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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.

Contents

Good and Featured DYKsEdit

Good/featured content from DYK
Status Number of articles
Featured article 1,621
Featured list 657
Good article 5,678
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.
  4. Subject to rule 3, any article receiving at least 5,000 views (after subtracting background views) is eligible for listing on the "STATS" page. If you know of an article that has received more than 5,000 views while on DYK, feel free to add it to the list.
  5. Anyone is free to help by checking page views and listing hooks here that meet the requirements. Help is also welcome reviewing page views for earlier months where data is waiting to be mined (Jan–May 2008).

All-time DYK page view 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?
Silver Cross Tavern
(Jan. 29, 2014)
  192,578 16,048 ... that the Silver Cross Tavern (pictured) is the United Kingdom's only legal brothel?
Frank Sinatra
(Dec. 12, 2015)
24-hour position in lead slot with 2 images and 2 hooks
 
 
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 3113 ... 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?
2016 FA Cup Final
(May. 21, 2016)
  55,574 + 17,008 =72,582 ... that Manchester United seek to match Arsenal's FA Cup winners record with a win in the 2016 FA Cup Final (venue pictured) against Crystal Palace today?
Eternal Silence (sculpture)
(Oct. 31, 2011)
  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?
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?
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 ... 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?
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
... that Giovanni de Ventura, a plague doctor who may have worn a beak doctor costume (pictured), was restricted by a covenant to treat only infectious patients?
Longest recorded sniper kills
(May 8, 2010)
  44,600 ... that the longest recorded sniper kill is from 2,475 m (8,120 ft) using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle (pictured)?
Battle for Castle Itter
(Jul. 26, 2013)
  42,120 ... that what has been called the strangest battle of World War II was fought at a medieval castle (pictured), and was the only battle of the war in which American and German soldiers fought as allies?
MagiCans
(Apr, 22, 2013)
  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 ... 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 ... 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 ... that the slow lorises that are illegally caught and traded as exotic pets have their front teeth cut out (pictured) due to fear of their toxic bite?
Kemna concentration camp
(Jan. 20, 2012)
  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?
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"?
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"?
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?
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)?
Tett turret
(Oct. 14, 2010)
  35,100 ... that the only exit from a Tett turret (pictured) could expose a soldier trying to leave the fortification to direct fire from the enemy?
Colossus of Ostermunzel
(Mar. 25, 2016)
  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?
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 ... that there is a James Bond Island (pictured) in the Andaman Sea?
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"?
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?
Goat Canyon Trestle
(Mar. 15, 2018)
  32,298 ... that the Goat Canyon Trestle (pictured) is the world's largest curved wooden trestle?
Lena Sundström
(Oct. 3, 2016)
  32,283 ... 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?
1907 Tiflis bank robbery
(Dec. 20, 2010)
  32,200 ... that a 1907 stagecoach robbery organized by Vladimir Lenin (pictured) and Joseph Stalin killed an estimated 40 people and netted approximately 250,000 rubles (over $3 million in current USD)?
Spragg Bag
(Dec. 21, 2010)
  32,200 ... that a large waterbag (pictured) can bring water to California and, according to its inventor, peace to the Middle East?
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?
Daniel Lambert
(Jul. 6, 2010)
  31,400 ... that English gaol keeper and animal breeder Daniel Lambert (pictured) weighed 52 stone 11 lb (739 lb; 335 kg)?
Brittany CoxXx
(Jan. 21, 2011)
  31,400 ... that Borat Sagdiyev's son, who appeared in photos in the movie Borat, was actually trans woman and porn star Brittany CoxXx (pictured)?
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?
Walter Koch (Fallschirmjäger)
(Mar. 2, 2011)
  31,200 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... that a joint Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk (pictured) was held on September 22, 1939, to display the power of the newly formed Soviet-Nazi pact to the whole world?
Brad Stevens
(Apr. 5, 2010)
  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 ... that according to a legend, the Heishi rock (pictured) represents the God of the Sea of Japan?
Love dart
(Oct. 9, 2008)
  30,700 ... 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 ... 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 ... that the Etruscan shrew (pictured on a human thumb) is the smallest known mammal by weight?
Ernest R. Kouma
(Aug. 10, 2011)
  30,200 ... that US Army Master Sergeant Ernest R. Kouma was awarded the Medal of Honor (pictured) in the Korean War for singlehandedly killing approximately 250 North Korean troops?
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 ... 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?
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 ... 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 ... 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?
Neel Kashkari
(Oct. 13, 2008)
  29,200 ... that Neel Kashkari (pictured), six years after completing his MBA, was put in charge of the $700 billion U.S. Government bailout of financial institutions?
Valonia ventricosa
(Sep. 7, 2010)
  29,100 ... 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?
Podoconiosis
(Feb. 20, 2013)
  28,976 + 3,352 = 32,328 4,041 ... that an estimated four million people worldwide suffer from podoconiosis?
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?
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?
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 ... that the Lazarus syndrome is named after Lazarus of Bethany (pictured), who the Bible says was raised from the dead by Jesus?
Omid Tahvili
(May 6, 2008)
  27,500 ... that in April 2008, Forbes listed Omid Tahvili (pictured) as one of the world's ten most wanted fugitives?
TiME (spacecraft)
(Nov. 10, 2009)
  27,400 ... that TiME (artist's rendering pictured) is a boat that is not designed to sail on any water on this planet?
Aircraft camouflage
(Nov. 4, 2009)
  27,400 ... that experiments with modern aircraft camouflage (pictured) have used panels that emit light?
Imperial German plans for the invasion of the United States
(Dec. 31, 2012)
  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 ... 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 ... that 70 years ago on October 1, 1940, little "Whitey" Bernard was photographed running after his father (pictured) who was marching to war?
Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi
(Nov. 6, 2011)
  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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... that the Earth's shadow (pictured) can be observed during twilight hours?
Elephant of the Bastille
(Aug. 29, 2011)
  26,256 ... that a giant elephant (engraving pictured) in Paris was protected by a man living in one of its legs?
Girl with Peaches
(Feb. 1, 2017)
  24,550 + 1,661 = 26,211 2,184 ... that the girl with peaches (pictured) married the future chief prosecutor of the Most Holy Synod?
Female urinal
(Mar. 18, 2018)
  25,899 1,126 ... that female urinals available today (example pictured) are typically used in a "skiing" position?
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?
PL-01
(Jan. 3, 2014)
  25,748 ... 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?
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?
Blood Moon Prophecy + April 2014 lunar eclipse
(Apr. 15, 2014)
32,393 + 115,399 = 147,792 24,632 ... that, according to the Blood Moon Prophecy, tonight's eclipse could be a sign that the end time is near?
Tiffany Trump
(Jul. 22, 2016)
229,227 – (168,559 + 55,795)/2 = 117,050 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?
Euthanasia Coaster
(May 3, 2011)
86,300 14,383 ... that the concept for the Euthanasia Coaster, a roller coaster designed to kill its riders, caused concern among anti-euthanasia groups when it went on display?
Philip Hindes
(Aug. 2, 2012)
59,004 + 20,518 = 79,522 7,376 ... that track cyclist Philip Hindes was born in Germany and did not take up cycling until 2008, but has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
The Negro Motorist Green Book
(Aug. 10, 2013)
36,617 + 29,882 = 66,439 3,051 ... that The Negro Motorist Green Book provided advice on how African-American drivers could avoid dangers and discrimination on the road in Jim Crow-era America?
Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly
(May 13, 2012)
59,267 7,409 ...that the Compton–Belkovich Thorium Anomaly is a thorium-rich hotspot on the back of the moon?
Mining in North Korea
(May 16, 2013)
2,969 + 49,136 - 379 = 51,726 6,347 ... that while North Korea is abundant in natural resources worth trillions of dollars, most of these often cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country?
David González (skateboarder)
(Jan. 5, 2012)
51,032 4,253 ... that skateboarder David González was named Thrasher magazine's 2012 "Skater of the Year"?
Bodybuilding in China
(Apr. 12, 2016)
27,554 + 23,332 = 50,886 ... that bodybuilding in China was once banned?
New Jersey Forest Fire Service
(Sep. 4, 2015)
46,406 3,867 ... that a New Jersey Forest Fire Service firewarden can summon any person aged 18 to 50 to assist in putting out wildfires—and it's against the law to refuse?
Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
(Jan. 28, 2016)
65,267 - (2,726 + 38,712)/2 = 44,548 3,712 ... that armed groups have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since January 2, 2016?
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?
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?
Sex for Breakfast
(Apr. 1, 2013)
27,802 + 3,448 = 31,250 3,906 ... that Christina Aguilera had sex for breakfast with slow jam and honey drip?
Shooting Star (Glee)
(Apr. 14, 2013)
46,208 - (20,646 + 10,162)/2 = 30,804 3,851 ... that "Shooting Star", the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Glee, has been characterized as "unsettling" and "harrowing" by pre-broadcast reviewers?
Until Dawn
(Sep. 11, 2015)
29,958 2,497 ... that Until Dawn, a survival horror video game, has a game mechanic called "butterfly effect"?
Labia minor
(Apr. 1, 2011)
27,700 3,462 ... that a typical Labia minor is chocolate brown, up to 7 mm long, and is equipped with pincers?
Malus baccata
(Apr. 1, 2011)
26,100 3,262 ... that 14-metre (46 ft) tall Siberian crabs are being used in experimental breeding programs?
The Great Train Robbery (TV series)
(Dec. 18, 2011)
12,346 + 13,581 = 25,927 2,160 ... that the BBC filmed The Great Train Robbery in Yorkshire, as it was the "most cost-effective and realistic alternative" to filming in 1960s England?
John's Phone
(Sep. 27, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that John's Phone has been dubbed "the world's simplest phone"?
Harry Powers
(Oct. 31, 2011)
25,500 2,125 ... that Harry Powers said that watching his victims die was more fun than a brothel?
Natalia Poklonskaya
(Jun. 6, 2014)
25,586 - (1,220+945)/2 = 24,501 2,042 ... that the Prosecutor General of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, is barred from entering European Union countries?
La Pelegrina pearl
(Apr. 1, 2011)
24,500 3,062 ... that a wanderer survived both the French Revolution of 1789–99 and the Russian Revolution 127 years later?
Loring Air Force Base
Alert crew
Mole hole
Christmas tree (aviation)
Loring Air Force Base Alert Area
Elephant walk (aviation)
Minimum Interval Takeoff
(Nov. 11, 2012)
4,153 + 1,571 + 5,169 + 3,942 + 750 + 5,779 + 3,133 = 24,497 2,661 ... that Loring AFB alert crews would scramble from a mole hole, run to awaiting jets on a christmas tree (both within the alert area), and perform an elephant walk and a MITO, all within fifteen minutes?
Eleanor Butler
(Jul. 1, 2015)
16,355 + 8,050 = 24,405 2,033 ... that in 1681, a white woman married an African slave in colonial Maryland, even though she knew that doing so would condemn her to a life of slavery?
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?
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"?
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?
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?
Muria people
premarital sex
(Aug. 27, 2011)
18,700+
2,800=
21,500
... that although the Muria generally encourage premarital sex, some communities punish young people who take the same sexual partner for more than three nights?
Dewi Sandra
Quickie Express
(Oct. 27, 2011)
12,200 + 9,200 = 21,400 1,783 ... that Sandra Dewi gave an "arousing" performance in Quickie Express, but has refused to do "vulgar" photo shoots?
Naked (Glee)
(Feb. 1, 2013)
24,040 + 12,821 - 8,234 -7,319 = 21,308 1,775 ... that in the Glee episode "Naked", when Lea Michele's character Rachel was "Torn" over having to do a topless scene, Michele had to film the song twice so she could duet with herself?
Disappearance of Leah Roberts
(March 18, 2015)
19,692 + 1,587 = 21,279 1,773 ... that though police investigating the disappearance of Leah Roberts found her wrecked Jeep 15 years ago today, they only looked under the hood in 2006 and saw the starter relay wire had been cut?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
National Masturbation Day
(Mar. 21, 2012)
18,466 2,308 ... that National Masturbation Day, an annual event celebrated in the US in May, was first observed in 1995?
Lost Nigger Gold Mine
(Mar. 7, 2012)
18,452 2,306 ... that the legendary Lost Nigger Gold Mine, first discovered in 1887, was still being searched for in 1930?
Law Ting Holm
(Apr. 1, 2011 – April Fool's Day)
18,400 2,300 ... that nesting is not used by breeding Mute Swans but they do use this thing?
Hexagonal water
(Nov. 1, 2011)
18,400 1,533 ... that hexagonal water, a configuration of water that supposedly stops aging, is a marketing scam?
Star Trek: The God Thing
(Jan. 29, 2015)
18,346 1,528 ... that Gene Roddenberry blamed religious executives of Paramount Studios for its rejection of Star Trek: The God Thing?
Disappearing Model
(May 1, 2009)
18,300 ... that Disappearing Model, a body painting in which a model is painted so that she is indistinguishable from her background, is Joanne Gair's most famous work and was displayed on Ripley's Believe It or Not!?
Toilet plume
(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?
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?
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?
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?
1111 Lincoln Road
(Jan. 6, 2012)
17,300 2,165 ... that a parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a "stunning" design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties?
Buxbaumia
(Apr. 1, 2010 – April Fool's Day)
17,200 ... that humpbacked elves are rarely seen because their bodies are microscopic?
Lighthouse and naval vessel urban legend
(Sep. 24, 2011)
17,200 1,433 ... that the Military Officers Association of America reports that the "I'm a lighthouse. Your call" urban legend is forwarded to the organization an average of three times a day?
Hypoalgesic effect of swearing
(Aug. 21, 2013)
15,818 + 1,368 = 17,186 ... that you should swear when you hurt yourself?
D. J. Wilson
2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
(June 23, 2017)
15,699 + 1,364=17,063 718.4 ... that D. J. Wilson entered the 2017 NBA draft rather than staying in college and playing for the 2017–18 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team?
Stefanie Rabatsch
(May 2012)
15,181 + 1,849 = 17,030 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?
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?
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?
Cheese slaw
(Oct. 6, 2016)
16,686 695 ... that cheese slaw is sometimes used as a topping for hot dogs?
Alien Spidy
(Apr. 1, 2015 – April Fool's Day)
15,039 + 1,553 = 16,592 ... that extraterrestrial spiders have only six legs?
Project Camelot
(Mar. 19, 2015)
15,260 + 1,311 = 16,571 ... that the U.S. Army cancelled Project Camelot on the day Congress began investigating it?
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
(Mar. 31, 2009)
16,500 ... that Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only known survivor of the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II?
John 3:7 (sign)
(Aug. 18, 2009)
16,300 ...that John 3:7, once flung from a train window, made the news again in 2009 after going missing on a train?
The Big Bend
(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 = 16262 ... that Jonathan Brownlee collapsed almost immediately after crossing the finish line at the men's triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait
(Sep. 7, 2016)
16,141 673 ... that following the arrest of Rolf Harris, no one knows the location of his painting, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – An 80th Birthday Portrait?
Polynesian Dog
(Mar. 24, 2017)
16,104 671 ... that the extinct Polynesian Dog never became feral because of the scarcity of food in the forests of Polynesia?
Montecristo
(Mar. 6, 2012)
16,035 2,004 ... that the Italian island of Montecristo, although 10.39 km2 (4.01 sq mi) in area, is almost deserted, having only two stable inhabitants?
Ain't
(Aug. 4, 2014)
12,641 + 3,386 = 16,027 1,334 ... that there ain't no more?
Roy Wiggins
(Jun. 21, 2017)
16,014 667 ... 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?
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"?
Batman and Harley Quinn
(June 26, 2017)
15,542 648 ... that in Batman and Harley Quinn, Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman?
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?
Murder of Leigh Leigh
(Aug. 21, 2014)
12,398 + 2906 = 15,304 1,275 ... that the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Leigh Leigh inspired a theatrical play that was later adapted into a feature film?'
Sharknado
(Jul. 22, 2013)
28,590 - 13,332 = 15,258 1,272 ... that, in case of a Sharknado, a National Weather Service representative recommended staying indoors "whether sharks are raining down or not"?
Charlotte McKinney
(Mar. 11, 2015)
12,382 + 4,663 - (1,292 + 2,415) / 2 = 15,192 1,266 ... that model Charlotte McKinney became "insta-famous" by posting pictures to Instagram?
Cut Sleeve
(Apr. 1, 2016)
15,159 1,895 ... that He was gay?

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

November 2018Edit

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Warsaw Ghetto boy   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?
Avis Crocombe   20,727 863 ... that Victorian cook Avis Crocombe (pictured, right) prepared "dead man's leg" for the servants' hall at Audley End House?
Lady Angela Forbes   20,180 897 ... that the poet Edith Sitwell described Lady Angela Forbes (pictured) as "an elderly gorilla affected with sex appeal"?
Whose Boat Is This Boat? 19,682 - (758 + 867)/2 = 18,870 786 ... that Donald Trump "accidentally" contributed to a children's book?
Chalfont Viaduct   13,431 559 ... that the Chalfont Viaduct (pictured in 2009) on the M25 motorway was famous for its graffiti slogan "Give Peas A Chance"?
Schoharie limousine crash 12,949 540 ... that the stretch limousine involved in the recent crash near Schoharie, New York, killing 20, appeared at two vehicle inspections earlier this year with different license plates?
Catherine Kerrison   12,477 519 ... that historian Catherine Kerrison (pictured) thinks beauty is still important for any woman in the public eye?
Lonely Tree, Tree of the Year (United Kingdom) 9,499 + 2,329 = 11,828 492 ... that the Lonely Tree was named Welsh Tree of the Year in 2014 despite having been blown over during a storm?
Dick Megugorac 11,071 461 * ... that the custom cars built by Dick Megugorac were described as having "bomb-proof reliability" and "could be driven anywhere, anytime"?
Battle of Meligalas 10,700 445 ... that after the withdrawal of German forces, left-wing partisans defeated and summarily executed some 700 to 1,100 Nazi collaborators in Meligalas, Greece?
Dorsey Crowe 10,626 442 ... that Chicago alderman Dorsey Crowe survived falling 800 feet (240 m) from a plane and being thrown through the roof of a car?
Gilling sword 10,073 419 ... that in 1976, the Gilling sword was found in a river by a nine-year old boy, and was subsequently awarded its own Blue Peter badge?
Purple poppy   9,690 403 ... that the purple remembrance poppy was created to commemorate animals that served during wartime, but is not endorsed by The Royal British Legion which sells the official red remembrance poppy (pictured)?
Mount Judd (Nuneaton)   9,298 387 ... that Mount Judd (pictured) is also known as the "Nuneaton Nipple"?
Apotheosis (film) 9,169 382 ... that John Lennon and Yoko Ono were heckled for not riding in a hot air balloon?
Andy Stapp 8,795 366 ... that activist Andy Stapp joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War to build an anti-war movement within the military?
Alfred George Pither   7,414 308 ... that Wing Commander Alfred George Pither established a network of radar stations (example pictured) in northern Australia?
Marcy Tigner 5,980 249 ... that as an adult, Marcy Tigner sold more than two million albums featuring her natural child-like voice?
Statue of Liberty (Seattle) 5,925 246 ... that Seattle's replica of the Statue of Liberty stands at around five percent of the original's height?
O'Byrne-class submarine 5,413 226 ... that when the O'Byrne-class submarines were seized by France before their sale to Romania, the Romanian Navy had to wait 15 more years to get its first submarine?
You're a Big Boy Now (novel) 5,151 ... that David Benedictus dedicated his 1963 satirical novel You're a Big Boy Now to "the only girl I've ever loved—wherever they may be"?

October 2018Edit

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Ronald J. Shurer   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?
No Bra Day 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?
Hungry Tree   30,126 1,255 ... that the Hungry Tree in Dublin is "eating" a park bench (pictured)?
Boelcke-Kaserne concentration camp   18,484 770 ... that Nordhausen concentration camp (survivors pictured), where more than a thousand corpses were found, was described as "the most horrifying example of Nazi terrorism imaginable"?
Sturm Cigarette Company   15,827 659 ... that despite the party's anti-smoking faction, the Sturmabteilung was funded by a Nazi cigarette company (advertisement pictured)?
Frogmore Paper Mill   15,479 644 ... that Frogmore Paper Mill (pictured) is the oldest surviving mechanical paper mill in the world?
HMS Duke of Kent 13,857 577 .. that the designs for the 170-gun HMS Duke of Kent may have been fabricated in an attempt to claim credit for several ship-building innovations?
Salton Buttes 13,834 ... that as the Salton Sea dries up, the gryphons are multiplying?
May'n   13,805 575 ... that Japanese musician May'n (pictured) adopted her stage name because she wanted her fans to consider her their "main" singer?
Transport of Białystok children   13,064 544 ... that children from the Białystok Ghetto (pictured) panicked when told to undress and shower upon arriving at the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, because they knew about gas chambers?
Ana María Campos   12,960 540 ... that Ana María Campos, who died 190 years ago today as a result of injuries from torture, is celebrated (monument pictured) as a heroine of the Venezuelan War of Independence?
Satyr   12,774 532 ... that satyrs (example pictured) are male nature spirits in Greek mythology known for their mischievous and bawdy behavior?
Spyridon Louis   12,638 526 ... that Greek water-carrier Spyridon Louis (pictured) became a national hero as a result of winning the inaugural modern Olympic men's marathon?
Raúl Meza Torres 12,527 522 ... that pictures of suspected 18-year-old assassin Raúl Meza Torres inspired other teenagers in Mexico to join organized crime?
Roderick Stephen Hall 12,401 516 ... that OSS agent Roderick Stephen Hall was betrayed and captured during a one-man mission in northern Italy in January 1945, and murdered by the SS?
Renee Rabinowitz 12,070 502 ... that in 2017, Renee Rabinowitz successfully sued El Al after the airline forced her to move at the request of a Haredi Jewish man who refused to sit beside her?
Beerbohm (cat) 11,862 494 ... that Beerbohm, a cat owned by the Gielgud Theatre, became famous for entering actors' dressing rooms, attacking props, and wandering across the stage during performances?
Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Lennon and Yoko Ono song) 11,839 493 .... that John Lennon was inspired to write the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by his anger over the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre?
Jill Janus 11,307 471 ... that heavy metal vocalist Jill Janus performed at the World Trade Center the night before the September 11 attacks?
The Hexer 10,856 452 ... that The Hexer, the first attempt to portray The Witcher universe in film, was "crushed by the reviewers and laughed out by fans", and has since been described as "the film we all want to forget"?
Luitpoldpark   10,634 443 ... that passersby in Munich's Luitpoldpark may get soaked when a figure on the Pumuckl fountain (pictured) spits intermittently?
George G. Eitel   10,479 436 ... that Minneapolis surgeon George G. Eitel (pictured) was falsely rumored to have been shot at sunrise at Fort Snelling?
Madeleine Thompson   10,045 418 ... that at the age of 13, Madeleine Thompson (pictured) was the youngest wheelchair basketball player ever to represent Great Britain?
Padule di Fucecchio massacre 9,928 ... that the Padule di Fucecchio massacre, in which at least 174 Italian civilians were murdered, has been described as "one of the worst Nazi atrocities in Italy"?
Galán 9,893 412 ... that Galán, one of the largest exposed calderas in the world, contains the Laguna Diamante lake, where life has to tolerate extreme environmental conditions?
Landing of the first Filipinos 9,887 411 ... that Filipinos became the first Asians to have a documented presence in the Americas when they landed in what is now California on 18 October 1587?
Justin I 9,836 409 ... that Justin I arrived at Constantinople as an illiterate teenage peasant and died as Emperor of Byzantium?
Raid of the Ghetto of Rome 9,599 399 ... that Pope Pius XII did not condemn the roundup and deportation of more than a thousand Jews "under his very windows" 75 years ago today?
Doom Island 9,561 398 ... that Doom was Dutch?
Led Zeppelin III 9,528 389 ... that the release of Led Zeppelin III was held up for two months because of its volvelle-based sleeve design?
Chen family homicides 9,346 397 ... that the unsolved killing of a Chinese immigrant family in Guilderland, New York, four years ago today was the first quadruple homicide in the state's Capital District?
Selangor silvered langur   9,309 388 ... that wild Selangor silvered langur monkeys (pictured) at Bukit Melawati in Malaysia sometimes touch or even climb onto human visitors?
Schloss Weilburg   9,188 382 ... that Schloss Weilburg, a Baroque garden palace, contains a Renaissance palace (engraving pictured)?
Pennsylvania Station (1910–1963) 8,675 361 ... that pieces of the original New York Penn Station have been found at a recycling center in the Bronx, underneath the New Jersey Meadowlands, and in other U.S. states?
Aglantha digitale   8,666 361 ... that Aglantha digitale (pictured) has a slow swimming action but a rapid escape response?
Max Troll 8,512 354 ... that between 1933 and 1936, Max Troll betrayed hundreds of fellow communists to the Bavarian Political Police, a forerunner of the Gestapo?
Caiazzo massacre 8,388 349 ... that the leader of the Caiazzo massacre on 13 October 1943 eluded arrest for nearly 50 years because authorities were searching for him under the wrong name?
Chaophraya Phrasadet Surentharathibodi   8,214 342 ... that Chao­phraya Phra­sadet Suren­thara­thibodi (pictured) wrote a manual on etiquette in order to teach proper manners to Siam's newly educated class?
Opener (baseball) 7,648 314 ... that several Major League Baseball teams adopted the "opener" strategy during the 2018 season?
Red porgy 7,472 311 ... that most red porgies change sex from female to male at some point during their lives?
George FitzGeorge Hamilton 7,400 308 ... that according to family lore, George FitzGeorge Hamilton, a godson of George V, was killed in a World War I bombing raid while retrieving his leave pass?
Wally Schirra 7,330 305 ... that Wally Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts in NASA's first manned spaceflight program, was Walter Cronkite's co-anchor during the seven Moon landings?
Pets of Imran Khan 7,294 303 .. that one of the dogs belonging to Imran Khan, the Pakistan prime minister, accompanies him on his daily helicopter ride to the office and in official meetings at his home?
Woman-Ochre 7,067 295 ... that in 2017, Willem de Kooning's Woman-Ochre was found for sale in a New Mexico antique store, 32 years after it was stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art?
Érick Valencia Salazar 7,008 292 ... that after the arrest of suspected drug lord El 85, shootouts, burning vehicles, and roadblocks were staged in Guadalajara, Mexico, possibly to allow his allies to escape undetected?
Vesteris Seamount 6,698 279 ... that an underwater mountain between Greenland and Norway has been compared to a coral reef?
Marco Polo (Doctor Who) 6,534 272 ... that the entire fourth serial of Doctor Who is missing after being erased by the BBC in 1967?
Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me) 6,308 263 ... that despite John Fogerty's agreement with hippie generation political concerns, his lyrics for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me)" were critical of hippie attitudes?
Pensionado Act 6,121 255 ... that upon their return to the Philippines after attending college in the United States, pensionados were referred to as "American boys" and faced discrimination?
Imaqtpie 5,978 249 ... that professional League of Legends player Imaqtpie was married in a T-shirt and shorts?
Mako (roller coaster) 5,776 240 ... that upon its completion in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando, Mako became the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the Orlando area?
Schlosstheater Schönbrunn   5,635 234 ... that the palace theatre Schlosstheater Schönbrunn (hall pictured), commissioned by Maria Theresa, opened on 4 October 1747, the emperor's name day?
Chelsea porcelain factory   5,479 228 ... that in the mid-18th century, small "Toys" inscribed with "amorous suggestions" were made in Chelsea?

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