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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Something Wiki this way comes...

The observant reader may have noticed a sudden increase of links to a particular encyclopedic site...

Yes, it's true. I have fallen in love with Wikipedia. It's an excellent resource, combining the collective knowledge of readers across the 'net. Obviously, one should take entries on controversial topics or people with a grain (or even 40lb bag) of salt, but it's still quite useful for basic info, and as a springboard to other sources.

And now, courtesy of my fellow bloggers, I've stumbled over a meme that requires you, dear readers, to try Wikipedia for yourselves!

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.
(I'm choosing to leave the date as an exercise to the reader)

Neat facts about my birthday:
  • 1918 - Lithuania declares its independence from both Russia and Germany. (I'd love to see Lithuania someday - missed a chance to go to Vilnius on business around the time DD was born...)
  • 1978 - The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois). (An event that would indirectly change my life forever...)
  • 2005 - The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labour dispute. (And now we get crappy NHL coverage down here. It's the playoffs and we can't see any of the games! )

  • 1945 - Frank Welker, American voice actor (The voice you didn't know you knew...)
  • 1972 - Jerome Bettis, American football player (Da Bus!)

    1974 - John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888) (Hadn't heard of him, but I have heard of the M1...)

    So...what does Wiki say about *your* birthday?
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