Monday, March 03, 2008

Things I learned from Wikipedia today

Well, tomorrow I'll share with you what I learned on my four day trip to San Diego. Meanwhile, this is what happens if you don't keep me occupied all day long:

Things I learned from Wikipedia today...

1. They won’t be showing up at my door trying to sell me the 28 volume set. In fact, they won’t even send that deal to me via email. Sure, I can look it up easily enough, but what if I’m stranded on an island and there’s no internet connectivity? What will I do then?

2. After capturing the dung, a dung beetle will roll it, following a straight line despite all obstacles. Sometimes dung beetles will try to steal the dung ball of another beetle, so the dung beetles have to move rapidly away from a dung pile once they have rolled their ball to prevent it from being stolen.

You know, I’m sensing a reality TV adaptation of this concept. It’s almost like a sport. I swear I saw something like this on one of those Fear Factor or American Gladiator series. Of course the winners are always those that spew the most dung from their mouths. They are able to roll it up faster and get away.

3. The following people are classified as recluses (think Howard Hughes or JD Salinger here):

John Hughes (he directed Ferris Buehler, Breakfast Club, Home Alone, etc.). Well, I guess that Home Alone movie didn’t fall very far from his personality tree, did it?

Kraftwerk (the German electronic music band) - Their legendary Düsseldorf studio, Kling Klang, has no telephone, no fax machine, no receptionist and returns all mail unopened. Perhaps it’s really a prison…

John Swartzwelder, most prolific writer of The Simpsons. He has been credited with over 60 episodes, most of which are classics. He used to write episodes while sitting in a booth at a coffee shop "drinking copious amounts of coffee and smoking endless cigarettes". When California passed an anti-smoking law, Swartzwelder bought the diner booth and installed it in his house, allowing him to continue to smoke and write in peace.
The irony is that this would be the perfect smoking industry spokeperson…except for his reclusiveness that is…

There is apparently just no end to the useless fascinating information designed to keep me from accomplishing anything of substance…

20 comments:

leelee said...

you know..now I want to go play in the world of wiki..

dung beetles...fascinating!



HUGS!!

VE said...

leelee - Yes, you can never know too much about dung beetles. Apparently dung beetles are most likely to enter the political vocation too...

iamnot said...

Well, you can always just make up whatever you want.
That's what many wiki contributers do.

Carla said...

Where do you find this information? Fascinating!

Theresa said...

Ah the joys of wiki...who can resist? We have a few dung beetles in politics over here, so I would agree with your above statement.

VE said...

iamnot - That might be true, but I thought there were a whole host of people reviewing and double checking in their expertise areas. I rewrote some portions of Wikipedia because all other known information on the web and in other books was wrong and nobody knew it. Weird that I would know something that nobody else didn't, but as a collector, sometimes you research and discover things that prove what was already out there to be untrue. As it stands, I like the Wikipedia concept.

carla - That's why I called my blog fantastical nonsense! You don't NEED to know any of it, but it's alluring just the same...

VE said...

theresa - Yeah, if it weren't for wikipedia, Internet movie database, and a couple of lyric web sites I'd go insane trying to remember something I wanted to know but couldn't remember.

Jacki said...

You know, I am really glad that my days involve more than collecting crap and making sure no one steals it.

But why is the dung so important to the dung beetle?

Kurt said...

Don't worry, VE: I just edited all those items out of those entries.

VE said...

jacki - Sadly, we collect our own crap though, don't we? You should have seen the truck the last time I moved...

kurt - As long as you put in one of your funny cartoons to replace it...

Serena Joy said...

Wiki is just a fount of information. I do check frequently to make sure I'm not in there along with the dung beetles and politicians.:D

VE said...

sj - Wikipedia...making people look smarter since 2001...

sprinkle4 said...

The fascinating thing about Wikipedia for me is this: I start off reading about one thing, get distracted by one of the highlighted words or phrases, click on it, repeat two or three times and suddenly I've followed a trail from reading about "War of the Worlds" to a recipe for pineapple upside down cake. So much information you could just swim in it! Perfect for those with limited attention spans like me:)

leelee said...

lol sprinkle4...that is so true!

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

you actually read wikapedia, lol i remember when i was 11 and i read the world book encyclapedias from a to z that summer, my mom still brags on that over my phd

RED MOJO said...

Everything on Wikipedia is true. It's on the internet, it must be true!
I tried to find something on dung beetles that have held politcal offices, but they didn't have any information yet.

VE said...

sprinkle4 - Boy is that the truth!

leelee - I'm so random I get lost and don't even remember why I came there in the first place

torrance - That's funny. I have my grandparent's 1934 encyclopedia set. It's weird to read because of all the things that have changed.

red mojo - I cannot believe that no dung beetles have been in political positions. Let me just go add that to the article...

HeyJoe said...

I heart Wikipedia. Many an idle "working" moment has been spent bopping around its treasure trove of fantastical nonsense.

Maureen said...

Things I learned from VE from things he learned from Wiki....

Weirdly interesting. Thank ye.

VE said...

heyjoe - Think of all the work we could have accomplished that nobody would care about anyway.

maureen - It's sort of like that telephone game. By the time you pass it to somebody and on and on it'll end up as "Dung Beetle wins presidental election."