Wikipedia:April Fool's Main Page/Did You Know

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Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "Did You Know" items for April Fools' Day 2017

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

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


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

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

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

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

How to review a nomination[edit]

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

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

Symbol Code DYK Ready? Description
Symbol confirmed.svg {{subst:DYKtick}} Yes No problems, ready for DYK
Pictogram voting keep.svg {{subst:DYKtickAGF}} Yes Article is ready for DYK, with a foreign-language or offline hook reference accepted in good faith
Symbol question.svg {{subst:DYK?}} Query DYK eligibility requires that an issue be addressed. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article}}
Symbol possible vote.svg {{subst:DYK?no}} Maybe DYK eligibility requires additional work. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article}}
Symbol delete vote.svg {{subst:DYKno}} No Article is either completely ineligible, or else requires considerable work before becoming eligible

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


Note for nominators: Please ensure that you list your nomination on Template talk:Did you know under the correct date as well as listing it below.

Awaiting verification[edit]

Verified hooks[edit]

Squirrel-sponsored cyberterrorism,

Suspected perpetrator
Suspected perpetrator
  • Comment: this is not a hoax and it is supported by reliable sources

Created by Barbara (WVS) (talk). Self-nominated at 12:07, 6 June 2017 (UTC).

  • The article is currently being discussed at Articles for Deletion. If the article is merged with animal attacks, a DYK nomination of that article may be appropriate. TheDragonFire (talk) 05:28, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
The article might end up being renamed, but I don't anticipate its deletion. Animal attacks is too large of an article to be a DYK because the addition or merging of the contents of Squirrel-sponsored cyberterrorism would be insignificant in relation to its current size. I suppose we will have to see what the results are related to the deletion nominiation. I remain optimistic. Barbara (WVS)   12:07, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol question.svg As the AFD is currently strongly leaning keep, I will give this a review. Date and length OK. I personally prefer ALT0 as it doesn't seem right to use embellishments in a DYK hook outside of April Fools Day (which we could hold it for) to avoid any PEACOCK accusations. QPQ not needed as this is the last of the nominators free ones. No close paraphrasing, however there are a few citation needed tags that would need to be cleaned up first. I reckon it is almost GTG pending the AFD result. Ping me when the AFD has closed and then I will pass or fail as appropriate. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 19:38, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
  • For your information, the AfD has closed as keep and rename, with a requested move discussion currently underway on the talk page. Rcsprinter123 (blab) 11:52, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment - I created the article, and though disappointed with the less sensational title it now has, the content is the same. I personally don't mind waiting until April Fool's day and the article is now semi-protected and should remain stable until then. I'll tidy it up a bit also to make sure the citations are all in a row. Thank you. Barbara (WVS)   23:02, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment - The article is now renamed to Electrical disruptions caused by squirrels
Barbara (WVS)   15:30, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Pinging The C of E as requested; now that the AfD has closed and the resulting rename has occurred—I've adjusted this template accordingly—this is ready for further review. BlueMoonset (talk) 00:03, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
  • If this doesn't run on April Fools, it will be a tragedy of biblical proportions. EEng 19:40, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Moved to April Fools' Day DYK page. (First hook there for 2018.) BlueMoonset (talk) 02:41, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
The first hook for 4/1/2018? To me, that is an honor. Now I am sorely tempted to work on more DYKs for the same date...
Best Regards, Barbara (WVS)   16:36, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
I thing BlueMS means it's the first hook we have so far for next April 1. To be honest I suspect there will be other hooks that will make better use of the first-slot-with-image. EEng 17:01, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
Well it will be Easter too so it may not make the image slot but you never know. Well done to Barbara on the first AFD hook for 2018. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 07:16, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

United States v. Forty-Three Gallons of Whiskey

Created by The C of E (talk). Self-nominated at 16:25, 15 October 2017 (UTC).

  • Symbol confirmed.svg Very interesting article, definitely April Fools worthy. As an alternate hook, you could also mention the Nonintercourse Act (which itself is a funny name). Meets all requirements (newness, length, sourcing, only image is the SCOTUS seal so no problems there, no plagiarism detected, QPQ, etc.). This should be good to go.Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 13:17, 16 October 2017 (UTC)