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Time Is Short: 20 Geeky TL;DR Wikipedia Entries You Need To Read [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Dave Parrack 19-10-2014

Wikipedia is brilliant 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are... Read More . Here is a free online encyclopedia filled with more information than anyone could ever hope to consume during their lifetime, and yet we either take it for granted or openly mock it over its supposed penchant for spreading misinformation. Shameful.


However, Wikipedia The Origins of Wikipedia: How It Came To Be [Geek History Lesson] Read More isn’t perfect. Wikipedia can sometimes be a little wordy, and we haven’t always got time to sift through reams of information about a subject. What we need is an alternative version of Wikipedia which condenses the information down to its bare essentials.

And that’s exactly what we have in TL;DR Wikipedia.

TL;DR Wikipedia


Tl;DR Wikipedia condenses Wikipedia entries down to just one sentence. So, a subject matter that has thousands of words dedicated to it on Wikipedia may have just five words dedicated to it on TL;DR Wikipedia. These five words somehow manage to explain the subject better than the thousands of words published on the proper Wikipedia.

Most of the entries are really well observed, cutting through all of the unnecessary rambling to present a summary of a subject we can all understand. TL;DR Wikipedia started life as a Tumblr but has since been given its own dedicated space on the Someecards website. This means the quantity of posts has risen dramatically, but the quality (thankfully) remains high.


TL;DR Wikipedia has been online since March 2014, so the archive is already full of hundreds of entries. More are being added every day, but we have compiled a list of just 20 that you absolutely need to read. Because they’re awesome. By the end of this article you’ll know why you need to add TL;DR Wikipedia to your list of essential websites 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More .

Text Message


Anyone claiming to never have experienced a misunderstanding through the lack of tone and emotion available via text messages 10 Fun Texting Games to Play With Friends Over the Phone Here are the best texting games to play over the phone with friends without downloading or installing anything. Read More is invariably lying.

Matchmaking (Video Games)



This may sail over the heads of anyone who hasn’t ever played a video game online, but believe me when I tell you that everybody you encounter when doing so claims to have had sexual relations with your mother. Everybody. Even loud-mouthed 10-year-olds.



This is the perfect way to depress all 20-somethings currently reading this.

Exclamation Point



Sadly, the exclamation point is being increasingly used online, even by professional writers who should know better! See.



When you’re browsing the Web and you encounter someone using the word “literally,” it’s a safe bet they actually mean “figuratively.




Which explains why there are millions of disappointed children every Christmas who receive what their mothers believe to be the latest “Nintendo.

Apple Watch


We’ve probably mocked the Apple Watch enough already iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More in this column, so we’ll just say it’s funny how things come full circle in the world of technology.



Other job titles that can also be taken with a pinch of salt include “social media consultant” and “technology journalist.” Wait, what?

Lorem Ipsum


I always thought the Internet did exist in Ancient Rome, but that the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed it. Prove me wrong.

Copy & Paste


This is perhaps a little harsh, but it’s rather fitting for it to be included in a Buzzfeed-style listicle such as this one.

Reply All


If there was ever one tip that should be meted out to everybody heading online for the first time it would be to check who is going to receive that politically incorrect email you’re about to send.



The lack of advertising on Ello Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About It has been said that when a social network makes a small change, it cause a schism, sending users fleeing elsewhere. They're heading to Read More will do little to prevent users wasting their time away online updating their “friends” about every aspect of their lives.

Mario Kart


If you have never driven in Italy then don’t bother. The only thing that differentiates it from Mario Kart Excited About Mario Kart 8? Relive What Came Before! A lot of game franchises start off slowly and gradually build up a following. But Mario Kart burst into the gaming world and has never stood for anything less than brilliance. Read More is the lack of mustachioed plumbers lobbing empty turtle shells around.



This entry won’t make any sense in the years to come, but right now, with U2 having foisted their crappy new album on every single iTunes user Yes: That U2 Album Means Apple Can Send Data To Your iPhone U2 is one of the world's biggest rock groups, and their latest album just ended up on your iPhone or iPad for free. Is it a great deal, or a bad precedent? Read More , it’s rather amusing.



Pandora can be fixed with just one word: Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More .

Internet Explorer


It always astonishes me that while Internet Explorer is still popular, no one I know actually uses it. No, not even the oldies in my life.

Google Chrome


It’s shocking to think that had Google not developed Chrome then Internet Explorer could still be the number one Web browser in the world. Shiver.



Computers are capable of doing so much, and yet they’re mainly used for looking at online pornography Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More . Oh dear.



It could be worse, you could know someone who Googles, “Google.” Naming no names.



The problem with settling bets in this way is the continuing belief by some that Wikipedia is filled with errors and half-truths. It’s not any more though, really. Is it?

Your Favorite TL;DR Wikipedia Entries

We’ve shown you ours, so it’s now time for you to show us yours… your favorite TL;DR Wikipedia entries, that is. Alternatively, feel free to comment telling us your views on the regular Wikipedia, and what changes you would make in order to improve the online encyclopedia. Perhaps condensing the information down into a shortened form is the key.

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  1. Rebecca
    April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    This reminds me of the Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary.

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      You are so right!

  2. Alex D.
    October 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Of course Rome had the Internet. There were Forums all over the place back then.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Oh, that's a good one. I'm so stealing that...