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Posted at 2:59 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Wikipedia turns 10: What do you wiki? (#ThingsIWiki)

By Katie Rogers


Celebrity biographies. Infectious diseases. Far-off people, places and things ... can you even imagine learning about any of this without the help of Wikipedia?

The site turns 10 on Saturday, and by now boasts roughly 17 million articles. The Post's Monica Hesse reports that the massive amount of listing makes Wikipedia the largest encyclopedia in the history of encyclopedias (if that's indeed what it is).

Also watch as the 'un-leader' of Wikipedia talks about motivating volunteers and why Wikipedia is "fair and balanced."

For more, check Ezra Klein on Wikipedia's worth.

What do you 'wiki'?

Because the results might just turn back the good, the bad and the hilarious, we're wondering what you spending your free time wiki-ing. Obscure historical figures? Vacation destinations? The sky's obviously the limit. Use #thingsiwiki to tell us on Twitter, and we'll word cloud the responses. In the meantime, examples!

And, if you have run out of things to wiki, you can go check out their most unusual articles (you will waste hours on this site) or the list of common misconceptions (did you know humans have between nine and 20 senses and not just five?).

everything #thingsiwikiless than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost I'm obsessed w/ learning about the British monarchy and live to read entries about kings, queens, and scandals! #thingsiwikiless than a minute ago via web

#thingsiwiki , history of jazz, IT enterprise theory , some peopleless than a minute ago via Dabr

#thingsiwiki Random chains. E.g., last night: "blood libel," ancient Hebrew, Scots Gaelic, Celts, Kevin Garnett.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

@washingtonpost when my friend and i were bored we made a list and stayed on for hrs... one was care bears lol #thingsiwikiless than a minute ago via Mobile Web

"scary trees" "obscure diseases" #thingsiwiki @katierogers @kellenhenryless than a minute ago via web

By Katie Rogers  | January 13, 2011; 2:59 PM ET
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Wiki is great for getting a first blush notion of noncontroversial technical issues. The other day I needed to learn about Markov Processes, and Wiki was a great place to start. There is an enthusiastic cadre of technical people who form a specialized, though important, part of Wiki. They make my life much easier.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 14, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Love those Wiki pages! Especially the common misconceptions. I would add one, though, that is a pet peeve of mine. White wine is not made from white grapes!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 14, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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