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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Wikipedia Entries for Every Situation

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’ve Run Out of Casey Anthony/Amanda Knox Developments to Read About
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Dyer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimlico_Mystery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudine_Longet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Ruth_Judd

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You Don’t Think WebMD Has Quite What You’re Looking For
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidermodysplasia_verruciformis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_insensitivity_to_pain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotillomania
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrichosis

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Weighing the Pros and Cons of an Open Relationship
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vita_Sackville-West
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilda_Swinton#Personal_life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_St._Vincent_Millay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Keppel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Dee

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Nostalgic for the Era of Landline Telephones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_Bar_prank_calls
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojave_phone_booth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow%E2%80%93Washington_hotline
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/867-5309/Jenny
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Gray_and_Alexander_Bell_telephone_controversy

5 Wikipedia Entires for When You’re Almost Positive You Don’t Believe in Aliens, But Just Want to Make Completely Sure
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_alien_beings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Mack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_Mars

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You Need to Remind Yourself That Plenty of People Find Their Calling Late in Life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Child
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kroc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandma_Moses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Planning Your Next Vacation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(astronomy)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Taktsang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Bark_Park_Inn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

5 Wikipedia Entries to Help You Inform Your Friends That Everything They Think Is Wrong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_time_hypothesis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar_legends
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_Mitford#Hitler.27s_baby

5 Wikipedia Entries to Carefully Consult Before Watching a Movie With Your Parents
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_that_most_frequently_use_the_word_%22fuck%22
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsimulated_sex_in_film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudity_in_film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_in_film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_theatrical_feature_films

5 Wikipedia Entries to Study Before You Plan Your Big Heist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Peruggia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Art_Crime_Studies_Masters_Program
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Stewart_Gardner_Museum#Art_Theft_of_1990
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burglar_alarm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_paintings

Previously: Netflix Instant for Every Situation.

Chiara Atik has read every single one.

Photo via UMKC



71 Comments / Post A Comment

ironhoneybee

Stendhal Syndrome has a see also for the double rainbow video. Love.

Jolie Kerr

I WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR NEWSLETTER

km1312

I always need more Wikipedia Entries for When You Just Can't Collate Photocopies Anymore, Because You WENT TO COLLEGE, DAMMIT

cherrispryte

@km1312 hey, I've got a graduate degree, and sometimes spend entire days sticking labels onto file folders.

I'm not sure what my point here is, I just wanted to complain.

lisma

@km1312 When affixing address labels to manila envelopes for the better part of the day I say out loud, "Well! I sure am glad I went to college for this!"

Katie Heaney

YES! I would like to add just a few to the alien category, because...this is what I like to do: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Lights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendlesham_Forest_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Walton (from Fire in the Sky)

jkjv

It's like you knew I was wondering how to kill the rest of my work day.

Lillian

@jkjv THIS. can't wait.

JanetSnakehole

The list of common misconceptions is possibly my favorite wikipedia article- simultaneously so humbling (George Washington didn't have wooden teeth?) and vindicating (no, I'm not making myself sicker by drinking milk when I have a cold!)

Also, when I was studying neuroscience people would always ask me to confirm the whole "we use ten percent of our brains" thing, or the entire idea of being left brained/right brained, and would never believe me when I told them those were total bullshit, so thank you wikipedia for having my back.

Lillian

@JanetSnakehole just here to admire your username.

klbvxf

We were JUST talking about Lizzie Borden at work yesterday.

There is a company called the Victorian Trading company, and all their customer service reps have to choose historical names to answer the phone with. I believe there's a pre-approved list. If I worked there I would totally be Lizzie Borden.

becky@twitter

@klbvxf it would be even better if they gave you ext 40 or 41.

melis

@becky@twitter And if you sold wax.

posturegirl

@becky@twitter But but but she only gave her daddy 10 whacks. They changed it to 41 to rhyme/fit. So, you know, I guess she was 99% brutal instead of 100% brutal. :P

melis

I don't care how many tries it takes, whacking your father off is something no self-respecting Victorian gentlewoman should do (I'M SO SORRY).

Ellie

She didn't do it!

sam.i.am

Claudine Longet is quite possibly my favorite Wikipedia entry ever.

DH@twitter

Oh gawd, the first associated picture on the hypertrichosis page has made me want to crawl under my bed with a blanket and a shotgun.

Chiara Atik@facebook

Can we talk about Amelia Dyer please? Her picture gave me nightmares.

science is sexy@twitter

@Chiara Atik@facebook I just wanted to look at it forever.

DH@twitter

@Chiara Atik@facebook

It's what I imagine Bloody Mary looks like when she appears in your mirror to cut your head off with her axe.

Daryl Daley@twitter

well, I dont see how you've missed the BEST Norwegian-American serial killer of allll tiiiimeeee, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Gunness! You can thank me later for the giant headless woman haunting your dreams.

JanetSnakehole

Since I'm from Wisconsin I feel like I should add our finest serial killers to the list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer

likethestore

@JanetSnakehole I can spend hours reading about serial killers. That probably says something about me but I don't care.

wakeshakecake

@Daryl Daley@twitter Belle Gunness was a GREAT one. I especially love her personal ad: "Triflers need not apply".

emilylou

@likethestore Ugh I LOVE reading about serial killers. The Zodiac Killer wiki is my "favorite" and I don't know what all this means about me, but likewise I don't really care.

Also guys, I went to University of Washington, and one of the sociology classes is just called "MURDER" and you just LEARN ABOUT SERIAL KILLERS for half a year. It was amazing/scary/kind of like just reading these wikipedia articles all the time. College!

likethestore

@emilylouise The Zodiac Killer is also my "favourite"! Man, that guy.

emilylou

@likethestore Did you get all amped up about that Zodiac movie that came out in like 2007, only to be sorely disappointed?

sam.i.am

@Daryl Daley@twitter That was amazing. Thank you.

rayray

@Daryl Daley@twitter I feel like Ray Lamphere is looking into my SOUL

Elizabeth@twitter

@Daryl Daley@twitter I grew up in LaPorte and spent hours and hours in the local museum poring over the Belle Gunness display. Her farm was right across the street from my house.

Casanova Frankenstein

@emilylouise YOU GUYS. I am so happy to see other people who do this I don't even know what to say.

Daryl Daley@twitter

I am SO glad I'm not the only one obsessed with reading about serial killers in my spare time! also ELIZABETH I am so JEALOUSSSS, but might've also been slightly creeped out most of the time if I were you, hahaha

hairspin

RABBIT HOLE

omgkitties

Amelia Dyer and Claudine Longet are both names I'll use when nobody asks for them at the bar. It's like a little joke between me and...me. Good times.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

I always get the Claudine Longet Invitational and the Longines Alpine World Cup confused.

Samantha

I spent far too many hours after watching a documentary on Ulysses S. Grant (dork!) reading obscure Civil War battles wikis. Still have no idea what it means to outflank your opponent though.

lisma

And how about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Shud_Case?

frigwiggin

@ginalouise That blew my mind. We should obviously get Poirot on the case at once.

rayray

@ginalouise This is the best thing I have ever read.

lisma

@rayray I know, I read it about once a month and then can't sleep.

Dancercise

I now have more tabs open than I can count. Thank you.

Maria

There goes the afternoon.

Lindsey@twitter

Ohmygod. Thank you. I ran out of internet today sitting alone in my cube. Afternoon now booked.

Pound of Salt

The list of common misconceptions mentions Plimoth Plantation! Conspiracy.

kayjay

So...many...reasons to procrastinate....too...many...overwhelmed with choices...fighting...urge to...give up and...go to....People.com in self defense...

(And late in life callings! Thank you. I'll read those instead of working, or writing my book, or coming up with jokes for my first foray into stand-up on Sunday...)

rayray

Looooove the murder cases. Re-tellings of them would make a great Scandals of Classic Hollywood style feature.
Also I could read this all day, a mystery book that no-one understands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

noodge

I think I have actually had an "episode" (is that what you would call it?) of Stendhal Syndrome. It was when I saw this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Judgment_%28van_der_Weyden%29
I felt all faint, like there were a bunch of voices in my head, had to sit down. I thought it was God trying to convince me to BELIEVE IN HIM/HER!!! but then I found out it was just my brain being crazy, no big.

wee_ramekin

I like to read Wikipedia like it's People for the bisexual and lesbian women of the early 20th century.

Case in point: Go to Natalie Barney's Wikipedia page and click on any woman's name that pops up. You will find yourself in the middle of such a tangled web of relationships, affairs, liasons and more, that you won't be able to stop reading. Every queer chick was sleepin' with every other queer chick back then. They are all connected somehow! Por ejemplo, Natalie Barney is totally connected to Vita Sackville-West, a-like so:

Natalie Barney (famous author, salon hostess) relationshipped Romaine Brooks (famous painter). Romaine Brooks had a relationship with Winnaretta Singer (princess, heiress), who had a relationship with Violet Trefusis (British author, socialite), who was the most important lover in Vita Sackville-West's life, bar none (screw Virigina Woolf -- oh wait, VITA DID!). BAM!

I can't make this stuff up people. Go to there; it's seriously addictive.

Chiara Atik@facebook

@wee_ramekin Six Degrees of Vita Sackville-West?

wee_ramekin

@Chiara Atik@facebook Tee hee! Srsly! Well, actually, through my "grueling research" (hours and hours of Wikipedia click-throughs), it seems like Natalie Barney was actually the Kevin Bacon of the lesbian world, if you will. Vita slept with tons of people, true, but Natalie was unabashedly polyamorous starting at age 13, so she had some years on Vita. She slept with actresses, dancers, writers, socialites, royalty...basically everyone. She was so cool.

melis

@wee_ramekin UM EXCUSE ME THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT MERCEDES DE ACOSTA

ample pie

@wee_ramekin: You forgot the marvelous Djuna Barnes, though I don't think she and Ms. Barney ever had a love affair, they just traveled in the same circles. And via Barnes, Robin Wood ...

wee_ramekin

@ample pie @ melis Ah no! I did not forget them...in fact, I went out and read Nightwood after the first time I fell into this particular Wikipedia black hole.

My list up there was a mere smattering of Queer Chicks of the Early Twentieth Century. There are so, SO many more: Mercedes de Acosta & Djuna Barnes - like you said, Colette, Radclyffe Hall, Una Troubridge, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Alvilde Chaplin, Dolly Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Tallulah Bankhead...ah, the list goes on and on and on...

Also, although Djuna's lover Thelma Wood had so. many. Issues., I think she was smokin'...

LMac

Lizzie Borden nooooooooo! I read a book about her as a youth in my "You Be the Jury" smart-kid class and that photo/case gave me legit nightmares for months. I thought I was over it in college and picked up a book about her in a used bookstore but after seeing the photo was so freaked out that I had to leave immediately and go to a friend's house. Now off to read the article. Apparently I hate myself?

LMac

Oh ALSO - "Jenny" is about a real girl - my best friend's half-sister. She was living in LA at the time and friends with some dudes in the band. Not sure how it all played out, but she is the fabled Jenny of 867-5309. Or she's just a total liar, but I choose to believe her.

whizz_dumb

The only one I clicked was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

I need to get back to work and didn't wanna get stuck in a wiki-hole.

BScottie

"Lizzie Borden: A Musical Tragedy in Two Axe." Brilliant. I kind of want to see that staged now.

sophi

This article is 99% totally up my alley except for the part about trichotillomania because I have it and coming across mentions of it unexpectedly (see: Nurse Jackie) makes me really uncomfortable and nervous. Hopefully this list of common misconceptions will calm me down.

Ellie

@sophi Me too! I already have that list open in a new tab as well.

Dirty Hands

@sophi Re: trich: me too! Your presence on The Hairpin soothes me.

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Decca

The documentary that tries (and spectacularly fails!) to prove that Adolf was Unity Mitford's baby daddy, Hitler's British Girl, is on Youtube to view in its entirety. It's not very good in any traditional way that a documentary is supposed to be good, but it is quite funny at times.

Chiara Atik@facebook

@Decca Yeah, I recently watched it! Mostly interesting to me because it's crazy to see old interviews of Diana Mosley. Which leads me to something completely unrelated, but: I think it's really crazy how all the Mitford girls, they have like, these low, deep, almost drawls, which Deborah Devonshire briefly describes in her book as "1920s speak." True, she may have been referring more to their vernacular than actual voices, but still, I'm obsessed with the few existing youtube videos of them, because it sort of IS like seeing a relic of a different time, and how people just talked differently. Also, DO you think that Unity had ANY sort of romantic relationship with Hitler, or was it strictly platonic? This comment is clearly over-zealous, I'm sorry. I'm so obsessed with The Mitfords, though!

Decca

@Chiara Atik@facebook

As an Irishwomen I'm atavistically supposed to despise that type of RP accent, but I secretly thrill to it. The footage of Lady Mosley is pretty much the only worthwhile thing about that craptastic documentary! (Except, of course, for the hilarious "Hitlah! It was Hitlah's baby!" line reading given by the old lady). It's so difficult to get footage of any of the sisters, but Diana and Debo are the ones you can see the most of. Debo because she's still on the trot, bless her, and Diana because in her later years she seemed to be fairly amenable to popping up in any old television show about the period. What a coup for documentary makers she was, this imperious, awful, still-gorgeous old lady with the cut glass accent who really never fully recanted any of her old beliefs. Even still, it's relatively difficult to find much of her. I really wish the BBC would open up the entire Desert Island Discs archive so I could hear that famous moment where Sue Lawley inquired about "the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis?" and Diana replied 'Oh no, I don't think it was that many". I did hear Debo's edition when it was originally broadcast, in which she proudly talked about her love for Elvis Presley.

I haven't found any clips of Nancy talking, which is such a pity. I love that story of when she was doing volunteer war work during the Blitz, she had to be stopped from giving a lecture on fire-watching, because her accent so irritated the regular people that there were fears that they would want to "throw Nancy herself into the fires". Again, I'm positive that the BBC has plenty of material squirrelled away in their archives. Nor have I seen/heard any footage of Unity, or Pam (but, in all fairness, who cares about Pam?).

Jessica is my favourite (duh) and the only stuff I've found of hers is a clip of her singing Maxwell's Silver Hammer on YouTube and a mp3 of her being interviewed by Christopher Hitchens which is just as scabrous and funny and delightful as you'd imagine. Both are from when she was quite old, though, and I wish dearly that there was ANY footage of her as a young woman, circa the defection to America. I know Diana was supposed to be the beauty of the family (Evelyn Waugh said that her beauty "ran through the room like a peal of bells"), but ngh, Jessica was way more attractive as a twenty-something.

I don't believe Unity had a sexual relationship with Hitler (although, who the fuck can say for sure?), but I wouldn't call it strictly platonic either. There was definitely a fervent passion there on her side, and he definitely seemed to be...fond (?) of her in a way that makes me think (possibly erroneously) that he wasn't just using her for her connections to Churchill. Like paying for her special train to the hospital in Berne after she tried to kill herself. Unity was definitely in love with Hitler the man, though, as well as "Hitler" as an entity.

I am clearly matching your zealotry, so carry on!

Chiara Atik@facebook

@Decca There is a radio interview of Nancy available on youtube, you can hear her telling a funny story about her maid who used to get so excited whenever there was an air raid. One thing I've never been able to quite reconcile is how ALL the sisters, with the exception I suppose of Decca in Hons and Rebels, seem to say that though Diana's political affiliations are deplorable, she's so NICE and lovely and gentle and kind....a description that i've never been able to reconcile with her links to facism. But I haven't actually READ an autobiography of Diana yet, so maybe I'll get a better account when I do. It's so hard because the immediate family accounts and biographies are obviously the most fascinating and tantalizing, on the other hand probably considerably biased. I DO wonder what else will come out when Debo does die. She's definitely protecting some family secrets.

Decca

@Chiara Atik@facebook

I think the affection felt by the other sisters is due to Diana's place in the family hierarchy. Nancy's political views are slightly more palatable to us today, but by all accounts she was a horrible big sister. She was wickedly funny, emphasis on the wicked, and could be extremely cruel to her younger sisters. Diana was third eldest but she tried to include the younger set and seemed to generally be a good example of a big sister. Plus, she was the glamorous one and I'm sure that that had some residual impact on Debo and Unity and probably even Decca, though she'd be loath to say it. She was their window into the grown-up world, which was denied to them by Nancy.

Read her autobiography "A Life of Contrasts" if you can get ahold of a copy. Some of her assertions in there are shocking; at times I wondered whether she was being deliberately provocative or ironic, or whether she actually was that oblivious and blithe. Anne de Courcy's biography of her (the awfully subtitled "Diana Mosley : Mitford Beauty, British Fascist, Hitler's Angel") is a good comprehensive account, as well. And, y'know, despite EVERYTHING, I definitely teared up during the last few chapters after Oswald Mosley had died and she was so cut up with grief.

I struggle with this whole issue quite a bit. I've been interested in the Mitfords for quite a while now and as a consequence have had plenty of arguments with history-minded friends who can't understand why I would devote so much time and brain space to a bunch of, essentially, upper-class vacuous airheads and not, say, Rosa Luxemburg or someone. I always say that interest in one group of historical figures doesn't preclude interest in any other group, and also that interest in, and sympathy for, the privileged, isn't always a no-no. But I don't know.

Also, I will be extremely sad when Debo does die.

Decca

@Chiara Atik@facebook

Also, thanks for pointing me towards that interview clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hb8bmSUN9g, if anyone else is wondering)! It's very short, but you get a wonderful sense of her patterns of speech. Listen to the way she pronounces "absolutely"!

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