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Latest comment: 1 day ago by Kk.urban in topic Nominations

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Instructions change

Did you know? (DYK) entries are interesting facts that many people may not know. On this page possible entries are listed and members of the DYK project assess the nominations for the DYK section. DYKs are listed on the Main Page.

How to enter a DYK change

List articles on this page under the Nominations area, below. The newest nominations go at the top. If you would like to make a nomination, you should read the rules below.

If there is a picture that you would like to see used with your nomination, please add it with your nomination as shown below. Any user may nominate a DYK suggestion.

  • Only one article can be nominated for a Did You Know hook.
    • This does not mean there can only be one link in the hook. It means the hook is to feature one article.
    • This main article is the link which is in bold. This article must meet the DYK rules.
    • Any other links in the hook are minor links.
  • Information presented in any article nominated for DYK should be verifiable and unbiased. There must be a citation of a credible source to support the fact contained in the hook.
    • Articles that are tagged for bias with {{NPOV}} or for lack of accuracy with {{Disputed}} are not suitable for DYK.
    • Articles where facts are questioned with {{fact}} tags may not be suitable.
  • The article linked should be easy to read.
  • Articles nominated for DYK should not be too short.
    • Three-sentence stubs are not suitable.
    • The text of the article must be at least 800 characters. The number of characters can be measured with this tool.
  • The hook used to encourage people to read the article should be interesting to read. Information mentioned in the hook should be in the article text (not in a footnote, or in a linked reference, or in an infobox).
    • Whether a hook is not interesting should not be a matter for only one reviewer to decide. The first reviewer marks as {{DYKalmost}} if they feel the hook is not sufficiently interesting, with wording like "Is there a more interesting hook?". If 2 assessors (including the initial one) agree that the hook is uninteresting and no alternative has been put forward, the nomination is rejected with {{DYKno}} and advice to the nominator that "2 reviewers feel that this hook is not interesting, please suggest an alternative hook."
    • Articles may be re-nominated, but a different hook must be chosen. Also, two different hooks of the same article should not be added to the same update or updates that follow each other.
  • DYKs should not be very good articles (VGA) already as VGAs already get their own spotlight on the Main Page as the "Selected article".
Proposed facts should
Suggested facts (also known as hooks) should be
Suggested pictures should be
Have in-line citations Interesting From Wikimedia Commons
Articles on living people must be carefully checked to make sure that no unsourced negative information is in the article Short (less than about 200 characters, including spaces) Small (100x100px)[1]
Articles with good references and citations are needed. Neutral Already in the article
  1. Formatting for pictures is: [[File:image name |right|100x100px]] and placed above the suggested fact.
  • Editors may only nominate up to four hooks at any one time. If more nominations are desired, existing nominations must either be removed, promoted to one of the DYK queues or placed in the holding area.
  • Hooks cannot be moved to a queue or removed from the nominations page until they have been there for a minimum of three days from the date they were originally posted. The only exception to this are hooks that can be "snowed". Hooks can also be removed if there has been no input from the nominator after five days from the last review. Unreviewed hooks however cannot be removed until there has been a review.

Please use one of the following templates when reviewing nominations.

Symbol Code Ready for DYK? Description
  {{DYKyes}} Yes No problems, ready for DYK
  {{DYKagf}} Yes, WP:AGF Hook cited to a source not on the Internet, but to a reliable publication.
  {{DYKfixed}} Yes, issue fixed. The issue preventing DYK, or the request for improvement has now been fixed.
  {{DYKalmost}} Almost Article is on the way to being ready for DYK, but the reviewer has questions.
  {{DYKno}} No Article is unable to be used on DYK, the time limit has passed, or there are larger reservations.

Nominations change

Please add new nominations below with newer nominations at the top. Nominations should be headed with a ===Level Three=== header containing a link to the article that the hook is from. If possible, all hooks should contain a relevant file from Wikimedia Commons – this can be a picture or a sound. The subject article should be '''bolded'''.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva change

Istanbul change

Ayesha46 (talk) 05:43, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 , Interesting hook, however while in the article is says it lies on two continents, the Wiki article doesn't say "only city in the world". Perhaps add that to the article. TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 06:54, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
added, now check..? Ayesha46 (talk) 09:24, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 18:46, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@QuicoleJR: You really think adding "those continents being" makes it simpler? I thought the colon was simpler. Also, what about the satellite image that shows it's on both Europe and Asia? Kk.urban (talk) 17:41, 6 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Reverted. Also, the satellite image might work, but I do not think we need an image for every hook. QuicoleJR (talk) 17:54, 6 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, I removed the satellite image. Kk.urban (talk) 17:56, 6 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I mean... you removed it. (Edit conflict) Kk.urban (talk) 17:57, 6 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ada Dietz change

  Hook and article look good. TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 22:39, 6 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Giorgio Napolitano change

The Backrooms change

Rosalynn Carter change


Holding area change

Hooks that are ready to be moved to a queue for update may be held in this area until a space in a queue becomes available. To be eligible to move into this area, a hook must meet all of the promotion guidelines as outlined above. Hooks in this area do not count towards a user's nomination limit. If you change or re-review a hook in this area, it must be moved back to the main nominations section for discussion to continue. The only changes permitted here are formatting or spelling changes, or adding an associated file.

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  • ...that the Gaza Strip has one of the youngest populations in the world as 43% of the people are age 14 or younger?

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  • ... that certain species of sand dollar (pictured) clone themselves to better escape some predators?

Sausage change

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Earth change

  • ... that the first life on Earth appeared 3.6 billion years ago in the Archaean era?

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Javier Milei in VIVA22.

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  • ...that for a long time, no one saw the importance of the Taung Child, because of the Piltdown Man discovered about 12 years earlier?

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  • ... that by causing over 700,000 deaths per year, mosquitoes (pictured) may be the deadliest threat to humans?

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  • ...that only one person world-wide has survived rabies without vaccine treatment?

Tea change

  • ...that tea (pictured) is the second most consumed drink in the world, after water?

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  • ... that in 2000, Mel Carnahan was elected to the U.S. Senate less than one month after he was killed in a plane crash?

McRib change

  • ... that the McRib (pictured) from McDonalds was originally introduced in 1981, and it has been retired and reintroduced many times over the years?

Plastics change

Pluto change

  • ...that the name of former planet Pluto was suggested by a 11 year old schoolgirl named Venetia Burney?

Self-injury change

  • ... that in the age group of those 15 to 24 years old, about twice as many women hurt themselves than men?

Rain change

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Venus change

  • ...that a day on the planet Venus (pictured) is longer than its year?

Canada change

Honey change

  • ... that archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still edible, meaning honey never spoils?

Moses change

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... that the Andromeda Galaxy is moving towards the Milky Way Galaxy (pictured) and will collide with it in about 3.75 billion years?

The Road to Serfdom change

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Panama change

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Paul Revere change

  • ... that Paul Revere founded a company in 1801, called Revere Copper Company, that is still in operation today?

Plant change

  • ... that there are currently around 391,000 known living species of plants in the world?

Photosynthesis change

Chlorophyll change

  • ... that the amount of chlorophyll (pictured) in a leaf can be measured with a handheld meter?

Slavery change

  • ...that in 1809, a slave cost about 40,000 USD, in today's money, but in the 21st century, getting a slave costs as little as USD 90-100?

Japanese spider crab change


Condom change

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Denmark change

  • ... that in 2006 and 2007, surveys ranked Denmark (flag pictured) as "the happiest place in the world," based on standards of health, welfare, and education?

Teenage pregnancy change

Yoshi's Cookie change

Yaroslav Hunka change

Wikipedia change

  • ... that after having just 1 language on January 10, 2001, Wikipedia was available in 161 languages less than 4 years later?

Luther Brannon House change


Tuvalu change

  • ...that in 2022, Tuvalu announced that they would become the first country to make a replica of themself in the metaverse?

Among Us change

Markiplier change

Kiribati change

  • ... that in 2012, due to rising sea levels, the government of Kiribati bought land on Fiji so the people could move there if needed?

Wildflowers (Tom Petty song) change

  • ... that Tom Petty said it took him three and a half minutes to write his song "Wildflowers" and only performed it once while writing it?

Child marriage change

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Dave Matthews Band Chicago River incident change

Hélène Carrère d'Encausse change


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Hamster change


Luisa González change

Vatican City change

  • ... that Vatican City (pictured) is the smallest country in the world by size, at 0.49 km² and by population, at 764?

Great white shark change


Guillermo Lasso change

Treatment of women by the Taliban change

Marc Bolan change

  • ... that glam rock musician Marc Bolan, who never learned how to drive a car because of a fear of dying young, died in a car crash at aged 29?

Carly Fiorina change

Venus change

  • ... that Venus (pictured) is the hottest planet in the Solar System despite being second from the Sun at an average of 480 °C (896.0 °F)?

2023 visit by Joe Biden to Ukraine change

School bus change

  • ...that the lines on the sides of school buses (pictured) in the United States serve an important safety function in the event of an accident?

World War II change

  • ... that more people died due to World War II than any other war in history at around 73 million?

Desert kite change

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Wikipedia change

  • ... that Wikipedia (first logo pictured) started in early 2001 as a "feeder" website to Nupedia?

Shinzo Abe change

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Manhattan change


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Great Barrier Reef change


The Chaos change

  • ...that The Chaos is a poem that shows that in English many words are not pronounced the way they are written?

Nudity change

  • ...that in some cultures, women would sometimes be naked until marriage, because people thought they had nothing to hide?

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Lichen change

  • ... that Lichen (pictured) can live on bare rock, walls, trees, wood, gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces?

Jimmy Carter change


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