Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Day Without Wikipedia

As you may or may not know, today is a day of protest against proposed internet anti-piracy legislation. All that legal headache aside, today’s protest has manifested itself in some weird and wonderful ways. My personal favorite is the replacement of the blacked-out Wikipedia with the so-called Twitterpedia—for all the people who are still desperately searching for facts.

Some of these “facts” were just too good to pass up. Being a librarian and therefore dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge, I’ve compiled a quick list of some of my favorites. Enjoy!

• “LOL” was used 37 times in Shakespeare’s original script for “Romeo & Juliet.”

• Adele was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering how to set fire to rain.

• Brett Favre retired from the NFL in 2007.

• Justin Bieber is a male pop/R&B singer and songwriter.

• Khan was the main antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy.

• Lady Gaga got her big break while playing the role of JarJar Binks.

• Librarians are responsible for SOPA/PIPA because they want you to get offline and read a book.

• Nashville is named after the Don Johnson character in “Nash Bridges.”

• Rebecca Black, Jacob Black, and Sirius Black are all relatives.

• Snoopy invented planking.

• Stonehenge is in fact merely the scaffolding for a much larger construction project which lost its funding in the Bronze Age Recession.

• The Great Wall of China was build to keep the rabbits out.

• The IV drip is named after Henry IV.

• The speed of light is slower at night.

• Toucans are so named because when made into soup they fill exactly two cans.

• Yawns are contagious due to your brain being jealous of people around you stealing a larger amount of oxygen.

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