The WTF World of Wikipedia

15 unbelievable "truths" written by online geeks and gamers

You. Your friends and family. Your classmates and coworkers. In the brave new world of the internet, everybody has power. Information is interactive, knowledge is collaborative and history is open source. The nerdy kid next door has just as much influence as a high school teacher; the dorky dude at the comic book shop has just as much voice as a college professor.

Problem is, the nerds and dorks tend to have a lot more free time - and passion - than the teachers and professors. The end result? A hilariously skewed, terrifyingly twisted view of the world in which all the wrong things are deemed "important" and worthy of serious academic discussion.

Here are 15 mind-boggling examples.


See what we mean? When thedeadliest, costliest warin the history of mankind has been trumped bya videogame franchiseabout that war, you know something's off. One involved over 50 countries and took over 70 million lives; the other involves button mashing and tea bagging.

On an encouraging note, we did have to add all the Call of Duty games' individual pages together to reach the crazy number above. On a discouraging note, we didn't have to add Call of Duty 4 and its non-WWII setting, which would have brought the total word count to an even crazier 18,927.

Oh, and on a simply ridiculous note?Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfarebeats "modern warfare"... 5,858 to 2,873.

Alsoless important than Call of Duty!

American Revolutionary War= 8,078
American Civil War= 11,729
English Civil War= 8,030
Napoleonic Wars= 7,951
Hundred Years' War= 7,992
War on Terrorism= 10,674
War on Drugs= 7,628
Cold War= 10,117
•"War" = 9,233

While the magic menagerie of super-powered, frilly-maned, sparkly-eyed, rosy-cheeked wonder beasts might make for slightly more exciting cards than a Three of Spades, the emphasis here is still extremely wonky.

Pokerhas been around for longer than anyone can remember... thePokemon Trading Card Gamewas invented in 1996. Poker has created millionaires and forced bankruptcy... the Pokemon Trading Card Game might have resulted in some lost lunch money and a temper tantrum or two.

Alsoless important than Pokemon Trading Cards!

Baseball cards= 4,686
Blackjack= 5,228
Roulette= 5,492
Checkers= 2,326
Pool (Billiards)= 621
Bowling= 407
Wheel of Fortune= 4,521
•"Trade" = 3,038
•"Games" = 2,830

Before you get the wrong impression, no, theMaster Chiefdoes not win in a Wikipedia matchup againstGeorge W. Bush... though his approval ratings are undoubtedly higher.

The truly astounding thing, however, is that he does emerge victorious against not one, not two, but TEN of this country's past commanders in chief. Yes, 23% of the men who helped make the United States the strongest nation on Earth are easily defeated by a fictional and faceless videogame character who barely knows how to speak and takes orders from a naked hologram. Go America!

The orange word count above is an average taken fromthe US Presidents beaten by the Master Chief. Here's the full, pathetic breakdown:

Leaders of the Free Worldless important than Master Chief!

James Monroe= 2,820
(5th President)
John Quincy Adams= 3,457
(6th President)
John Tyler= 3,431
(10th President)
Zachary Taylor= 2,235
(12th President)
Millard Fillmore= 3,631
(13th President)
Franklin Pierce= 4,203
(14th President)
James Buchanan= 3,888
(15th President)
Rutherford B. Hayes= 2,686
(19th President)
James A. Garfield= 3,915
(20th President)
Chester A. Arthur= 3,078
(21st President)

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