Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Stephen Colbert, in his unique way of hitting the nail on the head, coined the word wikiality, defined as "reality that we all agree on." Ironically, this is explained further in the wiki article "Cultural impact of The Colbert Report."

J-Walk did a post on how many clicks on Random Article on Wikipedia it would take before finding something he was interested in. For him it took 15 clicks. I'm interested in a lot of stuff, especially trivia, so I just did 15 clicks to see what came up.

  1. Term limit
    (OK, not particularly interesting)
  2. Nowa Wieś Mała, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
    (a Polish village with a population of 30) "Nowa Wieś Mała is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Paszowice..."
  3. Gromadzice, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
    (another hard-to-pronounce Polish village with unpronounceable directions? This is random?)
  4. William Andrews
    (there are a lot of them so this is a disambiguation)
  5. Pyramimonadales
    (it's algae)
  6. vmstat
    (virtual memory statistics)
  7. Nenko System
    (a Japanese system of employee promotion)
  8. Eddy Palchak
    (I would have known this guy if I were a sports enthusiast)
  9. Frank Guinta
    (Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire)
  10. Beaulieu-en-Argonne
    (a French commune)
  11. Lalongue
    (another French commune! The randomness of this is now highly suspect!)
  12. Plew, Missouri
    (unincorporated community in SW MO, which I never heard of but learned from this article that a plew is a beaver pelt.)
  13. Mount Ronui
    (a volcano in Tahiti)
  14. Reachin'
    (first studio album from the jam band Family Groove Company)
  15. Manuel María Lombardini
    (a Mexican General who was President of Mexico for 3 months in 1953)

I love Wikipedia, and although I don't think it should be viewed as the ultimate authority, it comes as close to that as any of your old dusty encyclopedias did (outdated by the time they are printed, culturally biased, and with uncorrectable flaws).

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