On November 1 Wikipedia announced a mind-boggling milestone: Its English edition has logged 5 million entries since its launch in 2001.
That’s a profound accomplishment – but also overwhelming as far as such things go.
At 2.5 billion words and almost 30 terabytes of information the largest repository of human knowledge is far too large to ever be read in its entirety by any individual. (If you started reading continuously today it’d still take you 19 years and change.)
So we invited a small group of journalists – Wikipedians and Wiki enthusiasts to nominate the highlights: the Wikipedia articles that they find the most informative, the most entertaining or – frequently! – the most comically trivial.
The result is a pretty killer list of what brilliance results when the Internet’s nerds put their collective minds together.
1. Sexually active popes
Wikipedia’s List of sexually active popes is both useful and frivolous – impressive and incomplete.