Blog Of The Day: “Best Of Wikipedia”

wikipedia-logoWikipedia- and trivia-philes rejoice: “Best Of Wikipedia” pulls together interesting, bizarre, random and anything else that qualifies as “Best Of” and gives you the first paragraph or summary blurb of the page.  Two of my favorites:

D. B. Cooper
D. B. Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received US$200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but through a later press miscommunication, he became known as “D. B. Cooper”. Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper’s true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered.

Um, I’ve definitely never heard of that story.

Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 was a name intended for a Swedish child who was born in 1991. Parents Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding had planned to never legally name their child as a protest against the naming law of Sweden so, a district court in Halmstad, southern Sweden, fined them. Responding to the fine, the parents submitted the 43-character name in May 1996. The court rejected the name.

It’s pronounced “Albin” and it’s not the only such controversy.

More: Best Of Wikipedia

In other Wikipedia news, they have recently announced that they will color certain passages if it is suspected they may be less than factual.  Sounds like a good step.  More about that here.


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