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John Moses Browning entry on Wikipedia... sub atomic weasel launcher?!!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by torpid, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. torpid

    torpid Well-Known Member

    Ok, who here would like to correct JMB's wiki entry from this?:

    Or did I just not know the true story of Mr. Browning?
  2. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    I just looked at the Wikipedia entry and what you have listed in your post isn't there. Where did you get it?


    UPDATE: I checked the history records in Wiki. Someone vandalized the JMB entry and add the nefarious weasel story, but it was quickly corrected. Note that I did find the weasel story quite entertaining and would love to be credited with inventing the sub atomic weasel launcher.
  3. Fosbery

    Fosbery Well-Known Member

    Wikipedia can be edited and contributed to by anyone. This leaves it open to 'Wiki vandalism'. It happens now and again. There are moderators there, just like on THR, who's job it is to clean it up. This is likely what has happened.
  4. SomeKid

    SomeKid Well-Known Member

    Somehow, I think the weasel entry was not the real vandalism.
  5. scout26

    scout26 Well-Known Member

    I needed a good laugh today. I bet JMB woudl find it funny also.

    A tip o' the hat to the "vandal".
  6. Caimlas

    Caimlas Well-Known Member

    the weasel and double-wide comments were likely done by the same person, given the style of commentary.

    Hey, it may have been vandalism, but I thought it was damn funny. I guess that lib and I share the same sense of humor.

    Time to go add something to Al Gore's page saying he had an abortion at age 17...
  7. Eleven Mike

    Eleven Mike Well-Known Member

    What makes you think the vandal is a liberal?
  8. Zero_DgZ

    Zero_DgZ Well-Known Member

    I don't know, what kind of clue is it that he can't spell "caliber?"

    Caliber = Measurement of bore size.

    Calibur = Sword from a trio of lousy fighting games.
  9. Caimlas

    Caimlas Well-Known Member

    the reasons given, plus saying that he lives in a double-wide aren't enough of a clue? "he's part of the gun culture, he must have been a redneck!"
  10. tellner

    tellner member

    It was obviously edited by one of the real Big Guns who haunts Wiki:

    Small caliber, immense bore :)
  11. Eleven Mike

    Eleven Mike Well-Known Member

    Misspelling for comic effect? Why would a liberal make up silly, unbelievable stories for JMB's Wiki entry? Now, a Glock fan; maybe.

    Peel back the tin-foil. It was funny.
  12. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    The stupid vandalism is just annoying "eRiKs a fAg LOL!!!", the subtle malicious vandalism (tampering with dates, reducing material accuracy in subtle ways) is worst.

    Tossing random funny stuff isn't so bad, though I wouldn't do it myself.

    Somebody slipped a comment into the M16-series article, indicating that the one of the upgrades to the M16A1 included "condom storage". That was vaguely amusing, in that it was subtle enough to make you wonder for a sec.

  13. DigitalWarrior

    DigitalWarrior Well-Known Member

  14. plexreticle

    plexreticle Well-Known Member

    I cringe at some of the stuff people write on Wikipedia about guns. Not the vandals but the self proclaimed experts.
  15. tellner

    tellner member

    Lord, save me from my friends?
  16. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Geez, don't people know better...

    Consistency is the key to good accuracy. Sub-atomic weasel launchers have too many variables (specifically, the weight and density of individual weasels) to be accurate with any degree of consistency. A figure no less than Einstein mentioned it in a footnote in his theory of relatively.
  17. default

    default Well-Known Member

    On a similar subject, this is pretty funny. On the whole, while not ultimately at the level of www.world.guns.ru (what is?), Wikipedia's base of firearms articles and entries is fairly solid, and obviously shows a lof of work by some dedicated writers and editors. The user-edited nature of the site results in some pros and cons - more errors corrected more quickly by people with a specific interest in a subject, as opposed to more traditional encyclopedias, where errors can go unaddressed for decades. Fun to surf, and great for a quick briefing on a subject, but never to be used as "proof" or "evidence", merely a starting point.
  18. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    So - Is this a device for launching very small weasels or a very small device that launches regular-sized weasels?

    And is it SA, DA, SA/DA or DAO?
  19. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    Wikipedia: better and worse than you'd think ;)

    I find it fun to review my Wikipedia contributions list once in a while, because you can tell from it what was going on in the day or week that I was working on it. I've contributed a lot of small fixes (grammar / spelling / idiom) on some of the gun-related stories, and depending on what I'm studying, randomly interested in that week via the news or other sources, or looking up for research on upcoming travel, etc, the list reflects it. There's a long string of edits to articles about ammunition; a lot of gunnies seem to enjoy the "police-talk" style, where every person is "the individual," every car is a "particular vehicle," and every voice is a passive voice :)

    There really is occasional vandalism, some of it corrected quickly, and some of it (in less visited articles) hangs out for a while without comment -- but it's better there than in the more "serious" (or controversial) articles; the system works surprisingly well to clean up actual malice. But look at some of the legal entries, and you can see lawyer-talk that's just as bad as police-talk; idiom and tone are not always easy to improve, but when I can, I get a kick out of it.

    Anyone want to improve my entry for "sinkbox"? :)




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