Born on 15 January 2001, Wikipedia has forever changed the ways we consume knowledge as nothing was out of reach anymore. It made it possible to solve trivia if you had access to wifi, it made us consume thousands of random facts, names, dates and places we won’t ever need, it helped us to make a fierce impression on a first date, and served as a holy grail of all of our high school Powerpoint presentations.
Still today, it’s our go-to source for learning stuff we don’t even bother to double-check, and it’s the place you stumble across a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to the life of your random-ass neighbor.
But something as big and influential as our beloved digital encyclopedia has to have something so much more going on we don’t see. Luckily, thanks to the ‘Depths of Wikipedia’ Instagram page, we now are able to dive deep beneath that iceberg and see all the weird and wonderful things published on there. “Wikipedia is Weird!” states the page’s slogan, but trust me, it gets way weirder than that. Get your snorkels ready, we’re about to dive deep!
This Is A Good One
In Protest, A Guy Made A 10 Hour Film Of Paint Drying Just To Force The Film Classification Committee To Watch It
To find out more about the creator of this weird and wonderful corner of the internet, Bored Panda reached out to Annie Rauwerda, a 21-year-old neuroscience student at the University of Michigan. Annie told us that there was no lightbulb-over-the-head epiphany when deciding to create “Depths Of Wikipedia.”
“It was early quarantine (the stage when everyone was attempting new projects) and I was working on a page of my friend's quaranzine. I wanted to piece together Wikipedia excerpts into some virtual art.”
We're All Guilty Of That
The author said she ended up having a ton of fun collecting Wikipedia screenshots and she was shocked that there was no Instagram dedicated to it. “I spent many quarantine evenings hunting for weird Wikipedia articles. Now, I get a lot of great submissions!”
Annie believes her fascination with all things internet is because she “didn't have many screen time limits during my teenage years and as a result became very entrenched in the internet,” she said and added: “I love collaborative sites like Reddit and Wikipedia—they have so many hidden gems!”
Planned Procrastination— When The Only Time You Can Find Motivation For A Task Is When You’re Under A Tight Deadline. student Syndrome Has Similarities To Parkinson’s Law, The Old Adage That The Work Expands To Fill The Time Allotted (Save It Til The Last Minute And The Job Will Only Take A Minute)
Relates To The Concept Of Automaticity: The Ability To Do Things Without Occupying The Mind With Low-Level Details
When asked what was the weirdest thing she has come across on Wikipedia, Annie said that there are so many good ones. “Some that come to mind are Tourist guy, List of films that most frequently use the word 'f**k,' Roadkill cuisine, and Timeline of the far future.”
And when it comes to using Wikipedia in her daily life, the creator assured us she definitely uses it. “Protecting open-access information is so vital. You should definitely start editing if you don't already,” Annie said and added that “it's such a rewarding and impactful hobby, and we need more people with diverse perspectives in editing.”
Obsessed With The Complexity Of The Chart On The Third Slide
Aside from “Depths of Wikipedia,” Annie runs two more cool projects, “Depths Of Amazon” and “Depths Of Craigslist.” “My best friend Hajin and I teamed up to foray into more 'depths.' Wikipedia will always be closest to my heart, but it's been fun to look at other weird corners of the internet.” Hajin and Annie also recently started the Depths of Wikipedia podcast, which you can listen to right here.