This edition covers content promoted between 24 and 30 June 2012
A new featured picture showing a flock of James's Flamingos during their mating ritual. The males vocalize and stick their necks and heads straight up in the air, turning them back and forth; females initiate mating by walking away.
Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders (nom) by Noleander. A series of trials were held from 1949 to 1958 in which 144 leaders of the Communist Party of the United States were accused of violating the Smith Act. The prosecution argued that the Party's policies promoted violent revolution, while the defendants countered that they advocated a peaceful transition to socialism, and that the trials violated their First Amendment rights. The trials led to the US Supreme Court decisions Dennis v. United States and Yates v. United States.
Arthur Mold (nom) by Sarastro1. Mold (1863–1921) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket for Lancashire as a fast bowler between 1889 and 1901. He began his career in the mid-1880s, and quickly became successful after qualifying at the county level. He became one of the best bowlers in the country, but his achievements were tainted by charges of throwing, which eventually led him to leave the sport. He took 1,673 wickets in first-class matches.
Grand Teton National Park (nom) by MONGO. Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming that was established in 1929 and measures approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha) in size. The park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile (64 km) long Teton Range, as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Humans have had a presence in the area for 11,000 years, but the ecosystem remains pristine.
Icelandic Phallological Museum (nom) by Prioryman. The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland, houses the world's largest collection of penises and penile parts. The collection of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals includes 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals, as well as a single human penis; the museum hopes to find a younger, larger specimen of the latter. The museum, established in 1997, has thousands of visitors annually – mostly women.
Doc Adams (nom) by Giants2008. Adams (1814–1899) was an American baseball player and executive who is regarded by historians as an important figure in the sport's early years. With the New York Knickerbockers he served as a player, and later president, vice president, treasurer, and director. While still maintaining his medical practice, Adams helped write the rules of baseball, although this was forgotten for nearly a century.
Byzantine civil war of 1341–1347 (nom) by Cplakidas. The civil war of 1341–1347 was a conflict that broke out after the death of Andronikos III Palaiologos over the guardianship of his young heir, John V Palaiologos. It pitted the emperor's chief minister, John VI Kantakouzenos, against an alliance from the regency. The war polarized Byzantine society along class lines, with the aristocracy backing Kantakouzenos and the lower and middle classes supporting the regency. John VI eventually won, but the instability proved disastrous for the foundering empire.
Four featured pictures were promoted this week:
Map of Cathedral Peak Granodiorite (nom, related article) by Grandiose. The Cathedral Peak Granodiorite, named after its type locality, forms part of the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, one of the four major intrusive suites within the Sierra Nevada in the United States. It has been assigned radiometric ages between 88 and 87 million years BP
L'Oceanogràfic (nom, related article), created by Diliff and nominated by Tomer T. L'Oceanogràfic is a marine park in the east of the city of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It was designed by the architect Félix Candela.