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Japecake Recommends: Five Wikipedia Picks

March 18, 2011

Japey’s voracious appetite for all manner of arcane knowledge knows practically no bounds (including those of good taste). So, it’s no surprise that he often finds himself lost in the rabbit hole of Wikipedia, gleefully rooting around in the dark, dusty corners of human endeavor like a pig after truffles. Sometimes he unearths a real gem, sometimes just a polished turd; but no matter how bizarre, stupid, or cheerfully useless, if it exists, or existed, you’ll probably find something about it on Wikipedia. Here are a few memorable, offbeat finds to whip out at your next cocktail party, coronation, or other event where whipping it out is called for.

That polished turd I mentioned? Here it is.

There’s an actual name for the flip-top lid on a Tic Tac box.

Want to libel a famous male person and get away with it? Make fun of his pee-pee.

Speaking of pee-pees—and how often do you get to use that phrase?—here’s a ridiculously cheap, amazingly effective, and crunchy way to diagnose a peculiar urinary disorder.

My favorite World War II hero: an illiterate, homeless Welshman named Glyndwr Michael. Also, he was dead at the time.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2011 4:12 am

    An illiterate, homeless Welshman? Well that narrows it down.

    • March 18, 2011 4:14 am

      What the hell are you doing up so late/early?

    • March 18, 2011 4:21 am

      Also: That line would have worked perfectly in almost any episode of Black Adder.

      • March 18, 2011 8:05 pm

        My thoughts exactly. I miss Blackadder. I feel like Baldrick without him.

  2. March 20, 2011 10:28 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I already check my urine for poppy seeds every morning, so learning it can also be used as a diagnostic test gives me an excuse.

    • March 20, 2011 10:59 pm

      Interesting. In my case, I thought it was blood at first, but it was just full-grown poppies.

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