Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source 2005

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

Note: This is not a complete list.


January 1–10[edit]

  • Source for data in table in an article on nanotechnology. The Economist, January 1 2005, page 4 in Survey: Nanotechnology.
  • Murphy, Stephanie R. "I’ll Give You My Heart..." Lew Rockwell (CA). January 1 2005. [1]
"Wikipedia puts the price of a fresh kidney at about $125,000 US dollars."
  • Dooley, Jim. "For the Record." Fallbrook-Bonsall Village News (CA). January 2 2005. [2]
"Shinseki's own statement is that he was forced into retirement "(ref:"
"Wikipedia, an online reference source, reports that rose perfumes are made from attar of roses or rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses. Nowadays some 70 to 80 percent of production is in the so-called Valley of Roses near Kazanluk in Bulgaria. About 2,000 flowers are required to produce one gram of oil."
  • "Donors wary after bitter experience in Latur, Bhuj." The Times of India. January 2 2005. [4]
"A list of 106 links in more than a dozen nations is available at Wikipedia, the free encylopaedia site."
  • Storobin, David. "Nazi Influence on the Middle East During WWII." Global Politician. January 3 2005. [5]
Cites Wikipedia articles (Haj Amin Al-Husseini, Sherif Hussein bin Ali, Rashid Ali al-Kaylani) several times.
Uses Wikipedia as a "related link" on a sidebar to accompany an article about job-related blogs.
Quotes article on warez.
  • Hoffenberg, Noah. "Kraut: Ain't it cool?" North Adams Transcript (MA). January 5 2005. [8]
"Sauerkraut, according to, the free encyclopedia, literally translates from the German to sour cabbage. It is finely sliced white cabbage fermented with lactobacillus bacteria. The sugars in the cabbage are then converted into lactic acid and act as a preservative."
  • Boisvert, Pierre. "Les tsunamis très présents dans internet." Journal de Montréal, January 5 2005.
    "Le site de l'encyclopédie en ligne Wikipédia fait également une description assez complète du phénomène, qui n'est pas aussi rare qu'on pourrait le penser." (Links to, also apparently has a photo)
  • Noguchi, Yuki. "Notes on Gates." The Washington Post. January 6 2005. [9]
"Without warning, the screen went deep blue. (Echos of Windows's classic Blue Screen of Death.)"—article has external link to the Blue Screen of Death article
  • Neuwirth, Rachel. "Noam Chomsky and Anti-Semitism" ChronWatch, January 7 2005. [10]
Cites Faurisson affair.
  • Aba, Adam Wild. "Arab Americans Alarmed at Gonzales' Nomination." Islam Online (UK). January 8 2005. [11]
"Both parents [of Alberto Gonzales] were children of migrants from Mexico with less than a high-school education themselves, according to the Wikipedia encyclopedia."
Beginner's Guide:
Wikipedia: Spamming: "This article provides a general overview of the spamming phenomenon including the techniques of spammers and ways to stop e-mail abuse."
Wikipedia: Spyware: "Get basic definitions of adware, spyware, and malware, their consequences, and how to fight them."
  • Aba, Adam Wild. "Fox Features 'Muslim Terrorists' in 24 Drama." January 10 2005. [13]
    Murdoch is generally regarded as the most politically influential media proprietor in the world, and is regularly courted by politicians in the United States, Britain and Australia, according to the Wikipedia encyclopedia.
  • Pireupireum, Michel. "Waiting for a Syzygy." Business Day (South Africa). January 10 2005. [14].
    For those who didn't know, a syzygy is described by Wikipedia as "a situation where three bodies are situated along a straight line. Usually used in context with the sun, earth and the moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. For example, solar and lunar eclipses."

January 11–20[edit]

  • Storobin, David. "Slovakia: Best Investment Environment in EU After Recent Economic Reforms." Global Policitian. January 11 2005. [15]
    References Economy of Slovakia in their endnotes.
  • "No hockey? No problem." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. January 11 2005. [16]
    " The Wikipedia free encyclopedia site has a complete short history of the NHL, including more information on the strikes."
  • Davis, Ariel." A modern look into the past." The Vanguard (AL). January 12 2005. [17]
    "Video art, as defined on the Wikipedia website, as artistic works that rely on moving pictures of video or audio data. Video art is different from the more mainstream theatrical cinema because it may not have sound, plot or characters."
  • Jacobs, Raphael. "Gay and Lesbian Update". The Voice Magazine, Athabasca University. January 12, 2005.
Includes Same sex marriage in Canada as a link for further information.
  • Rinearson, Bob. "We need not welcome an apologist for terror." Fort Wayne News Sentinel (IN). January 13 2005. [18]
    "According to Wikipedia, 'The Muslim Brotherhood is working to spread its concepts and gain more followers. They work on the levels of school students, university students, inside mosques and at work.'"
  • "A short history of anime." sidebar to Slafkosky, Jenny. "Anime: Popular Japanese animation easy to find." The Oakland Tribune (CA). January 13 2005. [19] and [20]
    "Other cool anime-related sites: - Wikipedia's discussion of anime —
  • Singer, Michael. "Apple's iPod Shuffle Stifles Podcasting." January 14 2005. [21]
    "According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, podcasters make their audio programs available for download to portable digital audio devices (iPod, MP3 player, PDA)."
  • Rousos, Rick, and Allen, Dianne Lacey. "Two Die in Plane Crash." The Ledger. January 15 2005. [22]
    According to an online encyclopedia,, with a special aviation section, the Cessna Skymaster is a twin-engine utility aircraft built first in 1961 in what is known as a "push-pull" configuration.
    It has one engine mounted on the nose and the other at the rear of the pod-style fuselage just behind the wing. It was also adapted in a military version as spotter aircraft, used in Vietnam.
    In 1965, Cessna introduced the model 337. This aircraft was larger, had more powerful engines, retractable landing gear and a dorsal air scoop for the rear engine.
    Cessna ceased manufacturing the Skymaster in 1980, but a French company, Reims, continued to produce the aircraft as the FTB337 STOL and the military FTMA Milirole. The company produced a total of 94 Skymasters.
    Generally, Skymasters can carry a pilot and five passengers. They can have a maximum cruising speed of 200 mph and a range of 764 miles with a service ceiling of 19,500 feet. The aircraft is 30 feet in length and has a wingspan of 38 feet.
  • Rubel, Steve. "Get Folksy With Folksonomies." WebProNews. January 16 2005. [23]
    According to Wikipedia, folksonomy is the collaborative categorization of user-generated content using simple tags. Folksonomies are wildly popular on Flickr, a photo sharing site, and on, a social bookmark site. However, it doesn't end there.
  • Green, David M. "Tsunami info: A world of links." Chicago Times. January 16 2005. [24]
    "A true creature of the Web, the Wikipedia site is more or less a constantly evolving online encyclopedia written collaboratively by contributors from across the globe. The address above will take you to the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake "chapter" of this virtual resource, which provides a remarkable background on the earthquake and resulting tsunamis as well as information regarding the situation on the ground in affected areas. Photographs and videos are also available at the Web site."
  • Indian Ocean Tsunami. Wikipedia quotedby New Zealand Listener, 22 January-28, in an article reviewing media coverage of the disaster
    "Meanwhile, the Internet's ability to respond to such events was amply demonstrated. In amazingly rapid order, the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, had a comprehensive page on the diasaster."
  • Ojeda-Zapata, Julio. "Tuning in to regional 'podcasts.'" St. Paul Pioneer Press. January 18 2005. [25]
    "To bone up on podcasting, start at"
  • Mitchell, Bill. "Hunting Where the Ducks are Flying." Poynter Online. January 19 2005. [26]
    "The approach extends a growing trend toward transparency in the news business, maybe not all the way to what Wikipedia describes as radical transparency, but certainly headed in that direction."
  • Berlind, David. "ZDNet's podcasts: How to tune in." ZDNet. January 18 2005. [27]
    "As defined by the Wikipedia, podcasting "plays upon the terms broadcasting and webcasting and is derived from the name of the iPod portable music player, the playback device of choice of many early podcast listeners. Podcasting is not directly associated with Apple's iPod device or iTunes jukebox software. Podcasting is similar to time-shifted video software and devices like TiVo, which let you watch what you want when you want by recording and storing video, except that podcasting is used for audio and is currently free of charge. Note, however, that this technology can be used to pull any kind of file, including software updates, pictures, and videos." (has external link to each article)
  • Hamric, Roy. "Bezos to build space venture on ranch near Van Horn." Desert Mountain Times. January 20 2005. [28]
    "A biography of [Jeff] Bezos on says: "Bezos’ mother’s ancestors were early settlers in Texas, and over the generations had acquired a 25,000-acre ranch in Cotulla, Texas. His maternal grandfather was a regional director of the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. His grandfather retired early to the ranch, where Bezos spent summers as a child.
    'His mother's marriage to his father lasted little more than a year. She married Bezos’ stepfather, Mike Bezos, who was born in Cuba. The family moved to Houston, where Mike Bezos worked as an engineer for Exxon.
    'Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary in Houston from the 4th to 6th grades before the family moved to Miami.'"
  • Bergstrom, Allyson. "Hard rock Christian Christian singer spreads gospel by rocking." The Daily O'Collegian. January 20 2005. [29]
    "Rock music is increasingly used as an evangelical tool. Yet, despite its popularity, Christian contemporary music continues to be a hot issue with conservative Christians, according to Wikipedia Encyclopedia."
  • Patel, Amit. "Corporations & securities brief—Enron trial of Skilling, Lay to stay in Houston." January 20 2005. Jurist. [30]
    "Leading Thursday's corporations and securities brief, US District Court Judge Sim Lake has decided against former top Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic] executives Ken Lay [wikipedia profile], Jeff Skilling [wikipedia profile], and Rick Causey in their attempt to move their trial outside of Houston."

January 21–31[edit]

  • Hodge, Bob (January 22 2005). "Exotic fish have made life hard on native species." Knoxsville News Sentinel. [31]
    "Carp were introduced in North America in 1877 as "the world's finest fish" according to Wikipedia. They were released around the country, usually with great fanfare, and people sat back and waited for them to become popular as both a pan and sport fish."
  • Toronto Sun (January 22 2005). Article about Bill Cosby, citing Associated Press,, and as sources.
  • Woolsey, Garth (January 23 2005). "Life in a fishbowl suits this new star just fine." Toronto Star. [32]
    "The critters can weigh in at well over a kilogram, live more than 150 years, are considered a delicacy in Asia, and, according to online encyclopedia Wikipedia: 'The appearance of a geoduck's large, protruding siphon has led to the mistaken belief that the geoduck has properties as an aphrodisiac.'"
  • "Cultural event unites Irish Lord, Native American tribes." The Jackson Sun. January 25 2005. [33]
    "The House of Lords is an unelected body, and its members are known as Lords of Parliament, according to the Wikipedia Web site."
  • Smith, Roger (January 26 2005). "The business—and technology—of finding a friend in cyberspace." NewsForge. [34].
    Wikipedia, the free, collaboratively-edited Web encyclopedia (itself a type of social network application), describes social networking as the process of connecting individuals via friends, relatives, and acquaintances, allowing a person to build a "personal network." These networks can then branch out and allow friends to connect with people inside their accepted social circle.
  • Stoneham, Cherre (January 26 2005). "Ex-weatherman slips the tongue." [35]
    "'Coon' has been around as long as the "n-word." Slave owners began calling black people coons after using hunting dogs trained to hunt down raccoons to capture runaway slaves, according to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia."
  • Roberts, Andrew (January 27 2005). "A Week in the Life of an Arch Linux Newbie". OS News. [36]
    "At this point, I expect many readers are thinking 'Debian' or 'Slackware'. Both are well-established distros and I was tempted by both. I had heard anecdotally that Slackware's package management is rather simplistic, e.g., no dependency resolution. (I love how the Slackware entry in Wikipedia describes this as a “unique” feature!)"
  • Pawluk, Hal (January 28 2005). "Encounter With The Pod People...". [37]
    (Refers to Podcasting).
  • Fisher, Bart (January 29 2005). "How sweet the city is". New Britain Herald. [38]
    "Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, notes that the words [of Amazing Grace] are those of the Rev. John Newton, who was once involved in the slave trade, but vehemently de-nounced the practice after being saved and becoming a minister and hymnist.Wikipedia also says, "the now familiar and traditional melody of the hymn was not composed by Newton, and the words were sung to a number of tunes before the now inseparable melody was chanced upon.They first appeared in a shape note hymnal from 1831 called Virginia Harmony, where the tune is called New Britain. "
  • Green, David (January 28 2005). "Keep tabs on travel conditions with the Web". Dallas Morning News. [39]
    " The Wikipedia site is more or less a constantly evolving online encyclopedia written by contributors from across the globe. The address above will take potential travelers to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake 'chapter' of this virtual resource, which provides a remarkable background on the earthquake and resulting tsunamis as well as information on the situation in affected areas. Photographs and videos are available at the site for those interested in a particular area."


February 1–10[edit]

  • MON (Pseudonym). "Kim Jong-Nam, the heir candidate." Kompas (Indonesia). February 1 2005. [40]
    "Wikipedia, an encyclopedia, mentions that Kim Jong-nam was born in Pyongyang on 10 May 1971 to Sung Hae-Rim."
  • Mary Martin "Blog sites connect students", Northern Star Online [41] February 2 2005.
    "Free online encyclopedia service defines a weblog, Web log or blog as a Web application that contains periodic posts on a common Web page."
  • Jean-François William, "Un DS c'est bien, deux c'est mieux" (February 6 2005), Journal de Québec.
    "D'un côté les petits jeux simples et faciles d'accès, tels les jeux de cartes (exemple:, et de l'autre les jeux de rôles, en ligne où il faut s'abonner après l'achat ("
  • "All about the Grammys" (February 8 2005). The Star Online. [42]
    According to (sic) (a free-content encyclopaedia), the Grammys, which currently has 105 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers – voting members of the Recording Academy – rather than being based upon popularity (as with the BMAs and the AMAs).
  • "Veritas Lux Mea" (February 9 2005). The Feature. [43]
    "Mass media is a communication method that began with the Gutenberg printing press in the 16th century, but only started gaining importance in the 20th century when electronic duplication kicked in. I quote the Wikipedia:
    Physical duplication technologies such as printing, record pressing and film duplication allowed the duplication of books, newspapers and movies at low prices to huge audiences. Television and radio allowed the electronic duplication of content for the first time."
  • Wan, Tiffany (February 10 2005 ). "STAFF eyes and EARS". The Daily of the University of Washington Online. [44]
    "Free encyclopedias are hard to come by these days, but Wikipedia has yet to fail me. Found at, this public knowledge-based encyclopedia features entries written by average people who may have a vast (and possibly unhealthy) amount of knowledge on topics varying from Bohemianism to Keynesian economics. Entries can be edited by readers, which may seem vulnerable to misinformation, but you'd be surprised how much one person knows about Elvis that Encyclopedia Britannica can't even touch."

February 11–28[edit]

  • Mustard, Laurie (February 11 2005). "Romance Can Be a Real Slice". Winnipeg Sun.
    Article about miscellaneous stuff, includes the Selected Anniversaries bit from the Main Page for February 11.
  • "Letters to the Editor" (February 20 2005). Toronto Sun.
    One letter cites Simon Wiesenthal to confirm that he is still alive (the Sun had said "prior to his death" in a February 13 article):
IN HIS Feb. 13 column, "Sgro took last kick at the can," Peter Worthington quotes the Nazi war crime researcher and chronicler Simon Wiesenthal as having stated "prior to his death" that any Nazi war criminals of significance would now be too old and infirm to stand trial. I took the liberty of checking the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia for confirmation of this. Mr. Wiesenthal did say this in April 2003 upon his retirement. However, there is no mention of Mr. Wiesenthal having died.
  • Pizer, Dave (February 20 2005). "Names of the Game". Ottawa Sun.
    Article about miscellaneous stuff in the Money section:
    " reports that Mitel comes from Mike and Terry's Lawnmowers, after the founders Michael Cowpland and Terry Matthews and the company's original business plan."
    "The Nortel Networks name came from Nortel (Northern Telecom) and Bay Networks, says"
  • Weiss, Lars (February 23 2005) "Hur ser friheten utför [sic] svensk television?" Dagens Nyheter
    Enligt Wikipedia, den fria encyklopedin, innebär vårt fornsvenska ord frihet rättigheten att utöva och utveckla självbestämmelse utan begränsningar i form av förtryck.
    "According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, our Old Swedish word 'freedom', means the right to wield and develop self-governance without limitations in the form of oppression."
    Column on the future of Swedish public service television (Sveriges Television).
  • McGovern, Geoff (February 28 2005). "A Hidden Afghani Gem". The Record (Harvard Law School).
    Reference Buzkashi:
    "Students of Middle Eastern culture might be surprised at the restaurant's choice of nomenclature. Buzkashi the Sport combines the basic elements of soccer and polo with a goat carcass in a way that is--let's admit it-wholly unappetizing and likely to make one avoid a charming international eatery so named. For the curious and strong of stomach, Wikipedia has a tasteful description of the game."


March 1-10[edit]

  • "Arise, Sir Bill: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II To Confer Knighthood on Microsoft Founder Tomorrow." March 1 2005. LinuxWorld. [45]
    References Order of the British Empire:
    "According to Wikipedia, if you subsequently become a British citizen, you are upgraded to full Knight status - there's been no word yet on whether the Gates family has any plans to uproot itself from Redmond and head over to the UK, though. (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did set up a $210 million international scholarship program at Cambridge University, though.)"
  • Richardson, Chris. "New Phishing Law Could Net Offenders 5 Years". March 3 2005. WebProNews. [46]
    "For those who are still unsure of what exactly phishing does, Wikipedia offers a thorough description...
    "Phishers usually work by sending out spam e-mail to large numbers of potential victims. These direct the recipient to a Web page which appears to belong to their online bank, for instance, but in fact captures their account information for the phisher's use.
    "Typically, a phishing email will appear to come from a trustworthy company and contain a subject and message intended to alarm the recipient into taking action. A common approach is to tell the recipient that their account has been de-activated due to a problem and inform them that they must take action to re-activate their account."
  • Petty, Liz. "Senator Clinton to visit university during Spring Break". March 4 2005. Daily Orange. [47]
    "Daniel Patrick Moynihan was a Democratic New York Senator who was first elected to the Senate in 1976 and served four terms. He was succeeded in the Senate by Sen. Clinton and passed away in March of 2003, according to the Internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Because of a large endowment in his name, the Institute was named after him, the Moynihan Institute's Web site stated."
  • "Let me call on my Walkman". March 5 2005. ABC-CBN News. [48]
    "From Wikipedia: “The Sony Walkman personal stereo was a transistorized miniature portable cassette tape player invented by Akio Morita, Masaru Ibuka and Kozo Ohsone, and manufactured by Sony Corp. The original blue-and-silver Walkman model TPS-L2 went on sale in Japan on July 1 1979.… Offering the ability for people to carry their own choice of music with them, the Walkman stereo was one of the most successful new consumer product introductions of the 1980s.”"
  • Herlich, Dustin. "Relief in Asia and Spending at Home". March 4 2005. SB Independent. [49]
    "According to, the U.S. is actually on the low end of donations (Nope, the article is not referenced! - Ta bu shi da yu) . While our amount of donations, in dollars, is larger than many countries, as far as percentage of GDP goes, we’re one of the worst. You have nations like Australia, which have pledged as much as 1.16 per mille of their GDP, while the US has pledged a paltry .1 per mille."
  • Ashcroft, Tom. "Killjoys ban fox hunts in England". March 5 2005. Chalotte Observer. [50]
    But before fox hunting was fun, it was necessary. Foxes can wreak havoc with farmers' livestock. According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the "earliest known attempt to hunt a fox with hounds was in Norfolk, England, in 1534, where farmers began chasing down foxes with their dogs as pest control."
  • "Bugs Online" (pseudonym). "Sounding out Snoop Dogg". March 8 2005. The Star Online Malaysia Entertainment. [51]
    You can learn more about Snoop Dogg’s life, his career and his music from the numerous websites that are dedicated to him on the Internet. His official website ( doesn’t really provide much information, but pay a visit to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia ( for something more substantial.
    For example, did you know that many of the rapper’s songs mention the letters “LBC”? This, according to the site, is a reference to Long Beach, California, as well as the Long Beach Crips, a group he formed in his hometown. The site also teaches you how to speak in Snoop Dogg slang, which he borrowed from another prolific rapper named E-40. This can be achieved by simply adding an “izz” or “izzle” to the end of a word or letter. Some of the phrases regularly used by Snoop Dog include “fo’ shizzle”, which means for sure or the real thing, and D-O-double-Gizzle in the hizzle, which means “DOGG in the house”. You gizzle-e-tizzle (you g-e-t)?
  • Waters, Darren. "How Doctor Who spread on the net". March 8 2005. BBC News Online. [52]
    BitTorrent article cited as "related internet link" on article concerning the upload of the first episode of the new Doctor Who series onto P2P and other filesharing sites and programs.
  • Meland, Astrid. "Tonight he was done." March 10 2005. Dagbladet. [53]
    Refers to Walter Cronkite in this Dan Rather article. Norwegian text.
  • Burke, Brendan. "Tower outside Gillette sets Wyo record". March 10 2005. Casper Star Tribune. [54]
    "But the Jim Bridger Plant is not the tallest thing man has built in Wyoming.
    "That honor goes to a 700-foot antenna located outside of Gillette, according to Wikipedia, an on-line encyclopedia ("
  • Wilson, Nick. "Playing Tagsy - Folksonomies, Firefox & Search". March 10 2005. WebProNews. [55]
    Folksonomy, as described in Wikipedia, refers to the "practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords." With the increasing flow of content ranging from blog feeds to podcasts, people need a way to not only categorize and later search for the interesting bits, but also find new and recent content that is being published. Tagging provides that ability in a weird but surprisingly functional way. In essence, social networks are being automatically built based on everyone's personal affinity which is described by their tags.
  • Grabianowski, Ed. "How Firefox Works". March, 2005. [56]
    Cites Wikipedia: Mozilla Firefox as a source. [57]

March 11-20[edit]

  • Schorow, Stephanie. "E-ager to join the debate". March 11 2005. Boston Herald. [58]
    How do you spell "email": "email" or "e-mail"?
    "Diva checked the dictionary, several in fact - all online, of course. Merriam-Webster, Britannica Online and the Cambridge Dictionary of American English use "e-mail"; Wikipedia, the people-powered online encyclopedia, and American Heritage list both forms." [ Counts in search-engines show Google (September 2006) web-counts 55% for "email" versus 45% for "e-mail"; years ago, Google had 90% "email" but now, more formally spelled webpages might be getting indexed. ]
  • Vontilla, Steven. "A brand-new ranking to classify sports". March 11 2005. The Hurricane Online. [59]
    Wikipedia encyclopedia defines sport as "consist[ing] of a normal physical activity or skill carried out under a[n]... agreed set of rules...: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of skill, or some combination of these. A sport has physical activity, side-by-side competition and a scoring system. The difference of purpose is what characterizes sport, combined with the notion of individual (or team) skill or prowess."
  • Harding, David. "Overview — A tough cookie". March 14 2005. Accountancy Age [61]
    "For a start, as if to prove his [Paul Volcker] relative fame, there are not that many economists or bankers who have their own entry on the Internet encyclopedia site, Wikipedia."
  • Timothy. "'Online Poker' Googlebomb". March 15 2005. Slashdot. [62]
    "The blogger community is fighting back, though in ways not everyone may like: they are Googlebombing the Wikipedia page on online poker for the phrase "online poker" to make it rank higher in search engines."
  • Hibbitts, Bernard. "Corporations and securities brief ~ SEC files lawsuit against Qwest executives". March 15 2005. Jurist. [63]
    References Kenneth Lay.
  • Bennett, Chris. "Glad You Asked". March 17 2005. The Journal Times Online. [64]
    "According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, found at, a New York Minute is also: the title of a popular song by Don Henley of The Eagles; An album of jazz singer Ian Shaw, released in 1998; or a 2004 film starring the Olsen twins - the delightful Mary Kate and Ashley, favorites of Assistant Sports Editor Alan Nunn."
  • Raimondo, Justin. "Handmaiden of the state: Role of media in the information age". March 18 2005. Ether Zone. [65]
    "As the online encyclopedia Wikipedia puts it in their account of Aoun's career:
    Support from France and Iraq emboldened Aoun to declare war on Syria on March 14 1989. Over the next few months, Aoun's army and the Syrians exchanged artillery fire in Beirut until only 100,000 people remained from the original 1 million, the rest having fled. During this period, Aoun became critical of American support for Syria and moved closer to Iraq, accepting arms supplies from Saddam Hussein.
  • Purdum, Traci. "But Wait! There's More!". March 18 2005. IndustryWeek. [66]
    "According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, infomercials proliferated in the U.S. after 1984 when the Federal Communications Commission eliminated certain regulations, which were established in the 1950s and '60s, on the commercial content of television -- specifically, the FCC lifted the 12-minute-per-hour limit on TV ads."
  • Guzman, Rene A. "Charman of the Board ; History of Monopoly goes beyond 70 years" March 18 2005. San Antonio Express-News
    "Sources: Hasbro,, the National Toy Hall of Fame and 'History Detectives' ("

March 21-31[edit]

  • Ackman, Dan. "John DeLorean, Car Man Of The Future". March 21 2005. Forbes. [68]
    "DeLorean, it is often said, had a genius for auto design and is credited with the invention of recessed and articulated windshield-wipers, the lane-change turn signal and the elastomeric bumper, according to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. But he became famous first for the introduction of the Pontiac GTO, the famed muscle car in 1964."
  • "The Bush Beat". March 21 2005. The Village Voice. [69]
    "That and other things about Kennan are abundant online. You could start with Wikipedia's bio."
  • "Rove, Bush's top strategist, to speak here on Thursday". March 30 2005 [70]
    "He helped George H.W. Bush's 1980 vice-presidential campaign before founding a direct mail consulting firm based in Austin, Texas, Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia said."
  • "FBI Pressures Anarchist Internet Administrator Into Disclosing IP Addresses". March 31 2005. New York City Indymedia (main page). [71]
    "According to the report on their discussion forums, two comments were posted to subdomains hosted by the server, including, which claimed responsibility for 'propaganda of the deed.'"


April 1-10[edit]

  • Baker, Loren. "Microsoft Sues Phishers Over Identity Theft". Search Engine Journal. April 2, 2005. [72]
"Phishing is defined by the Wikipedia as the act of attempting to fraudulently acquire through deception sensitive personal information such as passwords and credit card details by masquerading in an official-looking email, IM, etc. as someone trustworthy with a real need for such information."
  • Berkowitz, Bill. "The Schiavo case's intended and unintended consequences". WorkingForChange. April 5, 2005. [73]
"Wikipedia credits sociologist Robert K. Merton -- best known for having coined the phrases "self-fulfilling prophecy" and "role model" among others -- with coming up with "the Law of unintended consequences," which "holds that almost all human actions have at least one unintended consequence. In other words, each cause has more than one effect including unforeseen effects.""
  • Lavakare, Arvind. "Catch up on history, Mr Aziz". April 5, 2005. [74]
"According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 'Self-determination is a principle in international law that a people ought to be able to determine their own governmental forms and structure free from outside influence.'"
  • Meland, Astrid. "39 døde på fotballkamp". April 8, 2005. [75]
"Vi må renske sporten fra denne hooliganismen hjemme, så kan vi kanskje dra utenlands igjen, sa statsministeren Margaret Thatcher, som tok grep om opprydningen."

April 11-21[edit]

  • Graham-Cumming, John. "Naïve Bayesian Text Classification". Dr. Dobb's Journal. May 2005 issue. [76]
"A far more extensive discussion of the Bayes Rule and its general implications can be found on the Wikipedia (Bayes'_Theorem)."
  • Anderson, Kevin. " US politicians embrace podcasts". BBC News. April 13. [77]
" grassroots encyclopaedia Wikipedia compares podcasts to online audio magazine subscriptions."
  • Simanungkalit, Salomo. "Machine and Mechanics". Kompas (Indonesia). April 16.
"According to Wikipedia, television networks in at least 48 out of 51 countries around the world name the title of the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in their own local languages."
  • Frum, Larry Jr. "Protecting Your Computer From Wardriving." WBAL TV. April 15, 2005. [78]
    "According to Wikipedia, the average wardriver is typically only out to log and collect information from the access points they find while driving. However, some people are concerned about identity theft from their unsecured computers." Article also links to Wardriving.
  • Patel, Amit. "Corporations and securities brief ~ Lay fights spring trial date for personal fraud charges." Jurist. April 14, 2005. [79]
    "Leading Thursday corporations and securities law news, ex-Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic news archive] Chairman Ken Lay [Wikipedia profile] filed a motion with US District Court Judge Sim Lake asking for his trial on personal bank charges be moved to next year." The name "Ken Lay" links to the Wikipedia article.
  • Steigerwald, Bill. "Four economic precepts for everyday life." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. April 17, 2005. [80]
    "I also told him a little about 'The Tragedy of the Commons,' a useful metaphor that, the online encyclopedia, says is employed by economists "to illustrate the conflict between individual interests and the common good."
  • Wilkinson, Tracy and Boudreaux, Richard. "SELECTING A NEW POPE;

Electors Gather to Pick a Pope; The process is secret, but jockeying beforehand is noticeable. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the chief doctrinal monitor, may be an early favorite." Los Angeles Times. April 18, 2005.

Of many cited sources at bottom - wikipedia is one
  • Feedback, New Scientist, Issue dated 16 April 2005 [81]
    'She tells us of another celebration that recently took place - the "Mill-one-ium", also known as the "geek millennium". In case you missed it, this historic moment occurred at 1:58:31 UTC on 18 March, exactly 1,111,111,111 seconds since the Unix epoch began at 00:00 UTC on 1 January, 1970. A large celebration was helf on the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) freenode channel ##1,111,111,111. According to Wikipedia, at its peak the channel averaged 24 messages a second.'
  • Hill, Greg. "The newest occupational hazard: Poetry". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. April 18, 2005. [82]
    "It's worth noting that the Kaufman and Ludwig reports studied prominent poets, so those of us whose main poetic efforts involve moving magnetized words around on our refrigerators shouldn't worry. In fact, we ought to take more pride in our creations, for this is a form of "found poetry," which is described by as "the rearrangement of words or phrases taken randomly from other sources."
  • Brown, Sylvester Jr. "Start of spring draws more than just beautiful weather". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 19, 2005. [83]
    "I read on, a Web-based encyclopedia, that most suicides occur in spring."
  • "Cardinal Ratzinger is the new pope." News 14 North Carolina. April 19, 2005. [84]
    "Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is the new pope. He has chosen the name Pope Benedict XVI."
  • Anes Alic. "Serb recruits refuse allegiance to Bosnia". ISN Security Watch. April 19, 2005. [85]
    (article is illustrated with what appears to be sr:Image:Republika srpska.png, with attribution "Wikipedia")
  • Jain, Rajesh. "ASPs failed ? but are now making a comeback". Business Standard. April 20, 2005. [86]
"Wikipedia outlines the advantages: software integration issues are eliminated from the client site; software costs for the application are spread over a number of clients; and vendors can build more application experience than in-house staff.
"It also mentions the disadvantages: the client must generally accept the application as provided since ASPs can only afford a customised solution for the largest clients; the client may rely on the provider to provide a critical business function, thus limiting their ability to handle that function to that of the provider; continuing consolidation of ASP providers may cause changes in the type or level of service available."
  • Mari Nicholson, "Timeless appeal of flip-flops" San Bernardino Sun. April 21, 2005. [87]
    "In many developing countries, according to the Internet's Wikipedia, rubber flip-flops are the cheapest manufactured footwear available"
  • Tucker, Christine. "Jacko's Famous Friends". Dose, page 6. April 21, 2005.
"18 The Number of Grammys [Michael] Jackson has won. (Wikipedia) | 300 Million. The estimated number of albums Jackson has sold. (Wikipedia)"

April 22-30[edit]

  • Slothower, Chuch. "No tact in the Citi". Oregon Daily Emerald. April 22, 2005. [88]
    "The friendly local Citi representative — his actual relationship to Citigroup, the world's largest financial services company according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, isn't clear — was inside the sub shop talking on his cell phone."
  • "Papal installation". Los Angeles Times. April 23, 2005. [89]
    End of article lists "Sources: Associated Press; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Maureen A. Tilley, associate professor of religious studies, Dayton University;;"
  • "Through the pain barrier". Guardian Unlimited. April 23, 2005. [90]
    At end of article, there is a section titled "Useful links" with seven links following it. The third is "Wikipedia: More about Dworkin".
  • "Whatever happened to machines that think?" New Scientist. April 23, 2005, No. 2496, p. 32. [91]
    Uses the definition from Technological singularity as its lead-in quote.
  • Dotinga, Randy. "Virtual Reality May Help Troubled Vets". HealthDay. April 24, 2005. [92], reprinted by ABC News ([93]) and Forbes ([94]).
    "Learn more about virtual reality from the online encyclopedia wikipedia (" HealthDay version does not link; ABC News and Forbes versions do.
  • Kanaley, Reid. "Religion on the Internet". Philadelphia Inquirer. April 25, 2005. [95]
    "We find ourselves turning again and again to Wikipedia, the user-produced Web encyclopedia. Its article on papal elections covers church practices from the ancient to the modern, and includes links to online source material." Article feature three web sites; Wikipedia is the first and is linked as shown.
  • Amberger, Madeleine and Durnford, Laura. "Killer flu mysteries". Radio Netherlands. April 25, 2005. [96]
    "An infection is endemic when it is 'native' in a place or in a population and is maintained without the need for external inputs. For example, there is no sustained transmission of malaria in northern Europe due to the lack of a suitable mosquito species.
    "An epidemic is generally a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population. An epidemic may be restricted to one locale or may even be global (pandemic). An epidemic is defined, however, not by how many members or what proportion of the population it infects but by how fast it is growing, depending on how many people an infected individual is infecting. So even if the number of people affected is small, the phenomenon may still be called an epidemic, although for small epidemics the term 'outbreak' is more often used. (Wikipedia)" Article links the source "Wikipedia" unfortunately to the disambiguation page Endemic. First paragraph is paraphrased from endemic; second paragraph is directly quoted from Epidemic.
  • Enderle, Rob. "IPod's Dirty Little Secret and the Power of the Internet". TechNewsWorld. April 25, 2005. [97]
    "While researching this piece, I once again ran into the Wikipedia — a free online encyclopedia which I think does a really nice job of summing up some of the world's most famous chief executives. If you get a chance you should read up on Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Linus Torvalds. (Linus isn't really a CEO but he may be the closest thing that Linux has)." Article links to the three articles as shown.
  • Neville, Geoff. "Webwatch: Podcasting talks the talk". Belfast Telegraph. April 25, 2005. [98]
    "Podcasts can be heard on any PC with a sound card and speakers. For a comprehensive definition of the term, go to"
  • Sullivan, Tara. "'Rotten egg' mice to revolutionize space travel, medical practice". The South End. April 25, 2005. [99]
    "According to, a Web database, the [hydrogen sulfide] gas can result from bacterial breakdown of sulfur-containing proteins and occurs naturally in crude petroleum, natural gas, volcanic gases, and hot springs."
  • Dickerson, Chad. "InfoWorld SOA Executive Forum: CTO Reality Check panel". InfoWorld. April 27, 2005. [100].
    "(As I have become accustomed to expect, Wikipedia takes a solid stab at defining SOA. And if you don't agree, change it, right?)" Links to article as shown.
  • Stewart, Phil. "Doomsayers Say Benedict Fits World End Prophecy." Yahoo News. Reuters: April 28, 2005. [101]
    "'When (he) chose the name Benedict XVI, this was seen as fulfilling the prophecy for this pope,' wrote one entry on"
  • Judd, Damon D. "Geocollaboration using Peer-Peer GIS". Directions Magazine. April 28, 2005. [102]
    "The web site, Wikipedia, is an encyclopedia written collaboratively by many of its readers. It illustrates an interesting level of collaboration at the less interactive, open community side of the spectrum. Wikipedia defines collaboration as follows." Article then quotes first paragraph of Collaboration. Article links to main page and article as shown.
  • Leopold, Todd. "The meaning of life". CNN. April 28, 2005. [104].
    "And then, darn the luck, Earth was destroyed five minutes before the question was to be produced. (See Wikipedia for a fascinating description of the Answer, the Question, and the many ways in which '42' is more of an answer than even Adams may have suspected. Carl Jung would be proud.)"
  • Dunk, William. "You Can't Step in the Same River Twice While Seeking To Develop Meaningful Companies". Local Tech Wire. April 29, 2005. [105].
    "Circa 1990, Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad essayed about 'core competencies.' These are the key strengths of a company which you enhance and do nothing to impair. .. (See" and "Schumpter would call this a period of 'creative destruction,' although those of a conservative frame of mind would like to think they are preserving, not destroying. (For more on Schumpter, see" Links to both articles as shown.
  • "China's old foes seek an end to conflict". The Economist. April 29, 2005. [106]
    "Wikipedia has background information on the civil war." Listed in sidebar under "Related Items: Websites"; links to article as shown.
  • "Heard the news? Challenge readers know their journalists". The Herald-Sun. April 30, 2005. [107].
    "According to, Murrow 'was born near Polecat Creek in Guilford County, North Carolina, the youngest son of Quaker abolitionists. His home was a log cabin without electricity or plumbing, on a farm bringing in only a few hundred dollars a year from corn and hay ... Murrow joined CBS as director of talks in 1935, and would remain with the network for his entire broadcast journalism career..." Article goes on to quote an additional two paragraphs from Edward R. Murrow.
  • "Only Zouk and laksa, so there's work to be done". The Straits Times (Singapore). April 30, 2005.
    "Where is Singapore's pop culture at the moment? Seeking enlightenment, I turned to that peculiar Internet encyclopaedia, (itself an example of pop culture). Singapore, this 'small and relatively modern amalgam of Chinese, Malay and Indian migrants', Wikipedia intones, 'appears to have little in the way of specifically Singaporean culture'. The website's list of 'uniquely Singaporean cultural concepts' is rather short."


May 1-10[edit]

  • Bill Sones and Rich Sones. "Strange But True" column. The Winnipeg Sun, May 1, 2005.
  • "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."
  • Crets, Douglas. "Fire ants to put bite into summer". The Standard. May 2, 2005. [108].
  • "The invicta in the scientific name [of red imported fire ants] means 'unconquerable,' and these ants are so resilient, according to the wikipedia online dictionary, that if you flood the nest, the ants will huddle around their queen and create a water-resistant ball. Then they float away."
  • Carton, Sean. "What Does RSS Mean for Advertisers?" ClickZ News. May 2, 2005. [109].
  • "it's not all that important to understand the ins and outs of the RSS protocol (though if you want to know more, Wikipedia is a good place to start)". Article links to RSS (protocol), which redirects to RSS (file format).
  • Brown, Aaron J. "Mayday, Mayday: It's May Day". The Daily Tribune. May 2, 2005. [110]
  • "Many traditions make May Day special. A quick survey of yields many of them. For instance, there's the popular 'maypole,' and the dancing that goes with it. Magdalen College in England still follows elaborate May Day traditions including singing from rooftops. However, according to, revelers have ceased the once-common practice of throwing of red-hot coins from the top of a building to a crowd of people below. I, for one, hope we can revive that one, perhaps using collectible mint state Quarters."
  • Stephen Baker and Heather Green, "Blogs Will Change Your Business". BusinessWeek. May 2, 2005. [111]
  • "We're even sprinkling it with links."
  • Berger, Eric. "Environment, Science & Space; Science Fact; A Clear View of Glass". The Houston Chronicle. May 3, 2005.
  • "Source: Wikipedia,"
  • Frialde, Mike. "10 sacks of TNT bound for Davao seized at North Harbor". The Philippine Star. May 4, 2005. [112]
    "According to, TNT or trinitrotoluene is a pale yellow crystalline compound that is part of many explosive mixtures. In its refined form, TNT is very stable, and unlike nitroglycerin, it is insensitive to friction, blows or jarring. This means that it must be set off by a detonator. It does not react with metals or absorb water, and so unlike dynamite it can be safely stored for many years. It is, however, readily acted upon by alkalis to form unstable compounds that are very sensitive to heat and impact."
  • Roberts-Gudeman, Kim. "Film lacks history's complexity Crusades chronicle". Omaha World-Herald. May 8, 2005.
  • Chandy, Ann Marie. "American Idol's top five". Malaysia Star. May 4, 2005. [113]
    "She [Carrie Underwood] is the very first and only American Idol contestant who wasn't born in a hospital, according to online encyclopaedia (We suspect she was born in a barn ? just kidding)."
  • Macworld staff. "'Bluesnarfing' Macs, Apple acts". Macworld. May 4, 2005. [114]
    "Bluesnarfing, according to Wikipedia, is the, 'theft of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection'. Bluesnarfers will access files—including calendars, contacts, emails and more, on victim phones or computers, and 'snarf' (steal) these." Links to article as shown.
  • Nworah, Uche. "Review of the Nigeria Image Project: Relevance of Communication Theories to Country Branding". Global Politician. May 6, 2005. [115]
    "This view is upheld by the wikipedia entry on opinion leadership; it states that a person that is an opinion leader in one field may be a follower in another field." Also, lists under "Sources": "Opinion Leadership. Retrieved on the 7th of April 2005."
  • Blumenau, Kurt. "Birthdays make strange bedfellows". MetroWest Daily News. May 8, 2005. [116]
    " — Sonny Liston's compelling, if depressing, life story has been told many times. The online encyclopedia Wikipedia lays out the highs, lows and bizarre way stations of Liston's life. Perhaps the most bizarre was as a cameo role in The Monkees' 1968 movie Head—a trivia fact worth knowing next time you play Six Degrees of Separation with Muhammad Ali and Peter Tork."
  • Cone, Edward. "Your mama! But I mean that in a nice way". Greensboro News Record. May 8, 2005. [117]
    "According to the online reference site Wikipedia, 'Mother of vinegar is a slime ... that develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids.' Wikipedia also has an entry for 'Your mom,' also known as 'yo mamma,' which it defines as 'a very specific form of crude joke, also known as the dozens or snapping, consisting of an exaggerated characteristic being attributed to the target's mother, usually pertaining to an often erroneous weight problem, or a mental deficiency of some sort.'"
  • Eberhart, John Mark. "Hitchhike through this galaxy". The Sun Herald. May 8, 2005. [118]
    "According to, 'Many consider [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] books' versions of events to be definitive, because they are the final versions Adams produced (and also the most readily accessible).'"
  • Bronson, Peter. "There's no such thing as an ordinary mom". Cincinnati Enquirer. May 8, 2005. [119]
    "Wikipedia says: 'The thermodynamic entropy S, often simply called the entropy in the context of thermodynamics, is a measure of the amount of energy in a physical system that cannot be used to do work. It is also a measure of the disorder present in a system.'"

May 11-20[edit]

  • "Kneel before Pod!" SFX. June 2005 issue (published May 12, 2005).
    "According to Wikipedia, podcasting is: "like an audio magazine subscription: a subscriber receives regular audio programs delivered via the internet".
  • Snell, Teddye. "Suserstition has pagan, Christian roots" Tahlequah Daily Press. Friday, May 13, 2005.
    According to Wikipedia, a free, online encyclopedia, because the Gregorian calendar 400-year cycle has a whole number of weeks, it is not possible for exactly one in seven months to have a Friday the 13th. In fact, the 13th is more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week. Over any given 400-year cycle, the 13th day of the month occurs 4,800 times.
  • Cranmer, John. "Here Comes Pod." Gay Times. May 17, 2005 (June 2005 edition).
    "Wikipedia, Podcasting."

May 20-31[edit]

  • Palmore, Julian. "Ask The Expert" (Q&A column). Illinois Alumni. May/June 2005.
    "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, we learn: 'The hour was originally defined in Egypt as 1/24 of a day, based on their duodecimal numbering system (which counted finger joints on each hand).'"
  • Naughton, John. "Bellamy's on thin ice, but that can happen in a tangled web". The Observer, 22 May 2005.
    "Wikipedia describes him as a 'perennial candidate' for President of the United States, having set a record for most consecutive attempts at the office by running eight times."
  • "'Beh-ding ding ding!' "Crazy Frog" racing to British number one". AFP. May 25, 2005. [120]
    "For those who like to sing along, here are the lyrics of "Crazy Frog," from the on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia..."
  • BBC News Technology BitTorrent maker sets up search
  • Steinhauer, Jennifer. "When the Joneses Wear Jeans." The New York Times, 29 May 2005.
    "Thorstein Veblen, the political economist who coined the phrase "conspicuous consumption" at the beginning of the last century, observed that it was the wealthy "leisure class," in its "manner of life and its standards of worth," that set the bar for everyone else." (Wikipedia isn't mentioned in the story but the online version links to our Veblen article.)
  • William, Jean-François. "Les jeux PC agonisent?" Le Journal de Québec, May 22, 2005. Links to
  • The link Global Politician talks about "Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice" using Wikipedia as a source. The para "The Wikipedia numbers among the practitioners of cannibalism the ancient Chinese, the Korowai tribe of southeastern Papua.... " --Idleguy 05:37, July 24, 2005 (UTC)
  • John Innes - "For sale - portrait of a 'lady' who frolicked with the headless man". The Scotsman, 25 May 2005
Much of the story plagiarised without attribution from Margaret, Duchess of Argyll


June 1-10[edit]

  • "Shortcuts - Mind your language: For grud's sake". The Guardian. June 2, 2005.[121]
    "...Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, also contains a list of fictional swearwords. We reprint a selection below."
  • Fraser, Ian. "A crash course in horror (part two)" Mail & Guardian online. June 2, 2005. [122]
    "Across the Atlantic, while the United States was generally churning out Cold War-inspired paranoia, it was -- of all people -- the British who took over the reins of systematically looting literary archives for horror material to make into film. This trend began in more or less 1957, when with a nice little low-budget feature called The Curse of Frankenstein, the British studio Hammer Films became the leading horror studio. Read Wikipedia on Hammer Films, then a quick overview of Hammer Films."
    "There had been endless sleaze films prior to this, showing the awful conditions and belief systems of humans in various parts of the world for the "edification" of the popcorn-chewing audiences, but Mondo Kane elevated the sleaze factor and brutality to a whole new level of mainstream acceptance. Read Wikipedia on Mondo Cane"
  • Hughes, Sharon. "Is This the End of the EU?" Accuracy in Media. June 2, 2005. [123]
    "The European Union's efforts cover every policy area, including health, economic policy, foreign affairs and defence. Resembling a federation, the key activity of the EU is the establishment of one common market, with a single currency. According to Wikipedia online encyclopedia, "The members of the European Union have transferred more sovereignty to that regional organisation than any other members have to any other nonsovereign regional organisation.""
  • Mulamawitri, Trinzi. "Long-distance relationship: is it possible?". Kompas (Indonesia). June 3, 2005.
    "According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, long-distance relationship is a relationship between people who are far apart."
  • "Jared the Widget comes in from the cold". MacWorld UK. June 3, 2005. [124]
    Wikipedia explains the meaning of the moment: "Jared Smith is an American amateur singer specializing in Spanish. His singing career achived some notoriety in the mid-90s when his brothers Colin and Ian of Freeverse Software combined a recording of his singing with an animated smiley face. The resulting program was intended to be their mother's birthday gift."
  • Leupp, Gary. "'Peddling Lies About How They Were Mistreated' 'Diassembling' the 'Absurd' Amnesty International Report". June 3, 2005. [125]
    "Those of us in the reality-based community are not inclined to dismiss an Amnesty International report out of hand."
  • Williamson, Ronald. "Orlando's origins may have local link". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. June 3, 2005. [126]
    On the how Orlando got it's name: "Other sources, including encyclopedia Wikipedia, add another twist: "The real namesake was a man named Orlando Rees" who carved his name in a tree near Lake Eola. Settlers assumed it was a grave marker, leading to "various fanciful accounts of Seminole battles" and the area being dubbed Orlando's Grave or simply, Orlando. Rees, it says, owned a sugar mill at Spring Garden in Volusia County."
  • Stauber, John. "Crashing the USDA's Dog-and-Pony Show". [127].June 9, 2005.
    "The online free encyclopedia Wikipedia defines 'dog-and-pony show' as a public 'display that is somewhat pathetically contrived.'"
  • Fox, Catherine. "Big brain, big bang." Australian Financial Review (Boss Magazine). June 10, 2005. [128]
    "Lamarck’s way The 19th-century French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck, is remembered today mainly in connection with a discredited theory of heredity, the “inheritance of acquired traits”, but Charles Darwin and others acknowledged him as an early proponent of ideas about evolution. ... Source: Wikipedia"
  • Hill, Matt. "Jumping the Shark" June 19, 2005. [129]
    "According to, "Jumping the Shark" is a phrase that was coined in the 90’s and was used by television aficionados to describe the moment when a television show that was once awesome went sour and was no longer worth watching."

June 11-20[edit]

Used as a suggested reading on Taoism, Zen, and Buddhism.
"The online encyclopedia Wikipedia notes that one interpretation of quantum theory - Everett's "many worlds" interpretation of 1956 - says all the possibilities it describes "simultaneously occur in a 'multiverse' composed of mostly independent parallel universes"."
  • CNN's "Inside Politics". June 20, 2005. Displayed W. Mark Felt article in connection to discussion of LA Times editorial experiment.
  • Leith, Sam. "The Sudoku solution is non-trivial" The Daily Telegraph. June 20, 2005. [132]
    "This raises problems, of course, about reliability: if anyone can edit it, won't the information often be wrong? I don't have a clue, for example, how many micrometers there are to the nearest star. Can I take the Wiki word for it?"

June 21-30[edit]

  • Murphy, Kerrie. "Join our army to fight the frenzied frog." The Australian. June 21, 2005. [133]
    "Crazy Frog is a frog in a bike helmet, jacket and goggles, pretending to ride a motorcycle while saying (and we thank Wikipedia for this transcript): "Beh-ding ding ding...""
  • Gentile, Gary. "L.A. Times Suspends 'Wikitorials'." L.A. Times. June 21, 2005. [134]
    "In fact, it's one of the chief challenges facing the best-known Wiki, Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia where any visitor can add, change and erase someone else's entry."
  • Leibovich, Mark. "The Comparison That Ends the Conversation: Senator Is Latest to Regret Nazi Analogy". Washington Post. June 22, 2005. [135]
    "According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, 'There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.'"
  • Quelly, Jewels. "Loco for coconut". The Express Times. June 22, 2005. [136]
    "The coconut palm has so many uses that, according to, its name in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha, or 'the tree that provides all the neccessities of life.'"
  • Gretencord, Jason. "Fraudulent e-mails biggest threat to Internet users". Indiana Statesman. June 22, 2005. [137]
    On phishing: "Wikipedia adds that invalid user messages from the computer and slight, unexplained discrepancies in a website's appearance are also clues that a site is fraudulent."
  • Monteiro, Ana. "Y’ello 3G". Moneyweb. June 22, 2005. [138]
    "Online encyclopaedia wikipedia explains 'the precursor to 3G is the now widely used GSM (global system for mobile communication) system, referred as 2G'."
  • Schu, Bill. "Gene Expression and the Search for Fountain of Youth". No date, but accessed June 23, 2005. Genomics & Proteomics [139]
    "Whether Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon actually set out to find the Fountain of Youth in 1513 is an interesting and unsolvable debate. Some accounts, including elementary school textbooks, state this pursuit as fact. Others, including the online working resource Wikipedia, state flatly that 'the popular story that Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth is misconceived.'"
  • "Encarta would allow anyone to suggest encyclopedia revisions". Foster's Online (Associated Press). June 23, 2005. [140]
    "This is in contrast to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which lets anyone instantaneously make changes, even delete entries, regardless of whether that person has any expertise in the subject."
  • Six, Jim. "The root of chaos is in my back yard". June 23, 2005. [141]
    " There's a saying that when butterflies flutter their wings, it causes something to happen a gazillion miles away.
    "I looked it up. It's called The Butterfly Effect, a simplistic phrase that Wikipedia says "encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive independence on initial conditions in chaos theory." Yeah, right. That." (No, there's nothing wrong with our article. He misquoted "dependence" as "independence".)
  • Eric Friedman. "FOI Trumps Terrorist-Proofing". Fairfield County Weekly. June 23, 2005. [142]
    "According to its entry on Wikipedia, GIS 'is a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing and displaying geographically-referenced information.'"
  • Pamela Schehl. "Exchange student learns a lot through program". June 24, 2005. Mount Vernon News. [143]
    According to Wikipedia, Baden is a town in the Swiss canton of Aargau on the left bank of the river Limmat 25 kilometers northwest of Zürich. Baden is chiefly visited by reason of its hot sulfur springs which were very fashionable in the 15th and 16th centuries. The town, dominated on the west by the ruined castle of Stein, is very picturesque, with its steep and narrow streets, its old wooden bridge and its one surviving gateway.
  • Dave Walker. "Romantic comedy with a conscience". June 25, 2005. The Times-Picayune. [144]
    At the bottom of the article, it says:
    "For more Live 8 concert information, visit For more information about the G8 campaign, visit or A primer on the G8 conference and its purpose, along with links to other G8-related sites is available at (sic)"
  • "Iran between revolution and democracy". June 26, 2005. Kompas (Indonesia).
    "Rafsanjani used to be a president, 17 August 1989- 1997. He is the only Iranian president, after the Islamic Revolution, who has stepped down willingly. His predecessors, Abolhassan Banisadr was impeached, Mohammad Ali Rajai was assassinated, Ali Khamenei was promoted to Supreme Leader, and Mohammad Khatami who will be succeeded by Ahmadinejad.
    Rafsanjani was also the first Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, after the revolution until 1989, upon which he was elected as the president. Besides, Rafsanjani was a key member of Iran's Revolutionary Council when the Islamic Republic was proclaimed together with Mohammad Javad Bahonar, Mohammad Beheshti, Morteza Motahhari, and Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili (Wikipedia)."
  • "Victory for a religious hardliner in Iran". June 27, 2005. The Economist.
    On their side infobox, it reads that "Wikipedia has information on the presidential election."
  • "E-tales : Ratty excuse". June 27, 2005. Computerworld New Zealand. [145]
    E-tales is delighted to note the BBC has gone straight to the heart of the Telecom outage to ask the question we all fear the most: never mind the Stock Exchange, where's the rat?
    Rattus rattus, the common "larger than a mouse but smaller than a pitbull" creature we've all come to know and love, is described by Wikipedia as having "secure" conservation status. Whether the reference is to all rats or Telecom's own cable-testing beast is unclear.
  • Ana Monteiro. "Cell phone tariffs under scrutiny". June 27, 2005. Moneyweb. [146]
    "One of the primary tools used by regulators to introduce competition in telecommunications markets has been to impose interconnection requirements on dominant carriers, according to online encyclopaedia wikipedia." (exact article not sourced)
  • Evelyn Chorush (Letter to the Editor). June 27, 2005. Washington Post. [147]
    "In his June 22 Style story, Mark Leibovich discussed the attacks on Sen. Richard J. Durbin for his comparison of torture experienced by some detainees in the war on terrorism to that experienced under the Nazis or Pol Pot. Mr. Leibovich wrote, 'There is a dictum in Internet culture called Godwin's Law (after Mike Godwin, a lawyer who coined the maxim), which posits that the longer an online discussion persists, the more likely it is that someone will compare something to the Nazis or Hitler.'
    "He continued, 'According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, 'There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.' '
    "Does it matter to those being held and tortured whether they are at Gestapo headquarters in Nazi Germany or in a cellblock at Abu Ghraib, Iraq? Isn't the pain and the terror the same? Why does one 'lose the argument' if one points this out?"
    Pity that they didn't also point to ad hominem. - Ta bu shi da yu 1 July 2005 03:24 (UTC)
  • Pamela Schehl. "Schinke enjoys time at Utica High School". June 27, 2005. Mount Vernon News. [148]
    The Roman Agrippa is reported to have established a camp near present day Mainz as early as 38 B.C., and Wikipedia states the Roman general Drusus established a stronghold there in 13 B.C.
  • Osita Chidoka. "Pentascope Report: Sanctification of Subterfuge" (opinion piece). June 27, 2005. [149]
    The term Associate Professor according to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia is "the mid-level position, usually awarded (in the humanities and social sciences) after the "second book" -- although the requirements vary considerably between institutions and departments. Can be tenured or not. In most institutions, the position is tenured, however strictly speaking the position is related to a pay differential and can be awarded to non-tenured persons"
  • Paul Lukas. "Uni Watch: Polka dots popular in France" ESPN Page 2 June 29, 2005 [150]
    According to a Wikipedia entry about the Tour de France:

"The rider leading a classification at the end of a stage is entitled to wear the corresponding jersey during the next stage. Jerseys are awarded in a ceremony immediately following the stage, actually before trailing riders have finished the stage..."

  • Slashdot's "100 Years of Special Relativity" June 30, 2005 [151]
    "Wikipedia notes in their Selected Anniversaries section that today marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Eintein's publication of the third of his four Annus Mirabilis Papers entitled On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies; the seminal work that introduced the concepts which would come to be known as Special Relativity. This event is also being commemorated in a UN endorsed celebration of physics: World Physics Year 2005 with talks and events at public schools, museums, and universities the world over."


July 1–10[edit]

  • David A. Garrett, Jr. "Deep Throat Revealed". July 1, 2005. Media Monitors Network. [152]
    "According to Wikipedia, W. Mark Felt often met with Woodward in an underground garage in Washington around 2:00 a.m. Felt would point Woodward and Bernstein in the right direction and confirm facts for their stories as an anonymous source."
  • Penny Stickney. "Hamilton small, but has it all". July 1, 2005. The Oneida Daily Dispatch. [153]
    "Living in Hamilton [ed note: which Hamilton was not stated] year round is quite an experience. Located in Madison County, the Village, named after Alexander Hamilton, has about 3,509 people, according to Wikipedia. According to the census of 2000, the racial make-up is 90.85 percent white, 2.91 percent black or African American, .09 percent native American, 3.7 percent Asian, .06 percent Pacific islander, .46 percent from other races, and 1.94 percent from two or more races. The median household income in the village is $36,583 and the median income for a family is $68,864, according to Wikipedia."
  • Bill Thompson. "Cupertino to Cannes?". July 1, 2005. [154]
    "Some of the criticism of the record and movie industries has compared their actions to those of Cnut/Canute, the medieval english king [sic], who sat on the shore and commanded the tide to stop – without success.. We should not forget, however, that Cnut was there to show his barons that there were limits to his power."
  • "Google Search Revealed Yellowcake Forgeries". July 1, 2005. Podcasting News. [155]
    "According to an article on the forged "Yellowcake" documents at WikiPedia, it took International Atomic Energy Agency officials only a matter of hours to determine that the documents Wilson had discredited were fake. Using little more than a Google search, IAEA experts discovered indications of a crude forgery, such as the use of incorrect names of Niger officials. As a result, the IAEA reported to the U.N. Security Council that the documents were "in fact not authentic."
  • "Blumenau: O'Connor is Supreme". July 2, 2005. MetroWest Daily News. [157]
    Apparently quotes Wikipedia (according to Google search), however site is giving errors. If it sorts itself out, I'm quite interested in what it has to say, so could you please quote the relevant section? - Ta bu shi da yu 4 July 2005 07:46 (UTC)
I found the story at this URL: [158]. A story about Sandra Day O'Connor includes a paragraph that begins with a link to our article on Kelo v. New London but doesn't otherwise comment on Wikipedia. The paragraph mentions that O'Connor presided at the oral argument (a fact that's in our article) and adds that it was the first time a woman had presided at a Supreme Court argument (which isn't in our article but perhaps should be). JamesMLane 4 July 2005 08:38 (UTC)
  • Alynne Morris. "Codebreaking- Frequency Analysis". BellaOnline. July 4, 2005. [159]
    "At the Wikipedia website, there are several fascinating articles about frequency analysis and descriptions, tables, and graphs of letter frequency, digraph/trigraph frequency and word beginning and ending information. It is a fascinating insight into the English language."
  • Trias Kuncahyono. "Guerrilla war and Iraq's future". Kompas (Indonesia). July 5, 2005.
    "The word "guerrilla" is borrowed from the word guerra (Spanish, meaning "small war"). The term is used to describe small groups who combat by moving around, front-to-front without a definite front line. The warfare tactics used are ambushing, sabotaging, and kidnapping. Their ultimate objective is to create government unstability in the long term and hence prevent a direct confrontation (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)."
  • From Metro, a morning newspaper in London, apparently in reference to 7 July London bombings ("How the Web kept us all in the picture", July 8):
    "But perhaps the most telling contribution of the day was on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Within hours of the explosion, as the death toll continued to rise, they had already updated their record for July 7. There, alongside Joan of Arc's posthumous acquittal in 1456 and the 1947 Roswell UFO scare, was a past-tense account of the bombings. In Internet terms, London's crisis was already passing into history."
  • Louise Story. "Witnesses Post Instant Photos on the Web". July 8, 2005. The New York Times. [160]
    "One frequently posted image was of a young man who covered his mouth with a cloth after his train had stopped and filled with smoke. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, one of the sites that posted the photo, identified the photographer as Adam Stacey and said he and others in the subway had escaped by smashing train windows. Mr. Stacey, the Web site said, was fine other than suffering smoke inhalation."
  • Brian Braiker. "History's New First Draft". July 8, 2005. Newsweek. [161]
    "But perhaps the biggest story on Thursday was Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that Internet users around the world freely add to and edit. Yesterday's entry on the London bombings was amended, edited and updated by hundreds of readers no fewer than 2,800 times throughout the day. "It’s very different than what you get on CNN," explains Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. "You get background. On TV you see images of blown-up buses, but you don’t have information on the different tube stops." The entry has photographs, detailed timelines, contact numbers, a complete translated statement by the jihadist group claiming responsibility for the attacks and links to other Wikipedia entries offering context on everything from the London Underground to British Summer Time."
  • UK Ministry of Defence web news, "Untold Story of Enigma Code-Breaker", July 5, 2005. The MoD don't cite Wikipedia as a source for their story per se, but rather they append the entire Wikipedia article on Marian Rejewski after their news story, unattributed. On being emailed, they added the Wikipedia source article to the "Related links" section. Oh well. — Matt Crypto 10:51, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

July 11–20[edit]

  • Ask the Answer Bitch, "Why do TV sitcoms still have laugh tracks?" E! Online, July 16, 2005 [162]
    "First, a history: According to the Wikipedia and other sources, laugh tracks actually started with radio in the 1940s; some historians attribute the invention to an engineer named Charley Douglass. Then some bushy-tailed TV executive imported the concept into sitcom country, and a fresh insult to my intelligence was born."
  • "TBN Targets Russia via 'Hot Bird 6' as Millions Hear the 'Good News' in Russian!; From Russia with Love". July 11 2005. dBusinesNews. [163]
    "Russians are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world with a population of about 145 million people worldwide. Roughly 116 million ethnic Russians live in Russia and 25 million more live in neighboring countries (Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia)."
  • Mulyawan Karim. "Mystery surrounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad". Kompas (Indonesia). July 13 2005.
    "As explained on Wikipedia website, during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ahmadinejad became the head representative of IUST students who participates in the gatherings in which Ayatollah Khomeini attended. In one of these gatherings, an organisation named Office for Strengthening Unity (OSU) was created, possibly for the purpose of strengthening the unity of the nation."
    Note: Kompas also quoted more information from the "Biography" section.
  • Karel Knip (Dutch language) "Gebruikte explosieven in een handomdraai te maken/Used explosives can be made easily" (about the 7_July_2005_London_bombings) appeared in the Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad July 15 2005.
    "Extra disturbing is that the recipe and way of preparing of TATP can be found in detail on the internet. The anarchistic Wikipedia-encyclopedia that with its information always appears high on google lists, provide elementary details and refers to supporting literature."
  • Trias Kuncahyono. "Suicide terrorism". Kompas (Indonesia). July 19 2005.
    "According to Wikipedia, the Tamil Tigers (Sri Lanka) fighters also does the same thing (suicide bombing). Furthermore, since 1980 they have committed more than 240 suicide bombings. Their victims included former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi."

July 21–30[edit]


August 1–10[edit]

August 11–20[edit]

  • "Sudoku rides crest of a wave to you". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. August 14, 2005. [178]
    "Each row, column and region must contain only one instance of each numeral. Completing the puzzle requires patience and modest ability for logical thought, according to"
  • "Google Isn't Everything". Forbes. August 15, 2005. [179]
    "I happened to wonder about the first recorded term of the term 'personal computer,' so I Googled around and ended up at Wikipedia, the hit-or-miss user-developed encyclopedia, whose 'personal computer' entry declared authoritatively that 'The earliest known use of the term was in New Scientist magazine in 1964, in a series of articles called 'The World in 1984'.' I still don't know the answer to my question, but I do know —no thanks to Google—that Wikipedia got it wrong."
  • "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopaedia". Current. August, 2005. [180]
    'My own biggest problem with Wikipedia is that, with a few exceptions, most of the articles concerning Newfoundland are rather weak, lame and in some cases inaccurate. We can fix that. Care to help?"
    See page 15 to read the complete article
  • Tony Kevin, "The Facts Regarding David Hicks". and Crikey Daily 18 August 2005. [181]
    "The online encyclopedia Wikipedia, based on reputable mainstream media sources, says Hicks was captured in Kandahar..." Links to David Hicks and U.S. invasion of Afghanistan at the end. (Note that the former article has since been substantially modified.)
  • Paul Walsh and Pamela Huey "Carew: Not exactly kosher" Star Tribune. August 20, 2005 [182].
    "Wikipedia, a leading online encyclopedia, explains the widespread false impression: 'Many sources have long claimed that he converted to Judaism when he married his wife and in this sense he is sometimes compared to Sammy Davis Jr. as a famous "Jewish convert of color"; however, this is incorrect. He has never undergone a formal conversion ceremony nor publicly identified himself as an adherent of Judaism, however, his children were raised Jewish and it is assumed that as such he partakes in some Jewish activities such as lighting Chanukah [Hanukkah] candles or organizing Passover seders with his family.'"

August 21–30[edit]

  • "Police: Murder suspect used Molotov cocktails". August 24, 2005. [184]
    According to the Web site Wikipedia, a Molotov cocktail "consists of a glass bottle partly filled with flammable liquid, usually petrol (gasoline) or alcohol (generally methanol or ethanol)."
  • Naraine, Ryan. "From Melissa to Zotob: 10 Years of Windows Worms." eWeek. August 24, 2005. link
    "The SCA virus and Brain, written for IBM PC compatibles and Amigas, would pop up in the late 1980s, followed by the Morris Worm, the first documented "in the wild" proof-of-concept that infected DEC VAX machines.."
  • Beck, Langdon. "The First High Flier." August 29, 2005. [186]
Listed as a source at the bottom of the column


September 1–10[edit]

  • McKie, David. "Beam me up, Scotty". The Guardian, September 1, 2005. [187]
    On a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "That useful internet institution Wikipedia counsels caution."
  • Sneek, David. "Junkie". De Volkskrant, September 1, 2005.
    "Christiane Felscherinow is volgens de Duitse versie van de internet-encyclopedie Wikipedia nog altijd die bekannteste Fixerin Deutschlands."
  • Foot, Richard. "Saints go marching out". Montreal Gazette, September 7, 2005. [188]
    "The stadium was used in 1998 during the less extreme Hurricane Georges as a shelter. The building had no problems related to the weather, but there were reports of looting and difficulties supplying the 14,000 people living temporarily in the dome with necessities." Louisiana Superdome

September 11–20[edit]

  • Stonehouse, David. "Go-go gadgets". The Age, September 11, 2005.
    "For help on what you need to do to listen in or record your own podcasts, the free online dictionary Wikipedia ( explains the basics. Just type 'podcasting' in the search box."
  • BBC home page feature box "Prince Harry at 21". BBC, September 15, 2005.
    Feature box at [189] had four links, three to BBC pages and one to the Prince Harry wikipedia page at Prince Harry [190]. The link was titled "Wikipedia: Prince Harry".
  • Bell, Vaughan. "Focus on the cerebellum". Mind Hacks, September 16, 2005. [191]
    "Today's featured article on Wikipedia is a fantastic piece on one of the most mysterious areas of the brain - the cerebellum."
  • Loome, Jeremy. "Canada a ripe target: expert says Canucks naive about chances of terrorist attack". Sun Media, September 17, 2005.
    As part of "a selection of websites to help you further your understanding of terrorism, national security and the underlying religious and social debates", lists "Wikipedia is an evolving online encyclopedia that includes debate and dissent over its own entries."
  • Swaine, Michael. "Spawn of Crazy Frog". Dr. Dobb's Journal, September 20 2005.[192]
    "According to Wikipedia, the ultimate source of the current champion ringtone annoyance is Swede Daniel Malmedahl, a teen-aged internal combustion engine impressionist"

September 21–30[edit]

  • MacLeod, Donald. "Creation debate that aimed to eradicate classroom bigotry" Guardian Unlimited September 26, 2005
    "The original prosecutors were Scopes' friends, brothers Herbert E Hicks and Sue K Hicks, a pair of local attorneys (the latter was named after the mother who died giving birth to him), according to Wikipedia."
  • BBC Home page feature box "Blogging v dogging" [193]
    A magazine article on ignorance within the General public of terms used widely in IT and the media. The article uses attributed Wikipedia definitions for Podcasting , Flashmobbing , Dogging , Chav and Broadband.
  • Philippe Naughton, "Hero's return (and Wikipedia entry) for OAP heckler", The Times, 29 September 2005 [194]
    "By this morning the octogenarian had been awarded the honour of his own entry on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia."
  • Terdiman, Daniel (September 29, 2005). "Esquire wikis article on Wikipedia". CNET News. CNET Networks, Inc. 
    "And who is the mysterious galactic ruler Xenu at the heart of Scientology? "You won't find the answers in Encyclopaedia Britannica. Only one place contains them all: Wikipedia. The free online encyclopedia has become the largest, most wide-ranging and most untamed reference work in history."


October 1–10[edit]

Quotes the electric shock article extensively.
  • Mr. Miyagi (a.k.a. Benjamin Lee). "To Bali, says blog, to win a war". Today, 5 October 2005
"The free online community encyclopedia, Wikipedia ( started a page ( within a few hours of last Saturday's Bali bombings."
References at the end of the article include Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon".

October 11–20[edit]

October 21–31[edit]

  • Fold-out section in "G2" supplement. Authors and editors critique articles in their fields of expertise. Includes comment by Robert McHenry, former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica. Article ratings: Steve Reich 7/10, Haute couture 0/10, Basque people 7/10, TS Eliot 6/10, Samuel Pepys 6/10, Bob Dylan 8/10, Encyclopedia 5/10. The founder of the online encyclopedia written and edited by its users has admitted some of its entries are 'a horrific embarrassment'. What did our panel of experts think of the entries for their fields?
  • Refers to the Mobile article.
  • Cochrane Times (Cochrane, Ontario): Why we go behind closed doors and more, Ken Bech, "Mayor's Column", October 26, 2005.
  • Journal de Montréal (Montreal, Quebec): infographic on Halloween, October 31, 2005.
  • Sridhar, V reports about the 2005 Economics Nobel prize winners in his article titled Honour for game theorists in Frontline,an Indian political magazine in its Oct. 22 - Nov. 04, 2005 issue. He writes about Thomas Schelling's famous work The Strategy of Conflict.
    "According to Wikipedia, this work "is considered one of the hundred books that have been most influential in the West since 1945."


November 1–10[edit]

No exact quote available; cites existance of Jeff Provine article as quality of author (article deleted in Aug. 2005)
  • Kruger, Danny. "Tories need a folkmoot not a husting". November 11, 2005. [204]
    • "Tories (Britain) must be more like Wikipedia and less like Encyclopaedia Brittanica."
  • Mackenzie, Kate. "FT Briefing: Microsoft and the internet". Financial Times. November 9 2005. [205]
    • "They also refer to a group of new web technologies, known as “Web 2.0”, that allow internet users to easily create their own content and features."

November 11–20[edit]

  • Bessonette, Colin. "Q&A on the News: Cronyism: Putting friends first." St. Petersburg Times. November 11, 2005. p.5E c. 1.[206]
  • Prasad, Chandrabhan. "Losing a mentor".(A tribute to former Indian president K. R. Narayanan) The Pioneer. Novembor 13, 2005. link
    • "The majestic Narayanan lived by his mind all through his life, leaving no space for arrogance to sneak in. Like Dr Ambedkar, Narayanan was archetype of humility in interpersonal relationships. Within that gracious walking tower, however, lived an unassuming rebel as well.
"According to a Wikipedia article: "He then worked briefly as a lecturer at his alma mater, University College, Trivandrum (1943). However the appointment, customary for students who showed distinction... the request of the university."
  • Lofstad, Ralf. "Konstant sjøsjuk i fire år." (Norw. for "Constantly sea-sick for four years."). Dagbladet. November 16, 2005. [207]
    • "For MsDS-pasienter, derimot, kan følelsen av gynging vare i måneder og til og med år, ifølge Wikipedia."
  • Rubiano, Sherry Anne, "Vegetarian vs. vegan" (sidebar of story "Glendale chef gaining notice for vegan recipes"). The Arizona Republic. November 19, 2005. [209] (sidebar not included in online version)
    • Lists as a source, probably from the Vegetarian and/or Vegan articles.

November 21–27[edit]

November 29-30[edit]

"According to, the first (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) movie was also the highest grossing independent film of all time when it was released — it earned $133 million at the box office."
  • John Seigenthaler A false Wikipedia 'biography' [214] USA Today, November 29, 2005
The former aide to Robert F. Kennedy, John Seigenthaler, responds to finding serious false claims in his own article and recounts his contact with Jimmy Wales over the issue.
  • Diana Badi, "Dette er en robot" (in Norwegian; translates as "This is a robot"). Dagbladet's internet edition, 30 November, 2005. [215]
    "Les mer om dette emnet på Wikipedia" (translates as "Read more about this topic in Wikipedia"); links to Robot.
  • Ewa Winnicka, Co jest pod moherem in Polityka, a Polish language weekly
    Uses Polish wiki article on moherowe berety (lit. Mohair berets, trans. a group of old, conservative females engaged in demonstrating their views in public) to describe the social phenomenon. [216]
  • Williams, Walter. "Putting down 'dead-end jobs' is insult to honest work." Deseret Morning News. 30 November, 2005. link
    "McJobs is the term applied to these positions.  The term has even found its way into Merriam-Webster and the encyclopedia Wikipedia."
  • Emily Wilson. "How gay is too gay?" The Guardian G2. 30 November, 2005. link
Quote: While some Hindus are as proudly anti- gay as their counterparts in other churches, accepted Hindu religious texts do not explicitly mention homosexuality at all and, according to Wikipedia, "to this day in modern India there are hijras, transgendered men who have sex with men. They religiously identify as a separate third sex, with many undergoing ritual castration. In Hindu thought, a man who penetrates a hijra is not defined as gay."
Although the exact article is not cited, it appears to be from Homosexuality and Hinduism


December 1–8[edit]

In response to the inaccurate edits made to a WP article on John Seigenthaler, reported in USA Today on November 29 (see above), The Register reviews case studies where it claims Wikipedia policies have been erratically applied.

December 9–16[edit]

"It's been such a big hit that the format now airs in 38 countries, including the Netherlands, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Thailand, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Tunisia, Romania, Poland and India, according to"
A peer review of Wikipedia articles on science by the UKs Nature magazine found that they are marginally inferior to equivalent articles in the Encyclopædia Britannica. The average rate of mistakes in forty-two sampled articles in Wikipedia was approximately four against three in Britannica. See also Wikipedia:External peer review/Nature December 2005 article.

December 17–24[edit]

This story didn't originally attribute quotes to Wikipedia article Aloha Flight 243; however, a correction was posted on 24 December 2005. See details at User:TenOfAllTrades/Aloha Dupe
  • Morris, Ted. "Sides ‘freep’ newspapers’ poll question on spying". Sierra Vista Herald, December 23, 2005. [218]
    "'Freeping' is the act of directing the members [of Free Republic] to influence an online poll, according to Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia." (Our article about Free Republic isn't linked on the newspaper's website.)