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Monday, August 29, 2011

Year: 2011 Week: 36 Number: 125


Other news

  • [WikiLoves Monuments] - Have a date with a monument and send the proof to Commons! And, you never know, you may win one of many nice prizes.
    WikiLoves Monuments is project in 18 European countries to get quality pictures of important items of cultural heritage. It is organized by national groups, with the exception of the program representing the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - which is one project that crosses state lines and includes several languages.                                                                                                           The project takes the form of an image contest. The user needs to upload their pictures to Commons in September. A national jury, depending on the country where the monument is located, will judge and proclaim the winners and award prizes. But the best prize is to get freely licensed pictures of our heritage out there.
Technical news

(Meetups section is filled from Wikipedia:Meetup page at English Wikipedia. Please, add your meetup there and it will be published by Wikizine.)

  • [Wikipedia Signpost] - Volume 7, Issue 34 – 22 August 2011 has been published. Stories in this edition: Journalist regrets not checking citation, PR firms issue advice on how to “survive” Wikipedia (but U.S. Congressman caught red-handed), Girl Geeks edit while they dine, JJ Harrison on avian photography, After eleven moves, name for islands now under arbitration.
In the news
From Wikipedia
  • [Khat] - Khat is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It contains the alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria. Khat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation consumes much of the country's agricultural resources. It is estimated that 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every year.
  • [Kingdom Tower] - Kingdom Tower is a supertall skyscraper approved for construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its preliminary cost is 1.23 billion USD and it will be tall at least 1,000 meters, becoming the tallest building in the world.
  • [Louie Louie] - In February, 1964, an outraged parent wrote to Robert Kennedy, then the Attorney General of the United States, alleging that the lyrics of "Louie Louie" were obscene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the complaint. In June 1965, the FBI laboratory obtained a copy of the Kingsmen recording and, after two years of investigation, concluded that the recording could not be interpreted, that it was "unintelligible at any speed" [...]

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