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The weird world of Wikipedia
We often take Wikipedia for granted. An alphabetical list of U.S. states. The year that actor died. What does Nepal’s flag look like again?
But Annie Rauwerda, the 22-year-old who created the @depthsofwikipedia Instagram account to mine some of the site’s oddest pages, thinks it’s the best thing on the web. “It’s what the internet was supposed to be,” she said. “It has this hacker ethos of working together and making something.”
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She engages in some deep web archaeology, unearthing pages from amusing (a chicken literally crossing a road in China’s Yunnan Province) to wholesome (Hatsuyume, the Japanese word for the first dream of the new year).
Followers often pitch her pages, but it’s hard to impress Rauwerda these days. If something has already created social media ripples, she won’t bother: “For example, there are only 25 blimps in the world,” she said. “It went around Twitter a couple days ago. I was shocked. I was like, ‘Everyone knows this.’”
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