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Please use this page for discussions surrounding the creation of "Did You Know" items for April Fools' Day 2024

Areas of work needed to complete the front page are:

Ground rules for this activity along with a list of participants may be found on the Main talk page.


April Fools Did You Know items should present some trivia that can be presented in a manner that is possibly unbelievable to the reader. This can be done through words or names that mean two different things, shortened names, unbelievable facts, unrelated facts, etc. The normal written and unwritten rules for Did You Know (DYK) are followed, with these exceptions...

  • April Fools DYKs are subject to the usual exclusions regarding prior Main Page appearance, but the normal rules for special occasions do not apply: the article need only have been created/expanded/brought to GA in the year immediately preceding the April 1 on which it will appear.
  • Proper capitalization, title formatting, and linking standards may be disregarded only if adhering to them will tend to give away the joke. This should be done as little as possible. (example from 2009: "... that Caviar, Chardonnay, and Hot Cocoa compete for the love of Ray J? ")

All other Wikipedia rules and guidelines still apply. Pay special attention to Wikipedia's Biographies of living persons guidelines if your hook relates to a living person.

Remember, we are trying to confuse and mislead Wikipedians and visitors, not lie to them. Keep all hooks and articles completely truthful, but outrageous. (examples from 2010: A hook claiming Dmitry Medvedev died in 2005 is ok, saying Mikheil Saakashvili died is not.)

How to review a nomination[edit]

Any editor who was not involved in writing/expanding or nominating an article may review it by checking to see that the article meets the DYK criteria except, per above, the normal new enough rule (long enough, no serious editorial or content issues) and the hook is cited. Editors may also alter the suggested hook to improve it, suggest new hooks, or even lend a hand and make edits to the article which the hook applies so that the hook is supported and accurate. For a more detailed discussion of the DYK rules and review process see the supplementary guidelines.

If you want to confirm that an article is ready to be placed on a later update, or note that there is an issue with the article or hook, please use the following symbols to point the issues out:

Symbol Code Status Description


Approved No problems, ready for DYK
{{subst:DYKtickAGF}} Approved Article is ready for DYK, with a foreign-language, offline or paywalled hook reference accepted in good faith
{{subst:DYK?}} Query DYK eligibility requires that an issue be addressed. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article|header=yes|sig=yes}}
{{subst:DYK?no}} Maybe DYK eligibility requires additional work. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article|header=yes|sig=yes}}
{{subst:DYKno}} Rejected Article is either completely ineligible or otherwise requires an insurmountable amount of work before becoming eligible. Notify nominator with {{subst:DYKproblem|Article|header=yes|sig=yes}}
{{subst:DYK?again}} New review Requesting a second opinion or fresh review

An article cannot be officially promoted until a reviewer has given approval ( or ) to at least one of the article's hooks.


Awaiting verification[edit]

Note: Nominations for April 1 should be added to Template talk:Did you know in the usual way, as well as below.

Verified hooks[edit]

Charm quark

  • ... that physicists ate hats over the discovery of the charm quark? Source: They wagered to eat their hats and ended up eating candy hats provided by the conference organizers later. See p. 321 of Riordan, Michael (1987). The Hunting of the Quark: A True Story of Modern Physics. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-50466-3. or p. 18 of this conference paper:Rosner, Jonathan L. (1998). The Arrival of Charm. Heavy Quarks at Fixed Targets. AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 459, no. 1 (published 1999). p. 9-27. doi:10.1063/1.57782. Retrieved 2023-06-02.

Improved to Good Article status by TheLonelyPather (talk). Self-nominated at 16:04, 24 July 2023 (UTC). Post-promotion hook changes for this nom will be logged at Template talk:Did you know nominations/Charm quark 2; consider watching this nomination, if it is successful, until the hook appears on the Main Page.Reply[reply]

  • Extra comment: A amateur church historian wrote a particle physics article. Did he see God? Or did he lose God? He screams, for he does not know. --TheLonelyPather (talk) 16:09, 24 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Article has achieved Good Article status. No issues of copyvio or plagiarism. All sources appear reliable. Hooks are interesting and sourced. Perhaps the ALT hook is best here? QPQ is done. Looks ready to go. I’m not familiar with the process for April Fools hooks, but this would be a fun one. Congratulations on this excellent article! Thriley (talk) 17:08, 25 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@TheLonelyPather: Have moved this hook into the April Fools holding area, by the way. See WP:DYKAPRIL. Cielquiparle (talk) 05:23, 1 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ur Mum

Moved to mainspace by Launchballer (talk). Self-nominated at 13:28, 11 August 2023 (UTC). Post-promotion hook changes for this nom will be logged at Template talk:Did you know nominations/Tommy Villiers; consider watching this nomination, if it is successful, until the hook appears on the Main Page.Reply[reply]

Extended content
* For Tommy Villiers:
General: Article is new enough and long enough
Policy: Article is sourced, neutral, and free of copyright problems
Hook: Hook has been verified by provided inline citation
  • Cited: Yes - Offline/paywalled citation accepted in good faith
  • Interesting: Yes
QPQ: Done.
Overall: I'd strongly prefer that you provide sources in your DYK nominations next time, because I'm still not sure if the hooks are properly cited as I can't access the sources you used and I'm not sure if they specifically state Tommy is related to John Russel. ALT2 isn't passing, that's for sure; feels like it was written for April Fools. AdoTang (talk) 19:06, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
General: Article is new enough and long enough
Policy: Article is sourced, neutral, and free of copyright problems
Hook: Hook has been verified by provided inline citation
QPQ: Done.

Overall: Again, issues with the sources. Looking it up confirms Tommy is in the music video, but it doesn't seem any sources in the "Music video" section mentioned this, at least from what I could tell from a skim; I have bothered to add one that clearly states Tommy's there. Thankfully, ALT1 is properly sourced, so no issue there. Also, again, ALT2 isn't passing, except more so because the wording of that hook doesn't specify that he's only in the music video and not the song itself (as far as I can tell). AdoTang (talk) 19:06, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am reopening this nom, on the grounds that it has been suggested that Ur Mum go into April Fool's Day, but also because the approved hook did not include Villiers' article, meaning it would have been wasted.--Launchballer 06:35, 15 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pulling ALT0 per Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard/Archive353#Tommy Villiers.--Launchballer 14:00, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
theleekycauldron: with Ur Mum on the April Fools' Day page after having been promoted to prep and then withdrawn for next April 1, it seems that the two articles should be split into two nominations. Since this page is named for the Tommy Villiers article, which was not promoted, Ur Mum should probably be the one getting the new page, albeit with the same nom date and seniority, and that page should be the one at April Fools'. Can you please take care of this bifurcation? I've struck ALT2 based on the reviewer's comments. Thank you very much. (Query: is ALT1 really sharp/strange enough for April Fools? It strikes me as more of a quirky...) BlueMoonset (talk) 04:22, 4 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was actually proposing moving the Villiers stuff to Template:Did you know nominations/Feel It (MJ Cole song) as the only interesting thing about it failed verification, so hooks beginning "that the Feel It guitarist Tommy Villiers".--Launchballer 07:24, 4 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Theleekycauldron, BlueMoonset, and JennyOz: Tommy Villiers has been boldlinked at the Feel It hook and has been promoted, so I've hidden his part, and we can concentrate on the other half of this nom. It was suggested here that we run Ur Mum on Halloween; are we running it then or April Fool's? I would suggest that for the former we haven't got long.--Launchballer 11:36, 20 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for ping Launchballer but all I did was see the word scream on that talk page and made a drive-by remark:) JennyOz (talk) 16:07, 20 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've pulled the Tommy Villiers links from this page, so although the page is named for him, he's no longer mentioned in the header nor has a DYKmake credit. I will defer to theleekycauldron as to whether Ur Mum is truly appropriate for April Fools (it seems a bit weak to me, and it may not be chosen when next April rolls around, in which case it would be running sometime next April); my feeling is that it is not truly appropriate for Halloween and shouldn't be added to the list of hooks for that day, and if it also isn't suitable for April Fools, it should be moved back to the Approved page and run as a regular unscheduled nomination. BlueMoonset (talk) 04:24, 22 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@BlueMoonset: I figure if we do run it on April Fools', we'll make it lowercase and unquoted – that said, if you wanna play it as a normal quirky, I don't mind. theleekycauldron (talk • she/her) 20:03, 27 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Is it worth spelling "ur" as "your", or is that not allowed? The lyric's rendered that way in a few sources.--Launchballer 17:35, 28 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Colin MacKay (journalist, born 1944)

Created by Pretzelles (talk). Self-nominated at 03:03, 5 December 2023 (UTC). Post-promotion hook changes for this nom will be logged at Template talk:Did you know nominations/Colin MacKay (journalist, born 1944); consider watching this nomination, if it is successful, until the hook appears on the Main Page.Reply[reply]

Hey @Bremps:, thanks for giving this a look! I think either of those Alt hooks is good, I like the April Fools-style hooks you've gone for - that could be quite fun (and give a bit more attention to everyone's least favourite topic: journalist biographies)! Lemme know if there's anything else to do. Pretzelles (talk) 16:06, 6 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bremps has not edited since January 9, so a new reviewer is needed. If Bremps returns, they can continue their review. Z1720 (talk) 14:53, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, sorry if I was unclear. I was only suggesting hooks, not doing a review. Bremps... 17:32, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Article is new enough, double the character requirement, and has no other disqualifying factors. The move will need to be resolved one way or another but I don't see it as a big deal. Sources appear appropriately reliable. Hooks are cited in-text - my strong preference is ALT2, which is hilarious. QPQ not required as Pretzelles only has 2 DYK credits at this time. ♠PMC(talk) 18:23, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]