Friday Funny – The best from the Twitter Hashtag #FactsWithoutWikipedia

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This weeks Friday Funny is compilation of the best made up facts from the hashtags #FactsWithoutWikipedia & #LifeWithoutWikipedia that resulted from Wikipedia’s 24 hour shut down in response to the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA. If you’re interested in a more about the SOPA, check out Clay Shirky’s TED talk at the end of the post.

Wikipedia’s 24 hour shut down sent students around the world into a tailspin. How would they research their projects? As they recover from their panic attacks, check out these beauties from the hashtag #FactsWithoutWikipedia. We’ve used Storify so that you can share the love and re-tweet the ones that make you giggle! Let us know if there are any classics you’ve come across.

Wikipedia was just one of a string of high profile businesses that voiced their protest to SOPA by participating in a 24 hour shut down.

If you went to any Wikipedia entry on 19 Jan 2010 you’d see this:

Wikipedia's website during the 24hour shutdown protesting SOPA

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Clay Shirky’s TED talk in Jan 2012: “Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)”

And now for the lighthearted version from @Rachael, originally posted at and shared by @themaria

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  • Definately the one that got the most LOLs (and caused the most projectile coffee deployment) was:

    Over 100 people died, in Bavaria in 1912, of methane poisoning, after a prune eating contest went horribly wrong #factswithoutwikipedia

    • Love it! Still recovering from a similar disposition after the Plum Pudding, Fruit Cake and Mice Tarts of Xmas.