Folk Memory

Could this be where trolls really come from? The Wikiworm investigates via another weird Wikipedia article... Folk memory is a term sometimes used to describe stories, folklore or myths about past events that have passed orally from generation to generation. The events described by the memories may date back hundreds, thousands, ... Read More...

Panjandrum

A fine example of very low-tech British engineering in today's weird wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm... Panjandrum, also known as The Great Panjandrum, was a massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II. It was one of a number of highly experimental projects, including Hajile and the Hedgehog, that were developed ... Read More...

Rabbit Starvation

No, this isn't some terrible tale about poor malnourished bunnies... Read on to find out more in this week's weird Wikipedia article... Rabbit starvation, also referred to as protein poisoning or mal de caribou, is a form of acute malnutrition caused by excess consumption of any lean meat (e.g.,rabbit) coupled with a lack of other sources ... Read More...

The Oil Futures Drunk-Trading Incident

Sometimes even masters of the universe get it wrong. A cautionary tale in this week's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm... The oil futures drunk-trading incident was a mishap in which Stephen Perkins, an employee of London-based PVM Oil Futures, traded 7,000,000 barrels of oil, worth approximately US$520 million (£340 million), in a two-and-half-hour period ... Read More...

Buttstroke

Butt-stroking is an offensive technique. Today the Wikiworm consults Wikipedia to find out the best techniques to use whilst butt-stroking.   The buttstroke or butt-stroking, i.e., striking someone with the buttstock of a rifle, is a common case of the use of a firearm as a blunt weapon. Buttstroke is among the major offensive techniques with the rifle and ... Read More...

William Walker, Cathedral Diver

Cathedral diver? Sounds like fun, but this might have been the world's worst job. Read on to find out more in this week's weird Wikipedia article... William Walker MVO (1869–1918) was an English diver famous for shoring up the southern and eastern sides of Winchester Cathedral. He was born William Robert Bellenie, in Newington, Surrey, England, in 1869. Around 1900, he ... Read More...

Moydodyr

A terrifying Russian fairytale in which a child is pursued by a talking wash basin? Just another weird Wikipedia article unearthed by the Wikiworm for the Dabbler... Moydodyr is a Russian poem for children, written in 1923 by Korney Chukovsky about a magical creature by the same name. The name may be literally translated ... Read More...

The Six O’Clock Swill

Could you handle this dubious drinking trend from Australia's past? Another weird Wikipedia article unearthed by the Wikiworm... The six o'clock swill was an Australian and New Zealand slang term for the last-minute rush to buy drinks at a hotel bar before it closed. During a significant part of the 20th century, most Australian and New Zealand hotels shut their public bars at ... Read More...