Wikipedia's innumerable lists is already the stuff of legends. And yet still amidst the back alleys, we hear whispers of lists of lists -- strange, higher planes of existence which float above everything. But it has transpired that there is still another level; a greater plateau of enlightenment. Friends, believe me when I say that Wikipedia has a List of Lists of Lists. And, most beautifully, it not only links to a list of lists, but also to itself. This, dear readers, is the information singularity. Wikipedia has attained nirvana
It has come to my attention that Wikipedia has a page that is a list of common misconceptions. This, my friends, is a treasure trove. At the moment, the page lists what must be a couple hundred common misconceptions, links to other lists of more specific misconceptions and has 340 annotations. Of course, a lot of the listed facts are the sort of thing you've been yelling from atop your soapbox for years. Some of the other ones, however, are truly mind-blowing.
Now, this is Wikipedia, so anyone can go in there and change anything and a list of common misconceptions seems like a pretty great place to troll. That being said, every item on the list cites at least one source, often 3 or 4, which I assume means that the statement is accurate. I don't look at the sources or anything, I just assume blue, superscript numbers are markers of truth. Somebody add that to the list of misconceptions.
Check after the jump for a list of 10 of the best ones.
McSweeney's Lists are only my second favorite thing about McSweeney's, just after their "Open Letters to People Or Entities Who Are Unlikely To Respond." A little while ago, Mike Lacher's List Great Literature Retitled to Boost Website Traffic debuted. It's sort of like... what if Cracked.com wrote the Western Canon?