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By Adam Cuerden, WPPilot, Xanthomelanoussprog, and Hafspajen
Liberty Island is a federally owned island in Upper New York Bay in the United States, the location of the Lady Liberty, one of the most iconic U.S. landmarks. The origin of the Statue of Liberty project is sometimes traced back to a comment made by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye in mid-1865. Join WPPilot over New York Harbor for a spectacular aerial tour of Lower Manhattan.
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Two featured articles were promoted this week.

Corsair fighters and Barracuda bombers ranged on the flight deck of HMS Formidable during operations off Norway in July 1944.

Three featured lists were promoted this week.

Jimmy Anderson bowling during the second Test of India's tour of England in 2007

Twenty-five featured pictures were promoted this week.

A Kodiak bear looking at the photographer on today's menu :). Luckily, this bear couldn't decide whether our photographer would be best boiled or fried, and missed his chance.
The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn.
Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, widefield view, by Rogelio Bernal Andreo. Space is the final frontier. As early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science fiction series that would become Star Trek. Today space is at long last in the hands of the public due in part to Spaceship One.
Whaler's Cove, in Point Lobos, California. Sadly, the number of tall ships has diminished, but the number of tourists has increased. Poor Whaler's Cove.
Elliðaey, an island south of Iceland, has avoided those nasty tourists. Mainly by only having one house on it.
Look, another seascape by Winslow Homer!
Hereford Cathedral wants people to visit. What a strange place. It's as if it's built for people to come to!
The Old Musician, an 1862 oil painting by Édouard Manet.
The piece was titled "Stanza of Anglo-Saxon Poetry" and read:

Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:
All mimsy were ye borogoves;
And ye mome raths outgrabe.

Other strophes soon followed. John Tenniel reluctantly agreed to illustrate the book in 1871, and his illustrations are still the defining images of the poem. The illustration of the Jabberwocky may reflect the contemporary Victorian obsession with natural history and the fast-evolving sciences of palaeontology and geology. The poem was soon translated (!) into other languages too, and lots of interesting poetry come out of that. In German it goes like this:

Es brillig war. Die schlichten Toven
Wirrten und wimmelten in Waben:
Und aller-mümsige Burggoven
Die mohmen Räth' ausgraben.

It sounds best in Welsh, of course:

Mae'n brydgell ac mae'r brochgim stwd
Yn gimblo a gyrian yn y mhello:
Pob cólomrws yn féddabwd,
A'r hoch oma'n chwibruo.

Nobody can deny that original touche to it.
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Il brilgue: les tôves lubricilleux
Se gyrent en vrillant dans le guave.
Enmîmés sont les gougebosqueux
Et le mômerade horsgrave.
Hafspajen (talk) 22:13, 18 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]


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