Triangulum, the most boring constellation in the universe
This Signpost featured report covers material promoted from 8 December 2013 to 14 December 2013.
What the New York skyline, including the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
, used to look like.
Seven featured articles were promoted last week.
- Triangulum (nom) by Casliber. This small constellation in the northern sky forms a long and narrow triangle. Known to the ancient Babylonians and Greeks, Triangulum was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. The first quasar ever observed, 3C 48, lies within Triangulum's boundaries.
- SMS Schleswig-Holstein (nom) by Parsecboy. The last of the five Deutschland-class battleships built by the Imperial German Navy was named for a German province. Three men were killed on board during shelling in the Battle of Jutland in World War I. The very first shots of World War II were fired by Schleswig-Holstein when she opened fire on the Polish fortress at Westerplatte from the port of Danzig early on 1 September 1939.
- Sega Genesis (nom) by Red Phoenix, Indrian, and SexyKick. The Sega Genesis or Mega Drive is a video game console that was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. First released in 1988, it captured the majority of the 16-bit market share in several territories including the United States and the United Kingdom. By the end of 1994, when a new generation of 32-bit consoles rendered the system technologically obsolete, the Genesis had sold 29 million units worldwide.
- U.S. Route 8 (nom) by Imzadi1979. Running primarily east–west for 280 miles (451 km), mostly within the state of Wisconsin, US 8 connects Interstate 35 in Forest Lake, Minnesota, to US 2 at Norway in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near the border with Wisconsin. It is mostly undivided surface road.
- Japanese battleship Asahi (nom) by Sturmvogel 66. This pre-dreadnought battleship was built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the United Kingdom in the late 1890s. She participated in every major naval battle of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, sustaining light damage during the Battle of the Yellow Sea and the Battle of Tsushima. After a long career, she was sunk by an American submarine in 1942 during World War II, with little loss of life.
- Florence Fuller (nom) by Hamiltonstone. Fuller (1867–1946) was a South African-born Australian artist. Highly regarded in her lifetime as a portrait and landscape painter, by 1914 Fuller was represented in four public galleries, a record for an Australian female painter at that time. She subsequently sank into obscurity and is frequently omitted from reference works on Australian artists. Her paintings are held in public art collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and Australia's National Portrait Gallery.
- 2001–02 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season (nom) by Hurricanehink and Yellow Evan. This season had eleven tropical storms, including the earliest named storm since 1992. Many storms formed in the north-east portion of the south-west Indian basin, and several more originated around Australia.
Three featured lists were promoted last week.
- List of Cricket World Cup centuries (nom) by Vensatry. The Cricket World Cup is organised by the International Cricket Council and is held every four years. As of 2011, a total of 127 centuries have been scored by players from 12 different teams. The first century in the championship was scored by Dennis Amiss of England in the 1975 World Cup. Six centuries have been scored in the finals, of which five resulted in victories.
- List of DS:Style products (nom) by PresN. DS:Style, a series of educational software products for the Nintendo DS, was created and published in Japan exclusively by Square Enix. A total of 22 products, including travel and study guides, have been released from 2007 until 2011.
- List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients (C) (nom) by MisterBee1966. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its variants were the highest awards in the military of the Third Reich during World War II. A total of 7,322 awards were made between its first presentation on 30 September 1939 and its last bestowal on 17 June 1945.
Eight featured pictures were promoted last week.
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- World Trade Center (nom, related article) by Carol M. Highsmith and nominated by Soerfm. This complex series of buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States featured landmark twin towers that were destroyed in the September 11 attacks of 2001.
- Kalasan (nom, related article) by Crisco 1492. Also known as Candy Kalibening, Kalasan is an 8th-century Buddhist temple in Indonesia. Administratively, it is located in Kalasan Subdistrict, Sleman Regency, hence its name.
- Irises (nom, related article) by Vincent van Gogh and nominated by Planet Herald. One of many paintings and prints of irises by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, this was painted while van Gogh was living at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Province, France, in the last year before his death in 1890.
- Magnavox Odyssey (nom, related article) by Evan-Amos and nominated by Crisco 1492. The world's first commercial home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey was first demonstrated in April 1972 and released in August of that year, predating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years.
- Longleat (nom, related article) by Saffron Blaze and nominated by Tomer T. This English stately home is currently the state of the Marquesses of Bath, adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland and safari park.
- Arundhati Roy (nom, related article) by Bellus Delphina. This Indian author and political activist is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights causes.
- Bastei (nom, related article) by Der Wolf im Wald and nominated by Tomer T. This rock formation towering 194 metres (636 ft) above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany reaches a height of 305 metres (1,001 ft) above sea level and was formed by water erosion over one million years ago.
- The Railway (nom, related article) by Édouard Manet and nominated by Armbrust. This 1873 painting by Édouard Manet is widely known as Gare Saint-Lazare. It is the last painting by Manet of his favourite model, the fellow painter Victorine Meurent, who was also the model for his earlier works Olympia and The Luncheon on the Grass.
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