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Wikis Gone Wild!

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Six years ago, Jimmy Wales introduced Wikipedia with the idea that the internet was for the free sharing of knowledge among, well, everyone. Those who knew something could contribute and edit entries for the benefit of those needing to find out. Since then, Wikipedia has become the go-to place for everyone from elementary school students to blog writers. Although the statistics are phenonemal, the real proof of success is when the knockoffs and parodies show up. Also, plenty of niche-audience sites use the Wikipedia format. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Wikipedia must feel very flattered.

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Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia is sometimes refered to as Wikipedia's empty-headed stepchild. It was launched in January of 2005 as a parody of Wikipedia. Among other things, Uncyclopedia is famous for popularizing the cult of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and for featuring randomly coined "quotes" from Oscar Wilde on many of its entries.

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Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki, was created on March 4, 2005 as a resource for all things in the Star Wars universe. It is considered to be a branch of Wikipedia, but has its own domain due to Wikipedia users' complaints about the "overabundance of minutiae" related to Star Wars on the site.

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Slackerpedia Galactica, factual pages on astronomical topics, but "loaded with humor, jokes, cheesieness and the absurd." This is a fun site. The entry on Pluto is written in the first-person narrative about the planet's demotion to dwarf status, and how he (she?) is taking the news.

MFWikiality.pngWikiality, "the truthiness encyclopedia" was launched by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert in 2006 shortly after he was banned from Wikipedia for encouraging vandalism.

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Conservapedia, a "conservative encyclopedia you can trust" was founded in November, 2006 in response to an alleged liberal, anti-Christian, and anti-American bias in the articles of Wikipedia. It was created by a group of homeschool students, and has been criticized as innacurate and hypocritical.

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Vidipedia, the free video encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Upload or look up videos in many knowledge-based categories. You can also download or embed videos from Vidipedia.

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Monstropedia, the original open-source bestiary, is the "ultimate online encyclopedia of monsters in myth, magick and legend." It has 716 articles on a range of monsters from dinosaurs to fairies.

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Lostpedia is all about the TV show Lost. Read more about it here.

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Sikipedia, building an online collection of sick jokes was founded by Rob Manuel, with the intention of publishing the collection in book form eventually. Warning: offensive humor.

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My favorite by far is Wickerpedia, the hardwoven plant fibre encyclopedia. What's not to love about this one?

Believe it or not, I got a lot of information about these sites from Wikipedia, still the lodestar of internet information. As I was preparing this article, a song got stuck in my head. I'm sure you'll recognize the tune.

In the wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki room
In the wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki room
All the nerds add words and the emos swoon
In the wiki wiki wiki wiki wiki room

There are more Wikipedia knockoffs out there, I just know it. If you are familiar with any, please tell me about it in the comments.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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