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Jeb Bush swings at Wikipedia and connects

Jeb Bush, currently a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States

On February 8 in Nashua, New Hampshire, US Presidential candidate Jeb Bush took a light-hearted swing at Wikipedia when he suspected the speaker introducing him at an event in New Hampshire of having read his Wikipedia biography:

Investigation shows that for three and a half years Wikipedia did indeed claim that Bush was an avid rock climber. The unsourced claim was introduced by an IP on 10 December 2008, and deleted on 27 July 2012 by an IP address belonging to Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future.

Many other questionable claims have been introduced to Bush's Wikipedia biography over the years; directly adjacent to the rock-climbing claim, for example, the article once briefly asserted that Bush "also, with his limited spare time, raises Wolf cubs and releases them into the wild." That passage lasted less than three hours, when AlisonW deleted it as unsourced – while leaving the adjacent, equally unsourced claim in the article.

The incident was also mentioned in a Wall Street Journal piece.

Bush went on to come in fourth place in the New Hampshire Republican primary with 11 percent of the vote. In fairness to Jeb Bush, the likelihood that the insertion of the rock climbing claim was performed by a kid living in their parents' basement is > 0.


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  • Hmm do we need an additional controlled random from among top 20% of articles as an extra choice. Popularity randomness; topic randomness, etc. Some nice ideas though it isn't truly random at that point, and crowds into the left hand side channel. Though once you have a search result allowing someone to research for a similar article might be some fun. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:30, 15 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Unemployed kids

"they're probably unemployed kids with student debt"

I wonder why. --NaBUru38 (talk) 14:24, 15 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

👍 Like Heh. Upvote. Herostratus (talk) 16:10, 18 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]


The author should try Special:RandomInCategory. Although it would be better if the randomizer would also pick pages from subcategories. --NaBUru38 (talk) 14:30, 15 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I played Randomonium and got really lucky:

  • My first random article was Jagatipur, a town in Nepal. I have been to Nepal, and got within about 100 miles of that town. But I hadn't heard of it, so I clicked on.
  • Next was Thatcher Island near Boston. I worked about 12 miles away from that island for several months, and perhaps I even saw it from the coast at one point. But since I didn't know it by name, I clicked again.
  • Third hit was the 82nd Street MAX light rail stop in Portland, OR. When I lived in Portland, I regularly passed through that station.

My game ended, with a score of 3. --KSmith (WMF) (talk) 00:05, 16 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I've become lucky, today my first click led me to Land Ho!, a film I've read about before. Brandmeistertalk 17:55, 16 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Took me 40 to land List of airports in Iceland. Lots of villages in Middle East, footballers, albums and TV shows that I have not heard of. OhanaUnitedTalk page 22:04, 16 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Interesting that you can win a Pulitzer without knowing the difference between a web site and a web page. Never mind, other quality dailies have used the phrase "web sight". All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:32, 17 February 2016 (UTC).[reply]

What is he talking about?

Is there any evidence that the Jeb Bush Wikipedia article had these things like him wanting to be a movie star? Alexis Ivanov (talk) 16:44, 16 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]

The Signpost article makes it clear that the "rock climbing" claim was in the Wikipedia article. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:32, 17 February 2016 (UTC).[reply]
Note also a number of revdeled edits as well - there is a strong chance than many edits are improper on that BLP. He was, for example, in the category of "sextet sibling groups", described as a Limp Bizkit fan, "pimping all the hoes" and going out with male prostitutes, that his brother was Yasser Arafat etc. All in just the past three months. Collect (talk) 16:19, 17 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]


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