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I like following rabbit trails on Wikipedia

brainiac11There is almost nothing more satisfying to me than knowing a little bit about a lot of things. People always use the phrase “inch deep and a mile wide” as if it’s a bad thing. Pffff. Does anyone (who’s cool) really care if you can explain the evolution of Greek theater? The answer is no. But all the cool kids will like you if you throw out the fact that Aeschylus, a Greek playwright, died when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on his head. Do you know anything else about Aeschylus? No. But nobody cares because they all think you’re cool and intellectual now.

With that result in mind, I spend hours of my life following rabbit trails on Wikipedia, arguably the most powerful tool for making yourself seem intelligent since the invention of glasses. Did you know that Eskimos don’t actually have a ton of different words for snow like everyone always says they do? I did. Is that true? Wikipedia says it is. Did you know that one of Nightcrawler’s (from X-Men) powers is to almost disappear when he’s in the shadows? I did. But I wouldn’t have if I didn’t devote time to storing up this mass of random facts.

So how does one get started in the art of random fact retention? Well, here’s a nice little list of great jumping-off points for you to learn all sorts of random things in the wonderful world of Wikipedia. The key here is to find something you’re sort of interested in and then just keep clicking the links you find on that page until you feel like you’ve got enough random facts stored up to sound learned. Also, if you just pronounced the last word in the previous sentence as “lurnd,” then you probably shouldn’t waste your time on Wikipedia; no one will ever think you’re smart.

Godspeed and good hunting.

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I like completely geeking out, Star Wars style

spaceballsThroughout my long and fruitful years, I’ve found several things to geek out on. Starting at a pretty early age I was totally into G.I. Joe action figures. As most of you know, G.I. Joe is a potent gateway toy, and soon enough I found myself getting into more hardcore geekery, namely X-Men. I had the action figures. I had the collector cards. Next was Magic: The Gathering. After interacting way too much with people like this I realized that I had reached the edge of sanity, and I turned away, retreating to the comforts of normalcy for the past eight years.

Now, however, I’ve found a new outlet for my inner geek. It’s called Wookiepedia, and it’s a Star Wars wiki. Anything you could ever want to know about Star Wars is on this site. The thing is, I’m not even a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve seen the movies a few times each. I had a book and some collector’s stuff at one point, but I am in no way a Star Wars fanboy. And yet, I find myself intensely interested in the history of the Jedi Order and the properties of the imaginary metal cortosis (it can stop a lightsaber!). I think it’s just wookiepediaproof that inside of me–and hopefully inside of you too–there is a giant geek, just waiting to rear it’s acne’d head and waste hours of your precious freetime.

So when that inevitably happens, head on over to Wookiepedia and geek out to your heart’s content.

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