Wikipedia is huge. As of 19 May 2022, there are 6,500,765 articles in its English version, containing over 4 billion words and 55,804,737 pages. It's so big that no person can possibly expect to scroll through everything on their own. We need help. Someone who can sort out the good stuff and present it in byte-size tidbits. Someoone like Annie Rauwerda.

In April 2020, then-sophomore at the University of Michigan, Rauwerda got bored being stuck at home and ended up spending countless hours on the internet.

Passing the time, she came up with an idea for a spontaneous quarantine project and created a new Instagram account, called 'depths of wikipedia.' Flash forward to now, and her online baby has upwards of 800,000 followers, spread across multiple social media platforms.

But its core concept remains the same: Rauwerda curates funny, silly, and weird snippets from Wikipedia and shares them with the world.

More info: depthsofwikipedia.com | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Actually "Cunningham's Law" is anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

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Vic
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1 month ago (edited)

bwahahaha..

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For Rauwerda, Wikipedia has always been more about entertainment rather than academic work: spending hours clicking on one link after another, getting lost in rabbit holes.

“Wikipedia is the best thing on the internet," she told The New York Times. "It's what the internet was supposed to be. It has this hacker ethos of working together and making something.”

At first, only her friends were following her account but it received a lot of attention when she posted about the influencer Caroline Calloway, who was upset that the post featured an old version of her Wikipedia page that said her occupation was "nothing." Rauwerda apologized, and Ms. Calloway later boosted the account on her own Instagram.

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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1 month ago

what and how are the things sticking to the cat? do u have to brushie the cat before sticking things? asking for (practical) research purposes.

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Vic
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1 month ago

Its where all the cool Kids hang out..

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Stardust
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1 month ago

I wish this was chosen, I’d like NZ even more (it is in my favourite places list already)

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As mentioned, Rauwerda has since expanded her project and now she also sells merchandise (such as a coffee mug emblazoned with an image from the Wikipedia entry for "bisexual lighting") and hosts live shows.

Her followers often suggest her Wikipedia pages to feature, but she's become hard to impress. "If it's a fun fact that's been on the Reddit home page, I'm definitely not going to repost it," she said.

"For example, there are only 25 blimps in the world. I've known about that for a long time, and it went around Twitter a couple of days ago. I was shocked. I was like, 'Everyone knows this.'"

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

BuT iT'S NoT NaTuRAL!

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Appropriate sign on right

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Linda van A.
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1 month ago

So you don't bite your own tail.

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Huge goth
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1 month ago

I mean, can we blame him?

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She has to be this choosy because many of her followers expect 'depths of wikipedia' to give them something they haven't seen before.

"I just love to learn stuff, especially these strange photos and things I could never find on my own,” 15-year-old high school student Gabe Hockett told The New York Times. He said his favorite posts from the account include 'The Most Unwanted Song' and the 'Dave Matthews Band Chicago River incident.'

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

The finger guns won her heart. How it started.

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Torsten
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1 month ago

Ye goode ole "persuasion stick".

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Ian Conelley
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1 month ago

Let's all take a moment to appreciate that the Extreme Ironing Bureau also has an Extreme Ironing Board...of Directors.

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Hans
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1 month ago

Cards against humanity :D

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Jen Fox, 22, said that trading posts from the account with her boyfriend has become their "special, nerdy love language" as well as a litmus test for friendships.

When Ms. Fox, a copywriter, moved to San Francisco in February, she would mention the account to new people she met, and if they were familiar with it, they would start DM-ing each other and sharing their favorite posts, which felt like they were really solidifying a concrete friendship.

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

One man and his dog had to go all the way to the moon to get some cheese.

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Ian Reynolds
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1 month ago

I am excited to know what German potato of the year 2002 is!

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

The Earl couldn't raise his flag

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Trying to look innocent and non suspicious before they hijack the plane.

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Talking to The Michigan Daily, Rauwerda said that she started receiving so many DMs that she can't even read them all.

"When I post a lot of stories and I start getting story responses, then it gets to be a lot. It's so nice because all these people are usually sending really sweet and thoughtful things. I definitely try to acknowledge them, maybe like the message, but unfortunately, I just don’t have enough time and diligence to send something heartfelt back to everyone."

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Stardust
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1 month ago

Yum, give me cake. I crave it

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Saint Thomas
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1 month ago

The real question is : should they ?

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Roadkill The Brave
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1 month ago

Folding TP isn't as bad as it sounds - especially the hotel TP, that stuff is practically origami paper. Just don't have sweaty hands, sneeze, or even think about any liquid or it'll dissolve. If you mess up just rip it off and start over.

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The majority of DMs she receives are people saying things like, "Oh, you should definitely post about this," and we would not believe how many repeats there are if she told us.

"At this point, I’ve posted something like 700 different things, and so many of the things people submit are things that I’ve already posted. But then other times people will send things that are really interesting, and sometimes I’ll be like 'Oh, I gotta save that for later.'"

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Mark Wilson
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1 month ago

Much more productive than navel-gazing

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Staying Alive

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James016
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1 month ago

A wild hay bale appears

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But Rauwerda isn't just "borrowing" stuff from Wikipedia. She's also contributing to it by editing articles.

"Overall, the process is very easy," she said. "First, you would make an account, and then press the little pencil icon on an article. There are some pages for more controversial issues, like the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine or abortion, that are often vandalized. For those pages, you would have to have an account for a certain amount of time and have made a certain number of good edits before you’re allowed to edit them."

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Giles McArdell
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1 month ago

Thank you for noticing this notice. Your noticing this notice has been noted (and reported to the authorities).

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Ian Conelley
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1 month ago

There's another one that says "Pwease, No Steppy!"

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Hans
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1 month ago

the question is: did it dig it's own hole?

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However, she said that even many new editors might feel unsure of what to fix. At least that's what she was going through in the beginning. But as you dig deeper, opportunities start to present themselves.

"There are so many pages that are just kind of 'meh.' Right now, a lot of obscure pages are just really poorly written or have outdated sources, and there's a lot of maintenance that is required to have an encyclopedia so big. There are topics within so many subfields that I feel like people with so many diverse interests could find a really nice niche if they wanted to."

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Giles McArdell
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1 month ago (edited)

Being pedantic - I'm not sure this is correct. The question mark on the end suggests the author is questioning whether the observer (or possibly themselves) are sorry about the wall.

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Hans
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1 month ago

That escalated quickly.

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Brivid
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1 month ago

Mushroom

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"There’s a lot of rules, though," Rauwerda added. "I try so hard to follow the rules, but even now sometimes I'll blatantly violate something by accident. If you're not sure about an edit you can go to the 'Talk' page of the article, which is the 'behind the scenes' where editors talk about what the page should be like, and then ask."

But if that sounds too much of a hassle, you can thank Wikipedia for everything it has done by donating to it. Every dollar helps!

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RainWingRoyal
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1 month ago

Yep, this is a real thing! If you have a bug, but can't find it, explaining it step-by-step out loud can be really helpful. If you don't have a person around, or don't want to bother someone, you can use your cat, or a plushie, or a rubber duck!

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Please provide the link!

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James016
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1 month ago

Fart Squirrel

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

I am mooved by the beauty of this picture.

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

But the moon is a holographic projection and a hoax by the secret Lizard Overlords so I have heard.

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Mixed Reality Portal
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1 month ago

When's a knot not a knot? When it's not...

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Hans
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1 month ago

Finally, the reliability of Japanese cars revealed.

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Yayheterogeneity
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1 month ago

Exactly, this is not funny. Quite a few farmers have died that way.

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Did you know Uranus has rings around it?

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Stardust
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1 month ago

Looks pretty

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Zedrapazia
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1 month ago

Apparently many people have nightmares about this particular face, if i remember the origin correctly.

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