Saturday, September 22, 2007

Best of Wikipedia I

1) André René Roussimoff had an interesting life. The disease that made him 'the giant' also killed him, and he refused treatment till the end.

2) Oarfish swim vertically up and down the water column. Their long spiny appearance inspired many to refer to them as sea serpents. Check the links to pictures at the bottom.

3) The Napoleon Bonaparte page has a ton of information. I spent hours there reading about the battles he was involved in as well as his social policies. Everyone hears about Napoleon, but I didn't really know much about him.
Bonus: Head to the bottom of the page and look at the ongoing dispute over the French throne. One of the heirs to Napoleon's title, "publicly espous[ed] "republican and democratic opinions...He has deprived himself of all rights to dynastic heritage in remarrying without his father's permission...which is against the rules of the imperial family." Why couldn't I be born into an 'imperial' family?

Link other wiki pages in comments. Information soothes my restless mind.


Herr Zrbo said...

I was recently checking out articles on the old sRGB color space that's utilized in analog tv and the new xvYCC color space standard being utilized in HDTVs. It's really fascinating stuff, I had no idea how much went into making color tv work!

Schrödinger's Penguin said...

I hear Napoleon means 'small penis' in French.

yoggoth said...

Wah wah wah.

k'd cowan said...

haha.. even though you said, Napoleon Bonaparte, I couldn't help but to think about Napoleon Dynamite. "Do chickens have really big talons?"

here's a vid I found linked to the malasian oar fish (dragon) video... don't ask me why this vid was associated with the other, but if you have 9 minutes to spare, I give you, the Hipster Olympics (live from Brooklyn NY)

Little Earl said...

Zrbo, how did you set up hyperlinks in the "comments" section?