I am still not sure if I can or should do this. I am not sure if I will ever gonna finish. All I know right now is that it’s a battle worth fighting. A few months ago, browsing the web (of course), I once came across the following quote:
I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.
Sad, but true; and I want to change that. I want to prove my own ignorance. I want to awe myself with what human knowledge has achieved.
At this moment, when I’m starting this journey, Wikipedia contains over articles in English. This is over 3.6 billion words, over 60 times as many as the Encyclopædia Britannica. I will try to go through all of them.
Terms and conditions apply. To make this goal more achievable, I will need to have sone rules for myself:
– I will only read the main description on each article. I am sure some interesting articles will drown me into its content and I will end up reading up to the last word, but I am happy with understanding what the article is about.
– I will skip all redirectors. There is a considerable number of articles in the Wikipedia index that redirect to another article. This is mainly because of a typo or because the same concept is known with different names and may have several entries. Just as an example, all six titles below redirect to the same article:
As I need to continue paying for rent, food and access to the internet, I can’t quit my job. Also, my girlfriend would kill me if all I do during my spare time is read the Wikipedia, so I don’t expect to finish any time soon. I just expect not to give up half way through.
I will post frequently in the blog about any fun, absurd, contradicting or insane facts I may find along the way and I would invite you to join me in this journey by reading and commenting my posts.
Welcome to this long adventure.