OK, we admit it: here at CNET News.com, we pay a lot of attention to Wikipedia.
to make snide comments about one another's bosses, inaccurate reports of celebrities' deaths and have done little to mitigate fandom for the site's community-contributed pages.
Especially notable is Wikipedia's extensive collection of entries on pop culture figures. Who knew, for instance, that there was once an comic strip that chronicled the further adventures of those wacky crime fighters from the mid-1980s?
Wikipedia readers can, for the most part, measure a subject's popularity by its entry length. A television show featuring TV babes Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty as has received a more extensive Wikipedia write-up than one on the actual , for instance. The witch trial history, judging by the numbers, is hardly as thrilling as the Charmed Ones battling evil--and their own frustrating inability to get dates on Friday nights.
To illustrate this point, here are the word counts for some pairs of Wikipedia entries on historic events and some related terms:
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