For Wikipedia's 15th birthday, YP picks 15 of our favourite Wikipedia pages

For Wikipedia's 15th birthday, YP picks 15 of our favourite Wikipedia pages

Wikipedia is much like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. Here are 15 fascinating Wikipedia pages to lose yourself in

Happy birthday, Wikipedia! The Internet’s "free encyclopedia" best known for providing information on past and current events - sometimes in real time - and rescuing desperate students facing school assignment deadlines.

In those 15 years, Wikipedia saw to the end of Microsoft’s Encarta encyclopedia and supplanted Britannica as the dominant source of information in English. While the digital landscape has changed drastically over the last decade, Wikipedia has not. It still delivers information with neutrality and accuracy, and with no commercial advertisements.

Wikipedia has been incredibly influential, not just as a free alternative to acquiring knowledge, but as a vanguard for maintaining and delivering up-to-date information. Each month, nearly 100,000 volunteers from around the world actively contribute content to Wikipedia so that anyone may freely read, copy or redistribute its articles.

However, Wikipedia, now an online digital "teenager," faces big questions about its identity and future direction. While its volunteer community emerged alongside blogs and MySpace, the encyclopedia continues to be relevant, timely and useful.

Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has expanded beyond a simple encyclopedia to establish a greater "Wikimedia movement" that few people see but benefit from. The extension of Wikipedia includes a range of projects, from the multimedia repository Wikimedia Commons to collaborations with world class international museums to the creation of Wikidata, the world’s largest shared open access database.

For its birthday, YP has put together a list of the 15 oddest Wikipedia pages. Enjoy!

Marree Man

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The Marree Man, or Stuart’s Giant, is a giant figure carved into the ground in South Australia, and no one knows what it means or where it came from. It was first discovered on June 26, 1998, and because of the dry, hot climate, it remained visible until December last year. The figure, which looks to be an indigenous Australian aboriginal man hunting, is 4.2km tall with a perimeter of 28km. Despite its huge size, no tracks or footprints were found anywhere near the site, and no one has stepped forward to take credit for it. Pretty interesting!
Lucy Christie, sub editor

Practical jokes

I am useless at practical jokes. I think they’re mostly too mean. But occasionally, they need to be played, and so I need inspiration! Thank you, Wiki.
Karly Cox, deputy editor

Main page

Let's start from the very beginning, since the main page is where I begin my wandering through the endless depths of Wikipedia's weirdness.
Wong Tsui-kai, reporter

McDonald’s urban legends

Rumours that McDonald’s use protein-rich ingredients such as earthworms and cow eyeballs in their hamburgers. Not sure if it’s true, but it’ll sure help you stick to your healthy-diet resolution!
Melanie Leung, reporter

Cheese

I love cheese. I eat a lot of cheese. I know a fair bit about cheese, but NOT EVERYTHING. This is my favourite place to start when I am in the mood for some cheesearch.
Karly Cox, deputy editor

Lady Jane Grey

Being a bit of a history nerd, discovering Lady Jane Grey, the "nine day queen" of England in university was kind of cool. Basically, Lady Jane Grey was manoeuvred by those in her life to claim the throne of England for herself after the death of King Edward VI, who was the son of Henry VIII. After reigning for only nine days, she and her husband were charged with high treason and executed within the Tower of London when she was 16 or 17 years old.
Heidi Yeung, web sub editor

Grenadians in the UK

My mum is Grenadian and she lives in the UK; as is Craig David and Lewis Hamilton, who are a bit more famous. I like to keep an eye on this list to see if it grows! Nobody knows very much about this beautiful little country in the West Indies, so I get a buzz when someone from the island does something to draw attention to it!
Karly Cox, deputy editor

Voynich manuscript

Imagine a book hundreds of years old - and we still can't translate it! We can translate Egyptian hyrogliphs, but the Voynich manuscript remains a mystery; and the page includes links to other mysterious artefacts.
Sam Gusway, sub editor

Bizarre deaths

Sorry for being grim, but people throughout history died in very strange ways. The list of unusual deaths on Wikipedia is a good eyebrow-raising read. Who knew you can laugh to death ...?
Heidi Yeung, web sub editor

Timeline of the far future

Feeling bogged down with life's little problems? Take 10 minutes to have your mind well and truly blown with a predicted timeline of events starting about 8,000 years from now and stretching to about 100 quintillion years. The page draws from all areas of science - biology, geology, physics, human culture and astronomy - to predict the most significant events of the next few million millennia.
Lauren James, sub editor

The Hubble Deep Field

For non astronomy nerds, the Hubble Deep Field is an picture of the early universe. There are a massive amount of bright dots in the slide. But they aren't stars, but entire galaxies each with many stars. A poignant reminder of just how big space is and how irrelevant Earth is compared to everything out there.
Wong Tsui-kai, reporter

... huh?!

Wikipedia created an unusual page for its unusual articles! Try to out-unusual that.

Recursion

An awesome blend of art, science, and optical illusion - and plenty of crosslinks that can keep you going down that Wikipedia rabbit hole for hours.

UFO sightings

This will take you to another world for hours.  A list of all the unusual sightings in the sky all over the world since BC times. Whether or not you believe in aliens or UFOs, it's still a longread Wiki page to get lost in and speculate about.
Lauren James, sub editor

Mysterious disappearances

Did you think may people only vanish into thin air in books or movies? (Or if they are booksellers of certain titles in Hong Kong?) You'd be wrong. Wikipedia has a list of people who mysteriously disappeared
Heidi Yeung, web sub editor

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