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...

The Voyager Golden Records

Will distant civilisations be impressed with earth's most valuable piece of vinyl? And what will they be listening to if they find it? The Wikiworm investigates courtesy of this Wikipedia article... The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to ... Read More...

Eddie Slovik

Edward Donald "Eddie" Slovik (February 18, 1920 – January 31, 1945) was a United States Army soldier duringWorld War II and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Although over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences, Slovik's was the only death sentence that ... Read More...

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...