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Spectacular animals, Pine Trees screens, and more: Recently promoted articles, lists, and pictures.
Hasegawa Tohaku - Pine Trees (Shōrin-zu byōbu) - left hand screen.jpg
Left hand screen of the Pine Trees screens, a pair of newly featured pictures

This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted since June 19. Text may be adapted from the respective articles and lists; see their page histories for attribution.

Featured articles

Fourteen featured articles were promoted this week.

Shown are three Guadeloupe amazons (above), one Guadeloupe macaw (middle) as well as several seabirds and a sea turtle
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A red-billed tropicbird with her chick
  • The Inaccessible Island rail (nominated by Sabine's Sunbird) is a small bird of the rail familyRallidae. It is the only species in the genus AtlantisiaEndemic to Inaccessible Island in the Tristan Archipelago in the isolated south Atlantic, it is notable for being the smallest extant flightless bird in the world.
  • "Mother's Day" (Rugrats) (nominated by Aoba47) is the second episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Rugrats and the show's 67th episode overall. Released as a Mother's Day special, it revolves around the holiday from the perspective of a group of babies as they attempt to find the perfect mother for Chuckie, while sharing their favorite memories about their moms. "Mother's Day" was praised by critics and has been the subject of several retrospective reviews for its treatment of the death of a parent.
  • The Million Second Quiz (nominated by Bcschneider53) is an American game show that was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and broadcast by NBC. The series aired from September 9 to September 19, 2013. For a titular million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds), contestants attempted to maintain control of a "money chair" by winning trivia matches against other contestants, earning money for every second they occupied the chair. The quiz was dubbed "The Olympics of quiz." Critics argued that the confusing format of The Million Second Quiz, along with its lack of drama and technical issues with the show's app during the first days of the series, caused viewers to lose interest in watching it on air. Although peaking at 6.52 million viewers for its premiere, ratings steadily dropped during the show's run before rising again near the finale.
  • The Illinois Centennial half dollar (nominated by Wehwalt) is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1918. The coins were minted in August 1918, and were sold to the public for $1 each. All sold, though many were held by a bank until 1933. Later writers have generally admired the coin, considering it one of the more handsome American commemoratives. The coin is valued in the hundreds of dollars today, though exceptional specimens may trade for more.
  • Coalhouse Fort (nominated by Prioryman) is an artillery fort built in the 1860s to guard the lower Thames from seaborne attack. It stands at Coalhouse Point in Essex on the north bank of the river, at a location near East Tilbury that was vulnerable to raiders and invaders. Decommissioned in 1949, the fort was used for a time as a storehouse for a shoe factory before it was purchased by the local council. Since 1985 it has been leased to a voluntary preservation group, the Coalhouse Fort Project, which has been working to restore the fort and use it for heritage and educational purposes. Funding for its restoration has been provided in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Warner Bros. film studio, which used the fort as a location for the opening scenes of the 2005 film Batman Begins.
  • The Guadeloupe amazon (nominated by FunkMonk) is a hypothetical extinct species of parrot that is thought to have been endemic to the Lesser Antillean island region of Guadeloupe. According to contemporary descriptions, the head, neck and underparts of the Guadeloupe amazon were mainly violet or slate in colour, mixed with green and black, the back was brownish green, and the wings were green, yellow and red. The bird fed on fruits and nuts, and the male and female took turns sitting on the nest. It was eaten by French settlers, who also destroyed its habitat. Rare by 1779, it appears to have become extinct by the end of the 18th century.
  • The red-billed tropicbird (nominated by RileyBugz and Cas Liber) is a tropicbird, one of three closely related species of seabird of tropical oceans. Superficially resembling a tern in appearance, it has mostly white plumage with some black markings on the wings and back, a black mask, and a red bill. This species ranges across the tropical Atlantic, eastern Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Birds of all ages feed on fish and squid, catching them by diving from the air into the water. However, the red-billed tropicbird sometimes follows surface-feeding predators. The predators will drive the prey to the surface, which are then seized by the tropicbird.
  • Leelah Alcorn (nominated by Midnightblueowl) was an American transgender girl whose suicide attracted international attention. Alcorn had posted a suicide note to her Tumblr blog, writing about societal standards affecting transgender people and expressing the hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people. LGBT rights activists called attention to the incident as evidence of the problems faced by transgender youth, while vigils were held in her memory in the United States and United Kingdom.
  • The 250t-class torpedo boat (nominated by Peacemaker67) were high-seas torpedo boats built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy between 1913 and 1916. A total of 27 boats were built by three shipbuilding companies, with the letter after the boat number indicating the manufacturer. All 27 boats saw service in World War I, undertaking anti-submarine operations in the Adriatic Seashore bombardment missions along its Italian coastline, and convoy, and escort and minesweeping tasks. Although widely used during the war, the class suffered no losses, despite taking hits during surface engagements and damage from accidents. By 1940, thirteen boats of the class had been lost or scrapped
  • The octopus (nominated by Chiswick Chap, Cwmhiraeth and LittleJerry) is a soft-bodied, eight-armed mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species are recognised and the order is grouped within the class Cephalopoda with squidscuttlefish and nautiloids. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally diverse of all invertebrates. The octopus is bilaterally symmetric with two eyes and a beak, with its mouth at the centre point of the arms. Octopuses inhabit various regions of the ocean, including coral reefspelagic waters, and the seabed; some live in the intertidal zone and others at abyssal depths. Most species grow fast, mature early and are short lived.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (nominated by Czar) is a 1986 side-scrollingplatform video game developed and published by Nintendo as the first sequel to their 1985 bestseller Super Mario Bros.. The title is known for its intense difficulty, which contributes to its reputation as a black sheep in the franchise. Reviewers viewed The Lost Levels as an extension of the original release, especially its difficulty progression. The Lost Levels was the most popular game on the Disk System, for which it sold about 2.5 million copies. It is remembered among the most difficult games by Nintendo and in the video game medium, and among the least important games in the Mario series.
  • Boogeyman 2 (nominated by PanagiotisZois) is a 2007 American supernatural horror film edited and directed by Jeff Betancourt and the sequel to the 2005 film Boogeyman. It received mixed reviews from critics, although many of them considered it to be a general improvement over its predecessor. Attention was especially given to the human-like nature of the Boogeyman in the film, which reviewers felt was preferable to monsters in other contemporary creature features, including the previous film. Despite a mediocre commercial performance, recouping slightly less than its budget, the film received a sequel, Boogeyman 3, the following year.
  • The decisive Battle of Kunersdorf (nominated by auntieruth) occurred on 12 August 1759 near Kunersdorf (Kunowice), immediately east of Frankfurt an der Oder. Part of the Seven Years' War, the battle involved over 100,000 men. An allied army commanded by Pyotr Saltykov and Ernst Gideon von Laudon that included 41,000 Russians and 18,500 Austrians defeated Frederick the Great's army of 50,900 Prussians.
  • Cyclone Ada (nominated by Juliancolton) was a small but intense tropical cyclone that severely impacted the Whitsunday Region of QueenslandAustralia, in January 1970. It has been described as a defining event in the history of the Whitsunday Islands, and was the most damaging storm in the mainland town of Proserpine's history at the time. Ada devastated multiple resort islands in the Whitsundays, in some cases destroying virtually all facilities and guest cabins. Based on the severity of the damage, wind gusts were later estimated at 220 km/h (140 mph). As Ada moved ashore, most homes were damaged or destroyed in communities near the storm's landfall point, including CannonvaleAirlie Beach, and Shute Harbour. Extreme rainfall totals as high as 1.25 m (49 in) caused massive river flooding in coastal waterways between Bowen and Mackay. Ada killed a total of 14 people, and caused A$12 million in damage. The cyclone revealed inadequacies in the warning broadcast system, and served as the impetus for enhanced cyclone awareness programs that have been credited with saving lives in subsequent cyclones.

Featured lists

Six featured lists were promoted this week.

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Chelsea celebrate with the tournament cup after winning the 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy.

Featured pictures

Nine featured pictures were promoted this week, including the Pine Trees screens (Shōrin-zu byōbu, 松林図 屏風) a pair of six-panel folding screens (byōbu) by the Japanese artist Hasegawa Tōhaku (nominated by Theramin).

Good articles

Apart from this featured content, a total of 133 good articles were promoted in the month of June, starting with The Blair Witch Project, Gus Grissom, and Badmotorfinger, and ending with Carroll Baker, G (New York City Subway service) and Citi Bike.

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  1. The Blair Witch Project
  2. Gus Grissom
  3. Badmotorfinger
  4. Equatorial Guinea at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  5. Banksia sceptrum
  6. "Rebel Heart" (song)
  7. Miriam Makeba
  8. Typhoon Wendy (1960)
  9. 1943 Atlantic hurricane season
  10. Golden Sun 
  11.  Guadeloupe amazon 
  12.  IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line 
  13. Mrs. Puff 
  14.  Ephesto 
  15.  H to He, Who Am the Only One 
  16.  Ikaruga 
  17.  Buddy Alliston
  18. Taking Back Sunday (album) 
  19.  We Are X 
  20.  Taurean Allen 
  21.  Siempre Tú 
  22.  Deerfoot Trail 
  23.  Mr. Saxobeat 
  24.  Rainier Beach station 
  25.  Miss Malini 
  26.  Prayer of Saint Francis 
  27.  Asa Gray
  28.  Fighters Uncaged 
  29.  Horizon Zero Dawn 
  30.  Fraser, Frieda 
  31.  Agagianian, Gregorio Pietro 
  32.  The Nightfly
  33. Islands (miniseries) 
  34.  Buhl Altarpiece 
  35.  Anthony Henday Drive 
  36.  California State Route 125 
  37.  Melampitta 
  38.  Lilias Armstrong 
  39.  Starship Troopers 
  40.  Nina Simonovich-Efimova 
  41.  Sylvia Plath 
  42.  Kill or Be Killed (comics) 
  43.  SMS Meteor (1865) 
  44.  Vivo (Luis Miguel album) 
  45.  Siege of Thessalonica (1422–1430) 
  46.  Agent Carter 
  47.  2017 Buenos Aires ePrix 
  48. The Holy Trinity 
  49.  Hooded pitohui 
  50.  Revival 
  51.  Lexington Avenue–63rd Street (63rd Street Lines) 
  52.  Praseodymium 
  53.  Michael Allen (Canadian football) 
  54.  Sappho 16 
  55.  The North Remembers" (Game of Thrones) 
  56.  Science in the medieval Islamic world 
  57.  Talbot, Geoffrey 
  58.  Papal conclave, March 1605 
  59. A Toast to Men 
  60.  The Hidden Oracle 
  61.  Barge of the Dead
  62. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) 
  63. Boruto Uzumaki
  64. Superliner (railcar) 
  65.  Smith, Babe
  66. Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! 
  67.  Me & the Rhythm 
  68.  Osmaniye-class ironclad 
  69.  "Hands to Myself" 
  70. Countess Palatine Ingrid Von Marburg 
  71.  Legion (season 1) 
  72.  "E.B.E." (The X-Files) 
  73.  Roosevelt Island (IND 63rd Street Line) 
  74.  Papal conclave, May 1605 — "Baby I" 
  75.  Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel 
  76.  Plankton and Karen 
  77.  Double Dare
  78. 1947 Atlantic hurricane season 
  79.  Antichrist Superstar 
  80.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
  81.  Alberta Highway 3 
  82.  "Same Old Love" 
  83.  Fordham University 
  84.  Casualty (series 29) 
  85.  Greg Mancz 
  86.  Dostana (2008 film) 
  87.  Philip Osipovich Paulucci 
  88.  Pioneer Square station 
  89.  "Sledgehammer" (Fifth Harmony song) 
  90.  Dezinformatsia (book) 
  91.  Superliner (railcar) 
  92.  Babe Smith
  93. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 
  94.  Ashby de la Zouch Castle 
  95.  Istiodactylus 
  96.  1827 North Carolina hurricane 
  97.  Rocky Romero 
  98.  "Anymore" (Goldfrapp song) 
  99.  Battle of Heligoland (1864) 
  100.  The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty 
  101.  Rain World 
  102.  Disneyland Railroad 
  103.  Mia Hamm 
  104.  Unbiunium 
  105.  Leslie H. Martin 
  106.  Jeff Almon 
  107.  Dubnium
  108. Washington State Route 522 
  109.  Arkansas Highway 142 
  110.  Landsat 2 
  111.  Missouri Route 75 
  112.  Saint Kitts and Nevis at the 1996 Summer Olympics 
  113.  Lana Turner 
  114.  SMS Blitz (1862) 
  115.  SMS Basilisk (1862) 
  116.  Wayne Allison (Canadian football) 
  117.  Labour Party of Scotland 
  118.  Calcium 
  119.  Independence from Europe 
  120.  1942 Atlantic hurricane season 
  121.  Tropical Depression Six (1975) 
  122.  "More than Friends" (Inna song)
  123. Hurricane Dennis (1981)
  124.  Typhoon Clara (1981)
  125. "Call My Name" (Cheryl song)
  126.  Charles Alston (gridiron football)
  127. Hurricane Adrian (1999)
  128. Yellow-bellied marmot
  129. ''The Hunted'' (1995 film)
  130. 1927 Pacific typhoon season
  131. Carroll Baker
  132. G (New York City Subway service)
  133. Citi Bike

Hasegawa Tohaku - Pine Trees (Shōrin-zu byōbu) - right hand screen.jpg
Right hand screen of the Pine Trees screens, a pair of newly featured pictures