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"18.01.2017 12:43:01" en.wikipedia.org Giant clam - Wikipedia The giant clam (Tridacna gigas), known as pā'ua in Cook Islands Māori, is a clam that is the largest living bivalve mollusk. The giant clam, native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 lb), measure as much as 120 cm (47 in) across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of over 100 years.
"18.01.2017 09:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Amrita Sher-Gil - Wikipedia Amrita Sher-Gil's art has influenced generations of Indian artists from Sayed Haider Raza to Arpita Singh and her depiction of the plight of women has made her art a beacon for women at large both in India and abroad.
"18.01.2017 07:34:00" en.wikipedia.org History of skiing - Wikipedia Skiing, or traveling over snow on skis, has a history of at least five millennia. The earliest archaeological examples of skis were found in Russia and date to 5000 BCE. Although modern skiing has evolved from beginnings in Scandinavia, 10,000-year-old Skiing has a history of at least five millennia. The earliest archaeological examples of skis were found in Russia and date to 5000 BCE. But 10,000-year-old wall paintings suggest use of skis in the Xinjiang region of what is now China.
"18.01.2017 03:39:00" en.wikipedia.org Indian Ocean - Wikipedia The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi) (approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface). It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean in the world. Long-term ocean temperature records show a rapid, continuous warming in the Indian Ocean, about 3 times faster than the warming observed in the Pacific.
"18.01.2017 00:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Wilson Bentley - Wikipedia "He did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years". Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated.
"17.01.2017 21:14:39" Timeline Photos Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects are built by people from all over the world, one edit at a time. Newly sorted data shows those edits have crossed the 3 billion milestone.
"17.01.2017 20:30:00" Timeline Photos Cavapoos are an example of crossbreed dogs intentionally bred from two or more recognized dog breeds enough to be recognized as a breed in their own right. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_crossbreed
"17.01.2017 16:14:01" en.wikipedia.org Flogsta - Wikipedia Flogsta is a neighbourhood in the west part of the Swedish city of Uppsala. Most of its inhabitants are students attending Uppsala University or the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Every evening at approximately 10 p.m., the "Flogsta scream" (Flogstavrålet in Swedish) may be heard, when students individually or collectively let out screams and howls from windows, balconies and roof tops. According to Uppsala University, the
"17.01.2017 12:51:01" en.wikipedia.org High-heeled footwear - Wikipedia High-heeled footwear (often abbreviated as high heels or simply heels) is footwear that raises the heel of the wearer's foot significantly higher than the toes. When both the heel and the toes are raised equal amounts, as in a platform shoe, it is Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator for the Bata Shoe Museum, traces the high heel to male horse-riding warriors in the Middle East who used high heels for functionality, because they help hold the rider's foot in stirrups. She states that the earliest high
"17.01.2017 10:09:00" en.wikipedia.org Portal:Geography - Wikipedia Read about Geography, the science that studies the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. Where?
"17.01.2017 07:36:00" en.wikipedia.org Raoul Wallenberg - Wikipedia Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg (4 August 1912 – 31 July 1952)[note 1] was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis On this day in 1945: Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary, and was never publicly seen again. Wallenberg was called to General Malinovsky's headquarters in Debrecen to answer allegations that he was engaged in
"17.01.2017 04:22:02" en.wikipedia.org Polycladida - Wikipedia The Polycladida represents a highly diverse clade of free-living marine turbellarian flatworms. They are known from the littoral to the sublittoral zone (extending to the deep hot vents), and many species are common from coral reefs. Only a few species Although cotylean flatworms are conspicuous predators in subtropical and tropical ecosystems, they are difficult to study. These worms are very fragile and when disturbed can break apart.
"17.01.2017 02:07:43" Timeline Photos Sage grouse are notable for their elaborate courtship rituals. Each spring males congregate and perform a "strutting display." The male puffs up a large, whitish air sack on its chest and struts around with his tail feathers displayed. Read more:
"16.01.2017 23:44:00" en.wikipedia.org Portal:Biography - Wikipedia The Biography portal features profile of notable people's life stories, highlighting various aspects of his/her/their life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of a subject's personality. Who?
"16.01.2017 19:04:00" en.wikipedia.org Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - Wikipedia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Persian: محمدرضا پهلوی, translit. Mohammad Rezā Pahlavi, pronounced [mohæmˈmæd reˈzɒː ˈʃɒːh pæhlæˈviː]; 26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), known as Mohammad Reza Shah (Persian: محمدرضا شاه, translit. Mohammad Rezā Šāh), was the On this day in 1979: The last Iranian Shah relocated with his family to Egypt, fleeing Iran for good. Due to his status as the last de facto Shah of Iran, he is often known as simply "the Shah."
"16.01.2017 16:03:08" en.wikipedia.org Hello, Dolly! (musical) - Wikipedia Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. On this day in 1964: Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969
"16.01.2017 13:10:01" en.wikipedia.org Don Quixote - Wikipedia Don Quixote (/ˌdɒn kiːˈhoʊti/ or /ˌdɒn ˈkwɪksoʊt/;Spanish: [doŋ kiˈxote] ( listen), formerly [doŋ kiˈʃote]), fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha [el On this day in 1605: The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain.
"16.01.2017 10:15:00" en.wikipedia.org League of Nations - Wikipedia The League of Nations (abbreviated as LN in English, La Société des Nations [la sɔsjete de nɑsjɔ̃] abbreviated as SDN or SdN in French) was an intergovernmental organisation founded on 10 January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended On this day in 1920: The League of Nations held its first council meeting in Paris, France. Following the First World War, it was created to establish world peace and prevent more wars of such a magnitude. The League slowly began to dissolve in the 1930s
"16.01.2017 07:48:00" en.wikipedia.org New Invention, Shropshire - Wikipedia New Invention is a small village in Shropshire, England on the A488 between Clun and Knighton. It comprises little more than four houses around a cross-roads and a neighbouring farm called The Weir, known in history as the Wear or Ware. Of the four New Invention is a small village in Shropshire, England. There is a story that the village's unusual name came from a local farrier who decided on the idea of fitting horseshoes backwards to confuse the enemy in times of war.
"16.01.2017 05:13:56" Photos from Wikipedia's post Dear world of knowledge,
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"16.01.2017 04:24:00" en.wikipedia.org Ryukyuan music - Wikipedia Ryukyuan music (琉球音楽, Ryūkyū ongaku?), sometimes called Nanto music (南島歌謡, Nantō kayō?) is an umbrella term that encompasses diverse musical traditions of the Amami, Okinawa, Miyako and Yaeyama Islands of southwestern Japan. The term of "Southern Islands" Ryukyuan music, sometimes called Nanto music is an umbrella term that encompasses diverse musical traditions of the Amami, Okinawa, Miyako and Yaeyama Islands of southwestern Japan.
"15.01.2017 23:08:00" en.wikipedia.org Cafe Royal Cocktail Book - Wikipedia The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book is a collection of cocktail recipes compiled by William J. Tarling, published by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild in 1937. It contains a number of pioneering recipes, including the 20th Century and what later became the The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book contains one of the first recorded recipes for the 20th Century. It also has several references to absinthe and some of the earliest known recipes for drinks made with tequila and vodka.
"15.01.2017 21:13:40" blog.wikimedia.org Librarians offer the gift of a footnote to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday: Join #1lib1ref 2017 – Wikimedia Blog Community, Featured, GLAM, Wikipedia Librarians offer the gift of a footnote to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday: Join #1lib1ref 2017 By Alex Stinson, Wikimedia Foundation January 15th, 2017 Making sure that the public, our patrons, reach the best sources Librarians are offering the gift of a footnote to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday! Here's how to join #1lib1ref 2017.
"15.01.2017 18:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Martin Luther King Jr. - Wikipedia Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent This day in 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. The famed activist used nonviolent civil disobedience to advocate for desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights for African Americans.
"15.01.2017 16:55:53" Timeline Photos It's our 16th birthday! We're not really into astrology, but this is our sign. #wikipediaday #wikipedia16
"15.01.2017 16:31:32" en.wikipedia.org Coca-Cola - Wikipedia Coca-Cola (often referred to simply as Coke) is an American carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Originally intended as a patent medicine, it was invented in the late 19th century by John On this day in 1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta. The company was founded by Colonel John Pemberton, with the original product serving as medicinal nerve tonic made of kola nuts and coca
"15.01.2017 13:45:00" en.wikipedia.org Super Bowl - Wikipedia The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the world. The game culminates a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, On this day in 1967: In the first Super Bowl ever, the Green Bay Packers defeated The Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Los Angeles, California. The Packers were led by quarterback Bart Starr, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for their win against
"15.01.2017 09:00:00" en.wikipedia.org List of apple cultivars - Wikipedia Over 7,500 cultivars of the apple are known. In the following list, use for "eating" means that the fruit is used fresh, rather than cooked. Cultivars used primarily for making cider are indicated. Those varieties marked agm have gained the Royal There are over 7,500 known cultivars of the apple. Here are a couple hundred of them, from Allington Pippin to Zestar.
"15.01.2017 07:33:00" en.wikipedia.org British Museum - Wikipedia The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates On this day in 1759: The British Museum opened to the public. The body of trustees decided on a converted 17th-century mansion, Montagu House, as a location for the museum, which it bought from the Montagu family for £20,000. The Trustees rejected
"15.01.2017 03:27:00" en.wikipedia.org Jet pack - Wikipedia Jet pack, rocket belt, rocket pack and similar names are used for various types of devices, usually worn on the back, that are propelled by jets of escaping gases (or in some cases water) to let a single user propel him or herself into the air or fly. A roundup of all the jet packs that soared in the imagination but left humanity firmly on the ground.
"15.01.2017 00:27:53" en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia Day January 15 is known as Wikipedia Day to Wikipedians. On this date in the year 2001, the wiki-based Wikipedia project went public after spending five days on Nupedia. Happy birthday to us! Thank you for 16 years. #WikipediaDay
"14.01.2017 23:37:02" en.wikipedia.org Doctor Dolittle - Wikipedia Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting starting with the 1920 The Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. Born this day in 1886: Hugh Lofting, the English author who created Doctor Dolittle, a literary character who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages.
"14.01.2017 21:03:50" Timeline Photos The Eight-Foot High Speed Tunnel was a wind tunnel located in Building 641 of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. It was a National Historic Landmark. Read more:
"14.01.2017 19:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Summer of Love - Wikipedia The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood Haight-Ashbury. Although This day in 1967: The Human Be-In in San Francisco, California's Golden Gate Park, launched counter-culture events leading to "the Summer of Love," when some 100,000 mostly young people converged in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
"14.01.2017 18:25:34" Timeline Photos A short and stocky limb structure makes the jaguar adept at climbing, crawling, and swimming. While the jaguar closely resembles the leopard, it is sturdier and heavier, and the two animals can be distinguished by their rosettes: the rosettes on a
"14.01.2017 16:30:00" en.wikipedia.org Seven Summits - Wikipedia The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985 by Richard Bass. A list of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985 by Richard Bass.
"14.01.2017 13:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Rambhadracharya - Wikipedia Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya[α] (born Giridhar Mishra on 14 January 1950)[β] is a Hindu religious leader, educator, Sanskrit scholar, polyglot, poet, author, textual commentator, philosopher, composer, singer, playwright and Katha Born this day in 1950: Indian scholar and religious leader Rambhadracharya, who can speak 22 languages and is a spontaneous poet and writer in Sanskrit, Hindi, Awadhi, Maithili, and several other languages. In 2001 he founded the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya
"14.01.2017 09:06:00" en.wikipedia.org Dog communication - Wikipedia Dog communication is the transfer of information between dogs, and also the transfer of information between dogs and humans. Behaviors associated with dog communication include eye gaze, facial expression, vocalization, body posture (including movements Both humans and dogs are characterized by complex social lives with rich communication systems, but it is also possible that dogs, perhaps because of their reliance on humans for food, have evolved specialized skills for recognizing and interpreting human
"14.01.2017 07:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Napoleon III - Wikipedia Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (born Charles-Louis Napoleon Bonaparte; 20 April 1808 – 9 January 1873) was the only President (1848–52) of the French Second Republic and, as Napoleon III, the Emperor (1852–70) of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and On this day in 1858: Napoleon III of France and the Empress Eugénie escaped an assassination attempt. A group of conspirators threw three bombs at the royal carriage as it made its way to the opera. Although the couple was unharmed and the culprits were
"14.01.2017 04:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Salade niçoise - Wikipedia Salade niçoise (French pronunciation: [niˈswaz]), la salada nissarda in the Niçard dialect of the Occitan language, is a salad that originated in the French city of Nice, and which is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives and Salade niçoise originated in the French city of Nice and has been popular salad worldwide since the early 20th century, prepared and discussed by many famous chefs. Jacques Médecin, former Nice mayor and cookbook author, implored cooks to "never, never,
"13.01.2017 22:53:00" en.wikipedia.org Portal:Philosophy - Wikipedia The Philosophy portal features articles of notable ancient and modern philosophers focusing on the fields of metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics. Why?
"13.01.2017 19:12:01" en.wikipedia.org Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite - Wikipedia Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center (HIC) in Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell On this day in 1973: Elvis Presley's concert Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live via satellite, setting the record as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.
"13.01.2017 16:21:42" en.wikipedia.org White dress of Marilyn Monroe - Wikipedia Marilyn Monroe wore a white dress in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, directed by Billy Wilder. The dress was created by costume designer William Travilla and was worn in one of the best-known scenes in the movie. The dress is regarded as an icon of George S. Zimbel's famous white dress shoot of Marilyn Monroe remained unpublished and unsold for 20 years after he took the photos, whereupon he printed them and began to show them in solo exhibitions.
"13.01.2017 13:28:03" en.wikipedia.org William Brydon - Wikipedia William Brydon CB (10 October 1811 – 20 March 1873) was an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, famous for reportedly being the only member of an army of 4,500 men, plus 12,000 accompanying civilians, On this day in 1842: Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, became famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reached the safety
"13.01.2017 09:42:00" en.wikipedia.org Great auk - Wikipedia The great auk (Pinguinus impennis) is a flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It was the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus (unrelated to penguins, although it was the first bird to be called penguin). It The great auk was a flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century. Large, awkward, and without fear of humans, the great auk was hunted for food, for feathers, and as specimens for museums, until the last two confirmed
"13.01.2017 07:15:00" en.wikipedia.org Birth of public radio broadcasting - Wikipedia On January 13, 1910, the first public radio broadcast was an experimental transmission of a live Metropolitan Opera House performance of several famous opera singers. On this day in 1910: The first public radio broadcast hit the airwaves; a live performance of the operas "Cavalleria rusticana" and "Pagliacci" were distributed from The Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
"13.01.2017 04:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Bombyx mori - Wikipedia The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silk moth, Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"). It is an economically important insect, being a primary producer of silk. A silkworm's preferred food is white mulberry leaves, Sericulture, the practice of breeding silkworms for the production of raw silk, has been underway for at least 5,000 years in China. According to one story, a Chinese princess given in marriage to a Khotan prince brought to the oasis the secret of silk
"12.01.2017 23:34:00" en.wikipedia.org Acoustic wayfinding - Wikipedia Acoustic wayfinding is the practice of using the auditory system to orient oneself and navigate physical space. It is commonly used by the visually impaired, allowing them to retain their mobility without relying on visual cues from their environment. Acoustic wayfinding is the practice of using the auditory system to orient oneself and navigate physical space. It is commonly used by the visually impaired, allowing them to retain their mobility without relying on visual cues from their environment.
"12.01.2017 19:38:01" en.wikipedia.org RMS Queen Mary 2 - Wikipedia RMS Queen Mary 2 (also referred to as the QM2) is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the only major ocean liner built for Cunard Line since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969, the vessel she succeeded as flagship of the Cunard Line. On this day in 2004: The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage. Queen Mary 2's facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There
"12.01.2017 16:24:02" en.wikipedia.org St Mary's Church, Reculver - Wikipedia St Mary's Church, Reculver, was founded in the 7th century as either a minster or a monastery on the site of a Roman fort at Reculver, which was then at the north-eastern extremity of Kent in south-eastern England. In 669, the site of the fort was given On this day in 1808: John Rennie's scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Reculver, from coastal erosion was abandoned in favor of demolition, despite the church being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon architecture and sculpture. The church was founded over 1,100
"12.01.2017 12:54:47" en.wikipedia.org Tim Horton - Wikipedia Miles Gilbert "Tim" Horton (January 12, 1930 – February 21, 1974) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, a defenceman for 24 seasons in the National Hockey League. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Born this day in 1930: Canadian hockey player and businessman Tim Horton, who had a reputation for enveloping his opposing players in a crushing bear hug. In 1962, he scored three goals and 13 assists in 12 playoff games, setting a Leafs team record for
"12.01.2017 09:04:00" en.wikipedia.org Mastodon - Wikipedia Mastodons (Greek: μαστός "breast" and ὀδούς, "tooth") are any species of extinct mammutid proboscideans in the genus Mammut, distantly related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their The first remnant of a mastodon—a tooth—was discovered in the village of Claverack, New York, in 1705. At that time, the mystery animal became known as the "incognitum." Decades later, scientists would note the similarities between mammoths and the
"12.01.2017 07:17:00" blog.wikimedia.org The bold hero and bolder heroine of the first modern Olympics marathon – Wikimedia Blog Communications, Wikipedia The bold hero and bolder heroine of the first modern Olympics marathon By Aubrie Johnson, Wikimedia Foundation August 4th, 2016 We look back at a pair of Olympic athletes you won't see in today's breaking headlines. Photo by Born this day in 1873: Greek runner Spyridon Louis, who became a national hero by winning the first modern-day Olympic marathon. Louis purportedly won the marathon even after pausing for a drink nearby. After clinching a victory for Greece, the king
"12.01.2017 03:58:00" en.wikipedia.org Acid rain - Wikipedia Acid rain is a rain or any other form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses elevated levels of hydrogen ions (low pH). It can have harmful effects on plants, aquatic animals and infrastructure. Acid rain is caused by Electrical power generation using coal is among the greatest contributors to gaseous pollutions that are responsible for acidic rain. The gases can be carried hundreds of kilometers in the atmosphere before they are converted to acids and deposited.
"12.01.2017 01:26:09" Wikipedia There are some real treasures on Wikimedia Commons, such as this high-speed video clip of a cheetah running, shot at 1200 frames per second. Posted with permission from director and cinematographer Gregory Wilson, the video won the 2013 "National Magazine ICYMI: A beautiful clip of a cheetah running, shot at 1200 frames per second. Posted with permission from director and cinematographer Gregory Wilson, the video won the 2013 "National Magazine Awards for best Multimedia piece of the year."
"11.01.2017 22:52:00" en.wikipedia.org Buckwheat - Wikipedia Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. To distinguish it from a related species, Fagopyrum tataricum, it is also known as Japanese buckwheat and silverhull buckwheat. Buckwheat is currently being studied and used as a pollen and nectar source to increase natural predator numbers to control crop pests in New Zealand.
"11.01.2017 19:47:00" en.wikipedia.org Albert Hofmann - Wikipedia Albert Hofmann (11 January 1906 – 29 April 2008) was a Swiss scientist known best for being the first person to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann was also the first person to Born this day in 1906: Chemist Albert Hofmann, the first to discover lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). He was also the first to discover its psychedelic properties 5 years later, as well as the first person to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal
"11.01.2017 16:02:00" en.wikipedia.org Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States - Wikipedia Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States was a landmark report published on January 11, 1964 by the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health, chaired by then-Surgeon General of the On this day in 1964: Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., published the landmark report saying that smoking "may be" hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts. Like the World Health Organization
"11.01.2017 12:57:01" en.wikipedia.org Amelia Earhart - Wikipedia Amelia Mary Earhart (/ˈɛərhɑːrt/; July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author.[N 1] Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.[N 2] She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying On this day in 1935: Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. Although this transoceanic flight had been attempted by many others, notably by the unfortunate participants in the 1927 Dole Air Race that had reversed the
"11.01.2017 09:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Wikipedia The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures. The Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of On this day in 1927: Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California. The roster of The Academy's approximately 6,000 motion
"11.01.2017 07:37:00" en.wikipedia.org List of wealthiest animals - Wikipedia This is a list of the wealthiest animals in the world. Many inherited money from their owners.
"11.01.2017 04:49:18" Photos from Wikipedia's post What's in Wikimedia Commons? All kinds of beautiful things are among its 35 million freely licensed media files. Soon you will be able to find and use them more easily. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has just given the Wikimedia Foundation a $3 million
"11.01.2017 04:07:00" en.wikipedia.org King penguin - Wikipedia The king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin. In size it is second only to the emperor penguin. There are two subspecies—A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli; patagonicus is found in the South Atlantic and halli American zoologist Gerry Kooyman revolutionized the study of penguin foraging behaviour in 1971 when he published his results from attaching automatic dive-recording devices to emperor penguins, and recording a dive of 235 metres (771 ft) by a king
"10.01.2017 23:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - Wikipedia Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Bengali: শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান; Bengali pronunciation: [Shekh Mujibur Rôhman]) (17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975) was the founding leader of Bangladesh. He served twice as the country's President and was its strongman premier between 1972 On this day in 1972: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the newly independent Bangladesh as president after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan. He would later take office as the prime minister as well.
"10.01.2017 19:34:22" en.wikipedia.org Clare Hollingworth - Wikipedia Clare Hollingworth (10 October 1911 – 10 January 2017) was a British journalist and author, who is noted as the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II. As a rookie reporter in 1939, Clare Hollingworth (1911-2017) had the "scoop of the century" when she broke news of World War II in The Daily Telegraph. In her first week as a journalist, she happened upon German troops and tanks that were building up just
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"10.01.2017 16:19:00" en.wikipedia.org Twelve-tone technique - Wikipedia Twelve-tone technique—also known as dodecaphony, twelve-tone serialism, and (in British usage) twelve-note composition—is a method of musical composition devised by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) and associated with the "Second Viennese Twelve-tone technique is a method of musical composition devised by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) and associated with the "Second Viennese School" composers, who were the primary users of the technique in the first decades of its
"10.01.2017 13:22:00" en.wikipedia.org History of the London Underground - Wikipedia The history of the London Underground began in the 19th century with the construction of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. The Metropolitan Railway, which opened in 1863 using gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam On this day in 1863: The London Underground, the world's oldest underground railway, opened between London Paddington station and Farringdon station. On opening day it carried 38,000 passengers, borrowing trains from other railways to supplement the
"10.01.2017 10:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Saint Panteleimon, Ohrid - Wikipedia Saint Panteleimon (Macedonian: Свети Пантелеjмон, Sveti Pantelejmon, pronounced [pantɛlɛjˈmɔn]; Greek: Άγιος Παντελεήμων) is a monastery in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia situated on Plaošnik. It is attributed to Clement of Ohrid, a disciple of Saint Cyril Saint Clement of Ohrid built the Saint Panteleimon monastery at the request of Boris I of Bulgaria. Sources say that Saint Clement was not satisfied with the size of the original church and therefore built a new one over it, assigning Saint Panteleimon as
"10.01.2017 07:41:00" en.wikipedia.org Spindletop - Wikipedia Spindletop is a salt dome oil field located in the southern portion of Beaumont, Texas in the United States. The Spindletop dome was derived from the Louann Salt evaporite layer of the Jurassic geologic period. On January 10, 1901, a well at Spindletop On this day in 1901: The first great Texas oil gusher was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas. The Spindletop gusher blew for nine days at a rate estimated at 100,000 barrels (16,000 m3) of oil per day. The frenzy of oil exploration and the
"10.01.2017 03:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Electroconvulsive therapy - Wikipedia Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, and often referred to as shock treatment, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from psychiatric illnesses. The ECT Through the 1940s and 1950s, the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) became widespread in several countries to treat psychiatric conditions. In China, ECT is usually considered as a means to tackle Internet addiction. Nowadays public hospitals in Hong
"10.01.2017 01:17:00" en.wikipedia.org Human cloning - Wikipedia Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human. The term is generally used to refer to artificial human cloning, which is the reproduction of human cells and tissue. It does not refer to the natural conception and delivery of The first hybrid human clone was created in November 1998 using a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT.) A nucleus was taken from a man's leg cell and inserted into a cow's egg, then the hybrid cell was cultured and developed into an embryo.
"09.01.2017 21:07:00" en.wikipedia.org iPhone - Wikipedia Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)4, and 4S:Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)5, 5C, and 5S:Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)6 / 6 Plus, 6S / 6S Plus:, and SE:Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) 10 years ago today, Steve Jobs told an audience in San Francisco "today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone."
"09.01.2017 19:49:18" blog.wikimedia.org Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web – Wikimedia Blog The funding will support Wikimedia community efforts to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository with more than 35 million media files. Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed media from Wikimedia Commons accessible and reusable across the web.
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"09.01.2017 18:52:00" en.wikipedia.org Fever - Wikipedia Fever, also known as pyrexia and febrile response, is defined as having a temperature above the normal range due to an increase in the body's temperature set-point. There is not a single agreed-upon upper limit for normal temperature with sources About 5% of people who go to an emergency room have a fever. Most people afflicted with a fever recover without specific medical attention. Although it is unpleasant, fever rarely rises to a dangerous level even if untreated.
"09.01.2017 15:48:01" en.wikipedia.org Davy lamp - Wikipedia The Davy lamp is a safety lamp for use in flammable atmospheres, invented in 1815 by Sir Humphry Davy. It consists of a wick lamp with the flame enclosed inside a mesh screen. It was created for use in coal mines, to reduce the danger of explosions due On this day in 1816: Sir Humphry Davy tested his safety lamp prototype for miners at Hebburn Colliery. The Davy lamp was one of two improved versions of the Clanny lamp, the first having been designed by George Stephenson, an engine-wright with
"09.01.2017 12:48:01" en.wikipedia.org Smoky (dog) - Wikipedia Smoky (c. 1943 – 21 February 1957), a Yorkshire Terrier, was a famous war dog who served in World War II. She weighed only 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and stood 7 inches (180 mm) tall. Smoky is credited with beginning a renewal of interest in the once obscure One of the most famous military dogs of World War II is a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier named Smoky. Her handler, Corporal William A. Wynne, credited Smoky with saving his life by warning him of incoming shells on a transport ship, calling her an "angel from
"09.01.2017 09:43:00" en.wikipedia.org List of free and open-source software packages - Wikipedia This is a list of free and open-source software packages, computer software licensed under free software licenses and open-source licenses. Software that fits the Free Software Definition may be more appropriately called free software; the GNU project in A list of free, open-source software for everything from statistics and image editing to artificial intelligence:
"09.01.2017 07:37:00" en.wikipedia.org Aswan Dam - Wikipedia The Aswan Dam is an embankment dam built across the Nile at Aswan, Egypt between 1898 and 1902. Since the 1960s, the name commonly refers to the Aswan High Dam. Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the Egyptian Government following the On this day in 1960: President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opened construction on the Aswan Dam. It began by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.
"09.01.2017 04:16:01" en.wikipedia.org Closed captioning - Wikipedia Closed captioning (CC) and subtitling are both processes of displaying text on a television, video screen, or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information. Both are typically used as a transcription of the audio portion of a The term "closed captioning" (versus "open") indicates that a video's captions are not visible until activated by the viewer, usually via the remote control or menu option. On the other hand, "open", "burned-in", "baked on", or "hard-coded" captions are
"09.01.2017 00:14:26" Timeline Photos "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom," by Ilya Repin (1876). Repin was a Russian-Ukrainian realist painter, the most renowned Russian artist of the 19th century. His position in the world of art was comparable to that of Leo Tolstoy in literature.
"08.01.2017 23:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Kawekaweau - Wikipedia The kawekaweau (Hoplodactylus delcourti), also commonly known as Delcourt's sticky-toed gecko or Delcourt's giant gecko, is an extinct species of lizard which is one of the largest known of all geckos with a snout-to-vent length of 370 mm (14.6 in) and The largest species of gecko, the kawekaweau, is only known from a single, stuffed specimen found in the basement of a museum in Marseille, France. This gecko was 60 cm (24 in) long and it was likely endemic to New Zealand, where it lived in native
"08.01.2017 19:25:00" en.wikipedia.org Stephen Hawking - Wikipedia Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (i/ˈstiːvən ˈhɔːkɪŋ/; born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Born this day in 1942: Stephen Hawking, discoverer of black hole radiation and one of the world's top theoretical physicists. One of the first messages Hawking produced with his iconic speech-generating device was a request for his assistant to help him
"08.01.2017 16:15:00" en.wikipedia.org Elvis Presley - Wikipedia Elvis Aaron Presley[a] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King". Born this day in 1935: The "King of Rock and Roll," Elvis Presley, who was known for a life of luxury. He owned a number of expensive cars, including three pink Cadillacs, immortalized in his version of the song "Baby, Let's Play House", in which Presley
"08.01.2017 16:13:26" en.wikipedia.org Portal:Birds - Wikipedia Can you name the birds in the order of the photos? Beauty peacock, golden parakeet, Steller's jay, Inca tern, Bullock's oriole.
"08.01.2017 13:07:01" en.wikipedia.org C. Auguste Dupin - Wikipedia Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin [oɡyst dypɛ̃] is a fictional character created by Edgar Allan Poe. Dupin made his first appearance in Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), widely considered the first detective fiction story. He reappears in "The In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe created the fiction world's first detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, before the word "detective" had even been coined. Dupin laid the groundwork for fictitious detectives to come, including Sherlock Holmes, and established
"08.01.2017 09:10:00" en.wikipedia.org Catechism of Martynas Mažvydas - Wikipedia The Simple Words of Catechism (Lithuanian: Katekizmo prasti žodžiai) by Martynas Mažvydas is the first printed book in the Lithuanian language. It was printed on 8 January 1547 by Hans Weinreich in Königsberg. The 79-page book followed the teachings of On this day in 1547: Tthe first Lithuanian-language book, Simple Words of Catechism, was published in Königsberg. The 79-page book followed the teachings of Martin Luther but reflects both religious and secular needs. The book included the first
"08.01.2017 07:08:00" en.wikipedia.org Trans-en-Provence Case - Wikipedia The Trans-en-Provence Case is one of the rare cases where an unidentified flying object is claimed to have left physical evidence, in the form of burnt residue on a field. The event took place on January 8, 1981, outside the town of Trans-en-Provence in Do you believe in UFOs? On this day in 1981, a local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be "perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time." Some scientists insist that the agency GEPAN's
"08.01.2017 05:15:56" Sara's father Mr. Z has five daughters: 1. Zaza, 2. Zeze, 3. Zizi, 4. Zozo. What is the name of Mr. Z's fifth daughter?
"08.01.2017 04:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Vaudeville - Wikipedia Vaudeville (/ˈvɔːdᵊvɪl/; French: [vodvil]) is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment. It was especially popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. A typical vaudeville performance is made up of a series of Vaudeville theater developed from many sources, including the concert saloon, dime museums, and literary American burlesque. Called "the heart of American show business", vaudeville was one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America for
"08.01.2017 01:36:07" en.wikipedia.org Fanny Bullock Workman - Wikipedia Fanny Bullock Workman (January 8, 1859 – January 22, 1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalayas. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but Born this day in 1859: Fanny Bullock Workman, American geographer, cartographer, explorer, cross-country bicyclist, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalayas. She set several women's altitude records, published eight travel books with her
"07.01.2017 22:52:00" en.wikipedia.org Aga Khan IV - Wikipedia Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, KBE, CC (Persian: شاه کریم حسینی، آقاخان چهارم; Aga Khan is also transliterated as Aqa Khan and Agha Khan; born 13 December 1936) is the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Forbes describes Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, as one of the world's ten richest royals with an estimated net worth of US$800 million (2010). Additionally he is unique among the richest royals, as he does not rule over a geographic
"07.01.2017 22:34:30" Timeline Photos The basking shark is a migratory species, found in all the world's temperate oceans. A slow-moving filter feeder, its name derives from its habit of feeding at the surface, appearing to bask in the warmer water there. Photo by Chris Gotschalk.
"07.01.2017 19:15:00" en.wikipedia.org Bubble wrap - Wikipedia Bubble wrap is a pliable transparent plastic material used for packing fragile items. Regularly spaced, protruding air-filled hemispheres (bubbles) provide cushioning for fragile items. In 1957 two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were attempting to create a three-dimensional plastic wallpaper. Although the idea was a failure, they found that what they did make could instead be used as packing material.
"07.01.2017 16:09:00" en.wikipedia.org Weasel - Wikipedia A weasel /ˈwiːzəl/ is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, polecats, stoats, ferrets, and minks. Members of this genus are small, active predators, with long and slender bodies and short Weasels have been assigned a variety of cultural meanings. In Greek culture, for example, a weasel near one's house is a sign of bad luck, even evil, "especially if there is in the household a girl about to be married", since the animal (based on its
"07.01.2017 12:43:01" en.wikipedia.org Guy Menzies - Wikipedia Guy Lambton Menzies (20 August 1909 – 1 November 1940) was an Australian aviator who flew the first solo trans-Tasman flight, from Sydney, Australia to the West Coast of New Zealand, on 7 January 1931. On this day in 1931: Guy Menzies flew the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast. The first crossing of the Tasman by air had been achieved on 10–11
"07.01.2017 09:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Daft Punk - Wikipedia Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The duo achieved significant popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement and were met with continuous success Before forming Daft Punk in the early 1990s, artists Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met in 1987 while attending the Lycée Carnot, a secondary school in Paris. Together with Laurent Brancowitz, they formed the guitar-based group called
"07.01.2017 07:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Georgetown–IBM experiment - Wikipedia The Georgetown–IBM experiment was an influential demonstration of machine translation, which was performed during January 7, 1954. Developed jointly by the Georgetown University and IBM, the experiment involved completely automatic translation of more On this day in 1954: The first public demonstration of a machine translation system was held at the head office of IBM in New York. Sentences had to be punched onto cards in order to translate from romanized Russian into English. It had only six grammar
"07.01.2017 04:25:00" en.wikipedia.org Foley (filmmaking) - Wikipedia Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and Foley is the creation of everyday sound effects that are added to films and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. This is achieved by mimicking the the actual sound source in a recording studio (for example, wagging an empty pair of
"06.01.2017 23:28:00" en.wikipedia.org List of Edison patents - Wikipedia Below is a list of Edison patents. Thomas Edison was an inventor who accumulated 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions. 1,093 of Edison's patents were in the United States, but other patents were approved in countries around the globe. On this day in 1931: Thomas Edison signed his last of 2,332 patent applications. 1,093 of those were filed in the United States, but other patents were approved in countries around the globe.
"06.01.2017 19:21:00" en.wikipedia.org First Morse code demonstration - Wikipedia On January 6, 1838, Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code). --- -. / .--- .- -. ..- .- .-. -.-- / -.... --..-- / .---- ---.. ...-- ---.. --..-- / .- .-.. ..-. .-. . -.. / ...- .- .. .-.. / -.. . -- --- -. ... - .-. .- - . -.. / .- / - . .-.. . --. .-. .- .--. .... / ... -.-- ... - . -- / ..- ... .. -. --. / -..
"06.01.2017 15:56:01" en.wikipedia.org Maria Montessori - Wikipedia Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa montesˈsɔːri]; August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. On this day in 1907: Maria Montessori opened her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy. Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, began with 50 or 60 children. In this first classroom, she observed behaviors in these young
"06.01.2017 13:14:00" en.wikipedia.org Joan of Arc - Wikipedia Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc,IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; 6 January c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' Born this day in 1412: Joan of Arc, who was named a heroine of France for her part in the Hundred Years' War. Joan of Arc did not actually come from a place called Arc, but was born and raised as a peasant in the village of Domrémy in what was then the
"06.01.2017 09:41:01" en.wikipedia.org Night of the Big Wind - Wikipedia The Night of the Big Wind (Irish: Oíche na Gaoithe Móire) was a powerful European windstorm that swept across Ireland beginning in the afternoon of 6 January 1839, causing severe damage to property and several hundred deaths; 20% to 25% of houses in north On this day in 1839: The most damaging storm in 300 years swept across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin. The Night of the Big Wind became part of Irish folk tradition. Irish folklore held that Judgment Day would occur
"06.01.2017 08:58:00" en.wikipedia.org Alpine ibex - Wikipedia The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), also known as the steinbock or bouquetin, is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. It is a sexually dimorphic species with larger males who carry larger, curved horns. The coat colour is During the breeding season, male Alpine ibexes fight for access to females and use their long horns in agonistic behaviors. While they are social creatures by nature, adult males and females tend to segregate for most of the year, coming together only to
"06.01.2017 07:34:00" en.wikipedia.org Alfred Vail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alfred Lewis Vail (September 25, 1807 – January 18, 1859) was an American machinist and inventor. Vail was central, with Samuel F. B. Morse, in developing and commercializing the telegraph between 1837 and 1844. Vail and Morse were the first two On this day in 1838: Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph system using dots and dashes, narrowing preceding Samuel Morse's invention of Morse code. Vail refined Morse's crude prototype to make it suitable for public demonstration and commercial operation.
"06.01.2017 03:29:00" en.wikiquote.org Evelyn Beatrice Hall - Wikiquote Evelyn Beatrice Hall (28 September 1868 – 13 April 1956) was an English writer, who wrote under the name Stephen G. Tallentyre. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Though this famous quote is regularly attributed to Voltaire, it was first uttered by English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G.
"05.01.2017 23:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Glasses - Wikipedia Glasses, also known as eyeglasses or spectacles, are devices consisting of lenses mounted in a frame that holds them in front of a person's eyes. Glasses are typically used for vision correction. Safety glasses provide eye protection against flying debris Once seen as unfashionable, eyeglasses have become an acceptable fashion item and often act as a key component in individuals' personal image. Musicians Buddy Holly and John Lennon became synonymous with the styles of eye-glasses they wore to the point
"05.01.2017 19:34:00" en.wikipedia.org Alvin Ailey - Wikipedia Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American Born this day in 1931: American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. At first ambivalent about his career as a dancer, he kept this portion of his life a secret from his mother for the first two years. Years later, he would go on to found the Alvin Ailey
"05.01.2017 17:55:23" We have the grooviest maths. Zoom into a Mandelbrot set by Yan... We have the grooviest maths. Zoom into a Mandelbrot set by Yannick Gingras in public domain on Wikimedia Commons:
"05.01.2017 16:32:03" en.wikipedia.org Eight-hour day - Wikipedia The eight-hour day movement or 40-hour week movement, also known as the short-time movement, was started by James Deb and had its origins in the Industrial Revolution in Britain, where industrial production in large factories transformed working life. The On this day in 1914: The Ford Türkiye announced an eight-hour workday and that it would double workers' pay to a "living wage" of at least US$5 for a day's labor. Companies disliked the idea of reducing the average workday by an hour, but seeing the
"05.01.2017 16:01:38" blog.wikimedia.org Trump, Prince, and Queen Elizabeth: 2016's most-read Wikipedia articles – Wikimedia Blog Communications, Featured, Wikipedia, Year in Review Trump, Prince, and Queen Elizabeth: 2016's most-read Wikipedia articles By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation January 5th, 2017 The English Wikipedia's list is led by the United States president-elect, who Wikipedia's most-read articles of 2016.
"05.01.2017 11:47:00" en.wikipedia.org Hayao Miyazaki - Wikipedia Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao?, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a Born this day in 1941: Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, whose 2001 film Spirited Away was the first anime film ever to win an American Academy Award. He was inspired to become an animator in part by The Tale of the White
"05.01.2017 07:53:01" en.wikipedia.org Robert-François Damiens - Wikipedia Robert-François Damiens (French pronunciation: [ʁɔbɛʁ fʁɑ̃swa damjɛ̃]; 9 January 1715 – 28 March 1757) was a French domestic servant whose attempted assassination of King Louis XV of France in 1757 culminated in his notorious and controversial public On this day in 1757: Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens. He would be the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for
"05.01.2017 06:17:57" Timeline Photos 10 facts about owls:
They are not waterproof, and can't hunt when it's rainy.
There are more than 200 species.
They can turn their heads 270 degrees.
They can't focus on close-up objects.
Their ears are on the sides. The things on top are
"05.01.2017 03:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Staccato - Wikipedia Staccato [stakˈkaːto] (Italian for "detached") is a form of musical articulation. In modern notation it signifies a note of shortened duration, separated from the note that may follow by silence. It has been described by theorists and appeared in In modern musical notation, staccato signifies a note of shortened duration, separated from the note that may follow by silence. It has been described by theorists and appeared in music since at least 1676.
"04.01.2017 23:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Milk snake - Wikipedia Coluber triangulum LaCépède, 1788Pseudoëlaps Y Berthold, 1843Ablabes triangulum - Duméril & Bibron, 1854Lampropeltis triangula - Cope, 1860Coronella triangulum - Boulenger, 1894Osceola doliata triangula - Cope, 1900 Some milk snakes have a striking resemblance to coral snakes, which are poisonous, and this mimicry likely scares away potential predators. While both milk snakes and coral snakes possess transverse bands of red, black and yellow, common mnemonics can be
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"04.01.2017 19:17:01" en.wikipedia.org Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology - Wikipedia Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology. A history of temperature measurement and pressure measurement technology. In the 1500s, Galileo Galilei built the thermoscope, a device that showed the variation of heat using the contraction of air to draw water up a tube. Since then, science has introduced dozens of new ways to determine just how cold or hot it really is. A
"04.01.2017 16:31:00" en.wikipedia.org Rose Heilbron - Wikipedia Dame Rose Heilbron DBE QC (19 August 1914 – 8 December 2005) was an outstanding English barrister of the post-war period in the United Kingdom. Her career included many "firsts" for a woman - she was the first woman to win a scholarship to Gray's Inn, one On this day in 1972: Rose Heilbron became the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England. Heilbron's career included many other "firsts" for a woman - she was the first woman to win a scholarship to Gray's Inn, one of the first two
"04.01.2017 13:14:00" en.wikipedia.org January 1998 North American ice storm - Wikipedia The North American Ice Storm of 1998 (also known as Great Ice Storm of 1998) was a massive combination of five smaller successive ice storms in January 1998 that struck a relatively narrow swath of land from eastern Ontario to southern Quebec and Nova On this day in 1998: A massive ice storm struck eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction. Many power lines broke and over 1,000 transmission towers collapsed in chain reactions
"04.01.2017 09:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Samuel Colt - Wikipedia Samuel Colt (July 19, 1814 – January 10, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist from Hartford, Connecticut. He founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (today, Colt's Manufacturing Company), and made the mass production of the On this day in 1847: Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the United States government. He died 15 years later as one of the wealthiest men in America.
"04.01.2017 07:24:00" en.wikipedia.org Lèse-majesté - Wikipedia Lèse-majesté /ˌliːz ˈmædʒᵻsti/ (French: lèse-majesté [lɛz maʒɛste]; Law French, from the Latin laesa maiestas, "injured majesty"; in English, also lese-majesty, lese majesty or leze majesty) is the crime of violating majesty, an offence against the On this day in 1490: Anne of Brittany announced that all those who would ally with the King of France will be considered guilty of lèse-majesté or "injured majesty", the crime of offending a reigning sovereign's dignity.
"04.01.2017 02:43:00" No, we're not in a post-fact world. On Wikipedia, facts matter. Wikipedia is fighting fake news with a policy of verifiability. #FactsMatter
"04.01.2017 00:58:00" en.wikipedia.org Mary Fields - Wikipedia Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary (c. 1832–1914), was the first African-American woman star route mail carrier in the United States. She was not an employee of the United States Post Office. The Post Office Department did Mary Fields, the first African-American woman to become a star route mail carrier in the United States, never missed a single day of delivering mail with a team of horses and a mule named Moses. If the winter snow was too deep for her horses, Fields
"03.01.2017 23:02:00" blog.wikimedia.org Wikipedia Zero joins Mossab Banat on his trip to freely share human knowledge Wikipedia Zero is a project that aims to provide free access to free knowledge, in places where mobile data is usually unaffordable. Medical student Mossab Banat discovered Wikipedia through zero-rate mobile data. "I had a monthly quota of 500 megabytes,” he said. “That wasn't enough to even update the apps on my mobile phone." Now, he's made over 100K edits to the Arabic Wikipedia.
"03.01.2017 19:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Lucía Zárate - Wikipedia Lucia Zarate (January 2, 1864 – January 15, 1890) was born in San Carlos, which is now the town of Ursulo Galvan, Veracruz, and settled on the Agostadero, now Cempoala, Veracruz, Mexico. Zarate is the first person to have been identified with Majewski Born January 2, 1864: Lucía Zárate, hailed as the "lightest recorded adult", weighing 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg) at the age of 17. She purportedly achieved her full growth by the age of one year. Zárate first worked as part of an act billed as the "Fairy
"03.01.2017 16:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Satoshi Nakamoto - Wikipedia Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or persons who designed bitcoin and created its original reference implementation, Bitcoin Core. As a part of the implementation, they also devised the first blockchain database. In the process On this day in 2009: The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the Genesis block, was established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.
"03.01.2017 15:58:03" Timeline Photos CAPTION CONTEST: What is the lion saying in this 1928 photo from Hollywood? (Photo posted in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.)
"03.01.2017 12:44:00" en.wikipedia.org J. R. R. Tolkien - Wikipedia John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL (/ˈtɒlkiːn/;[a] 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy Born this day in 1892: J.R.R. Tolkien, English philologist and author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and The Silmarillion. The sales of his books were so profitable that he regretted that he had not chosen
"03.01.2017 09:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Diacritic - Wikipedia A diacritic – also diacritical mark, diacritical point, or diacritical sign – is a glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. The term derives from the Ancient Greek διακριτικός (diakritikós, "distinguishing"), from διακρίνω (diakrī́nō, "to distinguish"). An accent added to a letter to change its sound-value is also known as a diacritical mark, diacritical point, or diacritical sign. Here's a list of every type of diacritical mark, and how they're used, in each language:
"03.01.2017 07:54:00" en.wikipedia.org George Martin - Wikipedia Sir George Henry Martin CBE (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016) was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", including by Paul McCartney, in reference to his extensive Born this day in 1926: English composer George Martin, whose acclaimed contributions to The Beatles' career led to him being described as the "Fifth Beatle." Martin also produced two of the best-known James Bond themes, the first being "Goldfinger" by
"03.01.2017 06:42:13" Timeline Photos There are 306 freely licensed media files of the Eiffel Tower on Wikimedia Commons. This one is by Joe deSousa. See more: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Eiffel_Tower #paris
"03.01.2017 04:17:00" en.wikipedia.org Center for the Study of Women in Society - Wikipedia The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) at the University of Oregon in the United States supports feminist research, teaching, activism and creativity. Established in 1973, it is a non-profit partnership between the Associated Students of the Joan Acker and Miriam Johnson of the Center for the Study of Women in Society found that "Do you shave your legs?" was the question most strongly correlated to identifying with feminism.
"02.01.2017 22:48:00" en.wikipedia.org Franz Kafka - Wikipedia Franz Kafka[a] (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically Franz Kafka's writing has inspired the term "Kafkaesque", in which characters often lack a clear course of action to escape a labyrinthine situation. Kafkaesque elements often appear in existential works, but the term has transcended the literary realm to
"02.01.2017 19:10:00" en.wikipedia.org Peter Sutcliffe - Wikipedia Peter Coonan (born Peter William Sutcliffe, 2 June 1946) is an English serial killer who was dubbed the "Yorkshire Ripper" by the press. In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering thirteen women and attempting to murder seven others. On this day in 1981: One of the largest investigations by a British police force ended when serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper", was finally arrested in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The High Court dismissed an appeal by Sutcliffe nearly
"02.01.2017 16:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Accessibility - Wikipedia Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities. The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and Transit buses were the first type of bus to benefit from low-floor technology for physically disabled patrons. Low-floor buses may be designed with special height adjustment controls that permit a stationary bus to temporarily lower itself to ground
"02.01.2017 13:17:01" en.wikipedia.org North American blizzard of 1999 - Wikipedia The Blizzard of 1999 was a strong winter snowstorm which struck the Midwestern United States and portions of eastern Canada, hitting hardest in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec dumping as much as 60 cm (2 feet) of On this day in 1999: A brutal snowstorm smashed into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported.
"02.01.2017 09:30:01" en.wikipedia.org 1973 oil crisis - Wikipedia The 1973 oil crisis began in October 1973 when the members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries proclaimed an oil embargo. By the end of the embargo in March 1974, the price of oil had risen from US$3 per barrel to nearly $12 On this day in 1974: The United States President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.
"02.01.2017 07:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Duquesne Spy Ring - Wikipedia The Duquesne Spy Ring is the largest espionage case in United States history that ended in convictions. A total of 33 members of a German espionage network headed by Frederick "Fritz" Joubert Duquesne were convicted after a lengthy investigation by the On this day in 1942: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicted 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring.
"02.01.2017 04:39:00" en.wikipedia.org Free banking - Wikipedia Free banking refers to a monetary arrangement in which banks are subject to no special regulations beyond those applicable to most enterprises, and in which they also are free to issue their own paper currency (banknotes). In a free banking system, market In the 19th century, several Swiss cantons deregulated banking, allowing free entry and issue of notes. Cantons retained jurisdiction over banking until the enactment of the Federal Banking Law of 1881. The centralization of bank notes reduced the problem
"02.01.2017 04:03:24" en.wikipedia.org 1917 - Wikipedia 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (dominical letter G) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday (dominical letter A) of the Julian calendar, the 1917th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, What was 1917 like? The United States declared war on Germany, joining a world war begun three years before. Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks took the Winter Palace in Russia. Arabian troops led by T. E. Lawrence captured Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire.
"01.01.2017 23:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Airdancer - Wikipedia An AirDancer, also known as a SkyDancer, is an inflatable moving advertising product comprising a long fabric tube (with two or more outlets), which is attached to and powered by an electrical fan. As the electrical fan blows air through the fabric tube, The patented design of an AirDancer was invented by Peter Minshall, an artist from Trinidad and Tobago, along with a team that included Israeli artist Doron Gazit, for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Minshall originally called his invention the Tall Boy.
"01.01.2017 21:33:00" Bambi trailer Tyrus Wong, who died Friday at 106, inspired the look of Disney's "Bambi," and was its lead artist. His contribution was not recognized for decades. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrus_Wong
"01.01.2017 19:08:00" en.wikipedia.org J. D. Salinger - Wikipedia Jerome David "J.D." Salinger (/ˈsælᵻndʒər/; January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer who is known for his widely-read novel, Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success publishing short stories and Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a Born this day in 1919: J. D. Salinger, the famously reclusive American author. He is known for writing The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, but published his last public work in 1965 and last granted an interview in 1980.
"01.01.2017 13:23:01" en.wikipedia.org Julius Caesar - Wikipedia Gaius Julius Caesar[b] (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.li.ʊs ˈkae̯.sar]; 13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC), known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, general, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led On this day in 42 BCE: Julius Caesar was deified by the Roman Senate, two years after he was assassinated by a conspiracy of several dozen Roman senators.
"01.01.2017 10:02:10" Photos from Wikipedia's post Born this day in 1864: Alfred Stieglitz, an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form.
"01.01.2017 07:02:01" en.wikipedia.org Stephen I of Hungary - Wikipedia Stephen I, also known as King Saint Stephen (Hungarian: Szent István király; Latin: Sanctus Stephanus; Slovak: Štefan I. or Štefan Veľký; c. 975 – 15 August 1038 AD), was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians between 997 and 1000 or 1001, and the first On this day in 1001: The Pope named Stephen I the first King of Hungary. He would become one of the most important statesmen in the history of the country.
"01.01.2017 03:07:00" en.wikipedia.org Illegal logging in Madagascar - Wikipedia Illegal logging has been a problem in Madagascar for decades and is perpetuated by extreme poverty and government corruption. Often taking the form of selective logging, the trade has been driven by high international demand for expensive, fine-grained One of the most significant components of Madagascar's economy has been illegal logging, particularly of the valuable, dense, hardwoods known as rosewood and ebony.
"01.01.2017 01:37:00" en.wikipedia.org Pregnancy over age 50 - Wikipedia Pregnancy over age 50 has, over recent years, become more possible for women, due to recent advances in assisted reproductive technology, in particular egg donation. Typically, a woman's fecundity ends with menopause, which by definition is 12 consecutive The oldest mother to date to conceive, was 71 years, and the youngest mother, 5 years old. According to statistics from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, in the UK more than 20 babies are born to women over age 50 per year through in-vitro
"01.01.2017 01:27:50" en.wikipedia.org 2017 Istanbul nightclub attack - Wikipedia An attack on a nightclub in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul on January 1, 2017, just after the start of the new year, which killed and injured several people. The attack occurred at the nightclub Reina in Ortaköy at around 01:30 (UTC+3). Wikipedians are updating an article on a nightclub shooting in Istanbul, Turkey, where at least 35 people have been killed.
"31.12.2016 23:04:00" en.wikipedia.org Kebab - Wikipedia Kebab (also American kabob) are various Middle Eastern dishes originally based on grilled meat, and now with many variants. Two of the best-known kebab dishes are shish kebab and doner kebab. In Bulgaria, the word кебап (kebap) is a generic term for meat stews with few or no vegetables. The döner kebab is widespread as fast food and is called дюнер (dyuner). A list of the world's traditional kebabs:
"31.12.2016 19:43:00" en.wikipedia.org Two-stroke engine - Wikipedia A two-stroke, or two-cycle, engine is a type of internal combustion engine which completes a power cycle with two strokes (up and down movements) of the piston during only one crankshaft revolution. This is in contrast to a "four-stroke engine", which On this day in 1878: Karl Benz, working in Mannheim, Germany, filed for a patent on his first reliable two-stroke gas engine, and he was granted the patent in 1879.
"31.12.2016 16:06:15" en.wikipedia.org List of films set around New Year - Wikipedia A list of films set around the start of the New Year:
"31.12.2016 13:16:00" en.wikipedia.org Times Square Ball - Wikipedia The Times Square Ball is a time ball located in New York City's Times Square. Located on the roof of One Times Square, the ball is a prominent part of a New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square commonly referred to as the ball drop, where the ball On this night in 1907: The first New Year's Eve ball drop took place in Longacre Square. The ball was built from iron and wood, electrically lit with 100 incandescent light bulbs, and weighed 700 pounds. Today the ball features a computerized LED lighting
"31.12.2016 09:59:01" Timeline Photos Happy #2017 to Samoa, Tonga and Christmas island (Kiribati)! First time zone just hit new year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Time #happynewyear
"31.12.2016 07:52:01" en.wikipedia.org Iguanodon - Wikipedia Iguanodon (/ᵻˈɡwɑːnədɒn/ i-GWAH-nə-don; meaning "iguana-tooth") is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur that existed roughly halfway between the first of the swift bipedal hypsilophodontids of the mid-Jurassic and the duck-billed dinosaurs of the late On this day in 1853: Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen hosted a banquet for twenty people inside a life-size sculpture of an Iguanodon dinosaur.
"31.12.2016 03:31:00" en.wikipedia.org Arctostaphylos manzanita - Wikipedia One of many species of manzanita, Arctostaphylos manzanita has the common names Common manzanita and Whiteleaf manzanita. A manzanita tree's fruit is edible and has a pleasant tartness, but it causes gastrointestinal upset if eaten in large quantities. It has historically been brewed into a cider.
"30.12.2016 22:50:00" en.wikipedia.org Pinus longaeva - Wikipedia Pinus longaeva (commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine, intermountain bristlecone pine, or western bristlecone pine) is a long-living species of bristlecone pine tree found in the higher mountains of California, Nevada, and At 5,066 years old, one Great Basin bristlecone pine is the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth. This is the oldest known tree in North America, and the oldest known individual tree in the world, although a clonal individual, nicknamed "Old
"30.12.2016 15:44:00" en.wikipedia.org Fitzpatrick scale - Wikipedia The Fitzpatrick scale (also Fitzpatrick skin typing test; or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale) is a numerical classification schema for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification schema for human skin color developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.
"30.12.2016 12:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Ernie McLea - Wikipedia Ernest Hope "Ernie" McLea (February 5, 1876 – June 17, 1931) was a Canadian ice hockey player. McLea played in the 1890s for the Montreal Victorias and was a member of four Stanley Cup-winning teams. He scored the first hat trick in Stanley Cup play, and On this day in 1896: Canadian ice hockey player Ernie McLea scored the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play on the way to winning it for the Montreal Victorias.
"30.12.2016 09:32:00" en.wikipedia.org History of poker - Wikipedia The game of poker was developed some time during the early 19th century in the United States. Since those early beginnings, poker has grown to become an extremely popular pastime throughout the world. In New Orleans in 1829, poker was played with a deck of 20 cards, and four players betting on which player's hand was the most valuable. As it spread north along the Mississippi River and to the West during the gold rush, it is thought to have become a
"30.12.2016 07:23:00" en.wikipedia.org Yvonne Brill - Wikipedia Yvonne Madelaine Brill (née Claeys; December 30, 1924 – March 27, 2013) was a Canadian-American propulsion engineer best known for her development of rocket and jet propulsion technologies. During her career she was involved in a broad range of Born this day in 1924: Yvonne Brill, a Canadian-American propulsion engineer who worked with NASA and the International Maritime Satellite Organization. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from US President Barack Obama in 2011.
"30.12.2016 03:39:00" en.wikipedia.org Václav Havel - Wikipedia Václav Havel (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvaːt͡slav ˈɦavɛl] ( listen); 5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011) was a Czech writer, philosopher, political dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the last president of Czechoslovakia. He then On this day in 1989: Czech writer, philosopher and dissident Václav Havel was elected the first post-communist President of Czechoslovakia.
"30.12.2016 01:54:00" en.wikipedia.org Anglo-American loan - Wikipedia The Anglo-American Loan Agreement was a post World War II loan made to the United Kingdom by the United States on 15 July 1946, and paid off in 2006. The loan was negotiated by John Maynard Keynes. The loan was for $3.75 billion (US$57 billion in This day in 2006: The United Kingdom paid off its post-World War II Anglo-American Loan Agreement, sixty years after it was first loaned with 2% interest.
"29.12.2016 23:15:00" No, we're not in a post-fact world. On Wikipedia, facts matter. Wikipedia is fighting fake news with a policy of verifiability: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/27/not-post-fact-world/ #FactsMatter
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"29.12.2016 19:45:00" commons.wikimedia.org Category:Pau Casals - Wikimedia Commons Born this day in 1876: Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, widely regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. Listen to his compositions for free on Wikimedia Commons:
"29.12.2016 15:43:01" en.wikipedia.org Warrior-class ironclad - Wikipedia The Warrior-class ironclads were a class of two warships built for the Royal Navy between 1859 and 1862, the first ocean-going ironclads with iron hulls ever constructed. The ships were designed as armoured frigates in response to an invasion scare On this day in 1860: HMS Warrior, a British warship, was launched. The vessel helped change naval warfare thanks to its use of screw propellers, iron hulls, and iron armor.
"29.12.2016 13:35:01" en.wikipedia.org San Francisco Municipal Railway - Wikipedia The San Francisco Municipal Railway (SF Muni or Muni) is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California. In 2006, it served 46.7 square miles (121 km2) with an operating budget of about $700 million. In ridership Muni is On this day in 1912: The first municipally-owned streetcars took to the streets in San Francisco. During that year, the average speed of the city's public transit was approximately 8.5 miles per hour – slightly faster than the average speed of 8.1 in
"29.12.2016 11:16:00" en.wikipedia.org Qigong - Wikipedia Kung fu (功夫)Shifu (師傅)Waijia (外家)Chin Na (擒拿)Fa jin (發勁)Neigong (內功)Neijia (內家)Qi (氣)Qigong (氣功)Yin and yang A wide variety of qigong forms have developed within different segments of Chinese society: in traditional Chinese medicine for preventive and curative functions, in Confucianism to promote longevity and improve moral character, in Daoism and Buddhism as
"29.12.2016 09:13:00" en.wikipedia.org Hot spring - Wikipedia A hot spring is a spring produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the Earth's crust. There are geothermal hot springs in many locations all over the crust of the earth. While some of these springs contain water that is Water issuing from a hot spring is heated geothermally, that is, with heat produced from the Earth's mantle. The temperature of rocks within the earth generally increases with depth. If water percolates deeply enough into the crust, it will be heated as
"29.12.2016 07:05:01" en.wikipedia.org Charles Macintosh - Wikipedia Charles Macintosh FRS (29 December 1766 – 25 July 1843) was a Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics. The Mackintosh raincoat (the variant spelling is now standard) is named for him. Born this day in 1766 and subject of Google's Doodle: Charles Macintosh, chemist and inventor of waterproof fabric. Did you know? Scottish inventors also helped to bring the world refrigerators, electric clocks, Penicillin, fax machines, postage stamps,
"29.12.2016 03:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Quails in cookery - Wikipedia Both Old World and New World quail include edible game species. The common quail used to be much favoured in French cooking, but quail for the table are now more likely to be domesticated Japanese quail. The common quail is also part of Polish cuisine, A persistent myth holds that it is impossible to eat quail every day for a month. This has been the subject of a number of proposition bets; however, it has been achieved on several occasions.
"29.12.2016 02:21:49" en.wikipedia.org Debbie Reynolds - Wikipedia Wikipedians are updating the article on actress Debbie Reynolds, who has died a day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
"28.12.2016 23:22:00" en.wikipedia.org Star Wars Holiday Special - Wikipedia The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American musical science fiction television film set in the Star Wars galaxy. It stars the series' first film's main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films. It is one of the On the 2010 television program Times Talk, The New York Times columnist David Carr asked Carrie Fisher about the Star Wars Holiday Special; she said that she made George Lucas give her a copy of the special in exchange for recording DVD commentary for the
"28.12.2016 19:24:00" en.wikipedia.org McGurk effect - Wikipedia The McGurk effect is a perceptual phenomenon that demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. The illusion occurs when the auditory component of one sound is paired with the visual component of another sound, leading to People who are better at sensory integration have been shown to be more susceptible to the McGurk effect than others. This effect may be experienced when a video of one phoneme's production is dubbed with a sound-recording of a different phoneme being
"28.12.2016 16:39:01" en.wikipedia.org Haboob - Wikipedia A haboob (Arabic: هَبوب, translit. habūb, lit. 'blasting/drifting') is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current, also known as a weather front. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world. A haboob is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current, also known as a weather front. During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they move from all directions into the
"28.12.2016 13:52:00" en.wikipedia.org 1958 NFL Championship Game - Wikipedia The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was the 26th NFL championship game, played on December 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was the first NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Baltimore Colts On this day in 1958: The National Football League's Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants in what became known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played," the first ever NFL playoff game to go into sudden-death overtime.
"28.12.2016 09:11:00" en.wikipedia.org X-ray - Wikipedia X-radiation (composed of X-rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Most X-rays have a wavelength ranging from 0.01 to 10 nanometers, corresponding to frequencies in the range 30 petahertz to 30 exahertz (3×1016 Hz to 3×1019 Hz) and energies in the On this day in 1895: Wilhelm Röntgen published a systematic study of what will later be known as x-rays.
"28.12.2016 07:14:00" en.wikipedia.org Euric - Wikipedia Euric (Gothic: Aiwareiks), also known as Evaric, or Eurico in Spanish and Portuguese (c. 440 – 28 December 484), son of Theodoric I, he ruled as king (rex) of the Visigoths, after murdering his brother, Theodoric II, from 466 until his death in 484. Died this day in 484: Euric, king of the Visigoths, who divided the remnants of the Western Roman Empire with Odoacer.
"28.12.2016 03:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Spanish transition to democracy - Wikipedia The Spanish transition to democracy (Spanish: Transición española a la democracia), or simply the Transition (Spanish: La Transición) refers to the restoration of democracy in Spain after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. The transition began shortly On this day in 1978: Spain became a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship. Though faced with political and economic crises at the time, the transition to democracy was one of the factors that allowed Spain to join the European Economic
"27.12.2016 23:27:00" en.wikipedia.org Charles Darwin - Wikipedia Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS (/ˈdɑːrwɪn/; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.[I] He established that all species of life have On this day in 1831: HMS Beagle set off for South America with naturalist Charles Darwin embarked. He later credited the trip with helping formulate the theory of evolution.
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"27.12.2016 18:19:49" en.wikipedia.org Carrie Fisher - Wikipedia Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977–83) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Fisher is also known for her Wikipedians are updating the article on actress Carrie Fisher, who has died at age 60. She was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge
"27.12.2016 13:23:00" en.wikipedia.org Marlene Dietrich - Wikipedia Born this day in 1901: Marlene Dietrich, actress, singer, fashion icon, supporter of Allied troops and World War II refugees. Throughout her unusually long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually
"27.12.2016 11:42:00" en.wikipedia.org Louis Pasteur - Wikipedia Louis Pasteur is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology. Born this day in 1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and
"27.12.2016 09:44:00" blog.wikimedia.org Arctic temperatures are no match for this retiree and his camera – Wikimedia Blog Communications, Community, Interview, Profiles, Wikimedia Commons Arctic temperatures are no match for this retiree and his camera By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation October 18th, 2016 “I am no doubt infected by the arctic virus,” Andreas Weith says. “I “You need to know that nature will present you with very short-lived situations that will never come back.” This is why Andreas Weith heads north as much as he can to rediscover the untouched nature and document it with the photos he uploads to illustrate
"27.12.2016 07:23:00" en.wikipedia.org Hagia Sophia - Wikipedia Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, [aˈʝia soˈfia]), "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya On this day in 537: The Hagia Sophia, the world's largest cathedral for nearly a full millennium, was completed. It has been a place of worship for the Eastern Orthodox, Catholics, and Muslims at different points in its life. Today, it is a secular
"27.12.2016 04:42:01" blog.wikimedia.org Death, politics, and Vincent van Gogh: 2016 as seen through the lens of Wikipedia – Wikimedia Blog Communications, Community, Featured, Wikipedia, Year in Review Death, politics, and Vincent van Gogh: 2016 as seen through the lens of Wikipedia By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation Samantha Lien, Wikimedia Foundation December 21st, 2016 Which English Which English Wikipedia articles were edited most in 2016? Find out what captured editors' interests.
"26.12.2016 23:22:00" store.wikimedia.org "I love Wikipedia" t-shirt (purple youth) For the young Wikipedians, the kids who ask, "why?"
"26.12.2016 20:30:45" en.wikipedia.org Vera Rubin - Wikipedia Vera Rubin (née Cooper; born July 23, 1928) is an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation Wikipedians are updating the article on American astronomer Vera Rubin, who has died at 88. Her breakthrough work on galaxy rotation rates was initially met with skepticism, and she was excluded from some male-only programs. Her findings have been
"26.12.2016 20:07:40" Wikipedia Why do you love Wikipedia? Rosie from the USA says: "I love Wikipedia because it's free – free to read, free to create, free to improve, free to reuse – free knowledge for everyone in every language."
"26.12.2016 19:58:53" Timeline Photos Why do you love Wikipedia? Rosie from the USA says: "I love Wikipedia because it's free – free to read, free to create, free to improve, free to reuse – free knowledge for everyone in every language."
"26.12.2016 19:16:00" en.wikipedia.org Hyoscine - Wikipedia Hyoscine, also known as scopolamine, is a medication used to treat motion sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. It is also sometimes use before surgery to decrease saliva. When used by injection effects begin after about 20 minutes and last In 2009, it was proven that Czechoslovak communist state security secret police used scopolamine at least three times to obtain confessions from alleged antistate conspirators.
"26.12.2016 15:52:19" Timeline Photos Charles F. Brush's 60-foot, 80,000-pound turbine built in the winter of 1887-1888 in his back yard. Its rotor was 17 meters in diameter. For scale, note the gardener pushing a lawnmower underneath and to the right of the turbine. The windmill supplied
"26.12.2016 15:48:01" en.wikipedia.org Northern white-faced owl - Wikipedia The northern white-faced owl (Ptilopsis leucotis) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. The southern white-faced owl (P. granti) was formerly included in this species and the two were known as the white-faced scops-owl. The northern white-faced owl will attempt to intimidate medium-sized predators by flaring its wings to appear larger. When faced with something much larger than itself, it pulls its feathers inwards, elongates its body, and narrows its eyes to thin slits.
"26.12.2016 13:08:00" en.wikipedia.org The Beatles - Wikipedia The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, On this day in 1963: The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" were released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
"26.12.2016 09:56:00" en.wikipedia.org George Washington - Wikipedia • French and Indian War • Battle of Jumonville Glen • Battle of Fort Necessity • Braddock Expedition • Battle of the Monongahela • Forbes Expedition • American Revolutionary War • Boston campaign • New York and New Jersey campaign • Philadelphia On this day in 1799: Four thousand people attended George Washington's funeral, where Henry Lee III declares him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
"26.12.2016 07:55:00" en.wikipedia.org Dissolution of the Soviet Union - Wikipedia The Soviet Union was dissolved on December 26, 1991, as a result of the declaration no. 142-Н of the Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. The declaration acknowledged the independence of the former Soviet republics and On this day in 1991: The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union met to formally dissolve the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned as president the day before, and Ukraine officially resolved to leave the Soviet Union.
"26.12.2016 04:02:00" en.wikipedia.org Alaskan Malamute - Wikipedia The Alaskan Malamute /ˈmæləˌmjuːt/ is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later a sled dog. They are similar to other arctic breeds, such as the The Malamute dog has had a distinguished history; aiding Rear Admiral Richard Byrd to the South Pole, and the miners who came to Alaska during the Gold Rush of 1896, as well as serving in World War II primarily as search and rescue dogs in Greenland,
"25.12.2016 23:29:47" en.wikipedia.org George Michael - Wikipedia Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (Greek: Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου; born 25 June 1963), known professionally as George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer, who rose to fame as a member (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the music duo Wikipedians are updating the article on recording artist George Michael, who has died at 53. With numerous No. 1 hits, he sold more than 100 million records.
"25.12.2016 22:52:00" en.wikipedia.org Brown dwarf - Wikipedia Brown dwarfs are substellar objects that occupy the mass range between the heaviest gas giants and the lightest stars, of approximately 13 to 75–80 Jupiter masses (MJ). Below this range are the sub-brown dwarfs, and above it are the lightest red Despite their name, brown dwarfs are of different colors. Many brown dwarfs would likely appear magenta to the human eye, or possibly orange/red.
"25.12.2016 21:06:00" Timeline Photos Kinkaku-ji, Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. See this beautiful photo, which is in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons, here:
"25.12.2016 19:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Bertha Bracey - Wikipedia Bertha Lilian Bracey (1893–1989) was a Quaker teacher and aid worker who organised relief and sanctuary for Europeans affected by the turmoil before, during and after the Second World War. These included many Jewish children threatened by the Holocaust In 2010, Quaker teacher Bertha Bracey was recognized as a British Hero of the Holocaust for her lifelong efforts to rescue and aid endangered Jewish children.
"25.12.2016 13:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Louis Chevrolet - Wikipedia Louis-Joseph "Louis" Chevrolet (December 25, 1878 – June 6, 1941) was a Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent, co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, and a founder in 1916 of the Frontenac Motor Corporation, which made Born this day in 1878: Louis Chevrolet, a co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Company and prolific race car driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500 four different times.
"25.12.2016 07:37:00" blog.wikimedia.org These editors spent one year writing Charlie Chaplin's Wikipedia article – Wikimedia Blog Community, Interview, Profiles, Wikipedia These editors spent one year writing Charlie Chaplin's Wikipedia article By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation April 16th, 2016 “I'll tell you one thing: it's essential to have a passionate interest in the subject if On this day in 1977: Famed actor Charlie Chaplin, one of the most highly paid people in the world in his prime, died.
"25.12.2016 04:31:00" en.wikipedia.org United States national kabaddi team - Wikipedia The United States national kabaddi team first competed at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad, India. The squad was hastily formed just prior to the tournament, and consisted primarily of Florida A&M University graduates who were experienced in other The United States' team at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup consisted entirely of athletes with experience in other sports, but none in kabaddi. Although the team lost all five of its group stage matches, the team was acknowledged by the media for their
"25.12.2016 02:02:28" Timeline Photos The Russian painter Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927) created a series of paintings full of movement and warmth in the tradition of old Russia. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Kustodiev
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"24.12.2016 23:17:00" en.wikipedia.org List of string instruments - Wikipedia A list of string instruments:
"24.12.2016 19:09:00" en.wikipedia.org Aida - Wikipedia Aida (Italian: [aˈiːda]) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo's Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted On this day in 1871: Aida, one of the most well-known operas, opened in Cairo, Egypt. It has been has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886 at the New York Metropolitan Opera alone.
"24.12.2016 16:40:31" blog.wikimedia.org Death, politics, and Vincent van Gogh: 2016 as seen through the lens of Wikipedia – Wikimedia Blog Which English Wikipedia articles were edited most in 2016? Find out what captured editors' interests. Anecdotally, 2016 was a year of transition and change in much of the western world. Some events could be described as tragedy, others as cause for celebration.
"24.12.2016 13:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Lazarus taxon - Wikipedia In paleontology, a Lazarus taxon (plural taxa) is a taxon that disappears for one or more periods from the fossil record, only to appear again later. Likewise in conservation biology and ecology, it can refer to species or populations that were thought to In paleontology, a Lazarus taxon is a taxon that disappears for one or more periods from the fossil record, only to appear again later. Lazarus taxa appear to occur either because of (local) extinction, later resupplied, or as a sampling artifact.
"24.12.2016 10:07:00" en.wikipedia.org Radio broadcasting - Wikipedia Radio broadcasting is a unidirectional wireless transmission over radio waves intended to reach a wide audience. Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast or both. Audio On this day in 1906: Reginald Fessenden transmitted the world's first radio broadcast. It consisted of a poetry reading, a violin solo and a speech.
"24.12.2016 07:50:00" en.wikipedia.org Library of Congress - Wikipedia 23,892,068 catalogued books in the Library of Congress Classification system; 5,711 incunabula (books printed before 1500), 14,067,260 monographs and serials, music, bound newspapers, pamphlets, technical reports, and other printed material; and This day in 1851: A massive fire struck the world's biggest library in its Capitol chambers, destroying a large amount of its collection. The Library of Congress then began to grow rapidly in both size and importance, after the American Civil War and a
"24.12.2016 04:48:00" en.wikipedia.org Kamehameha Statues - Wikipedia The pictured statue stands prominently in front of Aliʻiolani Hale in Honolulu, Hawaii. The statue had its origins in 1878 when Walter M. Gibson, a member of the Hawaiian government at the time, wanted to commemorate the 100-year arrival of Captain Cook The Kamehameha Statues were commissioned to commemorate the 100-year arrival of Captain Cook to the Hawaiian Islands. Although photographs of Polynesians had been sent to sculptor Thomas R. Gould so he could make an appropriate likeness, he seemed to
"23.12.2016 23:15:00" en.wikipedia.org HMS Tartar's Prize - Wikipedia HMS Tartar's Prize was a 24-gun sixth-rate of the Royal Navy, which saw active service between 1756 and 1760, during the Seven Years' War. The flimsily-built British warship HMS Tartar's Prize secured only a single victory in battle. She had oversized cannons, a leaky hull, and a smoky galley, and ultimately sprung a leak and sank in the Mediterranean when her timbers gave way.
"23.12.2016 19:36:01" en.wikipedia.org Coelacanth - Wikipedia The coelacanths (i/ˈsiːlə.kænθ/ SEE-lə-kanth) constitute a now rare order of fish that includes two extant species in the genus Latimeria: the West Indian Ocean coelacanth primarily found near the Comoro Islands off the east coast of Africa (Latimeria The coelacanth was long considered a "living fossil" because it was believed to be the sole remaining member of a taxon otherwise known only from fossils, with no close relations alive. The fish supposedly evolved into roughly its current form
"23.12.2016 16:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Hagia Sophia - Wikipedia Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, [aˈʝia soˈfia]), "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya On this day in 562: Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was reopened after a series of earthquakes caused the original to collapse. The Byzantine poet Paul the Silentiary composed a long epic poem (still extant), known as Ekphrasis, for the rededication of the
"23.12.2016 13:05:00" en.wikipedia.org Wilson Bentley - Wikipedia Wilson Alwyn "Snowflake" Bentley (February 7, 1865 – December 23, 1931) is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they Wilson Bentley revolutionized snowflake photography by perfecting a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated. He died on this day in 1931 after walking six miles
"23.12.2016 10:17:00" en.wikipedia.org Transistor - Wikipedia A transistor is a semiconductor device used to amplify or switch electronic signals and electrical power. It is composed of semiconductor material usually with at least three terminals for connection to an external circuit. A voltage or current applied to This day in 1947: The transistor, the "fundamental building block of modern electronic devices," was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
"23.12.2016 07:21:00" docs.google.com How to better explain Wikipedia Recent phone surveys have shown that an estimated 77% of Nigerians have never heard of Wikipedia. In addition, in-person interviews around Lagos and Benin City suggests that some who HAVE heard of Wikipedia confuse it with internet search engines like How do you explain Wikipedia to someone who has never heard of it?
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"23.12.2016 04:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Catherine de' Medici - Wikipedia Catherine de' Medici (Italian: Caterina de' Medici pronounced [kateˈriːna de ˈmɛːditʃi]; French: Catherine de Médicis pronounced: [katʁin də medisis], 13 April 1519 – 5 January 1589), daughter of Lorenzo II de' Medici and of Madeleine de La Tour As the mother of three sons who became kings of France during her lifetime, Catherine de Medici had extensive influence in the political life of France. Without her, it is unlikely that her sons would have remained in power. In fact, the years in which
"23.12.2016 02:44:00" en.wikipedia.org The Slav Epic - Wikipedia The Slav Epic (Czech: Slovanská epopej) is a cycle of 20 large canvases painted by Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha between 1910 and 1928. The cycle depicts the mythology and history of Czechs and other Slavic peoples. In 1928, after finishing his For 18 years Alphonse Mucha worked on the Slav Epic, which he considered his life's masterwork. In 20 paintings, up to six meters tall and eight meters wide, the cycle depicts the mythology and history of Czechs and other Slavic peoples. In 1928, after
"22.12.2016 21:46:39" blog.wikimedia.org Introducing Montage, the web platform used to help judge the world's largest photo competition – Wikimedia Blog Imagine, for a moment, organizing and judging a competition with a quarter of a million contestants. To make things more interesting, you have to pick the winners without standard tools or processes. The world's largest photo competition needed a way to sort through over a quarter million entries. This team built a tool to help them manage the work.
"22.12.2016 19:49:51" en.wikipedia.org Changeling - Wikipedia A changeling is a creature found in folklore and folk religion. A changeling child was believed to be a fairy child that had been left in place of a human child stolen by the fairies. The theme of the swapped child is common in medieval literature and The Isle of Man had a wide collection of myths and superstitions concerning fairies, and there are numerous folk tales that have been collected concerning supposed changelings. A book by Sophia Morrison included the tale of "The Fairy Child of Close ny
"22.12.2016 15:58:04" en.wikipedia.org Stephen, King of England - Wikipedia Stephen (c. 1092/6 – 25 October 1154), often referred to as Stephen of Blois (in French, he was known as Étienne de Blois, then Étienne d'Angleterre), was a grandson of William the Conqueror. He was King of England from 1135 to his death, and also the This day in 1135: Stephen of Blois became King of England, sparking a 19-year civil war between him and his cousin Matilda known as "the Anarchy."
"22.12.2016 12:56:01" en.wikipedia.org Battle of the Bulge - Wikipedia Dwight D. Eisenhower(Supreme Allied Commander) Bernard Montgomery(21st Army Group, First U.S. Army, Ninth U.S. Army) Omar Bradley(12th U.S. Army Group) Courtney Hodges(First U.S. Army) George S. Patton(Third U.S. Army) This day in 1944: When the German Army demanded the surrender of American troops surrounded in Bastogne, Belgium, General Anthony McAuliffe replied "nuts!"—a reply that had to be explained to both Germans and non-American allies.
"22.12.2016 07:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Sent-down youth - Wikipedia The sent-down, rusticated, or "educated" youth（Chinese: 知识青年上山下乡）, also known as the zhiqing, were the young people who—beginning in the 1950s until the end of the Cultural Revolution, willingly or under coercion—left the urban districts of the People's On this day in 1968: People's Daily, China posted the instructions of Mao Zedong that "The intellectual youth must go to the country, and will be educated from living in rural poverty."
"22.12.2016 04:13:00" en.wikipedia.org Veil - Wikipedia A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects. The sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity.
"21.12.2016 22:55:00" en.wikipedia.org Snow fence - Wikipedia A snow fence is a fence that, like a sand fence, forces windblown, drifting snow to accumulate in a desired place. They are primarily employed to minimize the amount of snowdrift on roadways and railways. Farmers and ranchers use snow fences to create Snow fences minimize the amount of snowdrift on roadways by causing turbulence in the wind, such that it drops much of its snow load on the lee side of the fence. Thus, snow fences actually cause snow drifts, rather than preventing them. The fences are
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"21.12.2016 17:00:51" blog.wikimedia.org Death, politics, and Vincent van Gogh: 2016 as seen through the lens of Wikipedia – Wikimedia Blog Anecdotally, 2016 was a year of transition and change in much of the western world. Some events could be described as tragedy, others as cause for celebration. Find out which articles were edited most on the English Wikipedia in 2016. Some might surprise you.
"21.12.2016 16:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Apollo 8 - Wikipedia Apollo 8, the second human spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The On this day in 1968: Apollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
"21.12.2016 13:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937 film) - Wikipedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length cel On this day in 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre. It had first been thought that the dwarfs would be the main focus of the story, and many sequences were written
"21.12.2016 11:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Kowloon Walled City - Wikipedia Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased Over 33,000 people lived in 300 buildings inside the Kowloon Walled City, a military fort-turned-enclave that stood for over a thousand years. The Walled City, now demolished, underwent massive construction during the 1960s, with developers building new
"21.12.2016 07:50:00" en.wikipedia.org Frank Zappa - Wikipedia Frank Vincent Zappa[nb 1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, actor, and filmmaker whose work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical Born this day in 1940: Frank Zappa, the singer-songwriter known for non-conformity, experimentation, improvisation, and satire. He remains a major influence on musicians today.
"21.12.2016 04:25:00" en.wikipedia.org Qinling panda - Wikipedia The Qinling panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis) is a subspecies of the giant panda, discovered in the 1960s but not recognized as a subspecies until 2005. Disregarding the nominate subspecies, it is the first giant panda subspecies to be The sepia-colored Qinling panda is from the Qinling Mountains, at elevations of 1,300–3,000 meters (4,300–9,800 ft). Its coloration is possibly a consequence of inbreeding, as the population is closed off from genetic variation.
"21.12.2016 02:00:00" en.wikipedia.org List of buns - Wikipedia This is a list of buns. A bun is a small, sometimes sweet, bread, or bread roll. Though they come in many shapes and sizes, they are most commonly hand-sized or smaller, with a round top and flat bottom. From cinnamon buns and pampushky to xiaolongbao, a delicious list of sweet and savory buns:
"20.12.2016 23:07:00" en.wikipedia.org Radio-frequency identification - Wikipedia Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader's interrogating radio Radio frequency identification (RFID) microchips are used to track everything from pharmaceuticals to livestock. Implantable RFID chips designed for animal tagging are now being used in humans. An early experiment with RFID implants was conducted by
"20.12.2016 19:54:00" en.wikipedia.org Claymore - Wikipedia A claymore (/ˈkleɪmɔər/; from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh-mòr, "great sword") refers either to the Scottish variant of the late medieval two-handed sword or the Scottish variant of the basket-hilted sword. The former is characterised as having a cross The Highland claymore was a large sword used in the late Medieval and early modern periods. An average claymore ran about 140 cm (55 in) in overall length with a 107 cm (42 in) blade, and weighed approximately 5.5 lb (2.5 kg). The last known battle in
"20.12.2016 16:26:32" en.wikipedia.org Oronce Finé - Wikipedia Oronce Finé (or Fine;Latin: Orontius Finnaeus or Finaeus; Italian: Oronzio Fineo; 20 December 1494 – 8 August 1555) was a French mathematician and cartographer. Born this day in 1494: Mathematician and cartographer Oronce Finé, whose heart-shaped (cordiform) map projection became famous. It was frequently employed by other notable cartographers, including Peter Apian and Gerardus Mercator.
"20.12.2016 13:31:00" en.wikipedia.org Breadfruit - Wikipedia Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and Jackfruit family (Moraceae) originating in the South Pacific and that was eventually spread to the rest of Oceania. British and French navigators introduced a few Breadfruit's name is derived from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when cooked, similar to freshly baked bread; it has a potato-like flavor.
"20.12.2016 09:00:00" en.wikipedia.org Northern Bank robbery - Wikipedia The Northern Bank robbery was a large robbery of cash from the Donegall Square West headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Carried out on 20 December 2004, the gang seized the equivalent of £26.5 million in pounds sterling and small On this day in 2004: Thieves stole £26.5 million in one of largest bank robberies in British history. Following the raid, Northern Bank announced that it would recall all £300 million worth of its banknotes in denominations of £10 or more, and reissue
"20.12.2016 07:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Ivana Kobilca - Wikipedia Ivana Kobilca (20 December 1861 – 4 December 1926) is the most prominent Slovene female painter and a key figure of Slovene cultural identity. She was a realist painter who studied and worked in Vienna, Munich, Paris, Sarajevo, Berlin, and Born this day in 1861: Ivana Kobilca, the most prominent Slovene female painter and a key figure of Slovene cultural identity.
"20.12.2016 03:14:00" en.wikipedia.org Art Nouveau - Wikipedia Art Nouveau (French pronunciation: [aʁ nuvo], Anglicised to /ˈɑːrt nuːˈvoʊ/) is an international style of art, architecture and applied art, especially the decorative arts, that was most popular between 1890 and 1910. A reaction to the academic art of Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewelry, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils, and lighting, as well as the fine arts.
"19.12.2016 23:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Principality of Orange - Wikipedia The Principality of Orange (in French la Principauté d'Orange) was, from 1163 to 1713, a feudal state in Provence, in the south of modern-day France, on the left bank of the River Rhone north of the city of Avignon. The Principality of Orange was a feudal state that resided in the area now known as France. Following the French Revolution of 1789, Orange was absorbed into the French département of Drôme in 1790, then Bouches-du-Rhône, then finally Vaucluse.
"19.12.2016 19:19:02" en.wikipedia.org Atahualpa - Wikipedia Atahualpa ruled as King over the Northern section named Quito peacefully for 7 years, until his brother Huáscar the Sapa Inca (13th) attempted to conquer the Kingdom of Quito by unsuccessfully annexing the Cañari region first. Atahualpa became Inca
"19.12.2016 16:04:42" en.wikipedia.org List of oldest companies - Wikipedia This list of the oldest companies in the world includes brands and companies, excluding associations and educational, government, or religious organizations. To be listed, a brand or company name must remain operating, either in whole or in part, since In May 14, 2008 there were 5,586 companies with over 200 years of history across 41 countries. Of these, 3,146 are in Japan, 837 in Germany, 222 in the Netherlands, and 196 in France. A list of the world's oldest companies:
"19.12.2016 10:45:00" en.wikipedia.org PS General Slocum - Wikipedia The PS General Slocum was a passenger steamboat built in Brooklyn, New York, in 1891. During her service history, she was involved in a number of mishaps, including multiple groundings and collisions. On this day in 1912: Willian Van Schaick was pardoned for all crimes by US President William Howard Taft. Van Schaick was the captain of the steamship General Slocum, which caught fire and sank in 1904 with the loss of over a thousand lives.
"19.12.2016 07:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Geta (emperor) - Wikipedia Geta (Publius, or Lucius, Septimius Geta Augustus;[note 1] 7 March 189 -26 December 211), was a Roman emperor who ruled with his father Septimius Severus and his older brother Caracalla from 209, when he was named Augustus like his brother who had held On this day in 211: Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, was lured to come without his bodyguards to discuss a possible reconciliation with his brother, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. When he arrived, the Praetorian Guard attacked him and he died in
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"19.12.2016 04:32:00" en.wikipedia.org Mathematical beauty - Wikipedia Mathematical beauty describes the notion that some mathematicians may derive aesthetic pleasure from their work, and from mathematics in general. They express this pleasure by describing mathematics (or, at least, some aspect of mathematics) as beautiful. Some mathematicians see beauty in mathematical results that establish connections between two areas of mathematics that at first sight appear to be unrelated. These results are often described as "deep."
"18.12.2016 23:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution - Wikipedia The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. In Congress, it was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865. The On this day in 1865: US Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the United States.
"18.12.2016 21:04:00" blog.wikimedia.org Star Wars awakens, but Gone With the Wind remains on top – Wikimedia Blog Communications, News on Wikipedia, Wikipedia Star Wars awakens, but Gone With the Wind remains on top By Joe Sutherland, Wikimedia Foundation December 19th, 2015 Daisy Ridley's scavenging Rey, Adam Driver's intimidating Kylo Ren, and Harrison Ford's rogue Looking back, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually did get beaten by Gone With the Wind.
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"18.12.2016 11:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Thanksgiving (United States) - Wikipedia Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by On this day in 1777: The United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratogain October.
"18.12.2016 07:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Steven Spielberg - Wikipedia Steven Allan Spielberg KBE OMRI (born December 18, 1946) is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and Born this day in 1946: Steven Spielberg, director and producer of films like Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. He is the highest-grossing director in film history.
"18.12.2016 06:49:15" en.wikipedia.org Steve Biko - Wikipedia Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Born this day in 1946 and the subject of today's Google Doodle: Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa who died in police custody at age 30.
"18.12.2016 05:55:17" Wiki Loves Monuments winners The biggest photo competition in the world – with 277,000 entries! – has announced its winners. Here they are! Read all about Wiki Loves Monuments: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/15/seventh-annual-wiki-loves-monuments/
"18.12.2016 03:23:00" en.wikipedia.org The Great Picture - Wikipedia As of 2007[update], The Great Picture (111 feet (34 m) wide and 32 feet (9.8 m) high) holds the Guinness World Record for the largest print photograph, and the camera with which it was made holds a record for being the world's largest. The photograph The largest print photograph in the world is "The Great Picture," 111 feet (34 m) wide and 32 feet (9.8 m) high. The opaque negative image print was developed by 80 volunteers during five hours in a vinyl pool liner custom tray, the size of an Olympic
"17.12.2016 23:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Sphynx cat - Wikipedia The Sphynx is a hairless breed of cat developed through selective breeding starting in the 1960s, known for its lack of coat (fur), though it's not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs. Whiskers may be present, Although hairless cats have been reported throughout history, breeders in Europe have been working on the Sphynx breed since the early 1960s. Two different sets of hairless felines discovered in North America in the 1970s provided the foundation cats for
"17.12.2016 19:30:00" en.wikipedia.org Raccoon - Wikipedia The raccoon (/rəˈkuːn/ or US i/ræˈkuːn/, Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon,North American raccoon,northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The With respect to research results regarding their social behavior, it is now required by law in Austria and Germany to keep at least two individuals to prevent loneliness when keeping raccoons as exotic pets. Because of their intelligence and nimble
"17.12.2016 16:19:00" en.wikipedia.org SpaceShipOne - Wikipedia SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with suborbital flight capability that uses a hybrid rocket motor. The design features a unique "feathering" atmospheric reentry system where the rear half of the wing and the twin tail On this day in 2003: SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, made its first powered and first supersonic flight on the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight.
"17.12.2016 13:18:00" en.wikipedia.org Vogue (magazine) - Wikipedia Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine that is published monthly in 23 different national and regional editions by Condé Nast. On this day in 1892: Vogue Magazine published its first issue, with a cover price of 10 cents (equivalent to $2.64 in 2015.) From its inception, the magazine targeted the new New York upper class. At that time, it was primarily concerned with fashion,
"17.12.2016 09:12:00" en.wikipedia.org List of tallest buildings in Shanghai - Wikipedia The city of Shanghai, China is one of the fastest growing cities in the world in terms of skyscraper construction, with the City of Shanghai reporting at the end of 2004 that there had been 6,704 buildings of 11 stories or more completed since 1990. The tallest skyscraper in Shanghai is the Shanghai Tower, which is 632 m (2,073 ft) tall with 128 floors. It is currently the tallest building in the People's Republic of China and the second tallest in the world. A list of Shanghai's tallest buildings:
"17.12.2016 07:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Fernando Collor de Mello - Wikipedia Fernando Affonso Collor de Mello (Portuguese pronunciation: [feʁˈnɐ̃du aˈfõsu ˈkɔloʁ dʒi ˈmɛlu]; born August 12, 1949) is a Brazilian politician who served as the 32nd President of Brazil from 1990 to 1992, when he resigned in a failed attempt to stop his On this day in 1989: Fernando Collor de Mello became Brazil's first democratically elected president in nearly 30 years. He would later resign after charges of corruption.
"17.12.2016 03:06:00" en.wikipedia.org Scoville scale - Wikipedia The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers—such as the jalapeño, the bhut jolokia, and the world's current hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper—or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU), a The pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers can be measured using the Scoville scale, devised in 1912. Chilis with the highest rating on the Scoville scale exceed one million Scoville units, and include specimens of naga jolokia or bhut jolokia and its
"16.12.2016 22:22:05" Wiki Loves Monuments winners The biggest photo competition in the world – 277,000 entries! – has announced its winners. Here they are! Read all about Wiki Loves Monuments: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/15/seventh-annual-wiki-loves-monuments/
"16.12.2016 19:45:00" en.wikipedia.org Lists of legendary creatures - Wikipedia Entries consist of legendary and unique creatures, not of particularly unique individuals of a commonly known species. The following is a list of lists of legendary creatures from various historical tales, folklore, and sagas.
"16.12.2016 16:20:00" en.wikipedia.org List of cryptocurrencies - Wikipedia This is a list of cryptocurrencies. There were more than 710 cryptocurrencies available for trade in online markets as of 11 July 2016[update] and more than 740 in total but only 9 of them had market capitalizations over $10 million. A cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. A list of cryptocurrencies:
"16.12.2016 13:04:00" en.wikipedia.org Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Theodore "Ted" Cole (April 6, 1913 – December 16, 1937) and Ralph Roe (February 5, 1906 – December 16, 1937) took part in the second documented escape attempt from Alcatraz, in 1937. Although officials were quick to conclude they perished in the On this day in 1937: Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe made their escape from the "escape-proof" American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. They were never seen again.
"16.12.2016 09:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party - Wikipedia The Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party is a joke party that stood candidates in the first Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly elections in 1989. It received 1.17 percent of the vote and its preferences went to elect Residents Rally candidates to The Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party, a joke party with candidates in the first Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly elections in 1989, received 1.17 percent of the vote that year. Its preferences went to elect Residents Rally candidates to the
"16.12.2016 07:53:00" en.wikipedia.org The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - Wikipedia The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a "Heritage Grand" class  five-star hotel located in the Colaba region of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, next to the Gateway of India. Historically it was known as the "Taj Mahal Hotel" or the "Taj Palace Hotel". or On this day in 1903: The The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel & Tower in Bombay opened its doors to guests for the first time. It is widely believed that Jamsetji Tata decided to build the hotel after he was refused entry to one of the city's grand hotels of the
"16.12.2016 04:22:00" en.wikipedia.org Social anxiety - Wikipedia Social anxiety can be defined as nervousness in social situations. Some disorders associated with the social anxiety spectrum include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Individuals higher in Focusing on the self has been associated with increased social anxiety and negative affect, however there are two types of self-focus: In public self focus, one shows concern for the impact of one's own actions on others and their impressions. This type
"15.12.2016 23:47:00" en.wikipedia.org John Paul Getty III - Wikipedia John Paul Getty III (4 November 1956 – 5 February 2011), also known as Paul Getty, was the eldest of the four children of John Paul Getty, Jr. and Abigail (née Harris), and the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. His son is actor Balthazar On this day in 1973: John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, was found alive near Naples, Italy. He had been kidnapped in July, then 16 years old, by an Italian gang and held for ransom. When the initial ransom message
"15.12.2016 21:51:18" Wiki Loves Monuments winners Here are the winners of the biggest photo competition in the world, Wiki Loves Monuments, announced today! Read the stories behind them here: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/15/seventh-annual-wiki-loves-monuments/
"15.12.2016 19:10:34" blog.wikimedia.org Winning photos in world's largest photography contest reveal a world of monuments—and the volunteers who love them – Wikimedia Blog The biggest photo competition in the world – Wiki Loves Monuments – has just announced its winners. See them here!
"15.12.2016 16:17:00" en.wikipedia.org List of landings on extraterrestrial bodies - Wikipedia This is a list of all spacecraft landings on other planets and bodies in the Solar System, including soft landings and both intended and unintended hard impacts. The list includes orbiters that were intentionally crashed, but not orbiters which later On this day in 1970: Venera 7, a Soviet spacecraft, landed on Venus. It marked the first time a spacecraft was able to make a soft landing on another planet.
"15.12.2016 10:26:01" en.wikipedia.org Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant - Wikipedia The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant or Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station (Ukrainian: Чорнобильська атомна електростанція, Russian: Чернобыльская АЭС) is a nuclear power station under decommissioning near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, 14.5 km (9.0 mi) On this day in 2000: The final operational reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was shut down, fourteen years after a nuclear disaster at the plant contaminated the region.
"15.12.2016 07:15:00" en.wikipedia.org Gone with the Wind (film) - Wikipedia Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American On this day in 1939: Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is still the highest-ever grossing film today, when adjusted for inflation.
"15.12.2016 04:14:00" en.wikipedia.org Bungee jumping - Wikipedia Bungee jumping (/ˈbʌndʒiː/; also spelled "bungy" jumping, which is the usual spelling in New Zealand and several other countries) is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure In August 2005, AJ Hackett added a SkyJump to the Macau Tower, making it the world's highest jump at 233 metres (764 ft). The SkyJump did not qualify as the world's highest "bungee," as it is not strictly speaking a bungee jump, but instead what is
"15.12.2016 01:16:00" en.wikipedia.org Party - Wikipedia A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often A list of types of parties:
"14.12.2016 22:15:00" en.wikipedia.org List of Apollo astronauts - Wikipedia Thirty-two astronauts were assigned to fly in the Apollo manned lunar landing program. Twenty-four of them left Earth's orbit and flew around the Moon on nine missions. (Of the other manned missions, Apollo 1 did not launch and Apollo 7 and Apollo 9 were On this day in 1972: Eugene Cernan became the final human to walk on the moon to date. Cernan is one of only three humans to travel to the Moon on two different occasions, one of only twelve people to walk on the Moon, and the only person to have
"14.12.2016 19:03:00" blog.wikimedia.org Making our pageview data easily accessible – Wikimedia Blog Community, MediaWiki, Technology, Wikipedia Making our pageview data easily accessible By Dan Andreescu, Wikimedia Foundation December 14th, 2015 Solomon Northup was the most-visited Wikipedia article on December 12, according to HatNote's Top 100—a new Wikipedia and its sister projects receive more than 16 billion pageviews each month—more than double the earth's population. You can explore where they all go with our pageview API.
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"14.12.2016 12:55:00" en.wikipedia.org Amundsen's South Pole expedition - Wikipedia The first expedition to reach the geographic South Pole was led by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He and four others arrived at the pole on 14 December 1911,[n 1] five weeks ahead of a British party led by Robert Falcon Scott as part of the Terra On this day in 1911: Roald Amundsen and his team of explorers became the first people to reach the South Pole. In the course of their journey they discovered the Axel Heiberg Glacier, which provided their route to the polar plateau and ultimately to the
"14.12.2016 09:41:00" en.wikipedia.org Japanese battleship Haruna - Wikipedia Haruna (榛名?), named after Mount Haruna, was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the fourth and last battlecruiser of the Kongō class, amongst the most On this day in 1913: The Kongō-class battlecruiser Haruna launched, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the fourth and last battlecruiser
"14.12.2016 07:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Toledo War - Wikipedia The Toledo War (1835–36), also known as the Michigan–Ohio War, was an almost bloodless boundary dispute between the U.S. state of Ohio and the adjoining territory of Michigan. On this day in 1836: The Toledo War unofficially ended, with the United States territory of Michigan surrendering to Ohio a 468-square-mile (1,210 sq km) region known as the Toledo Strip. Until then, the governors of both states were unwilling to cede
"14.12.2016 03:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Anthropomorphism - Wikipedia Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. Anthropomorphism, the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities, can be used to assist learning, treat depression and mental illness, and to market products to consumers.
"14.12.2016 01:30:00" en.wikipedia.org Contact lens - Wikipedia A contact lens, or simply contact or CL, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. CLs are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. In 2004, it was estimated that 125 million Leonardo da Vinci is frequently credited with introducing the world to the idea of contact lenses in his 1508 "Codex of the eye, Manual D," wherein he described a method of directly altering corneal power by either submerging the head in a bowl of water
"13.12.2016 23:23:00" en.wikipedia.org Personal computer - Wikipedia A personal computer (PC) is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. PCs are intended to be operated directly by an end-user with only a general knowledge of computers, rather than by a computer Toxic chemicals found in some computer hardware include lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, plastic (PVC), and barium. While daily end-users are not exposed to these toxic elements, the danger arises during the computer recycling process, which involves
"13.12.2016 19:30:01" en.wikipedia.org Comic Sans - Wikipedia Comic Sans MS, commonly referred to as Comic Sans, is a sans-serif casual script typeface designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation. It is a casual, non-connecting script inspired by comic book lettering, intended for use The Comic Sans typeface has been publicly criticized many times. In the 2005 session of the youth model parliament in Ontario, the New Democratic Party included the clause "Ban the font known as Comic Sans" in an omnibus ban bill. Film producer and The
"13.12.2016 15:55:01" en.wikipedia.org Elf owl - Wikipedia The elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a member of the owl family Strigidae, that breeds in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is the world's lightest owl, although the long-whiskered owlet and the Tamaulipas pygmy owl are of a similarly The elf owl is the world's lightest breed of owl, with a mean body weight of 40 grams (1.4 ounces). Elf owls usually are not aggressive and feign death in any dangerous situation, especially when a threatening animal comes inside the Saguaro cactus in
"13.12.2016 12:45:00" en.wikipedia.org Budgerigar - Wikipedia The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) /ˈbʌdʒərᵻɡɑːr/, also known as the common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus The budgerigar species was first recorded in 1805, and today is the third most popular pet in the world, after the domesticated dog and cat. When a budgie feels threatened, it will try to perch as high as possible and to bring its feathers close against
"13.12.2016 10:13:00" en.wikipedia.org Greek military junta of 1967–74 - Wikipedia The Greek military junta of 1967–74, commonly known as the Regime of the Colonels (Greek: καθεστώς των Συνταγματαρχών, kathestós ton Syntagmatarchón [kaθesˈtos ton sin'daɣ.matarˈxon]), or in Greece simply The Junta (/ˈdʒʌntə/ or /ˈhʊntə/; Greek: Χούντα, On this day in 1967: Constantine II of Greece attempted an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels. The young king and his advisors conceived a vague plan to invade and take control over Thessaloniki, where an alternative
"13.12.2016 07:13:00" en.wikipedia.org Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner - Wikipedia Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (13 December 1780 – 24 March 1849) was a German chemist who is best known for work that foreshadowed the periodic law for the chemical elements. Born this day in 1780: Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist and inventor of the Döbereiner's lamp. In work published in 1829, Döbereiner reported trends in certain properties of selected groups of elements which would later become known as
"13.12.2016 03:09:00" en.wikipedia.org List of experiments - Wikipedia The following is a list of historically important scientific experiments and observations demonstrating something of great scientific interest, typically in an elegant or clever manner. A great, big list of the world's notable scientific experiments:
"12.12.2016 23:11:00" en.wikipedia.org James Lind - Wikipedia James Lind FRSE FRCPE (4 October 1716 – 13 July 1794) was a Scottish physician. He was a pioneer of naval hygiene in the Royal Navy. By conducting the first ever clinical trial, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy. He argued for the Since antiquity in various parts of the world, and since the 17th century in England, it had been known that citrus fruit had an antiscorbutic effect. Scottish physician James Lind was not the first to suggest citrus fruit as a cure for scurvy, but he was
"12.12.2016 19:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Guglielmo Marconi - Wikipedia Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of On this day in 1901: Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal in St John's, Newfoundland.
"12.12.2016 15:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Gävle goat - Wikipedia The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget in central Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. It is erected each year at the beginning of The Gävle Goat, erected annually central Gävle, Sweden, is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. The display has become notable for being a recurring target for vandalism by arson, and has been destroyed several times
"12.12.2016 13:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Paula Ackerman - Wikipedia Paula Ackerman (Hebrew: פאולה אקרמן, December 7, 1893 — January 12, 1989) was the first woman to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leading the Beth Israel congregation in Meridian, Mississippi from 1951–53 (making her the first woman to On this day in 1950: Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, led the congregation in her first services.
"12.12.2016 10:47:00" en.wikipedia.org List of trees - Wikipedia The following is a list of notable trees from around the world. Trees listed here are regarded as important or specific by its historical, national, locational, natural or mythological context. The list includes actual trees located throughout the world, A list of famous trees:
"12.12.2016 07:45:00" en.wikipedia.org USS Cairo - Wikipedia USS Cairo /ˈkeɪroʊ/ was one of the first American ironclad warships built for the Union Navy at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. On this day in 1862: The USS Cairo became the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine. While clearing mines from the river, Cairo struck a "torpedo" (or naval mine) detonated by volunteers hidden behind the river bank and sank in
"12.12.2016 04:25:00" en.wikipedia.org Fall of communism in Albania - Wikipedia The fall of communism in Albania, the last such event in Europe outside the USSR, started in earnest in December 1990 with student demonstrations in the capital, Tirana, although protests had begun earlier that year in other cities. The Central On this day in 1990: Demonstrations by students and workers across Albania began, which would eventually trigger the fall of communism in Albania.
"11.12.2016 23:47:00" en.wikipedia.org Venus flytrap - Wikipedia The Venus flytrap's diet is 33% ants, 30% spiders, 10% beetles, and 10% grasshoppers, with fewer than 5% flying insects. It is one of a very small group of plants capable of rapid movement, such as Mimosa pudica, the Telegraph plant, sundews and
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"11.12.2016 18:53:00" en.wikipedia.org Nikephoros II Phokas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nikephoros II Phokas (Latinized: Nicephorus II Phocas; Νικηφόρος Β΄ Φωκᾶς, Nikēphóros II Phōkãs; c. 912 – 11 December 969) was Byzantine Emperor from 963 to 969. His brilliant military exploits contributed to the resurgence of the Byzantine Empire during On this day in 969: Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas was assassinated by his wife Theophano and her lover, John I Tzimiskes, who would become Emperor. When the conspirators arrived at his bed chamber, they were alarmed at first to find the bed empty
"11.12.2016 16:10:57" Timeline Photos This wonderful folk art winter scene, "Schloss Birseck im Winter" (1922) by Fritz Baumann is in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons here:
"11.12.2016 15:44:00" en.wikipedia.org List of oldest universities in continuous operation - Wikipedia This article contains a list of the oldest existing universities in continuous operation in the world. Inclusion in this list is determined by the date at which the educational institute met the traditional definition of a university[Note 1] although it A list of the oldest universities in continuous operation:
"11.12.2016 13:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Health effects of wine - Wikipedia The health effects of wine are mainly determined by its active ingredient alcohol. Drinking small quantities of alcohol (up to one drink per day for women and one to two drinks per day for men) is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, There are several potential causes of so-called "red wine headaches", including histamines/tyramines and the breakdown of some phenolic compounds in wine that carry the chemical messenger for serotonin. One culprit that is regularly dismissed by
"11.12.2016 10:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Bill W. - Wikipedia William Griffith Wilson (November 26, 1895 – January 24, 1971), also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), an international mutual aid fellowship with over two million members belonging to 100,800 groups of On this day in 1934: Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, took his last drink and entered treatment for the last time. AA now has over 100,000 registered local groups and over 2 million active members worldwide.
"11.12.2016 07:32:00" en.wikipedia.org Glorious Revolution - Wikipedia The Glorious Revolution, also called the Revolution of 1688, was the overthrow of King James II of England (James VII of Scotland) by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III of Orange. William's successful invasion of On this day in 1688: James II of England, while trying to flee to France, allegedly threw the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames. He supposedly tried to get rid of the Seal because no lawful Parliament could be summoned without it.
"11.12.2016 04:04:24" en.wikipedia.org Ada Lovelace - Wikipedia Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her Happy birthday, Ada Lovelace. Thank you for giving us this, the first published computer algorithm.
"11.12.2016 03:23:00" en.wikipedia.org List of black-and-white films that have been colorized - Wikipedia List of films that were originally shot in black and white, and later re-released in colorized versions:
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"10.12.2016 23:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Brown Dog affair - Wikipedia The Brown Dog affair was a political controversy about vivisection that raged in England from 1903 until 1910. It involved the infiltration by Swedish feminists of University of London medical lectures, pitched battles between medical students and the On this day in 1907: The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London took place, when 1,000 medical students clashed with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals that have been vivisected.
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"10.12.2016 19:55:00" blog.wikimedia.org If you're seeing ads on Wikipedia, your computer is probably infected with malware – Wikimedia Blog Wikipedia If you're seeing ads on Wikipedia, your computer is probably infected with malware By Philippe Beaudette May 14th, 2012 We never run ads on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is funded by more than a million donors, who give an average donation of less than Wikipedia does not sell ads. If you happen to see any, your computer may be infected with malware or your internet provider brought the ads to you. Here's some things to try:
"10.12.2016 16:54:00" en.wikipedia.org Honey badger - Wikipedia The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel (/ˈreɪtəl/ or /ˈrɑːtəl/), is the only species in the mustelid subfamily Mellivorinae and its only genus Mellivora. It is native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. A honey badger's skin is tough enough to resist several machete blows, and but loose enough to allow them to twist and turn on their attackers when held. The only relatively safe place to grip a honey badger is on the back of the neck.
"10.12.2016 13:17:00" en.wikipedia.org Grateful Dead - Wikipedia The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, On this day in 1965: The Grateful Dead played their first concert performance under a new name, formerly known as the Warlocks. Multiple origin stories exists for the band's name: According to Alan Trist, director of the Grateful Dead's music publisher
"10.12.2016 10:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Ada Lovelace - Wikipedia Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her Born this day in 1815: English mathematician Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.
"10.12.2016 07:13:00" en.wikipedia.org 300 million yen robbery - Wikipedia The 300 million yen robbery (三億円事件, San Oku En Jiken?), also known as the 300 million yen affair or incident, was the single largest heist in Japanese history at the time. It occurred on the morning of December 10, 1968 in Tokyo, Japan. The case still On this day in 1968: Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery," took place in Tokyo. A young uniformed police officer stopped four bank employees on their way to deliver 294,307,500 yen in a company car. The officer warned them
"10.12.2016 04:20:00" blog.wikimedia.org Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske – Wikimedia Blog Community, Interview, Profiles, Wikipedia Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation January 18th, 2016 “Right now, we are in an ideal position to try new things,” he says. “We have nothing to Magnus Manske is the person behind MediaWiki, the free open-source software used by Wikipedia and many other websites. He told us about his experience with Wikipedia in the early days, where it was “a ghost town, with just about no content whatsoever.”
"10.12.2016 01:01:00" en.wikipedia.org Royal Society - Wikipedia The President, Council and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science and is possibly the oldest such society still in existence.[a] Founded in November During his time as president of The Royal Society, a fellowship of scientists founded in 1660, Isaac Newton arguably abused his authority; in a dispute between himself and Gottfried Leibniz over the invention of infinitesimal calculus, he used his
"09.12.2016 22:48:00" en.wikipedia.org List of nocturnal animals - Wikipedia A list of nocturnal animals, from aardvarks to wombats:
"09.12.2016 19:55:40" blog.wikimedia.org How the world's largest photo competition crowdsources a very human collection of heritage – Wikimedia Blog Community, Featured, Photo contests, Wikimedia Commons How the world's largest photo competition crowdsources a very human collection of heritage By Jeff Elder, Wikimedia Foundation December 9th, 2016 Wiki Loves Monuments drew 277,365 entries from 10,748 Who will win the world's largest photo contest? Inside the scenic suspense and global glory of Wiki Loves Monuments. #WLM2016
"09.12.2016 18:59:03" en.wikipedia.org Henry III of England - Wikipedia Henry III (1 October 1207 – 16 November 1272), also known as Henry of Winchester, was King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine from 1216 until his death. The son of King John and Isabella of Angoulême, Henry assumed the throne when he was Henry III of England competed in piety with his brother-in-law Saint Louis IX of France, washing the feet of lepers and touching sick people, but he was never sainted because his son was too skeptical.
"09.12.2016 16:17:00" en.wikipedia.org Grace Hopper - Wikipedia Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray; December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, invented the first Born this day in 1906: Grace Hopper, the American admiral who invented the first computer programming language compiler. Owing to her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace."
"09.12.2016 13:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Kecksburg UFO incident - Wikipedia The Kecksburg UFO incident occurred on December 9, 1965, at Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. A large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. It streaked over the Detroit, Michigan – Windsor, Canada area, On this day in 1965: A large, brilliant fireball flew from Michigan to Pennsylvania over the United States; witnesses reported something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh. In 2005 NASA admitted that it examined the object.
"09.12.2016 09:59:00" en.wikipedia.org Subsequent Nuremberg trials - Wikipedia The subsequent Nuremberg trials (formally the Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals) were a series of twelve U.S. military tribunals for war crimes against members of the leadership of Nazi Germany, held in the Palace of Justice, On this day in 1946: The "Subsequent Nuremberg trials" began with the "Doctors' trial", prosecuting physicians and officers alleged to be involved in Nazi human experimentation and mass murder under the guise of euthanasia.
"09.12.2016 07:47:00" en.wikipedia.org The Mother of All Demos - Wikipedia "The Mother of All Demos" is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart's December 9, 1968, computer demonstration at the Association for Computing Machinery / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ACM/IEEE)—Computer Society's Fall On this day in 1968: Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as "The Mother of All Demos", publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).
"09.12.2016 04:26:00" blog.wikimedia.org Top 20 most-edited pages on Wikipedia in 2015 – Wikimedia blog Community, Free Knowledge, Wikipedia, Year in Review Top 20 most-edited pages on Wikipedia in 2015 By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation January 3rd, 2016 Death, pop culture, current events … and one person writing about the Juneau Icefield. The Sydney Opera Last year's second most-edited Wikipedia article was one person making thousands of edits.
"09.12.2016 01:30:00" en.wikipedia.org List of foods and drinks named after places - Wikipedia Lists of foods named after places have been compiled by writers, sometimes on travel websites or food-oriented websites, as well as in books. A list of foods and drinks named after places:
"08.12.2016 20:58:00" en.wikipedia.org John Glenn - Wikipedia John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921), (Col, USMC, Ret.), is a former aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States senator. He was one of the "Mercury Seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first Wikipedians are editing the article on John Glenn, one of the first astronauts and later the oldest person to go into space. He has died at 95. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn
"08.12.2016 20:36:21" blog.wikimedia.org Wikimedia Foundation Board on healthy Wikimedia community culture, inclusivity, and safe spaces – Wikimedia Blog Board, Featured, Foundation Wikimedia Foundation Board on healthy Wikimedia community culture, inclusivity, and safe spaces By Christophe Henner, Wikimedia Foundation Maria Sefidari, Wikimedia Foundation December 8th, 2016 Board identifies responses to The board identifies responses to harassment and toxic behavior as priority for Wikimedia Foundation.
"08.12.2016 19:42:20" en.wikipedia.org Barnacle - Wikipedia A barnacle is a type of arthropod constituting the infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live in shallow and tidal waters, typically in erosive settings. Most barnacles are suspension feeders; they dwell continually in their shells, which are usually constructed of six plates, and reach into the water column with modified legs. These feathery appendages beat rhythmically to draw plankton and detritus into
"08.12.2016 16:33:01" en.wikipedia.org Hypertrichosis - Wikipedia Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body; extensive cases of hypertrichosis have informally been called werewolf syndrome, because the appearance is similar to the mythical werewolf. The two Several circus sideshow performers in the 19th and early 20th centuries had hypertrichosis, or "werewolf syndrome." Many of them worked as freaks and were promoted as having distinct human and animal traits.
"08.12.2016 13:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson - Wikipedia Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈbjøːɳˈstjæːɳə ˈbjøːɳˈsɔn]; 8 December 1832 – 26 April 1910) was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, Born this day in 1832: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, the Norwegian-French author and playwright and one of the founding members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize.
"08.12.2016 10:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Desdemona - Wikipedia Desdemona is a character in William Shakespeare's play Othello (c. 1601–1604). Shakespeare's Desdemona is a Venetian beauty who enrages and disappoints her father, a Venetian senator, when she elopes with Othello, a man several years her senior. When her On this day in 1660: Margaret Hughes purportedly became the first woman to appear on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello. The play's cast was apparently poorly recorded;
"08.12.2016 07:41:00" en.wikipedia.org SpaceX - Wikipedia Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California, United States. It was founded in 2002 by Tesla Motors CEO and former On this day in 2010: SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
"08.12.2016 04:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Hinman collator - Wikipedia The Hinman collator, an early optical collator, was an opto-mechanical device for comparing pairs of documents for differences in the text. Documents that appeared similar were said to “collate”. The collator resulted in rapid advances in the study of The Hinman collator, an early optical collator, was an opto-mechanical device for comparing pairs of documents for differences in the text. Invented by Charlton Hinman in the late 1940s, the device used lights and mirrors to superimpose images of the two
"08.12.2016 03:04:47" Wikipedia Why do you love Wikipedia? Natalia from Poland says: "I love Wikipedia because it is created by an incredible community of people passionate about knowledge and wanting to share this passion with the world." Show your love for Wikipedia by getting this
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"08.12.2016 01:25:53" bbc.com BBC 100 Women 2016: Who are our forgotten women? Join our editathon - BBC News BBC's 100 Women is holding an international edit-a-thon to increase female biographies on Wikipedia - tell us who you want to add. Join in! BBC News and the Wikimedia community are holding a 12-hour editathon on 8 December to close the gender gap on Wikipedia. There will be 15 events in 13 countries happening in multiple languages to grow the number of female editors and to add women
"07.12.2016 23:16:12" Timeline Photos From today's featured article: The power, glory, and tragedy of Pearl Harbor battleships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania-class_battleship
"07.12.2016 22:43:00" en.wikipedia.org Think tank - Wikipedia A think tank or policy institute, research institute, etc. is an organization that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Most policy institutes are More than 6,800 "think tanks" exist worldwide to research social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. A list of the world's think tanks:
"07.12.2016 19:24:00" blog.wikimedia.org Wait, what? Alex, the parrot with a little human brain – Wikimedia Blog Alex was a parrot with extraordinary abilities. His mental performance and communication skills changed how scientists and the public look at animal intelligence. Alex knew the meaning of a hundred English words, could count to six, could answer and even ask questions, how to apologize (when appropriate), and how to protest when people did something he didn't want.
"07.12.2016 19:11:01" en.wikipedia.org Yule Lads - Wikipedia The Yuletide-lads, Yule Lads, or Yulemen, (Icelandic: jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar) are figures from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus. Their number has varied throughout the ages, but currently they The thirteen Yuletide-lads of Icelandic folklore are traditionally said to be the sons of the mountain-dwelling trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. They would trek from the mountains to scare children who misbehaved before Christmas. Additionally, the
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"07.12.2016 16:08:00" en.wikipedia.org Al-Khazneh - Wikipedia Al-Khazneh ("The Treasury"; Arabic: الخزنة) is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Arab Nabatean Kingdom city of Petra. As with most of the other buildings in this ancient town, including the Monastery (Arabic: Ad Deir), this structure was Al-Khazneh, a temple in the ancient city of Petra, was originally built as a mausoleum and crypt at the beginning of the 1st century AD during the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris. The entire structure was carved out of a sandstone rock face.
"07.12.2016 13:37:13" Timeline Photos We don't use filters on Instagram. With public domain images like this on Wikimedia Commons, we don't need them. See Wikipedia on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/wikipedia/ Adoration of the Magi (1504), oil on wood Galleria degli Uffizi,
"07.12.2016 13:37:00" en.wikipedia.org Wolverine - Wikipedia The wolverine (/ˈwʊlvəriːn/), Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for "glutton"), also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae (weasels). It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, Wolverines, also known as skunk bears, nasty cats, and gulo gulo gulo, can confront and even kill much larger animals, such as moose and bears.
"07.12.2016 09:16:00" en.wikipedia.org The Blue Marble - Wikipedia The Blue Marble is a photograph of the Earth, taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft, at a distance of about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles). It is one of the most reproduced images in human history. On this day in 1972: NASA launched Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission. The crew took this photograph, known as The Blue Marble, as they left the Earth.
"07.12.2016 07:28:00" en.wikipedia.org Napster - Wikipedia Napster was the name given to two music-focused online services. It was founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing Internet service that emphasized sharing digital audio files, typically songs, encoded in MP3 format. The company ran into On this day in 1999: The Recording Industry Association of America sued the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement. For months the service would only get bigger as the trial, meant to shut down Napster, also gave it a
"07.12.2016 03:54:00" en.wikipedia.org Mole sauce - Wikipedia Mole (/ˈmoʊleɪ/, /ˈmoʊli/ Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmole]; from Nahuatl mōlli, "sauce") is the generic name for a number of sauces originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically A common, though debatable, legend of mole sauce's creation takes place at a convent in Puebla, early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns went into a panic because they were poor and had almost
"07.12.2016 01:23:00" en.wikipedia.org Turritopsis dohrnii - Wikipedia Turritopsis dohrnii, the immortal jellyfish, is a species of small, biologically immortal jellyfish found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the waters of Japan. It is one of the known cases of animals capable of reverting completely to a sexually If the turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish is exposed to environmental stress or physical assault, or is sick or old, it can revert to the polyp stage, forming a new polyp colony. Theoretically, this process can go on indefinitely, effectively rendering the
"06.12.2016 21:32:36" blog.wikimedia.org News on Wikipedia: Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, dead at 90 – Wikimedia Blog Community, Featured, Interview, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia News on Wikipedia: Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, dead at 90 By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation December 6th, 2016 Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons are here to help you learn more about the Fidel Castro passed away on November 25. We interviewed a Wikipedia editor who has helped write about him, Muammar Gaddafi, Vladimir Lenin, Nelson Mandela, and Karl Marx.
"06.12.2016 18:28:49" Wikipedia Happy birthday to Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Foundation, who says #ilovewikipedia because it's "where facts go to live."
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"06.12.2016 16:29:02" en.wikipedia.org Karl Haas - Wikipedia Karl Haas (December 6, 1913 – February 6, 2005) was a German-American classical music radio host, known for his sonorous speaking voice, humanistic approach to music appreciation, and popularization of classical music. He was the host of the classical Born this day in 1913: German-American pianist and radio host Karl Haas. For several years, his program had the most listeners of any classical music radio show in the world.
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"06.12.2016 12:00:00" en.wikipedia.org Satoru Iwata - Wikipedia Satoru Iwata (Japanese: 岩田 聡, Hepburn: Iwata Satoru?, December 6, 1959 – July 11, 2015) was a Japanese video game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nintendo. He is widely regarded as a major Born this day in 1959: Japanese game programmer and businessman Satoru Iwata, who became the face of Nintendo. In a March 2004 interview, Iwata stated: "Games have come to a dead end." In a campaign to revitalize a "stuffy" company, Iwata drew on his
"06.12.2016 09:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Inflatable castle - Wikipedia Inflatable castles (closed inflatable trampolines, bouncy houses, bouncy castles, moon bounce, moonwalks, or CITs) are temporary inflatable structures and buildings and similar items that are rented for functions, school and church festivals and village In 2015, the Tuggerah Lakes Police in Australia set a team record for "longest marathon on a bouncy castle," at 43 hours, 25 minutes and 1 second.
"06.12.2016 07:06:00" en.wikipedia.org Encyclopædia Britannica - Wikipedia The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia"), published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia. It is written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors, who have On this day in 1768: The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published. The Britannica of this period was primarily a Scottish enterprise, and it is one of the most enduring legacies of the Scottish Enlightenment.
"06.12.2016 03:51:01" en.wikipedia.org Taxicab - Wikipedia A taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. This differs from The Daimler Victoria—the world's first gasoline-powered taximeter-cab—was built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1897. Gasoline-powered taxicabs began operating in Paris in 1899, and in New York in 1907. The New York taxicabs were imported from France by Harry N.
"05.12.2016 22:50:19" Total Wikimedia project edits On International Volunteers Day, we'd like to thank the more than 21 million people who have ever edited Wikipedia in any language. See the live counter of all Wikimedia project edits here: http://tools.wmflabs.org/wmcounter/ To help support all this, go
"05.12.2016 19:51:33" en.wikipedia.org Tetraodontidae - Wikipedia The Tetraodontidae are a family of primarily marine and estuarine fish of the order Tetraodontiformes. The family includes many familiar species, which are variously called pufferfish, puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, The toxins of pufferfish can be lethal if not served properly. Nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan, Korea, and China when prepared by specially trained chefs who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity.
"05.12.2016 16:00:01" en.wikipedia.org Prohibition in the United States - Wikipedia Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. It was promoted by the "dry" crusaders, a movement led by rural On this day in 1933: Utah became the 36th state in the United States to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment. (This overturned the 18th Amendment
"05.12.2016 13:26:00" en.wikipedia.org Hilary Koprowski - Wikipedia Hilary Koprowski (5 December 1916 – 11 April 2013) was a Polish virologist and immunologist active in the United States, and inventor of the world's first effective live polio vaccine. Born this day in 1916: Hilary Koprowski, the Polish-American virologist and immunologist who created the world's first effective live polio vaccine. He authored or co-authored over 875 scientific papers and co-edited several scientific journals.
"05.12.2016 10:22:00" en.wikipedia.org Arthur Good - Wikipedia Arthur Good (August 26, 1853 – March 30, 1928) was a French engineer, author and caricaturist who wrote under the pen-name "Tom Tit". He wrote a series of weekly articles, La Science Amusante, or Amusing Science, that were collected in book form and In his "La Science Amusante" article series for children, Arthur Good constructed imaginative scientific apparatus such as the "soap-bubble chandelier" using common items like bottles, candles, and soap. His constructions have an imaginative charm that
"05.12.2016 07:02:00" en.wikipedia.org Great Smog of London - Wikipedia The Great Smog of 1952, sometimes called The Big Smoke, was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne On this day in 1952: A cold fog descended upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 people in the weeks and months that followed.
"05.12.2016 03:54:00" en.wikipedia.org OR-7 - Wikipedia OR-7, also known as Journey, is a male gray wolf that was electronically tracked in Oregon and California in the United States. He was the first confirmed wolf in western Oregon since 1947, and the first in California since 1924. After the wolf left his OR-7 the Wolf wandered more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) through Oregon and Northern California in search of a mate. By 2011 his migration, tracked electronically by researchers, captured the attention of viewers around the world. He was named "Journey"
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"04.12.2016 23:23:00" en.wikipedia.org History of road transport - Wikipedia The first forms of road transport were horses, oxen or even humans carrying goods over tracks that often followed game trails, such as the Natchez Trace. In the Stone Age humans did not need constructed tracks in open country. The first improved trails Street paving has been found from the first human settlements around 4000 BC in cities of the Indus Valley Civilization on the Indian subcontinent, such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. Roads in the towns were straight and long, intersecting one another at
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"04.12.2016 18:06:00" en.wikipedia.org Million Dollar Quartet - Wikipedia "Million Dollar Quartet" is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. An article about the session was On this day in 1956: The Million Dollar Quartet (@Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) met at Sun Studio for the first and last time. The jam session seems to have happened by pure chance. Listen to the Million Dollar Quartet's
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"04.12.2016 11:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Mary Celeste - Wikipedia Mary Celeste (often misreported as Marie Celeste) was an American merchant brigantine, discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 5, 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found her in a dishevelled but On this day in 1872: The crewless American ship Mary Celeste was rediscovered by a Canadian brig "Dei Gratia." According to the ship's daily log, it had been abandoned for nine days and had wandered nearly 400 nautical miles (740 km) from the point where
"04.12.2016 07:40:00" en.wikipedia.org William M. Tweed - Wikipedia William Magear Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878)—often erroneously referred to as "William Marcy Tweed" (see below), and widely known as "Boss" Tweed—was an American politician most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic On this day in 1875: Arrested for embezzling millions of dollars, notorious New York City politician William M. Tweed escaped from prison and fled to Spain, where he worked as a common seaman on a Spanish ship. The U.S. government discovered his
"04.12.2016 04:04:00" en.wikipedia.org Red fox - Wikipedia The red fox (Vulpes vulpes), largest of the true foxes, has the greatest geographic range of all members of the Carnivora family, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is In Japanese mythology, the kitsune are fox-like spirits possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick
"03.12.2016 23:17:01" en.wikipedia.org Jean-Luc Godard - Wikipedia Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or "New Wave". Born this day in 1930: Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director and screenwriter whose approach in film conventions, politics and philosophies made him arguably the most influential director of the French New Wave.
"03.12.2016 19:22:00" en.wikipedia.org Ozzy Osbourne - Wikipedia John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and Born this day in 1948: English singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, who once bit the head off a dove during a meeting with CBS Records executives in Los Angeles. Apparently he had planned to release doves into the air as a sign of peace, but due to being
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"03.12.2016 13:54:00" en.wikipedia.org Free Speech Movement - Wikipedia The Free Speech Movement (FSM) was a student protest which took place during the 1964–65 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley under the informal leadership of students Mario Savio,Jack Weinberg, Michael Rossman, Brian On this day in 1964: Police arrested over 800 students at UC Berkeley following their sit-in at the administration building. They were protesting the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.
"03.12.2016 09:47:00" en.wikipedia.org PlayStation (console) - Wikipedia The PlayStation (Japanese: プレイステーション, Hepburn: Pureisutēshon?) (officially abbreviated to PS, and commonly known as the PS1 or PSX) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The console was released on 3 December On this day in 1994: In Japan, Sony released the PlayStation, the first "computer entertainment platform" to ship 100 million units. Unlike competitors Sega and Nintendo at the time, Sony encouraged and streamlined third party development of PlayStation
"03.12.2016 07:05:00" en.wikipedia.org The Who concert disaster - Wikipedia The Who concert disaster occurred on December 3, 1979 when British rock band the Who performed at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and a stampede of concert-goers outside the coliseum's entry doors resulted in the deaths of eleven On this day in 1979: In Cincinnati, 11 fans of The Who were suffocated and 26 more injured in a stampede for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum. The concert went on as planned, with the band members not told of the tragedy until after
"03.12.2016 04:43:00" en.wikipedia.org Congo (chimpanzee) - Wikipedia Congo (1954–1964) was a chimpanzee who learned how to draw and paint. Zoologist and surrealist painter Desmond Morris first observed his abilities when the chimp was offered a pencil and paper at two years of age. By the age of four, Congo had made 400 At an auction, this chimpanzee's "lyrical abstract impressionist" paintings outsold both Warhol and Renoir. Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was reportedly a "fan" of his paintings, and hung one of the ape's pictures on his studio wall after receiving it as
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"02.12.2016 19:06:00" en.wikipedia.org Fidel Castro - Wikipedia Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus] audio (help·info); August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), commonly known as Fidel Castro, was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime On this day in 1961: In a nationally broadcast speech, Fidel Castro admitted that he had been a Marxist–Leninist for years and declared that Cuba would adopt Communism.
"02.12.2016 15:48:01" en.wikipedia.org Chicago Pile-1 - Wikipedia Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1), when it achieved criticality, became the world's first artificial nuclear reactor. Its construction was part of the Manhattan Project, the Allied effort to create atomic bombs during World War II. It was built by the Manhattan On this day in 1942: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Fermi called the apparatus used for the chain reaction as "a crude pile of black bricks
"02.12.2016 13:41:01" en.wikipedia.org Marsupial - Wikipedia Marsupials are any members of the mammalian infraclass Marsupialia. All extant marsupials are endemic to Australasia and the Americas. A distinctive characteristic common to these species is that most of the young are carried in a pouch. Well-known Marsupials have a very short gestation period (about four to five weeks), and the joey is born in an essentially fetal state. The blind, furless, miniature newborn, the size of a jelly bean, crawls across its mother's fur to make its way into the pouch,
"02.12.2016 10:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Lighting for the elderly - Wikipedia These symptoms are particularly common with persons having alzheimer's disease. Older people also have reduced levels of retinal illuminance, such as having smaller pupils and less transparent crystalline lenses. Furthermore, as an individual ages, h As people age, less light reaches the back of the eyes because the pupils slowly decrease in size, the lens inside the eye becomes thicker, and the lens scatters more light, causing objects and colors to appear less vivid. Designing lighting for the
"02.12.2016 07:03:01" en.wikipedia.org Artificial heart - Wikipedia An artificial heart is a device that replaces the heart. Artificial hearts are typically used to bridge the time to heart transplantation, or to permanently replace the heart in case heart transplantation is impossible. Although other similar inventions On this day in 1982: At The University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. Clark lived for 112 days tethered to an external pneumatic compressor, a device weighing some 400 pounds. Modern models of
"02.12.2016 03:39:00" en.wikipedia.org Elf - Wikipedia An elf (plural: elves) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Reconstructing the early concept of an elf depends almost entirely on texts in Old English or relating to Norse mythology. Later evidence for elves appears in In English literature of the Elizabethan era, elves became conflated with the fairies of Romance culture, so that the two terms began to be used interchangeably. Later in medieval English evidence, elves appeared more clearly as human-like beings, and
"01.12.2016 23:09:00" en.wikipedia.org Rosa Parks - Wikipedia Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the On this day in 1955: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which ultimately led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
"01.12.2016 19:27:00" en.wikipedia.org Sea otter - Wikipedia The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (31 and 99 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among Mother sea otters have been observed to lick and fluff a newborn for hours; after grooming, the pup's fur retains so much air, the pup floats like a cork and cannot dive.
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"01.12.2016 16:59:00" en.wikipedia.org Assembly line - Wikipedia An assembly line is a manufacturing process (most of the time called a progressive assembly) in which parts (usually interchangeable parts) are added as the semi-finished assembly moves from workstation to workstation where the parts are added in sequence On this day in 1913: Ford Motor Company introduced the world's first moving assembly line. Producing cars quicker than paint of the day could dry, it had an immense influence on the world.
"01.12.2016 13:29:00" en.wikipedia.org Christine Jorgensen - Wikipedia Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Shortly after graduating On this day in 1952: The New York Daily News reported the news of Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sex reassignment surgery in the United States. In a letter to friends, she referred to how the surgery affected her: "As you can see by the
"01.12.2016 09:25:00" en.wikipedia.org Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor - Wikipedia Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. On this day in 1919: Lady Astor became the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Although active in charitable efforts, Astor also became noted for a streak of cruelty.
"01.12.2016 07:48:00" en.wikipedia.org Albinism - Wikipedia Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects, such as photophobia, nystagmus, and amblyopia. Lack of skin The human eye normally produces enough pigment to color the iris blue, green or brown and lend opacity to the eye. In photographs, those with albinism are more likely to demonstrate "red eye," due to the red of retina being visible through the iris.
"01.12.2016 05:18:00" en.wikipedia.org New World vulture - Wikipedia The New World vulture or condor family Cathartidae contains seven species in five genera, all but one of which are monotypic. It includes five vultures and two condors found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas. The "New World" vultures were New World vultures have a good sense of smell, whereas Old World vultures locate their food exclusively by sight. While all living species of New World vultures and condors are scavengers of carrion, other additions to the diet may include fruit and
"01.12.2016 02:15:00" en.wikipedia.org List of dishes made using coconut milk - Wikipedia This is a list of dishes made using coconut milk. Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a coconut. The color and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content. Most of the fat is saturated fat. Coconut milk is a A list of dishes you can make with coconut milk:
"30.11.2016 23:48:00" en.wikipedia.org Longhorn cowfish - Wikipedia The longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta, also called the horned boxfish, is a variety of boxfish from the family Ostraciidae, recognizable by its long horns that protrude from the front of its head, rather like those of a cow or bull. If severely stressed, the longhorn cowfish can exude a deadly toxin called ostracitoxin. It is apparently unique among known fish poisons; it is toxic to boxfish and resembles red tide and sea cucumber toxins in general properties.
"30.11.2016 19:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft - Wikipedia In the early hours of March 18, 1990, security guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, let in two men disguised as police officers who claimed they were responding to a disturbance call. Once inside, the pair revealed their Two men disguised as police officers infiltrated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 works of art, valued at $500 million, making it the largest private property theft in history.
"30.11.2016 16:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Red panda - Wikipedia The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called the lesser panda, the red bear-cat, and the red cat-bear, is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its The red panda's local names differ from place to place. In Nepal, the species is called bhalu biralo (bear-cat) and habre. Other names attributed to this species include fire cat, bright panda, and common panda. The red panda was recognized as the state
"30.11.2016 13:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Thriller (Michael Jackson album) - Wikipedia Thriller is the sixth studio album by the American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records. It is the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful fifth studio album Off the Wall (1979). Thriller explores On this day in 1982: Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, was released worldwide. It would become the best-selling record album in history.
"30.11.2016 09:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Sylacauga (meteorite) - Wikipedia The Sylacauga meteorite fell on November 30, 1954, at 13:46 local time (18:46 UT) in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges (1920–1972). On this day in 1954: In Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashed through a roof, striking a woman during her afternoon nap; this would be the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space.
"30.11.2016 07:05:00" en.wikipedia.org 1872 Scotland vs England football match - Wikipedia Scotland v England (1872) was the first ever official international association football match to be played. It was contested by the national teams of Scotland and England. The match took place on 30 November 1872 at West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground On this day in 1872: The first-ever international football match took place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England. The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators.
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"30.11.2016 06:05:58" en.wikipedia.org Jagadish Chandra Bose - Wikipedia Jagadish Chandra Bose pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, made very significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the Indian subcontinent. Born this day in 1858 and the subject of today's Google Doodle: Jagadish Chandra Bose, a pioneer of science and science fiction.
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"30.11.2016 03:38:00" en.wikipedia.org Dunbar's number - Wikipedia Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a
"29.11.2016 22:56:00" en.wikipedia.org Sable - Wikipedia The sable (Martes zibellina) is a small carnivorous mammal, a species of marten. It inhabits forest environments, primarily in Russia from the Ural Mountains throughout Siberia, eastern Kazakhstan, northern Mongolia, China, North and South Korea and Sable fur has been a highly valued item in the fur trade since the early Middle Ages, and is generally considered to have the most beautiful and richly tinted pelt among martens. Their fur is unique because it retains its smoothness in every direction it
"29.11.2016 19:48:00" en.wikipedia.org Blue baby syndrome - Wikipedia Blue baby syndrome refers to at least two situations that lead to cyanosis in infants: cyanotic heart disease and methemoglobinemia. The most common cyanotic heart defects include transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of Fallot, persistent On this day in 1944: The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome was performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. The surgery, which became known as a Blalock-Taussig shunt, rapidly spread worldwide as the treatment of choice for
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"29.11.2016 16:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Richard E. Byrd - Wikipedia Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was On this day in 1929: U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd led the first expedition to fly over the South Pole. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot/radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the Ford Trimotor to the South Pole and back
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"29.11.2016 13:27:00" en.wikipedia.org Pong - Wikipedia Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games and the very first sports arcade video game. It is a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. While other arcade video games such as Computer Space came before it, Pong was one of On this day in 1972: Atari announced the release of Pong. Prior to working at Atari, computer scientist Allan Alcorn had no experience with video games. His first project was secretly given to him as a warm-up exercise to create a simple game with one
"29.11.2016 09:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Call duck - Wikipedia The Call Duck is a bantam breed of domesticated duck raised primarily for decoration or as pets. Call ducks look similar to some other duck breeds, but are smaller in size. Call ducks were initially used in hunting, where their own calls and quacks would Call ducks were initially used in hunting to call wild ducks towards the hunter's guns. This practice of using call ducks to hunt has almost entirely been replaced with artificial Duck calls, with Call ducks now being kept primarily as pets or for
"29.11.2016 07:42:00" en.wikipedia.org Phonograph - Wikipedia The phonograph is a device invented in 1877 for the mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. In its later forms it is also called a gramophone (as a trademark since 1887, as a generic name since c. 1900). The sound vibration waveforms are recorded On this day in 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph for the first time. It originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet wrapped around a rotating cylinder. The music critic Herman Klein recorded his voice with it during a demonstration: "When
"29.11.2016 05:33:37" en.wikisource.org Louisa May Alcott - Wikisource, the free online library Works by this author published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long Born this day in 1832 and the subject of today's Google Doodle: Author, abolitionist and feminist Louisa May Alcott. Read "Little Women" and her other works on Wikisource.
"29.11.2016 04:20:00" en.wikipedia.org Monte Titano - Wikipedia Monte Titano ("Mount Titan") is a mountain of the Apennines and the highest peak in San Marino. It stands at 739 m (2,425 ft) above sea level and is located immediately to the east of the capital, San Marino. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Monte Titano ("Mount Titan") is a mountain of the Apennines that stands 739 m (2,425 ft) above sea level. On each of Monte Titano's three peaks stands one of The Three Towers of San Marino. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
"28.11.2016 22:47:00" en.wikipedia.org The Times - Wikipedia The Times is a British daily (Monday to Saturday) national newspaper based in London, England. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times On this day in 1814: The Times of London became the first newspaper to be produced on a steam-powered printing press, built by the German team of Koenig & Bauer.
"28.11.2016 19:02:00" en.wikipedia.org Coloman, King of Hungary - Wikipedia Coloman the Learned, also the Book-Lover or the Bookish (Hungarian: Könyves Kálmán; Croatian: Koloman; Slovak: Koloman Učený; c. 1070 – 3 February 1116) was King of Hungary from 1095 and King of Croatia from 1097 until his death. Coloman and King Géza I of Hungary always favored Álmos to his older brother, Coloman the Bookish, who was "half-blind and humpbacked" according to late medieval Hungarian chronicle. When Colomon became king years later, Álmos devised plots to overthrow him on at
"28.11.2016 15:54:01" en.wikipedia.org Spice - Wikipedia A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or other vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. Many 1,000 tons of pepper and 1,000 tons of the other common spices were imported into Western Europe each year during the Late Middle Ages.
"28.11.2016 13:00:00" blog.wikimedia.org The new alchemy: turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists – Wikimedia Blog Communications, Community, Gender gap, Interview, Profiles The new alchemy: turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation March 8th, 2016 By day, Emily Temple-Wood is a biology student. By night, Emily Temple-Wood has been targeted by a significant amount of harassment based on her gender. Stalkers send her requests for dates, condescendingly discuss her body, insinuate that she got to where she is through sexual favors, ask her to reserve those
"28.11.2016 09:28:00" en.wikipedia.org List of films about outer space - Wikipedia A list of some notable films about outer space.
"28.11.2016 07:12:00" en.wikipedia.org Jon Stewart - Wikipedia Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 Born this day in 1962: American comedian and television host Jon Stewart, whose college experience involved "waking up late, memorizing someone else's notes, doing bong hits, and going to soccer practice." He majored in chemistry before switching to
"28.11.2016 03:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Hydrothermal liquefaction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) is a thermal depolymerization process used to convert wet biomass into crude-like oil -sometimes referred to as bio-oil or biocrude- under moderate temperature and high pressure. The crude-like oil (or bio-oil) has high Hydrothermal liquefaction uses heat and pressure to convert wet biomass into crude-like oil. Biofuels that are produced through hydrothermal liquefaction are carbon neutral, meaning that there are no net carbon emissions produced when burning the biofuel.
"27.11.2016 23:40:00" en.wikipedia.org Fan Lau Fort - Wikipedia Fan Lau Fort (Chinese: 分流炮台) is a former military fortification located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Named after the eponymous peninsula it is situated on, it was built in 1729 during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor, a hundred and twelve years before Hong Kong's Fan Lau Fort was completed in 1729 to protect the passage between the island and the Pearl River estuary from pirates, who threatened the coasts and seas of southern China. It had a seemingly perfect vantage point against a potential naval
"27.11.2016 19:06:00" en.wikipedia.org List of coups d'état and coup attempts - Wikipedia A list of successful and attempted coup d'etats throughout history:
"27.11.2016 18:54:12" Timeline Photos In 1886, photographer and inventor H.H. Bennett had his son, Ashley, leap across Stand Rock in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, so he could take a photo that proved Bennett's advanced shutter technology worked. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Bennett
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"27.11.2016 12:57:00" en.wikipedia.org Alfred Nobel - Wikipedia Alfred Bernhard Nobel (/noʊˈbɛl/; Swedish: [ˈalfrɛd nʊˈbɛl] listen (help·info); 21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. On this day in 1895: Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after his death, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality. He became concerned with how he would be remembered
"27.11.2016 09:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Mary Anning - Wikipedia Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the Mary Anning fossil discoveries include the first ichthyosaur skeleton; the first two more complete plesiosaur skeletons found; the first pterosaur skeleton located outside Germany; and important fish fossils. She became well known in geological circles in
"27.11.2016 07:37:00" en.wikipedia.org Helen Clark - Wikipedia Helen Elizabeth Clark ONZ (born 26 February 1950) is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand. As Prime Minister she served three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008 and was the On this day in 1999: The left-wing Labour Party took control of the New Zealand government, and Helen Clark became the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
"27.11.2016 04:24:00" en.wikipedia.org List of bioluminescent organisms - Wikipedia Bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms. This list of bioluminescent organisms is organized by environment, covering terrestrial, marine and microorganisms. Bioluminescence wasn't properly investigated until the late eighteenth century. The phenomenon is widely distributed among many animal groups, especially certain marine environments. On land it occurs in fungi, bacteria and some groups of invertebrates.
"26.11.2016 23:44:00" en.wikipedia.org List of things named after Albert Einstein - Wikipedia Before World War II, The New Yorker published a vignette saying that Einstein was so well known in America that he would be stopped on the street by people wanting him to explain "that theory". Eventually he told his inquirers "Pardon me, sorry! Always I
"26.11.2016 19:37:00" en.wikipedia.org Sex Pistols - Wikipedia The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one On this day in 1976: Anarchy in the U.K., the debut single of the Sex Pistols was released, heralding the arrival of punk rock. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their
"26.11.2016 16:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Brink's-Mat robbery - Wikipedia The Brink's-Mat robbery at the Heathrow International Trading Estate on 26 November 1983 saw a record £26 million (today approx £79 million) worth of gold bullion, diamonds and cash stolen from a warehouse. The bullion was the property of Johnson Matthey On this day in 1983: Six robbers broke into a London warehouse to pilfer 6,800 gold bars, worth nearly £26 million. The gold was never recovered. Two days after the robbery, a couple saw a white-hot crucible operating at a neighbor's property and
"26.11.2016 13:32:00" en.wikipedia.org Howard Carter - Wikipedia Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb (designated KV62) of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun (colloquially known as "King Tut" and "the boy On this day in 1922: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3,000 years. Lord Carnarvon employed Carter to find it, but after years of few results, Carter had nearly run out of time to
"26.11.2016 09:45:00" en.wikipedia.org Rain - Wikipedia Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of As a raindrop increases in size, its shape becomes more oblate, with its largest cross-section facing the oncoming airflow. Large rain drops become increasingly flattened on the bottom, like hamburger buns; very large ones are shaped like parachutes.
"26.11.2016 08:10:41" Timeline Photos Seventy-six years ago today, a young Fidel Castro wrote this letter to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. "I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy because I heard on it that you will be president for another periodo." Castro, who led Cuba for a
"26.11.2016 07:39:25" Timeline Photos Fidel Castro, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and a world-famous image of Che Guevara are all on this one photo sheet from Alberto Korda's roll of film from the March 5, 1960 La Coubre memorial service in Havana, Cuba. See it on Wikimedia Commons
"26.11.2016 07:27:00" en.wikipedia.org Southern Television broadcast interruption - Wikipedia The Southern Television broadcast interruption was a broadcast interruption through the Hannington transmitter of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom at 5:10 pm on 26 November 1977. The broadcast message is generally considered to On this day in 1977: An unidentified hijacker named Vrillon, claiming to be the representative of the "Ashtar Galactic Command", took over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes, starting at 5:12 pm. The incident caused some alarm locally, and
"26.11.2016 06:36:28" en.wikipedia.org Fidel Castro - Wikipedia Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus] audio (help·info); born August 13, 1926), commonly known as Fidel Castro, is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba for nearly fifty years, has died at the age of 90. Wikipedians are updating his article.
"26.11.2016 03:23:00" en.wikipedia.org List of archaic technological nomenclature - Wikipedia Archaic technological nomenclature are forms of speech and writing which, while once commonly used to describe a particular process, method, device, or phenomenon, have fallen into disuse due to the advance of science and technology. Such archaism is A list of archaic technological terms and nomenclature:
"25.11.2016 23:21:00" en.wikipedia.org History of the ambulance - Wikipedia The history of the ambulance begins in ancient times, with the use of carts to transport incurable patients by force. Ambulances were first used for emergency transport in 1487 by the Spanish forces during the siege of Málaga by the Catholic Monarchs After World War One, aircrafts around the world were converted into ambulance planes. Although in 1917, Lieutenant Clifford Peel, a medical student, outlined a system of fixed-wing aircraft and ground facilities designed to provide medical services to the
"25.11.2016 20:35:02" blog.wikimedia.org The top fifteen phenomenal winning photos from Wiki Loves Earth – Wikimedia Blog The colors of nature burst from the 15 finalists of Wiki Loves Earth, the photo contest now in its third year of crowdsourcing gorgeous landscapes from more than 13,600 participants.
"25.11.2016 19:49:00" en.wikipedia.org Hollywood blacklist - Wikipedia The Hollywood blacklist—as the broader entertainment industry blacklist is generally known—was the practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other American entertainment professionals during the mid-20th century On this day in 1947:The "Hollywood Ten" were blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios. In the time of the Red Scare, these ten individuals were cited for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify to the the House Un-American Activities Committee on
"25.11.2016 16:02:00" en.wikipedia.org Black Friday (shopping) - Wikipedia Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more Despite frequent attempts at crowd control, Black Friday in the United States is known to cause chaos at stores nationwide, from stampedes to fistfights. On Black Friday in 2013, a shopper in Las Vegas who was carrying a big-screen TV home from a Target
"25.11.2016 13:50:00" en.wikipedia.org Confederate Army of Manhattan - Wikipedia The Confederate Army of Manhattan was a group of eight Southern operatives who attempted to burn New York City on Evacuation Day, November 25, 1864, during the final stages of the American Civil War. On this day in 1864: A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan started fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York, New York.
"25.11.2016 09:27:00" en.wikipedia.org The Mousetrap - Wikipedia The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance On this day in 1952: Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play "The Mousetrap" opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. It would become the longest continuously-running play in history. In November 2012, both the 25,000th performance and the 60th year of
"25.11.2016 07:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Stanisław August Poniatowski - Wikipedia Stanisław II August (also Stanisław August Poniatowski; born Stanisław Antoni Poniatowski; 17 January 1732 – 12 February 1798) was the last King and Grand Duke of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1764–95). He remains a controversial figure in On this day in 1795: Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last king of independent Poland, was exiled to Russia after abdicating his throne. He spent the last years of his life in semi-captivity in Saint Petersburg.
"25.11.2016 04:32:00" en.wikipedia.org Labrador Retriever - Wikipedia The Labrador Retriever, also Labrador, is a type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United Kingdom and the United States. According to statistics from the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed of dog by a landslide since 1991. The foundational breed of what is now the Labrador Retriever was known as the Lesser Newfoundland. When the
"25.11.2016 01:32:00" en.wikipedia.org Umami - Wikipedia Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), a savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). Umami can be described as a pleasant "brothy" or "meaty" taste with a long lasting, mouthwatering and coating sensation over the tongue. Many foods that may be consumed daily are rich in umami components, for example, dried shiitake mushrooms, ripe
"25.11.2016 01:19:57" Timeline Photos "My Wife's Lovers" is an 1892 painting by Carl Kahler depicting forty-two of millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson's 250 cats. The painting, named by Johnson's husband, weighs 227 pounds (103 kg). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Wife%27s_Lovers
"24.11.2016 22:55:00" en.wikipedia.org Charles William Miller - Wikipedia Charles William Miller (24 November 1874 – 30 June 1953; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃaɹliz ˈwiʎɐ̃ ˈmileɾ]) was a Brazilian sportsman, who is considered to be the father of football in Brazil. Born this day in 1874: Charles William Miller, the father of Brazilian football. He played football at school in England, returning to Brazil in 1894 with two footballs and a Hampshire Football Association rulebook. Miller was instrumental in setting up
"24.11.2016 19:25:00" en.wikipedia.org List of Internet phenomena - Wikipedia This is a partial list of social and cultural phenomena specific to the Internet, such as popular themes, catchphrases, images, viral videos, and jokes. When such fads and sensations occur online, they tend to grow rapidly and become more widespread A list of Internet challenges and dares:
"24.11.2016 16:46:00" blog.wikimedia.org Wait, what? Tarrare, the man with an insatiable appetite – Wikimedia Blog Meals for fifteen, a live cat, snakes, lizards, puppies, and an entire eel—none were off limits for this French man with an insatiable appetite. This man could eat fifteen meals in a single sitting, so don't feel too bad about reaching for seconds this Thanksgiving.
"24.11.2016 13:18:00" en.wikipedia.org List of humorous units of measurement - Wikipedia Many people have made use of, or invented, units of measurement intended primarily for their humour value. This is a list of such units invented by sources that are notable for reasons other than having made the unit itself, and of units that are widely A Sheppey is a measure of distance equal to about 7⁄8 of a mile (1.4 km), defined as the closest distance at which sheep can remain picturesque. This unit is the creation of Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, included in The Meaning of Liff, their dictionary
"24.11.2016 12:49:32" If you could have any kind of animal as a well-trained pet, what would you choose?
"24.11.2016 09:35:00" en.wikipedia.org Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara - Wikipedia "Khan Bahadur" Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara CIE OBE ISO JP IP (Gujarati: કાવસજી જમશેદજી પેટીગરા) (24 November 1877 – 28 March 1941) was the first Indian to become the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Mumbai Police in 1928. He was in charge of the Crime Born this day in 1877: Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, who was the first Indian to become the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Mumbai Police in 1928. Petigara played an integral role in foiling the overthrow of the goverment. Despite being a staunch
"24.11.2016 07:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 - Wikipedia The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 was a large extratropical cyclone which moved through the Eastern United States, causing significant winds, heavy rains east of the Appalachians, and blizzard conditions along the western slopes of the mountain On this day in 1950: The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, took shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West
"24.11.2016 04:13:00" en.wikipedia.org Space advertising - Wikipedia Space advertising is the use of advertising in outer space or related to space flight. While there have only been a few examples of successful marketing campaigns, there have been several proposals to advertise in space, some even planning to launch giant In an unusual form of fast food advertising, two Pizza Hut marketing ploys have involved spaceflight. In 2001 they were the first to deliver pizzas to outer space when their vacuum-sealed food arrived at the International Space Station, just a year after
"24.11.2016 03:52:38" blog.wikimedia.org Is Wikipedia related to WikiLeaks in any way? No. The Wikimedia Foundation does not support or oppose political candidates or otherwise interfere with political campaigns. A reader asks: "Is Wikipedia related to WikiLeaks in any way?" (The answer is no.)
"24.11.2016 01:14:00" blog.wikimedia.org When it comes to shipwrecks raised off the seafloor, Peter Isotalo may be Wikipedia's resident aficionado – Wikimedia Blog Community, Interview, Profiles, Wikipedia When it comes to shipwrecks raised off the seafloor, Peter Isotalo may be Wikipedia's resident aficionado By Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Foundation September 27th, 2016 Isotalo has written several Wikipedia articles on Following his passion for maritime history, Peter Isotalo spends hundreds of hours on research and writing to make sure Wikipedia articles on raised shipwrecks, like the Vasa or Mary Rose, are comprehensive and complete.
"23.11.2016 23:03:00" en.wikipedia.org Wilhelmina of the Netherlands - Wikipedia Wilhelmina (Dutch pronunciation: [ʋɪlɦɛlˈminaː] ( listen); Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria; 31 August 1880 – 28 November 1962) was Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 until her abdication in 1948. On this day in 1890: King William III of the Netherlands died without a male heir, and a special law was passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to succeed him at 10 years old. Queen Wilhelmina grew to have a keen understanding of business
"23.11.2016 18:51:00" en.wikipedia.org D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia D. B. Cooper is a media epithet popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to On this day in 1971: During a severe thunderstorm, the hijacker D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. Despite a case file that grew to over 60 volumes over 45 years, no definitive conclusions could
"23.11.2016 16:12:00" store.wikimedia.org Wikipedia rabbit hole t-shirt (women) Have you ever searched Wikipedia with a subject in mind, only to find yourself spending hours reading about something completely different? This t-shirt design represents the joy of falling down the (knowledge) rabbit hole, a quintessential Wikipedia
"23.11.2016 13:22:00" en.wikipedia.org An Unearthly Child - Wikipedia An Unearthly Child (sometimes referred to as 100,000 BC) is the first serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC TV in four weekly parts from 23 November to 14 December 1963. Scripted by the On this day in 1963: The BBC broadcasted "An Unearthly Child," the first episode of the science-fiction television serial of the same name and the first episode of Doctor Who, which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama.
"23.11.2016 09:51:00" en.wikipedia.org Solar furnace - Wikipedia A solar furnace is a structure that uses concentrated solar power to produce high temperatures, usually for industry. Parabolic mirrors or heliostats concentrate light (Insolation) onto a focal point. The temperature at the focal point may reach 3,500 °C Solar furnaces use mirrors to amplify sunlight and produce high temperatures. The largest solar furnace in the world is in Odeillo in the Pyrénées-Orientales in France, and can reach temperatures up to 3,500 °C (6,330 °F). Sunny climates—such as the
"23.11.2016 07:39:01" en.wikipedia.org IBM Simon - Wikipedia The IBM Simon Personal Communicator (simply known as IBM Simon) was a handheld, touchscreen mobile phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and assembled under contract by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. BellSouth On this day in 1992: The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX computer and technology trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It could make and receive cellular phone calls, as well as send and receive faxes, e-mails and cellular pages. Each
"23.11.2016 04:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Unicorn - Wikipedia The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in the accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of unicorns, believing they were located in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them. After a
"23.11.2016 00:56:00" en.wikipedia.org Barretville, Tennessee - Wikipedia Barretville is an unincorporated community in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, close to the border of Tipton County, and near the community of Rosemark. It has an elevation of 354 feet. The community is locally known for its large number of In 1930, burglars attacking a bank vault with blowtorches in Tennessee failed to steal any money, but managed to burn down the adjacent general store instead.
"22.11.2016 22:51:00" en.wikipedia.org China Clipper - Wikipedia China Clipper (NC14716) was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways and was used to inaugurate the first commercial transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila in November 1935. Built at a On this day in 1935: The China Clipper became the first to offer commercial transpacific airmail service, connecting Alameda, California with Manila, Philippines. It was one of the largest airplanes of its time and delivered over 110,000 pieces of mail on
"22.11.2016 19:58:00" en.wikipedia.org Toy Story - Wikipedia Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The directorial debut of John Lasseter, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-animated film and On this day in 1995: Disney and Pixar released Toy Story, the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery. Two years prior, the film was declared "a mess" by Disney executives; the animation company's president nearly
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"22.11.2016 15:10:02" en.wikipedia.org Krystyna Skarbek - Wikipedia Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek, OBE, GM, Croix de guerre (Polish pronunciation: [krɨˈstɨna ˈskarbɛk]; 1 May 1908 – 15 June 1952), also known as Christine Granville, was a Polish agent of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Spy Krystyna Skarbek saved Allied lives in World War II with daring exploits of intelligence in Nazi- occupied Poland and France. It has been said that Ian Fleming, in his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (1953), modelled Vesper Lynd on her.
"22.11.2016 12:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Trevor Berbick vs. Mike Tyson - Wikipedia Trevor Berbick vs. Mike Tyson, billed as "Judgment Day", was a professional boxing match contested on November 22, 1986 for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. On this day in 1986: Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to become the youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history. Tyson dropped his opponent, who was 12 years older, and ended the fight at the 2:35 mark. Berbick attempted to get up twice only to
"22.11.2016 09:22:00" en.wikipedia.org Scottish art in the eighteenth century - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Scottish art in the eighteenth century is the body of visual art made in Scotland, by Scots, or about Scottish subjects, in the eighteenth century. This period saw development of professionalisation, with art academies were established in Edinburgh and All the major painters during the Scottish Enlightenment were to varying degrees influenced by Neoclassicism, reviving Greek and Roman forms of artistic expression. Italy became an important point of reference for Scottish artists, with over fifty artists
"22.11.2016 07:46:00" en.wikipedia.org Jhalkaribai - Wikipedia Jhalkaribai (22 November 1830 – 1858) (Hindi: झलकारीबाई [dʒʱəlkaːriːˈbaːi]) was an Indian woman soldier who played an important role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 during the battle of Jhansi. She was a soldier in the women's army of Queen Laxmibai of Born this day in 1830: Indian soldier Jhalkaribai, who rose from a humble childhood to become advisor to the Queen of Jhansi. During the Rebellion of 1857, she disguised herself as the Queen and rode out into the front lines in order to save the queen's
"22.11.2016 03:50:00" en.wikipedia.org Hyperion (tree) - Wikipedia Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 m (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world's tallest known living tree. Hyperion, a redwood tree in Northern California, is regarded as the tallest tree in the world, reaching over 115 metres (377 ft) tall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_(tree)
"21.11.2016 23:21:00" en.wikipedia.org Golden Hall (Stockholm City Hall) - Wikipedia The Golden Hall (Swedish: Gyllene Salen) is a banqueting hall in Stockholm City Hall. Measuring 44-metre (144 ft) in height, it received its name when its walls were decorated by mosaics created by the artist Einar Forseth on a proposal by the City Hall Stockholm's Golden Hall received its name when the walls were decorated with mosaics created by the artist Einar Forseth on a proposal by the architect Ragnar Östberg.
"21.11.2016 19:20:09" blog.wikimedia.org Why I write about dinosaurs (and other extinct creatures) – Wikimedia Blog FunkMonk has written 31 “featured” articles on Wikipedia, including Giganotosaurus, Ankylosaurus, dodo, passenger pigeon We asked why. Armored dinosaurs. Giganotosaurus. Dodos. Passenger pigeons.
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"21.11.2016 16:33:00" en.wikipedia.org Piltdown Man - Wikipedia The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological hoax in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. On this day in 1953: Natural History Museum, London announced that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, was a hoax.