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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Dumber By the Minute

So far, what all have you stupidly tried to Wikipedia today?

-Adam Ant

-Hebephilia. (Sorry, I had no idea what she was talking about!)

-LL Cool J

-Pictogram

-Sputnik Sea Urchins



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j-bird

I was going to look up LL Cool J too!

whateverlolawants

@j-bird I have already read that article...

Princess Langwidere

Latrodectus (after replying to A Spider on the P-Card thread).

The Lady of Shalott

"Adam Beach"

NOT EVEN ASHAMED. And in fairness I just had to settle for google image searching him for an....a length of time. I legit adore him.

KJZ
KJZ

@The Lady of Shalott Love that guy. So broody!

JessicaLovejoy

@The Lady of Shalott SO PRETTEH.

Still pissed he didn't have a fling with Barb Henrickson.

The Lady of Shalott

@JessicaLovejoy Still pissed he didn't have a fling with ME.

Megasus

@The Lady of Shalott He has a new show coming out! Arctic Air on CBC!*

*I did not need to google or wikipedia this

The Lady of Shalott

@Megan Patterson@facebook DUDE ARCTIC AIR IS ALREADY ON, THE 2ND EPISODE WAS LAST NIGHT, IF YOU THINK I AM NOT WATCHING IT OBSESSIVELY AND ROPING OTHER PEOPLE INTO IT YOU ARE DEAD WRONG.

1. Adam Beach takes his shirt off in the first episode.
2. It's really bad--it's like a soap opera that takes place in NWT.
3. Adam Beach's character is kind of a dickhole.
3b. But he takes off his shirt????

Megasus

@The Lady of Shalott Has Bomb Girls started yet? I think it's Global or something BUT CANADIAN MIDCENTURY PERIOD PIECE.

The Lady of Shalott

@Megan Patterson@facebook I don't think so, not yet at least! But it's Global, so....yeah.

phlox

@Megan Patterson@facebook Oh good, I needed a new CBC show! Now, is it better or worse than Republic of Doyle? (Which is awful, but all my Newfoundlander friends looove it so I watched last season anyway.)

Megasus

@The Lady of Shalott It sounds like it depends heavily on how much you want to see Adam Beach with his shirt off.

The Lady of Shalott

@Megan Patterson@facebook Or, how high your tolerance for lousy television is. Like, I watched every single episode of Combat Hospital, so I am all about some bad TV. But maybe it is not so great for someone who only watches like, Art TV or I should just stop talking, I have no idea what I'm talking about

Megasus

@The Lady of Shalott I'm pretty sure I caught some of that when I was home for Christmas! It really is quite terrible.

modesty makeover

@JessicaLovejoy I KNOW! I totally thought it would happen when they were in the sweat lodge... I'm a bit bummed the show didn't go in that direction.

bangs
bangs

"sunshine coast trail" and "arctic outflow", still I found what I was looking for.

She was a retail whore

1) Google whatever it is you're looking for.
2) Find the Wikipedia result for that thing.
3) View the cached article.
4) (Knowledge) profit!!!!!

SarahP

@taigan The cached articles still have the blackout screen for me.

PrettyNicola

@SarahP I know this is against the spirit of the thing, but if you hit "ESC" while the page is loading it won't load the blackout screen. I am on an old slow computer so it is pretty easy for me to time it, but you could try it.

SarahP

@PrettyNicola My work computer is slow, and I have to use Explorer, so I am in luck with the hitting escape technique! Nice!

TeresaOtter

@taigan Yup, and you can also use the mobile version.

Loopholes

She was a retail whore

@SarahP Hmmm. Two work computers using Chrome had success viewing cached images as recently as 15 minutes ago, but we're using old-ass computers. Maybe this makes a difference?

linolanayseda

Sloth gestation. I am on a baby sloth bender and I'm getting creative with uses for my otherwise empty (by choice) uterus.

tortietabbie

@linolanayseda I recently read Zoo City, which features a sloth, have become, ah, perhaps a bit obsessed with sloths. THEY ARE SO CUTE I NEVER KNEW!!!!

The Lady of Shalott

@tortietabbie Trufax: I am legit afraid of sloths. They frighten me. But sometimes I go to the sloth page on wikipedia JUST TO SEE WHAT I'M UP AGAINST.

linolanayseda

@The Lady of Shalott But how can you be afraid ... OF THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q1mAGQAw3Oc
SHAZAMBABYSLOTHMAGIC.(I am trying to cure you.)

The Lady of Shalott

@linolanayseda I had to click off that after like, 3.5 seconds because I could not watch it. I just could not do it.

linolanayseda

@The Lady of Shalott Sad! I wish I could isolate the sound/image at 0:23 for you; it is less scary!

Craftastrophies

@The Lady of Shalott I am not, but I can see how you would be. I find them sporadically adorable, but mostly... just like other animals? Not especially amazing? Maybe that means I am dead inside.

laurel

@linolanayseda So, is their gestation really really sloooooow?

mustelid

@tortietabbie Zoo City is great! As are sloths!

Reginal T. Squirge

Swizz Beatz - Apparently he has something to do with Megaupload? Like, it's his company? I need wikipedia to tell me if this is true.

tortietabbie

@ReginalTSquirge@twitter What? Is this real? Wikipedia, stop this freedom of information nonsense! I need to access the hive mind!

Saaoirse

Seven-layer dip.

Kelly Murphy@facebook

Karahi Paneer

Katie Scarlett

@Kelly Murphy@facebook garam masala

Xanthophyllippa

@Kelly Murphy@facebook "What is that, saag paneer?”

oh, disaster

Galápagos tortoise.

kd_ring

- The Ross Sisters
- Stephon Marbury

Katem

- Aaliyah (thanks to catching up on this site from yesterday)
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
- Neil Patrick Harris (to find out how old his babies are after seeing the amazing Out cover)

Another trick is to press Esc when the wikipedia page is loading.

SarahP

@Katem HE HAS BABIES?! **going now**

SarahP

For anyone else who is wondering... THEY ARE ADORABLE AND CHUBBY CHEEKED AND ALL PINK WITH BIG BLUE EYES.

Katem

@SarahP They are the cutest kids! Did you see the picture of them in a boat and the kids are wearing hats? I swoon.

SarahP

@Katem I have now!

Craftastrophies

@SarahP And they are the dapper-est bottle drinkers http://celebkids.whyfame.com/happy-birthday-neil-patrick-harris-twins-1617

EpWs

@Katem I'm reading the Out article right now and it's so adorable I can feel my heart melting out through my toes.

teebs

-Martial law
-Dolley Madison

liznieve

"Teresa de Lauretis" after the Giada de Laurentiis comment on the Paula Deen article. Clearly, of no relation.

Danzig!

I wanted to see which persona David Bowie was inhabiting when he made Young Americans. I should really know from memory.

madge

@Danzig! the one who has pointy shoulders, does a shit ton of coke, and turns luther vandross songs about funky music into david bowie songs about fascination

Lucienne

@madge Thin White Duke?

Tragically Ludicrous

@Lucienne It was before Thin White Duke, but after Ziggy Stardust. Basically, he didn't have a "named" persona at the time but was soon to transition into Thin White Duke (which was Station to Station.)

Danzig!

@madge See, YA sounds like cocaine (meaning, it has a lot of sax) but it was my understanding that Bowie wasn't into the stuff until he trucked off to Berlin with Iggy and Lou a year later. The whole idea was to go somewhere remote from the smack trade, so they went to the blow capitol of the world.

Tragically Ludicrous

@Danzig! YA was into the cocaine period, but two years before Berlin. His super-cocaine period was indeed in 1976, a year after YA, but he was living in Los Angeles at the time. Station to Station, recorded and released then, was the serious cocaine album. That was when he was living on peppers and milk and convinced witches were trying to steal his sperm. Berlin was actually his getting-clean period from that.

(I know this, somehow, all without Wikipedia. Why am I not majoring in Bowie?)

TooCool4School

Adam Ant was devastatingly pretty!

Lucienne

@TooCool4School Have you seen Jubilee? I think he might die at some point, but sooooo pretty.

Timid Atheist

Except she tells you exactly what she's talking about in the second paragraph:

"To begin: I do NOT in any way condone the practice of hebephilia (sexual activity between adults and children, in this case girls, at puberty, ages 11-14). "

I tried to look up Tor Books to see if it's an acronym. And then I remembered about Wikipedia and then I remembered about google cached pages. Yay google. Boo SOPA/PIPA.

Anna Jayne@twitter

My own Congressional District
Jean-Luc Picard

Alibi Jones

@Anna Jayne@twitter
-Antoine Watteau
-My own congressional district

I wikied my district AFTER wikiing Antoine Watteau, getting the blackout page, using it to find out my reps, deciding to contact them and needing to verify which of the two listed possibilities was my actual rep. I think I even opened a new tab to wiki it with the wikipedia black-out page still open. Proof that no access to wikipedia makes me dumber?

Megasus

@Anna Jayne@twitter Guess who is coming to Fan Expo in Toronto this summer? Is it the Captain himself? YES IT IS!

LornaLoo

Encarta 95.
I kid, I kid! But I am bummed that the encarta95 twitter account does not appear to be giving any answers.

rayray

@LornaLoo ENCARTA! There was a general knowledge game on that that I used to play for HOURS as a kid.

LornaLoo

@rayray MindMaze, perhaps??? I didn't play much, mostly because my brother and I were too busy watching the video of the Hindenburg Disaster on repeat and yelling, "Oh the humanity!" and laughing hysterically at inopportune times.

rayray

@LornaLoo YES that was it. MindMaze. I found it oddly hypnotic, going in and out of all those little rooms with weird medieval people in them. I had completely forgotten about it until just now. This is why I can't play video games, cos while everyone else was playing Sonic and Mario as kids, I was answering trivia on Encarta.

EpWs

@LornaLoo YES! MindMaze was the best, I really want it now.

wee_ramekin

@rayray EEEEE! I also loved MindMaze! I loved the art and the music and the click-clack of the character's footsteps as you moved from room to room. Ah, how calm and soothing it all was...

liznieve

@LornaLoo MINDMAZE. Hours of childhood wasted.

rayray

@wee_ramekin D'aww I feel much less weird now you're all chipping in. Specially you, little_vessel

The Lady of Shalott

@wee_ramekin HOLY SHIT, MEMORIES JUST CAME STREAMING BACK TO ME!!! MindMaze! Holy crap, I haven't thought of that in years and now I'm realizing that I remember it very well.

I wonder where I could get my hands on it now.

emilylou

@LornaLoo OMG ENCARTA. My gifted program ass was alllll over that as a kid.

Wasn't there also some sort of listening game you could play? Where there were sounds then you had to guess and Encarta would be like "You're correct! That IS a tuba!" or "You're incorrect! That was MLK's I have a Dream speech."

rayray

@emilylouise I remember that one too!

emilylou

@rayray Yay! I'm glad my memory serves me correctly.

My FAVORITE game of that time period, though, was not anything Encarta, but Odell Down Under, the marine biology game! Anyone remember that gem? (Ugh, I just tried to LINK TO ITS WIKIPEDIA but we all know how that turned out for me.)

wee_ramekin

@emilylouise AHHHH! Odell Down Under!!! I loved that gaaaaaame!! Heee!

Also, Treasure Mountain!

Craftastrophies

@rayray Oh my GOD, seriously. How do the pinners keep having things in common with me? No one I have ever spoken to before remembers that game, but I loved the crap out of it. And the weird characters, like the jesters or whatever?

I love trivia so much, you guys.

emilylou

@wee_ramekin Remember designing your fish?! So fun!

And ummm TREASURE MOUNTAIN!!!!!! I was so scared of the mean snowballs! But THAT GAME!
Of course you would bring that up. We would have been BFFs as kids, spending hours & hours playing those games. I mean, they were educational, so it's all good. (I was only allowed to have educational computer games... with the exception of Scorched Earth, which I guess taught me about war?)

Craftastrophies

@emilylouise The only games we had on the computers at school were the Encarta one (in the library), Carmen Sandiego, The Incredible Machine, and some one where you had been in a plane crash on a tropical island, and had to collect things to escape. They were all GREAT and (apparently) educational.

I wish two things really hard right now. 1) that they would bring out updated trivial pursuit questions by themselves like they used to. I don't want to pay $80 for a whole new game, although at least they have a new version that isn't a DVD version 2) we could have a pin-up that involved trivial pursuit or Articulate. I bet a pinner round of Articulate would be amazing.

lora.bee

@LornaLoo I was all over these, especially MindMaze! Earlier than that, I freakin loved Math Blaster too. Wow, I was a nerd.

.
.

@LornaLoo OMG I listened to the language interactive thing for hours and hours as a kid aaaand now I'm a linguist.

Hyperbolic Heather

Exclusionary rule.
WHAT? Why do I care? I have no idea.

hulia

@Hyperbolic Heather Oddly I'm supposed to be making flashcards on that subject at this very moment.

rayray

Computer Aided Translation. I'm writing an essay. Blergh.

LMac

9/11 conspiracy theories
Mark Wahlberg (apparently it "wouldn't have went down" on his watch)

Helvetica

Persimmon.
Word superiority effect.
Endel Tulving.
Now I feel like I'm supposed to be smart on my own and I feel sort of headless (intelligence-less).

Graydon Gordian

-Hollywood Squares
-Carol Channing

... I had good reasons at the time, but in retrospect those are both kinda embarrassing.

Jane Marie

@Graydon Gordian <3 Carol Channing. Always be looking up Carol Channing.

Graydon Gordian

@Jane Marie The two were actually related. I was looking her up because I was watching video of Big Bird on Hollywood Squares, and Carol Channing was sitting next to him.

Jane Marie

@Graydon Gordian they're friends.

Graydon Gordian

@Jane Marie She starts around 2:38, but the whole thing is pretty classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCIeAJ5hRfE

oeditrix

Is it "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" or "What a Feeling (Flashdance)"?

These are the tough questions.

Elleohelle

@oeditrix I want to say that it's the former, but don't hold me to it.

EpWs

Sinclair Dinosaurs. I NEED THIS INFORMATION, WIKIPEDIA, COME BACK.

Tragically Ludicrous

The Little Mermaid. I was trying to figure out when it came out in theaters to see if it would have made sense to be my first movie in a theater, as my parents like to tell the story about me having to be removed from said theater when I freaked out at Ursula.

hodgmina

@Tragically Ludicrous Apparently my first movie in theaters was also The Little Mermaid! I don't think I freaked out, though.

Jane Marie

@hodgmina mine was American Werewolf in London. :(

fondue with cheddar

@Jane Marie Mine was The Jungle Book, which came out 7 years before I was born so I guess it was a second-run theater (you never see those anymore).

Helvetica

@hodgmina Ooh, let's talk about our first movies in a theater! According to lore (and my mother), mine was Thumbelina. I don't remember anything except loads of pretty colours. Lion King provokes a more active reaction. I remember I didn't want to be a baby about it and cry you-know-when but I did. And later told everyone I didn't. So, clearly Lion King provoked a childhood trauma and Thumbelina was all pretty and they came out the same year.

Tragically Ludicrous

@hodgmina Turns out it came out in November of 1989, when I would have been about four and a half, which makes it a perfectly plausible "first movie in a theater" although I don't know if it actually was.

one cow.

@Tragically Ludicrous I think it was also my first, as I remember bawling at the end of the movie as we left the theater, "But she won't get to see her dad anymooooore!" A precursor to my childhood of full-blown separation anxiety disorder!

Verity

@kystilla I think mine was The Lion King, which came out when I was four or five. I remember being very upset by Mufasa's death. (Also: I volunteer with a local Brownie pack, and a few months ago one of them was talking about going to see the new 3D rerelease of The Lion King. Me: "I saw that in the cinema too, when it first came out!" Her: "Was it in black-and-white then?" She was perfectly sincere, and I wept inwardly.)

Brunhilde

@hodgmina Mine was Return of the Jedi, which might explain why I love Star Wars so much to this day.

Nutmeg

@kystilla Mine was apparently Pocahontas, if you believe my mom. She claims a woman coming out of the theater was telling her daughter, "See, and that's how it really was!" and my mom flipped out on her. I don't remember any of this!

leonstj

Greek cheeses
Cocktaik (film)
Imitation crab
Varvatos
Descartes
Kink
The Kinks

thebestjasmine

@leon.saintjean Imitation crab? I thought more highly of you than that, Leon.

leonstj

@thebestjasmine it was in the soup I bought for lunch (unbeknownst to me) and I needed to know what I was consuming.

thebestjasmine

@leon.saintjean Okay, I take it back.

Craftastrophies

@leon.saintjean Did you find an answer?

Brunhilde

@leon.saintjean Pollock, mostly, and flavorings. I remember looking it up to make sure it was okay for my allergic-to-shellfish co-worker to eat (answer: yes).

ELECTROMAGNETIC CHAOS

@leon.saintjean: I like the idea of a movie knock-off of Cocktail.

sox
sox

WHY did I click through to the hebephilia article? :(
And then this is the post on Suri's Burn Book today. :( :(

applestoapples

I looked up
"Private Eyes" (the Hall and Oates song)
The SS Andrea Doria
Slick Rick

CrescentMelissa

@applestoapples Private Eyes clap clap are watching you clap clap.

applestoapples

@CrescentMelissa
Private eeeeeeeeeeeeeeyes
are watching you watching you

emilylou

@applestoapples Girl, just call the H&O emergency hotline!! 719-266-2837

applestoapples

@emilylouise Perfect.

Reginal T. Squirge

Just now: Joan of Arc. Damn, I really need Wikipedia.

angermonkey

"Evelyn Nesbit" and "Beirut," BOTH of which were your fault, Hairpin. But that's cool.

fondue with cheddar

I haven't tried to Wikipedia anything today, but DAMN...now I really want to look up Sputnik Sea Urchins!

fondue with cheddar

@jen325 It's late so probably nobody will see this, but I just remembered to look up Sputnik Sea Urchins and WHY IS IT NOT A THING? :(

telling_everyone

I tried to wikipedia SOPA and immediately facepalmed.

telling_everyone

but also:
-pretty little liars episodes synopses
-education appropriations
-history of brunch

wee_ramekin

@telling_everyone Actually, I think you should be able to Wikipedia SOPA. I read their 'Why are we on black-out?' page, and I think they said they're keeping that and the PIPA page up.

telling_everyone

@wee_ramekin Ah, good to know! I didn't try to go any further when I got to the main page and it was blacked out.

Anchovy Cake

"Krumpus"

"Vivian Leigh"

queensissy

I'm here for any Adam Ant-related questions you may have, Jane. Probably.

Jane Marie

@queensissy Conversation this morning:
Me: What was the band Adam Ant was in before he was just "Adam Ant?"
BF: What?
Me: [Looks up on Wiki, then Google] Oh, Adam and The Ants
BF: Oh, haha that's what you meant? Haha, yeah everyone knows that!
Me: Don't be that asshole.

Tragically Ludicrous

@Jane Marie Also, the original "the Ants" were stolen by Malcom McLaren to create Bow Wow Wow!

queensissy

@Jane Marie Handled in an excellent manner, I'd say.

Fodforever

"Necroscope"

"Crooked Forest"

Probably like five movie/tv things that I just had to click on IMDB for instead

vunder

Hüsker Dü (to copy out the dang diacriticals)

laurel

@vunder Thumbs up for Hüsker Dü and Charley Harper.

wharrgarbl

"Louisiana heron"

The cached page did not tell me what I needed to know.

Aunty Christ

"brine shrimp troubleshoot"

El Knid

Wait, hebephile doesn't mean being a fan of Jewish culture? Man, that explains a lot about an epically bad job interview I had at the Solomon Shechter middle school.

Joolia

1. media blackout 2012
2. the pajama game

dham

"periphrasis"

Lowetown

The Coppola family tree.

koala

Gullah. Middle English pronouns.

cherrispryte

So last night was the online test to qualify for Jeopardy (yes, i'm a nerd) so all day i've had fragments of questions in my head that i've wanted to look up AND I CAN'T.

Craftastrophies

This thread is the worst. Now I want to wiki all these things! I have tried to wiki four things this morning, but I can't remember what they were because I no longer remember anything anymore, I only remember how to find it. I am doomed.

Also, it's frustrating because there's nothing I can do, not being a US citizen.

boysplz

Lizard people, luckily there's plenty of non-wiki sites for that

laurel

Martin Freeman

PistolPackinMama

@laurel *sigh* he is so dreamy. And I like his ladyfriend, too. She's a fab actress.

laurel

@PistolPackinMama There was a moment on the bomber episode of Sherlock where he stays over at his new gf's house and sleeps on the sofa (or something? I've forgotten the word they used). She says something like, "Play your cards right and next time I'll let you sleep at the foot of my bed." And he mutters, "And the time after that?" I swooned a little and just wanted to be near him, but nope! Fortunately IMDB was there for me (no SOPA scruples there, obv).

Danzig!

Good news everyone: Simple Wiki is still up for all your knowledge needs!

Here's the simple english page for the 1997 scary movie Event Horizon, to get you started: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Event_Horizon

Brunhilde

@Danzig! I think you mean 1997 scariest movie ever made Event Horizon.

Danzig!

@Brunhilde They send him out to space, but he does not die!

Any One Ninja Plot

@Danzig! Fun tip: my habit of creating a drinking game out of movies by taking a shot every time they say the title SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED WITH THAT MOVIE.

anonymass

John Berryman
Omaha

youresmalltime

Jerry Orbach. Ludacris. Jaguar. (The creature, not the car.)

Jane Marie

@youresmalltime Perfect use of the internet. Perfect.

youresmalltime

@Jane Marie I like to think of myself as a freelance professional.

Kate Eldred@facebook

Josh Homme.
I had to settle for google image search instead.

A Dolly

Music Row Nashville
Cardamom
Jacques de Molay

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