Wikipedia is awesome.

You know how it goes: One minute you're sitting in bed minding your own business and the next you're looking up statistics on crocodile attacks. Then you start reading about their "signature death roll" and before you know it, you're downloading a slew of documentaries and terrible Z-grade crocodile flicks to satisfy your morbid curiosity.

No? Just me? Okay then.

After Redditor Simplestiltzkin asked the online community, "What's the deepest Wikipedia hole you've fallen into?" people revealed all they've uncovered while poring over the site.


"I got stuck looking..."

I got stuck looking at the British royal lineage and how everyone is related to more well-known kings and queens and ended up just reading about marriages and deaths for like 4 hours.

FakingGumption

:I soon realized the error of my ways..."

I was looking at cars, then car corporations, then I got to Buick. There was something saying the last Emperor of China liked Buicks. I thought they were talking about the last Emperor of Japan for some reason, so I was confused why he would like an American car brand since they were enemies in WW2.

I soon realized the error of my ways, but spent the next hour or so reading the desperately long article about the last Emperor of China, plus some offshoots.

ComingSoonToVHS

"Insane how these people..."

Learning about Young Living's CEO, Donald Gary Young.

In the 80s, he received a $250 fine and probation for practicing medicine without a license. He offered childbirth services and claimed he could detect cancer with a blood test and treat the disease.

In 2000, he opened the Young Living Life Research Clinic, where a clinic employee was charged by the Utah Attorney General for practicing medicine without a license and prescribing essential oil products to patients with various ailments.

In 2005, they settled a lawsuit in which a patient claimed they were given infusions of vitamin C that caused near-fatal kidney failure.

As of 2017, Young Living was reported to become one of the largest vendors of essential oil products in the USA.

In 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company involving their false claims and illegally marketing products unapproved by the FDA claiming they cure Ebola, autism, parkinsons, diabetes, dementia and several other medical conditions. He stepped down in 2015 and his wife assumed the role of CEO.

This company is still popular today as a multilevel marketing scheme and have been issued warnings involving their claims against the effectiveness of YL essential oils treating COVID. They claim to have over 3 million customers, while most of their sales revenue comes from Young Living "sales consultants" and not actual customers.

Insane how these people are never in jail and are literal millionaires.

PickledSpaceHog

"I wanted to know if Helga ever confessed..."

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Hey Arnold.

I wanted to know if Helga ever confessed her love for Arnold. Turns out the writers created a spin off for Helga! Apparently the show was too dark for Nickelodeon (the show dove into her family dynamics...her mom is an alcoholic and her dad is emotionally abusive) so it went to MTV instead. Not sure if it ever made it to air.

Anyway, Helga and Arnold ended up dating for a while! Helga eventually moved (that's where the new show picked up) but they continued a loving friendship mostly as pen pals.

cdbarbelto

"My best friend..."

Fiberglass. My best friend had a 1968 Corvette with bad damage and a fiberglass boat with a lot of damage. I learned a lot, and was able to repair both. That was fun.

Correct-Length

"My wife..."

My wife has curly hair. One night she was fretting about losing hair as she was looking over the hair tie she has just removed. "Relax," I said. "It's not like you're gonna end up with a Curly Fine."

"Who?"

Now I know all about the Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd...

oldforger

"Freaky stuff."

No clue about all time but yesterday, I looked up something about Rob Zombie and eventually worked my way to reading about Richard Ramirez's multiple killings.

Freaky stuff.

Esoteric-Surgery

"There are so many engagements..."

Basically any World War 2 article. There were so many engagements and battles in that war that every article has hyperlinks to so many other things.

Buzzoffmods

"I think the Wikipedia article..."

The murder of Sylvia Likens. I read The Girl Next Door and found out it was based on a true story. I think the Wikipedia article is just as messed up if not more messed up than the novel.

onceuponasally

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!