Suck It, Jimmy Wales

I was on one of those regular internet benders people (ie. me) usually go on, where you sit down, fire up your web browser of choice, and whole hours just disappear into thin air. This one, as many of them are, was entirely contained to just Wikipedia. Which is kind of like saying I took a road trip, but it was only contained to the continent of North America. This one in particular took me to a strange place, and so now I invite you to come and follow me, as I retrace the steps on my wonderful Wikipedia Journey.

First I was innocently seeing if I could extract more entertainment from The Book of Eli by checking out it’s Wikipedia entry (re: the ending…LOL, WHAT). Which was somewhat successful, because somehow I must have missed the fact that Tom Waits was featured pretty prominently. I don’t think I was paying much attention.

Tom Waits, additionally, as I discovered, has had some of his songs covered by Scarlett Johansson, who has actually recorded two albums in the last three years, the latter of which was recorded with American songwriter Pete Yorn.

Pete Yorn is actually a name a know because there was a time when I initially mistook him for the Peter of Peter Bjorn and John, before I realized that Bjorn (Yttling) was actually a distinct and separate person and that Peter Bjorn and John is actually “Peter and Bjorn and John” and not “Peter Yorn & John.” (“Duh…why does Peter have a last name listed but John does not? That doesn’t seem fair.”) In my defense, this was a long time ago, I am easily and frequently confused by simple things, and the fact that Pete Yorn frequently plays a cover of Young Folks did not help me much.

There is actually a huge assortment of Young Folks covers, including one by this super indie artist whose named I doubt you would recognize. That version (which sucks) landed on the Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape, which he produced under his own GOOD Music label.

The odd thing is that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is listed under the discography of GOOD Music, whereas the Wikipedia page for the actual album lists Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam…the significance of which I do not understand. However, there is a pretty interesting read there regarding the recording process of the album, including how they spent over $3 million on recording it in Hawaii, flying in every conceivable musical artist that exists, and just doing stupid Kanye stuff there with all of them.

One such thing included playing games of 21 against locals at the Honolulu YMCA. Which is an absolutely crazy idea…I mean, imagine you’re just a random dude in Honolulu showing up for pickup ball at the local Y, and you get Kanye and his crew…like Common, Elton John, or The RZA. I mean the shit is fucking ridiculous. Fucking ridiculous.

Regardless, let’s take a closer look at the entry for 21. There, you find an introductory paragraph featuring some vintage Wikipedia vandalism at its finest (I’ve added the emphasis)…

Twenty-one, also called 21, American, cutthroat, hustle, or roughhouse, is a popular variation of street basketball. The game is played most often with three to five players on a half court, typically when not enough players are available to at least play three-on-three. However it is possible to play twenty-one with only two players, or more than five players. Twenty-one is an individual game that does not utilize team play. More recently, however, the game has been translated into team play most notably by the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Know for his inscrutable ability to “Tap” opponents, Wizard’s big man Andray Blatche has helped to redefine an era of D.C basketball.

Amazing. Just amazing.

If I’m reading these Wikipedia history entries correctly…it’s been there since October, and has remained there even after like a half dozen of unrelated updates to the page. People have just left it there.

This is unfortunately where my Wikipedia odyssey ends, because I spent an additional half hour researching this “tap” reference unsuccessfully. At this point, I can only conclude that it’s a Magic: The Gathering reference, as there’s absolutely nothing else out there that remotely fits. Is Andray Blatche like an NBA bone crank? What is going on?

How many people got that last reference? Why did I write a post like this? What is the purpose of asking these questions?

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