... that Moritz Wagner was the first player to post 20 points and 15 rebounds in a NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament semifinal in over 30 years?
R v Registrar General ex parte Segerdal
(Jan. 15, 2013)
20,800 + 21,832 = 42,632 5,329 ... that in 1970, the English Court of Appeal found that Scientology does not engage in religious worship?
2021 FA Cup Final
(May 15, 2021)
38,631 ... that the 2021 FA Cup Final between Leicester City and Chelsea today will be the first football match in England with more than 8,000 supporters since March 2020?
Batman Province
(Apr. 1, 2011)
38,300 4,787 ... that Batman is half female?
Todd Palin
(Sep. 4, 2008)
37,900 6,316 ... that Alaska's First Gentleman Todd Palin won the world's longest snowmobile race four times?
Super Hornio Brothers
(Apr. 2, 2012)
37,093 4,636 ... that Nintendo owns the rights to a pornographic film?
Disappearance of Joan Risch
(Oct. 24, 2016)
37,080 1,545 ... that after Joan Risch's apparent abduction from her home 55 years ago today, it was discovered she had borrowed books on missing-person cases from the local library?
Baron Kilkeel
(May 21, 2018)
35,693 ... that the title Baron Kilkeel was given to Prince Harry as a gift from Queen Elizabeth II on his wedding day?
Sairat
(Apr. 29, 2016)
33,393 4,174 ... that Sairat, which is set to be released today, is the first Indian film to include a symphonic score recorded in Hollywood?
No Bra Day
(Oct. 13, 2018)
33,200 1,383 ... that today is No Bra Day, on which women are encouraged to go braless to promote breast cancer awareness and gender equality?
Hello (Adele song)
(Oct. 27, 2015)
32,613 2,717 ... that the music video for Adele's song "Hello" was the first to be filmed using IMAX cameras?
Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (pilot)
(Mar. 21, 2019)
31,511 2,626 ... that a gay former British prince died fighting on the side of Nazi Germany despite loathing Hitler and the Nazi Party?
Sex for Breakfast
(Apr. 1, 2013)
27,802 + 3,448 = 31,250 3,906 ... that Christina Aguilera had sex for breakfast with slow jam and honey drip?
Suara (newspaper)
(May 10, 2020)
30,973 2,581 ... that a Suara journalist was partially blinded while covering the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests?
Shooting Star (Glee)
(Apr. 14, 2013)
46,208 - (20,646 + 10,162)/2 = 30,804 3,851 ... that "Shooting Star", the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Glee, has been characterized as "unsettling" and "harrowing" by pre-broadcast reviewers?
2020 FA Cup Final
(Aug. 1, 2020)
44,900 – (11,515 + 17,012)/2 = 30,637 ... that Arsenal extended their FA Cup winners record in the 2020 FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley today?
Until Dawn
(Sep. 11, 2015)
29,958 2,497 ... that Until Dawn, a survival horror video game, has a game mechanic called "butterfly effect"?
Tayseer Sboul
(Mar. 2, 2020)
28,188 1,174 ... that Tayseer Sboul, one of Jordan's most celebrated writers, wrote some erotic poems?
Labia minor
(Apr. 1, 2011)
27,700 3,462 ... that a typical Labia minor is chocolate brown, up to 7 mm long, and is equipped with pincers?
2019 Rugby World Cup Final
(Nov. 2, 2019)
26,690 ... that today's 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa is a repeat of the 2007 final?
Disappearance of Michele Anne Harris
(Sept. 11, 2021)
26,539 1,106 ... that after Michele Anne Harris disappeared 20 years ago today, her husband was tried four times for her murder before being acquitted?
Malus baccata
(Apr. 1, 2011)
26,100 3,262 ... that 14-metre (46 ft) tall Siberian crabs are being used in experimental breeding programs?
The Great Train Robbery (TV series)
(Dec. 18, 2011)
12,346 + 13,581 = 25,927 2,160 ... that the BBC filmed The Great Train Robbery in Yorkshire, as it was the "most cost-effective and realistic alternative" to filming in 1960s England?
2019 FA Cup Final
(May 18, 2019)
25,906 ... that Watford's appearance in today's FA Cup Final is their first since 1984?
Emil Gross
(Jul 23-24, 2014)
25,861 2,155 ... that Emil Gross set a Major League Baseball record by appearing in 87 games as catcher?
John's Phone
(Sep. 27, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that John's Phone has been dubbed "the world's simplest phone"?
Harry Powers
(Oct. 31, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that Harry Powers said that watching his victims die was more fun than a brothel?
Natalia Poklonskaya
(Jun. 6, 2014)
25,586 - (1,220+945)/2 = 24,501 2,042 ... that the Prosecutor General of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, is barred from entering European Union countries?
Holden's Lightning flight
(Apr. 23, 2019)
24,741 1,030 ... that an engineer inadvertently took off in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet after engaging the afterburner by mistake?
La Pelegrina pearl
(Aug. 27, 2020)
24,500 3,062 ... that a wanderer survived both the French Revolution of 1789–99 and the Russian Revolution 127 years later?
Loring Air Force Base
Alert crew
Mole hole
Christmas tree (aviation)
Loring Air Force Base Alert Area
Elephant walk (aviation)
Minimum Interval Takeoff
(Nov. 11, 2012)
4,153 + 1,571 + 5,169 + 3,942 + 750 + 5,779 + 3,133 = 24,497 2,661 ... that Loring AFB alert crews would scramble from a mole hole, run to awaiting jets on a christmas tree (both within the alert area), and perform an elephant walk and a MITO, all within fifteen minutes?
Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit poster
(Apr. 1, 2011)
24,495 ... that Farrah Fawcett's iconic 1976 red swimsuit poster, regarded as the best-selling poster, is exhibited in the Smithsonian together with the swimsuit?
Eleanor Butler
(Jul. 1, 2015)
16,355 + 8,050 = 24,405 2,033 ... that in 1681, a white woman married an African slave in colonial Maryland, even though she knew that doing so would condemn her to a life of slavery?
Disappearance of Tiffany Whitton
(Sep. 13, 2018)
24,167 1,009 ... that five years ago today, Tiffany Whitton left her handbag and flip-flops behind when she ran out of a Walmart at 2 a.m., and has not been seen since?
Nazis and Nazi Collaborators (Punishment) Law
(Nov. 23, 2020)
24,000 1,000 ... that the Israeli Nazis and Nazi Collaborators (Punishment) Law was intended to punish Holocaust survivors rather than Holocaust perpetrators?
Elvis' Greatest Shit
(Apr. 1, 2013)
23,993 2,999 ... that Elvis' greatest shit was dropped in 1982?
2017 FA Cup Final
(27 May 2017)
35,415 - (9825 + 13,350)/2 = 23,828] 993 ... that Arsenal are looking to win a record 13th FA Cup at the FA Cup Final against Chelsea today?
Red or Black?
(Jul. 11, 2011)
23,300 2,912 ... that Simon Cowell conceived the idea for Red or Black?, the most expensive game show ever made?
Battle of Palmdale
(Mar. 25, 2015)
23,246 1,937 ... that missiles from USAF fighter planes started dozens of fires in the Battle of Palmdale?
Cardboard bicycle
(Feb. 4, 2013)
23,245 2,906 ... that a cardboard bicycle has been made that weighs just 20 pounds (9.1 kg) and can support up to 220 kilograms (490 lb)?
Vincent Mroz
(Dec. 3, 2012)
20,846 + 2,264 = 23,110 2,889 ... that United States Secret Service agent Vincent Mroz shot an attempted presidential assassin in the "biggest gunfight in Secret Service history"?
Battle of the Saw
(Nov 19, 2020)
23,083 962 ... that a Carthaginian army trapped 40,000 rebels and starved them into cannibalism before attacking and killing every man at the Battle of the Saw?
Devil's Cigarette Lighter
(May 2, 2013)
20,923 + 2,126 = 23,049 2,881 ... that John Glenn saw the Devil's Cigarette Lighter from orbit?
Operation London Bridge
(Mar. 29, 2017)
22,837 952 ... that use of the code phrase "London Bridge is down" will signal the death of Queen Elizabeth II?
Lyle Stevik
(Mar. 5, 2015)
17,285 + 5,210 = 22,495 1,874 ... that Lyle Stevik's true identity has never been discovered?
Disappearance of Brian Shaffer
(Mar. 31, 2016)
22,412 1,868 ... that ten years ago today, Brian Shaffer walked into a bar in Columbus, Ohio, and hasn't been seen since?
Angel Island mouse
(Oct. 18, 2011)
22,400 1,866 ... that the entire population of Angel Island mice on the island of Estanque in the Gulf of California may have been killed by a single domestic cat in a period of just two years?
Fowler's Ghost
(Oct. 31, 2011)
22,400 1,866 ... that Fowler's Ghost was first seen on the London Metropolitan Railway in 1861, nearly exploded and was never seen again after 1895?
People sniffer
(Oct. 30, 2008)
22,000 ... that during the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong hung buckets of mud with urine in trees to thwart American people sniffers?
2020 London Marathon
(Oct. 4 2020)
21,991 917 ... that today's London Marathon is not being run on its usual course, but instead as 19.6 laps around St James's Park, to prevent spectators from attending?
Andrew Báthory
(Apr. 5, 2017)
21,949 915 ... that the severed head of Andrew Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, was sewn back on?
Razing of Friesoythe
(Apr. 4, 2018)
21,843 910 ... that on 14 April 1945, the German town of Friesoythe was deliberately burnt down by the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division and the ruins bulldozed on the orders of its commander?
Segregated prom
(Apr. 3, 2010)
21,800 ... that despite criticism, some high schools in the United States still hold separate segregated proms for black and white students?
Bunkers in Albania
(Jan. 29, 2012)
21,784 2,723 ... that over 700,000 bunkers were built in Communist-era Albania, most of which now have little use other than as a place to lose one's virginity?
Brilliant Pebbles
(Jan. 5, 2018)
21,772 907 ... that after dismissing the basic concept as "outlandish", Edward Teller later supported Brilliant Pebbles as a way to shoot down Soviet ICBMs?
Fugging
(Apr. 1, 2014)
21,722 ... that Fucking was renamed Fugging for an unknown reason?
Peter Fleischmann, The Hamburg Syndrome
(Sep. 14, 2021)
2,384 +
19,252 =
21,636
... that Peter Fleischmann directed the cult film The Hamburg Syndrome, which foresaw a scenario similar to the COVID-19 pandemic as early as 1979?
Russian Bank
(Oct. 13, 2020)
21,573 ... that Russian Bank, also known as Crapette or Tunj, has been called "probably the best game for two players ever invented"?
Muria people
premarital sex
(Aug. 27, 2011)
18,700+
2,800=
21,500
... that although the Muria generally encourage premarital sex, some communities punish young people who take the same sexual partner for more than three nights?
Armenian Genocide denial
(April 24, 2021)
21,452 1788 ... that Turkish schoolchildren are taught that the Armenian Genocide never happened and instead, Armenians committed genocide against Turks?
Dewi Sandra
Quickie Express
(Oct. 27, 2011)
12,200 + 9,200 = 21,400 1,783 ... that Sandra Dewi gave an "arousing" performance in Quickie Express, but has refused to do "vulgar" photo shoots?
Naked (Glee)
(Feb. 1, 2013)
24,040 + 12,821 - 8,234 -7,319 = 21,308 1,775 ... that in the Glee episode "Naked", when Lea Michele's character Rachel was "Torn" over having to do a topless scene, Michele had to film the song twice so she could duet with herself?
Disappearance of Leah Roberts
(March 18, 2015)
19,692 + 1,587 = 21,279 1,773 ... that though police investigating the disappearance of Leah Roberts found her wrecked Jeep 15 years ago today, they only looked under the hood in 2006 and saw the starter relay wire had been cut?
Big Tips Texas, Redneck Heaven
(Sep. 19, 2018)
9,614 + 11,561 = 21,175 882 ... that Big Tips Texas features scantily-clad waitresses from Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant whose body-paint events led to nudity law changes in at least three Texas municipalities?
List of Billboard Social 50 number-one acts
(Jan. 21, 2013)
21,166 2,731 ... that Canadian singer Justin Bieber holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number-one on the Billboard Social 50 with 24?
Escape of Viktor Pestek and Siegfried Lederer from Auschwitz
(Sep. 13, 2018)
21,134 880 ... that a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp escaped disguised as an SS guard along with an SS-Rottenführer?
German submarine U-710
(Jan. 2, 2021)
21,073 878 ... that U-710 was sunk only ten days after beginning her first patrol?
John C. Colt
(Oct. 31, 2011)
21,000 1,750 ... that the unusual way that John C. Colt disposed of his murder victim's corpse may have influenced Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Oblong Box"?
Falcon Nest
(May 1, 2017)
20,954 873 ... that Falcon Nest is the tallest single-family home in North America?
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (Playhouse 90)
(Sep. 30, 2020)
20,907 871 ... that Leon Uris called Rod Serling's In the Presence of Mine Enemies "the most disgusting presentation in the history of American television" and demanded that the negative be burned?
Rio de Flag
(Apr. 1, 2021) – April Fool's Day
20,815 1,735 ... that there has been a bottomless pit in East Flagstaff, Arizona, for more than 100 years?
List of fastest production motorcycles
(Jun. 29, 2011)
20,800 3,466 ... that the competition to build the fastest production motorcycle raged for over a century, and then ended in a truce?
Cathy Wayne
(Feb. 26, 2009)
20,700 ... that pop entertainer Cathy Wayne was the first Australian woman killed in the Vietnam War, when a US Marine shot her on stage while she was performing?
2017 EFL Cup Final
(Feb. 26 2017)
20,694 1,725 ... that Southampton reached the 2017 EFL Cup Final against Manchester United today without conceding a goal?
Salty and Roselle
(Apr. 19, 2012)
20,611 ... that two guide dogs, Salty and Roselle, were awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry after leading their blind owners out of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks?
Thunderbolt (Savin Rock)
(Jun. 27, 2017)
20,604 859 ... that the Thunderbolt was damaged by lightning and then destroyed by a hurricane?
Gabi (dog)
(Apr. 18, 2012)
20,545 1,700 ... that a dog named Gabi fought a jaguar, preventing the big cat's escape from the Belgrade Zoo onto the streets of Belgrade?
Airborne Cigar 20,538 ... that Airborne Cigar confused German night fighters by broadcasting sound over the voices of their ground controllers?
Citizens! During shelling this side of the street is the most dangerous
(May 9, 2019)
20,508 854 ... that during the siege of Leningrad, citizens were warned that "this side of the street is the most dangerous"?
Android lawn statues
(Nov. 10, 2011)
20,400 1,700 ... that Google keeps giant dessert items on its lawn?
City of London swords
(Feb. 5, 2018)
20,246 (=18,902+1,344) 844 ... that Queen Elizabeth II planned to hit Idi Amin with the Pearl Sword if he came to her Silver Jubilee, according to Lord Mountbatten?
Men's parking space
(Jul. 11, 2011)
20,077 2,509 ... that the two men's parking spaces in Triberg, Germany, have drawn accusations of sexism?
The River (1997 film)
(Dec. 16, 2010)
20,000 ... that The River was called a "porn movie" by the lead actor's father?
The Lincoln Project
(Jun. 1, 2020)
22,955 - (1,000 + 4,933)/2 = 19,988 1,665 ... that four prominent Republicans have endorsed a Democrat for president in 2020?
Language Integrator 19,919 830 ... that the Language Integrator is a peep show intended only for inhabitants of the 82nd century to use?
Fit in or fuck off
(Nov. 17, 2017)
19,895 ... that the phrase "fit in or fuck off" – an organizational paradigm – has conceptually been appropriated to other contexts?
Ding Dang
(Sep. 8, 2021)
19,885 ... that the Beach Boys' song "Rollin' Up to Heaven" had a chorus that consisted of the lines "alley-oop", "fuck her", and "big tits"?
United States free speech exceptions
(Jan. 11, 2012)
19,800 2,475 ... that there are eight exceptions to the freedom of speech in the United States?
Dark Hedges
(May 11, 2017)
19,766 824 ... that the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, a popular tourist destination since it was used as the King's Road in Game of Thrones, might not last twenty years?
George Spencer (New Haven)
(Nov. 13, 2011)
19,700 1,641 ... that a stillborn, deformed piglet's resemblance to George Spencer led to him becoming the first white man executed in Connecticut?
Han solo (trilobite)
(Apr 1, 2009 – April Fool's Day)
19,700 ... that a team of archaeologists discovered a fossilized Han Solo in the rocks of China?
Henri Salmide
March 19, 2010
19,654 3,276 ... that Heinz Stahlschmidt was credited with saving 3,500 French lives when he refused to blow up the port of Bordeaux and instead blew up the munitions bunker, killing approximately 50 Germans?
Cow by Bear
(June 30 2021)
19,616 ... that in San Diego, you can get a steak dinner made by a bear?
Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley
(May 11, 2011)
19,600 ... that "That Dress", worn by Elizabeth Hurley at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, has been voted the greatest red carpet dress of all time and is perhaps Gianni Versace's best-known creation?
Prada Marfa
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
19,600 ... that the Prada Store in Marfa, Texas, is never open?
Guy Fort
(Apr. 17, 2017)
19,533 814 ... that Brigadier General Guy Fort is the only American-born general officer to be executed by enemy forces?
Green Versace "jungle" dress of Jennifer Lopez
(May 25, 2011)
19,500 ... that David Duchovny said, "I'm sure that nobody is looking at me", when standing beside Jennifer Lopez who was wearing her "jungle" Versace dress?
SS Clifton
(Oct. 31, 2017)
19,499 812 ... that the whaleback SS Clifton disappeared for over 90 years?
Murder of Joey Fischer
(Mar. 3, 2017)
19,477 2,434 ... that Joey Fischer was murdered after he refused to take US$500 to date his ex-girlfriend?
Unwritten rules of baseball
(May 16, 2019)
19,457 1,621 ... that Michael Jordan broke one of the unwritten rules of baseball?
Forest ring
(Sep. 1, 2017)
19,451 1,621 ... that forest rings had gone unnoticed by geologists until aerial photography became a common surveying tool in the 1950s?
Blood rain
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
19,400 ... that a rain of blood in Germany foreshadowed the coming of the Black Death?
Murder of Julia Martha Thomas
(Jul. 20, 2011)
19,400 2,425 ... that the severed head of Julia Martha Thomas, murdered, boiled and dismembered by her maid in 1879, was found next door to Sir David Attenborough's house in 2010?
Ratón
(Aug. 19, 2011)
19,300 ... that a terrible Mouse weighing 500 kg (1,100 lb) has killed three people in Spain in the last five years?
Military tiara
(Aug. 3, 2017)
19,086 795 ... that the United States Marine Corps tiara was designed by the New York fashion house Mainbocher?
John le Fucker
(Apr. 1, 2013)
16,673 + 2,291 = 18,964 2,371 ... that John le Fucker's name probably did not mean what you might think it means?
Napoleon's penis
(Jan. 25, 2021)
18,960 1,580 ... that Napoleon's penis, which was cut off after his death, has been described as comparable to a "piece of leather or a shriveled eel"?
Pepsi Cool Cans
(Apr. 1. 2020)
18,945 789 ... that you can have sex with two cans of Pepsi, though one might need to be twisted?
Whose Boat Is This Boat?
(Nov. 4, 2018)
19,682 - (758 + 867)/2 = 18,870 786 ... that Donald Trump "accidentally" contributed to a children's book?
Death of Mustafa Tamimi
(Jul. 11, 2018)
18,832 784 ... that the Israel Defense Forces exonerated the soldier who killed Mustafa Tamimi with a tear-gas canister (incident pictured), saying the soldier had not seen "any people in the line of fire"?
Radioplane OQ-17
(Jan. 3, 2018)
18,832 784 ... that the Radioplane OQ-17 target drone was claimed to be able to match the maneuverability of any fighter aircraft of the mid-1940s?
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
(Jun. 17, 2011)
23,900 - (5,400 + 4,800)/2 = 18,800 3,133 ... that The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification?
Eriksen M/25
(Jan 4, 2017)
18,789 783 ... that although only a single example of the Eriksen M/25 machine gun was built, it saw service in the 1940 Norwegian Campaign?
Rosemary's Baby (miniseries)
(May 12, 2014)
4,212 + 19,080-(2655+6353)/2 = 18,788 1,534 ... that the 2014 adaptation of Rosemary's Baby starring Zoe Saldana is set in Paris rather than New York City like the original novel?
Jack Sumner
(July 27, 2018)
18,731 780 ... that Grand Canyon explorer Jack Sumner intentionally castrated himself?
XYYY syndrome
(April 12, 2021)
18,678 1,557 ... that XYYY syndrome, a chromosome abnormality in which a man has two extra Y chromosomes, has only been recorded twelve times?
Diethyl azodicarboxylate
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
18,600 2,325 ... that even small amounts of dead cat can explode when heated?
2018 FA Cup Final
(May 19, 2018)
26,426 – (6,075 + 9,647)/2 = 18,565 773 ... that Manchester United are looking to match Arsenal's FA Cup winner's record in today's 2018 FA Cup Final against Chelsea?
Rico Harris
(Oct. 10, 2016)
18,556 1,546 ... that after the 6-foot-9-inch (206 cm), 300-pound (140 kg) former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Harris disappeared two years ago today, searchers wondered why they could find no trace of such a large man?
Disease X
(Apr. 7, 2020)
18,531 = 20,127 - (1,482 + 1,710)/2 772 ... that the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the World Health Organization's Disease X category"?
National Masturbation Day
(Mar. 21, 2012)
18,466 2,308 ... that National Masturbation Day, an annual event celebrated in the US in May, was first observed in 1995?
The Cock
(Jun. 24, 2020)
18,461 2,307 ... that you can't take pictures of The Cock?
Lost Nigger Gold Mine
(Mar. 7, 2012)
18,452 2,306 ... that the legendary Lost Nigger Gold Mine, first discovered in 1887, was still being searched for in 1930?
Flanderization
(Mar. 19, 2021)
18,440 1,537 ... that oversimplifying a fictional character over the course of a show's run is called Flanderization, after Ned Flanders of The Simpsons?
Law Ting Holm
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
18,400 2,300 ... that nesting is not used by breeding Mute Swans but they do use this thing?
Hexagonal water
(Nov. 1, 2011)
18,400 1,533 ... that hexagonal water, a configuration of water that supposedly stops aging, is a marketing scam?
Star Trek: The God Thing
(Jan. 29, 2015)
18,346 1,528 ... that Gene Roddenberry blamed religious executives of Paramount Studios for its rejection of Star Trek: The God Thing?
United Airlines Flight 976
(Oct. 20, 2020)
28,405 1,184 ... that an investment banker was arrested after getting drunk and defecating on a food cart in the first-class section of an international flight 25 years ago today?
Disappearing Model
(May 1, 2009)
18,300 ... that Disappearing Model, a body painting in which a model is painted so that she is indistinguishable from her background, is Joanne Gair's most famous work and was displayed on Ripley's Believe It or Not!?
Toilet plume
(Jun. 9, 2017)
18,287 762 ... that there is indirect, but unconfirmed, evidence of certain diseases being spread by toilet plume?
Wrangell Bombardment
(Nov. 16, 2017)
18,232 760 ... that the U.S. Army bombarded the village of Wrangell, Alaska, in 1869 to force the handover of the first man to be given the death penalty under U.S. rule?
Battle of Caen (1346)
(Jan. 22, 2019)
18,190 758 ... that after capturing the French town of Caen in 1346, an English army massacred the population and engaged in an orgy of rape?
Sigma war games
(Dec. 17, 2014)
18,164 ... that as early as 1962 the Sigma war games predicted that American intervention in the Vietnam War would be unsuccessful?
James Ferguson (Scottish politician)
(Jan. 28, 2013)
14,264 + 3,813 = 18,077 2,260 ... that James Ferguson was so ugly that his own mother warned him against being mistaken for a rapist?
Nasone
(Aug. 23, 2017)
18,049 752 ... that Romans like to drink out of large noses?
Ines Rau
(Nov. 2, 2017)
18,001 750 ... that Ines Rau is the first transgender woman to be a Playboy Playmate?
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.
(Mar. 23, 2012)
17,992 2,249 ... that in spite of being shot eight times, Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. ordered his men to tie him to a tree so he could keep fighting, action for which he received the Medal of Honor?
James Muri
(Feb.11, 2013)
17,974 2,237 ... that World War II pilot James Muri's only means of escape, after attacking the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi, was to fly down along the line of her flight deck?
World Naked Gardening Day
(Apr. 5, 2012)
17,935 1,195 ... that World Naked Gardening Day, celebrated in May to promote nude gardening, was first observed in 2005?
2008 Kerry bogslide
(Sep. 9, 2008)
17,900 ... that the 2008 Kerry bogslide was described as "one of the most frightening and overwhelming events ever witnessed"?
Battle of Grunwald (painting)
(Feb. 24, 2012)
17,856 2,232 ... that the masterpiece painting Battle of Grunwald by Jan Matejko was among the most wanted artifacts that Nazi Germany planned to destroy?
ASV Mark III radar
(May 12, 2019)
17,754 740 ... that the ASV Mark III radar was able to hunt down German U-boats with deadly efficiency in part because of a little white lie?
Henryk Siwiak homicide
(Sept. 11, 2016)
17,707 738 ... that the unsolved shooting death of Henryk Siwiak 15 years ago today is officially the only homicide that occurred in New York City on 9/11?
Boeing RC-1
(Sep. 8, 2014)
17,700 ... that the Boeing RC-1, designed to haul ore and oil out of the Arctic, would have been twice the size and weight of the largest aircraft ever built?
Rainbow Canyon (California)
(Apr. 25, 2017)
17,641 735 ... that the US military refers to Death Valley's Rainbow Canyon as Star Wars Canyon?
Pichi
(Jul. 23, 2014)
17,604 1,466 ... that male pichis have a penis that is 60% of their body length, even though the females have no vagina?
Commodore Nutt
(Jan. 30, 2008)
17,600 … that Commodore Nutt grew only 37 inches (94 cm) tall?
A Free Ride
(Feb. 14, 2012)
17,510 2,188 ... that A Free Ride is considered to be the earliest surviving American hardcore pornographic film?
Fredy Hirsch
(Sep. 11, 2018)
17,493 728 ... that Fredy Hirsch saved the lives of children at Auschwitz by impressing SS guards, even though he was Jewish and openly gay?
Trumpington bed burial
Bed burial
(Mar. 28, 2012)
12,792 + 4,690 = 17,482 2,185 ... that a 7th-century grave in Cambridge discovered in 2011 held the remains of an Anglo-Saxon teenage girl who was lying on a bed, with a gold and garnet cross on her breast?
Meat dress of Lady Gaga
(May 20, 2011)
9260 + 10584 - (784 + 3979) / 2 = 17,463 ... that the meat dress of Lady Gaga was to be preserved by being made into a type of jerky?
Charlie Aust
(Sep. 16, 2021)
17,461 ... that the last commanding officer of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Charlie Aust, described himself as "seedy moustache, glasses and intensely ugly" so soldiers knew how to identify him?
1900 English beer poisoning
(March 21 and 23, 2018)
13017+4425=17,452 364 ... that the 1900 English beer poisoning, in which more than 6,000 drinkers were poisoned by arsenic, was misdiagnosed for months as alcoholic neuritis?
Emery ball, Russ Ford, Ray Keating, Ed Sweeney, Cy Falkenberg, Earle Gardner
(May 15, 2021)
12,531 + 1,406 + 1,317 + 814 + 737 + 594 = 17,399 725 ... that Russ Ford developed the emery ball pitch and taught it to Ed Sweeney and Earle Gardner, who taught it to Cy Falkenberg, before it was outlawed by Major League Baseball when Ray Keating was caught using it?
Spendius
(October 26, 2020)
17,336 722 .. that when the army of Spendius was surrounded, his men ate their horses, their prisoners, and then their slaves before forcing him to negotiate?
1111 Lincoln Road
(Jan. 6, 2012)
17,300 2,165 ... that a parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a "stunning" design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties?
Canadian Idiot
(Jul. 1, 2021)
17,272 720 ... that the song "Canadian Idiot" satirizes American xenophobia?
Hooks Island
(Oct. 2, 2020)
17,246 718 ... that unauthorized persons are not allowed to go to Hooks Island?
Buxbaumia
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
17,200 ... that humpbacked elves are rarely seen because their bodies are microscopic?
Lighthouse and naval vessel urban legend
(Sep. 24, 2011)
17,200 1,433 ... that the Military Officers Association of America reports that the "I'm a lighthouse. Your call" urban legend is forwarded to the organization an average of three times a day?
Hypoalgesic effect of swearing
(Aug. 21, 2013)
15,818 + 1,368 = 17,186 ... that you should swear when you hurt yourself?
D. J. Wilson
2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
(June 23, 2017)
15,699 + 1,364=17,063 718.4 ... that D. J. Wilson entered the 2017 NBA draft rather than staying in college and playing for the 2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team?
Stefanie Rabatsch
(May 2012)
15,181 + 1,849 = 17,030 2,129 ... that Adolf Hitler was so hopelessly in love with Stefanie Isak when he was a teenager that he planned to kill both her and himself in the Danube?
Béatrice Saubin
(Nov. 6, 2017)
17,024 709 ... that the Malaysian High Court sentenced 22-year-old Frenchwoman Béatrice Saubin to death by hanging for smuggling 534 grams (1.177 lb) of pure grade heroin?
The Black Swan, Oldstead
(Oct. 26, 2017)
17,021 709 ... that The Black Swan at Oldstead is rated the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor?
The Story of Menstruation
(Apr. 1, 2009 – April Fool's Day)
17,000 ... that in Disney's animated film The Story of Menstruation, the flow is snow white?
Hanging Sword Alley
(Mar. 9, 2018)
16,955 706 ... that Hanging Sword Alley was also known as "Blood Bowl Alley" after its infamous night life?
Satanic nightjar
(Nov. 20, 2019)
16,933 705 ... that the Satanic nightjar can make a growling noise when disturbed?
Jacqueline Voltaire
(May 12, 2008)
16,900 ... that British actress Jacqueline Voltaire won a "most bizarre sex scene" award in 2005 for her performance in the Mexican film Matando Cabos?
Clubfoot George
(Apr. 1, 2011)
16,900 2,112 ... that Clubfoot George was executed by vigilantes because they believed that he was innocent?
Black Destroyer
(Nov 15, 2016)
16,715 ... that the short story "Black Destroyer" was the basis for A. E. van Vogt's lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, as the plot of the movie Alien matched it so closely?
This (fly)
(Dec 12, 2017)
16,704 696 ... that This is found in southern Australia, is attracted to decomposing seaweed, and has an unusual mating position?
Cheese slaw
(Oct. 6, 2016)
16,686 695 ... that cheese slaw is sometimes used as a topping for hot dogs?
Disappearance of Nicole Morin
(Nov. 16, 2020)
16,626 692 ... that despite the biggest missing-person investigation in the history of the Toronto Police Service, no physical evidence regarding the 1985 disappearance of Nicole Morin was ever found?
Revolt of the Admirals
(September 30, 2020)
16,365 682 ... that in 1949 the admirals were revolting?
Marvel Swimsuit Special
(June 19, 2019)
16,256 677 ... that Marvel Comics published a parody of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featuring artwork of superheroes in bathing suits?
Alien Spidy
(Apr. 1, 2015 – April Fool's Day)
15,039 + 1,553 = 16,592 ... that extraterrestrial spiders have only six legs?
Project Camelot
(Mar. 19, 2015)
15,260 + 1,311 = 16,571 ... that the U.S. Army cancelled Project Camelot on the day Congress began investigating it?
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
(Mar. 31, 2009)
16,500 ... that Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only known survivor of the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II?
Ate my balls
(Apr. 1, 2021)
16,416 ... that Mr. Spock ate my balls?
Huey Long
(Oct. 2, 2020)
18,984 - (2,255 + 2,998)/2 = 16,358 681 ... that President Franklin D. Roosevelt regarded Senator Huey Long of Louisiana as "one of the two most dangerous men in America"?
John 3:7 (sign)
(Aug. 18, 2009)
16,300 ...that John 3:7, once flung from a train window, made the news again in 2009 after going missing on a train?
The Big Bend
(Jul. 25, 2017)</small
16,299 1,358 ... that The Big Bend, which would be the world's longest building if built, was designed to circumvent zoning regulations?
Disappearance of Asha Kreimer
(September 2, 2016)
16,293 679 ... that Asha Kreimer disappeared on her way to the restroom of the Rollerville Cafe in Flumeville?
Triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's
(Aug. 18, 2016)
17553 - (1834+749) /2 = 16,262 ... that Jonathan Brownlee collapsed almost immediately after crossing the finish line at the men's triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait
(Sep. 7, 2016)
16,141 673 ... that following the arrest of Rolf Harris, no one knows the location of his painting, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait?
Cray-3
(Jan 3, 2017)
16,119 672 ... that when Seymour Cray designed the Cray-3 supercomputer, he insisted that the processor fit into a 1-cubic-foot (0.028 m3) block?
Polynesian Dog
(Mar. 24, 2017)
16,104 671 ... that the extinct Polynesian Dog never became feral because of the scarcity of food in the forests of Polynesia?
State v. Linkhaw
(Apr. 7, 2021)
16,081 1,341 ... that in State v. Linkhaw, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a man who sang so badly in church that a jury had found him guilty of "disturbing a religious congregation"?
Montecristo
(Mar. 6, 2012)
16,035 2,004 ... that the Italian island of Montecristo, although 10.39 km2 (4.01 sq mi) in area, is almost deserted, having only two stable inhabitants?
Ain't
(Aug. 4, 2014)
12,641 + 3,386 = 16,027 1,334 ... that there ain't no more?
Roy Wiggins
(Jun. 21, 2017)
16,014 667 ... that Roy Wiggins claimed to have ruined 80 million records?
John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol
(Nov. 17, 2016)
15,980 665 ... that the 7th Marquess of Bristol once reportedly opened a fridge door by blasting it with a shotgun?
Ilse Hess
(Apr. 21, 2017)
15,944 664 ... that Ilse Hess, who was one of the first women to study at the University of Munich, remained a committed Nazi after World War II?
Ntrepid
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
15,900 1,987 ... that Ntrepid was paid $2.76 million by the U.S. military to create sock puppets?
Death of Margaret Martin (Oct. 6-7, 2015) 15,865 755 ... that after the death of Margaret Martin in 1938, plainclothes police officers attended her funeral in the hopes of spotting possible suspects?
Maurice (emperor)
(Aug. 14, 2018)
15,838 660 ... that the deposed Byzantine emperor Maurice was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself?
Samson Isberg
Murder of Knut Grøte
(Apr. 4, 2012)
9,620+
6,196=
15,816
1,977 ... that Samson Isberg's last beheadings were attended by about 5,000 spectators?
Hermann Hogeback
(Dec. 20, 2012)
14,668 + 1,145 = 15,813 1,318 ... that Hermann Hogeback's entire bomber crew was decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II, a unique distinction in the Luftwaffe?
Lepiota brunneoincarnata
(Nov. 7, 2017)
15,806 659 ... that people have been poisoned after mistaking the deadly dapperling for the grey knight?
Megapenthes lugens
(Jun. 27, 2010)
15,800 ... that the Queen's executioner lives in Windsor Great Park and feeds on weevils and nectar?
List of United States Presidents by net worth
(Aug. 29, 2012)
10,613 + 5,176 = 15,789 1,973 ... that Harry Truman was the poorest U.S. President since 1929?
Abraham Lincoln's hearse
(Mar. 22, 2017)
15,759 1,313 ... that Abraham Lincoln's "immense" hearse was escorted by 160,000 people as it was drawn through New York City?
MTB 345
(Nov. 15, 2012)
14,168 + 1,576 = 15,744 1,989 ... that the Norwegian-British crew of MTB 345 were tortured and executed as a result of Adolf Hitler's Commando Order?
25 Luglio
(Jul. 25, 2013)
14,851 + 873 = 15,724 1,966 ... that on 25 July 1943, the Gran Consiglio del Fascismo asked the king to reassume power, provoking the fall of Italian Fascism and the arrest of Mussolini?
List of British colours lost in battle
(Sep. 14, 2020)
15,707 ... that the last British colour lost in battle was in 1880?
Boise homosexuality scandal
(Jun. 9, 2009)
15,700 ... that a sex scandal in Boise, Idaho, in 1955 resulted in almost 1,500 people being interviewed and a list of 500 suspected homosexuals?
White Tights
(Dec. 9, 2008)
15,700 1,962 ... that White Tights are mysterious blonde female snipers from the Baltic states who have supposedly fought against the Russian Army in various conflicts?
The Rolling Stones
(Oct. 9, 2017)
15,637 652 ... that The Rolling Stones are a British rock band? Okay, you probably did...
Searchlight Control radar
(Feb. 19, 2018)
15,626 686 ... that British Army researchers developed SLC radar in their spare time after they grew tired of watching how "searchlight beams swung wildly about the sky but rarely found and held a target"?
Tyrannasorus rex
(Feb. 1, 2013)
15,612 1,952 ... that Tyrannasorus rex had wings and six legs?
Death of Alloura Wells, Murder of Tess Richey, 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides
(Jun. 19, 2018)
4,140 + 3,824 + 7,646 = 15,610 650 ... that the deaths of Alloura Wells and Tess Richey, reported one day apart, renewed fears of a serial killer in Toronto's gay village?
Jerry Hardin
(Jan. 11, 2012)
15,600 1,950 ... that Deep Throat's daughter is Monk's wife?
Dismaland
(Aug. 27, 2015)
15,598 ... that Banksy described his Dismaland as a "family theme park unsuitable for children"?
The Delectable Negro
(Aug. 22, 2020)
15,581 ... that The Delectable Negro describes how Nat Turner's body was turned into "medicinal" grease?
Cake and Cunnilingus Day
(Apr. 1, 2021)
15,555 1,296 ... that 14 April is Cake and Cunnilingus Day?
Batman and Harley Quinn
(June 26, 2017)
15,542 648 ... that in Batman and Harley Quinn, Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman?
Salar del Hombre Muerto
(June. 11, 2019)
15,529 ... that the Salt Pan of the Dead Man is one of the most important sources of lithium in the world?
Faces of Meth
(Feb. 1, 2011)
15,505 ... that the Faces of Meth project shows before-and-after images documenting physical deterioration caused by meth use?
TSS The Queen
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
15,500 ... that The Queen was captured by the Germans in 1916?
Kalantaka
(May 25, 2011)
15,500 ... that the icon of "the Death of Death" is popular in South India?
Disney bomb
(Jun. 22, 2011)
15,500 2,583 ... that the Disney bomb of the Second World War is thought to have been inspired by the Walt Disney cartoon Victory Through Air Power?
Escape from Tomorrow
(Jan. 29, 2013)
13,665 + 2,462 - (869 + 403)/2 = 15,491 1,936 ... that Escape from Tomorrow was covertly filmed on location at Disneyland and Walt Disney World without Disney's permission or knowledge, using iPhones to store scripts and schedules and record sound?
Viking raid on Seville (844)(May 2, 2017) 15,471 645 ... that when the Vikings occupied Seville in 844, they tried unsuccessfully to burn the city's great mosque?
The Boat Race 2008
(Jul. 21, 2014)
1,176 + 14,294 = 15,470 1,263 ... that the 2008 Boat Race featured the oldest ever competitor, a 36-year-old?
Abortion in Latvia
(Jun. 22, 2013)
15,446 1,931 ... that in 1991 there were 34,633 births and 44,886 abortions in Latvia?
How Am I Supposed to Kill You If You Have All the Guns?
(Jun. 26, 2009)
15,441 ... that How Am I Supposed to Kill You If You Have All the Guns? was described as "disgusting" by the parents of one of its creators?
Frontier Series
(Apr. 1, 2014)
13,354 + 2,058 = 15,402 ... that Canada's new money features too much pornography and not enough women?
USCGC Chincoteague (WPB-1320),
MY Titanic
(Apr. 1, 2011)
8,592 +
6,800 = 15,392
1,924 ... that in 2010, three survivors of the Titanic were rescued by the USCGC Chincoteague?
Dylan Penn
treats!
(Sep. 9, 2014)
12,213 + 3,149 = 15,362 1,340 ... that Dylan Penn—daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright—declined a US$150,000 offer to pose for a Playboy cover, but later appeared nude behind a $6000 Fendi bag on a treats! cover?
Cheating in baseball
(Jul. 1, 2021)
15,337 1,278 ... that pitchers are cheating in baseball with a glue invented for strongmen to hold Atlas balls?
Neurocracy
(Oct. 12, 2021)
15,316 638 ... that in the browser game Neurocracy, players explore a fictional successor to Wikipedia launched in 2049?
Murder of Leigh Leigh
(Aug. 21, 2014)
12,398 + 2906 = 15,304 1,275 ... that the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Leigh Leigh inspired a theatrical play that was later adapted into a feature film?'
Sharknado
(Jul. 22, 2013)
28,590 - 13,332 = 15,258 1,272 ... that, in case of a Sharknado, a National Weather Service representative recommended staying indoors "whether sharks are raining down or not"?
Charlotte McKinney
(Mar. 11, 2015)
12,382 + 4,663 - (1,292 + 2,415) / 2 = 15,192 1,266 ... that model Charlotte McKinney became "insta-famous" by posting pictures to Instagram?
IM 67118
(Jul. 11, 2019)
15,165 632 ... that a clay tablet at the National Museum of Iraq, dated to c. 1770 BCE, shows a calculation that uses the Pythagorean theorem—twelve centuries prior to the birth of Pythagoras?
Cut Sleeve
(Apr. 1, 2016)
15,159 1,895 ... that He was gay?
Yuri Gagarin
(Jul. 21, 2019)
35,088 - (29,117 + 10,771)/2 = 15,144 631 ... that pilot-cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space and first to orbit the Earth, ejected from his descending spacecraft at an altitude of about 7,000 metres (23,000 ft)?
2019 Saudi Arabia mass execution
(Jun. 26, 2019)
15,115 629 ... that the 37 civilians beheaded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April 2019 included at least three who were minors at the time of their arrest?
Harry Bush (artist)
(Dec. 19, 2017)
14,853 + 182 = 15,035 ... that Harry Bush obsessed that if anyone found out he was a gay erotic artist he would lose his American military pension?
Free Republic of Nias
(Jun. 18, 2020)
15,011 ... that a group of escaped German prisoners established a short-lived Nazi state in the Dutch East Indies?

DYK page view leaders by month (over 416.7 views per hour)Edit

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November 2021Edit

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Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Belle Delphine   39,369 - (2,716 + 1,988)/2 = 37,017 3,084.8 ... that Belle Delphine's online popularity surged after she mimicked the orgasm faces (example pictured) featured in some Japanese manga?
Horned helmet of Henry VIII   36,010 3,000.8 ... that the 1514 horned helmet of Henry VIII (pictured) has spectacles and a toothy grimace?
Carl Griffith's sourdough starter   17,738 1,478.2 ... that the keepers of Carl Griffith's sourdough starter (loaf pictured), which traveled the Oregon Trail in 1847, are sworn to keep no other sourdough starter in their homes?
Susan Catania   15,456 1,288.0 ... that Susan Catania (pictured) shocked male legislators by bringing her infant daughter to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives and nursing her baby in the women's restroom?
Anne Saxelby   15,001 1,250.1 ... that Anne Saxelby (pictured) was a pioneer in promoting American artisanal cheese?
Arnsberg Forest massacre 13,196 1,099.7 ... that after discovering the mass graves of the Arnsberg Forest massacre, American soldiers ordered the entire local population to watch the exhumation?
Belyana   25,934 1,080.6 ... that belyanas (pictured) were giant disposable wooden ships used in the Volga region for timber rafting?
Corsi-Rosenthal Box   12,885 1,073.8 ... that the Corsi-Rosenthal Box (example pictured) is a homemade air purifier that was designed during the COVID-19 pandemic as an alternative to more expensive air purification systems?
Whitey Schafer   12,158 1,013.2 ... that photographer Whitey Schafer (portrait of Barbara Stanwyck pictured) thought canned sex was better than cold cream?
2013 Wikipedia Star Trek Into Darkness controversy 11,228 935.7 ... that Wikipedia editors wrote over 40,000 words arguing over a single letter?
Ida Veldhuyzen van Zanten   11,086 923.8 ... that about 700 airmen – and Ida Veldhuyzen van Zanten (pictured) – have received the Dutch Airman's Cross?
Self-Portrait with Cigarette   21,643 901.8 ... that the 1895 painting Self-Portrait with Cigarette (pictured) by Edvard Munch was met with criticism of his amorality and "degeneration"?
Earl Old Person 10,678 889.8 ... that Earl Old Person, lifetime honorary Chief of the Blackfeet Nation, inadvertently broke a 1000-year tradition in 1971 when he asked the Shah of Iran to stand up?
Kursdorf 10,603 883.6 ... that Kursdorf is "the loudest village in Germany" and a "sound inferno"?
Bourbaki Panorama   10,487 873.9 ... that the 115-metre-long (377-foot) Bourbaki Panorama (detail pictured) depicts the internment of 88,000 French soldiers in neutral Switzerland at the end of the Franco-Prussian War?
TPC-C   10,484 873.7 ... that the first official result for the TPC-C benchmark (testing pictured) in 1992 was 54, and now stands at 707 million?
L-8 10,438 869.8 ... that the crew of a U.S. Navy blimp mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1942?
Lisa Federle   20,282 834.7 ... that Lisa Federle's mobile surgery service (pictured) for refugees was adapted to be a mobile test station during the COVID-19 pandemic?
PrOP-M   9,920 826.7 ... that the Soviet rover PrOP-M (pictured) was intended to be the first rover on Mars in 1971, 26 years earlier than NASA's Sojourner?
Murder of Jared Lakey 9,809 817.4 ... that the police officers who murdered Jared Lakey on July 4, 2019, shocked him more than 50 times with tasers even though he was unarmed and not combative?
Victor 3900   9,646 803.8 ... that the Victor 3900 (example pictured) was the first electronic calculator using custom integrated circuits, allowing it to be "smaller than a typewriter"?
Robert M. La Follette   9,617 801.4 ... that despite contesting the 1924 presidential election as a third-party candidate, Robert M. La Follette (pictured) received approximately 16.6 percent of the popular vote?
Richard John Andrews 18,619 785.6 ... that Lieutenant Colonel Richard John Andrews survived the Second Boer War, the First World War, the Russian Civil War and the Irish War of Independence only to be killed by a defective tool in his garage?
Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles 18,926 778.8 ... that Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles rewrote Harry Potter to replace magic with prayer and supernatural phenomena?
Kirkcudbright war memorial   18,468 769.5 ... that the First World War Kirkcudbright war memorial depicts a sword-wielding warrior with a sleeping child on his knee (pictured)?
Sky Pool, London 9,116 759.7 ... that the Sky Pool is both a swimming pool and a bridge between two apartment buildings?
Little Amal   17,785 741.0 ... that the 3.5-metre (11 ft) puppet Little Amal (pictured) was met in Rome by Pope Francis, who took her hand?
Let Us Continue   8,626 718.8 ... that Lyndon B. Johnson (pictured) delivered the "Let Us Continue" address five days after assuming the presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan 8,626 718.8 ... that the Turkish government tried to have the German music video "Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan" taken down because it insulted Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?
Above Znoneofthe 17,045 710.2 ... that Canadian politician Above Znoneofthe chose his name so as to be placed last on alphabetical ballots?
Charles Lively (labor spy) 8,430 702.5 ... that the notorious labor spy and killer Charles Lively was so successful infiltrating the coal miners union that he once posed for a photo with the famed labor activist Mother Jones?
Bagenal's Castle 16,649 693.7 ... that Bagenal's Castle was originally thought to have been destroyed, but was rediscovered in 1996 in the premises of a bakery?
Palace Theatre (New York City)   8,255 687.9 ... that in the early 20th century, "playing the Palace" (interior pictured) was said to mark the pinnacle of a vaudeville entertainer's career?
17 People 7,938 661.5 ... that The West Wing episode "17 People" has an entire website created by a "superfan" with the sole purpose of explaining it?
Witi Ihimaera   7,791 649.3 ... that Witi Ihimaera (pictured) decided to become a writer after reading a short story that was "so poisonous" he threw the book out of the window?
Mutinensis gr. 122   7,621 635.1 ... that Mutinensis gr. 122 (page pictured) is the only surviving manuscript to include portraits of all Byzantine emperors?
Jonas Rose 15,163 631.8 ... that after Jonas Rose wrecked a second ship, he never worked again?
Cueva de las Manos   14,276 616.2 ... that of the hundreds of hands stenciled at Cueva de las Manos as artwork (pictured), very few are right hands?
Deletion of articles on Wikipedia 14,103 608.8 ... that deleted articles on Wikipedia may be "salted" so that they cannot be recreated?
Donald McGuire (Jesuit) 14,414 608.2 ... that Mother Teresa defended Jesuit priest and child molester Donald McGuire against sexual abuse allegations?
The Young Woman of Amajac 14,533 605.5 ... that a group of farmers discovered The Young Woman of Amajac while preparing to till a citrus field?
The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe 14,509 604.5 ... that The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe isn't a book that perhaps cannot be written?
Reverse search warrant 14,141 589.2 ... that some lawyers and privacy experts have questioned the constitutionality of reverse search warrants in the United States?
Topre   13,897 586.4 ... that the conical-spring in Topre's capacitive keyboard switch (example pictured) was inspired by a mosquito coil?
Marie Litta   13,913 579.7 ... that Marie Litta (pictured) started her own opera company in her early 20s, just a few years before her death in 1883?
Cimbrian seeresses 6,900 575.0 ... that Cimbrian seeresses are said to have predicted the future by slitting the throats of war prisoners and studying how the blood trickled down into a cauldron?
Microberlinia bisulcata 14,122 568.7 ... that the African zebrawood is in danger of becoming extinct?
IBM PCradio 6,776 564.7 ... that IBM spent US$50 million to develop the PCradio and expected to sell 100,000 units, but ended up selling just under 10,000?
Margaret Louden 6,666 555.5 ... that surgeon Margaret Louden developed a treatment for people crushed by rubble during the The Blitz, but her contribution was forgotten until the 1990s?
Unity Dow   6,482 540.2 ... that in Botswana, writer Unity Dow (pictured) took legal actions as a plaintiff, legal counsellor, and judge to challenge gender discrimination and protect indigenous rights, before becoming a legislator?
Ustaše Youth 6,461 538.4 ... that the leader of the male Ustaše Youth group claimed to have placed ears of the Serbs he murdered on his necklace?
Woman of the Chatti 12,887 537.0 ... that the woman of the Chatti was allegedly a Germanic prophetess whose advice inspired Roman Emperor Vitellius to murder his own mother, Sextilia?
Meadow Walker 7,478 - (1,233 + 1,059)/2 = 6,332 527.7 ... that Meadow Walker was walked down the aisle by Vin Diesel?
Budge Patty   13,123 524.9 ... that according to his brother, Budge Patty (pictured) would not budge?
HMS Cicala 12,514 515.0 ... that HMS Cicala was commanded at the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong by a one-armed veteran of the 1916 Battle of Jutland?
Raytheon 704 11,998 499.9 ... that the Raytheon 704, which cost more than $10,000 in 1970, was the first computer used for playing games by mail?
Hinged arch bridge 11,979 499.1 ... that hinges on arch bridges were introduced in 1858 and remain popular in modern civil engineering?
Ruby Tower 5,975 497.9 ... that the 1968 Ruby Tower collapse was caused by an earthquake centered more than 200 km (120 mi) away?
Columbus (1824 ship) 11,287 487.2 ... that the Columbus was a disposable ship, built from large quantities of North American timber and intended to be sailed to London where she would be dismantled to avoid cargo import duties?
My Child Lebensborn 5,770 480.8 ... that My Child Lebensborn was among the first wave of video games that were allowed to show the swastika in Germany?
Engineers' Club Building   4,129.5 344.1 ... that the Engineers' Club Building (pictured) and Engineering Societies' Building in New York City were described in the mid-20th century as "the engineering crossroads of the world"?
Engineering Societies' Building 1,639.5 136.6
Total 5,769 480.8
Allegory of Patience (Vasari)   11,475 478.1 ... that contemporary correspondence contributed to the identification of Vasari's Allegory of Patience (pictured)?
1914 Lubin vault fire   5,722 476.8 ... that the 1914 Lubin vault fire (aftermath pictured) in Philadelphia destroyed several thousand unique early silent films?
Eva Olsson (scientist)   11,400 475.0 ... that after men took all the 2021 Nobel Prizes for science, one of the selectors, Eva Olsson (pictured), said "we want to have more women nominated"?
The Great War and Middle-earth 5,673 472.8 ... that Sam Gamgee was modelled on Great War batmen?
Popham panel 5,527 460.6 ... that rather than the usual supplies of ammunition, a bored British commander used a Popham panel to request the actress Mae West?
Handshaking lemma 5,471 455.9 ... that whenever some of the people in a party shake hands, the number of people who shake an odd number of other people's hands is even?
The New York Times Building 5,460 455.0 ... that while The New York Times Building was designed to protect against terrorist attacks, planners did not consider that the façade could be climbed until several people scaled it?
Revolt of the Fourteen 5,420 451.7 ... that 14 top art students in the Russian Empire revolted and quit their academy because of a competition theme?
New York (1836 steamboat)   5,378 448.2 ... that Charles Dickens described the Long Island Sound steamboat New York (pictured) as "a sullen, cumbrous, ungraceful, unshiplike leviathan"?
Frank Jeremiah Armstrong   10,969 441.7 ... that Frank Jeremiah Armstrong (pictured), the first African-American graduate of Cornell College, became an assistant to Booker T. Washington?
Earth 300 5,293 441.1 ... that Earth 300 has designed a climate research vessel that would include a molten salt reactor and a quantum computer?
Kilmainham Brooch   5,270 439.2 ... that the design and form of the late 8th- or early 9th-century Irish Kilmainham Brooch (pictured) was influenced by both earlier Pictish and contemporary Viking art?
Dee Duponte 5,244 437.0 ... that upon hearing about a 600-worker walkout reportedly prompted by difficulties she caused, Dee Duponte responded "fiddlesticks"?
Lorenza Böttner 10,432 434.7 ... that Lorenza Böttner, a mouth and foot painter, had both of her arms amputated following an electric shock?
Miriam Soljak 5,163 430.3 ... that Miriam Soljak, after fighting to recover her New Zealand nationality for nearly three decades, was told that the government considered she had never lost it?
Tibetan blackbird 5,162 430.2 ... that the biggest Turdus is 23–28 centimetres (9–10 inches) in length?
Pushback (migration) 5,160 430.0 ... that pushbacks of migrants in the Aegean Sea have been described as "a human rights violation that encapsulates a will to eliminate a person's presence on the face of the planet"?
Satrio 5,114 426.2 ... that Satrio used water buffaloes to vaccinate 240,000 people against smallpox?
SpaceX Starship 12,277 - (2,028 + 2,093)/2 = 10,216.5 425.7 ... that SpaceX's reusable Starship launch vehicle has twice as much thrust as the Apollo program's Saturn V?
Golf Club: Wasteland 5,074 422.8 ... that the developers of the video game Golf Club: Wasteland jokingly announced that they would only sell one copy at a price of $500 million?
Kobe Shoji 5,070 422.5 ... that Kobe Shoji escaped 120 °F (49 °C) heat at the Poston Internment Camp by enlisting in the U.S. Army's 442nd Infantry Regiment?

October 2021Edit

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Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Anne Wyllie No image[a] 42,308 1,762.8 ... that Anne Wyllie, also known as the "Spit Queen", now has a Wikipedia biography because a healthcare executive asked who she was?
Muang Thong Thani   40,800 1,700.0 ... that Muang Thong Thani (street pictured), intended as a satellite city of Bangkok, has been called "one of the greatest planning disasters of the 20th century"?
Jimmy Carter   61,238 - (15,344 + 28,811)/2 = 38,660.5 1610.9

... that Jimmy Carter reported that he had seen a UFO?

Musca depicta   35,299 - (3,564 + 9)/2 = 33,512.5 1,396.4 ... that many 15th- and 16th-century European paintings included a conspicuous depiction of a common fly (example pictured)?
Feetloaf   15,086 1,257.2 ... that parsnips serve as sawed-off tibiae in feetloaf (pictured)?
Mondeghili   29,400 1,225.0 ... that mondeghili (pictured) became popular during the Spanish domination of the Duchy of Milan?
Insular crozier   29,224 1,217.7 ... that of the many Insular croziers (example pictured) made between c. 800 and 1200, fewer than 20 survive fully intact?
Stahlrohrlanze   14,243 1,186.9 ... that German cavalry carried steel lances (examples pictured) throughout the First World War?
John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant   27,144 1,131.0 ... that after John Oliver remarked that "the city of Danbury, Connecticut, can eat my whole ass", they named a sewage plant after him?
Leland Kirkemo 7,923 660.3 ... that Leland Kirkemo, the skipper of the ship that recovered the crew of Apollo 13, was played by Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell in the movie?
Jim Lovell 6,297 - (1,312 + 1,075)/2 = 5,103.5 425.3
Total 13,026.5 1,085.5
IBM Palm Top PC 110   12,751 1,062.6 ... that IBM originally designed the Palm Top PC 110 (pictured) to be closer in shape to a VHS cassette but narrowed it when testers kept using their thumbs to type?
Frederick Marten Hale   12,369 1,030.8 ... that Frederick Marten Hale designed the bomb that brought down Zeppelin LZ 37 in mid-flight (pictured) on 7 June 1915?
Samuel C. Phillips   11,881 990.1 ... that Wernher von Braun claimed that General Samuel C. Phillips (pictured) was the man most responsible for putting the pieces of the Apollo program together and making them work?
Ed White (astronaut)   11,680 973.3 ... that Ed White (pictured) was the first American to perform a spacewalk?
Sobekneferu   23,119 963.3 ... that Sobekneferu (bust pictured) of Egypt's Twelfth Dynasty is the earliest undisputed female king to reign over ancient Egypt?
4 Times Square 10,817 901.4 ... that the facade of 4 Times Square, made partly of glass and partly of stone, was compared to the two-faced god Janus?
Battle of Saint Charles 10,714 892.8 ... that the Battle of Saint Charles featured what is known as the deadliest shot of the American Civil War?
George Fan   10,566 880.5 ... that George Fan (pictured), the designer of Plants vs. Zombies, was fired from PopCap Games after its acquisition by EA?
Julian Filipowicz 21,108 879.5 ... that after Polish commander Julian Filipowicz was tortured and pronounced dead by the Gestapo, he escaped from the morgue?
Tutu (painting) 20,834 868.1 ... that a painting of a Nigerian princess, unseen for more than 40 years, was discovered in 2017 and sold for more than £1 million?
Yonaguni Knoll IV 20,505 854.4 ... that a "lake" of liquid CO
2
exists underground at Yonaguni Knoll IV?
Raed Ahmed 10,191 849.3 ... that Olympic flagbearer Raed Ahmed defected after he saw Bill Clinton clapping?
Twin Pagodas (Suzhou)   10,106 842.2 ... that the Twin Pagodas of Suzhou (pictured) have been compared to ink brushes?
Werner Teske 10,072 839.3 ... that the 1981 execution of Werner Teske was the final use of the death penalty in Germany?
Blacks & Whites 9,980 831.7 ... that the 1970 board game Blacks & Whites is "strategically designed to make a black win impossible"?
Tarmac scam 19,938 830.8 ... that in a typical tarmac scam someone at your door claims to be a builder working on a contract nearby with some asphalt left over, and offers a cheap deal to resurface your driveway with it?
Haukilahti water tower   18,917 788.2 ... that the Haukilahti water tower (pictured) has a water container inspired by The Jetsons?
Polanco metro station   9,286 773.83 ... that the giant piano-shaped staircase (pictured) at Polanco metro station is fully interactive?
Africae Tabula Nova   9,285 773.75 ... that Africae Tabula Nova (pictured) depicts the Niger River passing underground for about 60 miles (97 km), in accordance with a Latin legend?
Talnotrie Hoard 18,560 773.3 ... that a hoard of Viking treasure was found in 1912 when it fell out of peat fuel being placed on a fire?
Life on Mars (song) 9,194 766.2 ... that David Bowie wrote his 1971 track "Life on Mars?" as a parody of Frank Sinatra's "My Way"?
Old (film) 27,254 - (19,508 + 16,874)/2 = 9,063 755.3 ... that M. Night Shyamalan's Old is based on a Swiss graphic novel that the filmmaker received as a Father's Day gift?
H. P. Lovecraft 24,401 - (7,576 + 5,481)/2 = 17,872.5 744.7 ... that when H. P. Lovecraft was five years old, he was told Santa Claus did not exist and responded by asking why "God is not equally a myth"?
Vanderbilt Triple Palace 8,546 712.2 ... that William Henry Vanderbilt spent US$2 million on the lavishly designed Triple Palace, but his son found the decor unfashionable?
Bridget Partridge 8,404 700.3 ... that Australian religious sister Bridget Partridge fled her convent in 1920 dressed only in her nightgown, precipitating a national sectarian scandal?
Schneider's marmoset   10,262 427.6 ... that Schneider's marmoset (pictured) is one of three primates newly described in the 2020s?
List of primates described in the 2020s 6,269 261.2
Total 16,531 688.8
Disappearance of Lauren Cho 16,524 688.5 ... that the Gabby Petito disappearance has led to renewed media interest in the June 2021 disappearance of Lauren Cho?
Jacob Wohl 8,226 685.5 ... that Jacob Wohl was banned for life by the National Futures Association when he was only 19 years old?
Game On (The West Wing) 4,444 185.2 ... that the debate in "Game On" invokes the beer question?
The beer question 11,940 497.5
Total 16,384 682.7
Inglis Bridge, Monmouth   8,160 680.0 ... that the Inglis Bridge (pictured) in Monmouth, Wales, is the only known example in Britain of an Inglis bridge that is still in public use?
Sermon on the Mound 16,201 675.0 ... that Margaret Thatcher had to wait while a series of parish ministers objected before she could give her "Sermon on the Mound"?
The Supremes (The West Wing) 8,009 667.4 ... that "The Supremes" was said to have foreseen the conflict following the death of Antonin Scalia, twelve years later?
Ganna (seeress) 7,933 661.0 ... that the early Germanic priestess Ganna may have been named for her magic staff?
In America: Remember   7,811 650.9 ... that 701,133 flags were planted on the National Mall (pictured) as a memorial to Americans who have died of COVID-19?
Nicolas Mahler 7,662 638.5 ... that a comic award jury wrote that the characters of Nicolas Mahler "have no eyes, no ears, no mouths – but they undoubtedly have character"?
Neurocracy 15,316 638.2 ... that in the browser game Neurocracy, players explore a fictional successor to Wikipedia launched in 2049?
Harry Ferris Brazenor   7,503 625.3 ... that taxidermist Harry Brazenor mounted the Salford tiger (pictured) in 1914?
Pete Buttigieg   11,623 - (3,825 + 4,474)/2 = 7,473.5 622.8 ... that United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (pictured) wrote an essay in 2000 on Bernie Sanders, his future competitor in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries?
1971 Qantas bomb hoax 14,092 587.2 ... that Peter Macari extorted $500,000 from Qantas Airways, and that more than $200,000 remains unaccounted for?
Squares (crisps) 14,048 585.3 ... that Richard Osman wrote that Squares were invented because "scientists were concerned that children weren't hurting the roofs of their mouths as often as they should be"?
Execution of George Flaxman 6,923 576.9 ... that the 1887 execution of George Flaxman may have inspired Rudyard Kipling's poem "Danny Deever"?
Sam Magara 6,841 570.1 ... that rebel leader Sam Magara was killed when he ventured into a city to visit a dentist?
James Milner   15,615 - (1,830 + 2,087)/2 = 13,656.5 569.0 ... that James Milner (pictured) once held the title of the Premier League's youngest goal scorer?
KCPQ 6,815 567.9 ... that watching Tacoma, Washington's KTVW "used to be worse than no TV at all"?
Sharp PC-7000 13,573 565.5 ... that the Sharp PC-7000, compared in shape to a toaster, was manufactured in a factory that also produced Sharp's microwave ovens?
Waka Nathan 6,655 554.6 ... that Waka Nathan was nicknamed "the Black Panther" by a French newspaper reporter who was impressed by his ability to pursue opponents like the animal?
Miles Dempsey 13,302 554.3 ... that Miles Dempsey replicated the feat of a distant ancestor by being knighted in the field?
Grand Jubilee of 1814   13,179 549.1 ... that at least one man was killed during the Grand Jubilee of 1814 when a pagoda (pictured) in St James's Park burnt down?
La Passion selon Sade   6,643 553.6 ... that the title of La Passion selon Sade, an opera by Sylvano Bussotti (pictured with star Cathy Berberian), caused a scandal at its premiere and had to be changed for the next performance?
Sojourner (rover)   6,519 543.3 ... that the first successful Mars rover, Sojourner (pictured), was named after the Civil War era African-American abolitionist and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth?
United States v. Throckmorton 3,478 289.8 ... that 125 years after the Seventh Circuit referred Graver v. Faurot to the Supreme Court to decide whether United States v. Throckmorton or Marshall v. Holmes controlled, the question is still open?
Marshall v. Holmes 1,246 103.8
Graver v. Faurot 1,783 148.6
Total 6,507 542.3
Abitibi-De-Troyes Provincial Park 6,496 541.3 ... that a voyageur shot himself while taking a gun out of his canoe in Abitibi-De-Troyes Provincial Park?
Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V of the Palatinate 12,827 534.5 ... that the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V of the Palatinate included a staged sea-battle between Christian and Turkish ships in the River Thames?
Yinshu 6,346 528.8 ... that an ancient Chinese medical text suggests that those of low social status will have many illnesses and die more easily?
Magic Desk 6,307 525.6 ... that in Magic Desk I, the icons within the main screen for the phone, the calculator, the spreadsheet, and the Rolodex do nothing?
Erynn Chambers 2,102 + 536 = 2,638 206.9 ... that the country song "Beer Beer, Truck Truck" was based on a viral TikTok video by Erynn Chambers intended to satirize country music?
Beer Beer, Truck Truck 3,521 + 485 = 4,006 314.2
Total 6,644[b] 521.1
2021 Facebook outage 6,137 511.4 ... that Facebook's outage on October 4, 2021, also cut off the company's internal communications, preventing employees from sending or receiving external emails or logging in to Zoom?
2021 Cumbre Vieja volcanic eruption   9,559 - (3,152 + 3,715)/2 = 6,125.5 510.5 ... that more than 22,000 earthquakes occurred in the eight days before the 2021 Cumbre Vieja volcanic eruption (pictured)?
Digital HiNote 6,110 509.2 ... that Digital pulled their HiNote Ultra laptop out of a manila envelope on television nearly 15 years before Apple did the same?
Two feet-one hand syndrome 6,050 504.2 ... that two feet-one hand syndrome is the combination of two athlete's feet and fungus in one hand?
Johnny Gold 6,021 501.8 ... that Jackie Collins likened nightclub owner Johnny Gold, not unkindly, to "an old whore"?
Ivo Herenčić 12,019 500.8 ... that World War II war criminal Ivo Herenčić worked as an art dealer in Rome after the war?
Gelae donut 5,989 499.1 ... that a Gelae donut has large, protruding eyes?
Kennin Rebellion 5,957 496.4 ... that the perpetrators of the Kennin Rebellion surrendered when one of their commanders, a female samurai, was wounded?
Romeo Beckham 11,859 494.1 ... that after the footballer Romeo Beckham was released by Arsenal, he trained in tennis before returning to football five years later?
Lismore Crozier 5,916 493.0 ... that the 12th-century Lismore Crozier was rediscovered, along with the 15th-century Book of Lismore, in a concealed doorway in Ireland's Lismore Castle in 1814?
Richardson Island 11,828 492.8 ... that Richardson Island was involved in an "annexation war" between two cities in the 1950s?
Space Encounters 5,860 488.3 ... that 1980's Space Encounters video game was the first that Midway Games offered in their "mini myte" arcade game cabinet?
Amarin Plaza   6,913 288.0 ... that following the controversial success of Amarin Plaza, Rangsan Torsuwan went on to design the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in the same vein, but with Thai-style columns replacing Ionic ones?
Grand Hyatt Erawan 4,715 196.5
Total 11,628 484.5
3 Times Square 5,767 480.6 ... that 3 Times Square was likened to an "identity crisis"?
Leipzig Prison 5,741 478.4 ... that from 1960 to 1981, executions in East Germany took place in Leipzig Prison in the middle of a residential area?
Elite panic 11,431 476.3 ... that during disaster events, elites will tipically shift the focus away from disaster relief towards measures of command and control, a behaviour referred to as elite panic?
New Amsterdam Theatre 5,678 473.2 ... that the New Amsterdam Theatre, once described as "a vision of gorgeousness", later had dead cats in the basement and mushrooms growing through the floor?
SS Fernebo 5,655 471.3 ... that a 1917 explosion broke the SS Fernebo in two, with one part drifting ashore carrying six survivors?
Lum v. Rice 5,637 469.8 ... that a brief in Lum v. Rice was so badly written that Justice Louis Brandeis asked Felix Frankfurter to find a lawyer whom the Supreme Court could appoint to argue the Lums' case?
The Gaslight Effect 5,579 464.9 ... that Robin Stern's book The Gaslight Effect describes gaslighting as an epidemic?
Alto Velo Claim 11,139 464.1 ... that a dispute over bird droppings was connected to the impeachment of U.S. president Andrew Johnson?
The Election of 1800 5,535 461.3 ... that while Alexander Hamilton may not have broken the tie in the election of 1800, he did break the tie in "The Election of 1800"?
Academese 10,855 452.3 ... that academese has been criticized for being unnecessarily complex and in extreme cases, purposefully discriminating and obfuscating?
Black Terror (ship) 10,777 449.0 ... that in 1863, the Union Navy built a ship with an outhouse serving as the pilothouse?
Bill Godwin 5,278 439.8 ... that when the Rhodesian Guard Force was disbanded in 1980, Brigadier Bill Godwin advised his men to fade away?
John Lewis (Shawnee leader)   5,241 436.8 ... that Shawnee leader John Lewis (pictured) often wore a "peace medal" given to him by U.S. president Thomas Jefferson?
Meme stock 5,232 436.0 ... that interest in meme stocks has given rise to what the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has called a "meme stocks phenomenon"?
Edward Parr 5,187 432.3 ... that Edward Parr's slave ship was once surrounded by 10 war canoes?
Zhang Shangwu 10,367 432.0 ... that Zhang Shangwu, a two-time gold medal gymnast at the Universiade, turned to stealing and begging in the streets after his competitive career ended with an injury?
Jean Kekedo 3,013 251.1 ... that when Jean Kekedo was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 2020 she became the third woman in her family to receive this honour, after her mother Dame Mary Kekedo and her sister Dame Rose Kekedo?
Mary Kekedo 1,104 92.0
Rose Kekedo 905 75.4
Total 5,022 418.5

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  1. ^ Wyllie's hook did originally have an image, but it was removed while on the main page due to copyright concerns.
  2. ^ This double hook appeared on the main page for 45 minutes before being pulled due to a nomination of Erynn Chambers for deletion. The hook was re-ran for twelve hours once the AfD was closed as Keep. The hook has been calculated based on its runtime of 12.75 hours.