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11 Crazy Wikipedia Pages That Are So Captivating It’s Hard to Stop Reading Them

Not only is Wikipedia a source with helpful information, but it is also a storehouse of unusual stories and unexpected facts that can impress even the most avid internet users and make them laugh their heads off. Here are a couple of examples: glowing-green pigs and the World Toilet Organization (yes, they do exist) and we are sure you’ve never heard about them.

Bright Side dove into the depths of Wikipedia and dug out the articles that prove our life will never stop surprising us.

This is a fake paradox that was derived from 2 folk pearls of wisdom: that cats always land on their feet and that bread always falls butter-side down. But what if one were to place a slice of bread with butter on a cat’s back? Some people joke that the experiment would cause some sort of anti-gravitational situation or that the cat will lick the butter and then land on its paws.

Nevertheless, there are more serious research projects that are commenting on the buttered cat paradox. For example, Donald E. Simanek wrote that there are actually no controversies. Even if we assume that cats always land on their feet, and buttered bread always falls butter-side down, in the first case the cat will land on its paws, and the sandwich will remain not fallen. In the second case, it will be the sandwich that will fall butter-side down, while the cat will remain not fallen.

Nozhnov A.V. claims that a cat with a sandwich tied to it is a complex object so it can’t be just the cat from the first rule or just the sandwich from the second one.

In 1926, Charles Vance Millar, a wealthy lawyer from Toronto, bequeathed the biggest part of his legacy to any woman who would give birth to the largest number of kids within 10 years after his death. That’s how the “Great Stork Derby” started — a contest that 11 families took part in by getting pregnant and giving birth to their kids. Despite the fact that both Millar’s relatives and the government of the Canadian province of Ontario tried to challenge the legality of the will, the money was split between 4 winners (each had 9 babies and they received $100,000, which equals about $2 million in today’s world.

These transgenic pigs are the achievement of Chinese scientists. They added the DNA of a fluorescent jellyfish into the DNA of a normal pig embryo and got piglets that have a yellowish-greenish tinge of their skin and eyes in the daylight and that glow with a bright green color in ultraviolet light. The researchers claim that this ability can help them monitor the development of tissue during stem cell transplantation.

That’s what the border between Old Bavaria and the rest of Germany was called as a joke. All because white sausages (Weißwurst), which are made from veal and pork, are a distinctive element of the Bavarian culture. There is no geographical line — some draw the white sausage equator along the Danube River, others along the Main River.

A metal band called “Caninus” is famous for having 2 Pitbull terriers as their front men. Their names were Budgie and Basil and they were saved them from euthanasia by the other members of the band. The members of the band were training the dogs in the studio, they recorded the dogs’ barking and growling and created musical compositions with these sounds. Caninus musicians are strict vegans who stand for the ethical treatment of animals and claim that animals should be entitled to their own voice. Today the work of the band has been stopped because of the dogs’ death.

All natural products contain a small amount of the radioactive isotope potassium-40 and some of the products like potatoes, beans, seeds, and nuts have a level of radiation higher that is than the average. For example, one banana contains about 0.42g of potassium and it’s actually easy to measure small doses of home radiation in bananas. Of course, bananas don’t increase the radiation level in the body, but they have repeatedly caused the false triggering of ionizing radiation detectors, which are used to prevent the illegal importation of radioactive materials.

Shī Shì shí shī shǐ (施氏食獅史) is a poem by American linguist Yuen Ren Chao written in a traditional Chinese language. The name translates as The Story of Mr. Shi Eating Lions. There are a total of 92 “shi” syllables in his poem, each of which is pronounced in one of 4 tones. Phrases that consist of similarly sounding words are there in other languages as well. For example, “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” in the English language.

It turns out that the International Organization for Standardization defined in 1980 how to brew tea properly. According to them, the pot should be made of white porcelain or glazed earthenware. The lid should have a small hole in it. A big pot should weight 200 g and hold 310 ml of liquid, while a small pot should weigh 118 g and should hold 150 ml of liquid. 2 g of tea should be placed in the pot for each 100 ml of hot water, while the water should be poured within 4-6 mm of the brim. The tea should be brewed for 6 minutes and the water shouldn’t be hard. That’s it — your perfect tea is ready.

The World Toilet Organization (WTO) was established in 2011 in Singapore. It consists of 19 toilet associations from different countries and deals with toilet and anti-sanitary related issues. The organization declared the 19th of November — World Toilet Day. It also holds the World Toilet Summit and other events dedicated to developing toilet infrastructure and other issues annually.

Even though this article looks funny on Wikipedia, the WTO has serious goals — its main goal is to make clean and safe toilets available for people all over the world.

The long list titles of Kim Jong-il, who was the leader of North Korea from 1994 until 2011, probably sound strange to the rest of the world. There is an article on Wikipedia dedicated to the list of titles of the great leader. Here are some of them: “Dear Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have,” “Sun of the Communist Future,” “Ever-Victorious, Iron-Willed Commander,” “Bright Sun of the 21st Century,” and “Great Man, Who Descended From Heaven.”

This article lists all the weird, unusual, funny, and mind-blowing articles on Wikipedia. They are split by topics for convenience. Here you can read about “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby” as well as get the answer to “The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

What weird articles from Wikipedia have we missed? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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