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13 Weirder Wikipedia Lists To Waste Your Time On

More of the best, strangest articles in the Wiki world, from "animals with fradulent diplomas" through "films considered the worst."

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1. List of animals with fradulent diplomas

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Favorite quote:

"Chas John Licciardello... [obtained] a medical degree for his dog Sonny from the diploma mill Ashwood University. Sonny's 'work experience' included 'significant proctology experience sniffing other dogs' bums.'" (They always say you should love your work, I guess.)

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(H/T alexophile via Tumblr)

2. List of unexplained sounds

upload.wikimedia.org

Favorite quote:

"Bloop" (That's the best name you could come up with? Also, check out the linked article about the mysterious radio station UVB-76: "Its origins have been traced to Russia, but although several theories with varying degrees of plausibility exist, its actual purpose remains unknown to the public.")

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(H/T snailbean via BuzzFeed)

3. List of unusual deaths

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Favorite quote:

"1410: Martin of Aragon died from a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing." (The joke that killed him was this: "[I was] out of the next vineyard, where I saw a young deer hanging by his tail from a tree, as if someone had so punished him for stealing figs[!]" #ClassicComedy)

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8. List of unusual units of measurement

upload.wikimedia.org

Favorite quote:

"Schmidt has refined his Schmidt Sting Pain Index (scaled from 1 to 4) with extensive anecdotal experience, culminating in a paper published in 1990 which classifies the stings of 78 species and 41 genera of Hymenoptera." (The scale goes from "no pain" to "that scene in The Wicker Man where Nicholas Cage is covered in bees".)

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9. List of organisms named after famous people

eneaportal.unile.it

Favorite quote:

"Phialella zappai -- Named as a plan to meet [Frank] Zappa." (And it actually worked! Zappa dedicated his last concert to discoverer Boero.)

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10. List of pigs

gov.im

Favorite quote:

"The Tamworth Two, named Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pig, were two Tamworth Ginger pigs who escaped while being unloaded from a lorry at an abattoir in the English town of Malmesbury, Wiltshire in January 1998. The pigs were on the run for over a week, and the search for them caused a huge media sensation, as well as immense public interest, both in Britain and abroad." (I promise the ending of their story will actually break your heart.)

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11. List of films considered the worst

cinemaenthusiast.com

Favorite quote:

"…other legendary bad films...await a film of this magnitude because it gets awfully lonely on the island of misfit movies." (Meanwhile, the maker of Alone in the Dark will be alone somewhere in the dark.)

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13. List of lists of lists

upload.wikimedia.org

Favorite quote:

"This is a list of articles that are lists of list articles on the English Wikipedia. In other words, each of the articles linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked articles are themselves lists of lists of lists." (And this is the last in another list featuring a picture of List, Germany. My head just exploded.)

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