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Achenblog: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

The Outback

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, appeared out the window of the plane as I flew from Perth to Alice Springs. It was a thrilling sight, for it saved me from having to drive 10 hours round-trip from Alice...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 22, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (259)
 
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The Wikipedian Superheroes

You might have thought the part in yesterday's item about people checking Cobra Commander's Wikipedia entry for fairness and balance was a simple throwaway line, a hyperbolic example invented so we could gently mock people who feel the compulsion to...

By Editor  |  May 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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The Wiki Fame-o-Meter

For a period of years soon after Al Gore invented the Internet, counting Google hits seemed to be an easy, powerful way of measuring a person's standing in the world. Sadly, this era of peace and amity is over. Google...

By Editor  |  May 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
 
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Iron Man vs. the Hulk

Who would win a fight between Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk? "Dude, you know Hulk would easily win," Achenbach writes in an e-mail from Australia. "Iron Man is more of a natural opponent of, say, Ant-Man, or Captain...

By Editor  |  May 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Dispatch From the World's End

CAPE LEEUWEN, Western Australia The lighthouse is on a finger of granite and limestone poking out to sea. To the right is the Indian Ocean. To the left is what they call the Southern Ocean. Out there somewhere across...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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