1. Weird

    12 Of The Weirdest Wikipedia Articles You Can Listen To

    Available audio versions of large texts can be very useful for blind and visually-impaired readers, which is why text-to-speech software is so popular. You know what, though? That's not Wikipedia's style. They'd rather get people to record themselves reciting articles about whatever they want -- which makes for some strange subject material.

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  2. Tech

    TL;DR Wikipedia Distills the Internet’s Vast Knowledge Into Short, Sarcastic Barbs

    There's a lot of information on the Internet, so it can be hard to know just where to turn when you want a concise explanation of any given subject. That's where TL;DR Wikipedia comes in. They take all of the "knowledge" and "facts" and reduce it to easily remembered, sarcastic flash cards.

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  3. Tech

    Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Responds to Petition Asking That “Holistic Approaches to Healing” Be Taken Seriously

    People in the "holistic healing" community don't like how they're being written about on Wikipedia, so they started a petition asking that Wikipedia put policies in place for their nonsense to be taken just as seriously as actual science. Jimmy Wales responded and forever won our respect.

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  4. Tech

    PediaPress Wants to Print All of Wikipedia in 1,000 Books, Trees Can Be Heard Weeping

    Man, the Internet is a convenient place to get a lot of information very quickly at the push of a button, but how can we take that and change it into a permanent, physical record that has pretty much none of those benefits? PediaPress has the answer, and they want to print all of the English language Wikipedia articles into 1,000 books.

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  5. Tech

    As Chaos Continues in Egypt, Wikipedia Can’t Decide If Latest Uprising’s a Revolution or a Coup

    What's in a name? Kind of a lot, sometimes. Case in point: as supporters of the Egyptian military and those loyal to ousted former president Mohamed Morsi continue to clash in the streets, a smaller, safer clash has broken out in the pages of Wikipedia, where editors are debating whether to call this latest uprising -- which saw Morsi driven from office as the military seized control of the nation -- a coup or a revolution. That definition isn't just important semantically -- outside the hallowed halls of Wikipedia, which term is used could have real implications for U.S. foreign policy toward Egypt.

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  6. Tech

    French Intelligence Forces Volunteer Sysop to Delete Wikipedia Article

    In what seems like something straight out of an updated version of 1984, the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur, or DCRI, a French intelligence agency, apparently recently summoned and subsequently forced a Wikipedia volunteer to delete an article on the online encyclopedia. This came after the agency first attempted to get Wikimedia France to remove what it considered classified information from an article about a French military compound in March. They declined to remove the offending bits, so DCRI took more drastic measures.

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  7. Weird

    Mathematical Model of Wikipedia Edit Wars Dissects The World’s Greatest Nerd Fights

    Ok, I'm just going to say it -- the physicists at Aalto University may have a bit too much time on their hands, seeing as they've taken Wikipedia watching to a new extreme. Working with researchers from around Europe, they've created the first known mathematical model of editorial conflicts in Wikipedia, which tracks the birth, life and occasionally even the resolution of the Internet grudge matches that determine what is fact on the Internet's number one repository of facts.

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  8. Space

    What Are the Odds an Asteroid Will Hit Your House?

    Tomorrow the 143,000 ton asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass a mere 17,200 miles from the Earth. What does that mean for you? Nothing. There's no chance of DA14 hitting the Earth. We'll all be fine this time around, but hundreds of smaller objects strike the Earth every year. Our friends at Movoto have a handy calculator to get the odds that one will hit your house. Give it a try, and you'll probably feel a lot better about the whole thing.

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  9. Tech

    Never Leave the House Again! Google Earth Adds Tours of 100,000 Places Around the World

    Good news, shut-ins! It's now even easier to kind of see the world from your computer. Google Earth has added over 100,000 places in more than 200 countries to their Tour Guide feature. The Google Earth Tour Guide combines animated flybys of places, interesting facts pulled from Wikipedia, and even user-generated Panoramio images to get a better look. Why not kill a little time pretending to explore the globe? You might learn something.

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  10. Tech

    Microsoft Sends DMCA Requests to the BBC, Wikipedia, and More

    The world of internet piracy and online copyright enforcement is rife with stories of incompetence, especially on the side of major corporations and copyright holders. Many of those problems stem from the fact that the most frequently used weapon of copyright-holders, sending DMCA takedown requests to remove sites illegally sharing copyrighted material from search engines, is automated. The systems in place send an obscene number of notices, including duplicate requests for sites that have already been removed and now, apparently, random requests to remove any site even slightly connected to a company's copyrighted material. For example, a recent rash of DMCA notices from Microsoft asked Google to delist a series of popular, most-likely non-infringing sites, including TechCrunch, The Huffington Post,, and Wikipedia.

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  11. Tech

    Wikipedia Heading Towards a Serious Admin Shortage

    Wikipedia is something of a modern day miracle. It's a free, perpetually up-to-date, nigh-all-inclusive, readily accessible encyclopedia that has long proven to be about as accurate as more traditional alternatives. The easy thing to forget, however, is that this is only because an army of Wikipedians is dutifully editing, re-editing, and re-re-editing the site's myriad pages. Unfortunately, there seems to be a downward trend; the number of new Wikipedia Admins has dropped off, and if the pattern continues, the site could face a very serious shortage.

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  12. Tech

    Wikistats Lets You See What Parts Of Wikipedia Are Morphing Right Now

    You might not be allowed to use it for school papers, but Wikipedia is effectively the go-to source for information in most of the non-graded sectors of the world. The thing we tend to forget, or at least not think about very often, is that Wikipedia isn't written in stone. In fact, it changes faster than you can imagine.  Wikistats, a new site that tracks the "trending pages" on Wikipedia, can give you good idea of what's changing at any given time, and by how much. The results might not be what you'd think.

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  13. Tech

    Competitive Wikipedia Searching Makes For An Oddly Compelling Sport [Video]

    If you're young enough that Wikipedia existed while you were in highschool, you've probably played WikiWars in a library computer lab. The game is simple: Two users start on the same page and attempt to be the first to navigate to a second random page using nothing but internal links. It's a blast. This video by thegregorybrothers shows a match in progress and acts not only as an informative tutorial for would-be WikiWarriors, but also an amazing proof of concept for WikiWars as a televised sport with commentary. While it's surprisingly fun to watch, it's obviously better to play. So grab a friend, start at "string beans" and get to "alternating current." Ready? GO!

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  14. Tech

    Hard-Working Wikipedian Reaches 1 Million Edits

    Wikipedian and compulsive editor Justin Knapp has just accomplished a goal that is surreal in its magnitude. Justin Knapp is the first person to make 1 million edits to everyone's favorite free, editable encyclopedia. Yes anyone can edit it, but no one edits it quite like Justin Knapp. He's been barreling at the record for the a while now, maintaining an average of over 350 amendments per day. In celebration of his achievements, Knapp has been given an impressive array of Wikipedia awards, and has had April 20th named as a holiday in his honor as a thank you from Jimmy Wales himself.

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  15. Tech

    Wikipedia Completes Transition from GoDaddy Hosting

    The Wikimedia foundation has announced that the organization completed the transfer of popular online repository of all human knowledge Wikipedia from GoDaddy hosting this past Friday. The move has been a long time coming, with several reasons motivating the change over -- not the least of which was GoDaddy's support of SOPA, which contrasted greatly to Wikipedia's opposition of the proposed Internet regulation.

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