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2013-01-04 02:06:31 PM
Uh-oh, I've got a term paper to revise, stat!
 
2013-01-04 02:29:55 PM
I'm going to start a campaign to rewrite the reviews for the movie "Mansquito" as a documentary rather then a sci-fi flick.
 
2013-01-04 02:30:31 PM
can deceive whole Internet

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-04 02:31:15 PM
I'm reading an archive of it, great work.

/Link
 
2013-01-04 02:31:31 PM
So Obama really isn't from Hawaii and he's really not legally the President of the United States??
/someone was going to say it.
 
2013-01-04 02:33:09 PM

ha-ha-guy: I'm reading an archive of it, great work.

/Link


That is really quite good for a hoax.
 
2013-01-04 02:34:10 PM
Hasn't happened YET.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-04 02:34:40 PM
[citation needed, but not reliable]
 
2013-01-04 02:35:22 PM

Satanic_Hamster: I'm going to start a campaign to rewrite the reviews for the movie "Mansquito" as a documentary rather then a sci-fi flick.


... it wasn't a documentary?
 
2013-01-04 02:36:35 PM
Yet those fat farking butterbeast article squatter/ mods won't let you change one line in a page they "guard".
 
2013-01-04 02:36:43 PM
A win for Portugal revisionist historians who do not want to acknowledge the atrocities their ancestor committed in that imperialist war of aggressions.
 
2013-01-04 02:36:51 PM
We've always been at war with the Maratha Empire.
 
2013-01-04 02:37:02 PM
Of course the Bicholm Conflict never happened. Neither did the Bicholim Conflict. Drew, the editors should get thirty lashes for every spelling mistake!
 
2013-01-04 02:37:04 PM
There was a hoax in Arizona about a fish that could swim through dirt, but I'm not finding the link right now... one of my ex-coworker's classmates was trying to do a group report on it and he asked me to check it out.  Luckily we caught it before the report was done.
 
2013-01-04 02:37:16 PM
Wikipedia editors take down meticulously researched and cited article about the 17th century Dutch-Indian war known as the "Bicholm Conflict" after discovering it never actually happened

But-

Wait.

Wait.

OK I get it, now I just feel stupid. I feel like that word Jayson Blair made up, the one that wasn't real so they took it back out of the dictionary.
 
2013-01-04 02:37:42 PM
Well, there goes my faith in humanity. I was told and read on the Internet that you can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true.

Bon Jour.
 
2013-01-04 02:38:06 PM
 
2013-01-04 02:38:23 PM
Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.
 
2013-01-04 02:39:04 PM
Bicholim?

So someone was drinking a michelob and changed it around to get the name?
 
2013-01-04 02:39:19 PM
I think that is really amusing. Someone went to great lengths for that one!

CSB, which I think of now because of Wikipedia Hoaxes...

One day I was watching the Giants game with the family. My son asked me some obscure question about Eli Manning that I didn't have the answer to. So, I went to look it up. The very first line in the article said, "Eli Manning is the President of the United States of America", and continued on at great length about how awesome a job he was doing.

I think the chosen photo for him is what prompted the edit to the page:
upload.wikimedia.org


The article only stayed like that for 5 minutes or so, and then it went back to normal. I just happened to catch it at just the right time!

We all laughed heartily.

//end CSB
 
2013-01-04 02:39:41 PM
Wow! This is master-level fraud. Makes me wish I were a history major in college.
 
2013-01-04 02:39:45 PM
Bicholm, please!
 
2013-01-04 02:40:17 PM
Wikipedia is a good idea in theory, but at some point it becomes impossible to police. It's becoming increasingly difficult for the admins to be knowledgeable in the areas they are in charge of.
 
2013-01-04 02:41:33 PM
That's why I only trust Conservapedia, the ONLY online resource devoted to The Truth™. You can't trust Liberals with their fancy-schmancy book-larnin'.
 
2013-01-04 02:41:42 PM

hbk72777: Yet those fat farking butterbeast article squatter/ mods won't let you change one line in a page they "guard".


Yeah, that despite WIkipedia policy saying no one "owns" a page.
 
2013-01-04 02:43:25 PM

ha-ha-guy: I'm reading an archive of it, great work.

/Link


FTA: Chapel of St. Catherine, built in Old Goa during the Portuguese occupation. Not to be confused with the Cathedral of Santa Catarina, also in Old Goa.

That right there should've told them.
 
2013-01-04 02:43:56 PM
IMNSHO, ALL History should be filed under "Fiction".
 
2013-01-04 02:45:58 PM
It was nominated for featured article. This deception has class.
 
2013-01-04 02:46:57 PM
You're not helping. Still, very well written.
 
2013-01-04 02:47:04 PM

tortilla burger: Wikipedia is a good idea in theory, but at some point it becomes impossible to police. It's becoming increasingly difficult for the admins to be knowledgeable in the areas they are in charge of.


That's the issue though, they don't have to be. Knowledge of Wikis labyrinthine internal legal system trumps any actual expertise on the subject. This rather brilliant hoax exposes that quite nicely.
 
2013-01-04 02:52:32 PM

tortilla burger: Wikipedia is a good idea in theory, but at some point it becomes impossible to police. It's becoming increasingly difficult for the admins to be knowledgeable in the areas they are in charge of.


WP admins rarely have more than WP-depth understanding of things, because their job is to mediate personal arguments, edit wars, and administer page deletions and merges, not be the final word on article contents.
 
2013-01-04 02:52:52 PM

Flappyhead: That's the issue though, they don't have to be. Knowledge of Wikis labyrinthine internal legal system trumps any actual expertise on the subject. This rather brilliant hoax exposes that quite nicely.


Phillip Roth agrees
 
2013-01-04 02:53:13 PM

ha-ha-guy: I'm reading an archive of it, great work.

/Link

It's very detailed. A reflection of the writers sad, boring basement dwelling life?
 
2013-01-04 02:54:40 PM
that is how you troll, ladies and gentlemensch

epic
 
2013-01-04 02:54:44 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-04 02:54:47 PM
Freedom isn't Free
 
2013-01-04 02:55:40 PM
Proving once again, NEVER believe anything that you read online, unless you
can independently verify it with multiple sources
 
2013-01-04 03:00:25 PM
Yeah, right.  Next thing, you'll be telling me that Tlön is made up.
 
2013-01-04 03:03:55 PM

p51d007: Proving once again, NEVER believe anything that you read online, unless you
can independently verify it with multiple sources

 
2013-01-04 03:05:21 PM

error 303: Hasn't happened YET.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x402]


Actually, it did happen, it just got 'erased' during Bill and Ted's Awful fark Up.

/the movie was so bad, they went back in time and erased it.
 
2013-01-04 03:06:22 PM
Has anyone seen Pocket Ninja?
 
2013-01-04 03:08:29 PM
I'm pretty sure I played this out in Empire: Total War.

Also, conquered the New World as Prussia.
 
2013-01-04 03:10:21 PM
Man, I need to get some of what Sir John Herschel was smoking. That's some crazy shiat.

\Dude must've been grokking some serious effects of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds.
 
2013-01-04 03:13:12 PM
I want my money back for the book

Actually, I'm very tempted to give it five stars for being such a well-researched article on an obscure--but important--historical event.
 
2013-01-04 03:13:23 PM

durbnpoisn: I think that is really amusing. Someone went to great lengths for that one!

CSB, which I think of now because of Wikipedia Hoaxes...

One day I was watching the Giants game with the family. My son asked me some obscure question about Eli Manning that I didn't have the answer to. So, I went to look it up. The very first line in the article said, "Eli Manning is the President of the United States of America", and continued on at great length about how awesome a job he was doing.

I think the chosen photo for him is what prompted the edit to the page:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x645]


The article only stayed like that for 5 minutes or so, and then it went back to normal. I just happened to catch it at just the right time!

We all laughed heartily.

//end CSB


My IP address is still banned at work for making false wiki entries. Did you know that Uranus has a dark spot and is very gassy?
 
2013-01-04 03:18:30 PM
Three words...Balboa Creole French.
 
2013-01-04 03:18:32 PM

dcigary: Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.


Holy Shiat, a Jungleland reference. I skated the crap outta that place back in the day. Thanks for that!
 
2013-01-04 03:20:33 PM

TNel: Did you know that Uranus has a dark spot and is very gassy?


Yes and I'm seeing a doctor about it, so I would appreciate it if you wouldn't mention it.
 
2013-01-04 03:20:42 PM
 
2013-01-04 03:20:53 PM
what nonsense. any schoolboy can tell you it was this very infamous conflict in which the government supplied the much spoke of pox infected blankets to the Indians during the long cold Winter months, virtually ensuring their total annihilation.
 
2013-01-04 03:22:15 PM
Of course it happened. You can even watch the video of the conflict
 
2013-01-04 03:29:28 PM

error 303: Hasn't happened YET.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x402]


Just saw that movie, was somewhat underwhelmed
 
2013-01-04 03:40:29 PM

tricycleracer: We've always been at war with the Maratha Empire.


check you new status with the elite
 
2013-01-04 03:43:33 PM
Wait till they get wind of parts of the Bible.
 
2013-01-04 03:43:43 PM
I tried to start a hoax that Larry Fine was Barry Manilow's father.

But then I found out it was true.
 
2013-01-04 03:45:51 PM

daywin: tricycleracer: We've always been at war with the Maratha Empire.

check you new status with the elite


You're my hero.  Happy Friday!
 
2013-01-04 03:55:23 PM
I only trust news from Pornopedia
 
2013-01-04 03:59:26 PM

Don't Lag Me Bro: Of course the Bicholm Conflict never happened. Neither did the Bicholim Conflict. Drew, the editors should get thirty lashes for every spelling mistake!


I, too, noticed the missing prepositions and misspellings (including "Wikpedia") in the farking article.

It's no surprise the illusion of mere authorial authority can snow most of the semi-literate shortcutters who think Wikipedia is a good primary resource and not a glorified, if minor, improvement on the Dewey Decimal System.

/get off my library's lawn.
 
2013-01-04 04:06:12 PM
Typical Eurocentrist Revisionist History. Of COURSE Portugal didn't attack the nice Bicholese people, they were merely defending themselves against savages.
 
2013-01-04 04:11:15 PM

ha-ha-guy: I'm reading an archive of it, great work.

/Link


It's funnier if you speak enough Portuguese to translate the semi-jokey names. I think the triumph of the troll is that the writer has mastered the dry, institutional tone of most contributor-written Wiki entries, which is not the case when they merely cut and paste out of the more florid and Baroque style of the copyright-expired 1911 Britannica encyclopedia.
 
2013-01-04 04:15:37 PM
Wikipedia is such a trustworthy source of information

Several years ago I looked up soccer team AC Milan's then coach Leonardo on Wikipedia to find out what his full name was, they had it listed as Leonardo Da Vinci Code ..... thanks !
 
2013-01-04 04:27:36 PM
Charles "Croatan" Whitmeyer, I hardly knew you.

He was one of my greatest contributions to wikipedia. Then some asshole decided that he wasn't historically important enough and deleted him.
 
2013-01-04 04:32:50 PM

error 303: Hasn't happened YET.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x402]


Actually... it had, just not in their personal chronologies.
 
2013-01-04 04:47:58 PM
media.theonion.comChad Halpern is not amused when such serious issues are made fun of!
 
2013-01-04 04:51:21 PM
Rufus Lee King: "Actually, Herschel was in South Africa establishing an observatory at the time ..."

Hmm, interesting. Glad to see journalism back then was just as farked up (if not more so) as journalism today.

On the other hand, maybe it was the illustrator of that article who was smoking the good stuff. I especially liked the guy flying on bat-wings in the background.

Thanks for the lulz.
 
2013-01-04 04:56:41 PM

sp86: p51d007: Proving once again, NEVER believe anything that you read online, unless you
can independently verify it with multiple sources


That seems to time consuming. I thought the mantra was "DNRTFA, (funny picture with a caption that does little to enhance the joke), repeat"
 
2013-01-04 05:00:39 PM

FarkinHostile: IMNSHO, ALL History should be filed under "Fiction".


Okay, you get right on that. Send us quarterly reports on your progress.
 
2013-01-04 05:08:18 PM

K.B.O. Winston: FarkinHostile: IMNSHO, ALL History should be filed under "Fiction".

Okay, you get right on that. Send us quarterly reports on your progress.


Mmmmm, yeah....because an opinion of the validity of recorded history means I am going to personally go and rearrange libraries. Or something. But I suppose with your username you have something of a vested interest in believing that history is an accurate account of what really happened.

You suck at insulting. That was another opinion, BTW, not a call to action.
 
2013-01-04 05:29:25 PM
Wow subby, I never knew that the people of Portugal were Dutch.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-04 05:37:40 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:A-b-a-a-a-a-a-a-b-a

"Note that this user is indefinitely blocked for creating hoaxes.

This page was last modified on 4 January 2013 at 06:24."
 
2013-01-04 05:43:28 PM
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time." Usually that is enough.
 
2013-01-04 05:51:48 PM
It's REAL to ME!
 
2013-01-04 06:17:05 PM
This is likely the only headline of "War Is Over" that you're likely see in your lifetime, citizen.
 
2013-01-04 06:23:38 PM
This article is not Minitrue-compliant.
 
2013-01-04 06:47:31 PM
Wikipedia's own List of Hoaxes on Wikipedia contains this entry:

Fictitious clitoris research • 5 years, 1 month • 26 October 2001 - 26 July 2006 / 4 December 2006

Never mind obscure Dutch wars. I cannot believe that we're living in the 21st century and yet supposedly "educated" people still believe in the existence of the clitoris.
 
2013-01-04 07:20:37 PM
I got 99 conflicts, but a Bicholim ain't one of them.
 
2013-01-04 07:35:24 PM
...a Wikipedia consulting firm....

A what?
 
2013-01-04 07:37:42 PM
I'm gonna go record a blues album under the name Slow Blind Driveway. Maybe DIA will re-start his Monday Blues threads.
 
2013-01-04 07:41:11 PM

TNel: durbnpoisn: I think that is really amusing. Someone went to great lengths for that one!

CSB, which I think of now because of Wikipedia Hoaxes...

One day I was watching the Giants game with the family. My son asked me some obscure question about Eli Manning that I didn't have the answer to. So, I went to look it up. The very first line in the article said, "Eli Manning is the President of the United States of America", and continued on at great length about how awesome a job he was doing.

I think the chosen photo for him is what prompted the edit to the page:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x645]

I got banned for making my roommate a board member of a provincial eugenics board. That, and something about him sucking dudes off to get on it.

The article only stayed like that for 5 minutes or so, and then it went back to normal. I just happened to catch it at just the right time!

We all laughed heartily.

//end CSB

My IP address is still banned at work for making false wiki entries. Did you know that Uranus has a dark spot and is very gassy?

 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-04 07:41:22 PM
...a Wikipedia consulting firm....

From context and reading other articles on the incident, I gather

Wikipedia consulting firm : Wikipedia :: SEO : Google

(Do they still have those double colon things on standardized tests?)
 
2013-01-04 08:08:57 PM

Dire: Wow subby, I never knew that the people of Portugal were Dutch.


To let you in on a family secret, my grandmother was Dutch.
 
2013-01-04 08:08:59 PM

dcigary: Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.


Thank you for that. Very amusing indeed.
 
2013-01-04 09:16:12 PM
Maratha Confederacy was in Total War. Seems legit.
 
2013-01-04 10:15:56 PM
Yea, wiki editors are amazing at taking down legit edits too. I don't want to get into it details, but F those bastards. When the only citation is the listserv of a government agency sent to other agencies, they won't accept the citation. Even though many agencies will only update their own websites something like once a year. So my edit was taken with a day... something like 7 months later, someone else made the same edit finally with a citation from the agency's website, and their's gets to stay.
 
2013-01-05 02:32:32 AM
Isn't the "Bicholim Conflict" noteworthy now? What will they call the Wikipedia page covering the hoax? What will they use as source material?
 
2013-01-05 04:46:32 AM

dcigary: Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.


I have no idea what I'm reading. I know what Snopes is, but is that article supposed to be satire? I'm thoroughly confused.
 
2013-01-05 06:33:02 AM

Wayne 985: dcigary: Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.

I have no idea what I'm reading. I know what Snopes is, but is that article supposed to be satire? I'm thoroughly confused.


I was a tad confused too. So I googled "snopes zebra hoax"... which netted this
 
2013-01-05 08:14:40 PM
i901.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-05 11:38:52 PM

JohnnyApocalypse: Wayne 985: dcigary: Nothing can ever top this article from Snopes.

I have no idea what I'm reading. I know what Snopes is, but is that article supposed to be satire? I'm thoroughly confused.

I was a tad confused too. So I googled "snopes zebra hoax"... which netted this


What the fark? What the actual fark?
 
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