This scary Sicilian Wall Lizard, now the subject of a featured picture, did not appear in "Home", the first episode of The X-Files that warned viewers about its graphic content.
This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 1 December 2013 through 7 December 2013.
Three featured articles were promoted last week.
Home (The X-Files) (nom) by Gen. Quon. "Home", originally airing on October 11, 1996, was the first episode of The X-Files to advise viewer discretion for graphic content. Critics generally praised the disturbing plot, though some considered the violence excessive.
History of Chincoteague, Virginia (nom) by Wehwalt. Chincoteague, a town and island in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (US), has been a foraging ground for Native Americans and home to 17th-century European settlers, feral horses, Union sympathizers during the Civil War, and seafood and poultry industries. Today, its principal business is tourism.
Stella Gibbons (nom) by Brianboulton. Gibbons (1902) was an English author, journalist, and poet. She established her reputation with her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), which won the literary Prix Femina Étranger and has been reprinted many times. Much of her work was long out of print before a modest revival in the 21st century.
One featured list was promoted last week.
List of chief ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (nom) by Vibhijain The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is one of the two major parties in the political system of the Republic of India, the other being the Indian National Congress. As of August 2013, 29 BJP leaders have held the position of a chief minister, out of which four are incumbent.
Lyme Park house (nom, related article) created and nominated by Julie Anne Workman. This estate is located south of Disley, Cheshire. It is managed by the National Trust and consists of a mansion house surrounded by formal gardens in a deer park in the Peak District National Park. The house is the largest in Cheshire and is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
Aplysina archeri (nom, related article) by Nick Hobgood and nominated by Mediran. This sponge is a species of tube sponge that has long tube-like structures of cylindrical shape. Many tubes are attached to one particular part of an organism. A single tube can go up to 5 feet high and 3 inches thick.
The Ninth Wave (nom, related article) by Hovhannes Aivazovsky and nominated by Proudbolsahye. This painting is arguably the most impressive and well-known painting by Russian-Armenian marine painter Ivan Aviazovsky. It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship.
Emily Batty (nom, related article) by Adam Morka and nominated by Keraunoscopia. This Canadian cross-county mountain biker started racing in 1999 and raced in the Canada Cup Series by 2001. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed with a broken collar bone and bruised shoulders in the Women's cross-country at Hadleigh Farm, finishing in 24th place.