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This DYK STATS/Archive 2019 page is an archive of the monthly DYKSTATS leaders for each month in 2019, recognizing the DYK entries that have received the most page views while being featured on DYK.

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

2019 DYK page view leaders by month (over 5,000 views)

January 2019Edit

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Murder of Jane Britton   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?
Soviet destroyer Sposobny (1970)   38,125 1,588 ... that the Soviet destroyer Sposobny (pictured) was designed to survive a nuclear explosion?
United States Zouave Cadets   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"?
Greta Thunberg   22,579 940 ... that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg (pictured) of Sweden has inspired 20,000 students around the world to strike for climate change activism?
Puertasaurus   20,988 874 ... that Puertasaurus (illustration shown), one of the largest dinosaurs, is known from only four vertebrae?
Death and funeral of Winston Churchill   20,765 865 ... that Operation Hope Not was the codename for planning Winston Churchill's funeral (procession pictured), the largest state funeral in British history?
Battle of Caen (1346) 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?
Baker City Tower   17,557 732 ... that even though the Baker Hotel (pictured) was nearly fully booked during the filming of the 1969 musical film Paint Your Wagon, it closed shortly thereafter?
Theresienstadt Ghetto   17,194 716 ... that the Nazi authorities promoted Theresienstadt Ghetto (caricature shown) as a "spa town" and "retirement settlement" for Jews?
Marc Bloch   16,977 707 ... that Marc Bloch (pictured), one of the most influential historians of the 20th century, was also a French Resistance fighter and was executed by the Gestapo in 1944?
Simeon Monument   16,213 675 ... that, upon completion of the Simeon Monument (pictured), a local resident complained that "among the generality of the inhabitants it is called a p****** post"?
Michelle Leslie 14,238 593 ... that catwalk model Michelle Leslie claimed police in Bali, Indonesia, planted two ecstasy tablets in her handbag and then asked for a US$25,000 bribe to avoid conviction?
Joselyn Alejandra Niño 14,209 592 ... that suspected hitwoman Joselyn Alejandra Niño had a nickname which referred to Our Lady of Holy Death?
Sully (dog)   14,117 ... that U.S. President George H. W. Bush's service dog Sully (pictured) slept next to Bush's coffin before his state funeral?
Russell Crowe's jockstrap 12,129 + 1,753 = 13,882 578 ... that the money from the sale of Russell Crowe's jockstrap allowed the Australia Zoo to establish a koala chlamydia ward?
Victor Bonney 13,462 560 ... that Victor Bonney stained vaginas blue?
Whitespot ghost shark 10,135 422 ... that the whitespot ghost shark is known from only four specimens in the Galápagos Islands?
F. W. Bernstein   9,982 415 ... that the poet, cartoonist, and satirist F. W. Bernstein (pictured) was appointed professor of caricature and comics in Berlin in 1984, the only such chair in the world at the time?
Convention of Alessandria 9,896 412 ... that the historian Thomas Henry Dyer described the Convention of Alessandria as "one of the most disgraceful capitulations in history"?
Lady Shani 9,617 400 ... that one wrestler was injured and another stripped of her championship after a professional wrestling bout involving Lady Shani went off script?
Guêpe-class submarine 9,061 377 ... that Guêpe-class submarines were solely intended for use in harbor defense?
Emily Lloyd 8,369 349 ... that at age 17, the English actress Emily Lloyd reportedly beat over 5,000 others, including Jodie Foster, for the lead role in the 1989 film Cookie?
Herbert Lee (activist) 7,871 327 ... that black voting rights activist Herbert Lee was killed in 1961 by Mississippi state representative E. H. Hurst?
Battle of Tororo 7,829 326 ... that the Ugandan military indiscriminately bombarded rebel fighters, civilians, and even their own forces during the Battle of Tororo?
Esther before Ahasuerus   7,699 321 ... that after various changes to Tintoretto's Esther before Ahasuerus (shown) from the 1540s onwards, the painting now has two figures of Haman?
1999 Matamoros standoff 7,540 314 ... that two U.S. agents were nearly killed by a drug cartel in Mexico in 1999?
Scharwenzel 7,068 294 ... that Scharwenzel is a card game, at least three centuries old, that is played today only on the German island of Fehmarn?
Dermophis donaldtrumpi 6,984 291 ... that the man who named a nearly blind amphibian Dermophis donaldtrumpi did so to raise awareness of Donald Trump's policies on climate change?
Orange-breasted bunting   6,595 274 ... that an attempt to introduce the orange-breasted bunting (pictured) to Oahu in 1941 was unsuccessful?
Arlene Hirschfeld, Shangri-La (house) 1,619 + 71 = 1,690 + 4,103 + 417 = 4,520 = 6,210 258 ... that Denver community activist Arlene Hirschfeld lives in Shangri-La?
Accident triangle 6,118 254 ... that the 1931 accident triangle theory proposed a link between the number of minor accidents and those that led to serious injury?
Crooked Billet 6,011 250 ... that Crooked Billet was the site of the first house in London that had a telephone, as well as electricity for illumination, boiling a kettle, and ironing?
Andrew L. Lewis (admiral) 5,343 222 ... that, before Andrew L. Lewis became commander of the United States Second Fleet, he flew more than 100 combat missions as a naval aviator?
Eight precepts 5,255 219 ... that the Buddhist eight precepts allow lay people to lead a life similar to a monk for a day?
Valjala Stronghold 5,086 212 ... that the surrender of Valjala Stronghold in 1227 finalized the Crusader conquest of Estonia?
AMES Type 85 5,017 ... that the Royal Air Force's AMES Type 85 radar was already considered obsolete by the time it became operational?

February 2019Edit

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Loschbour man   24,111 1,004 ... that DNA testing suggests that Loschbour man (pictured), an 8,000-year-old human skeleton found in Luxembourg in 1935, had dark skin?
Adele Spitzeder   19,439 809 ... that some sources believe Adele Spitzeder (pictured) created the first documented Ponzi scheme in 1869?
Guy Dury 13,958 581 ... that after recapturing escaped Luftwaffe prisoners, the British officer Guy Dury is said to have remarked: "one really has to take off one's hat to them ... I really regret having to lock them up"?
2019 EFL Cup Final 13,878 ... that Manchester City conceded only one goal in regular time en route to the 2019 EFL Cup Final against Chelsea today?
Nakam 13,104 1,747 ... that a small group of Holocaust survivors tried to kill six million Germans?
University of Farmington   12,624 1,052 ... that the University of Farmington (logo pictured) was a fake university set up by the United States Department of Homeland Security as a part of an undercover operation to expose immigration fraud?
Boybuloq Cave 11,558 481 ... that Boybuloq Cave, the deepest in Asia, is located near Uzbekistan's highest village?
African humid period 11,366 ... that changes in Earth's orbit around the Sun over 10,000 years ago led to the disappearance of the Sahara desert?
Homeric Minimum 10,490 437 ... that the Homeric Minimum may have been responsible for permanent snow on Mount Olympus, as referred to by Homer and in Greek mythology?
British ambulances in the Franco-Prussian War   10,409 433 ... that British ambulance units (stores pictured) served alongside armies of both combatants in the Franco-Prussian War?
OK gesture   10,406 1,387 ... that the OK gesture (pictured) can stand for the evil eye, the letter F, the number 9, the rising and setting of the sun, or to signal that a scuba diver is safe?
Nucella canaliculata, Semibalanus cariosus   6,679 + 3,681 = 10,360 863 ... that the channeled dog winkle drills into shells of the thatched barnacle (both species pictured) and injects a toxin to gain access to the soft parts?
HMS Sickle   9,388 782 ... that after sailors from HMS Sickle (pictured) boarded a small enemy ship, they brought 1,000 oranges and lemons from the ship's cargo back to their submarine?
Something Good – Negro Kiss 9,293 387 ... that the recently rediscovered and restored 1898 short film Something Good – Negro Kiss counters racist caricatures?
John L. Whitehead Jr.   8,935 744 ... that John L. Whitehead Jr. (pictured) was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School?
Parliamentary snuff box 8,154 339 ... that British MPs are entitled to free snuff from the Parliamentary snuff box, despite it being illegal to distribute it freely elsewhere?
Sue Miller (cancer activist) 7,926 330 ... that after a mastectomy ended her professional modeling career, Sue Miller assembled a fashion show featuring only models who had had breast cancer?
Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl 7,711 321 ... that director Manoel de Oliveira completed the 2009 feature film Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl at the age of 100?
Golden-headed cisticola   7,547 314 ... that the golden-headed cisticola (pictured) has been described as the "finest tailor of all birds"?
Spotted wobbegong   7,540 628 ... that prey of the spotted wobbegong (pictured) have been known to approach its mouth and nibble on its tentacles?
Emiliano Sala 7,540 ... that footballer Emiliano Sala is the most expensive signing in the history of Cardiff City F.C.?
Weewarrasaurus 7,287 303 ... that the first discovered fossil of the dinosaur Weewarrasaurus was noted for being preserved in green-blue opal?
Flag of Somerset County, Maryland   7,279 303 ... that Somerset County, Maryland, adopted the style of the Union Jack as their flag (pictured) before Great Britain did?
Fulvous owl 7,182 299 ... that the rhythm of the call of the fulvous owl has been likened to Morse code?
Zura Karuhimbi 7,128 297 ... that Zura Karuhimbi saved the lives of more than 100 refugees during the Rwandan genocide by pretending to be a witch?
Steve Swindal 6,999 292 ... that after he was named heir apparent to owner George Steinbrenner in 2005, Steve Swindal was bought out of the New York Yankees in 2007?
Shin Hyun-hwak 6,682 278 ... that Shin Hyun-hwak was Prime Minister of South Korea for less than six months?
The Bellboy and the Playgirls 6,669 555 ... that Francis Ford Coppola said he added "five three-minute nudie sketches in color to a stupid German movie that had been shot in black-and-white"?
Stephen Godin 6,629 276 ... that Stephen Godin was a steward of a house of penitent prostitutes?
David Johnson (photographer)   6,526 272 ... that photographer David Johnson (pictured) was the first African American student of Ansel Adams?
Sophie Karthäuser   6,316 ... that among the Mozart roles sung by soprano Sophie Karthäuser are Ilia, Tamiri, and Serpetta?
Thessaloniki Metro 6,302 262 ... that construction on the Thessaloniki Metro triggered the largest-ever archaeological dig in northern Greece, unearthing more than 300,000 individual artefacts?
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo 6,145 256 ... that after the release of the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, charity shops in Washington D.C. reported a 66% increase in donations?
Hohhot Shengle International Airport 6,102 254 ... that a river will be diverted for the construction of Hohhot Shengle International Airport?
Walt Torrence   6,038 252 ... that Walt Torrence (pictured) was an All-American college basketball player for UCLA before joining the US Army and winning a gold medal at the 1963 Pan American Games?
Kaede Hondo 5,980 249 ... that Japanese voice actress Kaede Hondo decided to pursue a career in acting due to a misunderstanding?
North Carolina State House,
George Washington (Canova)
  2,168 + 3,734 = 5,902 492 ... that the North Carolina State House and Canova's George Washington (engraving shown) were both destroyed by an "awful conflagration" that began while the building was being fireproofed?
Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross 5,688 237 ... that the work of Dr Elizabeth Ross is still commemorated annually in Serbia despite her having spent only three weeks in the country?
Lava balloon 5,627 234 ... that lava can form gas-filled balloons that float on water?
Pius F. Koakanu 5,605 233 ... that Hawaiian legislator Pius F. Koakanu was beaten by rioters because of his support for King Kalākaua in the monarchial election of 1874?
Earth's circumference 5,295 220 ... that Earth's circumference around the poles is almost exactly 40,000 kilometres or 21,600 (i.e. 360 × 60) nautical miles, because it was used to define those units of measurement?
Tucson Girls Chorus 5,249 218 ... that in 2017, the Tucson Girls Chorus opened the city's first public choir for girls and boys with special needs?
Philip Petty 5,228 217 ... that Philip Petty received the Medal of Honor for raising his regiment's colors during the Battle of Fredericksburg?
Operation Thunderbolt (1997) 5,160 215 ... that SPLA rebels captured a large amount of military equipment from the Sudanese Armed Forces during Operation Thunderbolt, but found much of it had degraded and was of no use?
Chesapeake and Ohio 1309 5,111 212 ... that the restoration of the Chesapeake and Ohio 1309 locomotive was set back when an employee stole thousands of pounds of brass fittings to sell as scrap?
Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene   5,107 426 ... that paintings of Saint Sebastian tended by Saint Irene reflected the position of both Catholic and Protestant churches that people should not flee to avoid the plague?

March 2019Edit

Article Image DYK views Views / hour DYK hook
Elly Mayday   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?
Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (pilot) 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?
Frog Service   21,022 1,751 ... that Josiah Wedgwood "was very unwilling to disfigure" his Frog Service with "this reptile" (pictured), but Catherine the Great insisted it appear on all 944 pieces?
Shepard tables   16,082 1,340 ... that in the Shepard tabletop illusion (pictured), identical parallelograms look very different?
HMS Simoom (P225)   14,963 1,247 ... that all 15 torpedoes fired by HMS Simoom (pictured) during her career missed their targets, but 3 hit and sank a destroyer instead?
Mary Bulkley   13,136 1,094 ... that 18th-century British actress Mary Bulkley (pictured) was once hissed by her audience because she had "taken the son of her long-term lover to her bed"?
Paul Bateson 12,423 1,035 ... that real-life X-ray technician Paul Bateson, convicted of murder 40 years ago today, played the X-ray technician in The Exorcist's cerebral angiogram scene?
Coffin of Nedjemankh   11,940 995 ... that shortly after purchasing the coffin of Nedjemankh (pictured) for $4 million, the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to return it to Egypt?
Indo-Russia Rifles 10,427 868 ... that Indo-Russia Rifles is a joint venture licensed to produce 750,000 AK-203 rifles, the latest and most advanced version of the AK-47 firearm?
Nao Tōyama   10,318 859 ... that Nao Tōyama (pictured), whose solo singles have been used as theme songs for anime series on television and in film, was tone-deaf as a girl?
Gordon Cooper   10,199 849 ... that after astronaut Gordon Cooper (pictured) died, his ashes were launched into space three times?
Tugnet Ice House 6,522 + 3,483 = 10,005 ... that the Tugnet Ice House, the largest surviving ice house in the UK, is now a dolphin watching centre?
Ground billiards   9,833 818 ... that modern cue sports games such as snooker and nine-ball can be traced back to the game of ground billiards, played with hoops and mallets (illustration shown)?
The Jew Among Thorns 9,254 771 ... that the antisemitic tale "The Jew Among Thorns" was used to indoctrinate children in Nazi Germany?
Agats 8,654 712 ... that the entire town of Agats is elevated above ground level, including the roads?
Ida Dorsey   8,396 699 ...that Ida Dorsey built the last standing bordello (pictured) from Minneapolis' three red-light districts?
Chu Shijian 8,004 667 ... that after China's "tobacco king" Chu Shijian was sentenced to life imprisonment, he became the "king of oranges"?
Chicken Pot Pie 7,360 ... that the "Weird Al" parody song "Chicken Pot Pie" was not released at the request of vegetarian Paul McCartney, who felt it endorsed eating meat?
From Dixie with Love 6,170 ... that the University of Mississippi band was asked to stop playing "From Dixie with Love" because fans kept chanting, "The South will rise again"?
Ishi in Two Worlds,
Theodora Kroeber
  4,865 + 1,245 = 6,110 509 ... that the 1961 book Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber told the story of Ishi (pictured), the last known member of the Yahi people?
Anastasia Bitsenko 5,831 485 ... that convicted assassin Anastasia Bitsenko was one of the seven Soviet delegates to the German-Soviet peace negotiations in World War I?
Brenva Glacier   5,478 456 ... that when a massive rockfall in 1920 covered part of the Brenva Glacier (pictured) it caused it to lengthen considerably, at a time when nearby glaciers were retreating?
Baseball Rule 5,484 238 ... that the Baseball Rule in American tort law holds that as long as a baseball team has protected seats available, fans injured by foul balls generally cannot hold the team liable?
Margit Bokor   5,451 454 ... that the soprano Margit Bokor (pictured) created the role of Zdenka in Arabella by Richard Strauss at the Semperoper in Dresden in 1933, and performed the role in the UK premiere at the Royal Opera House?
Crisper drawer 5,332 444 ... that a crisper drawer can help protect fruits and vegetables from ethylene gas?
Belzer v. Bollea 5,327 ... that Hulk Hogan was sued for $5 million by Richard Belzer for choking Belzer unconscious with a sleeper hold and dropping him on live TV?
The Democrat-Reporter 5,199 433 ... that after the editor of an Alabama newspaper called for the return of the Ku Klux Klan, he was replaced by an African-American woman?

April 2019Edit

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Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick   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?
Fabiana Rosales   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?
Holden's Lightning flight 24,741 1,030 ... that an engineer inadvertently took off in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet after engaging the afterburner by mistake?
Chinese alligator   15,933 + 2,366 = 18,299 654 ... that the critically endangered Chinese alligator (pictured) may have helped inspire the mythology of the Chinese dragon?
Dortan massacre, Dortan   8,453 + 6,427 = 14,880 620 ... that the Wehrmacht killed at least 35 French civilians in the village of Dortan (memorial pictured), and then burned the entire village to the ground?
Eiseman-Renyard and others v. the United Kingdom
(Apr. 1, 2019)
6,072 + 6,615 = 12,687 1,057 ... that zombies can be arrested before they've even committed a crime?
Echiura   12,446 513 ... that in the 1970s, spoon worms (example pictured) helped promote biodiversity around the effluent outlets from the Los Angeles sewage system?
Judah Samet   11,752 926 ... that attendees at Trump's 2019 State of the Union Address sang "Happy Birthday" to Judah Samet (pictured), a Holocaust survivor who narrowly escaped the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting?
Ansel Adams   10,561 880 ... that Ansel Adams (pictured), known for his black-and-white landscape photographs, documented a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II?
Pacu jawi   10,424 ... that in pacu jawi (pictured), the traditional cattle race of Tanah Datar, Indonesia, the jockey holds the tails of two cattle while they sprint across a muddy rice field?
Sex and Candy 10,029 501 ... that John Wozniak took less than an hour to write Marcy Playground's only hit, "Sex and Candy", in his bedroom at 4 a.m.?
Der geteilte Himmel   9,991 ... that Christa Wolf's Der geteilte Himmel (cover pictured), published in East Germany in 1963, was called a "socialist bestseller"?
Disappearance of Brittanee Drexel
(Apr. 25, 2019)
9,850 410 ... that while investigating the case of Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared 10 years ago today, the FBI brought federal charges against someone who had already served state probation for the same crime?
Florida shuffle 9,513 396 ... that the Florida shuffle refers to recovering drug addicts caught between multiple rehab centers and "patient brokers" for their insurance money?
Ebbo Bastard
(Apr. 1, 2019)
8,811 734 ... that Australians refused to call this bastard a bastard?
Flag of Blackbeard
(Apr. 1, 2019)
8,722 726 ... that the bloody flag of Blackbeard probably wasn't?
Walter Stanley Haines
(Apr. 23, 2019)
  9,578 798 ... that Walter Stanley Haines (pictured) testified about the Haymarket bombing of 1886, the disappearance of Louisa Luetgert in 1897, and the suspicious deaths in multimillionaire Thomas H. Swope's family in 1909?
United States v. 422 Casks of Wine
(Apr. 1, 2019)
8,434 702 ... that the United States once sued 422 casks of wine, and the wine won?
Fiona Peever
(Apr. 1, 2019)
  8,373 697 ... that a bronze statue co-created by Fiona Peever apparently stepped off its pedestal (pictured) and sat down on some nearby steps?
Young People Fucking
10th Canadian Comedy Awards
29th Genie Awards
(Apr. 1, 2019)
6,877 + 698 + 671 = 8,246 687 ... that a Genie and three Beavers recognized Young People Fucking?
FBI MoneyPak Ransomware
(Apr. 1, 2019)
  7,528 2,509 ... that the FBI can lock your computer (logo pictured)?
Viernes Negro
(Apr. 26, 2019)
7,340 612 ... that Venezuela's economy still has not recovered from Black Friday in 1983?
Patsy Dan Rodgers
(Apr. 1, 2019)
7,338 611 ... that Patsy, the recently deceased Irish king, personally welcomed visitors who landed in his realm?
South Lake Union Streetcar
(Apr. 1, 2019)
7,102 591 ... that 1,900 people in Seattle rode the city's slut on a daily basis?
Chafin v. Chafin
(Apr. 1, 2019)
7,014 584 ... that the United States Supreme Court had a divorce and the daughter was sent to Scotland?
Hans Bredow 6,814 ... that in a telegram to Hitler, Hans Bredow, the former head of the Reich Broadcasting Corporation, requested to be treated like his colleagues who were interred in the Oranienburg concentration camp?
Librotraficante 6,629 276 ... that Librotraficante smuggled books into Arizona?
Chen Zhaodi 6,538 272 ... that volleyball player Chen Zhaodi, who was nicknamed "One-armed General" despite having two arms, became an actual general after retiring from her volleyball career?
Stomp the Bus
(Apr. 1, 2019)
6,434 536 ... that a giant has been seen stomping buses underfoot in Arizona?
Aina Mahal, Ram Singh Malam 1320 + 4557 = 5,877 490 ... that Ram Singh Malam designed and decorated the Palace of Mirrors and its pleasure hall?
Nazir Ahmad Wani   5,745 239 ... that Nazir Ahmad Wani, the first Ashoka Chakra recipient from Kashmir (posthumous award ceremony pictured), was a militant before he surrendered and joined the Indian Army?
Lirabuccinum dirum 5,732 238 ... that the dire whelk sometimes shares the prey of the ochre sea star while it is being eaten?
Worthing Tramocars
(Apr. 1, 2019)
5,532 461 ... that Bill Gates' converted dustbin lorry helped old people get around Worthing?
French ship Courageux (1753) 5,368 447 ... that when HMS Courageux was wrecked, more than 100 men escaped to the shore by clambering along a fallen mast?
Harry B. Neilson   5,145 429 ... that Harry B. Neilson's illustrations for The Fox's Frolic (example shown) depict fox hunting in which the foxes do the hunting?
Crinkley Bottom
(Apr. 1, 2019)
5,071 422 ... that not enough people entered a crinkley bottom to keep it open?

May 2019Edit

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2019 FA Cup Final 25,906 ... that Watford's appearance in today's FA Cup Final is their first since 1984?
Citizens! During shelling this side of the street is the most dangerous 20,508 854 ... that during the siege of Leningrad, citizens were warned that "this side of the street is the most dangerous"?
Unwritten rules of baseball 19,457 811 ... that Michael Jordan broke one of the unwritten rules of baseball?
ASV Mark III radar 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?
Redoshi   16,734 697 ... that Redoshi (pictured), a West African woman who lived in Alabama and died in 1937, was the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade?
Messenger of Peace (missionary ship)   14,861 619 ... that the missionary ship Messenger of Peace (pictured) was built in 15 weeks using scrap metal, ropes made of hibiscus, and sails made of matting?
Silesian Wars   14,781 615 ... that the Silesian Wars made Frederick (pictured) "Great"?
Katie Bouman 14,114 653 ... that at the age of 29, imaging scientist Katie Bouman presented her algorithm used to create the first images of a black hole?
National liberation skirt   12,358 515 ... that approximately 4,000 handmade personalised patchwork skirts have been registered as official national liberation skirts (example pictured) in the Netherlands?"
Jeff's Gourmet Sausage Factory   9,490 395 ... that in 2015, Jeff's Gourmet Sausage Factory (veal bratwurst sandwich pictured) opened the first glatt kosher hot dog stand at Dodger Stadium?
Deep water cycle 8,441 351 ... that recent research has shown the presence of a deep water cycle all the way down through the Earth's lower mantle?
King's Cross Thameslink railway station   8,332 347 ... that King's Cross Thameslink railway station, then known as King's Cross Metropolitan (pictured), was one of the initial seven stations on London's first underground line?
Morpeth, Northumberland 8,251 344 ... that the town of Morpeth held its own professional Olympic games from 1873 to 1958?
Zhou Tongqing 7,816 326 ... that although Zhou Tongqing led the development of China's first X-ray tube, he was denounced as a "bourgeois intellectual" and persecuted during the Anti-Rightist Campaign and the Cultural Revolution?
2019 Peterborough recall petition 7,150 ... that the 2019 Peterborough recall petition led to the first successful recall of a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom?
Katja Wulff   7,124 296 ... that Katja Wulff (drawing shown) of Hamburg, who learned expressionist dance from Rudolf von Laban, was still running her dance school in Basel at the age of 90?
Pew group   7,017 292 ... that the "rigidly posed" figures in English pottery pew groups of the 1740s may play musical instruments, or take snuff?
Konrad Püschel 6,746 281 ... that the German architect Konrad Püschel was conscripted into the Wehrmacht during World War II, held as a prisoner of war by the Soviet Union, and returned home weighing only 40 kg (88 lb)?
Island of stability 6,402 266 ... that there may be an island of stability with so-called magic numbers of protons and neutrons?
Treating (law) 6,161 256 ... that in UK elections, it is illegal for candidates to treat the voters?
I Admit (R. Kelly song) 6,146 256 ... that R. Kelly's 19-minute song "I Admit", which contains no criminal admissions, was described as an act of trolling and compared to O. J. Simpson's book If I Did It?
Zechariah Baumel 6,110 254 ... that the remains of missing Israeli soldier Zechariah Baumel were discovered in a cemetery in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, Syria, nearly 37 years after he disappeared in the 1982 Lebanon War?
Hermann Herlitz   6,031 251 ... that Hermann Herlitz (pictured), born to Jewish parents in Prussia in 1834, was pastor of the Lutheran Trinity Church in East Melbourne, Australia, for 46 years?
Chen Fangyun 6,011 250 ... that Chen Fangyun proposed a control system that was crucial for the launch of China's first geosynchronous communications satellite in 1984?
Pavlos Kouroupis 5,408 225 ... that Colonel Pavlos Kouroupis was the first commanding officer defending Cyprus at the start of the Turkish invasion and is considered the first missing person of the conflict?
Six Motets, Op. 82 (Kiel) 5,323 ... that "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ('Out of the depths have I cried') is one of six 1883 psalm settings by Friedrich Kiel?
First Landing Party of the Founders of Newark 5319 ... that First Landing Party of the Founders of Newark went missing for more than a decade?
Five precepts 5,252 219 ... that Buddhists consider the precept against killing any living being the most important of the five basic ethical precepts?

June 2019Edit

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Air lock diving-bell plant   23,297 ([1][2]) 971 ... that the Air Lock Diving-Bell Plant (pictured), made in Wivenhoe, worked in the Gibraltar harbour for more than 60 years?
That's All, Brother   20,227 843 ... that the pilot of That's All, Brother (pictured), the lead C-47 carrying American paratroopers to Normandy 75 years ago today, named the airplane as a message to Adolf Hitler that his rule would soon end?
Oei Hui-lan   16,448 685 ... that Madame Wellington Koo (pictured), the Chinese-Indonesian First Lady of pre-communist China, was featured as a "woman of style" in a 2015 fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
Frank Borman   21,659 – (8855 + 1793)/2 = 16,335 681 ... that after retirement from NASA, astronaut Frank Borman (pictured) became a special advisor to Eastern Air Lines, and helped rescue survivors of the Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crash near Florida's Everglades?
Marvel Swimsuit Special 16,256 677 ... that Marvel Comics published a parody of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featuring artwork of superheroes in bathing suits?
Salar del Hombre Muerto 15,428 643 ... that the Salt Pan of the Dead Man is one of the most important sources of lithium in the world?
2019 Saudi Arabia mass execution 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?
Sylvia Geszty   14,365 ... that the Hungarian coloratura soprano Sylvia Geszty (pictured) was a member of the Berlin State Opera in East Germany before joining the Stuttgart State Opera in the West?
Göreme National Park   14,141 589 ... that the landscape of Göreme National Park (pictured) has been formed by volcanic activity followed by erosion?
Hevsel Gardens 12,516 522 ... that the Hevsel Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have been compared to the Garden of Eden?
Adriaan de Bruin 12,327 ... that Adriaan de Bruin was enslaved in Africa but ended up in Hoorn in the Dutch Republic, where he married a local woman and ran a tobacco shop?
NASA Astronaut Group 4 12,125 505 ... that NASA Astronaut Group 4, selected in 1965 for the Apollo program, was the first recruited primarily on the basis of scientific experience?
Nina Salaman   11,825 493 ... that the poet Nina Salaman (pictured) was the first woman to deliver a sermon in a British Orthodox synagogue?
Mai Yinghao, Huang Zhanyue   6,135 + 5,652 = 11,787 491 ... that archaeologists Mai Yinghao and Huang Zhanyue led the excavation of the 2,000-year-old mausoleum of King Zhao Mo (jade burial suit pictured)?
Naomi Koshi 11,655 486 ... that Naomi Koshi is the youngest woman ever elected mayor of a Japanese city?
Elisabeth Erdmann-Macke   10,227 426 ... that during World War II, Elisabeth Erdmann-Macke safeguarded the paintings of her first husband, August Macke, who portrayed her more than 200 times (example pictured)?
Kitty O'Brien Joyner   10,697 ... that Kitty O'Brien Joyner (pictured) was the first woman engineer at NACA, the predecessor to NASA?
Tomb of Menecrates   10,352 ... that the lion of Menecrates (pictured) was thought to be part of the Tomb of Menecrates in Corfu, built for an ancient Korkyrean ambassador who was lost at sea?
Mickey au Camp de Gurs 9,456 394 ... that Horst Rosenthal's 1942 comic Mickey au Camp de Gurs is "perhaps the earliest sequential art narrative dealing with the Holocaust"?
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final 9,199 383 ... that ten years ago today, the United States played in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final after ending Spain's 35-match unbeaten streak?
North Woods and North Meadow   8,698 362 ... that North Woods in New York City's Central Park contains a bridge (pictured) made of boulders, some weighing nearly 100 short tons (89 long tons), which are held together by gravity?
United Airlines Flight 297 8,578 357 ... that after the crash of United Airlines Flight 297 in 1962, the Federal Aviation Administration created new regulations that required airplanes to better withstand bird strikes?
Edelio López Falcón 8,221 343 ... that suspected drug lord Edelio López Falcón was known as "The Lord of the Horses"?
Rolando López Salinas 8,221 343 ... that a Mexican mayor warned that the murder of suspected drug lord Rolando López Salinas would increase drug violence in his city?
Calma glaucoides 8,216 342 ... that Calma glaucoides has such a rich diet of eggs that it does not need an anus?
Nancy Pelosi   8,194 341 ... that Nancy Pelosi (pictured) is the only woman to have served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the first former Speaker to return to the post since 1955?
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia 7,681 ... that the symptoms of CPVT, a cause of sudden death in children, are often mistaken for simple faints?
Kyle Garlick 7.503 313 ... that Kyle Garlick set the single-season home run record for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos?
The Twin Miracle 7,378 307 ... that according to Buddhist texts, the Buddha performed The Twin Miracle in a miracle contest against six rival religious leaders?
1999 FIFA Women's World Cup 7,258 302 .. that the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, which began 20 years ago today, was moved to large American football stadiums after the success of the 1996 Olympics soccer tournament?
All the Ways 7,239 302 ... that Meghan Trainor's song "All the Ways" was inspired by a conversation she had with her husband Daryl Sabara?
Barbie the Welder 7,180 299 ... that Barbie likes welding?
Nancy Fish 6,737 281 ... that Nancy Fish, widow of P. T. Barnum, is said to have met her second husband when she fell from the Great Pyramid of Giza into his arms?
Liang Shoupan 6,462 269 ... that Liang Shoupan is known as the "father of China's cruise missile program"?
Genrikh Novozhilov 6,401 267 ... that Genrikh Novozhilov led the development of Ilyushin Il-76, the most popular passenger and military transport aircraft of the Soviet Union?
Ria Thiele 6,250 ... that Max Brod reviewed a performance of Ria Thiele, an actress and dancer who played in theatres of Vienna, Berlin and Prague?
Kingdom of the Aurès 6,183 258 ... that despite previously being at war with the Kingdom of the Aurès, the Byzantine Empire supported them during the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb?
Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and others 5,998 ... that after Christian bakers refused to decorate a cake in support of gay marriage, the UK Supreme Court ruled that no one could be forced to promote a message with which they disagree?
Chen Tiemei 5,922 ... that archaeologist Chen Tiemei proposed the first chronology for Palaeolithic China?
Palmer Street 5,881 245 ... that Palmer Street was the location of a secret British spy base that intercepted the communications of London's embassies?
James Bruce Lockhart 5,831 243 ... that James Bruce Lockhart's career in the Foreign Office was a cover for his real work with the Secret Intelligence Service?
Ellen Schwiers 5,682 ... that Ellen Schwiers, who starred as Buhlschaft at the Salzburg Festival and in a film in 1961, founded a touring theatre company with her husband and daughter?
Hu Jinqing 5,655 236 ... that Hu Jinqing's animated film The Fight Between the Snipe and the Clam, based on a Chinese proverb, won a Silver Bear in Berlin?
Lees of Scotland 5,632 235 ... that the Lees Macaroon bar was an experiment?
Jakub Wędrowycz 5,503 229 ... that the fictional character Jakub Wędrowycz—an exorcist, drunkard, moonshine producer, and poacher—is one of the icons of Polish pop culture?
All About That Bass 5,470 228 ... that Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass" was written in 40 minutes?
Sangita Magar 5,250 219 ... that Nepalese student Sangita Magar became a human rights activist after she survived an acid attack at the age of 16?
Don't I Know You? 5,086 212 ... that the Killing Eve episode "Don't I Know You?" was generally praised for including diverse LGBT+ characters, but also criticised for how one was killed?

July 2019Edit

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Poutine, peameal bacon, Made in Canada, Canadian Comedy Awards, 1st Canadian Comedy Awards   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?
Michael Collins (astronaut)   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?
Elizabeth L. Gardner   27,656 1,152 ... that Elizabeth L. Gardner served as a WASP during World War II and was the subject of a well-known photo (pictured)?
Roger B. Chaffee   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?
2008 Universal fire   19,185 799 ... that the 2008 Universal fire (pictured) may have destroyed the audio master tapes of up to half a million songs?
Personification, Personification of the Americas   6,550 + 11,804 = 18,354 272 + 492 = 764 ... that a new personification was developed for the Americas after their discovery by Europeans?
Tito's Tacos   16,225 676 ... that Tito's Tacos of Culver City, California, has sold the same hard-shell tacos (pictured) filled with shredded beef, iceberg lettuce, and grated cheddar cheese for 60 years?
Djamaa el Djazaïr   16,206 675 ... that the new Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque (pictured) is the tallest building in Africa?
IM 67118 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?
Yuri Gagarin 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)?
1974 White House helicopter incident 14,965 624 ... that in 1974, a United States Army private first class stole a helicopter and landed it on the White House lawn?
Joe Biden (The Onion) 14,503 604 ... that Joe Biden prefers the Chevrolet Corvette, but Joe Biden prefers the Pontiac Trans Am?
T-7 (rocket)   13,283 553 ... that China's first sounding rocket (monument pictured) was fueled using a bicycle pump?
MAX Blue Line   12,679 528 ... that Portland's MAX Blue Line (train pictured) was built as a result of freeway revolts in the 1970s?
Megabat 10,983 458 ... that in two species of megabat, males have been observed to produce milk?
Polonium-210 10,570 441 ... that polonium-210 is 250,000 times more toxic by weight than hydrogen cyanide?
Joe Bertony 9,332 389 ... that French-born Joe Bertony, who twice escaped from Nazi concentration camps, played a key part in the construction of the Sydney Opera House?
Tang Dingyuan 9,186 383 ... that Tang Dingyuan co-invented the "split-diamond bomb"?
Susan Beschta 8,937 372 ... that Susan Beschta was a punk rocker and federal judge?
David Scott 14,678 - (6,857 + 5,062)/2 = 8,719 368 ... that David Scott's performance under pressure during Gemini 8, the first mission to achieve a docking in space, led to his selection for the Apollo program?
Mandy Moore (choreographer) 8,699 354 ... that Mandy Moore choreographed La La Land's opening number using 30 dancers, 100 extras, and 60 cars stuck in traffic on a Los Angeles freeway?
SS Ventnor 8,494 362 ... that the bodies of 499 gold miners bound for China were lost when the SS Ventnor sank in 1902?
Stele of Arniadas 8,441 352 ... that the verses of the inscription on the funerary Stele of Arniadas have been described as "extraordinarily similar" to the words of Hector in the Iliad?
History of the Caltech House System 8,037 ... that while Caltech's historic South Houses were renovated, its North Houses were recommended for demolition for lack of architectural appeal?
WWE 24/7 Championship 7,945 ... that the WWE 24/7 Championship, a professional wrestling championship, can be defended anytime, anywhere, as long as a WWE referee is present?
XIX Army Corps   7,601 ... that the XIX Army Corps represented Germany as it ceded Brest-Litovsk to the Soviet Union in the German–Soviet military parade (commanders pictured)?
A load of old cobblers 7,559 315 ... that this article is a load of old cobblers?
Hours of Louis XII 7,500 313 ... that the process of connecting the scattered fragments surviving from the Hours of Louis XII (begun c. 1498) only started in 1973?
Maria Howard Weeden 7,459 311 ... that Maria Howard Weeden painted many portraits of African-American freedmen and freedwomen?
Every Frame a Painting 7,102 295 ... ... that the editing style of Every Frame a Painting was formulated to avoid copyright claims from YouTube's Content ID system?
Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean 6,847 285 ... that Bolivia sued Chile in 2013 to regain land lost in 1884, claiming it had an Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean?
Lesbian erasure 6,805 283 ... that some LGBTQ activists have opposed the use of the term "lesbian erasure", because it has sometimes been used in opposition to transgender rights?
Ali Eisami   6,760 282 ... that Ali Eisami (pictured), a Kanuri man, dictated his memoirs of his captivity to German missionary and linguist Sigismund Koelle, and helped him produce a Kanuri grammar?
George Gosse 6,750 281 ... that George Gosse was awarded the George Cross for disarming three German naval mines under exceptionally hazardous conditions?
HMS Lavinia (1806) 6,547 273 ... that HMS Lavinia was saved from being broken up, only to be sunk in a collision with another ship?
JJ Levine 6,434 268 ... that Canadian photographic artist JJ Levine is known for portraits in which the same model depicts both the male and female members of a couple?
South Arch volcanic field 6,245 ... that the weight of the volcanoes of Hawaii is causing Earth's crust to buckle, generating volcanoes under the sea?
Tundra orbit 6,227 ... that satellites in a Tundra orbit trace a figure-eight across the sky?
Hemothorax 6,095 ... that endometriosis, a condition in which tissue from the womb occurs in unusual locations, can cause bleeding into the chest during menstrual periods?
Big Bull, India 6,061 253 ... hundreds of stockbrokers protested outside the Bombay Stock Exchange demanding removal of the Big Bull after the market crashed?
FM Non-Duplication Rule 5,989 250 ... that the FM Non-Duplication Rule adopted by the FCC 55 years ago today led to the creation of the album-oriented and classic rock radio formats?
May Hollinworth 5,966 ... that Australian theatre director and former chemistry demonstrator May Hollinworth was described as "a wizard with lighting effects"?
Lilian Benningsen 5,782 ... that Lilian Benningsen, a singer at the Bavarian State Opera for decades, appeared as Carolina in the world premiere of Henze's Elegie für junge Liebende (Elegy for Young Lovers)?
2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final   5,626 234 ... that Germany defeated Sweden in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final (pictured) with a golden goal, the last time this play was allowed in the final?
Valentina Tereshkova 9,576 - (4,611 + 3,306)/2 = 5,618 234 ... that cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova made 42 trips outside the Soviet Union between 1963 and 1970 in response to invitations she received after becoming the first woman in space?
Gao Xiaoxia 5,553 231 ... that Gao Xiaoxia abandoned her PhD studies to leave America in 1951, just before the US government banned Chinese students from returning home?
Hallo Ü-Wagen   5,448 ... that Hallo Ü-Wagen (Hello Radio Van, pictured) was a long-running weekly German radio talk show on wheels?
Félicette 5,421 226 ... that Félicette, the first cat in space, was subjected to 9.5 g of acceleration and five minutes of weightlessness?
Bohumil Herlischka 5,421 ... that Bohumil Herlischka staged Schoenberg's Moses und Aron at the Hamburg State Opera, including a tour to Israel?
Liu Housheng 5,306 221 ... that Liu Housheng co-founded the Plum Blossom Award, the highest award for Chinese opera?
Gregory Gray 5,219 217 ... that the Irish musician Gregory Gray, who started his career in a boy band, became the cult indie musician Mary Cigarettes?
Facebook Portal 5,212 217 ... that a five-star Amazon review of Facebook Portal by a writer, who claimed not to be a "big" Facebook user before buying the device, was traced to a Facebook employee?