Jakob Maria Mierscheid, Fictitious Politician

Think that Germans don't do whimsy? Well think again as the Wikiworm reveals this bizarre wikipedia article about a fictional german politician ... Jakob Maria Mierscheid has been a fictitious politician in the German Bundestag since 11 December 1979. He was then the alleged deputy chairman of the Mittelstandsausschuss (Committee for Small ... Read More...

War Pigs

Yet another example of man being thoroughly beastly to pigs. A grisly story from Wikipedia in today's Wikiworm... War pigs are pigs reported to have been used in ancient warfare, mostly as a countermeasure against war elephants. In the first century BC, Lucretius noted that early humans may have attempted to launch wild ... Read More...

The Handedness of Presidents of the United States

Can we read anything sinister into which hand a president writes with? The Wikiworm trawled Wikipedia to find out... The handedness of presidents of the United States is difficult to establish with any certainty before recent decades. During the 18th and 19th centuries left-handedness was considered a disability and teachers would ... Read More...

Gallus Mag

You wouldn't want to mess with the subject of today's weird Wikipedia article, discovered by the Dabbler's own Wikiworm... Gallus Mag (real name unknown) was a 6-foot-tall female bouncer at a New York City Water Street bar called The Hole in the Wall in the early 19th century, who figures prominently ... Read More...

Bread Clips

Climps and Occlupanids? Must be another weird Wikipedia article unearthed by the Wikiworm... A bread clip is a device used to hold plastic bags closed, such as the ones in which sliced bread is commonly packaged. They are also commonly called bread tags, bread climps, bread tabs, bread ties, or bread-bag clips. ... Read More...

The Black Book

Forget Who's Who - you knew you'd truly made it in British society if you were mentioned in this particular little black book. The Wikiworm presents another weird Wikipedia article... The Black Book is the post–World War II name given to the Sonderfahndungsliste G.B. (Special Search List G.B), a list of prominent Britons ... Read More...

The Boobrie

Is it a giant cormorant? A particularly vicious mosquito? Or something else? The Wikiworm consults this  weird Wikipedia article to get to the truth behind the fantastical boobrie... The boobrie is a mythological shapeshifting entity inhabiting the lochs of the west coast of Scotland. It commonly adopts the appearance of a gigantic ... Read More...

Monkey Hanger

  Is it possible to mistake a boy for a monkey? Apparently so according to today's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm... "Monkey hanger" is a term by which Hartlepudlians are often known. According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During ... Read More...

The Law of Jante

The scandinavian version of 'tall poppy syndrome' in today's weird wikipedia article, discovered by the Wikiworm... The Law of Jante is the idea that there is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Scandinavian communities that negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate. The Jante ... Read More...

Roadgeeks

Interested in roads and road signs? Then you might just be a Roadgeek. Read on to find out if you qualify to join this exclusive tribe in today's weird Wikipedia article from the Wikiworm... A roadgeek is an individual with an interest in roads, and especially going on road trips, as a hobby. A person ... Read More...