Joel Chandler Harris Wikipedia Page Vandalized: Yes!


Written on December 18, 2007 at 12:46 pm, by Amelia

As Lain was trolling the interweb today, he decided to take a detour to Wikipedia’s Joel Chandler Harris page. What followed were some “historical details” that seem to have escaped our history books.

See if you can find the items that caught our eye (note: this may not be appropriate for our readers under the age of, oh, let’s say 13).

Joel Chandler Harris' iffy Wikipedia Page #2

Indeed.

But it doesn’t end there, folks, oh no! The bit below is simply rife with inaccuracies.

Joel Chandler Harris' iffy Wikipedia Page #2

I mean, come on. Humping pictures rarely bring in enough money to buy a home. And I’m going to need to check that source.

Joel Chandler Harris was a Wikipedia Stripper

Don’t they mean “burlesque performer”? Let’s not be crass.

The way we figure it, there are at least three reasons why this is not just comic gold, but a little great:

1. We’re completely flattered that a 12-year-old boy somewhere took the time to vandalize OUR page! We’re practically blushing!

2. I never thought I would get to use the word “hump” on the blog. Victory!

3. All of my chums in Higher Education who have to convince students that Wikipedia is not legitimate primary source material can now point here and high-five.

So thanks, random “hump”-loving person, for choosing us and ensuring that our day started off with a hearty guffaw.

8 Comments to Joel Chandler Harris Wikipedia Page Vandalized: Yes!

  1. Tim says:

    You guys didn’t fix it? You can edit that page you know.

  2. Tim says:

    As a friend of the Nest, I edited the offending paragraphs back to their pre-vandalized state. I hope that was OK. If you guys want to keep the vandalized state for comedic purposes, it is easy enough to undo – again.

  3. lain says:

    Okay, okay, thanks Tim. That was one of our things to do today, but I was writing a grant and Amelia already hit the road.

    Additionally, I wasn’t sure if we were too biased a party to maintain that sort of thing. That’s what’s been stopping us from doing a more thorough cleaning and updating of the page. For example, the paragraph regarding H.L. Mencken’s comments, I think, says more about Mencken than it does Harris, plus they’re certainly biased and kind of irrelevant in such a short post.

    Anyway, thanks!

  4. Mama Shakes says:

    What is this world coming to?

  5. lain says:

    I don’t know, mom…though it’s probably headed the same direction it was when I was suspended from the ninth grade for writing inflammatory comments in an email that was supposed to be untraceable. Gulp.

    But look at me now! Publishing more incendiary comments as an adult. Incidentally, I live next door to the computer teacher that had me suspended, and I doubt he cares. The nerve!

  6. Marshall says:

    Some people have too much time on there hands. What the Hades? That statement does not have the ring of my original thought. Thanks to Tim and for your editing and it gives us something to monitor. My thought is that someone might believe this.

  7. […] Amelia reported on the Wren’s Nest Blog that the Joel Chandler Harris WikiPedia page had been vandalized. Apparently the perp was a bored 12 year old. The first clue was liberal use of the words hump, humping, humpers, etc. The second clue was describing JCH as “A STRIPPER!!!” It has since been repaired to its pre-humped condition. […]

  8. Tim says:

    Lain: On your when to edit/when not to given your closeness to the subject, I think that it is entirely appropriate to remove the humping comments. I’m still trying to figure Mencken out.

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