While Wikipedia is down in a blackout protest against the SOPA bill, the Twittersphere has erupted with a new sort of fun: facts without Wikipedia. They are, err, unreferenced and unverifiable, presumably because Wiki can’t do the job.
New Tweets with #factswithoutwikipedia hashtag, which is currently one of the world’s most popular trends on the miniblogging site, are arriving in their dozens each minute. From them you can learn that:
Eminem had the same skin-whitening treatment as Michael Jackson, but it worked.
Star Wars is based on the lesser known Shakespeare work "Thy Force Be Stronge."
The Dalai Lama is a 4th Dan Master of Tibetan stick fighting and has twice foiled Chinese kidnap attempts with the art.
Steve Jobs hated apples, until he was sitting under a tree one day and an apple fell on his head giving him an idea.
France has lost its AAA rating. This means they are no longer allowed so sell small batteries.
The Great Wall of China was built to keep the rabbits out.
Hot dogs were named after a British Earl of the same name.
Bahrain's land reclamation project has given it a slight edge, overtaking Russia as the world's largest country.
Columbus brought pizza to America. The natives quickly succumbed to cheese and pepperoni.
Gravity is actually a conspiracy to keep the small businessman down.
The British version of Wikipedia is called Wikipaedia.
The speed of light is slower at night.
And much more.