Caution, clicking random articles on Wikipedia might cause addiction

Caution, clicking random articles on Wikipedia might cause addiction
Might as well get comfy, you're not going anywhere

After last night's ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-hour post, I realized I write a ton about activities and events, but rarely write about something new that we learned.

Today I learned about the "random article" link on the left side bar of Wikipedia. I read things on Wikipedia all of the time. Searching for something on the internet almost always brings up a Wikipedia link. Although, when I do click on an article that's highlighted in yellow with warnings like "this article needs citations" or that "it needs to be cleaned up" my brain is all, "Abort! Abort this mission!"

I've never actually visited Wikipedia just to click around. I read on another website about the random article link and decided to check it out.

Uh, oh. It's addictive. First of all, I love learning new things and I love trivia. This is a goldmine. Interesting facts about everything you could imagine, athletes, historic wars, musicians, geography, Nobel prize winners. Clearly I could go on and on. Forget mastering Trivial Pursuit. I'm going to start writing the question cards.

Did you know that the Bahrain Women's Football Team was formed in 2003? Or that in 2006 Bahrain participated in the first ever Arabian Women's Tournament held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, inspiring young girls in the region to participate in sports?

How about that Peter Dignan was the first Catholic voted to the position of Auckland, Australia mayor in 1897? Did you know that there is a controversy between who really wrote The Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)? Was it really written by Clement C. Moore or should the credit be given to Major Henry Livingston, Jr.?

So much information, so little time! Next time you're getting your internet surfing fix, click the random article link on Wikipedia. Then meet me at my house on New Year's Eve where I'll be playing Trivial Pursuit. I'll even let you be on my team.

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