Wikipedia is a tremendous resource and a pretty cool way for people to collaborate on documentation. In just a couple years, it’s grown to become one of the largest encyclopedias available, with over 30 million entries and arguable the most up-to-date information of any encyclopedic resource.
One of the attractions of Wikipedia is that it’s built on a free, open-source solution: Wikimedia. It makes it easy for any group to create their own repository of knowledge and information — even mis-information.
Let me introduce you to Wikipedia’s evil twin: The Uncyclopedia. Think of it as The Onion meets a Wiki. Rather than informing, the Uncyclopedia’s goal is to amuse and annoy. Consider a few Uncyclopedia entries, such as France (“The French are also known to run in terror at the slightest hint of danger and surrender instantly to any threat…”); New Orleans (“Although the American Emperor has told everyone that New New Orleans will be even better and bigger than it was before, there are serious doubts as the Americans have proven they are pretty terrible at rebuilding cities that rely on oil…”); or knowledge (“A rare and tragic disease, not recognized as such by the many trash collectors claiming to be professors. Knowledge is 100% fatal, with recent studies showing 4 1/2 out of 7 people died when they were imbued with it…”).
Now you know why I’m in a handbasket.