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Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia created and maintained as an open collaboration project by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web.



Wikipedia began as a complementary project for Nupedia, a free online English-language encyclopedia project whose articles were written by experts and reviewed under a formal process. It was founded on March 9, 2000, under the ownership of Bomis, a web portal company. Its main figures were Bomis CEO Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, editor-in-chief for Nupedia and later Wikipedia.

Wales is credited with defining the goal of making a publicly editable encyclopedia, while Sanger is credited with the strategy of using a wiki to reach that goal.

The domains and were registered on January 12, 2001 and January 13, 2001 respectively, and Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001, as a single English-language edition at

Wikipedia's policy of "neutral point-of-view" was codified in its first few months. Otherwise, there were relatively few rules initially and Wikipedia operated independently of Nupedia. Originally, Bomis intended to make Wikipedia a business for profit.

Nupedia and Wikipedia coexisted until the former's servers were taken down permanently in 2003, and its text was incorporated into Wikipedia. The English Wikipedia passed the mark of two million articles on September 9, 2007, making it the largest encyclopedia ever assembled, surpassing the 1408 Yongle Encyclopedia, which had held the record for almost 600 years.

Citing fears of commercial advertising and lack of control in Wikipedia, users of the Spanish Wikipedia forked from Wikipedia to create the Enciclopedia Libre in February 2002. These moves encouraged Wales to announce that Wikipedia would not display advertisements, and to change Wikipedia's domain from to

Jimmy Wales

To quickly search a WIKIPEDIA article from the GOOGLE search bar enter the name of what you are looking for followed by the word “WIKI” e.g. fish wiki


There is a simple version of every long Wikipedia article called “Simple Wikipedia”. To quickly search a SIMPLE WIKIPEDIA article from the GOOGLE search bar enter the name of what you are looking for followed by the words “WIKI SIMPLE” e.g. fish wiki simple


If your Wikipedia article comes up in a foreign language you can quickly see it in English by clicking on “english” in the language options at the bottom of the menu column on the left hand side of the screen.


Any word in a Wikipedia article can be defined by an internal search inside Wikipedia. To activate this click on "INTERNAL SEARCH" button to the right and drag the blue underlined “Wikipedia search” words to your browsers toolbar. Then you simply drag across any word in any Wikipedia article and then click on the “Wikipedia search” button on your browser toolbar and you’ll get the chosen word explained or defined.


To create a perfectly formatted PDF file from any Wikipedia article – click on the “Download as PDF” button found on the menu column on the left hand side of the screen (this is great when you want to insert the info into a book).

Larry Sanger

You can use Wikipedia Nearby to find something about the place you are visiting or you recently shifted. With this trick you can find about more about the place which you are visiting right now. Click on “Nearby” button to the right to find articles around the current place. It will initially ask you to allow wiki to know your location. Just confirm it. Now browse through the most important facts, places or important info around the place.

Wikiquote is a free online compendium of sourced quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information. 

Wikispecies is a free species directory that anyone can edit. It covers Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life.

Wikimedia Commons is a collection of 62,605,682 freely usable media files which anyone can use

Wikivoyage is a a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide

Wikinews  Is created by a group of volunteers whose mission is to present reliable, unbiased and relevant news. All our content is released under a free license. Wikinews stories are written from a neutral point of view to ensure fair and unbiased reporting. 

Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resourceslearning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. 

WikiHow is an on-line tool to help you do anything with step-by-step processes and great diagrams and instructional images.

Wiktionary is a collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary. It aims to describe all words of all languages using definitions and descriptions in English.

Book Creator is a tool in Wikipedia used to create a book full of pages from articles. It can export the book you have created in different formats, and also gives you an option to print the book.

To find a location mentioned in a Wiki article, copy the Latitude/longitude coordinates and place them into Google Maps search

Adding Wikipedia Add-In into word - click on how to button to the right

Ian created a Word Macro to remove parentheses and other unwanted symbols from Wiki articles ... the code can be dowbnloaded by pressing the button to the right ...

  • Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in the world.

  • Every month, 500 million people use Wikipedia.

  • Customers view 18 billion per day

  • “Wiki” is the Hawaiian word for "quick."

  • Wikipedia is edited by around 73,000 active editors, globally.

  • It has 4.6 million articles.

  • Most of Wikipedia’s servers are in Virginia.

This is a list of lists of lists, a list of list articles that contain other list articles on the English Wikipedia. In other words, each of the articles linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked articles contain lists of lists, too.

This is a list of common misconceptions. Each entry is formatted as a correction; the misconceptions themselves are implied rather than stated. These entries are meant to be concise, but more detail can be found in the main subject articles.

Kim Jong-il, former leader of North Korea, received numerous titles during his rule. Here are some of them …

In English, the letter Q is usually followed by the letter U, but there are some exceptions...

The following is a list of English words without rhymes, called refractory rhymes—that is, a list of words in the English language that rhyme with no other English word. 

The identity of the longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word in the English language, as well as how length should be compared.

This is a list of people notable for living for periods of more than a week in airports.


This is a list of inventors whose deaths were in some manner caused by or related to a product, process, procedure, or other innovation that they invented or designed. 

The paradox arises when one considers what would happen if one attached a piece of buttered toast (butter side up) to the back of a cat, then dropped the cat from a large height. 

An unusually shaped vegetable is a vegetable or fruit that has grown into a shape not in line with its normal body plan

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