Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source 2004

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Wikipedia is increasingly being used as a source in the world press—articles citing Wikipedia have been published in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Articles[edit]

December 2004[edit]

November 2004[edit]

  • Soldiers camp out in the past (The State newspaper, Williesha Lakin, November 26, 2004). References Army of Northern Virginia "According to wikipedia.com, the Army of Northern Virginia, led by Gen. Robert E. Lee, was the primary military force of the Confederacy in the eastern theater of the Civil War."
  • Oledan: Anatomy of the pork, Sun-Star (emagazine), Radzini Oledan for Slice of Life column, November 23, 2004. References pork barrel: Wikipedia defines pork barrel as "a derogatory term used to describe government spending that is intended to enrich constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes.".
  • I Must Take Issue With The Wikipedia Entry For 'Weird Al' Yankovic, The Onion, November 10, 2004: "To whomever or whatever is currently in charge of the free encyclopedia and online community portal at Wikipedia.org, I demand that you remove the mask of anonymity and account for the gross oversights to be found on your site. I must take issue with your entry for "Weird Al" Yankovic—for in allowing it to remain active, you are perpetrating a great injustice." (Comedy).
  • STRANGE BUT TRUE, The Hook, VA, November 4, 2004: "So-called "polydactyls" may have six or more digits on either their hands or feet or both, an inherited condition, says "Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia." "

October 2004[edit]

  • Pros raking up as amateurs come to poker table, October 1, 2004: azcentral.com has a story from Scott Craven from the The Arizona Republic that references our article about Poker. Unfortuneately, no direct references to the article are given, but I assume it's referencing Poker:
    1. "Knowledgeable players have been reeling them in like that for years, especially when riverboat hustlers in the mid-19th century dominated the game, according to Wikipedia.com." - gah!
    2. "Poker spread as quickly as its variations, from wild card (around 1875, according to Wikipedia.com) gah!, to lowball and split-pots that became common around the turn of the 20th century."

September 2004[edit]

  • "Week 2: Patriots Head To The Desert", Patriots Insider, September 18, 2004, written by Jon Scott: "With all the pre-game centered on the remembrance of former Cardinal Safety Pat Tillman (Tillman was KIA in Afghanistan) [[[Pat Tillman|See related WikiPedia]]], the teams will have a lot on their minds other than football prior to kick-off." Republished at Cardinals Insider, ColtsNews.com, Jets Confidential, Giants Insider, Packer Report, SteelCitySports.com.
  • "Did Walleye Make Rembrandt a Master?" written Randy Dotinga, HealthDay Reporter, September 15, 2004: "To learn about Rembrandt and his life, try the online encyclopedia wikipedia.com (en.wikipedia.org )." (Note: They admit to knowing we're a .org, yet they star with a .com -- eesh... Showed up on HealthCentral.com and in Forbes.
  • "Haitian charity survives Ivan" September 15, 2004 by Dre Jackson, Peoria Journal Star of Illinois, USA: "Ivan was in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, 325 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving north-northwest at nearly 10 mph. It likely will hit the Alabama coast early Thursday, according to www.wikipedia.org."
  • Monday Night Football is referred to on ESPN.com's Page 2. "Considering that Monday Night Football has been a huge part of American pop culture and TV history over the past 35 years, there's surprisingly little documentation about the games. The best MNF history I could locate was from the wonderful Wikipedia folks."
  • "A Review of Firefox for Newbies" September 14, 2004 by special contributor Hooman Baradaran, for the website OS News: "You can also download or add more search engines to the search-bar. These use the same format as the original Mozilla browser and I've found every engine I use regularly (Dict.org, Wikipedia, eBay, IMDB, etc)." (Note: Mozilla has an automatic Wikipedia search function?)
  • "Three Turkish Cities among World's 101 Largest Metro Areas" Zaman Daily Newspaper, Yenibosna/Istanbul, Turkey, September 13, 2004: "Three Turkish Cities among World's 101 Largest Metro Areas" (Note: It used to be that a UN study would create this sort of news story, now Wikipedia (or the curious news writers searching it) make stats into news)
  • "Propaganda and politics" (The Oracle, University of South Florida, September 10, 2004): "Wikipedia, a free online dictionary defines propaganda as a 'specific type of message presentation, aimed at serving an agenda; even if the message conveys true information, it may be partisan and fails to paint a complete and balanced picture.'"
  • "Stupid experts say TANG documents forged, provide stupid evidence." The Memphis Flyer, September 10, 2004, by Chris Davis: "Here’s an entry on the Selectric from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia." Uses Wikipedia article to prove that a Washington Post article on the possibility of Bush's service record being forged is unfounded.
  • "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm by Gameloft" (All About Symbian, September 9, 2004) "Ah, where would the world be without Tom Clancy? As Wikipedia quite rightly points out, 'while the literary merit of his books is disputed by many professional authors and reviewers (who regard Clancy's prose as pedestrian), most have been bestsellers. Fans of his work appreciate the well-thought-out plots and the apparent attention to technical detail (helped by extensive contacts in the US military).'"
  • "Basayev: Russia's most wanted man" (CNN International, Internet, September 8, 2004) "During the rebel pullout from Grozny in January 2000 Basayev lost a foot after stepping on a landmine, according to the Wikipedia Web site..."
  • "What IPA stands for" (The Star, Malaysia, September 8, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia: 'The International Phonetic Alphabet was originally developed by British and French phoneticians under the auspices of the International Phonetic Association, established in Paris in 1886 (both the organisation and the phonetic script are best known as IPA).' "
  • "UNH professor: Russia botched rescue bid, and not for the first time" (Portsmouth Herald, United States, September 4, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, Western countries have criticized Russian heavy-handedness in dealing with Chechen rebels, and there have been substantiated claims of torture, rape, looting, smuggling and embezzlement on both sides of the conflict."
  • "Beyond the Barcode" (Network Computing Asia, Singapore, September 1, 2004) "According to the Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, passive RFID tags lack their own power supply: the minute electrical current induced in the antenna by the incoming radio-frequency scan provides enough power for the tag to send a response."

August 2004 (15 articles)[edit]

  • "Librarian: Don't use Wikipedia" Warns readers not to trust quality of Wikipedia's articles as it is based on peer rather than professional review (The Post Standard, United States, August 25, 2004)
  • Calgary Sun, August 8, 2004. "Get the FAQ on Internet chat slang." "Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_slang) has put together a fairly comprehensive list of message board slang, geek speak and phrases that have found their way into common pop culture."

July 2004 (21 articles)[edit]

  • "Restaurant Review Kitty O'Shea's {Two stars}" (Chicago Sun-Times, United States, July 30, 2004) "In brief, here is what happened (quoted from Web site Word IQ). 'Kitty O'Shea [Katherine Wood] (1845/1846-1921) was an English woman whose affair with Stewart Parnell [he headed the Irish Home Rule Movement] eventually caused his downfall. They first met in 1880, when Kitty was already married to Captain Willie O'Shea, an MP. Three of Kitty's children were fathered by Parnell.' "
  • "Miroljub Labus Scientologist" (Nacional, Serbia and Montenegro, July 28, 2004) "Miroljub Labus, deputy prime minister of the government of Serbia, is one of the rare persons from here who is in the company of the world's jet-set. The leader of the G17+ [political party], along with Tom Cruise and Richard Gir, is a member of the Church of Scientology which on the Internet mentions the deputy prime minister of Serbia as being among its famous members. Visitors to the site, besides information on Miroljub Labus, can find detailed information on Serbia and basic data on members of the current government. [...] Nacional tried to contact Miroljub Labus in order to find out the truth. Instead of the deputy prime minister replying, a redaction was demanded by a member of the presidency of G17+, Cedomir Antic, claiming that these are lies, and that their party won't cooperate with Nacional in the future if the claim is published. For members of G17+ and all others who are interested we publish the address of the Scientologists, where they can themselves check the data published about the deputy prime minister of Serbia - en.wikipedia.org." (Ed. note: The article seems to be trying to represent wikipedia, and particularly this revision of our Church of Scientology article, as the official Scientology website while, on the same day as the story posted, an anonymous editor added Labus to the article as one of Scientology's "Famous Members". Labus was removed from the list two days later and does not currently appear on our List of Scientologists nor is there any mention currently in his article that he might be associated with the Church.)
  • "Readers Choice: July?s Most Popular Books and More" (Balkanalysis.com, Internet, July 29, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, '...the [[[Franco-Prussian War]]] marked the culmination of tension between the two powers following Prussia's rise to dominance in Germany, still a loose federation of quasi-independent territories.' "
  • "Heart Beat Poetry" (ABC News: Health, United States, July 28, 2004) "According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.com, here's an example of a dactylic hexameter: 'Down in a/deep dark/hole sat an/old pig/munching a/bean stalk.' "
  • "Then and Now: USS Texas times 4" (San Antonio Express-News, United States, July 25, 2004) "During the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Texas reconnoitered Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then joined other U.S. ships in a bombardment on Cayo del Tore, according to an account by Wikipedia."
  • "The truth about the Second World War: Part One" (In Defence of Marxism, Internet, July 21, 2004) "Stalin had been pressing the Western Allies to launch a 'second front' since 1942. Churchill had argued for delay until victory could be assured, preferring to attack Italy and North Africa first." (freedictionary: Battle of Normandy)
  • "Keeping up with technology" (Mail-Tribune [Jackson County, Oregon], United States, July 21, 2004) "For more techno-jargon and broadcast engineering acronyms than you can shake a set of rabbit ears at, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDTV on the Web."
  • "Wallace on the RNC and the New Fascism" (ProgressiveTrail.org, Internet, July 20, 2004) "As the Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com) notes, fascism/corporatism is 'an attempt to create a 'modern' version of feudalism by merging the 'corporate' interests with those of the state.' "
  • "I, Robot / ** (PG-13)" (Chicago Sun-Times, United States, July 16, 2004) Roger Ebert's review of the new blockbuster includes, "According to the invaluable Wikipedia encyclopedia on the Web, Harlan Ellison and Asimov collaborated in the 1970s on an "I, Robot" screenplay that, the good doctor said, would produce 'the first really adult, complex, worthwhile science fiction movie ever made.' "
  • "The Terminal in OS X" (Sitepoint, Internet, July 15, 2004) "You will also find the files you create on the Mac have resource forks associated with them. The explanation of resource forks is a long one so I will not go into it here - however a great overview can be found on the Wikipedia."
  • "Gunships & Opium" (GoldSeek.com, Internet, July 7, 2004) "In the 1830's Britain's East India Company was exporting tons of opium to China. According to Wikipedia.com, it traded the opium for tea and manufactured goods. As you might expect, all that opium created a lot of addicts. The imperial government (Qing Empire) made opium illegal in 1836 and began closing down the dens."
  • "The J2EE guy still doesn't get PHP" (Site Point, Internet, July 1, 2004) "Yes the subjects are related but scalability is more about what happens when you add more resources and how that increases the volume of requests your application can handle. See Wikipedia on Scalability."
  • "What does it all mean?" - (Internet Magazine July 1, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, antidisestablishmentarianism isn't the longest proper word after all."

June 2004 (17 articles)[edit]

  • "Eyes have it: Follow the stare to...?" (The Hook, United States, June 24, 2004) "She is one of some 30 documented cases of a human "tetragametic chimera," where two non-identical twins combine in the womb at an early stage to form a single organism, says online Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  • "Arcane detail rules in sports, why not in arts?" (Globe and Mail, Canada, June 24, 2004) "The on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia says [in football], '...if he is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent, unless he is in his own half of the field of play...A player in an offside position is only committing an offside offence if, at the moment the ball is touched or is played by a team-mate, the player is (in the Referee's opinion), involved in active play by...' This entry eventually gives up on practical details, admitting that the "exact positioning techniques can be quite complex."
  • "Let The Dogs Out" (America Daily Talk & Commentary, United States, June 21, 2004) "Sadly, America cannot and would not take the necessary steps that would shock the first Athenian lawgiver Draco." [Cites TheFreeDictionary.com's version of the Wikipedia article."
  • "Hot on the trail of dirty words" (The Daily Camera, United States, June 20, 2004) "And according to some sources, including the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, there is a small movement among feminists who seek to reclaim the c-word as an acceptable word, in much the same way that "queer" has been reclaimed by homosexuals."
  • "Google me: I married a murderer" (The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand, June 17, 2004) "In Coronation Street, poor old Gail married Richard Hillman, who went on to do viewers a service by dispatching some of the more annoying characters in the show (word IQ [Wikipedia])."
  • "Swing States: Where the Iranian-American Vote Counts Most" (National Iranian American Council, United States, June 16, 2004) "Wikipedia identifies the following states as swing states for the forthcoming Presidential election: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin."
  • "Flogging blogging" (TheStar.com, Internet, June 8, 2004) "According to wikipedia.org, 'A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who [sic] you get to know.' "
  • "Google bombing ~ it's cool but" (The Statesman, India, June 8, 2004) "Others, like free encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, also call it 'Googlewash' and that both these words can be used as a verb or noun."
  • "Ask the Smarty Pants Panel" (Philadelphia Daily News, Internet, June 2, 2004) "This from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia: A furlong is a British measure of distance, apparently used for measuring fields and related to the distance a horse could plough at once: 660 feet or 201.168 meters. The name furlong is a contraction of a furrow long. "
  • "Google Spawn: The culture surrounding Google" (Searcher, United States, June 2004) "On the Web, the Wikipedia Google article offers a good start for research. It has a relatively comprehensive hyperlinked entry detailing the company's history, the famous Google algorithm, legal issues, and other topics, including numerous links to relevant articles and Web sites."

May 2004 (12 articles)[edit]

  • Did you know?, San Antonio Express News, page A2, May 30, 2004 cites Memphis
  • "Gaming term 'croupier' relates to horses" (Florida Today, May 27, 2004 - article not online) "According to Wikipedia, the continuously evolving online encyclopedia, the term "croupier" stems "from the old French, where it referred to the hindmost person of two aboard the same horse." As www.wikipedia.org explains it, the person riding behind another on horseback is seated on the animal's rump, or "croup" in francais."
  • "Onetime One-Man Town Has Its Own Kind of Boom" (The New York Times, United States, May 24, 2004) "There were 45 towns in the United States with two to nine residents, according to an analysis of 2000 census data by Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia."
  • "Kerry's foreign policy trap" (Working for Change, Internet, May 12, 2004) "Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia sponsored by a Florida-based not-for-profit corporation, The Wikimedia Foundation Inc., defines the DLC as an organization of 'moderate' Democratic Party leaders 'which works toward moving the Party toward moderate centrist positions.' The DLC believes 'that leftist positions are not viable, citing the failed candidacies of George McGovern and Walter Mondale,' and touting the success of Bill Clinton, who 'is sometimes cited as evidence of the success of their policies.' "
  • "The Wiccan Way" (The Longview Washington, Daily News, United States, May 8, 2004) "According to Wikipedia.org, modern pagan religions—including Wicca—practice reverence for nature, veneration of a higher power usually in the form of a Goddess and a God, and belief in reincarnation. They do not worship or believe in Satan."
  • "Beverly Flynn thrown out of Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party" (Politics.ie, Internet, May 5, 2004) "Deputy Flynn accepted that the withdrawal of the whip was an appropriate response, however she made it clear she would contest the motion by the party to expel her on Friday. From WikiPedia: 'In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires.' "
  • "Merchant offers 'alternative' to spirituality" (Decatur Herald & Review, United States, May 1, 2004) "Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, defines 'new age' as a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, particularly in the areas of spiritual exploration, holistic medicine and mysticism. No rigid boundaries exist."

April 2004 (28 articles)[edit]

  • "BASIC set to turn 40" (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, April 30, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, Kemeny and Kurtz first created the Dartmouth Time-Sharing System, one of the first time-share systems in the US; they then created BASIC so students could write programs to run on the General Electric GE-225 mainframe that was the heart of the system."
  • "The Register: Letters: Surveys are tosh, and so's your reporting" (The Register, Internet, April 28, 2004) "Now, since all most of this information can be found in a matter of seconds through Google, or at Wikipedia.org (where they have an excellent page on the Aland Islands), I can only assume that, instead of doing even the most basic research on the matter, you chose to use the age-old 'pull the facts out of your ass'-method, pardon my language."
  • "Guns and Roses..." (Pakistan Christian Post, Pakistan, April 25, 2004) "There are essentially three types of doctorates: research, first-professional, and honorary...The title of Doctor is used both by and of those holding research doctorates or a first-professional doctorate, but according to convention is not used by or of those holding honorary doctorates."
  • "Surfin': Are You in the Blog?" (American Radio Relay League Web, Internet, April 25, 2004) "A 'Weblog,' 'Web log,' or just 'blog,' is a Web site that "contains periodic, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common Web page. Individual posts (which taken together are the Weblog) either share a particular theme, or a single or small group of authors" (according to WikiPedia).
  • "The Case Against John Negroponte" (Buzzflash.com, Internet, April 23, 2004) "'When John Negroponte was ambassador he looked the other way when serious atrocities were committed. One would have to wonder what kind of message the Bush administration is sending about human rights by this appointment. ' Excerpt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John Negroponte"
  • "Rose: Bellyaching over taxes" (Carolina Morning News, United States, April 23, 2004) "Their goal is to 'starve the beast' (see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) to bankrupt government so that it can no longer afford services such as Social Security and Medicare."
  • "Apple ditches HyperCard" (Macworld Daily News, Internet, April 22, 2004) "HyperCard was a free download to all Mac users. According to the definition in the Wikipedia encylopedia: 'It can be used for all sorts of hypertext and artistic purposes. Before the advent of PowerPoint, HyperCard was often used as a general purpose presentation program. Examples of HyperCard applications include simple databases, choose your own adventure-type games, and educational teaching aids.'"
  • "Murphy should brush up on his Latin" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, United States, April 18, 2004) "Webster's New World College Dictionary defines it as 'one thing in return for another.' The online encyclopedia Wikipedia takes it a step further: 'Quid pro quo is widely used in the context of describing political favors, as given in apparent exchange for money.'"
  • "Web watch" (The Guardian, Internet, April 15, 2004) "If you have missed out on the Googlebombing phenomenon so far, Wikipedia has an excellent page charting its history." Links to Google bomb.
  • "Porno Hen Hawks for Burger King" (Wired News, Internet, April 14, 2004) "Similarly, the command 'go vegan' gets a vehement thumbs-down from the chicken, who one suspects is considered something of a Lord Haw-Haw among the farmyard set." Links to Lord Haw-Haw without specific mention of Wikipedia.
  • "Join the brunch bunch: Don't wait for holiday to enjoy a big breakfast gathering" (Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal, United States, April 14, 2004) "According to Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia, it is a lavish breakfast served at or even after midday, invariably as a part of an entertainment. Wikipedia further defined brunch as a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch that can be served after a morning event or before an afternoon one, such as a wedding or sporting event."
  • "Cities should use 'Razor'" (L.A. Daily News, United States, April 12, 2004) "Occam's Razor, according to the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, is named for the 14th Century friar and logician William of Ockham."
  • "Parents sort through emotions, search for meaning in son's death" (The Tacoma News Tribune, United States, April 9, 2004) "The only definition we could find that seemed to apply to our situation was in the online dictionary Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgive): 'A quality by which one ceases to feel resentment against another for a wrong he or she has committed against oneself...It may be granted with or without the other asking for forgiveness.' "
  • "Who knew: Bunnies & bilbies" (Dallas Morning News, United States, April 8, 2004) Cites Wikipedia (presumably the Easter article) as the first of six sources used for a piece on the history and evolution of the Easter holiday.
  • "Looking into the eyes of terror" (Grand Valley Lanthorn, United States, April 1, 2004) In an article on the Madrid attacks, Wikipedia is used as a reference: "The attacks killed 190 people and wounded more than 1,800, making them the worst terrorist assault in Spanish history, according to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia." Links to 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks

March 2004 (30 articles)[edit]

  • "You've got to be in Tokyo" (JapanToday.com, Internet, March 30, 2004) "And when I talk of "Tokyo" actually I mean greater Tokyo: comprising the various cities in Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, and Kanagawa, which collectively form the largest metropolis in the world (according to Wikipedia.org)." Links to Greater Tokyo Area.
  • "US DrinkOrDie extradition fails" (Infoshop, Internet, March 29, 2004) "DrinkOrDie was founded in 1993 in Moscow by a Russian with the handle "deviator" and a friend who went by CyberAngel, says Wikipedia here." Link to DrinkOrDie.
  • "Loyalty Day celebration set for return to Medford" (Wausau Daily Herald, United States, March 24, 2004) "Loyalty Day is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom, according to wikipedia.com, an online encyclopedia."
  • "Fokken HAIL" (p2pnet.net, Internet, March 22, 2004) Links to the article fuck on an editorial about profanity and the FCC: "Hmm, Wikipedia reports differently and fuck, if you have any interest in this word, go to that site. It's a fucking trip!"
  • "Princess Juliana – an end of an era" (Expatica, Internet, March 22, 2004) mentions Wikipedia as a source on Princess Juliana: "Juliana quickly endeared herself to the Canadian people, displaying a simple warmth, asking that she and her children be treated as just another family during difficult times, according to the online Wikipedia encyclopaedia."
  • "Emus make themselves at home with Hi-Desert woman" (Hi-Desert Star, United States, March 19, 2004) Cites Cassowary on the fierceness of the bird: "On cassowaries, all sources attest to this species' fierceness, the Wikipedia Web page, for instance, stating: 'The bird is perfectly capable of inflicting serious injuries on an adult human - deaths are by no means unheard of.'"
  • "Slogan diminishes our commonwealth" (Carlisle Sentinel, United States, March 19, 2004) References Commonwealth: "Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, says the four [US commonwealths] do this to emphasize that they have 'government based on the common consent of the people.'"
  • "Oi, let's see wizard of 'was'" (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, March 5, 2004) discusses the sports chant "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" and offers explanations of its origins, including: "The online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, suggests the chant has origins in Cornwall, where tin miners' wives would shout 'Oggy Oggy Oggy' when delivering pasties known as Oggies to their husbands." Links to Oggy Oggy Oggy.
  • "Online: Father knows best" (Guardian, United Kingdom, March 4, 2004) Life pages, p. 22, "Some of the concepts were in place before the internet...there was the oNLine system, which Douglas Engelbart invented." Links to NLS.
  • "St. David's Day" (The Guardian, United Kingdom, March 1, 2004) discusses St. George's Day and brings up the place name "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch". "Wikipedia online encyclopaedia says it is the longest name in the UK, and it means: "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio near the red cave."
  • "An Allegiance to Truth" (Opinion Editorials, United States, March 1, 2004) cites Pledge of Allegiance: "Wikipedia offers a good, concise synopsis of the rulings that have led to the upcoming Supreme Court hearing."

February 2004[edit]

  • "Between the grooves" (The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, February 7, 2004) "Folk metal: Yes, really. A sub-genre of black metal, its best-known (well, it's all relative) exponents are Skyclad and Waylander, says online encyclopedia wikipedia.org."


  • "Moscow goes for homegrown TVMs" (International Railway Journal, United Kingdom, February 1, 2004) mentions that Wikipedia (presumably Moscow metro) was used as a source for an article "Metro Ticketing to Be Fully Automated in '04" in The Moscow Times (December 23, 2003).

January 2004[edit]

  • "Counting some numerically able animals" (The Pocono Record, United States, January 30, 2004) "The largest weapon ever detonated, says 'Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia,' was the 'Tsar Bomba' (King of Bombs) at 50 megatons..." Cites Tsar Bomba. REPRINTED: The Hook, Internet, April 1, 2004; SignOnSanDiego.com, Internet, April 21, 2004
  • "All the Queen's men and the tales of knights" (The Philadelphia Inquirer, United States, January 29, 2004) Also reprinted as "Gates and others, all knight long," (Wichita Eagle, United States, February 9, 2004) Article about Bill Gates knighthood; "The Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia being written by its own users, and is surprisingly good. The article on the British 'honours' system has links for details on the various orders of chivalry, including the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Bath." Links to British honours system.
  • "Hip-hop dance history" (San Jose Mercury News, United States, January 28, 2004) Lists Wiki's breakdancing article as a "Breakdancing Encyclopedia" in "On the Web: Hip-hop dance history" source for this article.
  • "Jaffa insult quoted" (The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand, January 27, 2004) The Sidewipe columnist Ana Samways quotes the Wikipedia entry for the Jaffa (insult) used by non Aucklanders to describe Aucklanders. The Herald is based in Auckland.
  • "In the money" (The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, January 24, 2004) Nick Galvin links to Wikipedia as a reference for the Australian dollar: "For some background on the Aussie dollar, you might turn to the excellent Wikipedia. Here you'll find a brief history of our currency, which first appeared in wallets in 1966, plus links to some impressive-looking charts showing the dollar's values against gold and the CPI." Links to Australian dollar.
  • "How it Sounds to the German Ear" (Swiss Revue: official publication for Swiss abroad, Switzerland, January 2004) Uses the German Wikipedia article on Swiss German and translates this. Source and link to original article given.