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Did you know? (DYK) entries are interesting facts that not many people may 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 DYKEdit

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. 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 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.


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'''.

Pope FrancisEdit

  Really? That is a good one for sure. Actually surprised me enough to look into it myself! IWI (chat) 14:29, 30 June 2020 (UTC)


  could the word "originally" be changed to "first" or something else more simpler. IWI (chat) 12:07, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
  yes I support the promotion of this one. IWI (chat) 20:31, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
  Seems fine to me as well. --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 20:41, 30 June 2020 (UTC)


  • ... that at over 69° north, Norilsk is the northernmost city with over 100.000 people, and that it has the norhernmost mosque in the world?--Eptalon (talk) 14:56, 7 June 2020 (UTC)
  Comment The word "nothernmost" seems complex... --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 01:49, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
  I suggest choosing one or the other, not both. Probably important to note that the first bit "with over 100,000 people" is unreferenced at the moment, and another way to indicate how far north the city is (instead of latitude) might be nice too. Hiàn (talk) 15:58, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
  Too much time has passed and the issue has not been fixed. IWI (chat) 20:39, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Fred RogersEdit

  • ... that Fred Rogers (pictured) was the key reason why the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that television video recording did not commit copyright violations in 1983?
    •   I don't really like the current phrasing of the hook - if read as a standalone statement, this DYK hook potentially creates more confusion than it provides information. Perhaps reword this to focus on Fred Roger's testimony? Chenzw  Talk  16:09, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
    • @Chenzw:: ... that Fred Rogers' congressional testimony was the key reason for the U.S. Supreme Court's television video recording decision in 1983? --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 05:46, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
      • That's still rather strange, because there is suddenly mention of a court case w/o context (the mention of copyright violations disappeared). Chenzw  Talk  12:57, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
        • I mean that's why I linked the article of the court case into the hook for the readers to see. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 13:43, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
          • Sorry, let me explain my earlier statement. As a reader, if I were to read this hook, my attention would be divided between "I wonder what this court case is about" (click on the link for the court case) and "I wonder what testimony this person gave" (click on the link for the person). In my view, this wouldn't be a very good hook design since it ends up distracting from the intended target of the hook, but let's see what other folks think about this. Chenzw  Talk  14:09, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
            • I don't like the first hook, but the second one is good. I don't think it is overly confusing. If they want to learn more they can click one of the links. IWI (chat) 15:49, 18 June 2020 (UTC)
  I think the second hook is fine for dyk. IWI (chat) 14:30, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
  Agreed. It’s definitely interesting enough... --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 20:41, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Joker (comics)Edit

  •   Doesn't seem particularly interesting to me. Chenzw  Talk  12:54, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
@Chenzw: How come? Joker is a well-known comic figure and for our readers to see that the comic book character was inspired by a "creepy" guy from a 1928 silent movie would be interesting. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 13:38, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
It looks to me as a generic "X character was inspired by Y"-kind of hook. Let's see what others think. Chenzw  Talk  13:53, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Pinging fellow DYKers @ImprovedWikiImprovment: & @Thegooduser: for further feedback. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 06:01, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
@TDKR Chicago 101: Honestly, I agree with Chenzw. It seems like information only interesting to insiders perhaps. Of course, it is well cited and the hook itself is well worded, but the subject of it...not so sure. IWI (chat) 08:26, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
@ImprovedWikiImprovment: Got it. I'll see if I can find another interesting hook. Perhaps take a look at the COVID-19 in Ecuador hook seeing its had zero feedback for a month. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 08:31, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
This is a lot more interesting, yes. The word "claimed" might be complex, I'm not sure. IWI (chat) 08:52, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes, this second quote is more interesting and belongs in dyk, I am sure TDKR Chicago 101 has a source for this? --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 23:58, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
@Thegooduser: It's cited in the article. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 01:57, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
  I dont know if I’m allowed to review here, but if I am, then I say this is good to go. --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 15:24, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
@SithJarJar666: Any editor can review DYK hooks. IWI (chat) 18:17, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
@ImprovedWikiImprovment: cool --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 18:19, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Holding areaEdit

Hooks that are ready to be moved to a queue for update may be held in this area until a space in a queue comes available. To be eligible to move into this area, a queue 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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