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18 August 2018
- 00:00, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Candy striped flatworm
- ... that the candy striped flatworm (pictured) appears to glide across the seabed, being moved by cilia on its underside?
- ... that Leonard Owen oversaw the building of Calder Hall, the world's first nuclear power station to produce electricity on a commercial scale?
- ... that John F. Kennedy suggested the State of Washington replace its unofficial motto "Alki" with "For You and Me, a Destiny", a lyric from "Washington, My Home", the state song?
- ... that while working for the predecessor of NASA, Chinese physicist Wu Zhonghua pioneered the three-dimensional flow theory, which has been used to design many aircraft engines?
- ... that Brugada syndrome is known in the Philippines as Bangungut, or "a scream followed by sudden death during sleep"?
- ... that American rapper Gizzle worked as a ghostwriter for other hip hop artists before releasing her debut mixtape in 2017?
- ... that the killer whale Tahlequah carried her dead calf for over two weeks in an apparent showing of grief?
17 August 2018
- 00:00, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
16 August 2018
- 00:00, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Damage to the painting in 1913
15 August 2018
- 00:00, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, each of Britain's "V force" squadrons kept one nuclear-armed V bomber (Avro Vulcans pictured) and crew at 15 minutes' readiness?
- ... that Mary Fenton, the first Anglo-Indian actress of the Parsi, Gujarati, and Urdu theatre, was introduced to acting by her husband, Kavasji Palanji Khatau?
- ... that Helleria brevicornis is the only terrestrial woodlouse that has retained the ancestral aquatic isopod behaviour of mate guarding?
- ... that American video game producer Ben Judd is fluent in the Japanese Kansai dialect?
- ... that Loggerheads Country Park has a corn mill with a restored water wheel?
- ... that the South African composer Stefans Grové wrote a setting of Psalm 138 for choir, children's choir, African drums, marimba, and string orchestra?
- ... that the deposed Byzantine emperor Maurice was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself?
- ... that Atlantis moved from Ireland to Colombia?
14 August 2018
- 00:00, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
The Rhinemaidens in 1876
- ... that Marie Lehmann, one of the Rhinemaidens (pictured) at the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876, sang the soprano solo in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the groundbreaking of the Bayreuth Festival Theatre?
- ... that Robert Lebel was inducted in the inaugural class of three ice hockey halls of fame?
- ... that the Wirral Model Engineering Society operates a raised railway track for fine scale models of full-size steam locomotives at Royden Park?
- ... that when King Kamehameha III died in 1854, the throne of Hawaii passed to his nephew Kamehameha IV instead of his son Albert Kūnuiākea?
- ... that Gheorghe A. Lăzăreanu-Lăzurică, a self-proclaimed "Voivode of the Gypsies", supported Romania's far-right groups, beginning with the National Agrarian Party?
- ... that Old North, built between 1794 and 1797, is the oldest standing academic building on Georgetown University's campus?
- ... that Badr Shirvani, a Persian poet from Shirvan in the present-day Republic of Azerbaijan, received patronage from numerous rulers at the same time?
- ... that the plot of the 1994 comic book Archie Meets the Punisher was modeled after the 1948 film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?
13 August 2018
- 00:00, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Chinese spy Zheng Pingru (pictured), who was executed after an assassination attempt on a Japanese collaborator, is believed to have inspired the novella Lust, Caution, and its film adaptation?
- ... that Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the United States, is sometimes staffed by a single ranger?
- ... that Grace Macurdy shaped the field of classics by pulling together both material and textual evidence as sources in her studies of individual women?
- ... that the flowers of the Redelinghuys pincushion are pollinated by rodents?
- ... that Chip Rives was one of the eight people named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1987?
- ... that the Church of Saint Jacob in Nisibis in southeastern Turkey was originally the baptistery of a Syriac Orthodox cathedral which no longer exists?
- ... that Michael Martin, project director of the recently completed £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing, was inspired to study engineering through reading back issues of New Civil Engineer?
- ... that according to some accounts, the legendary Georgian hunting dog Q'ursha had eagle's wings, a thunderous bark and a gigantic leap?
12 August 2018
- 00:00, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
Frescos in Fulltofta Church
11 August 2018
- 00:00, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
Sycamore Gap Tree
10 August 2018
- 00:00, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
9 August 2018
- 00:00, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
8 August 2018
- 00:00, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
7 August 2018
- 00:00, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
Chang and Eng Bunker in their 60s
6 August 2018
- 00:00, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Flag of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
5 August 2018
- 00:00, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Franz Schubert (pictured), a prolific composer of songs, symphonies and other works, gave only one public concert presenting his own works?
- ... that butyrolactol A, a polyketide derived from Streptomyces rochei, demonstrates broad antimicrobial activity against fungi, including Candida albicans?
- ... that John Davy Rolleston highlighted the seriousness of otitis media as a complication of scarlet fever?
- ... that the video game Detroit: Become Human has three playable characters, each with their own composer and style of cinematography?
- ... that the mangrove kingfisher, found in Africa, migrates away from mangroves to breed?
- ... that Kelly M. Quintanilla, the first person in her family to attend a university, became the first female president of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi?
- ... that the World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee created the Solid Project to reclaim the Web from corporations and return control of data to users?
- ... that Maria and Bogdan Kalinowski were recognized as the most avid filmgoers in Poland, having seen more than 13,000 movies together?
4 August 2018
- 00:00, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
Several creeping comb jellies on Luzon sea star
3 August 2018
- 00:00, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
Delta Beta Tau pledge class of 2018 sitting in meditation
2 August 2018
- 00:00, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
Seielstad's vision of a "giant meteor" strike
- ... that in 1939, Benjamin Seielstad drew four different versions of the end of the world ("giant meteor" collision pictured) for Popular Science Monthly?
- ... that incendiary balloons—made from condoms or party balloons—and incendiary kites have been launched from the Gaza Strip and started hundreds of fires in Israel in 2018?
- ... that Catherine Gayer, who was a coloratura soprano for four decades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, premiered Nono's Intolleranza 1960 in Venice, and Reimann's Melusine at the Schwetzingen Festival?
- ... that the time limit in the puzzle game Cloud Kingdoms is calculated in 99 intervals called "manukas"?
- ... that when biochemist Li Lin was a Ph.D. student, he often went to slaughterhouses and wet markets to buy chicken and pig livers for his experiments?
- ... that the $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub, built after the September 11 attacks, has been described as the world's most expensive train station?
- ... that Averroes wrote on subjects as diverse as philosophy, Islamic jurisprudence, medicine, and astronomy?
- ... that the first episode of the first Doctor Who series had to be rerecorded because the TARDIS doors would not close?
1 August 2018
- 00:00, 1 August 2018 (UTC)
Gustaf Gabriel Hällström