Wikipedia is a wonderful place, and it’s definitely home to some of the most bizarre posts on the internet. If you’re bored and want to learn some weird and wonderful facts, it’s always worth getting into a Wikipedia wormhole. And by worth, we mean it’s probably a waste of time, but it will kill a few hours.
If you can’t think of where to start your wormhole, we’ve listed a few prompts below to help you find your way to an evening of learning weird and wonderful facts on the internet.
Famous psychics and mediums through history
Psychics and mediums have always held a place in society, and whether you believe in them or not, you can track some of the most famous psychics through history from Wikipedia. You could start with Peter Hurkos who developed his abilities after a nasty fall or read about Sylvia Browne and her claims about different criminal cases.
From here, you may journey into the world of clairvoyance or true crime, but wherever you go, it’s going to be nowhere near where you started.
Weird weather events
Have you ever wanted to know the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? Or maybe you want to really understand how tornadoes start. Well, searching weird weather events is a pretty easy way to learn about all the unusual things that can happen on our planet, and it will give you a firm fear of fire tornadoes – and yes, they exist!
Every shipwreck to have ever happened
Wikipedia can tell you pretty much everything you want to know about shipwrecks over time, and from here you’re likely to end up in a maritime wormhole. You may touch on the Mary Celeste and end up looking at a huge list of all of the people who have managed to survive long stretches at sea (there are lots of them, and it’s pretty intriguing how long they survived). Or you could end up on a journey into the dangers of the sea and the mythology behind it.
We’ve lost hours in sea-related wormholes, and while some of it may be completely useless information, you just never know.
Lists of the highest waterfalls in the world
The highest waterfalls on Earth aren’t necessarily the largest as waterfalls can be measured in many ways, including by how much water falls over them every hour. We would never have known this had we not once Googled Victoria Falls, but now we do – and so do you.
If you’ve ever been curious about waterfalls, the information on Wikipedia is extensive and you can easily get lost in it!
The list of everyone who ever died on the toilet (yes you read that right)
One of the weirder articles on Wikipedia, if you’ve always wanted to know which of your favourite historical figures died on the toilet – well, now is your chance. And it’s not just Elvis!
While this article is probably a pretty easy segue into the life and music of Elvis Presley, you may find you’re more interested in Godfrey IV, the Duke of Lower Lorraine who was actually assassinated while sitting on the toilet!
Find out everything that ever happened on your birthday
Did you know, Wikipedia actually has pages dedicated to every day of the year? You can type your birth date into Wikipedia and find out everything notable that has ever happened on your birthday to date. This includes notable events, deaths, and births! It’s a pretty interesting read and is sure to set you off in search of more information on the weirdest things that happened on the day you were born.