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7 July 2015
- 12:35, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the intense lighting of The Wrestlers (pictured) highlights the curves, musculature, and sweat of the participants' naked bodies as they embrace and grapple?
- ... that President Rafael Correa ordered Ecuador's television stations to broadcast 233 cadenas nacionales in 2009?
- ... that the sequel to the Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars video game is simply called Rocket League, an easier to remember title?
- ... that Spencer Wilson played Canadian football for the Calgary Stampeders as a left guard and left tackle before becoming the starting right guard?
- ... that Jules Verne's play Journey Through the Impossible, featuring Captain Nemo and other heroes from Verne's novels, was presumed lost until 1978?
- ... that Thomas Corbett, a Shaker doctor, developed an electrostatic medical device in 1810 as a "cure" for rheumatism?
- ... that the writer of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Unity" based the episode on the destruction of the Tower of Babel?
- ... that Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, who commissioned Beethoven's Mass in C major for his wife's name day, found it "unbearably ridiculous and detestable"?
- 00:50, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Voyager 1 (artist's impression pictured) is expected to reach the Oort cloud in around 300 years?
- ... that the main purpose of the tribal marks on the face or body of the Yoruba people is for identification of a person's tribe or family?
- ... that Géza II of Hungary was crowned king at the age of eleven?
- ... that the 9-minute pilot for Long Live the Royals won its creator a Primetime Emmy Award and earned the show an order from Cartoon Network?
- ... that professional Canadian box lacrosse player Curtis Manning is also a physician?
- ... that lettuce coral and thin leaf lettuce coral can both be considered "weed" corals?
- ... that the 2015–16 RFU Championship will be the first time in 13 years that Plymouth Albion is not in English rugby's second tier?
- ... that the 1970s Dutch children's TV show De Stratemakeropzeeshow was criticized for its "Poop and Pee Minuet"?
6 July 2015
- 13:05, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that biologist Robert C. Stebbins once dosed Galápagos lava lizards (pictured) with radiation and tracked them with a Geiger counter?
- ... that Mount Harriet National Park in the Andaman Islands is a butterfly hotspot?
- ... that an organization to help young African American men avoid gangs and prison was co-founded by law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds?
- ... that in a 2013 case, the Singapore Court of Appeal held that the Prime Minister was wrong to say he had discretion under the Constitution not to call a by-election to fill a parliamentary vacancy?
- ... that Andrew Brown was strongly critical of the role of Charles Lawrence, acting governor of Nova Scotia, in the Acadian Expulsion?
- ... that some sketches in the upcoming TV Sucks last for only a few seconds?
- ... that the former site of the Old White Horse Cellar, one of the most famous coaching inns in England during the 18th and 19th centuries, is now the location of The Ritz?
- ... that the visually impaired Romanian poet Mihai Codreanu walked with a cane that concealed a blade of Toledo steel, which he used to ward off jealous husbands?
- 01:20, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the exhibition of Youth on the Prow, and Pleasure at the Helm (detail pictured) prompted the comment that "no decent family can hang such sights against their wall"?
- ... that during World War II, James Franck's gold Nobel Prize medal was dissolved in aqua regia and stored in a bottle on a shelf to prevent it from falling into German hands?
- ... that the snack kue gapit is more popular among tourists than local residents of Cirebon?
- ... that 18th-century Indian artist Nainsukh is known for his unusually informal paintings of a raja, whose ashes he eventually consigned to the river Ganges?
- ... that the Alfred Bog is the largest high-quality bog in Southern Ontario, Canada?
- ... that in 1930, Adeline De Walt Reynolds graduated from college at the age of 68 and made her film debut eleven years later?
- ... that kongsi federations such as the Lanfang Republic once controlled a large part of western Borneo?
- ... that in 1882, midshipman Charles Cabaniss was killed by a bullet that ricocheted twice off the deck and once off a gun on the USS Swatara?
5 July 2015
- 12:00, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the flat broom (pictured) was originally made in the Shaker broom vise?
- ... that after the shooting of Walter Scott—an African-American—in North Charleston, South Carolina, the state government proposed a bill named after him to equip more police officers with body cameras?
- ... that the game engine used for games such as Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V was first used for a table tennis simulation game?
- ... that María Eugenia Suárez, who plays a victim of anorexia in the film Abzurdah, lost 6 kg (13 lb) during production?
- ... that A. S. Neill liked the 1972 intellectual biography about himself, Fifty Years of Freedom, but thought it "wasn't critical enough"?
- ... that eating the poisonous mushroom Neoboletus venenatus can result in vomiting so severe that dehydration results?
- ... that Regina Spektor wrote the theme song for Orange Is the New Black after watching post-production edits of the first few episodes?
- ... that Suicide Sarah was Idi Amin's favourite wife?
- 00:09, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that New Tavern Fort (6 in gun pictured) in Gravesend, Kent, was built to protect London and the Thames from a possible French invasion during the American War of Independence?
- ... that Tom Catena is the only surgeon working in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, covering a population of 750,000?
- ... that Cofix is the first coffee shop chain to be traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange?
- ... that Miss Iowa 2015 Taylor Wiebers once shaved her head to raise money for pediatric cancer research?
- ... that "Praise to the Living God" can be used in both Jewish and Christian worship as a hymn written for interfaith use?
- ... that Canadian football player Charlie Power played as a linebacker in high school and a slotback in college, but was drafted as a fullback professionally?
- ... that Clarks Creek is one of the few remaining wild trout streams in the Lackawanna Valley?
- ... that Toussaint Coffee Liqueur is named after the revolutionary fighter Toussaint Louverture?
4 July 2015
- 12:24, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the Moulin de Vertain, Templeuve (pictured) was sold on 24 Vendémiaire 6, as its owner had fled France?
- ... that ten Cuman chieftains took their customary oath upon a dog cut into two at the wedding of Stephen V of Hungary and Elizabeth the Cuman?
- ... that during the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Zimbabwean cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands?
- ... that Philomena Lynott insisted on washing Brian Robertson's hair before he performed on TV with Thin Lizzy?
- ... that sponges, worms, and molluscs bore into the stony skeleton of the intermediate valley coral?
- ... that Craig Novitsky is the first player in the history of UCLA Bruins football to start every game of a four-year career?
- ... that in 1773, during the voyage of James Cook's HMS Resolution, crew members referred to the beer on board the ship that was prepared from malt as experimental beer?
- ... that the owner of the world's largest collection of Nazi memorabilia sleeps in Hitler's bed, but has "changed the mattress"?
- 00:39, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball (pictured) was commissioned from England's foremost painter of nudes by a Conservative Member of Parliament who wanted a picture of his daughters?
- ... that Chinese film pioneer Hou Yao was murdered by the Japanese during the Sook Ching massacre in Singapore?
- ... that the ancient basalt doors in Khan al-Sabil are the largest of their kind in the Aleppo region of Syria?
- ... that Arthur S. Brisbane, the then-public editor of The New York Times, said that the 2012 creation of NewsDiffs imposed a "forced transparency" on The Times?
- ... that in the unsold 1958 TV pilot, Tales of Frankenstein, Don Megowan played the Monster in the style of Boris Karloff?
- ... that Swedish fruit soup is typically served as a dessert dish?
- ... that Tara Strong described the recasting of her character in the upcoming Powerpuff Girls reboot as "a stab in the heart"?
- ... that the watershed of Meredith Brook contains Lake Erie, which is about 4 feet (1.2 m) deep?
3 July 2015
- 12:54, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Swedish fashion designer Per Holknekt (pictured) placed second in the first Swedish Big Brother season before starting the clothing company Odd Molly?
- ... that the Shaker tilting chair lets its occupant lean back without the chair slipping and scraping the floor?
- ... that Sir William Cunningham Dalyell of the Binns, 7th Baronet, took part in covert operations during the Napoleonic Wars?
- ... that the ETC Bollywood Business Awards are the only awards in India that judge films based on their box-office performance?
- ... that Martha E. Sloan was the first female president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers?
- ... that the fossil moss Rhizomnium dentatum is preserved in the same amber block as two other mosses and part of a centipede?
- ... that the song "Going Back to My Roots" was inspired by a book by Alex Haley?
- ... that 18-year-old Israeli swimmer Ziv Kalontarov, who won a gold medal at the 2015 European Games, was trained by his parents?
- 01:09, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that a monument (pictured) was built to commemorate American soldiers who fought in the 1918 Battle of Saint-Mihiel near Montsec, Meuse?
- ... that Boris Volkoff performed and choreographed under his mother's family name?
- ... that The Verge wrote that Google Photos had made obsolete the concept of paying for digital photo storage?
- ... that the wreck of the São José Paquete Africa is the first shipwreck ever discovered of a working slave ship, lost while in transit with its human cargo?
- ... that the British magazine Eastern Eye named Katrina Kaif the "Sexiest Asian Woman" from 2008 to 2010 and again in 2013?
- ... that more than 35,000 local governments in the US are served by 556 regional councils of governments?
- ... that the fortifications of Portobelo-San Lorenzo, at one time the "most heavily fortified Spanish coastal control point in the Americas", are a World Heritage in Danger site?
- ... that Manny Pacquiao recorded his own entrance song for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?
2 July 2015
- 12:34, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Guadeloupe's coffee heritage (coffee field pictured) is being promoted through ecotourism?
- ... that Mhairi Black is the youngest elected British Member of Parliament since at least 1832?
- ... that the first known building designed by Romanian architect Cristofi Cerchez, "Stătescu Villa", in Câmpulung, later became a registered historic monument?
- ... that many scholars identify the archaeological Yueshi culture with the Eastern Barbarians mentioned in ancient documents, but others disagree?
- ... that the Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray was awarded both India's highest civilian award and France's highest decoration?
- ... that the larva of Aphidius nigripes, a parasitoid of the potato aphid, can control the behaviour of its host?
- ... that Kelley Johnson won the Miss Colorado 2015 pageant with a monologue inspired by her experiences as a nurse?
- ... that Conrad Black feared that Tom Bower's biography Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge was going to be "a heartwarming story of two sleazy, spivvy, contemptible people"?
- 00:49, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the "P"-badge (pictured) for Polish forced laborers was the first official, public badge introduced by Nazi Germany, preceding the "Jewish yellow star" by over a year?
- ... that Lixia Zhang coined the term "middlebox"?
- ... that Canadian artist Jillian Tamaki, of This One Summer fame, wrote the Adventure Time episodes "Astral Plane" and "The Diary"?
- ... that Bach's cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, probably served for both a memorial service and for job applications, and certainly for the Third Sunday after Trinity in 1714 and 1723?
- ... that the golfer Bertie Snowball was a professional in all four Home Nations before being killed in action during World War I, aged just 28?
- ... that most of the flow that Wilson Creek contributes to the Lackawanna River comes from one acid mine drainage discharge?
- ... that the #NiUnaMenos demonstration against femicide in Argentina was attended by nearly 200,000 people?
- ... 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?
1 July 2015
- 13:04, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Musidora: The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed' (detail pictured) has been described as "a titillating moral test for spectators to both enjoy and overcome"?
- ... that before he became senior vice president of Disney Television Animation, Eric Coleman helped develop SpongeBob SquarePants?
- ... that the right to name Congregation Albert, a synagogue in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was auctioned off for $250?
- ... that Carl Nielsen composed At the Bier of a Young Artist for the funeral of the promising painter Oluf Hartmann?
- ... that the Game of Thrones episode "Mother's Mercy" contains unpublished material from the novel The Winds of Winter?
- ... that Shelley Cronau, who suffered serious injuries in a fall, joined the Be the Influence advertising campaign to warn others about the dangers of binge drinking?
- ... that after his favourite concubine gave birth to a son, Duke Xuan of Chen killed the crown prince and made the newborn his heir apparent?
- ... that Fall Brook falls over Fall Brook Falls?
- 01:19, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
- ... that the future Marshal of the Royal Air Force John Slessor (pictured) was lame as a result of polio and only gained his commission as a second lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 with the help of family connections?
- ... that the small trees and shrubs Myrcianthes coquimbensis, Myrceugenia rufa, Myrceugenia colchaguensis, and Myrceugenia leptospermoides are endemic to the coastal region of Chile and are all endangered?
- ... that Tyus Battle won a gold medal in the final of the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship?
- ... that Ivory Coast is one of the largest producers of robusta in the world?
- ... that the Saverne Tunnel beneath Mont Saint-Michel will allow trains on a new high-speed rail line in France to operate at a maximum speed of 350 km/h (220 mph)?
- ... that Kyle Gallner did not know that his character in Veronica Mars, Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas, would be revealed as a murderer in the second season finale, "Not Pictured", until a costumer told him?
- ... that at Bobby Chinn's self-titled restaurant in Hanoi, dishes are influenced by his time in France, including filet mignon in spring rolls?
- ... that oncologist Alan Coates was once lowered through the ceiling of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney?