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Fuji-class battleship(nominated by Sturmvogel 66) was a two-ship class of pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the mid-1890s. A visit by two Imperial Chineseironclads to Japan in 1891 forced the IJN to rethink their strategy of employing "cheap torpedo boats and commerce raiding to offset expensive, heavily armoured ships". The IJN ordered a pair of battleships from the United Kingdom, built to a Royal Navy design, as the Japanese "lacked the technology and capability to construct its own battleships." There was great difficulty in securing funding; after three attempts by the Japanese Diet to pass the funding measure failed, they finally passed it following an offer by the Emperor Meiji to fund the ships himself. The two battleships Fuji and Yashima were delivered by February 1898. They participated in the Battle of Port Arthur and in further operations in the Russo-Japanese War. Yashima sunk on 14 May 1904 after hitting a mine. Fuji survived the war and was converted to a coast defence ship in 1910 and an unarmed floating barracks in 1922. Damaged by American aircraft in July 1945, Fuji eventually capsized, and she was cut up for scrap in 1948.
Lawrence Wetherby(nominated by Acdixon) (1908–1994) was an American politician who served as lieutenant governor and governor of Kentucky. He is the only governor in state history born in Jefferson County, despite the fact that Louisville, the county seat, is the state's most populous city. Wetherby was elevated to the position of governor in 1950 after Governor Earle C. Clements resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Wetherby increased funding for education and government benefits by allocating money from the state's budget surplus. For this he was acclaimed, and he won the 1951 election to serve a full four-year term as governor. During his term, Wetherby authorized a massive road-building campaign, and encouraged the peaceful desegregation of the state's educational system.
List of accolades received by Dallas Buyers Club(nominated by Cowlibob) This is a movie that, frankly, makes me a bit uncomfortable. It's about how the first successful AIDS drug, AZT, is poisonous, and how you should instead use some random crap given to you at a dodgy Mexican clinic. While it's apparently a very well-shot, well-acted film, following its claimed good idea for how to survive will probably get you killed. As I said: it makes me uncomfortable. However, it won three Academy Awards and a host of other accolades, as documented in this list, so it must have something going for it.
List of Pakistan women Test cricketers(nominated by Khadar Khani)Cricket is a game played between two teams of eleven players in which a bowler bowls a ball at three sticks. On top of these sticks are two short sticks; the bowler's trying to knock these off, but in front of them is a batter who tries to hit the ball. The rest of the bowler's team are standing around, waiting to catch the ball. If any of a series of arcane events occur, such as the batter getting their leg in the wrong place or the spare batter running when they're not supposed to, the bowler shouts "Howzat", and an official in a white coat points their finger at the batter and makes them walk off. This game lasts several days, and is called a Test match because it's a test of the spectator's stamina. As of 2014, the Pakistan national women's cricket team have played three of these Test matches since their first appearance in 1998, and a number of other international matches. Twenty women have played Test matches for Pakistan.
Mr. and Mrs. Atherton(created by Arthur Devis, nominated by CorinneSD) Mr. and Mrs. Atherton were painted by Arthur Devis, who was an English portrait and landscape painter and restaurator of a considerable artistic reputation, with a studio in Great Queen Street, where he moved in 1745. He and Sherlock Holmes used to dine together. Oops, wrong century. No, he drunk his afternoon tea with Joshua Reynolds and Johann Zoffany instead. Devis depicted most of the sitters in imaginary yet realistic landscapes. The views and interiors were mostly invented by Devis, which explains how the people he painted had such tidy homes. The notable exception is Devis's portrait of Sir Roger Newdigate. Arthur had twenty-two children from two wives, of which two offspring, Thomas Anthony Devis (1757–1810) and Arthur William Devis (1762–1822), became painters. Devis's half-brother Anthony Devis (1729–1816) was also a painter. Not quite the Peale family, but getting there.
Saudade(created by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, nominated by Pine)Saudade or, roughly translated, Longing, is a painting by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1850-1899), Brazilian artist and designer. At the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes, where he studied, his simple country speech and manners reportedly were the source of much interest and, one might suppose, amusement. His life ended tragically when he was stabbed to death by his cousin José de Almeida Sampaio, who had just learned about Júnior's long-standing affair with Sampaio's wife. Bad news, as depicted in the picture. Saudade is the feeling of love that remains after someone has gone for ever, a rather appropriate feeling after we have learned how he departed.
Portrait of Henry VIII(created by the Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger, nominated by Hafspajen and Crisco 1492)Henry VIII was a rather controversial person. Getting married to him was not exactly for life (well, it might be for your life... mwahaha.) - and one can wonder what kind of complexes Freud would have diagnosed in his daughters who witnessed their mothers killed by their father. This frantic and zealous divorcing and executing of spouses is said to had one goal, securing a male heir. Ironically, it was not the much-wanted boy (who died young) that preserved his legacy, but it was his daughter, in whom he never believed. (It might have been fate or a certain opinion in higher places about his evil doings.) No wonder though the poor Queen never married... This king, who never had much problems executing his enemies, friend, or wives, is presented here to us in a powerful and grand manner. Frankly, for the artist, probably the better decision. We sent a researcher back in time to paint a mocking picture of him. He... hasn't come back yet. We're a bit worried.
Haller Madonna(created by Albrecht Dürer, nominated by User:Crisco 1492) The Haller Madonna is an oil painting by Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528), dating to around 1498, named after its owner, identified by the diminutive coat–of–arms in the lower left corner. The painting is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. On the front, the Madonna is painted in a sculptural way, with brilliant colours and beautiful eyes. The other featured painting by Dürer, Lot's Flight, is on the reverse of the Madonna and depicts the Biblical scene of Lot and his family with a landscape including a flaming town in the background. They are fleeing from the doomed city of Sodom. And Gomorrah. Since the two scenes are unrelated, it has been supposed that the panel was originally part of a diptych, with the other panel showing the donor next to Lot and his children. The two images were promoted as a set: How else could one handle such an unusual artwork?
Argiope pulchella(created and nominated by Jeevan Jose)Argiope pulchella is a species of spider that ranges from India to China. The males are much smaller than the females and are often eaten if not careful enough when they approach the girls to declare them their love. The small husband in the picture is signaling desperately not to be mistaken for dinner... by so called "shuddering", vibrating with the web...
The Embarkation for Cythera(created by Jean-Antoine Watteau, nominated by Alborzagros)The Embarkation for Cythera is a painting by the French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau currently in Louvre, Paris. The painting is a sensual depiction of a "fête galante", an amorous celebration or party. The work celebrates love, with many cupids flying around the couples and pushing them closer together, as well as the statue of Venus and Amor. There are three pairs of lovers in the foreground. While the couple on the right by the statue are still engaged in their passionate tryst, another couple rises to follow a third pair down the hill, although the woman of the third pair glances back fondly at the goddess's sacred grove.
Dynjandi(created by Diego Delso, nominated by Crisco 1492) Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is a series of waterfalls located in the Westfjords (Vestfirðir), Iceland. The waterfalls have a cumulative height of 100 metres (330 ft). That's the article in its entirety. Water meets cliff, water falls down cliff, cliff is so high, end of saga. But wait... the waterfall has seven tiers, each with its own name carved on a wooden board: Bæjarfoss, Hundafoss, Hrísvaðsfoss, Göngumannafoss, Strompgljúfrafoss, Hæstajallafoss, and, at the top the main one, Fjallfoss. We bet the Ferðamálastofa had a fun time thinking them up!
The Miracle at the Grave of Elisha(created by Jan Nagel, nominated by Adam Cuerden)Elisha was a great prophet and a great wonderworker. The touch of his corpse served to resuscitate a dead man. A year after Elisha's death and burial a body was placed in his grave. As soon as the body touched Elisha's remains, the man '"stood up on his feet"' and went home. It has been said that this dead man was Shallum, son of Tikvah, keeper of the temple-wardrobe in the reign of Josiah and husband of Huldah the prophetess. So he went home and made a great fuss about having a meal immediately to the prophetess.
Interior with Portraits(created by Thomas Le Clear, nominated by Alborzagros)Interior with Portraits is an 1865 genre scene painted by American artist Thomas Le Clear. The painting features two children, James and Parnell Sidway, posing for a photograph in an artist's studio. The painting was commissioned by the subjects' older brother, Franklin Sidway. Parnell died of illness as an adolescent; James, a volunteer firefighter, died in a hotel fire at the age of 26, shortly before the painting was commissioned. Both children were painted posthumously from family daguerreotypes. Some painters of the time regarded photography with suspicion and refused to use photographs as references for portraits. The painting is filled with references to this tension: The children are surrounded by painted portraits and the photographer's back is to the viewer with his face obscured. The girl appears to be supporting the boy and holding him still, as might have been necessary when posing a child for an early photograph due to the long exposure time. A dog is depicted just entering the studio, another acknowledgement of early photography's limitation to still subjects.
Barge Haulers on the Volga(created by Ilya Efimovich Repin, nominated by Alborzagros)Barge Haulers on the Volga, or Burlaki, is an 1870–1873 oil-on-canvas painting by the Russian realist painter and sculptor Ilya Repin. This painting depicts eleven Russian peasants hauling a large boat upstream on the Volga River. The burlaks seem to almost collapse forward in exhaustion under the burden. Although they are presented as stoical and accepting, the men have largely surrendered to their inhuman fate, the hard conditions and the hopeless lives they lived which has defeated them. Only one stands out: in the center of both the row and canvas, a brightly coloured youth fights against his leather binds and stands upright. A little golden cross is seen on his chest, the Russian people's secret strength that kept them upright under all hardships and poverty during their turbulent history. This painting is regarded as the beginning of Russian realism, though it is more sophisticated then those that followed.