5 Hilarious Examples of Wikipedia Vandalism
Wikipedia is not always a reliable source
Wikipedia is a great resource and one of the most-visited websites on the Internet, but we need to be careful about citing it as a source for things like schoolwork. In fact, at higher levels of academia Wikipedia should never be cited, as it's not a primary or secondary source, and many times it's not even a tertiary source. Wikipedia is our modern day Library at Alexandria, but it can also be edited by anyone. Although there are plenty of moderators and most changes are reviewed for accuracy, there are still many examples of pages that were vandalized for fun and profit. I'm going to show you some of these with the included screenshot of the page.
5. Monster from the future
Monster is a popular energy drink and a cheaper alternative to Red Bull. It was not introduced in 2091 and brought back to us with a time machine, as the Wikipedia page once stated.
4. Carlo Ancelotti's eyebrows
Carlo Ancelotti is a former soccer player and manager of Chelsea, but what really interests me about him is the entire first section of his Wikipedia page. A Wiki vandal decided to not just include a little quip at Ancelotti's expense, but to instead create an entire section in his bio about his eyebrows. They even made this the first section of his bio, just to make sure we all saw it. If you can't read the picture, here's what it says:
"Carlo has on many occasions been praised by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson of WWE fame for the idea behind his iconic 'People's Eyebrow' celebration.
Carlo's left eyebrow made world headlines back in 2009 when, after being asked by Jonathan Pearce about Didier Drogba's chances of playing a whole match on his feet, the eyebrow eclipsed Mount Everest, Nepal, as the highest point on the planet."
3. Jon Stewart, the superhero
Sometimes its not even the individual subject pages that become vandalized on Wikipedia. Users can also edit the search clarification pages. If you search for "John Stewart", Wikipedia will inform you that there are many notable people who have had that name or a similar name. One of them is the popular American comedian, Jon Stewart. As the screenshot below shows, Stewart was notable for being an American comedian, author, television host and batman. That's right, Jon Stewart is batman.
2. Idi Amin and Justin Bieber
Idi Amin was one of the most ruthless dictators of modern times. Estimates of the number of people who were killed as a result of his rule are as high as half a million. At one time, his Wikipedia page noted that his rule was characterized by "human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, Bieber Fever, and gross economic mismanagement." That's right, Idi Amin apparently had Bieber Fever, even though he died years before Bieber became popular. I think it would be far more believable to claim Muammar al-Gaddafi listens to Katy Perry.
1. Rashard Lewis is a gentleman
Perhaps the most popular target for Wikipedia vandals is sports stars. People like to post disparaging things about rival teams and players, either on the Wikipedia pages for those teams or players, or on their own favorite team's page. Here we have Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis's page, which mentions the fact that "Rashard has volunteered to keep Lebron James' girlfriend company during the 2011 NBA Playoffs, just in case she becomes lonely." Isn't that nice of him?