For many people, what is written in Wikipedia is a law, since the world’s largest collaborative encyclopaedia has become the most important place to find answers to our questions, we forget that may have errors.
Wikipedia is a project where everyone works together, so it’s not 100% reliable, as evidenced by these strange delusions that were present in this world encyclopaedia and that many took for certain.
1. The inexistent war
Have you studied at school the serious conflict of Bicholim? Surely not, as it never existed, but that didn’t stop it to had an article on Wikipedia for five years in which this invented war is fully described.
A strong period of tension and battles between the Portuguese Empire and the Maratha Empire, all with their false sources pointing to the same article of Wikipedia. A rare but effective deception.
2. Digital Lady, the band that only existed in Wikipedia
An experimental rock band with members that were fans of tattoos and of subversive orientation. Seems to be real, not for nothing had a detailed page on Wikipedia that was online for six years.
This band used kitchen tools instead of musical instruments and released a couple of albums. Before looking at YouTube, we tell you that is totally false and it was a pretty funny and well-armed deception.
3. Elephants invade Africa
Elephants are endangered or not? In 2006, the American talk show animator Stephen Colbert wanted to try what he calls Wikialiti, which means to create a reality in which we all agree.
Why the elephants? Colbert’s experiment was consisted in ask people to edit Wikipedia to include information on how the population of elephants in Africa has tripled in six months, which would be pretty good if it wasn’t a lie.
4. David Beckham, the Chinese soccer pride
Talented, sexy and successful. David Beckham is one of the best players in history of… England? In 2006 his Wikipedia page was intervened and instead of showing him as an English scorer, he was described as a Chinese archer.
It wasn’t enough to change its position and nationality, but also his time, since the Chinese goalkeeper David Beckham was very important in football in that country during the seventeenth century. We assume that nobody fell into the joke.
5. Orange Julius, a famous inventor
There are inventions that revolutionized the world and others downright ridiculous, as the shower for pigeons devised by Orange Julius, a prolific inventor, at least as his Wikipedia page showed.
This deception taught us many things, especially to an American company that take some of the false facts described in this article to include them in one of their commercials. A pity that was a deception, because the pigeons also like bathing.