Wikipedia article of the day for February 18, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 18, 2019 is Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Lock Haven is the county seat of Clinton County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Located near the confluence of the West Branch Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Creek, it is the principal city of the Lock Haven Micropolitan Statistical Area, in a combined statistical area that includes Williamsport. Its population in 2010 was 9,772. Built on a site long favored by pre-Columbian peoples, Lock Haven began in 1833 as a timber town and a haven for loggers, boatmen, and other travelers on the river or the West Branch Canal. Resource extraction and efficient transportation financed much of the city’s growth through the end of the 19th century. In the 20th century, a light-aircraft factory, a college, and a paper mill contributed to the economy. The city has three sites on the National Register of Historic Places: Memorial [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 17, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 17, 2019 is Apus.
Apus is a small constellation in the southern sky. It represents a bird-of-paradise, and its name (from Greek for “without feet”) was chosen because the bird-of-paradise was once wrongly believed to lack feet. First depicted on a celestial globe by Petrus Plancius in 1598, it was charted on a star atlas by Johann Bayer in his 1603 Uranometria (pictured). The French explorer and astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille charted the brighter stars and gave them Bayer designations in 1756. The five brightest stars are all reddish in hue. Shading the others at apparent magnitude 3.8 is Alpha Apodis, an orange giant that has around 48 times the diameter and 928 times the luminosity of the Sun. Marginally fainter is Gamma Apodis, another ageing giant star. Delta Apodis is a double star, the two components of which are 103 arcseconds apart and visible with the naked eye. Two star systems have been found to have planets.

Wikipedia article of the day for February 16, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 16, 2019 is Pseudoryzomys.
Pseudoryzomys is a rodent from south-central South America in the family Cricetidae. Found in lowland palm savanna and thorn scrub habitats, it is a medium-sized rat, weighing about 50 grams (1.8 oz). It has gray-brown fur, long and narrow hindfeet with small membranes between the toes, and a tail that is about as long as the head and body. Its conservation status has been assessed as least concern, although almost nothing is known of its diet or reproduction. Its closest living relatives are the large semiaquatic rats Holochilus and Lundomys. These three genera form an assemblage within the oryzomyine tribe, a diverse group including over one hundred species, mainly in South America. This tribe is part of the subfamily Sigmodontinae and family Cricetidae, which include many more species, mainly from Eurasia and the Americas. The species Pseudoryzomys [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 15, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 15, 2019 is No Way Out (2004).
No Way Out (2004) was an American professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), held on February 15 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. Sponsored by THQ, it was the sixth event produced under the No Way Out name and starred wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand. In the main event, Eddie Guerrero (pictured) defeated WWE Champion Brock Lesnar to win the title, his sole world championship before his death in 2005. In the undercard, Kurt Angle defeated Big Show and John Cena in a Triple Threat match to earn a title match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XX. In a separate storyline, Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Rey Mysterio. No Way Out grossed more than $450,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of approximately 11,000 and received 350,000 pay-per-view buys, contributing to WWE’s increased [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 14, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 14, 2019 is Chains of Love (TV series).
Chains of Love is an American dating game show that aired for six episodes in April and May 2001 on the United Paramount Network (UPN). Adapted from a Dutch television series, it presents a man or woman who is chained to four members of the opposite sex over four days and nights. This person, identified as the Picker, is given $10,000 and can remove three contestants one at a time. The Picker can give a portion of the money to each eliminated participant. When left with a single partner, the Picker can choose to either split the money or keep it. Madison Michele (pictured) hosted each episode. Originally ordered by NBC, UPN produced it as part of its campaign to run more unscripted programming to boost the network’s ratings. Media outlets have identified Chains of Love as part of a renaissance in reality television. The [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 13, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 13, 2019 is Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar.
The Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar was struck in 1928 by the United States Mint in honor of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans. It depicts Captain James Cook on the obverse and a Hawaiian chieftain on the reverse. Only 10,000 coins were struck for the public, making them rare and valuable. In 1927, the legislature of the Territory of Hawaii passed a resolution calling on the U.S. government to produce a commemorative coin for the anniversary. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon thought the occasion important enough that, unusually for him, he was not opposed to the new coin. Sculptor Chester Beach made the plaster models for the coins from sketches by Juliette May Fraser. Approval for his designs was delayed by concerns raised by the Mint and by Victor S. K. Houston, Hawaii Territory’s [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 12, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 12, 2019 is Goldcrest.
The goldcrest (Regulus regulus) is a very small bird in the kinglet family. Named for its colourful golden crest feathers, it is called the “king of the birds” in European folklore. Several subspecies are recognised across a very large distribution range that includes much of Eurasia and the islands of Macaronesia. This kinglet has greenish upper-parts and whitish under-parts, with two white wingbars. It has a bright head crest, orange and yellow in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding. The song is a repetition of high thin notes. It breeds in coniferous woodland and gardens, building its compact, three-layered nest on a tree branch. Ten to twelve eggs are incubated by the female alone, and the chicks are fed by both parents; second broods are common. The bird is constantly on the move as it searches for insects [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 11, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 11, 2019 is Characters of Final Fantasy VIII.
The characters of Final Fantasy VIII include an elite group of mercenaries called SeeD, as well as soldiers, rebels, and political leaders of various nations and cities. Thirteen weeks after the 1999 North American release of Final Fantasy VIII, a role-playing video game by Square, it had earned more than $50 million in sales, making it the fastest selling Final Fantasy title at the time. The game’s characters, created by Tetsuya Nomura under the direction of Yoshinori Kitase (pictured), are the first in the series to be realistically proportioned in all aspects of the game. This graphical shift, as well as the cast itself, have received generally positive reviews from gaming magazines and websites. The six main playable characters are the loner Squall Leonhart, the passionate Rinoa Heartilly, the instructor [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 10, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 10, 2019 is Damageplan.
Damageplan was an American heavy metal supergroup from Dallas, Texas, formed in 2003. Following the demise of their previous group Pantera, brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul started a new band with bassist Bob Kakaha and vocalist Patrick Lachman, a guitarist formerly with Diesel Machine and Halford. They released their only studio album, New Found Power, in the United States on February 10, 2004; it debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200. Later that year Damageplan was promoting the album at a concert at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, when a man climbed on stage, killed Darrell and three others, and wounded another seven before being fatally shot by a police officer. Some witnesses said that the assailant blamed the brothers for Pantera’s breakup and believed that they had stolen his lyrics. Paul and Kakaha later joined the band Hellyeah [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for February 9, 2019 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 9, 2019 is Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.
Radcliffe is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. It lies in the Irwell Valley 2.5 miles (4 km) south-west of Bury and 6.5 miles (10 km) north-northwest of Manchester. The disused Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal bisects the town. Historically a part of Lancashire, the town and its surroundings show evidence of Mesolithic, Roman and Norman activity. A Roman road passes along the border between Radcliffe and Bury. In the High Middle Ages, the town was recorded in an entry of the Domesday Book as “Radeclive”; it formed a small parish and township centred on the Church of St Mary (current church pictured) and the manorial Radcliffe Tower, both of which are Grade I listed buildings. Coal was mined nearby during the Industrial Revolution, providing fuel for the cotton-spinning [...]  read more