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Listen as I narrate a Wikipedia article top to bottom. Topics are varied. That's all this series is—reading Wikipedia articles. Wikireadia is the original Wikipedia-narrating YouTube channel by D. Griffin Jones.

Andes Chocolate Mints

Jan 22, 2022



Andes Chocolate Mints are small rectangular candies consisting of one mint-green layer sandwiched in between two cocoa based chocolate flavored layers. The candies are usually wrapped in green foil and imprinted with the company’s logo, the word Andes written amidst a drawing of snow-capped peaks. First launched in 1950, they are produced by Tootsie Roll Industries and made in Delavan, Wisconsin.

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Wikipedia contributors. January 13, 2021. Andes Chocolate Mints. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 6, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andes_Chocolate_Mints

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Andes_Chocolate_Mints&oldid=1000015141

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Andes Mints
Evan-Amos, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Yellow Fleet

Jan 15, 2022



From 1967 to 1975, fifteen ships and their crews were trapped in the Suez Canal after the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt. The stranded ships, which belonged to eight countries, were nicknamed the Yellow Fleet after the desert sand that coated them.

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Wikipedia contributors. November 19, 2021. Yellow Fleet. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 6, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Fleet

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Yellow_Fleet&oldid=1056017212

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USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway at sea, in 1974
U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

Jan 8, 2022



Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist who wrote about it in 2009, although the principle is much older. It is based on the assumption that if the publishers were confident that the answer was yes, they would have presented it as an assertion; by presenting it as a question, they are not accountable for whether it is correct or not.

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Wikipedia contributors. December 31, 2021. Betteridge’s law of headlines. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 3, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines&oldid=1062918772

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WMATA Orange Line train (WMATA) 2020-11-20
Elvert Barnes from Silver Spring MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Time Ball

Jan 1, 2022



A time ball or timeball is an obsolete time-signaling device. It consists of a large, painted wooden or metal ball that is dropped at a predetermined time, principally to enable navigators aboard ships offshore to verify the setting of their marine chronometers. Accurate timekeeping is essential to the determination of longitude at sea.

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Wikipedia contributors. October 20, 2021. Time ball. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 24, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_ball

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Time_ball&oldid=1050839000

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Times Square Ball
Eden, Janine and Jim from New York City, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Santa Claus In Film

Dec 25, 2021



Motion pictures featuring Santa Claus constitute their own subgenre of the Christmas film genre. Early films of Santa revolve around similar simple plots of Santa’s Christmas Eve visit to children.

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Wikipedia contributors. December 18, 2021. Santa Claus in film. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 20, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_in_film

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Santa_Claus_in_film&oldid=1060909192

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Last Christmas
Adrian Rogers, BBC

Wendigo

Dec 18, 2021



Wendigo is a mythological creature or evil spirit which originates from the folklore of First Nations based in and around the East Coast forests of Canada, the Great Plains region of the United States, and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, grouped in modern ethnology as speakers of Algonquian-family languages. The wendigo is often said to be a malevolent spirit, sometimes depicted as a creature with human-like characteristics, which possesses human beings. The wendigo is known to invoke feelings of insatiable greed/hunger, the desire to cannibalize other humans, as well as the propensity to commit murder in those that fall under its influence.

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Wikipedia contributors. December 12, 2021. Wendigo. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wendigo&oldid=1059957876

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Accurate Wendigo
SpongePP, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Radium Girls

Dec 11, 2021



The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The painting was done by women at three different factories, and the term now applies to the women working at the facilities: one in Orange, New Jersey, beginning around 1917; one in Ottawa, Illinois, beginning in the early 1920s; and a third facility in Waterbury, Connecticut, also in the 1920s.

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Wikipedia contributors. December 6, 2021. Radium Girls. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Girls

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radium_Girls&oldid=1059000858

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All women or girls using radium paint with no protection or warnings in 1922
Public Domain

Null Island

Dec 4, 2021



Null Island is the name used to refer to the point on the Earth’s surface where the Prime Meridian and the equator intersect, at zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude. Using the WGS84 datum, this point is located in international waters in the Gulf of Guinea, in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa. The point is marked with a permanent buoy.

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Wikipedia contributors. December 1, 2021. Null Island. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_Island

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Null_Island&oldid=1058060965

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Null island buoy
NOAA National Data Buoy Center, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Mac Tonight

Nov 27, 2021



Mac Tonight is a fictional character used in the marketing for McDonald’s restaurants during the late 1980s. Known for his crescent moon head, sunglasses and piano-playing, the character used the song “Mack the Knife” which was made famous in the United States by Bobby Darin.

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Wikipedia contributors. November 16, 2021. Mac Tonight. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Tonight

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mac_Tonight&oldid=1055512710

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Mac Tonight
Adaml212 at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lindbergh Kidnapping

Nov 20, 2021



On March 1, 1932, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., 20-month-old son of aviators Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was abducted from the crib in the upper floor of the Lindberghs’ home, Highfields, in East Amwell, New Jersey, United States. On May 12, the child’s corpse was discovered by a truck driver by the side of a nearby road. In September 1934, a German immigrant carpenter named Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested for the crime.

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Wikipedia contributors. November 15, 2021. Lindbergh kidnapping. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 16, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindbergh_kidnapping

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lindbergh_kidnapping&oldid=1055444723

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Charles Lindbergh Jr.
Public Domain

Fatberg

Nov 13, 2021



A fatberg is a rock-like mass of waste matter in a sewer system formed by the combination of flushed non-biodegradable solids, such as wet wipes, and fat, oil and grease (FOG) deposits. The handling of FOG waste and the build up of its deposits are a long-standing problem in waste management, with “fatberg” a more recent neologism. Fatbergs have formed in sewers worldwide, with the rise in usage of disposable cloths.

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Wikipedia contributors. November 9, 2021. Fatberg. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 10, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatberg

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fatberg&oldid=1054412479

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Fatberg at Museum of London
Lord Belbury, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Red-Bellied Pacu

Nov 6, 2021



Piaractus brachypomus, the pirapitinga, is a large species of pacu, a close relative of piranhas and silver dollars, in the serrasalmid family. It is native to the Amazon basin in tropical South America, but it formerly included populations in the Orinoco, only described in 2019 as a separate species, P. orinoquensis.

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Wikipedia contributors. August 23, 2021. Piaractus brachypomus. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaractus_brachypomus

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Piaractus_brachypomus&oldid=1040248810

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Red Pacu
Wisky, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Loveland Frog

Oct 30, 2021



In Ohio folklore, the Loveland frog (also known as the Loveland frogman or Loveland Lizard) is a legendary humanoid frog described as standing roughly 4 feet tall, allegedly spotted in Loveland, Ohio. In 1972, the Loveland frog legend gained renewed attention when a Loveland police officer reported to a colleague that he had seen an animal consistent with descriptions of the frogman.

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Wikipedia contributors. October 22, 2021. Loveland frog. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_frog

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Loveland_frog&oldid=1051190006

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Loveland frog
Tim Bertelink, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Oct 23, 2021



Alice in Wonderland syndrome, also known as Todd’s syndrome or dysmetropsia, is a neuropsychological condition that causes a distortion of perception. People may experience distortions in visual perception of objects such as appearing smaller or larger, or appearing to be closer or farther away than they actually are. Distortion may also occur for senses other than vision.

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Wikipedia contributors. October 17, 2021. Alice in Wonderland syndrome. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_syndrome

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alice_in_Wonderland_syndrome&oldid=1050434404

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Illustration from The Nursery Alice (1890)
John Tenniel, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

History of Pizza

Oct 16, 2021



The history of pizza begins in antiquity, when various ancient cultures produced basic flatbreads with several toppings. A precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans as panis focacius, to which toppings were then added. Modern pizza evolved from similar flatbread dishes in Naples, Italy, in the 18th or early 19th century.

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Wikipedia contributors. September 30, 2021. History of pizza. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 11, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_pizza&oldid=1047317408

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My Tomato Pie Pizza and Calzone
JamesLTIII, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Suicide of Kurt Cobain

Oct 9, 2021



On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer and guitarist of the American rock band Nirvana, was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington. It was determined he had died three days earlier, on April 5. The Seattle Police Department incident report stated that Cobain was found with a shotgun across his body, had suffered a visible gunshot wound to the head, and that a suicide note had been discovered nearby.

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Wikipedia contributors. October 2, 2021. Suicide of Kurt Cobain. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Kurt_Cobain

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Suicide_of_Kurt_Cobain&oldid=1047772117

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Cobain, Grohl, St. Thomas
Julie Kramer, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Googlewhack

Oct 2, 2021




A Googlewhack is a contest to find a Google Search query that returns a single result. A Googlewhack must consist of two words found in a dictionary, and is only considered legitimate if both of the search terms appear in the result.

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Wikipedia contributors. September 23, 2021. Googlewhack. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googlewhack

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Googlewhack&oldid=1046013284

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Googlewhack
bookofjoe

Blooming Onion

Sep 25, 2021



A blooming onion, also called onion bloom, onion blossom, onion flower, bloomin’ onion or onion mum, is a dish consisting of one large onion which is cut to resemble a flower (after it has expanded while soaking in ice water), battered, and deep-fried. It is served as an appetizer at some restaurants.

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Wikipedia contributors. August 22, 2021. Blooming onion. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blooming_onion

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blooming_onion&oldid=1040087512

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Bloomin’ Onion
karendotcom127, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Voskhod 2

Sep 18, 2021



Voskhod 2 was a Soviet crewed space mission in March 1965. The Vostok-based Voskhod 3KD spacecraft with two crew members on board, Pavel Belyayev and Alexei Leonov, was equipped with an inflatable airlock. It established another milestone in space exploration when Alexei Leonov became the first person to leave the spacecraft in a specialized spacesuit to conduct a 12-minute spacewalk.

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Wikipedia contributors. June 21, 2021. Voskhod 2. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voskhod_2

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Voskhod_2&oldid=1029748692

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Leonov’s spacewalk
Ria Novosti/Science Photo Library

Fan Death

Sep 11, 2021



Fan death is a belief that running an electric fan in a closed room with unopened or no windows will cause death. While no concrete evidence supports the concept, belief in fan death persisted to the mid 2000s in South Korea, and also to a lesser extent in Japan.

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Wikipedia contributors. September 6, 2021. Fan death. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fan_death&oldid=1042669873

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Blizzard brand fans
Arbitrarily0, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tetraphobia

Sep 4, 2021



Tetraphobia is the practice of avoiding instances of the digit 4. It is a superstition most common in East Asian nations.

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Wikipedia contributors. August 29, 2021. Tetraphobia. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 29, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetraphobia

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tetraphobia&oldid=1041199955

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Five Three Two
HIBIKIFL, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Anti-Aging Movement

Aug 28, 2021



The anti-aging movement is a social movement devoted to eliminating or reversing aging, or reducing the effects of it. A substantial portion of the attention of the movement is on the possibilities for life extension, but there is also interest in techniques such as cosmetic surgery which ameliorate the effects of aging rather than delay or defeat it.

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Wikipedia contributors. July 25, 2021. Anti-aging movement. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 24, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-aging_movement

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anti-aging_movement&oldid=1035431654

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Raymond Kurzweil, Stanford 2006
“null0”, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Flag of Ohio

Aug 21, 2021



The Ohio Burgee is the official flag of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a triangular swallowtail flag, the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag. Its red, white, and blue elements symbolize the state’s natural features and order of admission into the Union. A prominent disc in the flag’s triangular canton is suggestive of the state’s name.

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Wikipedia contributors. August 7, 2021. Flag of Ohio. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 16, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ohio

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flag_of_Ohio&oldid=1037563276

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Flag of Ohio at Sawyer Point
Jeff Kubina, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

Aug 14, 2021



Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car that served as the dummy payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and became an artificial satellite of the Sun. “Starman”, a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, occupies the driver’s seat. The car and rocket are products of Tesla and SpaceX, respectively, both companies headed by Elon Musk.

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Wikipedia contributors. July 17, 2021. Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 10, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk%27s_Tesla_Roadster

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elon_Musk%27s_Tesla_Roadster&oldid=1033995150

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster (40110297852)
SpaceX, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Practical Joke

Aug 7, 2021



A practical joke, or prank, is a mischievous trick played on someone, generally causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort. A person who performs a practical joke is called a “practical joker” or “prankster”. Other terms for practical jokes include gag, rib, jape, or shenanigan.

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Wikipedia contributors. July 24, 2021. Practical joke. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Practical_joke

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https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Practical_joke&oldid=1035282037

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Foiled office
Imelda Bettinger, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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