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1 June 2020
31 May 2020
- ... that Robin Denselow of The Guardian called Orlando Julius (pictured) "one of the heroes of Nigerian music"?
- ... that after a 20-year search, a gun barrel from the HMAS Sydney and a gun shield from the HMAS Adelaide, discovered on a rubbish tip, were fitted together and put on display at Leighton Battery?
- ... that damage to the Verizon Building during the September 11 attacks, though substantial, was limited by its heavy masonry construction?
- ... that with his victory at The Big House 9, Zackray became the first Japanese player to win a premier-tier Super Smash Bros. tournament held outside Japan?
- ... that the former operator of the Q38 bus route was not compensated for the route's takeover, as their equipment was considered obsolete?
- ... that the spiral galaxy NGC 3393 hosts the nearest known pair of supermassive black holes?
- ... that the birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr in the Welsh Streets, Liverpool, was nearly demolished in the 2000s?
- ... that William Henry Harrison III and William Henry Harrison served simultaneously in the Wyoming House of Representatives, and both had sons named William Henry Harrison?
30 May 2020
- ... that U.S. presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Obama vowed "never again" (memorial pictured), but genocide took place during each of their presidencies?
- ... that prior to the event, bookmakers' odds against Joe Johnson winning the 1986 World Snooker Championship were 150 to 1?
- ... that a redundant jail, saved from demolition when an author bought it for $25 for use as his writing studio, later became the Old Jail Art Center?
- ... that residents of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, blocked access to a local goldmine over fears of COVID-19, even though Nunavut had no confirmed cases?
- ... that Lady Bathurst, once described as "the most powerful woman in England, without exception other than royalty", lived in relative obscurity for the last four decades of her life?
- ... that the hymn "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier", a prayer for illumination because the human mind is "shrouded in darkness", became popular in English as "Blessed Jesus, at your word"?
- ... that a 2013 study by the National Park Service determined that the First Battle of Newtonia Historic District was not suitable for inclusion in its list of official units?
- ... that the frog Boophis fayi can be identified by its unusual green-and-turquoise eyes?
29 May 2020
DV4 electric dustcart
- ... that in her self-made music video for "Mooo!", Doja Cat (pictured) raps in front of a green screen that alternates between cartoon GIFs of food, farms, and bouncing anime breasts?
- ... that the Midweek Herald edition for Cranbrook, Devon, accidentally published a news report about Cranbrook Rugby Football Club in Kent, 200 miles (320 km) away?
- ... that Australian actress Betty Bryant was honoured by Hillary Clinton for her humanitarian service?
- ... that Takapūneke, which is sacred to the Māori and may become a national reserve of New Zealand, is the site of Akaroa's sewage-treatment plant?
- ... that Thomas Brodie may have been in command of HMS Arrow at the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen, not William Bolton as often recorded?
- ... that Sid Meier prototyped the interleaved turns system in XCOM: Chimera Squad using a game engine that he had developed over a period of around twenty years?
- ... that workplace hazard controls for COVID-19 include measures for psychosocial hazards such as stress and anxiety, for which social distancing may prevent typical coping mechanisms?
- ... that interior designer Valerian Rybar's dining room was lined with 400 fake books with titles about episodes in his life, including International Boredom, allegedly about his ex-wife?
28 May 2020
Japanese incense burner in the Khalili Collection
Detroit-style pizza in a traditional pan
27 May 2020
26 May 2020
25 May 2020
24 May 2020
Mustafa Wahbi Tal, late 1920s, colorized
- ... that Mustafa Wahbi Tal (pictured), Jordan's most prominent poet, was arrested in 1926 for displaying the Bolshevik emblem, getting drunk in a bar, and publicly reciting a poem that insulted the Emir?
- ... that the New York City Subway stations at 9th, 25th, 59th, and Union Streets, as well as Prospect Avenue, were opened with a competition between two trains heading to Coney Island?
- ... that the developer of Hardcoded wanted to create a game that would appeal to cisgender people with a futanari fetish?
- ... that with the growth of the Werl pilgrimage to a statue of Mary, a large Romanesque Revival basilica was built adjacent to the former Baroque style church?
- ... that during the rule of the Greek military junta, archaeologist and museum curator Semni Karouzou was banned from conducting research in the National Archaeological Museum because of her political views?
- ... that actress Ruth Warrick was said to have "stolen the show" as a sweet young bride who grows into a disillusioned, middle-aged woman in the 1950 Christian film Second Chance?
- ... that Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula One motor racing five days after winning the 2016 World Championship?
- ... that author Clinton Heylin flew from England to California to hear Bob Dylan perform "Idiot Wind" live?
- ... that during the Battle of Boulogne on 23 May 1940, a shell from the British ship HMS Venomous (pictured) made a German tank turn "over and over, like a child doing a cart-wheel"?
- ... that Jon Godfread is the world's tallest politician, according to Guinness World Records?
- ... that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hymn "O Licht der wunderbaren Nacht" by Georg Thurmair was recommended for a celebration of Easter Vigil at home?
- ... that when introduced in 1974, the British Rail Passenger Timetable cost 50p (the equivalent of £10 today) and its 1,350 pages provided times for the entire year?
- ... that Dagmar Burešová hid a classmate after he escaped a communist prison, and enabled him to flee from Czechoslovakia to West Germany?
- ... that besides eating ants and termites, the waved woodpecker feeds on fruits, berries, and seeds?
- ... that although the 2018 release Hamari Paltan was promoted as the last film of veteran Indian actor Tom Alter, another one featuring him premiered later that same year?
- ... that Charles Kelman, the inventor of phacoemulsification for cataract surgery, was also a Broadway producer and a jazz musician with a musical comedy routine?
23 May 2020
Christ Appointing Saint Roch as Patron Saint of Plague Victims (1626)
- ... that plague victims are depicted as hopeful of relief in Rubens's altarpiece (pictured), but in despair in David's painting?
- ... that Pamela Chelgren-Koterba became the first female officer in the history of the United States' NOAA Corps in 1972?
- ... that some countries charge visitors a departure tax?
- ... that Megaceroides algericus is one of only two deer species known to have been native to Africa, alongside the Barbary stag?
- ... that on Good Friday 2020, Benedikt Kristjánsson sang all roles in a chamber arrangement of Bach's St John Passion, broadcast live from the composer's burial place?
- ... that radio station WSID, located in a suburb of Baltimore, claimed that a city court had no jurisdiction over it?
- ... that a draft condition of the Treaty of Lutatius to end the First Punic War, stipulating that Carthage pay Rome 57,000 kg (126,000 lb) of silver, was rejected as insufficient?
- ... that a large statue of a cottontail rabbit in Minneapolis was outfitted with a cloth face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota?
22 May 2020
- ... that volcanoes in Honolulu (example pictured) were active within the last 80,000 years, and future eruptions are possible?
- ... that although the Alvvays song "Archie, Marry Me" did not chart, it is still considered to be the band's breakout hit?
- ... that Helmut Machemer joined the army of Nazi Germany in the hope of winning a bravery award to save his part-Jewish family?
- ... that a new platform was built at the Bowling Green station in Manhattan after it became overcrowded just four years after opening?
- ... that public reaction to Agatha Christie's eleven-day disappearance in 1926 included speculation the incident was an attempt to frame Archie Christie, her then husband, for murder?
- ... that the Buruciye Medrese is considered one of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in Anatolia?
- ... that Clint Hocking was the level designer, game designer, and scriptwriter for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell?
- ... that the communications satellite LES-1, launched in 1965, spontaneously began transmitting again in 2012 after more than 40 years of silence, making it one of the oldest zombie satellites?
21 May 2020
Rainbow plaque outside Charlie's Nightclub
Eric Thorne as Baron Popoff
20 May 2020
Wreck of the MV Coelleira
Hellmut Stern pointing to Harbin on a map
19 May 2020
Male vermilion flycatcher
- ... that Pyrocephalus, the genus name of the vermilion flycatcher (example pictured), literally means 'fire head'?
- ... that unlike most U.S. custom houses, which face the waterfront, the Alexander Hamilton Custom House in Manhattan faces inland?
- ... that every sixth person in the world who has diabetes is from India?
- ... that New Mexico radio station KARA was sued by a competitor who claimed that the station was impeding delivery of its mail?
- ... that according to numerous Sanskrit, Chinese, and Southeast Asian texts, Mahākāśyapa left his body in suspended animation to see the future Buddha?
- ... that shortly after the Battle of Cape Hermaeum, most of the victorious Roman fleet was destroyed in a storm, with the loss of over 100,000 lives?
- ... that Charity Anderson and her contemporary-dance partner Andres Peñate earned the first perfect score on a routine in the history of World of Dance?
- ... that in some situations, saying "please" may yield worse outcomes?
18 May 2020
- ... that Hurricane (pictured), built in Hoboken by Isaac C. Smith in 1851, was reputedly the most extreme clipper ever constructed?
- ... that five people have received Nobel Prizes for direct and indirect studies of vitamin B12?
- ... that Riverside Park, designed by Central Park's architects, suffered from outdoor sewerage, squatters' shacks, and coal emissions in the late 19th century?
- ... that Noureddine Diwa was one of the first Tunisian footballers to play abroad?
- ... that interest in network synthesis research is now greater than at any time since the 1950s due to its new applications in mechanics, particularly in Formula One?
- ... that while researching for the role of Arthur Morgan for Red Dead Redemption 2, actor Roger Clark was inspired by the stoic but humorous demeanor of Toshiro Mifune's characters?
- ... that the prison in Pretoria where Pedi king Mampuru II was executed was renamed in his honour in 2013?
- ... that the Norwegian band Vardøger formed, recorded music, disbanded, re-formed to release Whitefrozen, disbanded again, re-formed to release Ghost Notes, and then disbanded yet again?
17 May 2020
Hunting lodge in Jaktstuguskogen
16 May 2020
Wigwag flags and torches
15 May 2020
Tombstones in the churchyard
of St Thomas à Becket, Box
14 May 2020
Turkish-inspired Nevers designs
- ... that during the 17th-century heyday of French Nevers faience, its painted decoration drew from Italy, Turkey (example pictured), Persia, and China, as well as the Court style of Louis XIV?
- ... that the banning of Sargon of Akkad from Patreon led to the creation of a new social networking service called Thinkspot?
- ... that while the termite Pterotermes occidentis inhabits dead blue palo verde in the Sonoran Desert, Marginitermes hubbardi prefers dead saguaro?
- ... that Ross Perot met his wife on a blind date while a midshipman in Baltimore?
- ... that Horizon, once called "the most automated self-service store in Canada", went defunct less than seven years after it opened?
- ... that the Albanian tribe Gruemiri (literally 'good woman') was possibly named after a distinguished female leader?
- ... that video game developer Be-Rad Entertainment created Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! using code repurposed from Lame Castle, its previous release?
- ... that in the final movement of Die Sintflut (The Flood), a cantata for eight-part unaccompanied choir by Willy Burkhard, the voices paint Noah's rainbow?
13 May 2020
Flag of Manitoba
12 May 2020
Northern plains gray langur
11 May 2020
Columbia University campus
10 May 2020
Queen Kapiʻolani wearing her peacock feathered dress
9 May 2020
Venezuelan patrol boat Naiguatá
8 May 2020
Hunter/killer team of AH-1
helicopters as tested at Ansbach
Respiratory droplets from a sneeze
7 May 2020
Depiction of the Umm al-Amad ruins in 1839
6 May 2020
Christopher Dresser jug by William Ault
Slender Scotch burnet moth on a flower
5 May 2020
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1951
Goat tower in Illinois
4 May 2020
3 May 2020
2 May 2020
Drum majors of the Jackson State University marching band
ʻIoane ʻŪkēkē dressed in his finest
1 May 2020
432 Park Avenue
Bowl with two panthers, glazed with "Rouge Dalpayrat"