Monday, November 28, 2005

10 Fun Facts from Wikipedia

The following crazy facts come from Wikipedia, an open-source encyclopedia. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/ for the encyclopedia itself and that free documentation license thing I'm supposed to link to. Any "links" within these facts have been deleted (the http://en.wikipedia.org links still work, though.)

1. "The American Dialect Society chose the verb to google as the 'most useful word of 2002.'" (Italics mine)

2. The fictional Glass family appears in many of J.D. Salinger's short stories.

3. The American version, at least, of role-playing game Chrono Trigger has three characters named Ozzie, Flea, and Slash. Each name references a rock star.

4. "Four can be used as an obscenity in some technologically adept circles, replacing the common word for fornication."

5. The game name Final Fantasy came about because the author believed he would be retiring once the game was completed.

6. The hip-hop song "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang samples the classic Chic tune "Good Times," and the "Good Times" bassline helped inspire Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

7. Mohandas Gandhi is said to have been influenced by Catholic author G.K. Chesterton.

8. "The odor of sweat is actually caused by bacteria thriving in hot, humid environments."

9. The name [of Urban-Legend Website] snopes comes from the name of a family in the works of writer William Faulkner.

10. Catholic Author J.R.R. Tolkein contributed to the Jerusalem Bible.

1 comment:

llgp said...

I don't know if it will ever be "useful," but I like knowing about Tolkein's contribution to the Jerusalem Bible.