17 Wild And Engrossing Wikipedia Pages To Read When You’re Bored As Hell



We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most fascinating Wikipedia pages in the world. Here are the wild results.

1.

List of incidents at Disneyland Resort


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This is a deep dive into all of the wild and sometimes gruesome incidents that have occurred at Disneyland Resort in California. Apparently there are over 100 lawsuits involving Disney parks every year, including major incidents, ride accidents, and, yes, even deaths at the park. This page gets into specifics about all of those horrifying events.

—ghastlyghostie

2.

Last meal


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Depending on what country you’re in, condemned prisoners are allowed a “last meal” before being executed. This page highlights the requested meals from the world’s most terrifying criminals. For example, John Wayne Gacy, one of America’s most infamous serial killers, requested “a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of diet Coke.”

—maxineblythe


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You probably already know the story ofTitanic, but have you ever been curious about any of the 2,208 people who were actually aboard the ship? Over 1,500 people lost their lives on that day in 1912, and this page lists all known passengers aboard, including personal info, stories, and whether or not they survived.

—oliviaf49


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Gertrude Baniszewski facilitated the torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in 1965. Likens was tortured in unspeakable ways for three months by the Baniszewski family while she lived with them. This page has a detailed summary of all of the events, which were so horrifying that they’re considered “the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana.”

—juliak46

5.

List of people who died climbing Mount Everest


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Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, and nearly 300 people have died while trying to climb to its tallest peak. Some deaths occur due to avalanches, some people slip and fall off the edges, and a lot of people disappear without a trace.

—Elizabeth Jean, Facebook


Wikipedia / Creative Commons / one of the most bizarre and spectacular tragedies in Californian history and western-US migration

A group of 87 pioneers made their way by wagon from Missouri to California in May of 1846. Due to several mishaps and snowstorms, the typical four-to-sixth-month trip took nearly twice as long to complete, and many group members resulted to cannibalism in order to survive. Nearly half of the party died on the trail, and the events are now recognized as “one of the most bizarre and spectacular tragedies in Californian history and western-US migration.”

—raylah2

7.

List of banned films


DreamWorks / Disney

Hundreds of major movies are released every year, but not every country wants them to be seen. This page gives the specific reasons why certain films have been censored and banned from individual countries. For example, did you know thatThe Wolf of Wall Streethas been banned from theaters in Cambodia and by most African countries?

—reginaphalanges

8.

Boy in the Box


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An unidentified boy was found in a cardboard box in a Philadelphia field in 1957. His naked body was covered in bruises and a blanket. More than 400,000 flyers with the boy’s likeness were distributed, but no one came forward with any information. The case remains unsolved to this day, and the boy’s identity still hasn’t been confirmed. His headstone reads “America’s Unknown Child.”

—sashaf459

9.

Timeline of the far future


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No one knows what the future has in store for us, but some scientists have a pretty good idea of what ~might~ happen. This page is absolutely terrifying, detailing what exactly is predicted to happen to humanity, space exploration, our planet, and ultimately the solar system.

—angies43991


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A 1962 coal mine fire ~underneath~ the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, is literally still burning to this day, over 45 years later. The city is practically a ghost town now, though some people view it as a tourist attraction. This nearly abandoned area (as of 2013, only seven residents were given permission to continue living there) is the spooky inspiration for the village in the movieSilent Hill.

—teawrecks


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It’s disturbing to think about, but sometimes planes (and the people on board) literally go missing. This page goes into detail about almost every missing aircraft that’s been recorded since 1856, including the events with Amelia Earhart and the more recent Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

—nicoler4931


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More than 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. Nineteen were found guilty and were hanged (it’s a myth that people were burned at the stake). This page shows a timeline of the wild events and how everything actually unfolded.

—socialmediaruinedme


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Genie was the name given to a feral child who spent nearly 13 years locked away in her room without any social contact or human care. She was “strapped to a child’s toilet or bound in a crib” until 1970 when she was finally rescued. Having not learned to speak or communicate, Genie ultimately became a research subject in language acquisition. This page uncovers everything that happened to Genie as a child, the ethics behind her becoming a research subject, and what her life was like as an adult.

—oneinalillian


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The year was 1518, and for some reason a group of about 400 people got “dancing mania” and literally started dancing without stopping for days on end. This lasted for about a month, and by the end of everything several people collapsed and even died of exhaustion, strokes, and heart attacks.

—ishabassi

15.

Spontaneous human combustion


youtube.com

Though it’s hard to believe, there are actually a bunch of reported cases of spontaneous human combustion, meaning real people (living or recently deceased) literallyexplodedout of nowhere without any apparent source of ignition. Um???

—samsamosa

16.

Zodiac Killer


Paramount Pictures / Wikipedia / Public Domain / en.wikipedia.org

The Zodiac Killer terrorized the world after murdering several people in Northern California in the ’60s and ’70s, even sending cryptic messages to the police as a way to taunt them. The Zodiac Killer is one of the most famous serial killers in the world, and it’s also probably the scariest to think about, since we still don’t know who committed the crimes. This chilling page does a deep dive into the entire investigation, including details about each specific attack, the two survivors, and all of the current suspects.

—Nicholas Irving, Facebook


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Some “facts” are said so often that they become common knowledge, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually true. This page will quickly become your favorite thing on the internet (especially if you love trivia), as it debunks all of those common things you’ve probably always thought were accurate. For instance, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space, and Twinkies only have a shelf life of about 45 days.

—eleanorbate

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