Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Wikipedia 'unusual' articles.

My business partner pointed this out to me the other day, when we were both avoiding actually doing any work, and it's kept me quite amused ever since - little things please little minds etc etc. Basically it's a link to a page which links on to all the wierd and wacky Wiki articles you'd probably never find otherwise. Wiki says:

"This page is for Wikipedians to list articles that seem a bit unusual. These articles are valuable contributions to the encyclopedia, but are somewhat odd, whimsical, or something you wouldn't expect to find in Encyclopædia Britannica. We should take special care to meet the highest standards of an encyclopedia with these articles lest they make Wikipedia appear idiosyncratic. If you wish to add articles to this list, a broad consensus amongst contributors has identified two main guidelines. If the article in question meets one or both of these categories then it could possibly be deemed unusual:

  1. The article is something you would not expect to find in a standard encyclopedia.
  2. The article contains some form of juxtaposition that most people would find unusual, e.g. "Killer Cockroach," "Henry VIII in Space," "edible computers," and so on.

Note that this is a broad definition. Some articles may still be considered unusual even if they don't fit the guidelines above."

And for example take:

Time Cube Theory, the mysterious 'Bloop' sound, the original Five-second rule, a whole page for the wonder that is the Spork, a rather curious page on Exploding animals and a facinating article regarding the noble art of Penis fencing.

Well worth checking out if you have a couple of days to spare.


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