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Instructions[change source]

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 DYK[change source]

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.

Rules[change source]

  • 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.

Chart[change source]

Please use one of the following templates when reviewing nominations.

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

Nominations[change source]

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'''.

Conifer Cone[change source]

Pinus coulteri MHNT Cone.jpg ( Reference=[1]) Please ping me if you reply, Qwerty number1 (talk) 21:41, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

@Qwerty number1: Not as interesting as it could be: many things are used to make decorations. I think the info about requiring fire to open some cones is more interesting. If you were to use the hook about being used in decorations, it would be better to use an image that shows such a decoration, like this one. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:56, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Suzan DelBene[change source]

This is not my main wki, so please use {{ping|DannyS712}} if you reply so that I know. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:11, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Coca-Cola[change source]

Good hook, although maybe it should mention a point in time, since that info can and has changed. By the way, you don't need to include reference links here: it's the references in the article that count. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:27, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: Thank you! When will this be posted? As per the point in time, maybe...
ALT HOOK: ...that after Coca-Cola was put back on sale in Myanmar in 2012, it can be bought and sold officially in every country, except Cuba and North Korea, due to trade bans?
But that may be too long? ⇒ Lucie Person (talk) 00:15, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
I don't know when it would be posted. Maybe those who process these will chime in.
As for the hook, how about:
...that since Coca-Cola was put back on sale in Myanmar in 2012, it has been officially available in every country except Cuba and North Korea?
I don't think the part about trade bans makes it more interesting, and leaving it out makes the hook shorter. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:58, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! That works. Does this need to be put in a queue? ⇒ Lucie Person (talk) 00:16, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
I think so. I leave the queuing to the people who usually take care of that, because I don't know the procedure. It's probably not appropriate to move your own item to a queue: an editor got reprimanded for that a while back. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:22, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Andaman Islands[change source]

Hook doesn't seem supported by the reference. It also isn't clear how it's interesting. Does Aruba usually get more tourists? Are the numbers for 2010 anomalous in some way? --Auntof6 (talk) 03:23, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: How isn't it supported by the reference? The Government of India website shows the number of visitors in 2010, and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism site shows the number of visitors in Aruba. This is interesting, because Aruba is more well-known than the Andaman Islands (See Google Trends). I used 2010, because that is what the GoI site says. ⇒ Lucie Person (talk) 01:46, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Only the first of those references is in the article. That reference doesn't mention Aruba, and doesn't show a figure of 200,000. I understand your point of why the hook interesting, but the article doesn't mention anything about Aruba, either. The hook and the reason for it being interesting have to be apparent in the article. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:03, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Vaginal tumors[change source]

Nairobi[change source]

  • ...that Nairobi is the only city in the world that has a National Park inside it? --DJ ( - ) 08:39, 2 March 2018 (UTC)
Hook is not in the article. If added, it must be sourced. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:56, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Your Name[change source]

Interesting hook, reliable source, simple enough, but would it be possible to get rid of the many red links that the articles has? While not a hard requirement, the point of DYK is to showcase articles that users wouldn't usually read. If they're interested and want to keep reading about a similar topic presented in the article, it'd be helpful to have those blue links. --Eurodyne (talk) 07:29, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
I'll try my best to get rid of the red links, but that's a lot of red links; considering how slow I am in terms of content creation, it might take a year or so. hiàn 17:35, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Cracked nipples[change source]

Breastfeeding infant

...that mothers with cracked nipples often find that breastfeeding is so painful that they stop breastfeeding?

A few issues:

  • It's not clear if the fact in the hook is referenced.
  • Broken code in the bibliography section
  • Nonexistent template used in many references
  • All categories are redlinked. Even if they were blue, however, one is redundant (Category:Breast) and one may be incorrect (I don't think cracked nipples is a disease).
  • The image shown here does not illustrate the article's subject. This is not a big problem, because an image is not required with every hook.

--Auntof6 (talk) 14:51, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

I will work on the article and make it better. I will fix all the problems that you list above. Thank you for the feedback. Best Regards, Barbara (talk) 02:46, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Pokémon[change source]

...that Pokémon is short for "Pocket Monsters"? Exotic Cow (talk) 00:12, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Does not contain a cited source and is therefore not ready for DYK at this time. eurodyne (talk) 05:54, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • In fact, I don't see this hook in the article at all. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:55, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

A&W Restaurants[change source]

  • ...That American fast food restaurant A&W also exists in Canada, however it is owned by a different company?
    • At 539 characters, this is too short for a DYK article. Only (talk) 02:43, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
Woops. I'll try to expand it when I get a minute, lots of content can be added. Thanks. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 02:30, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Expanded article and removed several new redlinks.--Tbennert (talk) 20:35, 2 July 2017 (UTC)

Sidney Nolan[change source]

Portrait of Sidney Nolan
  • ...that Australian artist Sidney Nolan created over 10,000 individual art works? --Tbennert (talk) 16:27, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
    Do we know how this compares to other artists? Ten thousand might not be unusual over the lifetime of a full-time artist. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:01, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
    I don't know how it compares. I have added a line about Nolan being a prolific artist along with several sources.

    Chili pepper[change source]

    • ... that "chile" is the most common Spanish spelling for the chili pepper in Mexico and several other Latin American countries?

    Source is here.[1]

    Qwertyxp2000 (talk | changes) 05:09, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

    First, this is not that interesting. Second, since those countries are Spanish-speaking and chile is the way to spell it in Spanish, it's not saying much to say that it's the most common way to spell it there. Also, I haven't counted, but the page seems like it might be too short. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:34, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

    British Empire[change source]

    • ... that the British Empire once controlled a quarter of the world's land area?

    Imperial Brit (talk)

    Holding area[change source]

    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.

    " is the tallest United States senator in American history"[change source]

    Either he is the tallest senator in American history, or
    he is the tallest United States senator in history.
    It is an American record in history, or
    a record in American history.
    It should probably not be described as an American record in American history. Sju hav (talk) 10:49, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
    Or he is known as the tallest U.S. senator, ever (as of 2017). Sju hav (talk) 10:52, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

    Factual error[change source]

    {*mp}}... that Chicago is the largest city in the United States to have had a female mayor since 2012?

    should read

    {*mp}}... that as of 2012 Chicago was the largest city in the United States to have had a female mayor? SashiRolls (talk) 01:35, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

    @TDKR Chicago 101: User:SashiRolls appears to be correct. Can you address this? (I would, but I'm not familiar with where the queues are.) Unless the hook is still true as of now, I think we should just remove the item: things that were true in the past but now aren't are not interesting as hooks. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:19, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
    We were due for an update so I put the next queue on the main page. Working now on the behind the scenes part. I think TDKR mentioned stepping back from wiki for a while. --Tbennert (talk) 16:37, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
    Thanks! Does that old hook need to be removed so that it won't appear? (Showing my lack of knowledge about how it works!) --Auntof6 (talk) 17:26, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

    Dada[change source]

    Ramesh Rk9669 (talk) 19:42, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
    1. Heiser, Charles (August 1990). Seed To Civilization: The Story of Food. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-79681-0.