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30 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Eugénie Buffet

*... that the role of Mademoiselle Amy Jolly, played by Marlene Dietrich in the 1930 film Morocco, was inspired by the life of chanteuse réaliste Eugénie Buffet (pictured)?

*... that Bill Beaney led Middlebury College to an unprecedented five straight national men's ice hockey championships and ranks 11th on the all-time NCAA hockey win list?

*... that about 6 million people are infected with Opisthorchis viverrini in Thailand?

*... that author Ted McKeever cited Planet of the Apes as inspiration for his futuristic comic book series Meta 4, saying that it changed his life?

*... that the tower of the older Church of St Saviour, Ringley, Greater Manchester, was left in an isolated position when the present church was built on a different site?

*... that economist Eric Jones is known for popularizing the term European Miracle?

*... that Green Lake in Texas, is the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within the state, despite its proximity to the brackish waters of San Antonio Bay?

*... that mice were used to detect any concentrations of carbon monoxide inside the hull of the British petrol-engined B-class submarines?

  • 12:00, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

A brick church building with twin steeples, highlighted against a blue sky

*... that the church bells of St. Joseph's Catholic Church (pictured) in Wapakoneta, Ohio were moved from a previous church building?

*... that Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Althing and spokesperson for Wikileaks, sponsored the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative?

*... that in his dissenting opinion in the case of Taylor v. Beckham, U.S. Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan wrote that the right to hold elected offices should be considered part of the definition of "liberty" and protected by the Fourteenth Amendment?

*... that the uncial letters of the Codex Nanianus represent the last stage before the introduction of compressed uncials?

*... that LNER CME Nigel Gresley was so concerned about unsafe railway practices shown in the 1929 film The Flying Scotsman that he made the film producers include a disclaimer at the beginning?

*... that the National Basketball Association (NBA) public relations director Haskell Cohen originated the idea for the first NBA All-Star Game?

*... that there is a tradition that the Middleton miners gave either a week's wages or a week's work towards the cost of building the church of St Mary the Virgin, Middleton in 1846?

*... that as he "didn't even know it was a paying job", Superintendent Carmine DeSopo donated his entire $35,000 salary as New Jersey Assemblyman to the Burlington County Special Services School District?

  • 06:00, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Workers in a Vietnamese rice paddy

*... that Vietnam, one of the world’s richest agricultural regions (pictured), is the second-largest exporter worldwide and the seventh-largest consumer of rice?

*... that Margie Wright is the all-time winningest NCAA softball coach and ranks second all-time in career victories among NCAA Division I coaches in all sports?

*... that when the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco received DOCG status, the name of its grape changed from Prosecco to Glera so others could not make wine with the grape and call it Prosecco?

*... that African-American composer Wendell Logan described jazz as "our classical music", saying it "belongs here just as much as Americans belong on this soil"?

*... that the first entomological article written by a New World native concerned the "Great Black Wasp"?

*... that Aquilla Coonrod was one of only two men from Williams County, Ohio, to have ever received the Medal of Honor?

*... that Erling Sandberg, installed as Finance Minister by Reichskommissariat when Nazis occupied Norway, was acquitted of collaboration with Nazis?

*... that anti-apartheid activist Nico Smith and his wife were the only legal white residents of Mamelodi, South Africa, from 1985 to 1989?

  • 00:00, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Bishop Alejandro Goic is shown wearing a red chasuble and a white miter

*... that during the 2006 student protests in Chile, students threw stones at the residence of Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic (pictured), although he had expressed a desire to mediate only hours before?

*... that according to neuroeconomist Gregory Berns, the challenges and novel experiences we undergo while we strive to achieve an aim bring us more fulfillment than the achievement itself?

*... that although the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation was created in 2004 to implement a 20-year, $8 billion redevelopment plan in Washington, D.C., it was abolished after just three years?

*... that the 2008 Indonesian film Love was a remake of the 2006 film Cinto?

*... that J. A. "Daff" Gammons played professional baseball and football, coached the Brown University football team, founded a successful insurance agency, and was an accomplished amateur golfer?

*... that the entire board of directors of Australian mining company Sundance Resources was killed in an airplane crash in the Republic of Congo in June 2010?

*... that 29-year-old writer Justin Halpern was catapulted to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list after moving back into his parents' home and starting a daily journal of his father's salty remarks?

*... that a cat, Oscar, has had a pioneering operation to add prosthetic feet, which could lead the way for similar treatment on humans?

29 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Stone building with tiled roof

*... that the Old Priory Barn, which now houses the Somerset Cricket Museum (pictured), is the only surviving building of the Augustinian Taunton Priory?

*... that American handicapper George E. Smith won $115,000 on one horse race in 1891, the largest payout recorded in the US to that date?

*... that Major League Baseball pitcher Jonathan Johnson was admitted to the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 2006?

*... that the death of Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester, at the Battle of Bannockburn, set in motion a train of events that ended in the deposition of King Edward II of England?

*... that Henry Wilkens received the Medal of Honor for his part in the battle of Little Muddy Creek?

*... that French Major General Marcel Alessandri received twelve Croix de guerre citations over the course of his forty-one year-long career?

*... that after Leander Clark College went bankrupt and merged with Coe College, an heir of the school's namesake sued to have his donation returned?

*... that in English law, Quistclose may be constructive trusts, resulting trusts, express trusts, or completely illusory?

  • 12:00, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Outcrop of banded and folded metamorphic rock with snow patch in foreground

*... that the Lewisian gneiss (pictured), forms the basement to Torridonian and Cambro-Ordovician sedimentary rocks in the Hebridean Terrane?

*... that Asri Muda was ousted as the President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party in 1982, and later joined the party's rival, the United Malays National Organisation?

*... that word of Dartmouth football coach Jackson Cannell's termination prompted a team petition and The New York Times to dismiss it as a "rumor [that] springs up every year"?

*... that Illinois Senate candidate LeAlan Jones created the award-winning radio documentary Ghetto Life 101 when he was 13 years old?

*... that remnants of a gristmill, distillery and oil well have been found at Falling Waters State Park which also has the highest waterfall in Florida?

*... that John W. Comfort enlisted in the Regular United States Army just four months after leaving the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry?

*... that character actor Vince O'Brien cherished his role on television and print advertisements as the Shell Answer Man, a job he felt was "like hitting the state lottery"?

*... that evolutionary biologist and herpetologist Alex Pyron graduated from Piedmont College at age 16 and earned two master's degrees and a PhD by age 21?

  • 06:00, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

The enigmatic New Caledonian kagu

*... that New Caledonia, an island fragment of the sunken continent Zealandia since the Cretaceous, and home to the Kagu (pictured), has been likened to a "Jurassic Park"?

*... that the Louisiana Tech University named its Endowed Professorship in History after historian John D. Winters?

*... that the first missionary house in South-West Africa, today's Namibia, was erected in Warmbad in 1806?

*... that Ernie Robson played his final first-class cricket match for Somerset aged 53, less than a year before his death?

*... that Fox Sports College Hoops '99 was the first college sports game for the Nintendo 64?

*... that the $1 million spent by Sean F. Dalton and the other candidates in the 1993 General Assembly race for New Jersey's 4th Legislative District was the most for any district in the state that year?

*... that to preserve an archeological site in Guerrero, Mexico, a tunnel was dug under it for a highway joining Acapulco with Cuernavaca?

*... that although Neil Bancroft was awarded the Medal of Honor, he had died by the time the government located him to issue the medal?

  • 00:00, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

A portrait of John Tuohill Murphy

*... that while president of Pittsburgh Catholic College, Father John Tuohill Murphy (pictured) formed a close personal association with the future saint Katharine Drexel?

*... that the film Out of the Clouds used one of Ealing Studios' largest ever sets to create the interior of the terminal building?

*... that Protestant Reformation in Italy was significantly hindered by the strong influence of the Roman Catholic Church?

*... that New Jersey Assemblymember Jack Casey was one of many Democratic Party incumbents swept out of office in 1991 in what was called an "anti-tax tidal wave"?

*... that James Anderson was one of six men awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry against a group of Plains Indians at the Wichita River in Texas?

*... that The Victoria Advocate is the second oldest newspaper in Texas, and the first published west of the Colorado River of Texas?

*... that U.S. singer-songwriter Phil Ochs recorded "Kansas City Bomber" as the theme song to the Raquel Welch film of the same name, but it was rejected by the film's producers?

*... that Louis XIV's personal physician Guy-Crescent Fagon recommended that the king only drink Côte de Nuits wines from Nuits St-Georges because of the wines' reported health-giving properties?

28 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

A battlemented church tower with the church extending to the left, set in a wooded churchyard containing many gravestones

*... that St Oswald's Church, Warton, Lancashire (pictured), has connections with the ancestors of George Washington?

*... that the spits of Azov Sea are longer than its width?

*... that rock band Cave In released an album through RCA Records, but was subsequently dropped from the record label, which refused to fund the recording of an album with a heavier style?

*... that in 1991 Judicial Commissioner K. S. Rajah annulled a marriage between a woman who underwent sex reassignment surgery and another woman, reasoning that a transsexual's gender was biologically determined?

*... that the music video for Japanese band Sakanaction's "Aruku Around" was shot in a single take using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera?

*... that on the last day of the Battle of Hill 170 in January 1945, an estimated 700 Japanese artillery shells landed on the hill?

*... that the Five talent show Don't Stop Believing was created based on the popularity of American musicals Glee and High School Musical?

*... that preference-based planning can help you to plan your visit to Starbucks before going to school?

  • 12:00, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

green fern fronds

*... that both Australian aborigines and Māori ate the roots of the bracken Pteridium esculentum (pictured)?

*... that 5'5", 135 lb (1.65 m, 61 kg) Chris Limahelu set a USC Trojans football record with a 47-yard field goal at the 1974 Rose Bowl game?

*... that Jimmie Johnson has the most consecutive NASCAR drivers' championships with four earned from 2006 to 2009?

*... that in 1565 "commissioners for removing superstitious ornaments" took various idolatrous items from the first chapel on the site of Holy Trinity Church, Horwich, in Greater Manchester?

*... that the resort of Jamaica Beach on West Bay in Texas was built on a Karankawa Indian burial ground?

*... that James N. Wood created major exhibitions of works by Gauguin, Monet and van Gogh that set records for attendance at the Art Institute of Chicago?

*... that the documentary Chords of Fame includes scenes in which its subject, U.S. singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, is portrayed by Bill Burnett?

*... that a fine for skinny dipping led Bill Slater into a legal career?

  • 06:00, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

A side view of a white statue of the Virgin Mary atop a stone pedestal, with greenery in the foreground

*... that the Monument of the Holy Mother of God (pictured) in Haskovo, southeastern Bulgaria, is the tallest statue of the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in the world?

*... that Bombay Bicycle Club's second album Flaws consists entirely of acoustic music, including cover versions of other artists?

*... that when Charles T. Gulick was tried for treason in 1895, his lawyer Paul Neumann had served in the cabinet of the Kingdom of Hawaii with him?

*... that although the Montana Fish and Game Board, the predecessor to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, was established in 1895, the first game warden was not hired until 1898?

*... that Palacký University in Olomouc was established in 1573 to help re-Catholicize predominantly Protestant Czech lands?

*... that, when asked why he opened his studio in Tropico rather than nearby Los Angeles, photographer Edward Weston replied, "I'm going to make my name so famous that it won't matter where I live"?

*... that Elizabeth Dickens, the mother of novelist Charles Dickens, was the model for Mrs. Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby and Mrs. Micawber in David Copperfield?

*... that seven months after the reported execution in Budapest of Sári Petráss as a spy, she debuted on Broadway?

  • 00:00, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

A photograph of William M. Bunn seated, wearing a thick coat, with his left hand under his chin, he has a receding hairline and a large moustache, curled up at the ends

*... that Idaho Territorial Governor William Bunn (pictured) was appointed due to a quid pro quo between Chester A. Arthur and the Cameron political machine during the 1884 US presidential election?

*... that in the mass literacy campaign during Grenada's New Jewel Movement revolution, 65% of volunteer teachers were mobilized from the National Youth Organization?

*... that Henry Schoellkopf, selected as an All-American fullback while attending Harvard Law School, later shot himself in the head at his Milwaukee law office?

*... that James Morris Blaut's death prevented him from finishing his trilogy of books criticizing Eurocentrism?

*... that the Bumblebee model, first used by Alan Kostelecký, is the simplest case of a theory with spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking?

*... that Zachariah T. Woodall was awarded the Medal of Honor for his participation in what was later known as the Battle of Buffalo Wallow?

*... that pitcher Héctor Wagner was one of the youngest players in Major League Baseball in 1990?

*... that according to Andreas Grünschloß, members of UFO religions derive an enhanced sense of self-worth from their membership, believing they are part of those chosen to prepare a new age?

27 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Ernst Sars

*... that historian Ernst Sars (pictured) was a co-editor of the magazine Nyt Tidsskrift from 1882 to 1887?

*... that Frank Girardi's Lycoming football team wore shoes borrowed from Joe Paterno in the 1990 NCAA football tournament?

*... that the highly influential jurist Sir Matthew Hale once said that lawyers were "a barbarous set of people unfit for anything but their own trade"?

*... that Fr. John Willms once stood in the way of a locomotive in order to allow his congregation to hear a sermon in silence?

*... that former Ohio State football coach Larry Catuzzi served on the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission after his daughter died on United Airlines Flight 93?

*... that the wife and children of Idaho Territorial Governor Edward A. Stevenson were killed during an Indian attack?

*... that Amon Henry Wilds's Italianate Park Crescent development in Brighton was the scene of the infamous "trunk murder" of July 1934?

*... that the Utina were one of the most powerful Timucua tribes during the early days of European settlement in Florida, but appear to have fragmented into at least three chiefdoms by the 17th century?

  • 12:00, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

A large, pale yellow beetle with two large black horns projecting forwards

*... that the animals described in Carl Linnaeus' Centuria Insectorum include the crab Hepatus epheliticus, the rhinoceros beetle Dynastes tityus (pictured), the scale insect Conchaspis capensis and the butterfly Catopsilia scylla?

*... that a Los Angeles Times music critic credited Los Angeles Philharmonic director Ernest Fleischmann with having "transformed a provincial second-rank orchestra into one of the world's best"?

*... that the communist-led Left Front won all seats elected in the 2010 Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council election?

*... that soprano Siri Thornhill performed a Bach cantata for the fourth Sunday after Trinity, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 177, at the Rheingau Musik Festival in the Eibingen Abbey?

*... that the GreenWheel is an electric-powered assist module designed by the MIT Media Lab than can be added in the rear hub of any existing bicycle, providing added power for hills and acceleration?

*... that according to sociology professor Lorne L. Dawson, Internet sites like YouTube have in recent years been used to spread religious hate propaganda?

*... that the SS Cedarville sank in 1965 after colliding with another ship near the Mackinac Bridge, killing ten people?

*... that Gerbrand Bakker played a tape recording of 1994 Dutch Eurovision entry "Waar is de zon?" as he was given the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Twin?

  • 06:00, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Painting "Execution of a Moroccan Jewess" by Alfred Dehodencq

*... that in 1834, the 17-year-old Moroccan Jewish girl Sol Hachuel was beheaded (pictured) for alleged apostasy from Islam?

*... that Hillsboro, Oregon-based ClearEdge Power used to be known as Quantum Leap Technology?

*... that physician-ethnographer Hiram M. Hiller, Jr. made two trips to the fabled Dyak headhunters of Borneo?

*... that Jay Handlan set the NCAA college basketball record of 71 field goal attempts in a single game while playing for Washington and Lee University?

*... that The Volcano in northwestern British Columbia is the youngest known volcano in Canada and its last eruption likely took place only 150 years ago?

*... that Mendocino, California, artist Bill Zacha learned to paint left-handed after injuring his right hand in a fall?

*... that in response to the Hajong communist peasants' uprising, Pakistani authorities forced the majority of the Hajong people into exile in India?

*... that "Lord" George Sanger was a 19th century circus proprietor who, at the age of 85, was murdered with a hatchet?

  • 00:00, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Phaius tancarvilleae in flower

*... that the flowers of the ground orchid Phaius tancarvilleae (pictured) can arise on stems two metres (seven feet) high?

*... that convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner watched The Lord of the Rings film trilogy before being executed by firing squad?

*... that the cargo ship Jan Steen collided with and sank the Caritas I in the River Scheldt in 1947?

*... that Carlos Monsiváis, who was a Mexican political activist and journalist, won more than 33 awards during his lifetime?

*... that the first two cookbooks by Deborah Madison won James Beard Foundation awards as well as Julia Child Cookbook of the Year?

*... that the current head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky is one of Ukraine's richest businessmen?

*... that a high concentration of anthracene in the liver can kill the African Clariid Catfish?

*... that the opening scene of the first episode of BBC Three sitcom Mongrels features cats eating the corpse of their dead owner?

26 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Red brick and granit building on a street corner

*... that Illinois Institute of Technology Academic Campus (Machinery Hall pictured) was built by the philanthropy of Philip Danforth Armour?

*... that only 1000 copies of each issue of Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly were printed on loose-leaf paper, bound in a folio, and featured avant-garde authors, poets, artists, and even architects?

*... that Wimbledon tennis player and IOC honorary member Jan Staubo was an inmate of the camp Stalag Luft III shortly before The Great Escape?

*... that Princeton's "Whoop" Snively, known as "the best forward-passer in the East," later coached lacrosse and ice hockey at Williams College and New Hampshire?

*... that sitcom writer and producer Martin Cohan co-created Silver Spoons and Who's the Boss?

*... that Richard Shephard wrote a piece commemorating Henry Purcell's 350th birthday for 500 school children which was performed in the Royal Albert Hall with Howard Goodall in 2009?

*... that the original iPhone was named the Invention of the Year by Time magazine?

*... that although his father was director of industrial relations at Ford Motor Company, Bob King joined the union at Ford and was elected president of the United Auto Workers of America in June 2010?

  • 12:00, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Monochrome portrait of a man in his late 30s, seated. Period 1840.

*... that Alphonse Royer (pictured) and Théophile Gautier were Heinrich Heine's seconds in his 1841 duel with Salomon Strauss?

*... that the career of the 400-meter world junior record holder Darrell Robinson ended after he accused Carl Lewis and Flo-Jo of using performance-enhancing drugs?

*... that W. I. M. Seneviratne and Chaminda Ruwan Yakandawala were Sri Lankan soldiers who sacrificed their lives to prevent female Tamil Tiger suicide bombers from assassinating Sri Lankan VIPs?

*... that the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru is the government agency that operates the prison where Joran van der Sloot is being held?

*... that the $2.4 million spent by both candidates in the 2003 New Jersey Senate race between Stephen M. Sweeney and Raymond Zane set a record for the most expensive legislative race in state history?

*... that high levels of chlorides have been found in some of Serra de Na Burguesa's aquifers?

*... that PCC, one of Brazil's most notorious gangs, is said to have been formed in response to commanding colonel Ubiratan Guimarães' mishandling of the prison riot leading to the Carandiru massacre?

*... that the 1986 Goodwill Games, created by Ted Turner, featured a type of polo competition with motorcycles called motoball?

  • 06:00, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Satellite image of Azov Sea showing distinct change in colour between the dark blue Black Sea and the light green Azov Sea

*... that the Sea of Azov (pictured) is the shallowest sea in the world?

*... that psychologist Steve Eichel was an expert witness in the 2003 criminal trial of Lee Boyd Malvo?

*... that Kermit Roosevelt's co-brother-in-law Mervyn Herbert played first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club and died in the British Embassy in Rome, Italy?

*... that Ambondro, which lived in Madagascar about 167 million years ago, is the oldest known mammal with modern, tribosphenic molars?

*... that Vangjel Meksi was the first to translate the New Testament into the Albanian language?

*... that the 2010 Central Canada earthquake was felt as far away as New York City?

*... that Karen Fladset, team handball player and former coach for the Norwegian women's national handball team, was also national champion in discus throw?

*... that a village in Pennsylvania got its name from an incident involving nitroglycerin torpedoes?

  • 00:00, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Dutch attack in Lombok

*... that the Dutch intervention in Lombok and Karangasem in 1894 (pictured) led to the death of thousands of Balinese?

*... that the Becton, Dickinson headquarters were designed in the style of a country house?

*... that the annual Berg River Canoe Marathon ends at the Port Owen marina in Velddrif, Western Cape, South Africa?

*... that the Cretaceous Malagasy mammal Lavanify is most closely related to a species from India?

*... that 11 Dyke Road, Brighton—latterly a nightclub with names such as Sloopy's, Fozzies, The Shrine and New Hero—was built in 1867 in an "inventive" Gothic style as a school for poor girls?

*... that Thomas S. Buechner became one of the youngest museum directors in the United States when he was named to head the Brooklyn Museum at age 33?

*... that in the Treaty of Kiel, Swedish Pomerania was promised to Denmark as compensation for Norway?

*... that the University of Texas fired their women's basketball coach in 1976, during a season in which the Texas Longhorns women's basketball team went 21–7, because he couldn't coach volleyball?

25 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

The Wallabies

*... that George Smith has twice won the John Eales Medal, awarded for the best Wallaby (Australian rugby team pictured), as voted for by his peers in the Rugby Union Players Association?

*... that the Journal of Contemporary Religion, covering new religious movements and trends in mainstream religion, was founded in 1985 as Religion Today, with Peter B. Clarke as its founding editor?

*... that the old Rouen tramway was once the largest electric tramway in France, with 70 km (43 mi) of route?

*... that D. Bennett Mazur was elected in 1991 to serve a sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 37th Legislative District, but resigned after suffering a stroke on Election Day?

*... that some Anglo-Saxon churches, such as St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber, were originally built with towers for naves?

*... that the LTV L450F spyplane was developed from a sailplane, and was then further developed into a drone?

*... that much of the information that reaches Chinese media is published in the limited-circulation reports for government officials, not in the regular press?

*... that in 1612 Jewish teacher Jacob Barnet was arrested and imprisoned by officials of the University of Oxford for changing his mind about being baptized?

  • 12:00, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

Israeli T-55 tank

*... that during Operation Raviv of September 1969, Israeli troops used captured Arab armor (T-55 pictured) to raid Egypt's Red Sea coast?

*... that Europe's largest golf course was built on the island of Veliki Brijun in the early 1910s?

*... that Memphis, Tennessee's Temple Israel, one of the largest Reform synagogues in the United States, insisted in its early years on separate seating for men and women?

*... that the average age of a farm holder in the United Kingdom is 59?

*... that after his professional baseball career was over, Jerry Harrington became the assistant chief of police in Keokuk, Iowa?

*... that in 1969, Mahathir Mohamad, the future Prime Minister of Malaysia, lost his seat in Parliament to future Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party President, Yusof Rawa?

*... that This is a magazine is an experimental art publication founded in 2002?

*... that while he was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, Rip Egan once served alcohol to the opposing pitcher late into the night to keep him from playing at his full potential the next day?

  • 06:00, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

House at Herrengasse 23, Bern, north facade

*... that, from his house on Herrengasse 23 (pictured), American spy Allen Dulles ran an intelligence organization that was involved with an attempt to kill Adolf Hitler, and even the surrender of German troops in Italy?

*... that Norwegian MP Børre Rognlien was also the organizational leader of short track speed skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics?

*... that, after the rape and murder of an 11-year-old boy selling candy for a fundraiser, New Jersey Assemblyman John A. Rocco introduced a bill to ban door-to-door sales by public school students?

*... that bats on Madagascar colonized the island from Asia at least three times?

*... that, in 2007, American track and field athlete Jake Arnold became the first man in 22 years to win back-to-back NCAA Championships in the decathlon?

*... that, although the Sind United Party emerged as the largest party in the 1937 Sind assembly election, it failed to get its main leaders elected?

*... that Lavaca Bay in Texas has been classified as a superfund site due to mercury contamination by Alcoa?

*... that an inmate of the Dóchas Centre women's prison was arrested for trying to break into the facility at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin?

  • 00:00, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

Pretzel knot element in Moonsault Scramble

*... that Moonsault Scramble (pictured) was the third-tallest shuttle roller coaster ever constructed, and the first roller coaster to stand over 200 feet (61 m) in height?

*... that the town of Carancahua on Carancahua Bay in Texas avoided growth because of the site's propensity for flooding and malaria?

*... that the rainforest tree Flindersia xanthoxyla, used for making coaches and cabinets, is a member of the citrus family Rutaceae?

*... that the MIT Car, a two-seat urban concept car propelled by motors in its wheels, was a project developed by William J. Mitchell at the MIT Media Lab?

*... that wine writer André Jullien classified the wines of Bordeaux nearly 40 years before the official 1855 classification, including naming the exact same four First Growths?

*... that two major bridges in Croatia, carrying two major roads only one mile apart, are both officially called Maslenica Bridge?

*... that the leaves of the button grass Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus have the lowest recorded phosphorus content of any plant species?

*... that, in 2005, the Vietnamese company Vinacafe controlled half of the instant coffee market in Vietnam, and Nestlé another third?

24 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

tropical island coastline

*... that in the 12th century, Bintan Island (pictured) in the Strait of Malacca was known as the "Pirate Island" since the Malay pirates used to loot trading ships sailing in these waters?

*... that Chey Chettha II's cooperation with the Nguyễn Lords of Vietnam led to the Vietnamese annexation of the Mekong Delta, including the town Vietnamese settlers referred to as Sài Gòn?

*... that TriBeCa's St. John's Park was a farm, a private park, and a freight depot on the West Side Line before being used for exits of the Holland Tunnel?

*...that the Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel Helix Producer 1 servicing at the Deepwater Horizon site was formerly a RORO ferry?

*... that Norwegian MP Arne Haukvik was a founder of the Bislett Games?

*... that Fred K. Nielsen, a legal official of the U.S. State Department, served as the part-time head football coach at four different Washington, D.C. colleges?

*... that a 1946 trial against the newspaper Morgenposten also had implications for the treatment of other Norwegian newspapers which had cooperated with the Nazi authorities during World War II?

*... that before becoming a professional footballer, Bob Jefferson had deserted from the Royal Navy?

  • 12:00, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

An old beech tree with its branches removed. The bark is streched and warped, with a rough texture

*... that in 1844, Joseph Tubb created The Poem Tree by carving a 20-line poem into the bark of a beech tree (pictured) at Wittenham Clumps?

*... that the plaza in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park designed by Kenzo Tange allows 50,000 people to gather at the peace monument in the centre?

*... that Knob Noster State Park in Missouri was built by the CCC and WPA as Montserrat National Recreational Demonstration Area?

*... that the Venezuelan historian Lucía Raynero Morales holds a Visiting Fellowship at St Antony's College, Oxford, that is named after the Venezuelan humanist Andrés Bello?

*... that the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden at the Bohemian Citizens' Benevolent Society has a lime tree that was planted by former Czechoslovakia president Václav Havel?

*... that the "Grandfather of Eastern Wilderness", Ernie Dickerman, was instrumental in promoting the 1975 Eastern Wilderness Act, which designated 16 new wilderness areas in the eastern United States?

*... that Pope Vigilius refused to attend the Second Council of Constantinople even though he had been living in the city for seven years?

*... that Williams College football coach Joseph Brooks served in a machine gun battalion in World War I and survived a plane crash in 1931?

  • 06:00, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Picture of the house, a two-storey brick building with decorative gables

*... that the Ephraim and Emma Woodworth Truesdell House (pictured) was used by the family for funerals because of its large double doors?

*... that Tobelo is the capital of the North Halmahera Regency in Indonesia?

*... that The Vampire Diaries actress Katerina Graham makes a cameo appearance in Justin Bieber's latest music video, "Somebody to Love", which features his mentor Usher?

*... that Robert B. Radnitz produced the 1972 film Sounder, which became his best known work, despite advice that the movie would never find an audience?

*... that, prior to appearing as Summer Hoyland in the soap opera Neighbours, Jordy Lucas was a finalist for Victoria, Australia, in the 2008 The Dolly Big Star competition?

*... that St Stephen and All Martyrs' Church, Lever Bridge, Bolton, Greater Manchester, was the first of three "pot churches" designed by Edmund Sharpe?

*... that Tav HaYosher is a certification mark offered to kosher dining establishments that attests that the business meets legal and ethical standards for all of its employees?

*... that in January 1942, British agents and commandos raided the neutral Spanish island of Fernando Po and stole three ships?

  • 00:00, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

The 22-dome Kizhi Church

*... that Kizhi island on Lake Onega features a 22-domed, 37 meter tall wooden church (pictured) built in 1714 with no nails?

*... that John Tillman, recently hired as the Maryland men's lacrosse head coach, led Harvard to victory over Princeton for the first time in two decades?

*... that "Turn Ahead the Clock" was a promotion originated by the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball franchise in 1998 where the team wore futuristic uniforms that outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. helped design?

*... that when interned by Nazi Germany in World War II, Sofka Skipwith and a friend smuggled a Jewish baby out of the camp in a Red Cross box and so saved its life?

*... that Accordia became the first housing development to win the

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize?

*... that lawyer Paul Neumann was born in Prussia but served in the legislatures of both California and the Kingdom of Hawaii?

*... that Jihad satire, comedy that makes terrorists look silly, is thought to be an effective way of undermining support for terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda?

*... that George H. Sutton was renowned as the "handless billiard player", but his cigarette card depicts him with hands?

23 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Painting of Saint Joseph as an old bearded man with his left hand raised

*... that Josephology is a modern theological study of Saint Joseph (pictured) and one of the most recent theological disciplines?

*... that Norm Daniels, Frank Hauser and Bill MacDermott achieved the most wins among the football coaches in Wesleyan history, and Daniels led the team to four consecutive undefeated seasons?

*... that XellOs plays on a professional StarCraft team called Air Force ACE, sponsored by the South Korean Air Force?

*... that in addition to some isolated teeth and a jaw fragment, the Mesozoic mammals of Madagascar include the most complete mammalian skeleton known from the Mesozoic of Gondwana?

*... that during the 1960s two militant groups, the Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen (FLOSY) and the National Liberation Front (NLF), fought each other and the British in what is now Yemen?

*... that 1997 British and Irish Lions captain Martin Johnson regarded Paul Wallace as the player of the series?

*... that the underground station at Vienna's Stephansplatz has a foul smell caused by organic material used to stabilise the soil?

  • 12:00, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

A nude female figure, lacking arms, carved in a black-painted wooden corbel. In the background are repeated decorative motifs including circles, lozenges and scrollwork.

*... that 46 High Street, an Elizabethan merchant's house in Nantwich, Cheshire, has a carved wooden caryatid (pictured)?

*... that United States Ambassador to Cyprus Taylor G. Belcher was awarded the Distinguished Service Award because of his peace-keeping abilities during the eruption of violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots?

*... that the MIT Media Lab's RoboScooter is a foldable electric scooter, designed to be one-third the weight and have 10% of the parts of traditional gasoline-powered scooters?

*... that according to James A. Beckford, the refusal of many French prisons to provide halal meat and religious services to Muslims leads to increased radicalisation in the Muslim community?

*... that roughly 1% of all star formation occurs within tidal tails?

*... that when Fr. Jeremiah Callahan was appointed president of Duquesne University in 1931, he used the opportunity to tell reporters about his personal critique of Einstein's theory of relativity?

*... that Australian cricket all-rounder Sarah Elliott only took her first wicket in senior cricket eight years after her debut?

*... that despite helping arrange the engagement of Princess Feodora with the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German Emperor Wilhelm II refused to attend their wedding?

  • 06:00, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

An elaborately decorated enamelled covered gold cup with white tudor roses on the stem and pearls around the base

*... that the enamelled Royal Gold Cup (pictured) has a documented history since 1391, in the course of which it has been given away three times, pawned twice, and sold three times?

*... that jet engine turbine blades can face temperatures of 2,900 °F (1,590 °C)?

*... that Ditmar Meidell founded and edited Norway's first satirical magazine?

*... that the wreck of the SS Francisco Morazan is now owned by the State of Michigan?

*... that the church dedicated to St Cwyllog in Llangwyllog, Anglesey, Wales, has a rare surviving Georgian triple-decker pulpit?

*... that the 1927 Gulang earthquake was caused by thrust faulting at a restraining bend along the Haiyuan fault, the same fault that caused the 1920 Haiyuan earthquake?

*... that Assembly member Gerald H. Zecker justified higher car insurance rates for drivers in New Jersey's largest cities because "cars in Newark are stolen and wrecked in far greater numbers"?

*... that the Arabat Spit is 112 km long and only a few kilometers wide?

  • 00:00, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

 A series of books stacked in a bookcase, each labelled with a chromosome number, collectively containing the sequence of the human reference genome

*... that the current human reference genome (pictured) is a mosaic of DNA sequences from thirteen volunteers recruited in Buffalo, New York?

*... that John Momis, a former Catholic priest and ambassador to China, defeated Autonomous Region of Bougainville's incumbent President James Tanis in the 2010 Bougainvillean presidential election?

*... that Eurythmic was a versatile Australian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who won over distances ranging from 5 furlongs (1,000 metres) to 2 miles (3,200 metres)?

*... that Dr. Edgar Fauver, a football and baseball player in the 1890s, became a pioneer in women's athletics coaching women's basketball and baseball at Barnard College in the 1900s?

*... that the land for the first Holy Trinity Church in Morecambe, Lancashire, was bequeathed by the village blacksmith?

*... that the translations by Princess Anka Obrenović in 1836 were the first literary works compiled by a female to be published in Serbia?

*... that Amos Horev, appointed to the Israeli Turkel Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza flotilla raid of May 2010, is a former President of Technion University?

*... that Nazi German leaders, including Heinrich Himmler, briefly fell for Heinz Kurschildgen's claims to be able to make petrol from water?

22 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Lights outline the Legislature buildings of British Columbia at twilight.

*... that a criminal trial began more than six years after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (pictured)?

*... that the guard on the train involved in a derailment at Falls of Cruachan in 2010 was also the guard on a train derailed at the same location in 1997?

*... that at 5,821 metres (19,098 ft) long, the Mala Kapela Tunnel is the longest tunnel in Croatia?

*... that in 2008 the Korean e-Sports Players Association worried that it would be required to pay royalties to Blizzard Entertainment to broadcast Starcraft II?

*... that former New Jersey Assembly member Gerald Luongo wrote Surviving Federal Prison Camp: An Informative and Helpful Guide for Prospective Inmates after spending almost a year in prison?

*... that Ludwig Schwarz, the Roman Catholic bishop of Linz, Austria, has a doctorate in classical philology and archeology from the University of Vienna?

*... that Pabuji Ki Phad, a religious painting of folk deities, is the only surviving ancient traditional folk art form in the world of the epic of Pabuji, the Rajput of Rajasthan in India?

*... that architect Amon Henry Wilds built the Hindoo-style Western Pavilion as his own home in Brighton, and installed an igloo-shaped bathroom in its dome?

  • 12:00, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Looking downstream at the collapsed west side of Hauser Dam in 1908

*... that construction of Holter Dam ceased in 1910 for six years after the 1908 collapse (pictured) of Hauser Dam almost drove the company constructing Holter into bankruptcy?

*... that William King, who beat incumbent Thomas King, never represented his electorate because he was killed before the first session of the 3rd New Zealand Parliament?

*... that Maxine Hong Kingston's novel Tripmaster Monkey is named after a fictional monkey king from the Chinese epic novel Journey to the West?

*... that Emil "Liz" Liston, founder of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and organizer of the NAIA college basketball tournament, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975?

*... that the County of Dannenberg was founded by Henry the Lion during the Ostsiedlung, or colonisation of the East, in order to protect the borders of his expanding territory?

*... that Professor Ivor Browne was denounced as antagonistic towards the Catholic Church after he came out in support of the mistress of Fr. Michael Cleary?

*... that the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Chill of the Night!" has characters voiced by people from both Batman: The Animated Series and the 1960s live-action version of Batman?

*... that current Arsenal F.C. reserve player Emmanuel Frimpong began his international career with Ghana before switching to England and then back to Ghana?

  • 06:00, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

man with gray hair in a gray business suit

*... that Bermuda's L.F. Wade International Airport manager James G. Howes (pictured) was lampooned using signal flags to direct air traffic from atop the control tower in a Boy Scout uniform?

*... that Lake Scott State Park is home to El Quartelejo Ruins, the northernmost Indian pueblo in the United States and the only one known in Kansas?

*... that microcystins in the polluted water of the lake at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Ohio can cause severe gastrointestinal ailments in humans?

*... that the 13th government of Sri Lanka was known as the Jumbo Cabinet due to the high number of ministers?

*... that in 1946 the University of Texas at Austin regent Orville Bullington worked to dismiss the president Homer Rainey on grounds of communists and homosexuals operating within the university?

*... that Seth Burkett is the only British footballer to currently play professionally in Brazil?

*... that John Canon helped found Jefferson College and constructed the Stone Academy Building?

*... that the name "regular Fronthall" was used to refer to brave soldiers in honor of the courage of Max Fronthall of the 16th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers?

  • 00:00, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

rugby player in uniform

*... that Tommy Bowe (pictured) of Ireland and the Ospreys won the Irish Rugby Union Players Association and the Welsh Rugby Players Association Players' Player of the Year awards for 2010?

*... that the U.S. Secretary of the Army's investigation into burial mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery was prompted in part by a year-long series of articles on

*... that in Berghuis v. Thompkins the United States Supreme Court ruled that failing to claim the right to silence means police can use any voluntary statements regardless of length of interrogation?

*... that all of the panelists of the Beverage Testing Institute are professional guest tasters who are retailers, restaurateurs, or prominent writers?

*... that the Odyssey tanker spilled 43 million gallons of oil off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, in November 1988?

*... that Sheila Varian of California is an Arabian horse breeder who is also a horse trainer in the vaquero tradition, and was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2003?

*... that Dillard's opened a store at Bowling Green, Kentucky's Greenwood Mall in 1996, then moved to another store in the mall less than three years later?

*... that the playable character of video game Seymour Goes to Hollywood was described as an "albino mutant lardball" by one reviewer?

21 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

A red-brick building with two storeys, five bays and a central triangular pediment

*... that 9 Mill Street (pictured) in Nantwich, Cheshire, England, dates from 1736, and has been a house, a bank, a political club and a restaurant?

*... that the 17th-century church built by the Tacatacuru, a Timucua chiefdom on Cumberland Island, Georgia, was said to be as big as the one in the Spanish colonial capital of St. Augustine?

*... that the Israel Vázquez – Rafael Márquez rivalry produced two Ring Magazine fights of the year?

*... that Let's Yoga includes yoga poses to complete in office chairs during times the player might be relegated to a desk?

*... that the delayed conclusion of the Russo-Ottoman Treaty of Constantinople (1700) caused Russian forces to arrive late in the war with Sweden?

*... that Donald Russell from 1964 to 1970 accumulated the highest winning percentage (.661) of any Wesleyan football coach with more than two years as head coach?

*... that when it closed in 2008, Osterville Bay Elementary School was the oldest operating school building on Cape Cod?

*... that in the film Horror of Dracula, actress Melissa Stribling played the victim of a vampire in an erotic role?

  • 12:00, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

NASA used the shape of the australite to simulate their models of re-entry modules for Apollo program

*... that for their peculiar shapes australites (pictured) were once thought to be glass meteorites?

*... that Antoine Ephrem Cartier can trace his family history line back 400 years to Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed Canada for France?

*... that the hamlet of Wigratzbad in Germany was home to Marian apparitions in the early 20th century, and today houses a shrine visited by approximately 500,000 pilgrims every year?

*... that the Brinje Tunnel was declared to be the safest tunnel in Europe by an FIA and ADAC EuroTAP survey?

*... that Richelieu Foods produces over 50 million frozen pizzas and more than 20 million crusts annually—for other companies to market under their own private labels?

*... that playwright Alan Bennett's definition of a classic book is "a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have read themselves"?

*... that political strategist Rod Shealy sought to increase the turnout of white voters in South Carolina by paying an unemployed black fisherman to run for Congress in 1990?

*... that despite his aristocratic background, Claude Poullart des Places requested to be buried in a pauper's grave?

  • 06:00, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

two purple flowers on long stems

*... that the Black-eyed Susans of Eastern and Western Australia (pictured) are members of the tropical Elaeocarpaceae and unrelated to their namesakes of Europe and North America?

*... that Ireland's "Willy Wonka" provided confectionary for the 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II?

*... that the former French Convalescent Home on Brighton seafront is the only such institution in England, and also had the country's earliest known double glazing?

*... that the New York Mini 10K, first held in Central Park in 1972, was the world's first women-only road running event?

*... that during the Bardia raid in April 1941, seventy British Commandos became prisoners of war after getting lost?

*... that legislation proposed by Barbara Wright would impose jail terms up to 10 years and fines of as much as US$100,000 for filing false car- or health-insurance claims in New Jersey?

*... that indie rock band Klaxons were forced to re-record parts of second album Surfing the Void, after record label Polydor deemed it "too experimental for release"?

*... that Warren Antoine Cartier was a neighbor of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone?

  • 00:00, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

an artillery piece on wheels

*... that in the action at Néry on 1 September 1914, during the retreat from Mons in the First World War, three Victoria Crosses were awarded to the crew of a single British field gun (pictured)?

*... that populations of Actinoporus elegans were thought to be restricted to the western Atlantic until they were collected at the east Atlantic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe in 2004?

*... that aged 16, Ellyse Perry was the youngest person, male or female, to represent Australia in cricket, and debuted for the national football team a month later?

*... that through the Trade Union Propaganda League Swedish leftwing socialists sought to win the Swedish Trade Union Confederation over to a revolutionary line?

*... that the Welsh church of St Iestyn, Llaniestyn, contains a 12th-century font and a 14th-century memorial effigy to St Iestyn?

*... that Napoleonic Wars military historian Ramsay Weston Phipps helped to blow up the docks at the Siege of Sevastopol (1854–1855) when he was a young Royal Artillery lieutenant?

*... that Knight, Death and the Devil is a large 1513 copperplate engraving, one of the three master prints by Albrecht Dürer?

*... that despite being panned for exceptionally poor acting and special effects, the 2010 film Dinoshark was also considered likely to become a classic of the "awesomely awful" movie genre?

20 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

 An African-American woman with her hair in braids

*... that Susan L. Taylor (pictured), the former editor-in-chief of Essence, was the first African-American woman to receive the Magazine Publishers of America's prestigious Henry Johnson Fisher Award?

*... that even though Arvid Kramer had not played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the 1979–80 season, he was selected first in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft?

*... that the first of Denmark’s Galathea expeditions had a budget of nearly half a million Rixdollars, equivalent to 3% of the state’s annual revenues at the time?

*... that the Classic Period Maya city of Ixtutz in the Maya Mountains of Guatemala was lost for more than a century after its discovery in 1852?

*... that Mayo hurler Adrian Freeman played in England, Scotland, North America and the Middle East before his recent death in an Australia car crash?

*... that during an 1864 expedition to resupply Army posts in eastern Oregon, Captain John M. Drake discovered fossils in the area that is now the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument?

*... that even though the Association of Religion Data Archives estimated that there are only 50 Bahá'ís in Mongolia, more than 1700 Mongolian Bahá'ís turned out for a regional conference in 2009?

*... that Gary Stuhltrager criticized efforts to delay the imposition of capital punishment in New Jersey, saying "if you're going to have it, do it"?

  • 12:00, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

A grey and white row of houses with a complex roofline and a taller projecting section at the end, seen from just below roof level.

*... that in the 19th century, part of Wykeham Terrace (pictured)—a "charming Gothic confection" in Brighton—was used as an institution for reformed prostitutes?

*... that under a bill proposed by Assemblymember Joel Weingarten, religious headwear cannot be banned in New Jersey public schools?

*... that until the 19th century, Blackwell Hall in the City of London controlled England's main commercial activity—the cloth trade?

*... that the church of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès was destroyed during the French Revolution and all its contents sold?

*... that during World War II the United States Army Art Program was canceled by Congress, then resumed by Life magazine?

*... that the Mackenzie Large Igneous Province in Canada is one of the largest Proterozoic magmatic provinces on Earth and the world's largest and best-preserved continental flood basalt terrain?

*... that the Western Silvereye is a declared pest of agriculture in Western Australia?

*... that Alex Rowe, rejected by the British Army because of a detached retina, became a highly decorated sniper for the French Foreign Legion?

  • 06:00, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Cill Chriosd

*... that the ruined Cill Chriosd (pictured), also known as Kilchrist or Christ's Church, was the parish church of Strathaird, Skye, until 1840?

*... that the Polish Glider Experimental Works, created after World War II, became the main Polish centre for designing gliders?

*... that American League MVP and Cleveland Indians baseball manager Lou Boudreau hit two home runs in the 1948 American League tie-breaker game to bring the Indians to the 1948 World Series?

*... that artist Orovida Camille Pissarro preferred to be known simply as Orovida to distinguish herself from the many other artists in her family, including her renowned grandfather Camille Pissarro?

*... that football coach Jake High has both the highest winning percentage (.778) in the history of Wesleyan football and the lowest percentage (.000) in the history of NYU football?

*... that costume designer Peter J. Hall dressed David Bowie and Mick Jagger on tour, calling Bowie "serious, intellectual, wonderful to work with" while Jagger was "exactly the opposite"?

*... that whilst the Mexican People's Party was unable to obtain national registration as a political party, it was recognized in Baja California Sur and won a seat in the state legislature?

*... that the name of the Montreal nightclub Les Foufounes Électriques means "electric buttocks" in English?

  • 00:00, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

A large orange sign on a white pole next to a one-story building

*... that the original owner of Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket (pictured) in Willowbrook, Illinois, would hire local youths to ice skate on the roof during winter?

*... that after the restructuring of New Zealand Rugby League there were seven zonal teams in the 2010 New Zealand rugby league season?

*... that Rock Band 3, a "disruptive title" to revitalize the rhythm video game genre, includes a Pro mode for near-accurate playing of real guitars, drum and keyboard instruments?

*... that when Christian Magnus Falsen Sinding-Larsen sustained fatal heart failure, there were numerous doctors present?

*... that a radio ad in Argentina for 'Los Andes Restaurant', which first aired in 1922, is the oldest known radio commercial in history?

*... that Ella Anker, decorated with the Order of the British Empire, founded a Norway-based version of the Anglo-Norse Society?

*... that outriggers allow a fishing vessel to tow multiple trolling lines in the water in a way that can simulate a school of fish?

*... that soprano Edith Selig recorded the early Bach cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, performed in Weimar in 1714 on the third Sunday after Trinity?

*... that in the medieval Irish satire The Tale of Mac Da Thó's Pig, the Connaught champion Cet mac Mágach is unbeaten in a bragging contest, until being slapped in the face with the head of his dead brother?

19 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Plastic replica statue of a woman holding a torch with a black scarf tied around one arm

*... that Hong Kong's Goddess of Democracy statue (pictured) was the subject of three major political rows in Hong Kong over freedom of expression in the space of one week?

*... that the Somerset Women cricket team finished as County Championship Division Two champions in 2004 and 2005?

*... that the death of seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff, who tried to become the youngest to fly an aircraft across the US, led to a law prohibiting record-seeking children from touching the flight controls?

*... that Peter Keefe's 1980s series Voltron "helped prepare the way for other Japanese-style animation in the United States" such as Pokémon and Power Rangers?

*... that the small French Communist Group in Russia was able to play a role in fomenting mutinies amongst French interventionist troops during the Russian Civil War?

*... that the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only teams to have not selected any Texas Tech Red Raiders in the NFL Draft?

*... that a hoax electric guitar inspired version of the Welsh national anthem was credited to both Jimi Hendrix and Tich Gwilym, when it was 'unearthed' in 2006?

*... that according to Ramayana adaptations, Mandodari – the wife of the ten-headed demon Ravana – was the mother of Sita, whose kidnapping by Ravana would lead to his doom?

  • 12:00, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

a man in a French team vest jumping along a red running track

*... that French track and field athlete Teddy Tamgho (pictured) became the third best triple jumper of all-time three days before his 21st birthday?

*... that, depending on classification, there are anywhere from 20 to 40 cheeses produced in Mexico?

*... that footballer Stephen Brackstone had an operation to remove his appendix after being taken to hospital following his substitution in a game for York City in December 2002?

*... that GRB 030329 provided the definitive link between gamma-ray bursts and supernovae?

*... that Guy Talarico sponsored a bill that would require involuntary commitment for those with mental health issues if it is determined that it is likely that they will commit future crimes?

*... that the single known population of the Ecuadorian rodent Lagidium ahuacaense may contain only a few dozen individuals?

*... that in England and Wales, legal aid, a court of criminal appeal, county courts and limits on the use of the death penalty were proposed as early as 1652 by the Hale Commission?

*... that the last remaining mail delivery boat in the United States delivers with mail jumpers?

  • 06:00, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

A mayfly on a horsetail strobilus.

*... that the mayfly Rhithrogena germanica (pictured) can emerge from a river, moult and fly off in 30 seconds?

*... that the Brenthurst Foundation sent a number of its staff abroad to help solve the problem of there not being enough lecturers at the National University of Rwanda?

*... that hospitals in Iraq reported 6,530 cases and 459 deaths as a result of the 1971 Iraq poison grain disaster?

*... that in 1899 the Russian battleship Tri Sviatitelia became the first ship in the world to be fitted with a radio – an installation designed by A. S. Popov that had a range of about 3 miles (4.8 km)?

*... that pioneer British aviator Alec Ogilvie was only the seventh person to qualify as a pilot in the United Kingdom?

*... that Jonah Lomu failed to score a try against South Africa despite facing them 13 times?

*... that 74-time champion Ken Jennings may be one of the human challengers to face IBM's artificial intelligence software Watson in a special challenge match on Jeopardy!?

*... that Charles Domery ate 174 cats in a year?

  • 00:00, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

A plain block stone church with an arched doorway

*... that while the 19th-century writer Samuel Lewis described the Welsh church of St Mary, Tal-y-llyn (pictured) as "a small edifice of no interest", it is now one of the most highly rated listed buildings in the country?

*... that in Operation Maritime Guard, warships from Turkey, the U.K., the U.S., and four other countries blockaded the former Yugoslavia?

*... that paraplegic handcyclist Edward Maalouf is the only person to have won medals for Lebanon at the Paralympic Games?

*... that it is speculated that Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus were commissioned by Constantine I?

*... that current Wesleyan football coach Mike Whalen led the Williams College "Ephs" to four consecutive Little Three football championships and a undefeated record against Wesleyan?

*... that the cloth fibers in the casing of most bicycle tires are oriented diagonally, forming a bias ply?

*... that "locked-in syndrome", in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of most muscles except for the eyes, was coined by neurologist Dr. Fred Plum?

*... that bored by a game of Scrabble, 76-year-old Abraham Nathanson said "we need an anagrams game so fast, it'll drive you bananas" and created the game Bananagrams?

18 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

A white bridge with three tied-arch over a river with tree-lined banks

*... that during the construction of Fairfield Bridge (pictured) a burial cave was found with the heads of several dead Māori people?

*... that in Operation Sharp Guard, warships from 14 countries blockaded the former Yugoslavia, challenged 73,000 ships, and boarded and inspected almost 6,000 of them?

*... that the three lookouts, Gvulot, Beit Eshel and Revivim, served as a springboard for Jewish settlement in the Negev desert?

*... that although Paul Legrand's physique was considered unsuited for pantomime, he had a distinguished 48 year career as a performer around the world?

*... that Rick Mahorn was selected second in the 1989 NBA Expansion Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he refused to report to the team and was traded prior to the start of the following season?

*... that the Welsh church of St Peulan, Llanbeulan, is said to have been founded by St Peulan, the son of St Paulinus?

*... that a bill proposed by Carol Murphy passed in the New Jersey General Assembly to allow hunters to contribute venison to food banks to help feed the needy?

*... that Lillian Heath, the first woman doctor in Wyoming, was given the sawed-off skull cap of lynched outlaw Big Nose George, which she used as a doorstop?

  • 12:00, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

A church seen between two yew trees with a tower on the left and the body of the church, with an arched porch, stretching to the right

*... that the earliest record of St James' Church, Longborough, Gloucestershire (pictured), is in 1192 when a priest was murdered in the church?

*... that Louis Romano, a four-term member of the New Jersey General Assembly, lost to Albio Sires in the 1999 Democratic primary, making him the only one of 80 incumbents to lose a primary bid that year?

*... that the Cummins Corporate Office Building in Columbus, Indiana, is constructed on an old railroad yard?

*... that cricketer Lisa Sthalekar took five wickets in her 100th One Day International match for Australia?

*... that Polish aviator Józef Lewoniewski planned to fly the PWS-52 monoplane prototype around the world?

*... that Alvin Greene is the first African American since Reconstruction to win a major party's nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina?

*... that the German submarine U-376 only sank two merchant ships in eight patrols before it went missing on 13 April 1943?

*... that Juan José Carbó was an award-winning cartoonist who drew for both adult entertainment and children's magazines while working as a civil servant?

  • 06:00, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

square-shaped stone tower

*... that the Harpy Tomb (pictured) from ancient Xanthos was originally mounted on a stone pedestal seventeen feet above the ground?

*... that Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski, a trained aviator, took part in the Warsaw Uprising of World War II and later headed an automobile repair bureau in Poznań?

*... that azoospermia affects about 1% of the male population?

*... that fashion designer Maria Grachvogel created a dress adorned with 2,000 diamonds worth £250,000 for her London Fashion Week show?

*... that the Battle of the Ice between Teutonic Knights and Novgorodians was fought on top of the frozen Lake Peipsi-Pihkva?

*... that Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox is the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat and the second to do so on the first pitch?

*... that Chinese porcelain in European painting is known from at least 1514 with Giovanni Bellini's The Feast of the Gods?

*... that the phenomenon of Icing, called by The New York Times "the nation's biggest viral drinking game", has led to a spike in sales of Smirnoff Ice?

  • 00:00, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Greg Young playing for Altrincham

*... that Kerry-Ann Booth, the girlfriend of footballer Greg Young (pictured), did not see him on the losing side of a game for Halifax Town for the first four years of their relationship?

*... that the German submarine U-371 made a total of 19 war patrols in her career?

*... that Mexico's National Fund for the Development of Arts and Crafts or FONART directly assisted 26,600 Mexican artisans in 2006?

*... that Travis Kvapil received one of the largest NASCAR penalties by using improper modifications to the valve stems during the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500?

*... that during the Great Depression, attorney George C. Butte devised regulations for the conservation of Texas petroleum and natural gas?

*... that Arlington National Cemetery Superintendent John C. Metzler, Jr. lived at the cemetery between the ages of 4 and 19?

*... that Highlands Coffee was both the first private company and the first joint stock company within Vietnam to be registered to an Overseas Vietnamese?

*... that in an effort to protect tax revenue from casinos in Atlantic City, Assemblyman Kenneth LeFevre sought to block the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma from opening a casino in Wildwood, New Jersey?

17 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

A rounded, brown, cream, and yellow disk fringed with tentacles.

*... that Phymanthus crucifer (pictured) has bright red suckers on its column, to which debris can attach for camouflage?

*... that Brandon Gormley, Mikael Granlund, Derek Forbort and Ryan Johansen are projected to be among the top selections at the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft on June 25–26?

*... that as of May 2010, Akrapovič exhaust systems have been used in a total of 38 motorsport world championships?

*... that Sir Percy Cradock was manhandled by the Red Guards when he was stationed at the charge d'affaires office, Peking, during the Cultural Revolution?

*... that Ulpian's life table predicted a life expectancy of 19 to 23 years for citizens of the Roman Empire?

*... that in 1949 the Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Yugoslav and Czechoslovak socialist parties founded the Socialist Union of Central-Eastern Europe as a common centre for work in exile?

*... that the small Maya city of Itzan in the Petén region of Guatemala featured an unusually large quantity of sculpted monuments?

*... that the collapse of the Showa Bridge after the 1964 Niigata earthquake was a result of liquefaction rather than ground motion?

  • 12:00, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Sanskrit text on Birch paper

*... that the bark of the Himalayan Birch was once used as paper for writing Sanskrit texts (pictured)?

*... that in 1976 socialist Jorge Cruickshank García became the first opposition senator of Mexico since the emergence of the Institutional Revolutionary Party as the ruling party?

*... that on March 22, 2003, the treacherous reefs around Land's End claimed yet another ship, the RMS Mulheim?

*... that Paul Lo Duca has the most MLB All-Star selections, but Jason Varitek has the most World Series championships from the 1993 College Baseball All-America Team?

*... that the 1950 film The Bandit Queen starred Barbara Britton in the title role as a bullwhip-wielding avenger?

*... that there were an estimated 8,000 members of Sam's Army in the stands at the U.S. men's soccer team's opening game of the 2010 World Cup in group play against England?

*... that Scene It? Twilight has no questions about New Moon even though the movie version of the book was released at the same time as the game?

*... that in 1978, 21-year-old Walter Muma set a record for moped trips with a three-month, 11,500-mile ride from Toronto to Alaska and back?

  • 06:00, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

A long bridge goes across a large body of light blue water oriented left to right, with the skyline of a city on the horizon.

*... that the Laguna Madre (pictured) in Texas is one of the earth's six hypersaline bays?

*... that the German Type IXB submarines were the most successful class of submarines in World War II in terms of the total amount of tonnage sunk?

*... that cricketer Steph Davies, who made four appearances for England in 2008, made her county debut for Somerset aged just 13?

*... that Arena was the first web browser to support background images, tables, text flow around images, and inline mathematical expressions?

*... that the back-illuminated sensor improves on conventional digital camera sensors by moving wiring so it does not interfere with light entering the front of the detector?

*... that Ircinia strobilina produces a substance which causes paralysis and loss of balance when ingested by fish?

*... that footballer Michael Basham played in the Swansea City team that won the 1994 Football League Trophy Final?

*... that author Debbie Renner claimed to have once competed in professional wrestling as the "Tasmanian Devil" prior to becoming a full-time writer?

  • 00:00, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

A black-white photo of a stone, arch bridge spanning a creek.

*... that the Pithole Stone Arch Bridge (pictured) is unusual for being surprisingly well built for only a rural backroad, but was initially thought to be of inferior quality and was not expected to last?

*... that Leonard Sanford persuaded Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and her children to buy Lord Rothschild's bird collection for the American Museum of Natural History?

*... that tert-butanesulfinamide is used as a chiral auxiliary in the asymmetric synthesis of amines?

*... that Oscar Eduardovich Lemm, Russian Coptologist, published the text of Codex Copticus Tischendorfianus I?

*... that an article she wrote about boar hunting in Brittany led to Kate Betts' career as a fashion journalist?

*... that Jim "the Darp" Ostendarp, Amherst College football coach for 33 years, refused to allow ESPN to televise a game saying, "We're in education. We aren't in the entertainment business"?

*... that First Presbyterian Church 1793 is the de facto college church of Washington & Jefferson College, a nearby nonsectarian liberal arts college?

*... that the Brazilian dance known as the Surra de Bunda describes a female dancer pounding her buttocks into a man's face?

16 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

a sculpture of Greek figures

*... that John Henning's miniature models of the Parthenon Frieze and Bassae Frieze (pictured) took twelve years to complete?

*... that playwright Penny Arcade's Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! was made partly in response to a bill amendment banning the National Endowment of the Arts from granting funds for "obscene or indecent art"?

*... that Elias Martin has been described by Nationalencyklopedin as Sweden's "first big landscape painter"?

*... that Norwegian chemist Alexis Pappas was born in London to Greek parents who fled from Belgium to England during World War I?

*... that the Motherwell v Hibernian football match on 5 May 2010, which ended in a 6–6 draw, is the highest scoring match in Scottish Premier League history?

*... that José Albi was a Spanish literary critic and the last of the post Spanish Civil War poets?

*... that Augie Schmidt won the Golden Spikes Award, an award given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States, in 1982?

*... that C/2009 R1, one of more than fifty comets known as "Comet McNaught", has been noted for its "impressive green coma and long ion tail", lending it the appearance of an "apple on a stick"?

  • 12:00, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

SHL 98 model

*... that the manufacturer of the Polish SHL brand of motorcycles (model SHL 98 pictured) was nationalized after World War II and closed in the 1970s?

*... that in English trusts law, constructive trusts are used for things as varied as land transfers, bribery and murder?

*... that the British steam-powered submarine HMS Swordfish's performance underwater was so unsatisfactory that she was converted to an anti-submarine patrol boat in 1917–18?

*... that the Lothair Crystal, an engraved gem now in the British Museum, was once sold for ten pounds?

*... that Benjamin Fondane, known as a Symbolist poet in Romania, a Jewish existentialist thinker in France and an avant-garde filmmaker in Argentina, was killed at Auschwitz in late 1944?

*... that the UConn Huskies won the 2010 Bowl to end a year marked by five games lost by 15 total points, a double-overtime victory at Notre Dame, and the murder of cornerback Jasper Howard?

*... that Rafael Fraguela was elected to the N.J. Assembly 33rd District as a Democrat, became a Republican to run for the N.J. Senate, and returned to the Democrats to vote for a stem cell research bill?

*... that Dean Lyons, a homeless heroin addict, confessed to the Grangegorman killings and spent eight months in jail, though he did not commit the crime?

  • 06:00, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

city in a mountain valley

*... that Thimphu (pictured) is the capital city of Bhutan?

*... that the film Let the Devil Wear Black is a modern-day version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet that is set in Los Angeles?

*... that only fourteen complete examples of Hedwig glass are known?

*... that Prvić near Krk is the windiest Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea?

*... that people have reportedly witnessed the ghosts of Roman legionnaires passing through Maesmawr Hall in Powys, Wales, site of an ancient Roman road?

*... that Alfred Sinding-Larsen, who wrote folk songs with the Vika dialect, was one of the first writers to use a dialect from Norway's capital?

*... that the 16th-century chancel window of the Welsh church of St Cristiolus, Llangristiolus, has been described as "almost too big to fit" in the east wall?

*... that the propellers of the Dornier Do 29 could be tilted downwards by up to 90 degrees?

  • 00:00, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

A pale stone building with round-arched windows, set behind trees in parkland

*... that the Tolson Museum in Huddersfield (pictured) displays two of Britain's rarest makes of automobile, the three wheel LSD and the Valveless which had an engine with only six moving parts?

*... that the low-budget horror film Raging Sharks has been described as a poor man’s combination of early Steven Spielberg films?

*... that after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old, New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Kramer pushed bills requiring sex offender registration, saying "Megan Kanka would be alive today" if his bills were law?

*... that the Tanganyikan Spiny Eel was one of the species that was photographed as part of a FishBase mission which had the primary objective to document and photograph the rich fish diversity of Lake Tanganyika?

*... that in English law, resulting trusts work based on the equitable maxim that "equity abhors a vacuum"?

*... that when a fifteen-year-old girl garlanded Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the inauguration of India's Panchet Dam, she was considered to have "married" him?

*... that the German submarine U-104 went missing on her first war patrol?

*... that when in danger of predation, the harvestman Leiobunum rotundum can self-amputate its legs, but they will not regenerate?

15 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

river running through a valley

*... that Ana River (pictured) in south-central Oregon flows almost its entire 7 mile (11 km) course within the boundaries of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Summer Lake Wildlife Area?

*... that the ChristChurch Cathedral has a western porch and a memorial window to commemorate Alfred Creyke and John Watts-Russell, respectively, paid for by their widow Elizabeth?

*... that a big part of the collection of the Bibliothèque municipale de Besançon came from Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle and his son Antoine?

*... that David C. Chapman, the man who was involved in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has a mountain named for him in the park?

*... that the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, an environmental award given by the Government of India to organizations, carries a cash prize of 500,000 Indian rupees?

*... that as point man for the Kennedy administration on the August 1963 March on Washington, John W. Douglas was given "historic credit for the orderliness and smoothness and joy of that day"?

*... that the first night-landing aboard an aircraft carrier was made by a Blackburn Dart on 6 May 1926 aboard the Courageous-class carrier HMS Furious?

*... that in the Mexican state of Hidalgo there is a community that claims to be descended from Sephardi Jews who migrated to New Spain in the 16th century?

  • 12:00, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

A street scene with an Art Deco building with a spire in the background

*... that the Megaria (pictured), a historic movie theater in Jakarta, Indonesia, is the city's largest remaining Art Deco building?

*... that the Kawanishi K-7 Transport Seaplane was powered by an engine originally intended for use in airships?

*... that Jerusalem's Kanfei Nesharim Street is long and wide and straight like a runway, because it was originally built as one?

*... that in 1896, a flooding disaster occurred at River Level Colliery in the Welsh village of Abernant, killing six colliers?

*... that Fred Swanton, known as the P. T. Barnum of Santa Cruz, promoted everything from the Neptune Casino to ZaSu Pitts?

*... that the Bar U Ranch in Alberta, Canada, hosted both Prince Edward of Wales and the Sundance Kid?

*... that Offshore Power Systems, a joint venture between Westinghouse Electric and Newport News Shipbuilding, spent more than $125 million during the 1970s but never built a floating nuclear power plant?

*... that the 1878 constitution of San Francisco's Congregation Beth Israel prohibited members from praying out loud?

  • 06:00, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

large white long-necked bird

*... that the Eastern Great Egret (pictured) has a neck one and a half times as long as its body?

*... that baseball player Ed Sprague, Jr. is the only Toronto Blue Jays first-round draft pick to be a part of both Blue Jays' World Series championships?

*... that the United Public Workers of America was expelled from the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1950 for being communist-controlled, and its president convicted of contempt of Congress?

*... that actor Jason Lee will star as a detective who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator in the upcoming American television series Memphis Beat?

*... that John Mott-Smith was the first permanent dentist in the Kingdom of Hawaii and its last ambassador to the U.S.?

*... that Rhodesia was the only African country to compete at the first Paralympic Games?

*... that late Roman office-holder Sossianus Hierocles was one of the more fervent supporters of official persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire?

*... that the German submarine U-343 managed to shoot down two Wellington bombers?

  • 00:00, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

Seversky Donets near Donetsk, Ukraine

*... that more than 1000 rivers flow into Seversky Donets (pictured)?

*... that Nadrian Seeman was inspired to create the field of DNA nanotechnology while pondering the M. C. Escher woodcut Depth at a campus pub?

*... that the German submarine U-355 went missing on 4 April 1944 and was never heard from again?

*... that United Public Workers v. Mitchell (1947) is the only U.S. Supreme Court decision prior to 1965 to address the meaning of the Ninth and Tenth amendments substantively?

*... that the decisive factor for the Greek victory at Bizani (1913) was not numerical superiority, but the solid operational planning that did not allow the Ottoman forces to react?

*... that Don Cohan, the oldest sailor to win an Olympic bronze medal (at age 42), won a U.S. sailing championship at age 72?

*... that the pilot of the Aichi F1A sat in an open cockpit, while the observer's position was enclosed?

*... that Owen Aspinall, the 45th Governor of American Samoa, banned a Korean man from marrying a Samoan woman, despite the fact that he, a Colorado native, married a Samoan woman himself?

14 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

Stone pillars mark the location of signing of the Blood Brother Treaty at Kabi Lungchok.

*... that the “Treaty of Blood Brotherhood” was signed by the Tibetan King Khye Bumsa representing the Bhutias and the Lepcha Chief Thekong, at Kabi Lungchok (memorial stone pictured) near Gangtok in Sikkim?

*... that the political surveillance of Socialist People's Party founder Knut Løfsnes by the Norwegian Police Surveillance Agency amounted to at least 2500 pages of surveillance documents?

*... that Endiandra introrsa, commonly known as Dorrigo Plum or Red Walnut, is neither a plum nor a walnut but a member of the laurel family?

*... that Orville Nave compiled his best-known work, Nave's Topical Bible, while serving as a chaplain in the United States Army?

*... that in 1910, the public library in Dragon, Utah, arranged for the Uintah Railway to deliver borrowed books for free?

*... that publicist Stephen Rivers arranged Jane Fonda's 1987 trip to Poland, where she went to express her support for Lech Wałęsa, leader of the then-banned Solidarity movement?

*... that visually impaired runner Said Gomez, three time Paralympic champion, is the only Panamanian to have won medals at the Paralympic Games?

*... that Vietnamese coffee producer Trung Nguyên's Legendee brand coffee is a simulated Kopi Luwak product?

  • 12:00, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

The Polish Rider by Rembrandt

*... that Polish scholars have suggested that the model for The Polish Rider (pictured) was in fact Rembrandt's son Titus?

*... that retired professional baseball player Joe Campbell missed most of spring training in 1967 with the Chicago Cubs due to obligations he had in the United States Marine Corps?

*... that the Terwilliger-Smith Farm in Kerhonkson, New York, has the only extant stand-alone slaughterhouse in Ulster County?

*... that since the superstructure of Johnstown's Cathedral of St. John Gualbert was laid using nearly 590,000 pounds (270,000 kg) of steel, the roof was able to be completed before the foundation walls?

*... that the trophy for the Enterprise Cup, a Kenyan rugby union competition, was donated by sailors of the HMS Enterprise who toured East Africa in 1928?

*... that the publishers of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings insisted on adding the caveat "Music Inspired by" to the title of Bo Hansson's 1972 concept album Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings?

*... that at the end of 2006 the UK made the final payment on the Keynes World War II loan negotiated by John Maynard Keynes in 1945?

*... that during his performance in the Reduta Theatre at age 11, Mozart was dissatisfied with the sound of the trumpets?

  • 06:00, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

On a bridge a man dressed in black (Dante)looks at three women walking along a street; the central women (Beatrice) looks straight ahead, while the other two look towards Dante

*... that Dante and Beatrice (pictured) is considered to be Henry Holiday's most important painting?

*... that Conrad Susa's opera Transformations is based on Grimm's Fairy Tales as retold by American poet, Anne Sexton?

*... that when an elevated train derailed on Ninth Avenue in New York in 1905, some passengers escaped from one carriage through an apartment window?

*... that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stock the Little Cottonwood Creek with 1000 trout yearly?

*... that the colour printing process chromoxylography was mostly used to print book covers for penny dreadfuls, yellow-backs, and children's books during the mid to late 19th century?

*... that Lodge Park in Gloucestershire is England's only surviving 17th-century deer course and grandstand?

*... that the lighthouse Rumeli Feneri was built in 1855 in order to provide safe navigation for the French and British war ships entering the Bosphorus from the Black Sea during the Crimean War?

*... that Pelé and Mia Hamm are featured in cartoon form as the masters of a magical soccer academy in the video game Academy of Champions: Soccer?

  • 00:00, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

green vine plant

*... that Pararistolochia praevenosa (pictured) is the food vine of the Richmond Birdwing butterfly?

*... that in September 1942 No. 62 Commando carried out a raid on what was later to become known as Omaha Beach in France, where American forces would land on D-Day in 1944?

*... that the United Nations and Amnesty International have called for an investigation into the death of Congolese activist Floribert Chebeya?

*... that D. John Markey complained of the Democratic Party's 82-year grip on Maryland after the close and controversial 1946 Senate race against Governor Herbert O'Conor?

*... that under the Vandalism Act of Singapore, a person convicted for the first time of vandalism by defacing property using an indelible substance such as paint must be sentenced to caning?

*... that British judo expert Trevor Leggett's adherence to Japanese culture extended even to wearing traditional Japanese underwear?

*... that looters at the Maya archaeological site of Holtun in Guatemala uncovered a series of large stucco masks flanking the main stairway of the principal pyramid?

*... that during World War II, English biochemist Samuel Victor Perry failed to escape as a prisoner of war on three occasions, and was captured by the same German guard twice?

13 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Almost straight-on view of the muted yellow, narrow, tall tower entrance of Saint Paulin Church

*... that the crypt of St. Paulinskirche (pictured) in Trier allegedly contains the remains of approximately one dozen of the martyred soldiers of the legendary Theban Legion?

*... that Jan Kobow sang the tenor part of Bach's chorale cantata Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2, written for the second Sunday after Trinity of 1724, with Philippe Herreweghe?

*... that American athlete Marla Runyan, who is legally blind, won the national 5K road running title three consecutive times at the Freihofer's Run for Women?

*... that a ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle made by Thomas Earnshaw is now in the British Museum?

*... that Vera Beaudin Saeedpour, an American Jew, opened the first U.S. museum dedicated to the Kurdish people?

*... that the Bloom Festival in Dublin's Phoenix Park is twice as large as the UK's Chelsea Flower Show?

*... that celebrities who have worn Jonathan Saunders' designs include Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller, and Michelle Obama?

*... that The Brahmin and the Mongoose, an Indian folktale about the rash killing of a loyal animal, travelled the world and inspired shrines to the dogs Saint Guinefort in France and Gelert in Wales?

  • 12:00, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Tom Thomson painting

*... that The Jack Pine (pictured), painted c. 1916–17 by Tom Thomson, is considered an iconic image of the Canadian landscape?

*... that Paralympic athlete Kortney Clemons lost his leg because a roadside bomb exploded when he was helping fellow US soldiers in Iraq?

*... that Ismael Urbain was a high-level official in mid-nineteenth century French Algeria and adviser to Napoleon III due to his strong knowledge of Islam?

*... that the Holy Thorn Reliquary in the British Museum bears the inscription "This is a thorn from the crown Of Our Lord Jesus Christ"?

*... that U-111's first patrol took place in the North Atlantic and her second patrol took place in the South Atlantic?

*... that the Rangit Dam project in Sikkim in northeastern India cost more than $109 million?

*... that Pierre Buyoya became president of Burundi twice, following a military coup d'état in 1987, and another in 1996?

*... that Franz Liszt's piano playing inspired an outpouring of emotion in his fans called Lisztomania, which caused some fans to save his disposed cigar butts and coffee dregs as mementos?

  • 06:00, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

A black and white photo of a smiling Japanese man with short black hair and a black, zipped jacket shown from the shoulders up. The background is fuzzy and difficult to distinguish.

*... that video game composer, director, and producer Junichi Masuda (pictured) named a character in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire after his daughter Kiri?

*... that of the 22 players selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1980 NBA Expansion Draft, only two played more than one season for the team?

*... that Stanley Ott helped lay to rest a convicted murderer near the graves of bishops?

*... that the 1999 Grenadian general election was called 18 months early after the foreign minister defected from the governing New National Party?

*... that the baritone Andreas Schmidt created the part of Ryuji in Hans Werner Henze's opera Das verratene Meer in 1990 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin?

*... that scenes from the 1955 film, The Kentuckian starring Burt Lancaster, were filmed at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park?

*... that Rudy Garcia resigned his post as mayor of Union City, New Jersey, in the wake of a recall election petition that had gathered 6,700 signatures?

*... that in 2008, a member of the Dallas County, Texas, county commission claimed that the term black hole, as used in astronomy, was racist?

  • 00:00, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

"A greyscale photo of a rough collie looking to the right."

*... that the first dog to be named the best at Crufts was Ch. Wishaw Leader (pictured) in 1906?

*... that as recently as 500 years ago, the island of Madagascar was inhabited by giant lemurs, referred to as subfossil lemurs, that weighed between 10 and 200 kg (22 and 441 lb)?

*... that Craig Rundle, a college football head coach for 24 years, led Albion College to the 2001 MIAA championship with his sons playing at quarterback and tight end?

*... that despite a magnitude of only 5.8, the 1992 Cairo earthquake was the most destructive to affect Cairo since 1847, killing 545 people, injuring another 6,512, and making 50,000 homeless?

*... that the Albanian Vajtim (dirge or lament of the dead) in the 17th century would make the city of Gjirokastër extremely noisy on Sundays?

*... that Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony received a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album for his third studio album titled Contra La Corriente?

*... that when Alfred Eriksen was elected to the Parliament of Norway in 1903, he was among the first group in the Parliament representing the Labour movement?

*... that Teruji Kogake set a world record in the triple jump at the Japanese Olympic Trials but only managed eighth in the finals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics?

12 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal

*... that the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal (pictured) near Montreal attracts 181,000 visitors and 23,000 boaters, making it the second busiest canal and locks in Quebec?

*... that the original administration building in Jasper National Park had a fish hatchery in the basement?

*... that 20 days after he brought his high school baseball team to the state finals, Texas Rangers first-round draft pick David Clyde made his Major League Baseball debut?

*... that Buffalo Bill Cody once owned part of Buffalo Bill State Park in Wyoming?

*... that the zoea larvae of crabs have long rostral and dorsal spines?

*... that Dorsey Dixon's song "Babies in the Mill" is about the Southern United States textile industry's exploitation of child labor in the early 20th century?

*... that the increasing overall divorce rate is primarily in elderly, long-married couples, a phenomenon dubbed "grey divorce"?

*... that the original Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral building was saved from burning during the American Civil War when the parish priest imitated General Banks's voice and ordered Union troops to spare the church?

  • 12:00, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

Inauguration at the Tulach Óg mound with a single shoe held over the prince's head

*... that the royal sites of Ireland served as centres for ceremonies including an inauguration ritual where a shoe was thrown over the future king's head (pictured)?

*... that although the Welsh church of St Pabo, Llanbabo has a 14th-century monument to Pabo Post Prydain, its supposed 5th-century founder, there is no strong evidence that he founded the church?

*... that despite their plan to settle farther west, Timothy and Rachel Sheldon were so impressed with their camping spot on the Chicago Road that they bought land nearby and built the Sheldon Inn?

*... that a children's book about a toy owl, written by Finn Havrevold in 1957, was made into a film by Ivo Caprino?

*... that, for the first time in the history of the main Final Fantasy series of video games, the music of Final Fantasy XIII does not include any musical compositions by Nobuo Uematsu?

*... that Jack Siedlecki led Yale, Amherst and Worcester to conference championships in 21 years as a head football coach?

*... that in the United States there is a math–verbal achievement gap on both the SAT and the ACT, because students do much better on the math portion?

*... that the Stone of the Pregnant Woman weighs an estimated 1,000 tonnes?

  • 06:00, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

A round, white crab, with red leg joints, seen face-on.

*... that cherry-sized soldier crabs of the species Mictyris longicarpus (pictured) have been described as "cheerful bohemians"?

*... that American painter of the Old American West J. K. Ralston was awarded a Gold Medal by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame?

*... that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kissinger v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that Henry Kissinger did not have to release phone transcripts that were made while he was Secretary of State?

*... that the endangered spiny gardenia has been threatened by the development of banana plantations and the Pacific Highway?

*... that Norman Bethune Sanson climbed Canadian mountains with King George VI of the United Kingdom and King Prajadhipok of Siam?

*... that LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. proposed a ban on the sale of box cutters to teenagers in New Jersey, saying that they had become "the weapon of choice" for gang members?

*... that the milk protein lactoferrin provides antibacterial activity to human infants?

*... that sack tapping can lead to amputation and is posted on YouTube?

  • 00:00, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

Textiles of Mexico

*... that handcrafted textiles in Mexico (samples pictured) are still made using techniques that date back to the pre-Hispanic period?

*... that many subantarctic glaciers on Heard Island, including Allison, Compton, Deacock, Downes, Ealey, Fiftyone, Gotley, Lied, Schmidt, Stephenson, Vahsel and Winston, have a negative mass balance and are in retreat?

*... that the Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve in the Manning River is an example of a large figgiant stinger tree association ecological community?

*... that Nidal Malik Hasan and Jihad Jane were said to have started out as a "jihobbyists", also known as "eHadis"?

*... that after she was torpedoed by E boats during Operation Pedestal, Almeria Lykes was scuttled to prevent her falling into enemy hands?

*... that a dipper well, a perpetual-flow sink used for cleaning ice cream scoops, uses an average of 260,000 gallons (984,000 liters) of water yearly?

*... that the record for the longest hitting streak in NCAA college baseball history is 60 games, held by Damian Costantino of Salve Regina University?

*... that the abandoned O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben, New York, is so well-preserved that coal remains in its bin more than 50 years after it closed?

11 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

A church between trees with its tower on the left and a Norman doorway to the right

*... that St Michael's Church in Guiting Power, Gloucestershire, (pictured) was formerly in the middle of the village but, due to demolition of buildings, it now stands at its southern end?

*... that the carcinologist Robert Gurney was not connected to a university, and carried out his scientific work at home?

*... that the Nereid Monument was constructed in the British Museum in 1969 from material brought from Lycia in 1840?

*... that "So Close", a 1990 song by Hall & Oates, was the duo's 29th and final U.S. Top 40 single to date?

*... that in his concurrence in Wieman v. Updegraff in 1952, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter called teachers "priests of our democracy"?

*... that after colonizing Antarctica, the Lobodontine seals rapidly diversified to include the only seal that feeds primarily on krill and the only seal that feeds primarily on the krill-eating seals?

*... that when Kamie Ethridge played basketball for the University of Texas, the arena where she played was dubbed "the best little scorehouse in Texas"?

*... that Downfall, the upcoming American television game show series, features contestants who must answer trivia questions correctly before their cash and prizes fall from the top of a 10-story building?

  • 12:00, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Brian O'Driscoll

*... that Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll (pictured) has scored more tries against France than any other country?

*... that the Italian battleship Caio Duilio was one of the longest-lived World War I dreadnoughts?

*... that a pioneer of the pre-war Czechoslovak swing music Jiří Traxler lives in Canada?

*... that in response to Pakistan banning Facebook after the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day controversy MillatFacebook was founded to cater primarily to Muslims?

*... that in the auction sale of Augustin Blondel de Gagny's renowned collection of paintings and furniture (Paris, 1776) there was a Stradivarius violin?

*... that St Matthew's Church in Silverhill, East Sussex, was meant to have a large tower with a tall spire, but when money ran out only a small flèche was built?

*... that in 1944 the Summer Lake Wildlife Area became the first wildlife refuge in Oregon specifically established to preserve wetland habitat?

*... that right-handed amphetamines are usually 4–10 times more potent psychostimulant drugs than left-handed ones?

  • 06:00, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Saltburn Cliff Lift and pier

*... that the Saltburn Cliff Lift (pictured) is the oldest remaining water balance funicular cliff lift and railway in the United Kingdom?

*... that the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus is one of the main prey items for the Cape Clawless Otter?

*... that Irwin Rosten's 1975 documentary Man: The Incredible Machine, which included some of the first pictures taken inside the human body to be presented on film, became the most-watched program in PBS history?

*... that there was only one survivor when I P Suhr capsized and sank off Sandhammaren, Sweden, in 1950?

*... that Arline Friscia sponsored a bill making New Jersey the first U.S. state to require businesses with 50+ employees to rehire a worker at the same or comparable position after taking a family leave?

*... that Booky's Crush is the third in a series of Canadian made for TV movies, and follows Booky and the Secret Santa (2006) and Booky Makes Her Mark (2007)?

*... that Ireland rugby union international player Thomas Ranken Lyle was commemorated on a set of postage stamps for his pioneering work on X-rays?

*... that the present-day location of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, was the result of a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States?

  • 00:00, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Leaf Scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus

*... that using techniques of underwater camouflage and mimicry, the Leafscorpion fish (pictured) not only resembles a dead leaf, but also behaves as one?

*... that Hartsville Oil Mill v. United States was a court case in which the Supreme Court held the Court of Claims jurisdiction was not increased by Congressional reference resolutions?

*... that Foster's reactance theorem ensures that plots on a Smith chart of an electrical network impedance function always travel around the chart in a clockwise direction with increasing frequency?

*... that Melvin Cottrell sponsored legislation to allow sports betting in Atlantic City casinos on professional and college sports that would exclude wagering on games played by New Jersey college teams?

*... that the thoroughbred racehorse Workforce broke the Epsom Derby course record time in only his third ever race?

*... that the knife known as the Seax of Beagnoth has the only known complete inscription of the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet?

*... that Samuel Huggins' objections to the "so called restoration" of Chester Cathedral helped found the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings?

*... that The New York Times called the closing of the Bordentown School "an example of desegregation in reverse" under the headline "Jersey to Close All-Negro School Because It Can't Get White Pupils"?

10 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Stone church with tall steeple

*... that, until 1912, Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral (pictured) had the largest mechanical organ in the world, with over 7,000 pipes?

*... that Jes Staley was a founding member of J.P. Morgan's equities business?

*... that the Temi Tea Garden is the only tea garden in Sikkim?

*... that Percy Christopherson, his father Derman Christopherson, and nine brothers played a cricket match against Blackheath on a team named 'The Christophersons'?

*... that Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum planned a bayfront along Corpus Christi Bay that included a 32 foot statue of Jesus Christ, but was rejected by the city of Corpus Christi?

*... that the Gilchrist State Forest is the first new state forest in Oregon since 1948?

*... that the Minoan Bull-leaper is the only known complete sculpture depicting Minoan bull leaping?

*... that French showman and soldier Tarrare could eat his own weight in meat every day?

  • 12:00, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Cover of the Forget Me Not 1823 annual

*... that Frederic Shoberl was the editor of Forget-Me-Not (pictured), the first English language literary annual, published in 1823?

*... that the name of mineral scrutinyite reflects the efforts spent to distinguish it from plattnerite – another form of lead dioxide?

*... that Idaho's Heyburn State Park is the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest?

*... that Edward Lampert became the first hedge fund manager to earn more than US$1 billion in a single year, when the investments owned by his firm, ESL Investments, rose in value by 69% in 2004?

*... that The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is a BBC drama film based on the life of a 19th-century lesbian industrialist?

*... that after receiving scant interest from college basketball scouts as a high school senior, Jason Conley would go on to become the first (and only) freshman to win the NCAA Division I scoring title?

*... that the scientific name of the Peacock carpenter bee (Xylocopa bombylans) means "bumblebee-like wood-cutter"?

*... that among New Jersey's state symbols, the slogan "Come See For Yourself" was chosen in 2006 after an earlier proposal "We'll Win You Over" was deemed to be too negative?

  • 06:00, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

An angular stone retaining wall with dead leaves in a forest

*... that the unusual batten-plank structural system of frame houses in the Trapps Mountain Hamlet (remaining cellar pictured) on New York's Shawangunk Ridge suggests Lenape architectural influence?

*... that 40 limited edition sets of The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing's debut album Now That's What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1 came with wax cylinder recordings?

*... that one of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Commuter Rail stations is located in Rhode Island?

*... that actor and mime artist Jack Birkett, who was often billed as "The Incredible Orlando", continued to perform on stage and in films after becoming totally blind?

*... that the painting Landscape, Branchville was owned by J. Alden Weir, who said "I would sooner lose my right arm than sell one of Johnnie Twachtman's paintings"?

*... that it has been said that the flesh of the mushroom Macrolepiota excoriata tastes like hazelnut?

*... that Zeke Zechella, who was instrumental in the building of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, was unable to complete a single floating nuclear power plant during his nearly nine years as president of Offshore Power Systems?

*... that Congregation Beth Jacob Ohev Sholom, the oldest Orthodox Jewish congregation on Long Island, once fired its rabbi after he was alleged to have been caught eating ham in a saloon?

  • 00:00, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Description of the image

*... that in Codex Tischendorfianus III (pictured) Gospels of Matthew and Mark are written in minuscule, Gospels of Luke and John in uncial script?

*... that William Hanna claimed that the Tom and Jerry character Jerry Mouse was named Jinx in his first appearance, while Joseph Barbera claimed that the mouse went nameless?

*... that New Zealand rower Rob Hamill has also stood as a political candidate, and his brother was a victim of the Khmer Rouge?

*... that Saint Subber produced seven Neil Simon plays on Broadway, five of which were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play?

*... that the Madagascar bat Paratriaenops auritus has a noseleaf with three straight, about equally long lancets?

*... that American chemist Robert L. McNeil, Jr. was responsible for the commercial development of Tylenol, for which he coined the generic name "acetaminophen"?

*... that alkaloid cyclopamine is named so because it induces cyclopia in sheep?

*... that Hans Litten so rattled Adolf Hitler on the witness stand that, years later, Hitler told Prince Wilhelm of Prussia that even he would be sent to a concentration camp if he supported Litten?

9 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

A brick church building with a tall spire, seen against a blue sky

*... that the interior of St. Sebastian's Catholic Church in Sebastian, Ohio (pictured) is distinguished by its Gothic Revival reredos?

*... that Leslie Buck designed the Grecian-themed Anthora coffee cup, a cultural icon of New York City, to appeal to the city's Greek American restaurant owners?

*... that rifting in the Gulf of Suez initiated due to anticlockwise rotation of the Arabian Plate away from the African Plate, but stopped when the Dead Sea Transform developed?

*... that in 1910, pioneer aviator Edwin Moon made the first flight from fields which were later to become Southampton International Airport?

*... that in 1974, Lieutenant General and Minister of Defense of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania Beqir Balluku was accused of planning a coup d'etat by Enver Hoxha and executed that same year?

*... that Jack Sinagra sponsored a bill passed by the New Jersey Senate to ban the practice of double dipping, in which elected officials served in more than one elected position simultaneously?

*... that Peter Bennett appeared in more than 200 films and television productions?

*... that the decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in Hunter v Moss has been called either "sensible" and "fair", or something that could become "stigmatised", "spurious" and doctrinally wrong?

  • 12:00, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
Mahabaleshwar Temple at Gokarna

*... that the Mahabaleshwar Temple (pictured) in Gokarna is one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras (places of salvation) in India and is said to bestow immense blessings upon devotees who even glimpse it?

*... that journalist Charles E. Maple ended his career as an administrator of the Texas State Railroad, a heritage railroad between Palestine and Rusk, Texas?

*... that Somerset cricketer Frederic John Poynton was a pioneer of the bacteriology of acute rheumatism?

*... that Committee for Cultural Freedom co-founder Sidney Hook saw the organization as a way of undermining the popular front that existed in the U.S. in the 1930s among left-wing political groups?

*... that Baudissin Glacier and Challenger Glacier on Heard Island were charted in 1874 by the Challenger expedition, revisited in 1903 by the 1st German AE, but not officially named by the ANCA until 1957?

*... that "Ando Bien Pedo" helped Banda Los Recoditos' album ¡Ando Bien Pedo! peak at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart?

*... that Operation Big Bird was an attempt to recover hidden assets of ex-President Ferdinand Marcos?

*... that many cases on the disposal of equitable interests in the creation of express trusts in English law centre around people trying to avoid tax?

  • 06:00, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

green shiny leaves in a forest

*... that the Australian olive (pictured) is found from Pakistan and Yunnan through southern Asia and eastern Australia to Lord Howe Island, Vanuatu and New Caledonia?

*... that Texas industrialist Ross Perot spent $60 million of his own money to fund his 1992 U.S. presidential campaign?

*... that Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles, the French Jesuit Father who revealed to Europe in 1712 the manufacturing secrets of Chinese porcelain, has been described as an early "industrial spy"?

*... that the main house at the Dakin-Coleman Farm outside Millerton, New York, was at one point legally subdivided between two heirs?

*... that in 2008 the Goldstrike mine yielded 30% of the gold production in Nevada?

*... that Erik Bakich oversaw the biggest increase in team batting average in school history as hitting coach at Vanderbilt University?

*... that Larry Eyler was an American serial killer who confessed to killing 21 people?

*... that ispolini, ancient giants of Bulgarian mythology, perceived blackberry bushes as a great danger and offered sacrifices to them?

  • 00:00, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

A black and white photo of a steaming battleship

*... that the French battleship St Louis (pictured) accidentally sank the submarine Vendémiaire?

*... that "white-out" from light reflections is a problem encountered during falloposcopy?

*... that Jack Faber received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where he also served as the school's Department of Microbiology head, football coach, and men's lacrosse coach?

*... that Garry Mallett, the former President of ACT New Zealand, is an owner-operator of a branch of a Les Mills International fitness studio?

*... that Roger Tory Peterson suggested that Louis and Lois Darling illustrate the first edition of the environmental book Silent Spring?

*... that the Singasteinn over which Heimdall and Loki fought in Norse mythology may have been a Caribbean drift seed used as a birth amulet?

*... that a dissenting minister from Atherton, James Wood,

earned the title "the General" at the Battle of Preston in 1715?

*... that the Clock Tower in Brighton city centre has been variously described as "delightful", "worthless", "a giant salt-cellar", "charmingly ugly" and "supremely confident"?

8 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Fall of Neuschwanstein – computer graphics based on visual observation

*... that the fall of the Neuschwanstein meteorite (computer graphic pictured) in 2002 was observed by the European Fireball Network and outdoor witnesses through most of Central Europe?

*... that Marion Crecco sponsored a bill in the New Jersey Assembly promoting abstinence education in schools to prevent AIDS, stating that otherwise "we are allowing our children to play Russian roulette"?

*... that according to one theory, English secret trusts are entirely constructed by the courts?

*... that the author of Lady Gaga: Queen of Pop previously wrote celebrity biographies on Michael Jackson, Kerry Katona, and Robbie Williams?

*... that the European Cenozoic Rift System extends from the Mediterranean to the North Sea?

*... that Cam Fowler, a top prospect for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, played on the J. Ross Robertson Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior Ice Hockey Championship winning teams in 2010?

*... that despite proving promising in wind tunnel testing, no examples of the Focke-Wulf Fw 42 were ever built?

*... that South Carolina's Redneck Shop, which sells Ku Klux Klan memorabilia, is located in a building owned by a black Baptist pastor?

  • 12:00, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Three men dressed exotically in robes and pointed hats, accompanied by another man, with a bunch of ornate fabric in the foreground and the Arc de Triomphe in the background

*... that two cannons brought as gifts to Louis XIV of France by the Siamese embassy of 1686 (pictured) ended up being seized and used by revolutionaries in the Storming of the Bastille in 1789?

*... that although American entomologist Harry Hoogstraal was an authority on ticks and tick-borne diseases, organisms bearing his name include a squirrel, a gerbil, a snake, and 200 other species?

*... that Kachche Dhaage, the 1999 debut film of director Milan Luthria, stars Ajay Devgan as a smuggler delivering goods across the RajasthanPakistan border?

*... that Kevin Killian's My Vocabulary Did This to Me won the American Book Award for poetry in 2008 and his Impossible Princess won the Lambda Literary Award as best gay erotic fiction in 2009?

*... that the Atherton oak and red bopple nut of Queensland, and the Chilean hazel of Chile are relatives of the macadamia which produce edible nuts?

*... that in the late 1970s, Tom Waits often performed his song "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" as a medley with cover versions of "Goin' Out Of My Head" and "Silent Night?"

*... that John G. FitzGerald prepared Canada's first locally-made rabies vaccine?

*... that some towns and villages throughout Great Britain were once nicknamed "Little Moscow", due to their strong links with the Communist Party?

  • 06:00, 8 June 2010 (UTC)
Young garlic bulbs (Allium sativum)

*... that diallyl disulfide is a major cause of the garlic allergy (garlic bulbs pictured) which mostly affects chefs and housewives?

*... that Norwegian Parliament member Olav Gunnar Ballo's book about the suicide of his daughter Kaja Bordevich Ballo became a bestseller in Norway?

*... that the valediction "have a nice day", typically spoken by service employees, is considered a trite phrase that has been castrated by excessive usage and pretense?

*... that Mike Khoury wrestled his final WWF match against The Sultan at the Bryce Jordan Center on September 24, 1996?

*... that in 1921, Spanish surgeon Fidel Pagés discovered epidural anesthesia, which is used in millions of childbirths and surgical operations every year worldwide?

*... that the Siberian Slippery Jack's subalpine European habitat is threatened by deforestation and skiing?

*... that the beetle Dermestes maculatus attacks and eats live turkeys?

  • 00:00, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Stone palace in mountains

*... that the Norbulingka Palace (pictured) in Lhasa was added by UNESCO as an extension of the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace in 2001?

*... that Démocratie was the only ship of her class to have protective bulges fitted underneath her bow anchors?

*... that Clifford Grodd bought out the clothing store Paul Stuart from his father-in-law, and transformed it into a label worn by Fred Astaire, Mel Brooks, Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra?

*... that long-time Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions leader Konrad Nordahl has been called one of the most powerful people of the Norwegian labour movement?

*... that as executive director of the Kerner Commission, David Ginsburg warned in its 1967 report that the U.S. was "moving toward two societies—one black, one white, separate and unequal."?

*... that The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers was described in The Independent as "a volume which none but propeller-heads will find either curious or interesting"?

*... that Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizewinner Antje Boetius believes life forms she discovered may be able to help control future climate change through anaerobic digestion of methane?

*... that the Australian bush fly is responsible for the Aussie salute?

7 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

Montmorency Falls

*... that Montmorency River (falls pictured) in Quebec was visited by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, and the named river began appearing in maps as early as 1641?

*... that the comedy film House!, called an "Ealing-style light comedy", tells the story of how an aged bingo hall deals with the encroachment of an international conglomerate?

*... that Frank Chapman was once thought to have made his only Major League Baseball appearance at age 14?

*... that the White Horse Prophecy, attributed to Mormon founder Joseph Smith, is "not embraced as Church doctrine" by the Mormon Church?

*... that Cuneus Prophetarum is considered the most prominent work of early Albanian literature?

*... that Bill Russell won two NBA Championships as a player-coach of the Boston Celtics?

*... that John J. Matheussen introduced legislation in the New Jersey Senate in 1999 to implement the US$1 billion property tax rebate proposed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman?

*... that English jockey Mornington Cannon was named after the mount his father rode to victory on the day he was born?

  • 12:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

old flower spike with large seed pods

*... that Banksia aemula (pictured) is thought to have inspired "Banksia Men" – the villains in the children's story by May Gibbs?

*... that Queen Chennabhairadevi, who ruled for 54 years from Gersoppa under the Vijayanagara Empire in Uttara Kannada, India, was credited with building the Mirjan Fort in the 16th century?

*... that Eleazar Roberts pioneered the tonic sol-fa method of sight-singing in Wales?

*... that California's first State House was originally a hotel in San Jose owned by businessman Pierre "Don Pedro" Sainsevain and his associates?

*... that as the mayor in the 1910s of Homer, Louisiana, Andrew R. Johnson worked to bring electric lights and water works to the municipality?

*... that Madison Rayne currently holds both women's championships in TNA Wrestling?

*... that the various state monuments to William Smeathers, a pioneer settler of Kentucky and Texas, use three different versions of his name (Smeathers, Smithers and Smothers)?

*... that the Roman marble Sleeping Ariadne of the Vatican Museums was for centuries called Cleopatra because her armband was mistaken for Cleopatra's asp?

  • 06:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
Session hall of the Philippine House of Representatives

*... that defeated incumbent congressmen in the Philippine House of Representatives (Session Hall pictured) elections were expected "to raise hell" in the canvassing of votes for the presidential election?

*... that polonides are amongst the most stable compounds of polonium?

*... that although it was intended for operation from 1930s aircraft carriers, the SNCAO CAO.600 had twin engines?

*... that the Forest Park Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, was once owned by Harold Butler, founder of the restaurant chain Denny's?

*... that flautist Marina Piccinini recorded Flute Sonatas of J.S. Bach, in collaboration with the Brasil Guitar Duo, who won a scholarship at the Concert Artists Guild, twenty years after Piccinini did so?

*... that eight candidates have died fighting British general elections since 1918?

*... that now-retired professional wrestler Scotty Summers was once powerbombed during a match and had to be carried backstage on a stretcher?

*... that before a man, Tor Halvorsen, replaced the deceased Sonja Ludvigsen as Minister of Social Affairs, a newspaper claimed that the only certain thing was that the new Minister "will be a woman"?

  • 00:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

A small cat-like carnivore stands facing forward

*... that Fossas (pictured) have lengthy mating sessions because the male's erect penis has backwards-pointing spines along most of its length?

*... that Ingeborg Reichelt performed the soprano part of the Bach cantata Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39, written for the first Sunday after Trinity of 1726?

*... that the Mountain Pass rare earth mine was the largest mine for rare earth metals in the 1970s and 1980s?

*... that in his youth, professional baseball player Kettle Wirts would play sandlot ball with Earl Kunz, another future professional player?

*... that at the time of its discovery in 2003, GRB 031203 was the faintest gamma-ray burst ever recorded?

*... that Chris Haney and Scott Abbott developed Trivial Pursuit in about an hour one night in 1979, a game which went on to sell 100 million copies worldwide?

*... that the marble column used for the Civil War Memorial in Adrian, Michigan, was originally part of the former Bank of Pennsylvania building in Philadelphia?

*... that professional gambler Brian Zembic had size 38C breast implants inserted into his chest to win a $100,000 bet?

6 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Bear River, Nova Scotia

*... that the Bear River (pictured) in Nova Scotia was once about 15 percent longer than at present as it is now a drowned river valley?

*... that Jerome Tiger, a Native American painter from Oklahoma, was a high school dropout and worked as a laborer and prize fighter?

*... that one colony of the Madagascar bat Triaenops menamena contained an estimated 40,000 individuals?

*... that a gangster threw sulfuric acid in the face of crusading newspaper columnist Victor Riesel on a public street in New York City in April 1956, blinding him?

*... that the Suffren was the flagship for a squadron of four French battleships in 1915 during the Dardanelles Campaign?

*... that the Ford Valve Plant was moving assembly line pioneer Henry Ford's first "Village Industry": a small factory located in a rural community and intended to stabilize the income of farmers?

*... that military historian and Purdue professor Gunther E. Rothenberg escaped the Nazis and served in the British Army, the Israel Defense Force, and the US Air Force before attending college on the GI Bill?

*... that although David Campbell received multiple wounds leading a charge against German cavalry in 1914, he told the doctor "I've just had the best quarter of an hour I've ever had in my life!"?

  • 12:00, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

A man in a left-handed batting stance wearing pinstriped gray pants, a black shinguard on his right leg, a dark blue baseball jersey, and a dark-colored batting helmet.

*... that Joe Mauer (pictured), a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins, is the only catcher in Major League Baseball history to have won three batting titles?

*... that the mosquito Psorophora howardii can puncture through a coat, vest, and two shirts?

*... that Vern Partlow's satirical song "Old Man Atom" was a hit record in the U.S. in July 1950, but a month later it was removed from store shelves for allegedly containing pro-communist propaganda?

*... that U-1022 was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on June 7, 1944, the day after the Allied invasion of Normandy?

*... that the defeat of his army in the Siege of Berat ended Charles of Anjou's designs to invade the Byzantine Empire over land?

*... that in English law, trusts for the construction of tombs are invalid if the tombs are "capricious and wasteful"?

*... that the railroads controlled by Alfred Holland Smith in 1918 carried one half of United States freight?

*... that in the town of the Chau Doc massacre, anti-government forces spread the superstition that one can fly by killing 20 people, and become an angel by killing 100?

  • 06:00, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Denial of Peter

*... that in his depiction of the Denial of Peter episode (pictured), Rembrandt portrayed Jesus in the distance, his hands bound behind him, turning to look at Peter who faced away from him?

*... that Gerald Roush had details of the original specifications, later modifications and ownership history of nearly every one of the 130,000 Ferraris ever manufactured?

*... that U-64 was sunk on the eighth day of her first patrol?

*... that the evangelist Elijah Cadman originated the idea that The Salvation Army should wear uniforms?

*... that at 270 seconds, GRB 011211 became the longest gamma-ray burst detected by BeppoSAX by 2002?

*... that audio innovator Fritz Sennheiser was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with its Scientific and Engineering Award for his development of the MKH 816 shotgun microphone?

*... that in the Battle of Prinitza, 300 Achaean soldiers defeated a far superior Byzantine army, allegedly numbering 15,000 men?

*... that in what The New York Times described as a "food fight", Assemblymember Clare Farragher argued that the tomato, rather than the blueberry, should be chosen as New Jersey's official state fruit?

  • 00:00, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Saint Cloud soft porcelain vase with blue designs

*... that French porcelain (early example pictured) started in the 17th century by imitating Chinese blue and white porcelain?

*... that while Archbishop of Adelaide, Leonard Faulkner refused to eliminate the practice of communal confession, despite pressure from the Vatican?

*... that although its name means boundary ditch, the Mardyke is actually a river that flows into the Thames at Purfleet?

*... that in 1952, flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer was the first woman to be named principal chair of a major US orchestra?

*... that the 2002 Mindanao earthquake, which caused flooding and a tsunami, was the sixth most powerful earthquake of 2002?

*... that Gabriel Vargas became a chief draftsman by age 16 and went on to win the Mexican "Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes (National Sciences and Arts Prize)"?

*... that the Telegraph Act 1870 resulted in the value of shares in the Isle of Man Telegraph Company being increased to 160 times their former value?

*... that white Republican State Senator Norman M. Robertson criticized New Jersey's 2001 redistricting plan, stating "that the map is racist" in reducing the voting strength of African-American voters?

5 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Side view of a World War I DH.2 biplane with its engine and propeller mounted pointing backwards

*... that on 25 April 1916, Royal Flying Corps ace David Tidmarsh was awarded an aerial victory without firing a shot from his Airco DH.2 (pictured), or getting within a quarter mile of his enemy?

*... that the civil rights attorney Jesse N. Stone, Jr., was in the first graduating class in 1950 of the historically black Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge?

*... that Colorado State Highway 64 is named the Stegosaurus Freeway in Dinosaur?

*... that in 1953, newspaper editor Erling Hall-Hofsø was imprisoned for refusing to unveil his source for a news piece?

*... that William Huggins enjoyed following a travelling animal circus?

*... that according to police investigators, Ian Davison had enough ricin in his home to kill 1,000 people?

*... that seven of the seventeen apostles that Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus sent out died on their journeys?

*... that despite being paralysed from the chest down British Paralympic skier Talan Skeels-Piggins serves as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserves?

  • 12:00, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

A dull-coloured pale stone church on a sloping corner site, with a tower stopping abruptly at a parapet.

*... that the spires of both St Luke's and St Leonards-on-Sea (pictured) United Reformed churches in Hastings, East Sussex, were destroyed in the Great Storm of 1987?

*... that Breandán Ó Buachalla was considered "the leading authority on Gaelic poetry and writing in early modern Ireland" and "one of the most prominent Irish language academics of his generation"?

*... that the tick Ornithodoros erraticus spreads the African swine fever virus in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)?

*... that Aline Hofheimer painted a 126-foot fresco representing aviation history in Roosevelt Field, Long Island?

*... that the strongest earthquake in Germany reported to date struck Düren on February 18, 1756?

*... that the New York Yankees sent pitcher Ernest Groth to the Oakland Oaks to make up for an earlier deal that did not work out?

*... that the 21 km New Danube in Vienna has been described by UN-HABITAT as "the first truly multipurpose fully sustainable flood protection scheme"?

*... that singer Lissie was invited to open for Lenny Kravitz after he saw her MySpace page?

  • 06:00, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

A Dutch windmill at work

*... that some of the functions of windmills in Leeuwarden (Froskepôlemolen pictured) were cement manufacture, fulling, oil extraction, producing dyes, gunpowder and paints, snuff production and tanning?

*... that a recent bomb blast before a dance show in Stavropol killed seven people?

*... that the American soul-blues musician L.V. Johnson's track "I Don't Really Care", was sampled by Strong Arm Steady on their 2010 album In Search of Stoney Jackson?

*... that in Jewish mysticism, even angels cannot endure seeing the divine countenance directly?

*... that prior to the Recreational Charities Act 1958, the English courts refused to accept any charities involving recreational activities as valid?

*... that Frederik Due in 1841 became the first non-noble prime minister of Norway?

*... that if the remote supergiant Delta Canis Majoris were as close to us as Sirius, it would be as bright as a half-full moon?

*... that now-retired professional wrestler Mark Freer was once handcuffed to ring ropes and beaten with a nightstick at the end of a match?

  • 00:00, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Red, flat, one-story building sitting on snow with a dirt hill in the background

*... that Norway was the last country with a territorial claim of Antarctica to not operate an all-year research station, until the 2005 opening of Troll (pictured) and Troll Airfield?

*... that before Ferdinand II became Holy Roman Emperor, he settled claims with the other Habsburgs in the secret Oñate treaty?

*... that reliable water flow from the Sun Kosi, in mountainous Nepal, is proposed to be diverted through a 16.6 kilometres (10.3 mi) tunnel to the Kamala River for irrigation and other purposes?

*... that the Detroit blues singer Calvin Frazier's "This Old World's in a Tangle" was both the title of the first song he recorded, and of a 1993 compilation album issued by Laurie Records?

*... that Rønne, a town on the Danish island of Bornholm, was bombed by Soviet fighter aircraft during World War II?

*... that after an effort to elect left-wing Democrats to the U.S. Congress failed in 1946, the Union for Democratic Action was disbanded and Americans for Democratic Action formed to replace it?

*... that Cyrille Dion won the first U.S. professional pool championship in 1878?

*... that the Via Josephina was commissioned in 1775 by Joseph II Holy Roman Emperor after he reportedly fell from his horse while traveling from Senj?

4 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Andrew Johnson Building

*... that completed in 1930, the Andrew Johnson Building (pictured) was the tallest building in Knoxville, Tennessee, until 1979?

*... that the Port of Jacksonville is the second busiest vehicle-handling port on the east coast of the United States?

*... that 1993 Eurovision Song Contest winner Niamh Kavanagh overcame voice and dress problems to make her return in the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway?

*... that MasterChef Australia contestant Marion Grasby was awarded one of only nine journalism cadetships offered nationally by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 2006?

*... that Yangluo Bridge near Wuhan, China, is tied with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, United States, as the ninth longest suspension bridge in the world?

*... that the geology of New Zealand's Northland region includes exotic seafloor rocks, an extinct volcanic arc, and a massive tombolo?

*... that 1912 Olympic champion Jim Thorpe was stripped of his track and field medals after it was discovered he had played baseball professionally?

*... that Bonaventure Broderick ran a gas station for 40 years until Cardinal Francis Spellman restored him as an Auxiliary Bishop?

  • 12:00, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Ángeles Gabaldón in a traje de flamenca

*... that although the hemline of the traje de flamenca (pictured) rose as far as the knees in the 1960s and '70s, it has now returned to the traditional ankle length?

*... that it has been difficult to establish when the Oliver Barrett House near Millerton, New York, was built since there are no records of it until 14 years after its likely construction date?

*... that the oldest running wood-burning locomotive in Hawaii, now at Grove Farm Museum, one of two heritage railways in Kauai, was almost sold for $500 to the Disney Company in the 1970s?

*... that Juwan Howard was the first student–athlete to graduate on time along with his class after declaring early for the NBA Draft and joining the National Basketball Association?

*... that Eric Selleck was the first hockey player to be a SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive years?

*... that the estuarine, burrow-dwelling ghost shrimp Neotrypaea californiensis is used as bait, but is sometimes attacked with insecticides because it damages Pacific oyster farms?

*... that ten New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in 1917 in the Bere Ferrers rail accident due to being unaccustomed to the British railway system?

*... that poet and author Kostas Krystallis escaped to Greece after being denounced by the Ottoman authorities for writing a patriotic collection of poetry?

  • 06:00, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Pitt baseball team c. the 1890s

*... that baseball is the University of Pittsburgh's (1890s team pictured) oldest sport, with its first recorded game in 1869?

*... that Wallaby Myer Rosenblum employed future Prime Minister of Australia John Howard as an articled clerk in 1959?

*... that the opera Didone abbandonata (Dido Abandoned) of Domenico Sarro, successful in 1724, was revived by harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist Ludger Rémy?

*... that the four Ersatz Monarch-class battleships planned for the Austro-Hungarian Navy were expected to cost 82 million kronen each, but none were ever completed?

*... that American sprinter Jeff Williams won his first World Championship medal at the age of 29 under the guidance of women's Olympic medalist Barbara Ferrell?

*... that Madonna’s first producer purchased an old chandelier factory in 1981, which has been used to record tracks by Queen Latifah, INXS and Taking Back Sunday?

*... that seifertite, one of the densest polymorphs of silica, is named after Friedrich Seifert and has only been found in meteorites?

*... that Chinese Australian soldier Caleb Shang was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal partly for his skill with lamps?

  • 00:00, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

A light yellow house lit by sun from the left with trees in autumn color

*... that when he transferred his house (pictured) near Millerton, New York, to his sons, Thomas N. Wheeler required that they allow their older sister to live there for the rest of her life?

*... that Dutch malacologist Adolph Cornelis van Bruggen is an expert in African land snails?

*... that Orientalism in early modern France started from the time of Francis I in the 16th century, with the work of Guillaume Postel?

*... that one of the outstanding Parisian Louis XV ébénistes remained a mystery until 1957, as his maker's stamp just reads BVRB?

*... that the extinct Hipposideros besaoka was the largest insectivorous bat of Madagascar?

*... that President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently launched TV Brasil Internacional, a Portuguese language television station aimed at 49 African nations?

*... that Pike Hill Signal Tower was built by the Romans as part of fortifying the Stanegate and was later incorporated into Hadrian's Wall?

*... that Lofty Large once floored a donkey with a single punch while fighting rebels in Oman?

3 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

A massive mountain, dusted in snow, looms against a blue sky over a monastary surrounded by trees.

*... that Tenzing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary, was once sent to Tengboche Monastery in Tengboche (pictured) to be a monk?

*... that over the course of more than 200 years, the Struve family produced renowned scientists including Jacob, Friedrich, Otto Wilhelm, Genrikh, Hermann, Ludwig, George Hermann, Wilfried and Otto Struve?

*... that Associated Students, Chico is a student government with over $13 million in assets making it one of the largest non-profit organizations in Northern California?

*... that although the giant fossa, formerly one of the top carnivores of Madagascar, is thought to be extinct, there is some anecdotal evidence of very large living fossas?

*... that newspaper illustrator Salo Grenning became an honorary citizen of Middelburg, Netherlands, after helping liberate the city from Germany in 1944?

*... that the late Paleozoic environment of the Chaco-Tarija sedimentary basin of Bolivia has been likened to that of present-day Labrador Sea?

*... that 2004 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizewinner for neurobiology, Hannah Monyer, can speak several languages and play the piano?

*... that a part of the Parthenon Frieze currently at the British Museum used to be kept at Marbury Hall in Cheshire, England?

  • 12:00, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

de Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle

*... that the de Lackner Aerocycle (pictured) was intended to be flown by infantrymen after only 20 minutes of flight training?

*... that Eduardo Delgado has recorded the full works of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera?

*... that the caterpillars of the moth Mompha raschkiella cause a yellowish blotch on the leaves of Rosebay Willowherb that bleach rapidly after the caterpillars leave them?

*... that Abkhaz writer Fazil Iskander publishes articles for the Russian newspaper Kultura?

*... that the Australian Institute of Family Studies (est. 1980) conducts research in family wellbeing, as used in the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in New South Wales?

*... that the journalist and columnist Per Egil Hegge has been called a "housegod" of those dissatisfied with the development of the Norwegian language?

*... that the French battleship Gaulois was sunk on 27 December 1916 by the German U-boat SM UB-47?

*... that in the early 1930s, mathematician Gerhard Kowalewski persuaded more women at German universities than anyone else to become doctors in mathematics?

  • 06:00, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Image of Paul Volcker

*... that, according to a UN independent investigation headed by Paul Volcker (pictured), during the AWB Oil-for-Wheat Scandal, AWB paid more than $221.7 million in illicit transfers to the regime of Saddam Hussein?

*... that cattle infested with ticks can be treated with an extract from the African tree Margaritaria discoidea?

*... that during World War II, the Arkansas politician Jefferson W. Speck was a POW transported on the Japanese Hell ship, the Oryoku Maru?

*... that Computer Usage Company was the first company devoted to developing computer software in 1955, but went bankrupt in 1986?

*... that Brian Eno, one of the principal innovators of ambient music, played synthesisers on Coldplay's 2007 single "White Shadows"?

*... that all nine individuals who served as Michigan Wolverines head football coaches from 1900 to 1989 have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?

*... that the Literary Review said of a novel by Daisy Waugh "Cold Comfort Farm meets Goodbye, Mr. Chips"?

*... that Donna Simpson maintains a website where male fans pay to watch videos of her eating and measuring her waistline?

  • 00:00, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

A brilliantly painted black-and-yellow taildragger aircraft, with a massive radial engine and a the racing number "4" on its side.

*... that in 1931, frame-by-frame analysis of a movie was used to determine why the Gee Bee Model Z (pictured) crashed?

*... that in 1985, former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Rufus D. Hayes sold 14 acres of land to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries for $750,000?

*... that Clouded Magpie moths resemble bird droppings while they are resting on the upper surface of leaves?

*... that during a match in 2000, professional wrestler Ricky Blues left the ring to argue with hecklers at ringside?

*... that the Bryansk State Agricultural Academy (BSAA) in the Bryansk Oblast rural locality of Kokino has a notable library of some 410,000 volumes?

*... that the K-105 ski jumping hill in Schanzen Einsiedeln is named after World Championships winner Andreas Küttel?

*... that the shooting ranges at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading, Massachusetts, were closed after a bullet ricocheted and nearly hit a mother and her toddler?

*... that in Serbian tradition, a zmajevit was a man whose spirit could leave his body while he was asleep, and fly skywards to fight against the demon ala that led hail clouds over fields to destroy crops?

2 June 2010[edit]

  • 18:00, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Description of the image

*... that the Peacock flounder can camouflage itself by matching its colors to its surroundings (process pictured)?

*... that Erie J. Sauder was a Mennonite cabinetmaker with only an eighth-grade education when he started the ready-to-assemble furniture industry?

*... that the logo of the Reichswerke Hermann Göring, an industrial conglomerate of Nazi Germany, remained in use until the 1980s?

*... that World War II U.S. Army veteran David Rubitsky claims to have singlehandedly killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers during a 21-hour battle and that he was denied the Medal of Honor because he is Jewish?

*... that Dorothy Ellicott was the first woman to be elected to two different Gibraltar Councils and was posthumously awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour on Gibraltar National Day 2008?

*... that the ideas of Aesthetic Realism and Siegel's Theory of Opposites are the guiding principles of New York City's Terrain Gallery?

*... that the Italian protected cruiser Giovanni Bausan was designed to destroy battleships?

*... that American Phelps Phelps, the first civilian Governor of American Samoa and an Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was dismissed from Yale University for paying another student to take his tests?

  • 12:00, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Panamakade on KNSM Island, Amsterdam

*... that the KNSM Island (pictured) in Amsterdam, originally the docks for the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company and then long occupied by squatters, is now a haven for "Dockland chic"?

*... that Ernst von Leyser was a major defendant at the Hostages Trial in 1947–1948?

*... that the Golden Cue Billiard Lounge is the only extant billiard hall in Albany, New York?

*... that Hypogeomys australis, Nesomys narindaensis, and Brachytarsomys mahajambaensis are the only extinct rodents of Madagascar?

*... that works of the Polish artist Dorota Nieznalska stirred a religious controversy and charges of blasphemy in Poland?

*... that 2009 College Football All-America Team selection Zane Beadles was also a 2009 Academic All-America selection?

*... that a stained glass window in All Saint's Church in Eastchurch commemorates the deaths of aviation pioneers Charles Rolls and Cecil Grace?

*... that Christopher Columbus received a royal reward for the 1492 sighting of unknown light?

  • 06:00, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

A spherulite embedded into a mosaic mesogen.

*... that crystallization of polymers proceeds through the formation of spherulites (example pictured)?

*... that Theresia L M Russ rescued the survivors from the Reichsmarine's training schooner Niobe?

*... that except for Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, Harry Goodwin photographed every single act that entered the Top 30 of the UK Singles Chart between 1964 and 1973?

*... that the International Rugby Board do not permit players to wear rugby shorts with padding sewn into them?

*... that anti-Nazi resistance fighter Joar Olsen once escaped apprehension by claiming that he drove a Red Cross truck?

*... that the eastern North American destroying angel contains cyclic peptides that, if consumed, can cause kidney failure, liver failure, and/or death?

*... that in addition to its stone arch, Natural Bridges State Beach in California is known for the up to 150,000 Monarch butterflies th