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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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