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Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020



Whenever I come across something new, I like to look at Wikipedia pages related to it and learn a bit. I just picked up Cat's Cradle today, so I looked at these:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_Cradle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_literature

Does anyone else do this or just browse through Wikipedia looking up topics that interest them? Please post interesting pages of things you have learned from Wikipedia that you would like to share and discuss.

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Spanish Manlove
Aug 31, 2008

HAILGAYSATAN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goatse.cx

little munchkin
Aug 15, 2010



Grundy (Horse)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundy_(horse)

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020




Thanks for sharing. I looked up something similar recently after hearing one of the characters on the office reciting a list and looking up what it was. I found out it was Triple Crown winners:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri...ughbred_Racing_(United_States)

Star Me Kitten has a new favorite as of 21:26 on Aug 15, 2020

old friend
Dec 29, 2019




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarrare

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020




Woah, that is one crazy story. I wonder what was really wrong with him.

Jaguars!
Jul 31, 2012





Young Urchin

Cancelled military aircraft of the United Kingdom

Debunk This!
Apr 12, 2011




Not a wikipedia page but from a wikipedia page:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdDD9ViRZz4

Volcott
Mar 30, 2010

People paying American dollars to let other people know they didn't agree with someone's position on something is the lifeblood of these forums.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020




This is extremely morbid and cool. I can't believe I haven't happened upon this already. Some of these people... I cannot believe the way they died.

Schweinhund
Oct 23, 2004

                                       


Similarly

List of film and television accidents

Matlack Radio
Jun 2, 2006



Soiled Meat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philogelos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasonic_welding

Daikloktos
Jan 1, 2020

by Cyrano4747


Crucifixion#In Anime was so classic, and honestly its removal might be the very day the Internet lost its final innocence

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

I will not shut up about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I talk about them all the time and work them into every conversation I have. I built a shrine in my room for the yellow one who died because sadly no one noticed because she died around 9/11. Wanna see it?


I don't see why it would get taken down tbh. As much as I like wikipedia I kinda hate the people on it

Machado de Assis
Dec 12, 2005



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timel..._the_far_future

Knormal
Nov 11, 2001



Taco Defender

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip...amest_edit_wars

Always a fun read.

Daikloktos
Jan 1, 2020

by Cyrano4747


I feel like an idiot that I never realized "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" evolved from "dance on a needle's point" which was a pun on "needless point".

Jeffrey Dahmer
May 21, 2017
Probation
Can't post for 13 days!


Muldoon

Some faves of mine...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_man

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokushinbutsu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchorite

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immured_anchorite

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aghori

Jeffrey Dahmer has a new favorite as of 09:11 on Aug 16, 2020

letthereberock
Sep 4, 2004



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagot

“Who are those people we hate?”

“The Cagot! We hate them!”

“Why do we hate them?”

“Because they’re Cagot!”

“What makes them Cagot?”

“The fact that we hate them!”

Jeffrey Dahmer
May 21, 2017
Probation
Can't post for 13 days!


Muldoon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Peoples

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronz...n#Thunder_Stone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_of_Jars

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogon...nomical_beliefs

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandy_horse

Phthisis
Apr 16, 2007

deliver me in a black-winged bird



Fan of Britches

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_fluid

This is an interesting topic worth reading about, but it always made me laugh a little that it's like:

Supercritical fluids exist in:
– the atmosphere of Jupiter
– nuclear reactors
– the production of decaf coffee

One of those things is not like the others!

Robert Deadford
Mar 1, 2008


Ultra Carp

I fell into a Wikipedia hole. I was reading about the Moulin Rouge and I discovered that the famous French farter Le Petomane performed there. Le Petomane is perhaps the most famous example of a flatulist.

That page has a sentence which caught my eye:

"In Japan, during the Edo period, flatulists were known as "heppiri otoko" (放屁男), lit. "farting men."[5] Also see He-gassen (屁合戦) for Edo-period art scrolls depicting "farting competitions"."

And the He-Gassen page has this image on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He-ga..._segment_33.jpg which absolutely made my day. Make sure you scroll along the whole of the big image, it's really quite something

Robert Deadford has a new favorite as of 18:13 on Aug 19, 2020

YeahTubaMike
Mar 24, 2005

*hic* Gotta finish thish . . .


Doctor Rope

Star Me Kitten posted:

Does anyone else do this or just browse through Wikipedia looking up topics that interest them? Please post interesting pages of things you have learned from Wikipedia that you would like to share and discuss.

I like to pick a random monarch and then just keep clicking their parents to go as far back in time as I possibly can. Portrait styles, names, and country borders start getting weird. It's also fun to look at monarchs who were born in like 1800 so that there will be a painted portrait AND a photograph, and you can see how flattering the portrait was compared to their actual appearance.

Anyway, yesterday I read the following Wikipedia articles:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_HIV/AIDS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_denialism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Hall
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gorski

What can I say? I like quackery & the proper skepticism that ensues.

Kaiser Mazoku
Mar 24, 2011

Didn't you see it!? Couldn't you see my "spirit"!?


quote:

Charondas was a Greek lawgiver from Sicily.[4][5] According to Diodorus Siculus, he issued a law that anyone who brought weapons into the Assembly must be put to death.[4][5][6] One day, he arrived at the Assembly seeking help to defeat some brigands in the countryside but with a knife still attached to his belt.[4][5] In order to uphold his own law, he committed suicide.[4][5][6]

If only our lawmakers today were this principled.

The Golden Gael
Nov 12, 2011



Sometimes the most interesting things are the articles Wikipedia won't keep. Take our pal Brimstone, who is a "wrestler" that once had a self-fellating article longer than the Undertaker's:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip...tone_(wrestler)

quote:

Hey everyone, Merry Christmas. There was recently an edit war over at Brimstone (wrestler), and a subsequent sockpuppet investigation found that at least two of the major contributors to the article were the same person. One only has to look at the talk page to see how many years disruptive edits were able to go unchecked... at one point this article was apparently larger than The Undertaker and Sting (wrestler). Although the puffery has now been removed from the article, it would be nice if you folks could add this article to your watchlists to monitor for further abuse.LM2000 (talk) 19:57, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

kanonvandekempen
Mar 14, 2009


This is basically a master list of articles for this thread

YeahTubaMike
Mar 24, 2005

*hic* Gotta finish thish . . .


Doctor Rope


The unusual names article includes fictional names and names that people gave themselves -- what's the point? I was expected to see GG Allin there because he was born Jesus Christ Allin, not Metta World Peace who was born Ron Artest.

Kaiser Mazoku
Mar 24, 2011

Didn't you see it!? Couldn't you see my "spirit"!?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_by_coconut

lol @ the official warning sign they use

letthereberock
Sep 4, 2004




It is always amazing to peruse discussion pages and see how often seemingly mundane pages can have tons of drama behind the scenes.

I think it’s been mostly deleted by now, but my favorite was the guy who made it his hill to die on that Connecticut is not part of New England. Despite being repeatedly dunked on and proven wrong, he kept it up for YEARS.

Sweevo
Nov 8, 2007




There was a several months long argument about whether a piece of million+ word brony fanfic should be included in the List Of Longest Novels article. It finally ended when the main guy arguing for it to be included put it up to a vote and then had a meltdown when he lost.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

BAWWW-UNH!



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potoooooooo

My Twitter Account
Feb 4, 2003



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...alism_incidents

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capit...Lake%20Charles.



Is ballistic protection different from ballistic windows? Considering they made upgrades after Rita, I wondered if they did enough or if hurricane Laura's winds were just *that* strong.

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont-Saint-Michel


I'd really like to visit this place one day.

Carthag Tuek
Oct 15, 2005

Tider skal komme,
tider skal henrulle,
slægt skal følge slægters gang



letthereberock posted:

It is always amazing to peruse discussion pages and see how often seemingly mundane pages can have tons of drama behind the scenes.

I think it’s been mostly deleted by now, but my favorite was the guy who made it his hill to die on that Connecticut is not part of New England. Despite being repeatedly dunked on and proven wrong, he kept it up for YEARS.

they dont get deleted, just shunted to Talk:Whatever/Archive something, cf this one:

Sweevo posted:

There was a several months long argument about whether a piece of million+ word brony fanfic should be included in the List Of Longest Novels article. It finally ended when the main guy arguing for it to be included put it up to a vote and then had a meltdown when he lost.

The fanfic was a My Little Pony / Fallout crossover (naturally called "Fallout: Equestria"), and iirc like twice as long as as the real novels.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:..._for_fanfiction <-- note the posts by ChrisGualtieri

Carthag Tuek has a new favorite as of 15:40 on Aug 28, 2020

Sweevo
Nov 8, 2007




Carthag Tuek posted:

The fanfic was a My Little Pony / Fallout crossover (naturally called "Fallout: Equestria"), and iirc like twice as long as as the real novels.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:..._for_fanfiction <-- note the posts by ChrisGualtieri



A brony cretin posted:

Forget the fan fiction for now and don't parade past actions as arguement against an editor with no basis on the current situation. It could be considered harassment; like the person which defaced my user page and demeaned me personally.

Star Me Kitten
Aug 10, 2020



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_vampire_panic

This went on in New England for 150 years! A reaction to TB.

Manky Tungeon
Jun 11, 2018


There's a Wikipedia page that lists the most notorious vandals and trolls and it's easily the best page on the site. here's a sample:

quote:

Caidin-Johnson: Nonsense edits at television shows for young children, Looney Tunes articles, and topics related to Happy Tree Friends; also known for hoaxing at List of Crayola crayon colors. Obsessed with inflatable, bursting, popping, and bouncing objects.

Catcreekcitycouncil: Prolific sockpuppeter with over 500 socks which inserts hoaxes about lions existing in Montana.

David Beals: Inserts random images of ceiling fans into any articles, and even links to videos of them. He also has a tendency to randomly thank certain Wikipedia users. At the same time, while on Commons, he will load a ventilator/ceiling fan image over any medium or high use image that he targets.

Dog and rapper vandal: General disruption on articles relating to dogs and rappers.

Muppets LTA : Two users from the United States, (one from Indiana typically on Frontier, one from California typically on Comcast) persistently adding indiscriminate lists focused on "Background Muppets" or "Background characters" or "Muppet cameos" or "Not Featured Muppets" across a wide variety of articles related to The Muppets. Active circa mid-2015 to present (2017).

Snuffereet: Modus operandi is hard to describe, but obvious when found. Fond of nonsense made-up words, such as "ba-limp" and various attempts at onomatopoeia. Edits an extremely eclectic but relatively limited array of articles such as The Portsmouth Herald, Joel Gertner, Emilio Delgado, Bert (Sesame Street), Candlepin bowling, Losin' Myself, Jon Bauman. Only consistent area of focus is National Wrestling Federation and various wrestlers' articles, especially Andre the Giant.

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Kennel
May 1, 2008

BAWWW-UNH!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Price_Riots

The British theatre-goers didn't like a price hike.

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