100 Random Wikipedia Articles

While doing research for another project of mine the other night, I found myself clicking the link to look up a random Wikipedia article. (Bet you that you’ll likely get an athlete if you click that link.) Out of a combined sense of boredom and curiosity, I decided to chronicle what would happen if I did it 100 times. My initial hypothesis was that the articles I would see the most of would be athletes and towns- assumptions that bore out pretty well, to be honest, with the exception of the very broad Entertainment category.

Some notes about how I handled difficult to categorize articles- Disambiguation pages presented the most obvious challenge, but I simplified that one fairly easily- I just counted the topmost linked article on the disambiguation page instead (with the exception of a disambiguation page for a surname, which I just placed under surname). In addition, the religion category proved rather difficult for me, since no two articles I got under there fit in the same subcategory- I got religious figures, specific churches, religious divisions… I grew frustrated there, and just jammed them all into Religious Topics. Most other categories worked out a bit better. Overall, there is a certain degree of inconsistency in the level of specificity of category, which is largely attributable to me doing this late at night. I made you a shitty pie chart, too! Anyhow, here we go, in descending order of quantity:

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  • Entertainment- 22
    • Band/ Musician- 4
    • Television Shows- 4
    • Films- 3
    • Actors/ Broadcasters- 2
    • Critics- 2
    • Radio Shows- 2
    • Broadcasting Channels- 1
    • Fashion Models- 1
    • Short Stories- 1
    • Songs- 1
    • Videogames- 1
  • Towns and Cities- 17
  • Athletics- 15
    • Athletes- 8
    • Specific Seasons/ Tournaments- 7
  • Biology- 9
    • Insects-3
    • Plants- 3
    • Extinct Species-2
    • Wealthy animals that inherited large amounts of money from their deceased owners- 1
  • Transportation- 8
    • Railroads-4
    • Bridges-1
    • Planes-1
    • Ships-1
    • Spacecraft/stations-1
  • Religious Topics- 6
  • Corporations- 4
  • Political Parties- 4
  • Regions or National Parks- 4
    • National Parks- 2
    • Regions- 2
  • Politicians- 3
  • Buildings- 2
  • Categories with only one article- 6
    • Adhesives- 1
    • British Schoolmasters-1
    • Fictional Characters-1
    • Letters of the alphabet- 1 (G)
    • Stars- 1
    • Surnames- 1

As for the article I found most interesting? Well, that would be the article on Salyut 6. What can I say? I really like space travel, and I’d never even heard of the Salyut program before somehow, which makes me feel pretty dumb.

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