We spoke about Wikipedia in class a couple of weeks ago and I’m going to assume this wasn’t the first time you have ever used Wikipedia. But have you ever heard of Uncyclopedia? Uncyclopedia, the “content-free encyclopedia”, is a parody of the famous Wikipedia. The website looks exactly like Wikipedia, except that every entry is completely factually incorrect.
For example, I looked up “Rutgers University” on Uncylopedia.com and the page said:
Rutgers was orginally named Kings college after the drinking game invented there.
So while you may be able to get away with using Wikipedia for school projects, I would definitely never trust anything you find on Uncyclopedia.
I think sites like Uncyclopedia should just serve as a reminder for us to not trust everything we read on the Internet. Although most of the posts on Uncyclopedia read as complete nonsense, other websites that post information that is factually incorrect will not be so obvious. As Abraham Lincoln says, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”
If you are interested in checking out the site for yourself, just click the link below: