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America’s 750th birthday

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Oh my, but this is funny. The Onion takes a look at Wikkipedia’s celebration of America’s 750th [sic] birthday.

A quick peek:

“It would have been a major oversight to ignore this portentous anniversary,” said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, whose site now boasts over 4,300,000 articles in multiple languages, over one-quarter of which are in English, including 11,000 concerning popular toys of the 1980s alone. “At 750 years, the U.S. is by far the world’s oldest surviving democracy, and is certainly deserving of our recognition,” Wales said. “According to our database, that’s 212 years older than the Eiffel Tower, 347 years older than the earliest-known woolly-mammoth fossil, and a full 493 years older than the microwave oven.”

“In fact,” added Wales, “at three-quarters of a millennium, the USA has been around almost as long as technology.”

The commemorative page is one of the most detailed on the site, rivaling entries for Firefly and the Treaty Of Algeron for sheer length.

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Written by Curt

July 30, 2006 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Tech, Uncategorized

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  1. It’s really funny, but the article kind of winds on and on.

    Adrian MacNair

    July 30, 2006 at 3:23 pm


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