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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.

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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

Article As Narrated:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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

Article As Narrated:

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.

Article Source:

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

Article As Narrated:

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

Johnson’s Dictionary

Jul 31, 2021



Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, sometimes published as Johnson’s Dictionary, is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language. There was dissatisfaction with the dictionaries of the period, so in June 1746 a group of London booksellers contracted Johnson to write a dictionary for the sum of 1,500 guineas (£1,575), equivalent to about £250,000 in 2021.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. April 9, 2021. A Dictionary of the English Language. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language&oldid=1016779462

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Close up Samuel Johnson Folio and Abridged dictionaries – letter M
Jkarjalainen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Arm Wrestling

Jul 24, 2021



Arm wrestling is a contest between two opponents facing each other with their bent elbows placed on a table and hands firmly gripped then attempt to force the opponent’s hand down to the table top. In the early years different names were interchangeably used to describe the same sport: “arm turning”, “arm twisting”, “arm wrestling”, “Indian arm wrestling”, “twisting wrists”, “wrist turning”, “wrist wrestling”.

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Wikipedia contributors. June 2, 2021. Arm wrestling. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 20, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_wrestling

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arm_wrestling&oldid=1026509590

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Mario Williams
Matt Vaughan, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Kowloon Walled City

Jul 17, 2021



Kowloon Walled City was an ungoverned and densely populated de jure Chinese enclave within the boundaries of Kowloon City, British Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the walled city became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to the United Kingdom by China in 1898.

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Wikipedia contributors. June 30, 2021. Kowloon Walled City. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 6, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kowloon_Walled_City&oldid=1031304087

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Kowloon Walled City, Kowloon, China (Cropped)
Paul Rudolph, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Zone Of Death

Jul 10, 2021



The Zone of Death is the name given to the Idaho section of Yellowstone National Park in which, as a result of a purported loophole in the Constitution of the United States, a criminal could theoretically avoid prosecution for any major crime, up to and including murder.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. June 23, 2021. Zone of Death (Yellowstone). (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 6, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_Death_(Yellowstone)

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zone_of_Death_(Yellowstone)&oldid=1029992007

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Zone of Death
Imagery from Google Earth

Sosumi

Jul 3, 2021



Sosumi is an alert sound introduced by Jim Reekes in Apple Inc.’s Macintosh System 7 operating system in 1991. The name is derived from the phrase “so, sue me!” because of a long running court battle with Apple Corps, the similarly named music company, regarding the use of music in Apple Inc.’s computer products.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. June 7, 2021. Sosumi. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sosumi

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sosumi&oldid=1027357651

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Mac Classic
Christian Brockmann, Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons

Light Blue

Jun 26, 2021



The first recorded use of “light blue” as a color term in English is in the year 1915. In Russian and some other languages, there is no single word for blue, but rather different words for light blue and dark blue.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. June 19, 2021. Light blue. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_blue

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Light_blue&oldid=1029326968

Hag Moth

Jun 19, 2021



Phobetron pithecium, the hag moth, is a moth of the family Limacodidae. Its larva is known as the monkey slug.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. February 2, 2021. Phobetron pithecium. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobetron_pithecium

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phobetron_pithecium&oldid=1004401750

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Phobetron pithecium larva
Jerry A. Payne, CC BY 3.0 US, via Wikimedia Commons

Dazzle Camouflage

Jun 12, 2021



Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle (in the U.S.) or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I, and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a rejected prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. June 6, 2021. Dazzle camouflage. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 8, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dazzle_camouflage&oldid=1027211581

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Lot 9609-25
National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Phoenix

Jun 5, 2021



The phoenix is a long-lived bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. May 31, 2021. Phoenix (mythology). (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 31, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phoenix_(mythology)&oldid=1026076409

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Phoenix—Fabelwesen
Tsaag Valren, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Lasso

May 29, 2021



A lasso, also called lariat, riata, or reata, is a loop of rope designed as a restraint to be thrown around a target and tightened when pulled. It is a well-known tool of the Spanish and Mexican cowboy, then adopted by the American cowboy.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. April 10, 2021. Lasso. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasso

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lasso&oldid=1016978945

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Calf Roping
Cszmurlo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Kazoo

May 22, 2021



The kazoo is an American musical instrument that adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when the player vocalizes into it. It is a type of mirliton, one of a class of instruments which modifies its player’s voice by way of a vibrating membrane of goldbeater’s skin or material with similar characteristics.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. April 11, 2021. Kazoo. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazoo

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kazoo&oldid=1017180011

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Al “Kazoo” Doyle by rjp
rjp, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tootsie Roll

May 15, 2021



Tootsie Roll is a chocolate-flavored taffy-like candy that has been manufactured in the United States since 1907. The candy has qualities similar to both caramels and taffy without being exactly either confection.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. March 4, 2021. Tootsie Roll. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 11, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tootsie_Roll

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tootsie_Roll&oldid=1010267840

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Tootsie Roll WU
Evan-Amos, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Staple

May 8, 2021



A staple is a type of two-pronged fastener, usually metal, used for joining or binding materials together. Large staples might be used with a hammer or staple gun for masonry, roofing, corrugated boxes and other heavy-duty uses.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. March 3, 2021. Staple (fastener). (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staple_(fastener)

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Staple_(fastener)&oldid=1010085028

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Three staples
Chris 73, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Dungeon Master

May 1, 2021



In the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game, the Dungeon Master (DM) is the game organizer and participant in charge of creating the details and challenges of a given adventure, while maintaining a realistic continuity of events. In effect, the Dungeon Master controls all aspects of the game, except for the actions of the player characters (PCs), and describes to the players what their characters see and hear.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. April 26, 2021. Dungeon Master. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_Master

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dungeon_Master&oldid=1020031127

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Role playing gamers (III)
Diacritica, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Voice Vote

Apr 24, 2021



In parliamentary procedure, a voice vote or acclamation is a voting method in deliberative assemblies in which a group vote is taken on a topic or motion by responding orally. The voice vote is considered the simplest and quickest of voting methods used by deliberative assemblies.

Article Source:

Wikipedia contributors. March 14, 2021. Voice vote. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_vote

Article As Narrated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Voice_vote&oldid=1012041985

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At the US Congress
Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India, GODL-India

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