For me, Wikipedia is something I open several times a week to answer specific questions. The other day, I happened to go to Wikipedia’s front page and was impressed by what was there. A few highlights from today:
- Today’s featured article Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. It is a member of the Ivy League and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. (their motto is Vox clamantis in deserto – the voice of one crying in the wilderness for those who aren’t fluent in Latin)
- Did You Know? … that the Chinese character referring to the mythological sea monster Shen is used in Chinese, Korean and Japanese terms for “mirage“? (apparently some kind of illusion-exhaling, shapeshifting giant clam)
- In the news John McCain chooses Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska, as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. (after days of obsessively trying to uncover the deep game thinking behind the Sarah Palin selection, I have to recommend The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History – found through bootstrap analysis. I also think that The Palin Trap might hold the key to understanding this apparently idiotic move)
- On this day August 31: Ramadan begins at sunset and in 1888 – Mary Ann Nichols‘ body was found on the ground in front of a gated stable entrance in Buck’s Row, London, allegedly the first victim of the unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
- Today’s featured picture (appearing right) is the The Bearded Vulture or Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), is an Old World vulture, the only member of the genus Gypaetus. (looks like it’s wearing the goat pants from the Dragnet movie – how there can be no YouTube video of this is beyond me)