As we all know, Wikipedia can be a great source of information (as well as procrastination). Unsurprisingly, it also has a number of interesting lists.
1. Idioms of probability — a funny collection of idioms in other languages.
In the United States, if an event is unlikely to occur, we might say something like: “When hell freezes over,” or “A snowball’s chance in Hell.” Whereas, in Russia, they might say: “когда рак на горе свистнет,” which translates to, “When the crawfish whistles on the mountain.”
2. Unusual deaths — self explanatory; intriguing, yet sad.
Notable example: “Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer and Ohio, U.S., politician defending a man on a charge of murder, accidentally shot himself demonstrating how the victim might have shot himself while in the process of drawing a weapon when standing from a kneeling position. Though the defendant, Thomas McGehan, was ultimately cleared, Vallandigham died from his wound.” (The irony truly hurts here.)
3. List of people who have disappeared mysteriously — just plain spooky.
4. Misconceptions about drugs — for all one’s personal research purposes.
Favorite misconception: “One legend holds that a man who, while under the influence of the drug (PCP), thoroughly sliced off pieces of his own face, including his eyes, to feed to his pet dogs. Some versions of this tale say he suffered permanent brain damage as well.”
5. List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events — full disclosure: no predicted events have occurred (as of yet).
Favorite event: “Timothy Dwight IV, former President of Yale University (1795–1817), foresaw Christ’s Millennium starting by 2000.” (Damn it, Jesus, why are you always breaking promises?)
6. List of animals with fraudulent diplomas — degree mills are real, folks.
Favorite diploma: “Colby Nolan is a housecat who was awarded an MBA in 2004 by Trinity Southern University, a Dallas-based diploma mill, sparking a fraud lawsuit by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.”
7. List of legendary creatures from Japan — Japan, you crazy.
Notable creature: “Kambarinyōdō – A monk spirit that spies on people using the toilet.” (Yeah, not going to lie, that’s pretty weird.)