Sunday, November 19, 2017


Do you know about Uncyclopedia, otherwise known as "the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit"? The satirical website does a good job of parodying Wikipedia, and some Uncyclopedia articles actually contain a link to the corresponding Wikipedia article.  Some of the humor is too juvenile for my tastes, but many of the articles slyly lampoon the real thing.

Just like the original site, you can click the "Random Article" button. I've enjoyed "learning" more about:
  •  Puerto Rico ("The United States government refuses to recognize Puerto Rico as a state, solely for the reason that they don't feel like going around the world painting an extra star onto each and every American flag in existence ")
  • The Dictionary (Today, the “Dictionary” has become a key tool for parents and teachers alike when they are too embarrassed to admit they don’t know the spelling or meaning of a word. “Go look it up in a dictionary,” has become one of the most popular phrases in American schools.)
  • Mold ("Mold is a miraculous artificial life form. Without mold, society as we know it would not exist today. One can find mold in such environments as rotting produce, unmaintained apartments, Petri dishes, and Jell-O.")
Five years ago today: Tastes Like Chicken


  1. Once at a family gathering I said to my sister=in=law, you're so Polish! My eight year old wanted to know what that meant. I was a little devious, and sent her to the dictionary (a big, red Merriam Webster). Several days later she came back and wanted to know why Aunt Helyn was shiny.

  2. Interesting, I hadn't heard about this.

  3. I've never heard of Uncyclopedia - thanks, Kathy, It looks like quite a hoot. I once, very nearly, ended up selling Encyclopedias back in the day. I answered an ad in the paper and there were at least 25 people at the info meeting. When I returned after the lunch break it was down to just me and another girl. They offered us jobs on the spot but when I found I'd have to move to another province I turned them down. I was 17 and still living at home ...

    1. I remember having encyclopedia salespeople coming to our front door. Years later I read that the industry was rife with abuse.

  4. I did not know about uncyclopedia but I do now. Sounds like fun!