Wikipedia has become overtime a huge part of our lives. We use it for research, to make sure that we are correct on issues or even just to educate ourselves on things previously unknown. Being the largest online encyclopedia currently, with editors chipping in from various parts of the world, Wikipedia is a veritable minefield of information, some really helpful and others just outrightly weird. So here is our top three pick for weird Wikipedia pages.
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First port of call on our list of weird Wikipedia pages, is the encyclopedia’s entry about Frenchman Tarrare. The Frenchman was set apart from the crowd because of his unusual eating habits. He had such an insatiable appetite that his family could not keep up with feeding him and had to put him out on the streets as a teenager.
He would go on to travel with a band of showmen, become a test subject, join the French army all of whom exploited or attempted to figure out his unusual appetite. He swallowed baskets full of apples, corks, live animals and stones. He would take meals from refuse heaps and gutters and was even suspected to have eaten a toddler while he stayed at a hospital to seek for a cure for his appetite.
Count Carl von Cosel was a German-born radiologic technologist who features on this list of weird Wikipedia pages for a macabre romance he had with a woman known as Helen de Hoyos. Helen de Hoyos had come to his hospital for an examination and despite the fact that he was married and she got married later on, he became obsessed with her.
She became a tuberculosis patient at a later period in her life and he did all he could by way of medicine to save her, however she still died from the disease. Two years after her death, he stole her body from a tomb and began living with her. He tried his best to preserve her form, making use of a wig made out of her hair, large amounts of perfume and the likes. After he was caught with the corpse, tried and released, he combated his separation from his obsession by using a death mask to create a life-sized effigy of Hoyos, and lived with it until his death in 1952
The Toilet Paper Orientation:
What better way to round out a list on weird Wikipedia pages than this Wikipedia entry that focuses on toilet paper. This five thousand word entry explores the sociology, psychology, popular culture references and every other thing you need to know about how and why people hang their tissue paper in a certain way. Just to depict how truly weird this conversation is, we’ll sample an excerpt from the beginning of the article.
“While many people consider this topic unimportant, some hold strong opinions on the matter. Advice columnist Ann Landers said that the subject was the most responded to (15,000 letters in 1986) and controversial issue in her column’s history. Defenders of either position cite advantages ranging from aesthetics, hospitality, and cleanliness to paper conservation, the ease of detaching individual squares, and compatibility with a recreational vehicle or a cat. Some writers have proposed connections to age, sex, or political philosophy, and survey evidence has shown a correlation with socioeconomic status. A generic answer is that it should hang the way the person doing the roll changing prefers.”
So between the man who ate everything, the one who carried out a relationship with a woman long after she was dead and an in-depth look into how you should hang your toilet papers, Wikipedia proves to be a pretty interesting place to hang out.