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Here we take a look at 10 strange Wikipedia stories.
10 Unbelievable Things You Didn't Know About Wikipedia
Strange Wikipedia Facts
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10. Wikipedia's Greatest Illustrator
9. Wikipedia Games
Wikipedia does not need any introduction and it is well known to everyone, as it is one of the places where everyone lands on to find the information. Apart from just browsing and digging through the information using Wikipedia, have you ever thought of what else can be done there? Wouldnt it be great if you could gain knowledge having fun, using Wikipedia?
8. The Most Controversial Edited Wikipedia Articles
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has marked its 15th birthday with a list of the most edited pages on the site. The English language version of the site, which anyone can edit, has more than 5 million entries and has been edited around 808 million times.
7. Wikipedia Was Not The First Online Encyclopedia
While it is undoubtedly the most popular and well known online encyclopedia, the idea of such a website that could be edited by anyone actually pre-dates it. In 1999, two years before Wikipedia launched, Douglas Adams set up the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition (known as h2g2). This operated in much the same way, though its articles tended to have a slightly humorous slant to them in line with the guide from the novels of the same name.
6. Using Wikipedia to Predict Movie Box Offices
If you’re planing to watch a movie, but will the new release you choose be a blockbuster or a lackluster flop? Well, Wikipedia may help predict your choice’s success or failure in the box office.
Researchers tracked activity on Wikipedia entries for 312 movies (released in 2010), including aspects like number of views, users, and edits; and compared this activity to the box office success of the movies in a computational model.
5 . Statistics
Wikipedia has had more than 800 million edits, across 40 million articles, from 29 million registered users. You knew Wikipedia was big, but the best way to get some grasp of exactly how big is to refresh this page (
) a few times in quick succession, and watch the numbers move. Also of interest on the statistics front might be the list of article traffic jumps, the list of popular articles, list of notable Wikipedians and the page of awareness statistics.
Number 4. Wikipedia has a list of "deleted articles with freaky titles"
If you're after a bit of amusement, Wikipedia's list of DAFT, or "deleted articles with freaky titles"(
) is a good place to head. As the name suggests, it's a list of articles that people have created which have subsequently been deleted, but were too wonderfully-named not to keep some sort of a record of.
Number 3 .Wikipedia has a list of films that most frequently use the word “F**k”.
There is a documentary on the word Fuck released in 2005, directed by Steve Anderson. This documentary demonstrates the social, political, personal, historical, linguistic and artistic significance of the word Fuck. This is the movie which has used the word Fuck maximum times till 2014, at the rate of 9.21 uses/minute in a total duration of 93 minutes. 2014 released Swearnet: The Movie holds the record for the most uses of the word "fuck", with a total of 935 of them.
2. There's a competition to guess what the last article in Wikipedia will be If you're feeling clairvoyant, you can try your hand in a pool to guess exactly what the last article ever written in Wikipedia will be. Other pools exists for other milestones, but the last article inspires a bit more attention. Why might something be the last article?
1. Underhanded Ways Governments Use wikipedia
In the wake of the MH17 tragedy in 2014, questions of who’s responsible for downing the plane emerged almost immediately.The day after MH17 went down, a section of the Russian Wikipedia article about the incident was changed to directly implicate the Ukrainian military. A passage was changed to read: “The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers.” Luckily, there’s a Twitter bot established specifically to track Wikipedia edits made from Russian government IPs.