The Cobra Effect

Unintended consequences gives some bureaucrats a comeuppance, in this weird Wikipedia article discovered by the Wikiworm... The cobra effect occurs when an attempted solution to a problem actually makes the problem worse. This is an instance of unintended consequences. The term is used to illustrate the causes of incorrect stimulation in economy and politics. ... Read More...

Bundling

In honour of Valentine's Day, The Wikiworm presents a rather frustrating form of romance, taken from the weirder side of Wikipedia... Bundling, or tarrying, was the traditional practice of wrapping one person in a bed accompanied by another, usually as a part of courting behavior. The tradition is thought to have originated either in ... Read More...

Chicken Hypnotism

A useful survival technique, should you ever need to fend off a particularly vicious chicken. Another weird Wikipedia article courtesy of the Wikiworm. A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance, by holding its head down against the ground, and drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting ... Read More...

Hikikomori

What can Japan do about its 'perpetual teenagers'? A strange cultural phenomenon from the far east in today's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm. Hikikomori, literally "pulling inward, being confined" or "acute social withdrawal" is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, ... Read More...

Hunkerin’

Surely the most feeble fad ever invented? All will be revealed in today's weird Wikipedia article, presented by the Wikiworm. Hunkerin' (hunkering) is where a person sits in a squatting position. It briefly became an American fad in the late 1950s. Hunkerin' had been in use in many cultures, particularly in Asia, for centuries when it suddenly ... Read More...

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Prepare your brains for some seriously mind-mangling wordplay, with today's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm. "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatical sentence in American English, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs. The sentence uses three meanings of the word buffalo: the city of Buffalo, New York, ... Read More...

Panty Raids

Dubious student shenanigans from a simpler time in this week's Wikiworm, culled from the weirder recesses of Wikipedia. A panty raid was an American 1950s college prank in which large groups of male students attempted to invade the living quarters of female students and steal their panties (undergarments) as the trophies of a ... Read More...

Human Mail

Unusual deliveries to start off 2015 in today's Wikiworm, posted, as ever, from the weirder side of Wikipedia. Human mail is the transportation of a person through the postal system, usually as a stowaway. While rare, there have been some reported cases of people attempting to travel through the mail. This form of travel ... Read More...

Fossil Words

Much ado about nothing as we bandy about some fossil words in today's Wikiworm, unearthed from the weirder side of Wikipedia. A fossil word is a word that is generally obsolete but remains in currency because it is contained within an idiom still in use. Fossil status can also occur for word senses and for phrases. An example for a word sense is ... Read More...

Turducken

Christmas is coming, so carve yourself a dainty slice of Turducken (but go easy on the Ortolan Bunting), this week's weird Wikipedia article unearthed by the Wikiworm... Turducken is a dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a deboned turkey. The word. turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken. The ... Read More...