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Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]

Started by dr_christian_troy, July 25, 2010, 11:46:13 AM

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Quote from: dissolute ocelot on May 05, 2021, 03:51:35 PM
From the page on that fine garden bird the Eurasian (or common) bullfinch:

They're all peculiar among the Passeriformes by the time etc

An tSaoi

Quote"Initially, during production of Godzilla: Final Wars, director Ryuhei Kitamura asked producer Shōgo Tomiyama whether or not they were allowed to include TriStar's Godzilla in the film, whereupon Tomiyama checked Toho's contract with Sony and saw they were allowed to use it, Tomiyama stated: "Kitamura asked me if it was possible for us to use the American Godzilla in Final Wars, so I checked our contract with Sony Pictures and found out we could use it."

Wonderfully redundant.


Went down a YouTube rabbit hole and eventually ended up on ex-NBA star Shaquille O'Neal's wikipedia. Enjoyed reading his nicknames:

QuoteO'Neal called himself "The Big Aristotle" and "Hobo Master" for his composure and insights during interviews. Journalists and others gave O'Neal several nicknames including "Shaq", "The Diesel", "Shaq Fu", "The Big Daddy", "Superman", "The Big Agave", "The Big Cactus", "The Big Shaqtus", "The Big Galactus", "Wilt Chamberneezy", "The Big Baryshnikov", "The Real Deal", "The Big Shamrock", "The Big Leprechaun", "Shaqovic", and "The Big Conductor"


Inspector Norse

I think all opinion polls and surveys should be conducted using this exact same line-up of talking heads:

QuoteIn 2005 BBC Four produced Jerusalem: An Anthem For England highlighting the usages of the song/poem and a case was made for its adoption as the national anthem of England. Varied contributions come from Howard Goodall, Billy Bragg, Garry Bushell, Lord Hattersley, Ann Widdecombe and David Mellor, war proponents, war opponents, suffragettes, trade unionists, public schoolboys, the Conservatives, the Labour Party, football supporters, the British National Party, the Women's Institute, a gay choir, a gospel choir, Fat Les and naturists.


Serafinowiks and popper would be proud at that list, perfect cadance

jenna appleseed

wanders into '...Rear Admirals, queer admirals,...' territory.

shagatha crustie

Dave Mustaine's page:

QuoteThis paved the way for his partnership with Dave Ellefson and Greg Handevidt. Ellefson was playing the opening bass line of Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil" in the apartment below Mustaine's.[18] After stomping on the floor and shouting for them to stop, Mustaine, being hung over at the time, took a potted plant and threw it out of his window and hit the air conditioner of the apartment below.[18] This resulted in the two coming up to Mustaine's apartment to ask for cigarettes. Mustaine replied "There's a store on the corner" and slammed the door in their faces.[18] A few minutes later, they knocked on the door, this time asking if they could buy him beer.[19] Mustaine's reply: 'OK, now you are talking'. They spent the night talking about music, and soon after, Mustaine, Ellefson and Handevidt were bandmates.

True Rock Stories!



QuoteNew Minas was the site of one of the first accounts of a UFO sighting in North America on October 12, 1796. The diary of a merchant in Liverpool, Nova Scotia named Simeon Perkins reported that stories were circulating of ships flying in the air which "were said to be seen at one Mr. Ratchfords in New Minas" by a young woman and two men who at sunrise saw as many as fifteen "ships in the air ... and a man forward with his hand stretched out." Perkins continued, "the story did not obtain universal credit but some people believed it."

So there you have it.


It occurred to me I didn't know if horses had tails or not, I so I read about them. Which lead to this article.

...which lead to this article.

Funny old world isn't it.

Tokyo van Ramming

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on July 02, 2021, 03:18:41 PM
It occurred to me I didn't know if horses had tails or not, I so I read about them. Which lead to this article.

A live eel! Oh my days!


From the article on DIY enthusiasts the Desperate Bicycles

QuoteVocalist Dan Wigley stands at 6 feet 8 inches tall. Making him the tallest member of any punk band until the 6'10" Tobin Balwinkel formed Flatfoot 56 in 2000.

The shonky punctuation makes it.

Small Man Big Horse

The ending of the Wayne's World 2 page takes an unusual twist:

In a profile on Kim Basinger in the July 2014 issue of Flaunt, Angel Fützmania wrote[55] "I read on IMDb that Kim Basinger played Honey Horneé in Wayne's World 2. ("Don't you just love music?" Horneé asks, writhing gently to "The Girl From Ipanema." "Do you have any Megadeth[56]?" Garth replies.) I think about my husband seeing that scene and enjoying it, a hard-on pressing gingerly into his slacks."

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

From the entry for Kojak:

QuoteHis longtime supervisor was Capt. Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer), a man who never seemed to know what was going on.


dissolute ocelot

Trying to explain to someone what "basic" means, I came across this amazing paragraph:
QuoteFrom the 1990s[23] until the early 2010s, both guys and girls from the popular clique often combined budget preppy[24] clothes with supposedly edgy elements of mainstream hip hop fashion, in imitation of the outfits worn by early adopter black rappers such as Kanye West.[25][26][27] Miniskirts, Nike brand sneakers,[28] bleached blonde hair, pastel colors like pale blue or baby pink, expensive Aeropostale, Hollister Co[29] or Abercrombie and Fitch,[30] designer gear purchased by one's parents,[19] grey marl sweatpants, crop tops, white Converse sneakers,[31] leggings,[32] and Ugg boots remained common among American airheads, Aussie haul girls[7] and Essex girls during the 2010s. Other items of clothing formerly fashionable in the 1990s, such as polo shirts with popped collars, have gone out of style. Common amongst this subculture is a love of brunch (often with Prosecco) and sweet, modern cocktails such as Porn star martinis.

Inspector Norse

Peter Beardsley gets a paragraph about Athletico Mince:

QuoteFictionalised versions of Beardsley and wife feature regularly in the podcast Athletico Mince, both portrayed by Bob Mortimer. This Beardsley enjoys staring, puffa-puffa jackets, chicken wraps and telling jokes while supporting his wife's insatiable appetite for eggs.

And this is the text of the Personal Life section:

QuoteBorn in Hexham, Beardsley grew up in Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. He collects comics reads science fiction in his spare time. He was once credited for owning the biggest collection of seagulls in the world.

dissolute ocelot

^ Damn it, as a lifelong coast-dweller, I want to know more about Peter Beardsley's seagull collection, but no citation or Google hits! Is it just an obscure Brighton football joke?


My favourite thing about the seagulls is the vagueness. Living or dead? Are they stuffed? Does he just kidnap them from the seaside or something?


Probably something to do with Willie Thorn's alien tech project from a few years back


This made me laugh, from the Absolute Beginners entry:

Quote from:  Wikipedia
the grossly over-hyped Patsy Kensit duly meets a most satisfying nemesis by turning in a performance that would have disgraced an episode of Thunderbirds.


Amusingly endearing, From the Third Coast Kings funk band page:

QuoteThe Kings' most high-profile performance was at Fuji Rock Festival '12,[3] where they performed Friday afternoon on the White Stage. The trip was also notable for the fact that it was not only bandleader Keovongsak's first time out of the country, but also his first time on a plane.[4]


I like the first sentence of the plot summary for Eraserhead. It makes the best of a thankless job:

QuoteThe Man in the Planet pulls levers in his home in space while the head of Henry Spencer floats in the sky.

dissolute ocelot

Otherwise-dull entry on obscure medieval Hiberno-Scottish churchman St Machar, patron saint of Aberdeen's Cathedral, contains 2 sentences on the cathedral, the second one of which is

QuoteThe Cathedral's font was made by Hew Lorimer, the greatest sculptor in all Scotland ever.[citation needed]

The Hew Lorimer fanboys are out in force, but Eduardo Paolozzi wants a word, and he's a big guy.


From the page for Terror Toons, a 2002 horror film:

QuoteG. Noel Gross of DVD Talk gave Terror Toons a 4/5, calling it "remarkably witty" and writing, "the whole thing bobs along like a drug-induced hallucination on a river of good old fashion GORE backed by a circus calliope soundtrack. Mr. Lewis will be proud".[3] Conversely, Ben Platt of Something Awful referred to the film as "a shitheap"


Inspector Norse

Was talking to some colleagues yesterday about how many cities and large settlements there are in the UK and pulled up a Wikipedia list to demonstrate. Derby and Preston are really selling themselves with the images chosen.

dissolute ocelot

Quote from: Inspector Norse on October 21, 2021, 08:56:27 AM
Was talking to some colleagues yesterday about how many cities and large settlements there are in the UK and pulled up a Wikipedia list to demonstrate. Derby and Preston are really selling themselves with the images chosen.
Preston Bus Station is an iconic modernist building, regularly threatened with demolition by philistine councillors. It's a shame that the sun never comes out in the northwest of England though.