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 2014

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...

  • DYK articles, for the April Fools DYK, are allowed to be taken from the year prior to April Fool's Day, as long as they have not previously been featured on DYK. The normal "5 day" rule for expansion and nominating is not followed. The article must be created between last April 1st and next March 31st, or have been expanded five times the size it was last April 1st by next March 31st. This exception started in 2006 and has been utilized since.
  • Proper capitalization, title formatting, and linking standards, may be disregarded only if doing this will 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]


Created by Agne27 (talk). Self nominated at 22:46, 30 March 2014 (UTC).

  • Symbol possible vote.svg The most important thing for any hook, including those for April Fools' Day, is that they be true. This simply is not. The article says that the name is "similar to" or "derived from" the term used in the local dialect to denote cats' testicles. That is a long way from saying that these grapes are or ever were referred to as "cats' testicles". The article was also created before the date allowed by the rules for April Fools' Day 2015; there might have been some leeway if it was a great hook which was actually true, but that's not the case here. A regular hook should be used instead. It can still get the quirky slot by mentioning the testicles, but in a way which is true. Perhaps something like:
  • ALT1: ... that grapes whose name may be derived from the local term for cats' testicles are used to make a Piedmont wine which may have an aroma similar to that of a cat's litter box? MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 19:18, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps I was being too cautious in trying to avoid close paraphrasing by rewriting it in my own words but if you look at this "online source it says "The name means for a local dialect "cats testicles" and probably refers to the berries or grapes form." And the exact line from the Wine Grapes book says "Its strange name supposedly comes from the local dialect meaning 'cat's testicles'." Not knowing the Piedmontese language, and again wanting to avoid close paraphrasing, I used the phrase "similar to" and "derived from" to take a more cautious approach.
That said, I have no issue with the Alt and moving it back to the regular queue. AgneCheese/Wine 23:38, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol redirect vote 4.svg Since I suggested the ALT, I can't do the review, so someone else should take care of it. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 01:06, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

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