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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 17 October 2017
- 1.2 16 October 2017
- 1.3 15 October 2017
- 1.4 14 October 2017
- 1.5 13 October 2017
- 1.6 12 October 2017
- 1.7 11 October 2017
- 1.8 10 October 2017
- 1.9 9 October 2017
- 1.10 8 October 2017
- 1.11 7 October 2017
- 1.12 6 October 2017
- 1.13 5 October 2017
- 1.14 4 October 2017
- 1.15 3 October 2017
- 1.16 2 October 2017
- 1.17 1 October 2017
Did you know...
17 October 2017
- 00:30, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Canan Bayram (pictured) was the only member of Alliance 90/The Greens directly elected to the German parliament in the 2017 election?
- ... that besides feeding on carpets, the larvae of the common carpet beetle can destroy dried insects in collections?
- ... that Fawad Khan appeared in Eastern Eye's listing of the "50 Sexiest Asian Men" in 2014, 2015, and 2016?
- ... that Grangemoor Park in Cardiff, Wales, was created on top of a former landfill site of household and commercial rubbish?
- ... that captured women and girls were sold for 10 to 20 Mexican dollars during the Warlord Rebellion in northeastern Shandong?
- ... that although Pausanias described Spintharus of Corinth as the architect of the Temple at Delphi, subsequent historians have disagreed as to which temple he built?
- ... that the barred cuckoo-dove is similar to the little cuckoo-dove, but is larger and darker, and is black-barred at the mantle, breast, covert, and tail?
- ... that one critic described the plot of Nude for Satan as "the Devil is bored and wants to have an orgy. Oh, and Calderoni gets molested by a giant spider"?
16 October 2017
- 00:45, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the State Reception Room (pictured) in Olympia, Washington, has what was once the world's largest single-loom carpet?
- ... that after nearly six decades of collecting Inuit sculptures and other art, Jacqui Shumiatcher gifted 1,310 pieces valued at CAD$3 million to the University of Regina?
- ... that the earliest record of the Toronto cocktail is from 1922, when the city of Toronto was under prohibition?
- ... that Andy Boarman ran a popular music store and instrument workshop out of his Hedgesville barber shop?
- ... that pesticides may have detrimental effects on beneficial insects such as bees?
- ... that John D. Hoffman was the only member of the Manhattan District to be awarded the Soldier's Medal, the United States Army's highest award for heroism in a non-combat situation?
- ... that based on genetic data, the western oriole and the green-headed oriole are sister species?
- ... that after viewing footage from his 1970 film Serene Velocity, director Ernie Gehr felt nauseated?
15 October 2017
- 01:00, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that although most sea anemones (example pictured) are harmless to humans, a few are venomous and some can be lethal?
- ... that student activists joined forces with the military to overthrow the Cuban government during the 1933 Sergeants' Revolt?
- ... that in 1471, John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, considered himself unable to attend parliament in London with a sufficiently large retinue for a duke, and so refused to do so?
- ... that the restoration of the Niagara Apothecary has been described as "the most authentic restoration of its kind in Canada and perhaps in North America"?
- ... that H. Rex Lee was the last non-elected Governor of American Samoa?
- ... that the black-necked grebe is flightless for two months of the year?
- ... that Myron Prinzmetal gave his name to Prinzmetal's angina, a type of chest pain that occurs at rest?
- ... that Qit'at Jaradah, an island in the Persian Gulf, rises only 0.4 metres (1 ft 4 in) above water at high tide?
14 October 2017
- 01:15, 14 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that in August 2017, the Cinder Butte Fire (pictured) threatened important archaeological sites in Central Oregon?
- ... that Prince of Wallachia Radu Paisie was deposed by his Ottoman overlords in 1545, with measures taken to prevent his "abscond[ing] with the treasury"?
- ... that both sides in the Battle of Emmendingen lost their commanding general, one to a musket ball, the other to a cannonball?
- ... that filmmaker Nicholas McCarthy and humorist John Hodgman co-edited a controversial high school magazine?
- ... that the milky ribbon worm feeds on soft-shell clams, inserting its proboscis through the siphon and devouring the soft tissues?
- ... that until 1968, some 5,000 people on the "Indian List", so-called due to the automatic inclusion of indigenous people, were prohibited from buying liquor from BC Liquor Stores?
- ... that the butterfly Calycopis pisis has a junior synonym named after American cartoonist Gary Larson?
- ... that Erich Mühe, the first surgeon to remove a gallbladder by laparoscopy, was initially mocked by his colleagues for performing "Mickey Mouse surgery"?
13 October 2017
- 01:30, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that residents of the top 15 floors of the Optima Signature (pictured) have access to a private club in the building?
- ... that the Roman consul, urban prefect, and jurisconsult Plotius Pegasus was named by his father, a naval commander, after a ship he commanded?
- ... that the New Britain bronzewing is rated as a "vulnerable species" because the population is in decline and there are fewer than 5,000 birds in total?
- ... that Christof Loy received the Der Faust award for staging Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Frankfurt Opera?
- ... that Michele Strazzabosco played in a preseason game with the Buffalo Sabres prior to the 2006–07 NHL season, becoming the first Italian-trained player to do so in National Hockey League history?
- ... that the so-called "Tibesti Soda Lake" at the bottom of the Trou au Natron volcanic caldera is actually a mineral crust composed of sodium carbonate?
- ... that Fannie Eleanor Williams created blood storage techniques used in the first Australian blood bank?
- ... that German People's Radio pretended to broadcast from within Germany, but was actually located in Moscow?
12 October 2017
- 01:45, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Nakhl Gardani (pictured) is a ritual in which a woody structure symbolizing Husayn ibn Ali's coffin is carried on the day of Ashura?
- ... that in his 1960 Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Maurice Duruflé "shows his particular genius for invoking the spiritual element of plainsong in a polyphonic context"?
- ... that the western bronze-naped pigeon is found in many countries across Africa?
- ... that former Dutch Chess Champion Jorden van Foreest is the great-great grandson of Arnold van Foreest, a three-time Dutch Chess Champion?
- ... that in 1745, King Frederick II of Prussia came to be known as "Frederick the Great" after defeating Austria and Saxony in the Second Silesian War?
- ... that M.L. Tahaliyani sentenced Ajmal Kasab to death for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks?
- ... that the song "Why Didn't Rosemary?" from the 1969 album Deep Purple was inspired by the film Rosemary's Baby?
- ... that in 2014, Sarah Barrow won the first individual European gold medal for a female British diver in 87 years?
11 October 2017
- 02:00, 11 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Antonio Conte (pictured) is the only person to win the Serie A Coach of the Year award three times in a row?
- ... that Charles Macdonald called for the creation of a single university for Nova Scotia in his inaugural address at Dalhousie College?
- ... that the scarlet-breasted fruit dove is normally a quiet bird, but sometimes emits deep, soft, oohoo calls?
- ... that Sharad Panday was a pioneer of bloodless open heart surgery in India?
- ... that the planthopper Alicodoxa is one of a number of insects found in both Rovno amber and Baltic amber?
- ... that in 1995, American filmmaker Mark Romanek directed two of the most expensive music videos ever made?
- ... that "Von guten Mächten", a poem written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in prison in 1944 where he faced execution, became a hymn with several melodies?
- ... that the footballer George Poland was rejected by Cardiff City F.C. as an outfield player before making his debut two years later as a goalkeeper?
10 October 2017
- 02:15, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that warriors in the epic poem Beowulf wear helmets like the boar-crested Benty Grange helmet (pictured)?
- ... that Leaena Tambyah founded Singapore's first school for children with multiple disabilities in 1979?
- ... that titanium dioxide nanoparticles prevent cancer when used in sunscreens, but may cause it if inhaled by production workers?
- ... that during his Presidential campaign, Alton B. Parker refused to criticize the lynchings and denial of Black suffrage in the Southern United States?
- ... that the Birka female Viking warrior has been described as a shield-maiden similar to Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones?
- ... that the Comoros blue pigeon has a habit of perching in full sun and raising one wing to expose it to the sun?
- ... that "Mehmetçik", the common name for Ottoman and Turkish soldiers, is thought to commemorate Bigalı Mehmet Çavuş, who fought during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915?
- ... that The Rolling Stones are a British rock band? Okay, you probably did...
9 October 2017
- 02:30, 9 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the scientific name of the Blyth's kingfisher (pictured), which grows up to 23 centimetres (9 inches) long, derives from the Greek demigod Hercules?
- ... that in 2005 Atanasio Monserrate and two other ministers resigned from the Manohar Parrikar-led government, leaving it in a minority and thus prematurely bringing down the Government of Goa?
- ... that the Border Police of Georgia have continued to help enforce Georgian sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia since the end of the Russo-Georgian War?
- ... that larvae of the orange-tipped sea squirt are brooded, and settle on the seabed close to the parent within minutes of being released?
- ... that S. Sashikanth was an award-winning architect before launching his own film production company, Y NOT Studios?
- ... that even though he won the popular vote by a 51–48% margin, Samuel J. Tilden failed to win the U.S. presidency in 1876?
- ... that Eugene Reimer, who played wheelchair basketball with Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, was the first disabled athlete to receive the Order of Canada?
- ... that hall of fame horse Eternal Sun's owner purchased him with an IOU written on a corner torn from the page of the seller's catalog?
8 October 2017
- 02:45, 8 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the Muntz Jet (pictured) was a car that came with the option of a liquor cabinet and ice chest under the rear seat armrests?
- ... that Alison Van Eenennaam is working on a collaborative research project focused on the production of hornless dairy cattle through gene editing?
- ... that when Pál Turán was forced to work in a brick factory during World War II, the bumpy crossings of the cart tracks inspired him to ask how to draw graphs with few crossings?
- ... that Fragmentarium digital research laboratory hopes to reunite lost fragments of medieval manuscripts?
- ... that despite being urged to do so, William Jennings Bryan refused to drop his free silver plank when he ran for U.S. President in 1900?
- ... that a 13-city tour for Just the Beginning, a November 2017 album release by 13-year-old America's Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal, sold out in September?
- ...that the Forrest's pika has at different times been treated as a subspecies of the Moupin pika, the Royle's pika, and the steppe pika?
- ... that Jason Chee won a gold medal in table tennis despite losing both his legs, his left arm, one right finger, and his right eye?
7 October 2017
- 03:00, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the landscape in Titian's Gypsy Madonna (pictured) virtually repeats part of that in the Dresden Venus?
- ... that Horace Greeley died shortly after he lost the U.S. Presidency to Ulysses S. Grant?
- ... that the Thomas's pika is sympatric with the Gansu pika?
- ... that Annie Nicolette Zadoks Josephus Jitta's unusual name inspired a book?
- ... that 18 cities in the Soviet Union had a population of at least one million in 1979?
- ... that in the American scholar Scott Rozelle's 30-year career as a development economist, he has been mostly concerned with children's health conditions in rural China?
- ... that the Philippine cuckoo-dove was formerly listed as a subspecies of the ruddy cuckoo-dove and the brown cuckoo-dove?
- ... that a 1912 party hosted by Vine Colby made the news for its originality?
6 October 2017
- 03:15, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Lewis Carroll may have based Alice (pictured) on Alice?
- ... that the Olympia, Washington war memorial Winged Victory features a Red Cross nurse?
- ... that Lancastrian lord John Clifford was killed, possibly by an arrow in the throat, while the main Lancastrian army was only a few miles away?
- ... that in 1974, Mattoon, Illinois's Cross County Mall became the first shopping center in the US to have J. C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, then the nation's three largest retailers?
- ... that as UK secretary in the Economic Directorate of the Allied Control Council in post-war Berlin, Lorna Arnold slept with a revolver under her pillow?
- ... that songs and books for children often depict happy farm animals in attractive countryside, glossing over the realities of impersonal, mechanized activities involved in modern intensive farming?
- ... that twin sisters Bertha and Bernice C. Downing became owners and publishers of the Santa Clara Journal when they were 17 years old?
- ... that the black-backed forktail has a call reminiscent of a squeaky hinge?
5 October 2017
- 03:30, 5 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that while mating, some species of bat-winged slugs (pictured) stab each other with a two-pronged penis?
- ... that after William Lunn's wedding, people destroyed the door of a police watch house in Montreal?
- ... that Nicholas Nabokov composed an opera Love's Labour's Lost, setting the same play by Shakespeare as the fictional hero of Mann's Doctor Faustus, "in a spirit of the most artificial mockery"?
- ... that Christine Murrell was the first woman elected to the British General Medical Council, but died before she could take her seat?
- ... that the California Central Valley city of Porterville purchased an abandoned rail right-of-way to preserve it for the proposed Cross Valley Corridor passenger rail service?
- ... that Judge Orfa Jean Shontz created an all-female juvenile court with a homelike setting?
- ... that the Ethiopian highland hare was originally described as a subspecies of the Cape hare, but it was later raised to full species status?
- ... that when operatic soprano Cynthia Clarey's voice lowered with age, she took up cabaret singing instead?
4 October 2017
- 03:45, 4 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that after Silence=Death posters (pictured) appeared around Manhattan, William Olander created a New Museum exhibit highlighting public indifference to AIDS victims?
- ... that Linguamyrmex vladi is named for Vlad the Impaler, who was the inspiration for Count Dracula?
- ... that accordionist Vincent Peirani and pianist Michael Wollny, both multiple ECHO Jazz winners, recorded the "symbiotic" album Tandem?
- ... that during the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park, the interior of the historic Sperry Chalet completely burned, leaving only the exterior stone walls standing?
- ... that The Inquiry, a study group established by US President Woodrow Wilson to make recommendations for the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, suggested that Crimea should be given to Ukraine?
- ... that Tajama Abraham survived Hurricane Hugo by hiding in a commercial refrigerator with her family?
- ... that the plain-breasted piculet is usually inconspicuous but may be detected by the pecking sounds it makes while foraging?
- ... that the lack of breakfast pushed Mab Copland Lineman to fight against a labor union?
3 October 2017
- 04:00, 3 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that as part of Chinese weddings, the groom may be made to swallow pungent wasabi, chilli padi, and bitter tea before receiving the bride at her family home?
- ... that Jane Frances Winn was one of the first female journalists to cover women's golf events?
- ... that the producers of "Drew Live II" kept many elements of the episode a secret from the cast?
- ... that Yttralox, a transparent ceramic, was accidentally discovered in the course of fuel cell research in the mid-1960s?
- ... that the limpet Iothia emarginuloides is commonly found on the red alga Phyllophora antarctica growing under the Antarctic sea ice?
- ... that Wolfgang Rihm's opera Dionysos, with a libretto by Rihm using only words by Nietzsche, was first performed at the Salzburg Festival and called premiere of the year?
- ... that a middle-class terrorist organization known as el ABC successfully lobbied for two cabinet positions in the 1933 provisional government of Cuba?
- ... that before his death at the Battle of Barnet in 1471, John Neville was reported to be in the thick of the fighting and "cutting off arms and heads like a hero of romance"?
2 October 2017
- 04:15, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Lydia Zvereva (pictured) was the first Russian woman to earn a pilot's license?
- ... that the alpine pika can produce three different vocalizations: a long call during the mating season, a short call, and an alarm call when threatened?
- ... that the phrase "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion" helped Grover Cleveland win the 1884 U.S. Presidential election?
- ... that Prussia entered a secret armistice with Austria in October 1741, but Frederick the Great pretended to continue fighting the First Silesian War for another two months?
- ... that Caroline B. Winslow opened the Homeopathic Free Dispensary, the first facility in Washington, D.C. where women doctors could practice side-by-side with their male colleagues?
- ... that Johannes Brahms used the same melody for a song of his Fünf Lieder, Op. 105, as for the theme of the slow movement of his second piano concerto?
- ... that a hydroelectric diversion project and a dark matter research lab have been developed deep under the Jinping Mountains in Sichuan, China?
- ... that Don Amador is portrayed in the film Milk by his friend Cleve Jones, while Jones is portrayed by Emile Hirsch?
1 October 2017
- 04:30, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
- ... that until the coronation of the Thai monarch is completed, the ruler is considered only a regent and may not sit under the Royal Nine-Tiered Umbrella (pictured)?
- ... that by winning the 2013 Monaco GP2 Series sprint race, Stefano Coletti became the first Monegasque racing driver to win a motor race in Monaco since Louis Chiron in 1931?
- ... that Sayaka Harada decided to become a voice actress in anime despite not having watched many Japanese cartoons?
- ... that Californians have a right to access medical aid in dying under the California End of Life Option Act?
- ... that coloratura soprano Joan Carroll appeared as Alban Berg's Lulu more than 100 times, including the U.S. premiere at the Santa Fe Opera?
- ... that Tibet's Moupin pika is a burrowing mammal that makes haypiles to store food?
- ... that Gene Rambo won the International Rodeo Association all-around championship four times?
- ... that 21 of the 26 Michelin 3-star restaurants in Paris serve Kaluga Queen caviar?