The WTF World of Wikipedia

As expected, Jesus whoops Mario by quite a large margin in total Wikipedia word count. In a miraculous turn of events, however, Mario's Legacy section is actually longer than Jesus' Legacy. Yes, you heard right - a pixelated plumber is considered to have had a bigger impact on the world than the central figure of Christianity and, to some, the physical embodiment of God. Wow.

Then again... Jesus can walk on water and heal the sick, but Mario can shoot fireballs out of his hands and turn into a raccoon. Jesus has an awesome beard, but Mario's got a super sweet mustache. Jesus ushered in much of modern religion, but Mario ushered in much of modern gaming. Both can come back from the dead, though to be fair, Jesus only did that once.

Dunno, seems like a tie to us.

Also less important than Mario's legacy!

• Albert Einstein's legacy = 153
• John F. Kennedy's legacy = 436
• Susan B. Anthony's legacy = 252
• Princess Diana's legacy = 196
• The Wright brothers' legacy = 175
• Mother Teresa's influence in the world = 117

At last, we reach the ultimate showdown. In this corner, we have God, who Wikipedia describes as:

"... the principal or sole deity in religion..."
"...the creator and overseer of the universe..."
"... omnipotent and eternal..."
"... the source of all moral obligation, and the greatest conceivable being existent..."

His opponent? Knuckles of Sonic the Hedgehog fame, who Wikipedia describes as:

"... a red, teenage, anthropomorphic echidna..."
"... the fourth most popular character in the series..."
"... shy around girls..."

And, uh, yeah. How did this guy beat God by more than 4,000 words again? Well, to reach Knuckles' number, we did have to add two pages together, one for his game character and one for his comic character. To level the playing field, we should probably give God the Bible or something, right? Of course, we'll also have to give Knuckles his comic books and two videogames (Knuckles Chaotix and Sonic & Knuckles) to keep things even...

Damn! Sorry God - you lose again. Looks like we have a new omnipotent overseer in the universe... or at least in the strange, silly, scary and seriously skewed universe that is Wikipedia.

Editor's Note: All Wikipedia word counts were gathered during the week prior to this article's date. Due to the encyclopedia's open source nature, numbers are always subject to change.

 Jun 25, 2008


  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Metal Gear is obviously more integral to the universe than War & Peace. Also, Jesus has a mean corner kick.
  • Plaim - July 26, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    Oh god, not Trask Ulgo. WHY COULDN'T I SAVE HIM?!
  • dbleja - July 23, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    Hilarious article - I laughed a lot while reading it. But I wonder if one of the reasons these nerdy/obscure topics have higher word counts is because there are fewer people actively cleaning up and 'policing' the page. I imagine that on a page like "God", there are many theologians, historians and professors who regularly summarise, reorganise and consolidate the content that people have written, as well as delete blocks of text they deem biased or otherwise unprofessional. This probably happens less on the "Knuckles" page, so gushing fans have more freedom to go overboard.
  • VaneTrago - July 22, 2010 7:05 a.m.

    Amy Winehouse coming in second on that list of rock artists should in and of itself show the sad state of affairs that is Wikipedia.
  • waffledragon33 - July 21, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    go knuckles
  • EPICish8 - July 21, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Anyone notest that they said EGM had more words then them by alot
  • Kefsquall - September 11, 2008 2:46 a.m.

    Great feature GamesRadar, thumbs up. Nobuo Uematsu beating all of those rock legends is a such a cool thing...
  • Da-Ku - September 1, 2008 8:32 a.m.

    Go Final Fantasy Music!
  • Mattgue - May 29, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    This is the best article ever but really how did Kirby beat hte dog and how in this world did final fantasy albums beat ROCK AND ROLL
  • killemall - February 19, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    I think that was the best article i've read to date... But its true, scholars and experts don't have the time to go through wikipedia and edit articles that should be taught in school anyway, and find a list of sources that some geek isn't going to just contest anyway. It's mostly good information but sometimes their mods are dickholes even to the experts... i want wikipedia to work as a concept... but its waaay too much work even for me(i'm an admin asst. and therefore have more free time at work) so hey, why not? i've been looking at knuckles page all day i haven't even thought about the god page...
  • Marasmusine1 - January 8, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    You combined the word count of all the CoD articles, and compared them with the single, introductory article on WWII? Didn't you look at the articles, or just hit "word count"? The WWII topic is covered by hundreds and hundreds of Wikipedia articles... The WWII word count must dwarf that of CoD. D- must try harder.

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