Friday, April 29, 2011

892: Null Hypothesis

Null hypothesis

4/28: Randall Munroe clicks the "random article" link on Wikipedia and writes a comic based on its contents.

4/29: The article is vandalized.

Solution: Track Randall's Wikipedia usage and protect any page he spends more than a minute looking at. The page can safely be deprotected a week later.

Friday, April 15, 2011

886: Pripyat


You know, he could have just said "Chernobyl" and no wiki page would have been harmed in the making of the comic. Just sayin'.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

876: Plato's Cave

Allegory of the Cave

You guessed it. Any topic I find myself personally needing to look up on Wikipedia has a very high likelihood of getting vandalized.

Monday, October 11, 2010

804: Pumpkin Carving

Banach-Tarski paradox

A "round about reference" definitely merits a place in the external links section.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

800: Beautiful Dream

The Rules

Yes, this strikes me as the sort of page with a definite need for an "In Popular Culture" section.

803: Airfoil


Thumbs up if you're an idiot.

It's like they know it's going to get reverted anyway, so they don't bother with subtlety anymore.

Friday, October 1, 2010

800: The Rules

The Rules

Thought question: How popular does something have to be before you can call it "In Popular Culture"?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

792: Password Reuse

I'm just going to leave that right here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

766: Green Flash

Green flash

Totally relevant.

"Green Flash" sounds like a DC superhero mix-up. I'd read it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

740: The Tell-Tale Beat

Daft Punk

So funny we vandalized it twice!

The page for Tell-Tale Heart wasn't actually vandalized, leading me to the theory that the caliber of genius that resorts to this behavior is not aware of the reference.