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SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s blackout means nobody can prove you wrong.

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SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia
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Did you know that Helen Keller was a military sniper and NASCAR driver? That reggae was invented in the 1880s by a drunken Irish bagpiper? That Abraham Lincoln used a magic whip to fight pirates and free the slaves in the 1980s? These are the sorts of facts you can find on Twitter today. In honor of Wikipedia’s blackout in protest of SOPA, #FactsWithoutWikipedia is trending nationwide. The tweets show the danger of a world where internet users no longer have an easy way to fact-check what they read in their online travels. Here are some examples of the hilarity that ensues when people realize they can get away with saying pretty much anything:

#factswithoutwikipedia Stairway To Heaven was written about Oprah. 1 hour ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

#FactsWithoutWikipedia The full stop was first used in. the 1690s. when ink drops from. quill pens became fashionable as. ornamentation. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

MySpace is the leading social networking site based on daily unique visitors. #FactsWithoutWikipedia 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The internets is just a series of tubes. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #SOPA 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Doctor Who is based on an old soda advertisement from 1897 #factswithoutwikipedia 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Lincoln and JFK engaged in a joint suicide. An extra bullet went off and killed Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez and Bin Laden #FactsWithoutWikipedia 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#factswithoutwikipedia Wikipedia is a reliable reference tool and is accepted by professors, other educators worldwide. 47 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

In America, anything is possible as long as you work hard. #FactsWithoutWikipedia 48 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Nickelback is universally loved. #FactsWithoutWikipedia 23 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Twitter is the most reliable source of information on the internet. #factswithoutwikipedia 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Madame de Pompadour had an imaginary friend, a man she saw on the other side of the fireplace. #FactsWithoutWikipedia #doctorwho 57 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

If cats are not careful they will end up living alone with a twisted and bitter woman … #FactsWithoutWikipedia 57 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

#FactsWithoutWikipedia Marilyn Monroe once married a Doctor she met at a party. #doctorwho 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#FactsWithoutWikipedia The first woman was created when a man was bitten by a radioactive wo. 58 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Good thing I saved those Encarta disks. #FactsWithoutWikipedia 24 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia
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