Max Woosnam, The Greatest British Sportsman?

A chain smoking sport star from a simpler time is the star of today's Wikiworm article, trawled from the deeper recesses of Wikipedia. Maxwell "Max" Woosnam (1892 – 1965) was an English sportsman who is sometimes referred to as the 'Greatest British sportsman' in recognition of his achievements. Amongst his achievements were winning an ... Read More...

Futurist Meals

  Heston Blumenthal? He's old hat. These chaps were into molecular gastronomy over 80 years ago. Another bizarre article from Wikipedia unearthed by the Wikiworm. Futurist meals comprised a cuisine and style of dining advocated by some members of the Futurist movement, particularly in Italy. These meals were first proposed in Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Fillia's Manifesto of Futurist ... Read More...

Male Lactation

Who said men can't multi-task? Another weird Wikipedia article, trawled from the depths of the web's favourite knowledge repository by the Wikiworm. Male lactation in zoology means production of milk from mammary glands in the presence of physiological stimuli connected with nursing infants. The term male lactation is not used in human medicine. Newborn babies of both sexes can occasionally ... Read More...

The Boll Weevil Monument

'Fear no weevil' is the motto of this Alabama town, a place that likes weevils so much they've even built a monument to them. Another strange Wikipedia article discovered by the Wikiworm... The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 ... Read More...

Roy Sullivan – Human Lightning Rod

7 times unlucky (or is that 8?) for the star of this week's Wikiworm, as we bring you another strange story from the darker depths of Wikipedia Roy Cleveland Sullivan (February 7, 1912 – September 28, 1983) was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on ... Read More...

The Sokal Affair

When scientists decide to troll each other, things can get messy. The Wikiworm trawls the weirdest Wikipedia articles on the web to find out more... The Sokal affair, also called the Sokal hoax, was a publishing hoax perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University. In 1996, Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural ... Read More...

Prostitution Among Animals

The world's oldest profession might be even older than we previously thought, according to this strange Wikipedia article unearthed by the Wikiworm... A few studies have been used to promote the idea that prostitution exists within certain animal groups. Prostitution in animals was first reported in 1998 by Fiona Hunter, a researcher at the University of ... Read More...

The Antiqua–Fraktur Dispute

A serious ideological argument over fonts - what could be more German? Today's unusual article, trawled up from the depths of Wikipedia by the Wikiworm... The Antiqua–Fraktur dispute was a typographical dispute that took place in 19th- and early 20th-century Germany. In most European countries, typefaces like the German Fraktur were displaced with the creation of the Antiqua typefaces in the 15th and 16th centuries. ... Read More...