Wednesday, February 1, 2012

THE BEST WIKI PAGE IN THE WHOLE INTERNET

Ladies and Gentlemen, I now give you, the best wikipedia entry in the whole internet. This is like a long list of Mythbuster myths and misconceptions, all the things you may have never wanted to know/dispell but knowing what you know, you wish you knew? Kinda crushes the child inside you’s thirst for knowledge, but also brings a lot of closure to a lot of things you haven’t yet given some thought about. (Fuck yeah, that makes sense!) Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, please let yourself out, while your show has been great, you’re jobs are no longer deemed necessary.

All things weird wide and wonderful are listed so conveniently with history sourcing included. If I was a kid in high school that wanted to do a project/essay on prestigious knowledge, maybe I would have got in that high percentile of grades and maybe even got that boost to become a genius wonderkid? Who knows?

As an example of just how amazing some of these facts are, look at these:


CHASTITY BELTS
Modern historians dispute the popular misconception that the chastity belt, a device designed to prevent women from having sexual intercourse, was invented in medieval times. Most existing chastity belts are now thought to be deliberate fakes or anti-masturbatory devices from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The latter were made due to the widespread belief that masturbation could lead to insanity, which led to a boom in the development of belt-like anti-masturbatory devices for both males and females. These were mostly bought by parents for their teenage children.[12] Contemporarily, chastity belts are used in the BDSM community as part of erotic sexual denial.[13] 

How bout that? Who knew? Masturbation? Insanity? No way!


SEARING
Searing meat does not “seal in” moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Generally, the value in searing meat is that it creates a brown crust with a rich flavor via the Maillard reaction.[74][75][76]

Take that, Jamie Oliver.


SUSHI
Sushi does not mean “raw fish”, and not all sushi includes raw fish. The name sushi means “sour rice”, and refers to the vinegared rice used in it. Sushi is made with sumeshi, rice which has been gently folded with rice vinegar, salt, and sugar dressing.

Well, this just changes every-fucking-thing.


BANANAS
Bananas do not grow on trees; the “banana tree” is in fact an herbaceous flowering plant (an herb).[83] 

Cool! Sooooo… I can smoke it? Answer: Yes


FUCK
The word “fuck” did not originate in Christianized Anglo-Saxon England as an acronym for “Fornication Under Consent of King”; nor did it originate as an acronym for “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, either as a sign posted above adulterers in the stocks, or as a criminal charge against members of the British Armed Forces; nor did it originate during the 15th-century Battle of Agincourt as a corruption of “pluck yew” (an idiom falsely attributed to the English for drawing a longbow).[87][88][89] Modern English was not spoken until the 16th century, and words such as “fornication” and “consent” did not exist in any form in English until the influence of Anglo-Norman in the late 12th century. The earliest recorded use of “fuck” in English comes from c. 1475, in the poem “Flen flyys“, where it is spelledfuccant (conjugated as if a Latin verb meaning “they fuck”). It is of Proto-Germanic origin, and is related to either Dutch fokken and German ficken or Norwegian fukka.[90][91][92]

Well, fuck!

Don’t just take my suggestions, JUST GO THERE: List of common misconceptions – Wikipedia

Thanks to @Mori80 for the heads up!

Notable epic wiki page mentions to:

Dancing Plague of 1518  via @MarcusTheVine

International availability of McDonald’s products via @Radger

  • http://www.abicana.com/shop2.htm Knut Holt

    In some subcultures, religious or some with wery special ideas about childrens upbringing, children or teens are still locked in chastity devices, and it happens in eastern societies as well as western ones.

 
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