Wikipedia / "Duck Attack"
Wikipedia / "Duck Attack"

11 More Weird & Wonderful Wikipedia Lists

Wikipedia / "Duck Attack"
Wikipedia / "Duck Attack"

Let's face it: Wikipedia is a goldmine of weirdness. Today I return to the well to bring you more of my favorite bizarro Wikipedia lists. Prepare yourself for wackiness, people!

1. List of Fictional Ducks

The Fictional Ducks list includes an (admittedly thin) section on Ducks in Video Games. Ahem:

Deadly Duck is the eponymous character of the Atari 2600 video game Deadly Duck (1982). The 2600 retrogame Duck Attack! (2010) features a mallard named Bruce, and additionally a grey variant named Mandy, a gold variant named Pat, a blue variant named Groucho, and a ruddy variant named Clarice.

But my absolute favorite fictional quacker is John D. Roderduck, "an antagonist duck from Donald Duck's Duck universe." I'm convinced that musician John Roderick is a distant cousin of this fictional duck.

2. List of People Who Have Been Pied

This one is self-explanatory, though the tagline at the top curtly notes: "This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness." The list includes columns for "Victim" and "Perpetrator," among others. Among the (allegedly) pied:

Willie Brown - San Francisco Mayor - "During speech" - by the Biotic Baking Brigade

William F. Buckley, Jr. - Conservative political commentator - "Unknown event" - by Aron Kay

King Carl XVI Gustaf - King of Sweden - "During a visit to Varberg" - by a "16-year old boy"

Bill Gates - Founder of Microsoft - "Meeting of the European Union" - by Noël Godin (who allegedly then said, "My work is done here.")

There's also a whole string of New York Yankees who were pied by fellow Yankee A.J. Burnett during various 2009 winning home games. It's a tradition!

3. List of Premature Obituaries

People for whom reports of their death were exaggerated. Including:

Mark Twain (twice)

Abe Vigoda (actor): In 1982, People magazine referred to him as 'the late Abe Vigoda'. He then posed for a photograph showing him sitting up in a coffin, holding the magazine in question. Vigoda claims that during the 1980s the widespread belief that he was dead cost him work. Erroneous reports of Vigoda's death have become something of a running joke, such as in television sketches.

Neil Young: was mistakenly reported dead on August 25, 2012 on NBCNews.com. A headline reported "Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82". In fact, Neil Armstrong had died. NBC said they corrected the error after seven minutes. Some believe it was the result of confusing Armstrong with fellow astronaut John Young, who is still alive.

4. List of Fictional Drinking Establishments

25 watering holes that are only in our dreams, including:

Moe's Tavern (The Simpsons)

Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars)

Rick's Café Américain (Casablanca)

5. List of Sports

I bet you didn't know that these are actual sports:

Throwball

Deaf Basketball

Danish Longball (equipment includes "optional safety pads")

Mountain Unicycling

Noodling

6. List of TV Spin-Offs

This list begins with a surprisingly detailed discussion of the difference between a spin-off, a crossover, and a remake. Here are a few notable spin-offs along with their parent series:

Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Checking In, Archie Bunker's Place, Gloria, 704 Hauser - All in the Family (that's one prolific show!)

Pinky and the Brain - Animaniacs

Frasier - Cheers (which also spawned The Tortellis, which lasted just thirteen episodes)

The Facts of Life - Diff'rent Strokes

Empty Nest - Golden Girls

It's an extremely long list of fascinating spin-offs. The number of shows spawned by Popstars is insane.

7. List of Films Considered the Worst

These are awful, at least according to critics. Best of the worst:

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

Bio-Dome (1996)

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)

The summary of Manos: The Hands of Fate begins: "A low-budget horror film made by an El Paso insurance and fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, the plot concerns a vacationing family that is kidnapped by a polygamous cult of pagans." But it gets way better worse!

8. List of Sesame Street Muppets

Learn the history behind some of your favorite Muppets! Including this poor professor, who was canceled for being overly boring:

Professor Hastings - Frank Oz - A bespectacled and old Fat Blue Anything Muppet professor with white hair who gives comically confused lectures, losing track of the subject and falling into short naps. Kermit often acts as his assistant, keeping him awake and reminding the absent-minded professor of the topic of his lecture. He was removed from the show because he was too dull.

9. List of Fictional Universes in Film and TV

Hey everybody, let's visit my favorite fictional universe, the Fringe universe. No, no, the other Fringe universe. Wait, are the parallel universes considered just one universe? I'm confused now. See also:

Tommy Westphall Universe - A Hypothetical Universe that encompasses St. Elsewhere and numerous other television shows (primarily those produced by US network NBC) which are directly or indirectly connected through fictional crossovers and spin-offs.

Whoniverse - Main setting of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane and other spin-offs of the Doctor Who series.

10. Planets in Science Fiction

Who could forget these sci-fi planets?

Erna - A seismically active planet with psychically malleable quasi-sentient natural forces called the Fae in Celia S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy.

K-PAX - A utopian planet in the novel and film of the same name, which is quite possibly the delusional invention of a madman who claims to be from the planet.

Tralfamadore - A planet populated by the phlegmatic Tralfamadorians in the works of Kurt Vonnegut.

Zarkon - Home planet of Philo, TV-station engineer in the film UHF.

11. List of Cryptids

Cryptids are animals presumed to exist, but their "existence has often been derived from anecdotal or other evidence, considered insufficient by mainstream science." Here are a few to haunt your dreams, along with Wikipedia's brief notes:

Devil Monkey - Unconfirmed, only one carcass has ever been found - Baboon-like body with kangaroo-like legs; very aggressive

Flatwoods Monster - Unconfirmed - Spade-headed extraterrestrial

Hellhound (aka Barghest, Black Shuck, Dip, Gwyllgi, Gytrash) - Unconfirmed - Large, black, spectral hound with red eyes

Kelpie - Unconfirmed - Carnivorous [and aquatic] equine

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State
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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

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20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer
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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

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