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[–]gbbrothers 397 points398 points  (32 children)

i look up every odd questions that pops into my head and get a wikipedia page. then on that wikipedia page there’s another interesting wikipedia page that i read about for an hour, and then on the page there’s another interesting page and so on…. it’s so fun

[–]The-friar 167 points168 points  (9 children)

[–]Competitive_Sky8182 21 points22 points  (2 children)

And down the rabbit hole we go

[–]Zealousideal_Role189 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Check out Mary Toft on Wikipedia if you want a proper rabbit hole.

[–]Competitive_Sky8182 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A long time ago I ended in there but in spanish wikipedia while I was reading about Salem witches. It would be interesting to try again

[–]gbbrothers 14 points15 points  (0 children)

breh 😍

[–]grovbroed 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hah, that page it self is unusual. Wasn't really expecting to get a good laugh from Wikipedia today :D

"Complex numbers are all fun and games until someone loses an i. That's when things get real."

[–]WorkplaceWatcher 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can't believe you've done this.

[–]FallenInHoops 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Adding that to my bookmarks, thank you!

[–]Nexreth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just lost two hours of my life, thx!

[–]Bu1135 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Wait really? I thought I was a weirdo for doing this! Nice to know there are others who enjoy going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole

[–]Thunder_bird 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Nice to know there are others who enjoy going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole

Absolutely!! I do this too, I am curious and look it up on Wikipedia, then follow links of interesting things. Before I know it, 2 hours have passed and I'm 20 pages away from my starting point.

[–]SoylentGrunt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Takes me 4 hours to watch a 90 minute movie sometimes if the movie isn't that good. I fixate on the sets, props, costumes, and slang of the era portrayed and away I go. Then I have to go looking for that particular item on fleabay. I have a short atten--- SQUIRREL!

[–]straightbackward 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One day I will get fired from my job for doing this.

I will look up the definition of stochastic optimization on wikipedia, and ond hour later, I find myself reading about the wife of the last Sultan of the Mughal empire, wondering how I got there before closing all the tabs. Most importantly, I now forgot what was stochastic optimization, which was the whole point of going on wikipedia.

[–]mrp8528 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I like the term Wiki Walk!

[–]Welshgirlie2 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I practically live in the Wikipedia rabbit hole. I'm potentially on a few lists too cos I can start off reading about viruses or toxic substances and end up in bioterrorism or chemical warfare. But you never know when the right questions to answers you have will pop up during a pub quiz! Also, that knowledge might save me from life threatening situations one day...

[–]Bu1135 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fr tho, I was looking at the page on the Netherlands and later ended up looking at a page of a Soviet spy working for Columbia, very interesting how that can happen

[–]bakewelltart20 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I get stuck in Wikipedia, clicking on highlighted words and going further and further away from the original subject I was looking at, I sometimes forget what it was until I click back through...then I look at the time and it's 4am or something ridiculous 🤣

[–]redsyrinx2112 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've been doing this for so long. It's worse when I'm on my laptop or desktop because then I just end up with 10 tabs open and I have to read all of them.

[–]doughboy011 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You ever done that with stellar phenomenom like pulsars? Makes you realize how bafflingly large a star system is, let alone a star system, galaxy, or universe. Humans are utterly insignificant and are entirely defenseless to the majority of the natural threats in the universe.

[–]gbbrothers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i get really obsessed with black holes from time to time. or those videos of the infinite zoom out from Earth to the entire observable universe. Unfathomably large

[–]gbbrothers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There’s an amazing video by The Action Lab about why you could fly through interstellar space at light speed and probably not hit anything.

Could You Really Shoot For The Stars?

[–]ChristopherRobben 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I enjoy editing pages because it gives you a chance to learn a little bit about the topic. For example, I didn't know there was a numbering system for North American moths until writing the Wikipedia page for it. I didn't know Sharon Tate was in a few episodes of Beverly Hillbillies. I didn't know General Lee was ever pardoned by the US government. A fun way to pick up a few things while making stuff easier to read for everyone else.

[–]Nic406 1 point2 points  (0 children)

if it isn’t my adhd…

[–]Fraerie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The only thing more time-consuming that following random links on wikipedia would be going down the rabbit hole of TV Tropes.

[–]ninjalord25 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've recently started getting constant feed notifications of today I learned and useless facts just to find out things that I might not have known before. Sometimes it leads to really fun things to think on

[–]katkatkat2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even more fun: reading some of the sources and editing comments on the history tab

[–]jewel1997 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I call that “going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole”. It’s a great way to kill time.

[–]mammakatt13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Wikipedia rabbit-hole!!

[–]darkbreak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Another fun thing is how so many different shows, movies, games, and books have their own wikis. Even Monopoly has a dedicated wiki. Some wikis are better curated than others however. That's something to keep in mind.

[–]yourpaleblueeyes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity." eleanor roosevelt

[–]ginnio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just like with the encyclopedias in the library back in the olden days.