What if every fact and sentence on Wikipedia were an "interactive 3D visualization, re-imagined as a cosmic web of knowledge"?
That's the idea behind Wikiverse, which is so cool you have to check it out for yourself right here, right now.
David Spargo apparently really wanted to meet the band "Peking Duk," so much so that he was willing to poorly edit the band's Wikipedia entry in order to convince a security guy he belonged backstage. Lucky for him, it worked.
The ill-placed and poorly formatted "Family David Spargo" was legit enough to dupe a surprisingly gullible security guard into letting David past him, where he introduced himself to the band:
"We ended up having a bunch of beers with him and he was an absolute legend. He wasn’t a creep or anything. He was like the most normal dude we’ve ever met. That’s what makes it more hilarious."
Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Would it work a second time? Probably not.
One man, 1,000,000 edits: Justin Knapp, a 30-year-old Wikipedia editor from Indiana, has spent the bulk of his free time since 2003 giving the open-source encyclopedia the ol' spit-and-polish, and he's finally hit seven digits. And that's easier said than done, considering the site is the sixth most-visited in the world.
End Of An Era of the Day: Encyclopaedia Britannica, the mother of all alphabetized knowledge, will be putting its 244-year-old print business out to pasture effective immediately.
This makes the august encyclopedia publisher's 32-volume 2010 edition the last of its kind.
"Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic abo
A Taste Of Thing To Come? of the Day: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has just announces via Twitter that he will be joining the anti-SOPA blackout planned for this Wednesday, January 18th.
Starting at midnight EST, the English version of Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours, crippling student reports everywhere, and hopefully bringing much-needed attention to the I
Infographic of the Day: Gareth Lloyd and Tom Martin mapped out the coordinates they found in 15,500 Wikipedia pages of historic events, and visualized them as occurring over time "to create a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history."
Process info and datasets can be found here.
By The People of the Day: A Wonkette reader who recently visited the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge made a rather disconcerting discovery: The biography of Louisiana's first governor, William C. C. Claiborne -- which is situated on a pedestal by his statue -- is naught more than a two