The Encyclopedia That Changed Them All: Facts About Wikipedia

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The Encyclopedia That Changed Them All: Facts About Wikipedia

The Encyclopedia That Changed Them All: Facts About Wikipedia

Since Wikipedia came into existence 2001, it has dominated the internet as a source of information and misinformation. The site has completely changed the way that people interact with facts. It turns out there are actually some amazing things to know about the site itself though. Here are the coolest facts about Wikipedia.

1. Wikipedia actually has an official theme song: Hotel Wikipedia, a rewrite of Hotel California. Editing the page for the song is considered a proposal for an official change to the song.

2. Most people know that there are editors and other people who help Wikipedia run, but it also has an entire birthday committee dedicated to wishing happy birthday to Wikipedians who included their special day in their profile.

3. Among its rules, Wikipedia has quite a few policies with silly names. These include “No climbing the Reichstag dressed as Spiderman,” and “No curses,” but perhaps the best is “No Angry Mastadons,” which suggests that users refrain from posting in anger.

4. Most people know that Wikipedia is huge, but here are the numbers: 1 billion edits, across 17.6 million articles, from 27 million users.

5. Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in the world.

6. There is a direct correlation between bad weather and the number of people editing Wikipedia.

7. Due to the fact that some Congresspeople were getting a little too forward about editing each other’s pages, Wikipedia once had to institute a weeklong ban on any users with IP addresses from Congress.

8. As of May 2011, clicking the first link of any article in Wikipedia will take you to the philosophy page 94.52% of the time.

9. Some pages get more traffic than others, and some get more edits. The most edited page ever belongs to George W. Bush.

10. Wikipedia currently supports 260 different languages.

11. There is a gender skew on Wikipedia. Only 13% of their editors are women, and 31% of users are women.

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