Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source 2009

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  • Lastname, Firstname. "Name of article."(If necessary, brief context here) Name of Source. [Month] [Day], 2009. link
    "Relevant/representative quotation here." (Please wikify the articles that were referenced)


January 2009[edit]

West Coast (New Zealand) residents prefer the name of their town as Hari Hari rather than Harihari.
"Web oracle Wikipedia states that Hari Hari should be two separate words meaning 'to take/carry joy' or 'come together in unison' from a Maori canoe song. It says the one-word version means 'ambulance'."
"No comment on Wikipedia's value as a repository for factual data, but its 'List of Commercial Games Released as Freeware' is both convenient and verifiable. It's an alpha-sorted collection of older and some not-so-old titles with links to their Wiki pages, which in turn link to each game's freeware storehouse. Have a look."
"According to Wikipedia, the best selling games sold outside of bundles are Pokemon Red/Blue and Nintendogs, both of which were sold with multiple versions. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the top selling title to be sold by itself."
"[C]ould be useful for libraries looking to build some gaming resources for cheap."
"After a bird strike in the United States, the remains, called snarge, are sent to the Smithsonian Institution's Feather Identification Laboratory to identify the species, according to WikiPedia. "
  • Allie Kay Spaulding (2009-01-17). "Cleaning up". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
    "According to the Wikipedia article entitled 'Soap': 'Applied to a soiled surface, soapy water effectively holds particles in suspension so the whole of it can be rinsed off with clean water.'"
  • Blackmore, Andy (January 2009). "BTCC Super Touring Years Pt.2". Speedhunters. 
    "Supertouring was a great era for the sport, but as with most works involvment, finding loop holes in regulations, pushes costs up out of reach of many teams and the series ends up in crisis. To give you an example, using an example from Wikipedia. When Superturing started, a race prepared Vauxhall Cavailer was £60,000. Ten years later, a similar Vauxhall would be $250,000."

March 2009[edit]

  • Heffernan, Virginia; Flop; The New York Times Magazine; March 9, 2009
"Someone on Wikipedia defines it with uncommon eloquence: 'Bad beat is a subjective term for a hand in which a player, who had what appeared to be strong cards, nevertheless loses.'"
Cites desire path as source for crediting Gaston Bachelard with inventing the term.

April 2009[edit]

  • Demarrais, Kevin. "Deals too good to be true."(Article about Ponzi and Madoff) The Record. April 19, 2009. link
    Various details about Charles Ponzi

June 2009[edit]

  • Jackson, Bart. "David Carradine died from kinky sex act gone wrong: Thai police". Vancouver Sun. June 5, 2009. [3]
"Erotic asphyxiation involves deliberately cutting off oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. It is also called asphyxiophilia, autoerotic asphyxia, scarfing, kotzwarraism, or breath control play, according to Wikipedia, which adds that a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called "a gasper."
According to the Web Site, "Taotao Mona (also commonly written as taotaomona or taotaomo'na, from Chamoru taotao, "person/people" and mo'na "precede", loosely translated as "people before history" or "ancient people") are spirits of ancient inhabitants believed to haunt the mountains and wild places of the Mariana Islands, which include Luta, Saipan, Tinian and Guam, in Micronesia. Belief in Taotao Mona is present throughout these islands."
  • DeBonis, Mike. "1000-Series Metro Cars: How to Avoid Them, If You So Choose". Washington City Paper. June 24, 2009.
"There were originally 300 cars of the 1000-type, numbered 1000 to 1299. 290 are still in service, Wikipedia notes. The exceptions: Car 1028, separated from its mate after it was destroyed during the Federal Triangle derailment in 1982, has become the feeler car that checks system clearances. Four cars, now numbered 8000-8003, serve as the money train to collect the revenue from station farecard machines. 1076 is also permanently out of service after its mate was destroyed in the 2004 accident at Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan station. 1079 was the lead car on the second train involved in the 2009 Washington Metro accident."
  • Holmes, Neville. "Agility and Respect". Computer. July 2009, Volume 42 Number 7, Page 100. Published by IEEE Computer Society.
In the column "The Profession", Holmes recounts preparing to give a keynote talk at the 2009 Australian Software Engineering Conference: "To prepare the talk, I first consulted Wikipedia and then the Agile Manifesto..." (Unclear if he went to the Agile Manifesto website by following a Wikipedia external link or already knew of its existence.)

August 2009[edit]

  • Chong, Rod. "Original Autobahn Racing: AVUS". Speedhunters. August 28 2009.
Let's look at Google Earth to see what we can see. On the left side of the frame you can see the grandstand building, which, according to Wikipedia, is now a protected building.....
In order to visualize how crazy this banking was, someone posted this chart onto Wikipedia. You can see just how much more steeply banked it is compared to the steepest of steep... Daytona... The Avus banking was on a whole other level.

October 2009[edit]

  • Lengthy quote:
Batik is a wax-resist dyeing technique used on textiles. Wikipedia noted, “Due to modern advances in the textile industry, the term has come to be used for fabrics which incorporate traditional batik patterns through modern printing methods, and not necessarily for fabrics produced using the handmade batik techniques.”
  • Cited as a source on the cultural aspects of batik designs.
  • Quote:
The 100 Million Club is an elite group, occupied by only four other franchises: old-timer games Mario and Tetris, and the more modern Pokémon and The Sims. Not even Madden NFL, another EA sports franchise, has its foot in the 100 Million Club, sitting at about 75 million units sold.
  • While Wikipedia is not being mentioned, the only place where it is effectively stated that Mario, Tetris, Pokémon and The Sims have sold more than 100m units is in the List of best-selling video game franchises.
  • Tor Thorsen. "Need for Speed series sells 100M, Shift moves 309K" GameSpot. October 21, 2009 link
  • Quote:
No other EA games. Only five games have sold more than 100 million copies, so Need for Speed is certainly joining esteemed company.
  • As mentioned before, the only place where it is effectively stated that there are only five video game franchises that had sold more than 100 million units is in Wikipedia (and this has been credited in other articles, see next one).
  • Chris Kohler. "Need for Speed Series Passes 100 Million Units" Wired. October 21, 2009 link
  • Quote:
This puts the franchise into a very select tier: According to Wikipedia, this sales barrier has only also been broken by the Mario, Tetris and Pokemon series, in addition to EA’s Sims, which crossed the line in 2008.
  • John Barber. “Mirror, mirror on the bookshelf” The Globe and Mail. October 23, 2009 link (Alternate title “John Irving on John Irving on John Irving” link1 link2.)
  • Quote:
On that matter, Wikipedia provides a convenient chart plotting Irving novels on one axis against such “recurring themes” as “severing of body parts,” “bears” and “deadly accidents” on the other. Check, check, check for Last Night in Twisted River.
  • Andrew Collins. "Need for Speed Joins the 100m Club" link
Same rationale as the other three Need for Speed articles above.

November 2009[edit]

"Wikipedia describes a political campaign as an organised effort, which seeks to influence the decision making process within a specific group. It further states that in democracies, political campaigns often refer to electoral campaigns, wherein representatives are chosen or referenda are decided."

December 2009[edit]

  • Martin, Murilee "Ass-Kickin' Engine of the Day: Rolls-Royce R" Jalopnik. December 26, 2009. [4]

"It isn't often that an engine makes the front page of Wikipedia, but not many engines score as high on the Ass-Kick-O-Meter™ as the Rolls-Royce R!"

"According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom now has an even record when it comes to recovering its hostages"