Wednesday, December 16, 2009

History of Mexico in World War II (condensed version)

Germany sends a diplomat to Mexico.

"Compadres, have a look at your northern neighbor. They're already fighting a two front war in Europe and the Pacific. A hundred years ago they seized half your country. You could make it a three front war and get that land back. Sieg heil! (coughs)."

The Mexicans listen and smile, then go into a room to talk this over.

First one speaks. "Is he crazy? This is the United States he's talking about. If we go to war with them they'll take away the other half of our country!"

Second one answers. "He's working for Hitler. He really is crazy."

The third Mexican comes from an ethnic minority. "My family used to be German. I like what he's saying."

The other two guys look at him. "Yeahyahyah. Go brew some beer."

And that is the history of Mexico in World War II.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Starting a baseless rumor

Before Brion Vibber left the Wikimedia Foundation he hid an Easter egg in the code: the first person who earns 500 featured credits receives a fireworks show and a "you won." And then gets a special user block that can only be undone by another developer.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Why daylight savings is a modern invention

[2:11:41 PM] Brian McNeil never worked out how to change the sundial from summertime to wintertime

[2:12:05 PM] Durova says: It's simple but not easy
[2:12:18 PM] Durova says: Pick up sundial; walk south of equator.
[2:12:23 PM] Brian McNeil says: heh
[2:12:32 PM] Durova says: This is why ancient peoples didn't practice daylight savings
[2:12:34 PM] Durova says: ;)
[2:13:29 PM] Brian McNeil says: plus, no rushour of T-rex at 4pm killing those attending hunter/gatherer classes

Friday, October 23, 2009

Trolling trolls

The short career of a wannabe troll.

User contributions

User talk:AlanaMyna

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Hello there, myself.

[edit] Not worth it

Every edit you make is getting rolled back as fast as you make it. Durova333 02:29, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Dude, it is really not worth it. You're not getting anywhere. Over 400 people watchlist my user space. You've just put yourself on a whole lot more radar screens. There are better ways to get lulz. Durova333 02:34, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

[edit] October 2009

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Information.svg Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, as you did with this edit to the page Hello (Poe album). Such edits constitute vandalism and are reverted. Please do not continue to make unconstructive edits to pages; use the sandbox for testing. Thank you. ZooFari 02:33, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Three cheers for Awadewit

Awadewit, Wikipedia's tireless contributor who brought two dozen highbrow articles to featured article status, has joined the South Park featured topic drive.

Let's see how much the reading public appreciates her work is, shall we?

Grok traffic stats:
Mary Wollstonecraft: viewed 14,630 times in August 2009
Cartman Gets an Anal Probe: viewed 15,507 times in August 2009

Finally, a member of the academic community who understands what's really important.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Who writes history?

Regarding Joe Wilson's "You lie!" statement during President Obama's speech, and the New York Times musings on the Wikipedia debate that followed.
"If journalism is the first draft of history, what is a Wikipedia entry when
it is updated within minutes of an event to reflect changes in a person’s
biography?" - Keith Old, Wikipedia-en-i mailing list, 10 September 2009
Time to revise the old saying.
History is written by the victors.
History is written by the experts.
History is written by the teenagers and unemployed.
At least the second draft of history gets written that way--the one that sits on top of the Google search returns.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hyphen War

Should this article be disambiguated from Wikipedia's Manual of Style?