9 Strange Wikipedia Factoids You Need To Know


SeedFeeder’s sextacular illustrations titillate users


Chances are if you’ve looked at a sex-related Wikipedia page you have seen a drawing by an anonymous user who goes by the name SeedFeeder. SeedFeeder is responsible for 48 illustrations that go from the mild missionary position shown above to more radical/controversial pics for fisting or gokkun Seedfeeder never revealed his identity and stopped contributing in 2012, but his legend lives on. (Source)


Search traffic plunged after Snowden’s bombshells


Certain events cause spikes in Wikipedia traffic, notably after a celebrity has died. But when former contractor Edward Snowden made his revelations about the mass surveillance by the U.S. of its citizens, the opposite happened—traffic appeared to plunge. According to a preliminary study by Jonathon Penney at the University of Toronto, visits to 48 entries deemed sensitive including Al Qaeda, dirty bombs, and jihad were reduced by 30%. The paper cites this as part of the “chilling effects” of government spying. (Source)


Can you guess the most edited Wikipedia pages?


Wikipedia is essentially a self-policed dictionary. However, with so many “sheriffs,” disputes can arise, particularly amongst controversial entries; this can be seen in a page’s edit history. As the site has grown, so has the number of edits. The most controversial pages appear to change over the years, with George W. Bush topping 2005’s list at 20,894 edits. Things have calmed down since then, with the most edited entry of 2015 being the Geospatial summary of the High Peaks/Summits of the Juneau Icefield with 7,290. (Source 1 | Source 2)



Author Philip Roth could not correct mistake on his own page


Seeing something that’s factually inaccurate on Wikipedia can be annoying, especially if the page is about you and you can’t seem to get them to correct it. That’s what happened to author Phillip Roth, who noticed a page in his 2000 book “The Human Stain” contained an error, attributing the creation of its protagonist to New York Times critic Anatole Broyard. Roth maintained that the character was instead based on a professor friend, but Wikipedia editors continually rebuffed his changes, saying he needed a secondary source. Finally, after writing a 2.655-word letter in the New Yorker explaining his case, the entry was amended (the controversy was noted, too). (Source | Photo | Via)


Do you know how to play The Wiki Game?


There are a variety of games you can play with Wikipedia, including trivia and guessing games, but one of the most popular is called The Wiki Game, which mostly involves getting from one article to another in the fewest number of clicks. You can visit the Wiki Game website, which has variations on moves, including “5 clicks to Jesus.” Check it out! (Source)


A vegetarian singer has Wikipedia page sabotaged after song is in KFC ad


Australian, hippie folk singer Xavier Rudd is a staunch animal rights activist and in 2009 was voted “Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA. It’s no surprise, then, that some of his fans were outraged when in 2015 one of his songs was featured in an ad for KFC. As a form of clever retaliation, a Wikipedia editor altered a photo of Rudd with a bucket of KFC photoshopped in. He or she also added a section called “Collaboration,” which claimed Rudd helped create several menu items for KFC including the “2 Peace box” and the “Xinger wheatgrass” combo, adding the items came in a 100% recycled driftwood box which “doubles as an origami dreamcatcher.” (Xavier has remained mum on the subject, and the page has since been cleaned up.) (Source)


Wikipedia may be able to predict movie box offices


Movie moguls are always trying to predict opening weekend box office tallies, usually with only limited success. However, researchers at Oxford claim they may have cracked the code by looking at the number of editors and edits, and the diversity of visitors to a film’s Wikipedia page. In their study, they were able to predict the scores with a 77% accuracy, compared to the 57% other marketing research methods claim.


Wikipedia edits done by government employees


There have been several documented attempts by people in government altering information on Wikipedia entries. In the UK, government computers were used to change pages—including the page of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was mistakenly killed by anti-terrorism authorities (the edits were intended to downplay the failings of the police). In the U.S., misleading edits were made by congressional staff to pages for Joe Biden, Edward Snowden, and the Senate Intelligence Committee Terror Report. And in Canada, someone in Environment and Climate Change changed the description of a sex act from “doggy style” to “cowboy position.” (Source 1 |Source 2 | Source 3)


Woman creates female scientist Wikipedia page for every sexist email she receives


In an attempt to fight back against a systemic bias on Wikipedia that favors male contributors and entries, one female scientist is fighting back in an unusual way. Emily Temple-Wood, an undergrad biology student at Loyola University, decided every time she receives a sexist or a harassing email from a male colleague, she would create a Wikipedia entry for a female scientist. The upside from these unwarranted advances has been hundreds of entries for a diverse range of women scientists who had previously not been recognized. She has also started the WikiProject for Women Scientists, so others may help (no sexist emails required). (Source 1 | Source 2 |Photo)




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