#32 Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia [IN PROGRESS]

Common sense and general knowledge are not only key things to have in life, it’s also fun to be able to throw around random bits and pieces of (interesting) trivia. They sure can help during pub quizzes or playing trivia crack (a mobile game).

A fun way to learn new things is by clicking the random button on Wikipedia. That way you end up with the strangest things! So I set the goal of learning 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on wikipedia.

I won’t bore you with all the details but I will give a short summary below of every thing I learn. Have fun reading and don’t forget to try the random button yourself sometime!


Random thing #1: Grbavica

“Grbavica is a 2006 film by Jasmila Žbanić about the life of a single mother in contemporary Sarajevo in the aftermath of systematic rapes of Bosniak women by Chetniks’ troops during the war. It was released in the United Kingdom as Esma’s Secret: Grbavica, and in USA as Grbavica: Land of My Dreams.”

And yes, I copy + pasted this directly from wikipedia as I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to summarize this. However I do want to point out one more shocking thing that I hadn’t realized about this war, that:  “sex was used as part of a war strategy to humiliate women and thereby cause the destruction of an ethnic group. 20,000 women were systematically raped in Bosnia during the war.”

You often hear of rape during wartime but, at least in my mind, that was always something piece of *^&% soldiers did in some sort of crazy power rush or something, but not as something that was done systematically and used some sort of actual war tactic.


Random thing #2: Çankaya Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi Concert Hall

“Çankaya Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi is a concert hall in Ankara. It was founded in 1994”. That is literally all that it says about it on wikipedia.


Random thing #3: Justin Pender

Justin Pender was born on october 25th, 1988. Is 193cm tall and is a Canadian (professional) ice hockey player. He plays defense. Currently for the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL.


Random thing #4: Sabrina Man

Sabrina Man is (as I write this) 16 years old and is already a famous actress and tv-presentor in Hong-Kong. At age seven she started her “career” when she won Little Miss Laguna 2007 & the first Little Earth Angel-Air. Right now she currently hosts the weekly show Tropang Potchi.


Random thing #5: McCosh

McCosh is a surname.

No really, that’s what wikipedia says after listing a few people with that last name.


Random thing #6: The Trident Laser

“The Trident Laser is a high power, sub-petawatt class, solid-state laser facility located at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL website), in Los Alamos, New Mexico, originally built in the late 1980s for Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research by KMS Fusion, founded by Kip Siegel, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was later moved to Los Alamos in the early 1990s to be used in ICF and materials research. The Trident Laser Facility has been opened up to external users via the Trident National User Program and potential users can now submit proposals for laser time.”

Basically it’s a super big laser that consists out of three other lasers that all do amazing things with words I don’t really understand like “chirped pulse amplification”. I get the pulse amplification part (sort of) but what does it do when it’s “chirped”?

Anywho, the laser is mostly used for fast ignition research, warm dense matter experiments, materials dynamics studies, and laser-matter interaction research, including particle acceleration, x-ray backlighting and laser-plasma instabilities.

I ended up reading a dozen wikipedia pages on this as I wanted to know what all those things meant. It got really confusing real fast but definitely worth reading up on.


Random thing #7: Hasties Swamp National Park

Hasties Swamp is a protected national park in Queensland, Australia and very famous for it’s 300 species of birds.


Random thing #8: Quim Monzó

Joaquim Monzó i Gómez, also known as Quim Monzó (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkim munˈso])[1] (born 24 March 1952 in Barcelona, Catalonia), is a contemporary Catalan writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan.

Apparently he uses a lot of pop-culture references and irony in his writings which sounds perfect. A few of his books have been translated into English including one that’s called “A Thousand Morons”. Guess which book is going on my reading list?


Random thing #9 Five Starcle Men

I don’t know how I managed to never hear or see them on YouTube but apparantly the Five Starcle Men is a music band that has been voted one of the weirdest bands in the worlds. Not so strange when you read that they describe themselves as an “experimental music band, psychedelic shaman collective, alien abduction self-help group, and performance cult from the United States.” They give crazy live shows full of experimentation with psychedelic and dissociative drugs, conspiracy theories, and engagement with mental illness.

The band’s Lost Frog Productions Internet Archive page describes Five Starcle Men as follows: “These kids were involved in alien drug torture and deadly cartoon culture governments. Using modern cultural, pharmacological, and other technologies, they constructed highly aestheticized, delusional realities for themselves and their viewers, often resulting in a dangerous sense of political and intellectual ability.”

I mean, that scores pretty high up on the crazy scale.


Random thing #10 National Archives of Nigeria

The National Archives of Nigeria are based in Abuja. And you can find a detailed listing of the Nigerian archives Archives Wiki.


Random thing #11 Tokyo Metro 6000 series

As a fan of Japan and Japanese culture I got excited when I saw Tokyo haha.  The Tokyo Metro 6000 series (東京地下鉄6000系 Tōkyō Chikatetsu 6000-kei?) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the Tokyo subway operator Tokyo Metro on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line in Tokyo, Japan since 1971. The trains have 20 m aluminium 4-door cars, with chopper control and regenerative braking. They are used on the Chiyoda Line, Odakyu Odawara Line, and Joban Line (all-stations “local” services). The sole three-car set is used on the Chiyoda Line Kita-Ayase Branchline.

And guess what? I’ve actually been in one! The one that runs on the Chiyoda Line!


Random thing #12 Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing

Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing is an oil painting made in 2012 by Leena McCall. It was a provocative painting of one of her friends with a fierce and direct gaze towards the viewer as she stands with her hands on her hip and her pants unbuttoned to the point where you can see pubic hair. It was meant to show “how women choose to express their sexual identity beyond the male gaze”. It even hung in a gallery for a while before it was removed for a less confrontational but completely nude (?) painting.


Random thing #13 Kwisa 

The Kwisa is a river in south-western Poland, a left tributary of the Bóbr, which itself is a left tributary of the Oder river.


Random thing #14 Pilodeudorix infuscata

Pilodeudorix infuscata is a butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is found in southern Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, Uganda (from the western part of the country to Bwamba) and north-western Tanzania. The habitat consists of primary forests.


Random thing #15 Nankana massacre

Again an article that took me to a dozen other pages as I couldn’t help but read up more on it. It’s quite an intense happening that took place early 20th century in what is now Pakistan. It’s an important part of Sikh History and tells the story of a Sikh with loads of land and power whom became corrupted. When other Sikh tried to convince him to give up his power he set a trap and hired mercenaries to massacre all of them. The exact number is unclear but between 80-200 Sikh and followers were murdered inside that halls of Mahant, the corrupt Sikh. Eventually he was arrested and put to death for the murders.


That’s it for now! I Will continue with my random learning adventure another time!


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