The Best Wikipedia Pages Of All Time

Photo: REX USA/c.W. Disney/Everett.
Wikipedia! At times, it’s an endless stable of useless knowledge. For example, no one seems to appreciate the wealth of information I retained from one late-night tumble down the Romani people entry rabbit hole during a My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding marathon. Whatever.
Wikipedia is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating, unbelievable, weird, and shocking factoids about basically everything under the sun. For every dud entry, there are a thousand others ready to amaze you with everything you'll never need to know about fictional duck compendiums, the "small penis rule" (an actual thing that exists), and cosmic lattes.
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Read on for the most fascinating, intriguing, and sometimes just plain wacky Wiki pages of all time. One caveat: Please don’t blame us when you resurface in three days, your brain swirling with factoids that won’t come in handy at your next dinner party...or ever.
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Photo: REX USA/c.W. Disney/Everett.
List of fictional ducks
From Scrooge McDuck to Mr. and Mrs. Mallard (parents of Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack in Make Way for Ducklings) this is your one-stop Wiki for any need-to-know knowledge about made-up quackers. Questionably omitted from this page: Duck Dynasty.
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Photo: Via Wikipedia.
Adrian Carton de Wiart
Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart’s page went viral on Twitter in 2013, with many people describing it as "the best entry on Wikipedia." Not only did he serve in three wars, de Wiart "was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived a plane crash; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them." His page should be included on any and all lists of real-life badasses.
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Photo: Via @kmo139.
Witzelsucht
File this under "punbelievable:" Witzelsucht (from the German witzeln, meaning to joke or wisecrack, and sucht, meaning addiction or yearning) is a set of rare neurological symptoms characterized by a tendency to make puns or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations.
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Photo: Via @roboppy.
List of sandwiches
This may just be the most helpful Wikipedia page of all time. Bookmark it.
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Photo: Courtesy of DGC Records.
Small penis rule
This devious trick was devised to help authors avoid getting sued for creating fictional versions of people that are a little too close to their real-world inspirations. The thought process is that no one will come forward claiming a character is based on him if the author gives the character a small penis.
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Photo: Via @eBay.
Mondegreen
Phoebe Buffay once claimed that the most romantic song of all time is "the one that Elton John wrote for that guy on Who’s The Boss… 'Hold me close, young Tony Danza.'" Similarly, Bruce Springsteen is probably tired of people singing, “blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche…” Misheard song lyrics even became a Vine trend in 2013. And, while we don’t imagine it entering into everyday conversation, a word for this phenomenon does exist. It's called a mondegreen. Thanks, Wikipedia.
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Photo: BEImages/Jim Smeal.
Soulja Boy
In one of the most amazing Wiki finds of our time, an Internet sleuth unearthed an earlier revision of Soulja Boy’s page that Mr. Tell Em himself appears to have written. Sample sentence: "While Soulja Boy was living in the A he started to rap at the age of 10 at school just playing around."
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Photo: Via @ratatatratsy.
Lists of lists of lists
Not to be confused with blacks on blacks on blacks, this Wiki entry contains exactly what the recursive title says. “This article is a list of articles comprising a list of things that are themselves lists of things, such as the lists of lists listed below.” Welcome to Wikipedia’s house of mirrors.
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Photo: Courtesy of the FBI.
D.B. Cooper
If unsolved mysteries are your thing, dive into D. B. Cooper's Wiki entry. On November 24, 1971, a suspect who had purchased an airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper hijacked a plane and extorted $200,000 in ransom money before parachuting from the aircraft. He was misidentified as "D.B. Cooper" in a wire service transmission, and that's the name that stuck in popular culture. If he survived the escape (the FBI argues that he didn't), the "skyjacker" remains at large, and numerous conspiracy theories exist about his identity and whereabouts.
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Photo: Via @Wikipedia.
Cow tipping
Should you ever find yourself wondering if the practice of pushing over a bovine is just an urban legend — versus something with actual scientific evidence and a historical precedent — Wikipedia is here to satisfy your curiosity.
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Photo: Via @Wikipedia.
Wet floor sign
The current entry for wet floor signs isn’t anything to write home about. At one point, however, Wikipedia editors had a field day on this page, giving the extremely helpful dampness notifier a rich history dating back to the dawn of the "Floor Age" in Roman times. You can read the hilarious revision of the page — and the entire fabricated lore of the wet floor sign — here.
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Photo: Courtesy of NASA.
Discoveries of human feet on British Columbia beaches, 2007–2008
This page, which redirects to the one on Salish Sea human foot discovers, begs the important question: How many human foot discoveries must there be in one summer to merit a Wikipedia entry (and a redirect)? The answer is around 15, plus a few “hoax feet.” Glad we could clear that up.
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Photo: Courtesy of NASA.
Cosmic latte
No, this isn’t one of those bizarro Crayola colors that's been added since we finished kindergarten. Hexadecimal RGB value #FFF8E7 is the creamish-tan shade that was given to the "average color of the universe" by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins. While it’s not actually a Starbucks drink, the name did originate during a brainstorm session at the coffee house.
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Photo: Via Wikipedia.
Feral child
The acquisition of language is one of the most important parts of child development. Naturally, inquisitive researchers would love to have data about what would happen to a child raised in the absence of communication skills. Literary scholar Roger Shattuck calls this "The Forbidden Experiment" because of the extreme deprivation such an investigation would require. From historical examples to fictional characters, case studies of feral children may be as close as we’ll ever get to this great unknown. This Wiki page about them is just plain fascinating.
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Photo: Courtesy of FX.
List of bad article ideas
Per Wikipedia, no one wants to read your résumé, and not everyone or everything is worthy of an entry. Wikipedia has standards, thank you very much.
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