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Old 06-15-2009, 01:12 PM
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Interesting and unusual Wikipedia articles

I think this one fits the category:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponymous_laws
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:18 PM
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I wonder if Terri's Law should be in there (Schiavo)
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:22 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_nut
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:23 PM
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One of my favorites, endlessly fascinating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:25 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosi...sion_generator
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:37 PM
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The Lloyd's Bank, er, poo
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:40 PM
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Wikipedia's list of unusual articles.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:51 PM
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"This is the most exciting piece of excrement I've ever seen. In its own way, it's as valuable as the Crown Jewels."

That made my day.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:19 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...own_inventions

And the more generic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:33 PM
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My most recent favorite hunk of Wikipedia is the Talk page for Goran Bregovic, especially the POV section.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:10 AM
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This thread made my day.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:23 AM
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The 1859 Pig War.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:55 AM
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I'm never leaving the house. The weirdest one has to be the entire football team being killed by one bolt of forked lightning!
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:03 AM
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One of my favorites, endlessly fascinating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

I refuse to read that page...
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:49 AM
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I'm never leaving the house. The weirdest one has to be the entire football team being killed by one bolt of forked lightning!
And it was the entire VISITING team. Apparently, the home team lived - that has to be the greatest "home-field advantage" in history!

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Old 06-16-2009, 01:43 PM
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I refuse to read that page...
OK then, I won't either.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:27 PM
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I just found one today on "Figging". Do NOT look this up from work.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:13 PM
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I'm never leaving the house. The weirdest one has to be the entire football team being killed by one bolt of forked lightning!
No, this is the weirdest one. Fuckin' spooky.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:21 PM
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The List of Conspiracy Theories is always good for a laugh (at least that's what the government want you to believe).
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:45 PM
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Being a paleoscatologist sounds like a load of old crap.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:00 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire...nd_watermelons
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:02 PM
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Oh yeah, this is ALL I need... Good thing school is out for the summer and I have lots of free time now. These sites are *F-U-N*!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:36 PM
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Not that unusual, aside from the creeping horror value, but an old favorite of mine, S.A. Andree's Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897.

(Suffice it to say, mistakes were made)
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:43 PM
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Not that unusual, aside from the creeping horror value, but an old favorite of mine, S.A. Andree's Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897.

(Suffice it to say, mistakes were made)
I would love to read a book about that. Do you know if any have been written?
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:01 AM
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This one's linked from the above-mentioned "unusual articles" page, but it's always good for a laugh: Metal Umlauts.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:32 AM
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I would love to read a book about that. Do you know if any have been written?
I haven't read it myself, but the article mentions a "semi-documentary" novel, The Flight of the Eagle, by Sundman, 1967. Apparently it was made into an Oscar nominated movie (!), but no version with English subtitles exists, let alone on DVD.

'nother odd, if not weird listing; the Africa flight of LZ104/L.59, which went from a one-way resupply flight to Lettow-Vorbeck's forces in Africa, to a 4,200 mile record-setting round trip after receiving a mistaken abort message.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:24 AM
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The Mary Celeste. A ship that was found floating, abandonded, in the Atlantic Ocean. No crew members were aboard, the ship was in sound condition, the weather was good, and all the cargo and the crew members' personal belongings were intact. There were no apparent signs of struggle.
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