Wikipedia states that its ultimate mission is to collect all the knowledge in the world. The biases of its users may earn the site a few jabs, but if a number of studies which compare the site’s articles to those of professional encyclopedias are reliable indicators, its content is accurate enough to satisfy the needs of most users. But now the whole project may be in trouble for a simple and very odd reason — it’s apparently done so well that most of its contributors have gone home.
It is hard to see why anyone would abandon the generous Pearce Sectional Sofa, so we must assume that whomever was under that cozy throw was taken by force. More signs of abduction: reading glasses left atop a rare antique encyclopedia, a half-finished glass of wine, and a decorative conch shell that has tumbled to the floor, not to mention the wide-open French doors.
In Albanian, it is called gjel deti meaning ‘sea rooster’
In Armenian, it is called hndkahav or hntkahav (Հնդկահավ), meaning ‘Indian chicken’
In Greek, it is called gallopoúla (γαλοπούλα), meaning ‘French chicken’
In Swahili, it is called bata mzinga, meaning ‘the great duck’
In Urdu, it is called feel murgh, meaning ‘elephant chicken’
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. As a holiday present, enjoy Wikipedia’s list of names for the wild turkey
I am Philip Roth. I had reason recently to read for the first time the Wikipedia entry discussing my novel ‘The Human Stain.’ The entry contains a serious misstatement that I would like to ask to have removed. This item entered Wikipedia not from the world of truthfulness but from the babble of literary gossip—there is no truth in it at all.
Philip Roth is not happy with the people’s encyclopedia.
The longest word in the Hungarian language.