In case the term WikiGroaning is new to you, the first thing you might have already done, or possibly planned to do before reaching the end of this sentence, is clicking on the link to its Wiki article. I assume that you've already done so by now, and are somewhat startled NOT to find a wiki entry on it (which may not be true by the time you're reading this, given the dynamic nature of the very large, popular free content encyclopedia). I don't really hate wiki, despite the occasional occurrence of "Mike's a faggot" and other assorted such delights hidden mid-paragraph here and there. In fact, I'm about to introduce you to a great game you can play with wikipedia. I'm not talking about hiding a clue to the supposed sexuality of your high school nemesis in the article about Lord Voldermort. A nondestructive Wikipedia game was invented by "Dr." David Thorpe and Mark D'Arensbourg, and I have to say that it blows that pedestrian-ass googlewhacking right out of the water.
First, find a Wikipedia article on a "useful" topic that normal people might read. For example, the article on former Indian President and nuclear scientist, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam (Yes, some people do need introduction to this guy), or maybe the one on Observable Universe. Then, find a somehow similar article that is longer, but at the same time, useless to a very large fraction of the population. In this case, we'll go with another scientist, Dr. Ross Eustace Geller, or correspondingly, Transformers: Universe. Open both of the links and compare the lengths of the two articles. Compare not only that, but how well the respective topics are explored, and the greater professionalism with which the longer article was likely created. Are you looking yet? Get a good, long look. Yeah. Yeeaaah, I know, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. (It's called Wikigroaning for a reason.)
- Nehru-Gandhi Family and Potter Family
- Shape and Shapeshifting
- Japanese Mythology and Japanese Toilets
- Latin and Klingon
- Love and Masturbation
and the list goes on and on, which will be discussed sometime in the future...
Wikigroaning.com should be a useful tool at such a point (You can compare "Nerd Points")
The next step is to find your own article pair and share it with your friends, who will usually look for their own pairs and you end up spending a good hour or two in a groaning arms race. The game ends after that, usually without any clear winners... but hey, it beats doing work.
Now you've got it! You're well on your way to starting Wikigroaning clans and clubs in your college, school, city or prison. If you find a really great pair, please do share as comment, and I'll follow up Wikigroaning in the future on the blog, where I'll also tackle the associated wiki-controversies.
And before Doctor Evil does Something Aweful to me, I'd like to redirect you to his original article about Wikigroaning.
And just one last thing... Don't forget to rate the post and leave a comment...