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03.16.15 Prachi Gupta

When it was discovered that several members of the NYPD were editing entries around police brutality, including one about the death of Eric Garner, we assumed it would raise some alarms not just among the public, but within the NYPD as well. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however. According to DNAinfo, two cops […]

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10.14.14 Marina Galperina

A monument to Wikipedia will be unveiled in Slubice, Poland on October 22nd. The town with a population of 18,000 will spend $15,000 on a small statue to commemorate the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia project, designed by 30-year-old Armenian-born artist Mihran Hakobjan. The small town’s Deputy Mayor Piotr Luczynski is really psyched about it: The monument — a tribute to […]

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01.31.14 Andy Cush

Wikipedia is an unimaginably vast source of information. For every extensively annotated article on Jesus Christ or the history of New York City, there’s a smaller post on an esoteric topic like Microporellidae or the Russian footballer Gennady Logofet. Wiki Picks, a Tumblr devoted to trawling and showcasing this stranger side of the free encyclopedia, has been […]

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12.06.13 Andy Cush

Brilliant: created by Joël Franusic, WikiGIFs collects every animated GIF on Wikipedia. Every time you press the space bar, a new one is pulled from the ether. As you might imagine, it is very difficult to stop once you’ve started exploring. So far I’m really feeling this rendering of a drum’s vibration. Enjoy! […]

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09.24.13 David Turner

Major album releases typically have long and involved promotional hype cycles–by the time an LP drops, there may be a long enough list of rumored songs and collaborators to make an entire other album. And the best way to keep up with these rumors and loose reporting is to look at Wikipedia. Drake’s Nothing Was […]

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08.23.13 Andy Cush

It stands to reason that the more popular a movie’s Wikipedia page is–that is, the more pageviews it gets, the more people who work on editing it, that sort of thing–the more popular the film itself is. While its true that the Wikipedia crowd probably isn’t a perfect microcosm of a movie-viewing audience, there’s likely […]

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05.15.13 Julia Dawidowicz

With so many relying on Wikipedia as the definitive source of “truth” on EVERYTHING nowadays, we often have to remind ourselves that the site’s content is constantly being altered, erased, and reinvented by anyone who feels like it. Now you can watch this reality manipulation in real-time with this interactive map created by California-based duo Stephen LaPorte and […]

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02.11.13 Andy Cush

To create these maps, data visualization specialist Olivier H. Beauchesne took to Wikipedia. Taking advantage of the site’s optional geotagging feature, which allows you to associate a specific latitude and longitude to any article–the New Museum’s entry could be linked to the Bowery, for example–Beauchesne first mapped every article on Wikipedia, then did searches for specific […]

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06.06.11 Bucky Turco

Highlighting Sarah Palin’s unbridled ignorance when it comes to anything—this time Paul Revere—along with her defenders’ willingness to alter Wikipedia on her behalf, Stephen Colbert asked viewers to adjust the entry for “bell” so it reflects her alternate universe of American history. Which at least one did. In under a minute. Here’s the result. […]

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03.30.11 Bucky Turco

The Queensboro Bridge officially opened to the public on March 30, 1909 and now 102 years later, it doesn’t even exist according to Wikipedia… well at least its NYC entry doesn’t. Although the City Council did pass the bill to rename the bridge, Mayor Bloomberg still hasn’t signed it into law. But that didn’t stop […]

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