The end of Wikipedia as we know it?


SMALL PRINT:ACCORDING TO Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the expansion of the site is slowing down. The number of people happy to spend hours of their own time editing, adding to and flagging problems on the site is dwindling, with a younger generation instead concentrating on adding information about themselves, not other things, on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to its users and contributors, Wikipedia has so far managed to amass over 3.7 million articles made up of 340 million words. To put that in context, the Encyclopedia Britannica has around 85,000 articles made up of 55 million words. Its future will depend on whether or not a new generation of internet users can fall back in love with contributing to one of the most successful experiments in mass-collaboration ever, and whether they can get over the existential crisis of there being nothing “new” to add.

Here’s our Wikipedia Articles Worth Reading

List Of Common MisconceptionsAn exhaustive (although it points out that it doesn’t mean to be) list of common misconceptions from historical instances, cooking rules, biology, physics and more. For the wordsmiths amongst you, check out the List Of Common False Etymologies.

Time TravelAll you need to know about general relativity, time dilation, wormholes, the Grandfather Paradox and, um, Back To The Future.

GraffitiInteresting and well-compiled article that traces the genesis of modern day street art from the catacombs of Pompeii through to Banksy and beyond.

Bunny ManWikipedia is laden with articles about urban legends and myths, so there are plenty to choose from, but this one about a man dressed as a rabbit terrorizing residents in Virginia in Washington since the 1970s is worth a read.

List of Space PiratesReally getting into time wasting territory now, this list of space pirates found in science fiction books, comics, television, video games and more, separates the Gokaigers from the Orions.