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Saturday, 15 January 2011

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Wicker Paedia Operatives Rush A Fresh Batch Of Articles To The Warehouse In 1950s Guangzhou

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia is celebrating being ten years old.

Wikipedia is the online reference source that is written on a collaborative basis by ten year old volunteers and is free to use. It can be edited by anyone who is ten years old.

It is used by millions of internet surfers every day and is of great benefit to those who cannot be bothered to leave their computers and do proper research.

Wikipedia co-owner Jiminy Scotland summed up the appeal of the site yesterday.

"Wikipedia is free and easy to use. Ten year old contributors do not cost anything."

There are those who question Wikipedia's reliability, in view of its voluntary contributors.

In answer to these detractors, Finnish Internet Expert Professor Ersatz yesterday explained about a recent study by scientific journal Nature which concluded that Wikipedia was no more inaccurate than the online Encyclopedia Britannica:

"Kirjake KIRJOITUS te halu jotta kääntää tähän. taannoinen harjoitelma luona tiede- aikakausjulkaisu Laatu lopettaa että Wikipedia ei enemmän ml;mellinen -lta erehdys kuin online Ensyklopedia Bretagne. Joka tapauksessa Wikipedia sananvalta että he aari koettaminen jotta edistyä."

HISTORICAL NOTE: The Wikipedia story begins, as stories invariably do, in China's Guangdong Province in the 1750s, where ten-year old Cantonese children were fastened inside wicker vases and forced to write articles. This is where the original name, Wicker Paedia, was born. The articles were exported throughout the civilised world on high-quality China-inked Chinese vellum paper and enjoyed by rich men in smoking jackets in brothels and opium dens everywhere. When eventually the articles were computerised and appeared on the internet, the name of the collection was corrupted into Wikipedia. As with so many things, modern usage has corrupted and obscured a colourful and authentic history.

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