Atanu Dey On India's Development

Wasting time on Wikipedia

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I have many avenues for wasting time but most of them involve the internets. Here’s a trick for you: go to wikipedia and click on “Random Article” in the navigation panel. Here are the lessons.

A) Most of the articles that you get to by the random click are just stubs. You would have thought otherwise because normally you end up reading long informative articles because that is what you get to when you do a search or click on a link sent to you with a purpose.

B) It is a lot of fun because you “Learn Things that You Did Not Know and Probably Could Get by without Knowing Them.” For instance, did you know that Agra, a town in northern Lincoln County, Oklahoma had a population of 356 according to the 2000 census? That’s a pretty generous definition of a town. But it is a very small town — of around one square mile. The interesting thing is that Agra, OK, has a population density of 393 people per sq km — which is higher than India’s (only 364 people per square km.)

It is like India in another respect.

The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males!

I guess it’s the sort of town that if you blink while you are driving through it, you will miss it.

  • mayuresh

    Atanu said: “Most of the articles that you get to by the random click are just stubs. You would have thought otherwise because normally you end up reading long informative articles because that is what you get to when you do a search or click on a link sent to you with a purpose.”

    I think that purpose is solved by the “Featured content” and to an extent, by the “Current events” links right above “Random article”