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Understanding Wikipedia[edit]

Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone.

Zhuangzi, Chinese philosopher, 4th century BCE[1]

Read this: Spontaneous order, Emergence, Convergent evolution, The Use of Knowledge in Society, Gene-centered view of evolution, Linus' Law, Cellular automaton, Crowdsourcing, Epistemological anarchism, Letter and spirit of the law.

And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

—Captain Hector Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl[2]

Now you understand Wikipedia!

"War. War never changes."[3][edit]

The machine-gunners' dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.

Dominic Serventy on the first engagement in the Emu War[4]

The men's marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis took place on August 30 of that year. Thirty-two athletes representing four nations competed, but only 14 managed to finish the race [...] Instead of having the marathon begin early in the morning, St. Louis organizers started it in the afternoon, and temperatures during the marathon reached 32 °C (90 °F). The race began and ended in the stadium, but the rest of the course was on dusty country roads with race officials riding in vehicles ahead of and behind the runners, creating dust clouds. The only source of water for the competitors was a well at about the 11-mile mark [...] The first to arrive at the finish line was American runner Fred Lorz, who had actually dropped out of the race after nine miles and hitched a ride back to the stadium in a car [...] A Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal joined the marathon, arriving at the last minute. He had to run in street clothes that he cut around the legs to make them look like shorts. Not having eaten in 40 hours, he stopped off in an orchard en route to have a snack on some apples, which turned out to be rotten. The rotten apples caused him to have to have strong stomach cramps. Despite falling ill from the apples he finished in fourth place [...] The marathon included [...] two Tswana tribesmen named Len Tau [...] and Yamasani [...] They were not in St. Louis to compete in the Olympics, however; they were actually part of the sideshow. They had been brought over by the exposition as part of the Boer War exhibit (both were really students from Orange Free State in South Africa, but this fact was not made known to the public). Len Tau finished ninth and Yamasani came in twelfth. This was a disappointment, as many observers were sure Len Tau could have done better if he had not been chased nearly a mile off course by aggressive dogs.

—Excerpts from Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

Useful links[edit]


Jonkerz Turn of the Century History Museum[edit]

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Jonkerz Museum of Fine Arts (European Wing) & Ant Zoo[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Murray Rothbard (1990). "Concepts of the Role of Intellectuals in Social Change Toward Laissez Faire". The Journal of Libertarian Studies IX (2): 46. 
  2. ^ See Wikiquote for more quotes
  3. ^ Iconic catch phrase of the game series Fallout
  4. ^ "casuariiform". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Jones, T.H.; Clark, D.A.; Edwards, A.A.; Davidson, D.W.; Spande, T.F. and Snelling, Roy R. (2004): "The Chemistry of Exploding Ants, Camponotus spp. (Cylindricus complex)". Journal of Chemical Ecology 30(8): 1479-1492. doi:10.1023/B:JOEC.0000042063.01424.28
  6. ^ Patek SN, Baio JE, Fisher BL, Suarez AV (22 August 2006). "Multifunctionality and mechanical origins: Ballistic jaw propulsion in trap-jaw ants". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (34): 12787–12792. doi:10.1073/pnas.0604290103. PMC 1568925. PMID 16924120. 
  7. ^ W. L. Meyer (1 May 1996). "Chapter 23 — Most Toxic Insect Venom". Book of Insect Records. University of Florida.