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Interesting Wikipedia page mega-thread (post Wikipedia links here)

As suggested in this thread. Post links to interesting wikipedia pages and maybe a tldr with them.

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  1. Whom (edited ) Link
    To post a few Cool Freaks' Wikipedia Club recurring threads...it's considered kinda lame to repost them so I enjoy the opportunity to share a few: Anti-Barney Humor United States v. Approximately...

    To post a few Cool Freaks' Wikipedia Club recurring threads...it's considered kinda lame to repost them so I enjoy the opportunity to share a few:

    Anti-Barney Humor

    United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins

    Small penis rule

    "For a fictional portrait to be actionable, it must be so accurate that a reader of the book would have no problem linking the two," said Mr. Friedman. Thus, he continued, libel lawyers have what is known as "the small penis rule". One way authors can protect themselves from libel suits is to say that a character has a small penis, Mr. Friedman said. "Now no male is going to come forward and say, 'That character with a very small penis, that's me!'"

    Glossary of British terms not widely used in the United States

    Jimmy the raven

    United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

    List of lists of lists

    List of inventors killed by their own inventions

    List of sexually active popes

    World's funniest joke

    Toast sandwich

    Not articles of their own but still worth checking out for a bit of entertainment value:

    Talk page highlights

    Lamest edit wars

    Friends of gays should not be allowed to edit articles

    12 votes
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    frickindeal Link
    Timeline of the far future This one fascinates me. It starts pretty mundane, and progresses to some pretty wild stuff. As an example, it will be ~600 million years until tidal acceleration moves...

    Timeline of the far future

    This one fascinates me. It starts pretty mundane, and progresses to some pretty wild stuff. As an example, it will be ~600 million years until tidal acceleration moves the Moon far enough away from the Earth that total solar eclipses are no longer possible. In this same timeframe, "the Sun's increasing luminosity begins to disrupt the carbonate–silicate cycle."

    By this time, carbon dioxide levels will fall to the point at which C3 photosynthesis is no longer possible. All plants that utilize C3 photosynthesis (≈99 percent of present-day species) will die.

    It just gets more interesting after that, IMO. I return to read this article about once a year to see what changes have been made. Always makes for a fascinating read.

    8 votes
    1. Adys Link Parent
      I remember that one! It's one of my favourite fun wikipedia links. It feels so doctor-whovian.

      I remember that one! It's one of my favourite fun wikipedia links. It feels so doctor-whovian.

      2 votes
  3. Octofox Link
    Freedom to roam In some countries its legal to enter private property to explore, camp and fish. This applies mainly to huge empty bits of land as you can't get close to buildings or disturb the...

    Freedom to roam

    In some countries its legal to enter private property to explore, camp and fish. This applies mainly to huge empty bits of land as you can't get close to buildings or disturb the owners and such. I find it really interesting how some countries put the freedom of people to explore open spaces as a higher priority than property rights.

    7 votes
  4. Octofox Link
    I'll start off the thread with something interesting I found while working on coordinate systems GCJ-02 GCJ-02 is an alternative coordinate system used on Chinese maps with the aim that they can't...

    I'll start off the thread with something interesting I found while working on coordinate systems

    GCJ-02

    GCJ-02 is an alternative coordinate system used on Chinese maps with the aim that they can't be used outside of china. Originally the algorithm to translate between GCJ-02 and the regular system WGS-84 was kept secret but these days you can find an implementation leaked from Google named Evil Transform.

    There was also a related discussion about this on hacker news https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10964450

    4 votes
  5. onyxleopard (edited ) Link
    This is slightly related, but I know there are some easter eggs in the entity identifiers allocated in Wikidata. Here are the ones I’m aware of: Universe: Q1 (I’m not sure if Q{1..5} are really...

    This is slightly related, but I know there are some easter eggs in the entity identifiers allocated in Wikidata.

    Here are the ones I’m aware of:

    Universe: Q1 (I’m not sure if Q{1..5} are really easter eggs.)
    Jack Bauer: Q24
    Douglas Adams: Q42
    Count von Count: Q12345

    If anyone knows of others, I’d love to know too.

    3 votes
  6. Soptik Link
    Nanjing Massacre (nsfw) It's terrible what was done. Mass rape and murder of several hundred thousand chinese citizens (not even soldiers) by japanese army. What's the worst about this: I didn't...

    Nanjing Massacre (nsfw)

    It's terrible what was done. Mass rape and murder of several hundred thousand chinese citizens (not even soldiers) by japanese army.

    What's the worst about this: I didn't learn about it at school! We are tought so much about holocaust, but not a single word about this. I think it's sad that I had to learn about this from reddit.

    One would say that hundreds of thousands rapes and murders, about 80 years ago, is enough to get into textbooks.

    2 votes