One of a kind
This edition covers content promoted between 22 and 28 July 2012.
Only one living specimen of Ecnomiohyla rabborum
, also known as the Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog, is known to exist. A new featured picture.
Eight featured articles were promoted this week:
- German battleship Bismarck (nom) by Parsecboy. Bismarck, the first of its class, was laid down in 1936 and launched two and a half years later. Completed in 1940, Bismarck conducted only one offensive operation in her eight-month career, destroying HMS Hood. This led to a two-day pursuit which resulted in Bismarck's sinking; the cause of the sinking remains disputed, although the wreck has been examined several times.
- Marasmius rotula (nom) by Sasata. Marasmius rotula, first described in 1772, is a type of fungus that is widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The mushrooms are characterized by their whitish, thin, and membranous caps and generally grow in groups or clusters on decaying wood. Spore production depends on moisture and can last up to three weeks.
- Derek Jeter (nom) by Muboshgu. Jeter (b. 1974) is an American baseball player who has won numerous awards for his hitting ability, baserunning, and leadership. He began playing for the New York Yankees in 1995, having been drafted three years earlier. He won Rookie of the Year in 1996 and became the team's starting shortstop the same year. Jeter has set several team and league records and is one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation.
- "Episode 2" (Twin Peaks) (nom) by Grapple X. "Episode 2", the third episode of the first season of the American television series Twin Peaks, was directed by David Lynch. It follows the investigation into the murder of schoolgirl Laura Palmer and introduces a supernatural element to the series. First broadcast on April 19, 1990, the episode is considered ground-breaking by critics.
- HMS Agincourt (1913) (nom) by The ed17 and Sturmvogel 66. HMS Agincourt, a dreadnought battleship built in the United Kingdom for Brazil, was controversial during its construction as it was first sold to the Ottoman Empire and then seized by the British; this seizure was a factor in the Ottomans siding with Germany in World War I. Agincourt spent much of the war on patrols and exercises. After a period in reserve, she was sold for scrap in 1922.
- David Evans (RAAF officer) (nom) by Ian Rose. Evans (b. 1925) is an Australian airman. He joined the RAAF during World War II but first saw combat during the Vietnam War. He continued to rise through the ranks before being selected as Chief of the Air Staff in 1982, a post he held until his retirement three years later. Since then he has unsuccessfully run for public office and continues to serve as a defence advisor.
- Cosima Wagner (nom) by Brianboulton. Wagner (1837–1930) was the second wife of Richard Wagner and his muse. Born to a Hungarian composer, Cosima Wagner's first marriage was to Hans von Bülow. Unhappy with her loveless marriage, she became involved with Richard Wagner and, after his death, continued to run his Bayreuth Festival. As she became identified with anti-Semitism and extreme racialist theories, her work remains controversial.
- Nickel (United States coin) (nom) by Wehwalt. The nickel, a five-cent piece currently composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, has been struck in the United States since 1866, when gold and silver became scarce after the Civil War. The coin has seen ten designs, including four released in a period of two years. Nickels currently cost eleven cents to produce; the US Mint is looking for a way to lower production costs.
Five featured lists were promoted this week:
- ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year (nom) by Harrias. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's Cricketer of the Year is an annual award first given in 2006. Based upon the players' performances in the voting period, the award has seen twelve nominees since its inauguration. No player has won more than once.
- Boden Professor of Sanskrit (nom) by Bencherlite. The position of Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford in Britain was established in 1832 as a way to expedite the conversion of Indians to Christianity. It has since been held by eight persons. Initially elected, the position is now filled by the university.
- List of National Natural Landmarks in Michigan (nom) by Dana boomer. The US state of Michigan is home to 12 of the almost 600 United States National Natural Landmarks, which includes areas of geological and biological importance. The program is managed by the National Park Service, and the first landmark was designated in 1967.
- List of Queens Park Rangers F.C. players (nom) by Miyagawa. Since its establishment in 1888, Queens Park Rangers Football Club has seen 1,100 total players, 163 of them appearing in at least 100 games. Tony Ingham made 555 appearances for the club, the most in its history, while George Goddard was its top scorer.
- List of Israel international footballers (nom) by HonorTheKing and Cliftonian. The Israel national football team, which first played in 1934, has seen more than 450 players, of which 97 have made more than twenty appearances. Arik Benado made 94 appearances for the team, the most in its history, while Mordechai Spiegler was its top scorer.
Eight featured pictures were promoted this week:
- Ecnomiohyla rabborum (nom; related article), created by Brian Gratwicke and nominated by Samsara. Ecnomiohyla rabborum, also known as the Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog, is assumed to have only a single living specimen. This picture may show it, or one which died in 2009.
- Robert Sheehan (nom; related article), created by Jastrow and nominated by Julia W. Sheehan (b. 1988) is an Irish actor with three IFTA nominations and one BAFTA nomination. This picture is from the Minghella Film Festival.
- Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, Agra, India (nom; related article), by Muhammad Mahdi Karim. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628, is a transitional piece of Mughal architecture designed for Mirzā Ghiyās Beg. It has been described as the "Baby Tāj".
- Leucippus fallax (nom; related article), by Wilfredor with edits by Julia W. The Buffy Hummingbird (Leucippus fallax) is a species of hummingbird found in Colombia, French Guiana, and Venezuela.
- "Daisy" (nom; related article), created by Tony Schwartz and nominated by Lionelt. One of the most controversial political advertisements ever made, "Daisy" is considered a factor in Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in the 1964 US presidential election.
- Frank Sinatra (nom; related article), created by William P. Gottlieb and nominated by Tomer T. Sinatra (1915–1998) was a highly successful American singer and film actor whose career spanned sixty years. This image dates from around 1947.
- Setophaga coronata coronata (nom; related article), created by CephasE and nominated by Tomer T. The Myrtle Warbler (Setophaga coronata coronata) is a small warbler recognised as conspecific with Audubon's Warbler. This specimen was photographed in Léon-Provancher, Québec, Canada.
- Pterodroma macroptera (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) is a petrel from the southern hemisphere. Its plumage is almost entirely brown.
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