This Is the Most Cited Academic Paper on Wikipedia

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Many would probably be surprised to learn that a paper on climate classification has been referenced 2.8 million times on Wikipedia. The authors of the paper certainly were, as WIRED reported.

According to a recent analysis by The Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees Wikipedia, a paper titled "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification" is by far the most cited source on the site, making its authors something like Wikipedia rock stars. To put that number in perspective, it's slightly less than the number of followers that rapper Cardi B has on Twitter.

While climate classification might not be the sexiest topic, it's incredibly useful across a number of fields, "since climate can affect everything from biology to sociology," as WIRED noted.

Penned by three Australian researchers, the academic paper updates an older version of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, which was originally conceived in 1884 by Russian-German climatologist Wladimir Köppen and updated in the 1950s by German climatologist Rudolf Geiger.

The Australian researchers—Brian Finlayson, Thomas McMahon, and Murray Peel—updated the map that accompanies the classification system yet again in 2007. The map's use has been widespread, with Lonely Planet reportedly using it to share general weather information about the various destinations it provides travel guides for.

The Köppen-Geiger climate classification map

Peel, M. C., Finlayson, B. L., and McMahon, T. A., Wikipedia // CC BY-SA 4.0

Finlayson, a retired geography professor from the University of Melbourne, was shocked to learn how frequently their map is referenced. "Those numbers blew me away," Finlayson told WIRED. "None of us had any idea about this. We didn't know Wikipedia collected this information or anything about it."

The Wikimedia Foundation arrived at this figure by analyzing the data of every citation in all of Wikipedia's 297 languages. The only stipulation was that the citations had to be paired with an identifier (for example, "DOI" for a scholarly paper, or "ISBN" for a book edition), but even after narrowing it down, they ended up with nearly 15.7 million records.

All of the top 10 sources by citation are reference books or scientific articles. Trailing far behind the updated Köppen-Geiger map in second place, with 21,350 citations, is some light reading on the "Prediction of Hydrophobic (Lipophilic) Properties of Small Organic Molecules Using Fragment Methods." "Galaxies and How to Observe Them," "A Concise History of Romania," and the California Academy of Sciences' "Catalog of Fishes" also make the top 10.

[h/t WIRED]

JELL-O's New Edible Slimes Are As Fun to Eat As They Are to Play With

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JELL-O/The Kraft Heinz Company

JELL-O has good news for anyone who has ever gotten hungry watching slime videos on YouTube. As MovieWeb reports, the snack brand has added two new products to their JELL-O Play line: Monster Slime and Unicorn Slime, both of which are 100 percent edible.

JELL-O edible slime starts as a powdered mix. At home, kids and parents can stir three scoops of the powder together with one scoop of warm water for 30 seconds then add an additional tablespoon of warm water to make the slime.

Like the slime you find in toy stores or the DIY kind, this slime is meant to be played with. "The slime stretches if you pull it slowly, but snaps if you pull it apart fast," the product description reads. "It's firm if you squeeze it, but it can also pour and drip like a liquid!" And after they're done playing with their slime, kids (and fun-loving adults) can eat it. As for the slime that does't get eaten and ends up on clothes and hands, JELL-O says it washes off easily with soap and water.

The JELL-O slime comes in two flavors, lime for Monster Slime and strawberry for Unicorn Slime, and will be available in select stores beginning in December. It's part of a line of interactive snack products from JELL-O, which includes pudding pop molds and dirt cups kits.

[h/t MovieWeb]

A Home Alone-Themed Clothing Line Has Arrived Just in Time for Holiday Party Season

RSVLTS
RSVLTS

Little Nero’s Pizza isn’t fiddlin’ around, and neither are The Roosevelts. Just in time for holiday party season, the apparel company—more popularly known as RSVLTS—has launched a clothing line based on Home Alone, the John Hughes-penned 1990 family classic starring Macaulay Culkin.

The logo for Little Nero’s, the fictional pizza chain that Kevin ordered from in the film, has been printed on a red ball cap and a long-sleeved T-shirt. The latter has logos on both the front and back, with the tagline—"No Fiddlin’ Around!"—printed on the sleeve. You can even order a replica of the jacket worn by the pizza delivery kid who was verbally assaulted by a recording of a shoot-'em-up gangster movie.

A long-sleeve shirt with "No Fiddlin' Around" written on the sleeve
RSVLTS

A jacket with "Little Nero's Pizza" written on the back
RSVLTS

A couple of button-up Oxfords are also available. One features everyone's favorite inept burglars, Harry and Marv, in various stages of distress, like being lit on fire or smacked in the face with a red-hot iron (against a sky blue backdrop, no less). Another design features tiny Home Alone-themed icons: an airplane, a pizza, the Eiffel Tower, a bucket of paint, and more of the Wet Bandits, of course.

A button-down shirt with Home Alone-themed icons on it
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Lastly, there’s a “battle plan” hoodie featuring Kevin’s hand-drawn blueprint for outsmarting the burglars. All of the items are officially licensed by 21st Century Fox and range in price from $30 to $75.

If you want to peruse more pop culture-themed apparel, check out RSVLTS's Bob Ross, Rocky, and The Sandlot collections.

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