Wikipedia reached a combined total of 1 million articles in September. The previous month saw a number of smaller milestones in many languages. The English Wikipedia reached a third of a millon articles. The French Wikipedia celebrated their 50,000th article with a stub about the [[:w:fr:N%E8fle|Medlar]] fruit. Danish hit the 20,000 mark the day before Russian reached 5,000 and the Arabic and Icelandic Wikipedias each reached 1,000 articles. The Hebrew Wikipedia just passed the 10,000-article milestone, and three more languages (Bulgarian, Finnish, and Norwegian) will soon do the same.
The growth of smaller Wikipedias is often due to the efforts of one or two very enthusiastic editors to give them a kick-start. عصام بايزيدي (Isam Bayazidi) and أبو سليمان (Abu-Sulaiman) on the Arabic Wikipedia, and Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason on the Icelandic Wikipedia are examples of this phenomenon. The Asturian and Slovak Wikipedias grew significantly in the last month, thanks largely to the efforts of Bar and Liso. Also of note is the Luxembourgish Wikipedia, which began only at the end of July yet already has over 600 articles.
Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikibooks were recently split into subdomains, allowing their interfaces to be translated and leading to hundreds of new potential projects. Wikiquote is already available in over five languages; Wikibooks and Wiktionary in over 15 languages each.
Meanwhile, new Wikipedias continue to be founded, in Cherokee, Muscogee and Laotian among others; Choctaw seems to be the next one up and is available now for creation. A multilingual Swiss portal was also recently set up, and linked to from www.wikipedia.ch.
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Red sky at night (Photo: dwindrim)
O-torii (Grand Gate) of Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima, Japan. The floating shrine of a seagoddess, on the flow. Founded 1400 years ago, this is now a World Heritage site.
A rolling thunderstorm in Enschede, The Netherlands
The Perito Moreno glacier in southern Argentina
Gilt silver jug with pattern of dancing horses, Tang Dynasty, China. The horse is presenting a wine cup held in its teeth, a feat not seen in modern dressage. (Photo: Mountain)