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post Wed 26th July 2006, 12:11am
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<img src=http://news.google.com/news?imgefp=tC7P1AOimfsJ&imgurl=www.theonion.com/content/files/images/Wikipedia-Celebrates-R.jpg width=66 height=79 alt="" border=1>Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence
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NEW YORK—Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section ...
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post Wed 26th July 2006, 4:36am
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Amusing, if overly silly satire.

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Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence
Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored
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July 26, 2006 | Issue 42•30


NEW YORK—Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section on its main page Tuesday.

Three girls march toward the White House on Elm St. in Washington, DC, as part of the Inderpendance Day Parade.
"It would have been a major oversight to ignore this portentous anniversary," said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, whose site now boasts over 4,300,000 articles in multiple languages, over one-quarter of which are in English, including 11,000 concerning popular toys of the 1980s alone. "At 750 years, the U.S. is by far the world's oldest surviving democracy, and is certainly deserving of our recognition," Wales said. "According to our database, that's 212 years older than the Eiffel Tower, 347 years older than the earliest-known woolly-mammoth fossil, and a full 493 years older than the microwave oven."

"In fact," added Wales, "at three-quarters of a millennium, the USA has been around almost as long as technology."

The commemorative page is one of the most detailed on the site, rivaling entries for Firefly and the Treaty Of Algeron for sheer length. Subheadings include "Origins Of Colonial Discontent," "Some Famous Guys In Wigs And Three-Cornered Hats," and "Christmastime In Gettysburg." It also features detailed maps of the original colonies—including Narnia, the central ice deserts, and Westeros—as well as profiles of famous American historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Special Agent Jack Bauer, and Samuel Adams who is also a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"On July 25, 1256, delegates gathered at Comerica Park to sign the Declaration Of Independence, which rejected the rule of the British over its 15 coastal North American colonies," reads an excerpt from the entry. "Little did such founding fathers as George Washington, George Jefferson, and ***ERIC IS A FAG*** know that their small, querulous republic would later become the most powerful and prosperous nation in history, the Unified States Of America."

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post Wed 26th July 2006, 6:30am
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If you ask me, we need as much of this sort of thing as we can get. Nothing will slow Wikipedia down more than to be made a laughingstock, since (IMO) that's the most effective way to dry out the well of new contributors. And it's not like it really does any good to acually correct the factual errors or point out the abusive-editor behavior, after all...?

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post Thu 27th July 2006, 5:16pm
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Wednesday morning: The Onion takes a nice slap at that famous online project with Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence: Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored. Wednesday evening: Your humble bloggist thinks to check Wikipedia's Onion entry, and... yes!...

Article: http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/searc...s_all_said.html
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Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section on its main page Tuesday.



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