Grace Sherwood (nom) (1660 – late 1740), also called the "Witch of Pungo". She was a healer, midwife, and farmer in Virginia who was jailed for bewitching a woman, causing her to miscarry. She was officially pardoned in 2006 (Rlevse).
Lat (nom), Malaysia's "cultural icon" and one of its most trusted people", according to nominator (Jappalang). All the more unusual that Lat is a cartoonist.
SMS Goeben (nom), the German battlecruiser that played a part in bringing the Ottomans into the war on the side of Germany and stymied Allied attempts to seize Constantinople (Parsecboy, incidentally just elected as MilHist Lead Coordinator, and Sturmvogel 66).
"Abandoning with regret all sports, music albums, battleships, flora and fauna after a quickish read-through—I'm very sorry, but I'm just not equipped for giving opinions on those subjects—I dived into David Bowie, Lat, and Grace Sherwood with relish. Such intriguing subjects! Articles that do them full justice! Picking one of those three wouldn't be easy, I reflected, and then promptly stumbled over an irresistible and unlikely article, my choice for the week. Saint-Gaudens double eagle is about a twenty-dollar gold coin, first produced in 1907. Strictly for the numismatics otaku, is it not? No. The piece is a great read for anybody who enjoys human, historical and cultural eccentricity and battleground. It's very considerate of the ignorant reader, and I especially appreciate that, even though the subject is so American, it's perfectly transparent and accessible to the international reader. I can hardly wait for the third part of Wehwalt's numismatics trilogy."
Choice of the week. We asked FL nominator and reviewer Parutakupiu for his choice of the best (ignoring his own):
Five lists elevated to featured status in the past week, one of them nominated by myself: not much to choose from. But taking a careful read of the other four, I would pick List of largest volcanic eruptions as the most interesting. It is about a topic that has always fascinated me, and it really allows one to put in perspective how "tiny" the most recent volcanic cataclisms were in comparison with those of pre-historic times. Needless to state how comprehensive, lengthy and well sourced this work is.
Featured pictures: how different it was in those days
Ancient wiki fossil: "Epicyclic gear ratios" appears to have been the first FP nomination; its featured status survives to this day.
In those days, Makeemlighter says the process was fairly casual – some of the nominations even lacked closing statements. It took more than a year after the first FPs were created for a template to be developed. Fair-use images, not permitted nowadays, were allowed for a while, and there seemed to be little of the modern formal emphasis on the notion of encyclopedic value. The process was different mechanically, too: "Images that received any objections would not be promoted unless that objection was dealt with and a 'nearly unanimous consensus' was reached. Today, the general rule is 2/3 support and an image passes", within a strictly applied nine-day period. By October 2004, there were more than 130 FPs. Tau Emerald in flight was the 1,000th FP, in December 2007. Rambutan white background was the 2000th FP, in September 2009 .
This week was uncommon at FPC in that only four images were promoted. They will be considered for Choice of the week along with next week's promotions. Medium-sized images can be seen by clicking on "nom":
Coconut octopus (nom). The creature is sufficiently advanced to use coconut shells as tools (created by Nhobgood). (picture at top)
One file was promoted: File:Pleasant_Moments_Piano_Roll.oggnom, a 1916 recording of Pleasant moments (2 m, 56 s), a ragtime waltz recorded on a piano roll by Scott Joplin. Thought lost until discovered by User:PlayerRoll in 2006, it has been scanned and recorded on a grand piano as an MP3 file. Piano rolls—in which perforations were etched into a roll of stiff paper that could operate a pneumatic playing system on a piano—were one of the first forms of digital memory, and provided home entertainment to millions of people in the early 20th century.
New featured picture: the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.