Reading the entire English Wikipedia: It's possible

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If you don't like the idea of not sleeping for almost 15 years, here's an alternative plan. If you dedicated "only" 12 hours per day to read Wikipedia and you read at average reading speed of 300 words per minute, it would take you 30 years to read 1447 volumes of Wikipedia. For Howard Stephen Berg it would take 130 days or a little bit more than 4 months.

  • Slash
  • October 3, 2010, 3:55 am
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    • Dannyl
    • October 6, 2010, 7:14 am
    Whoa
    - Slash October 6, 2010, 7:16 am
    RESULT!
    - Math October 6, 2010, 9:07 am
    That is fucking Epic!
    - HeartlessAngel October 9, 2010, 3:48 pm
    YOUR FUCKIN AWSOME!!!!!
    - castlewarsisawsome November 27, 2010, 9:37 am
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    Oh. All the sources of this article are Wikipedia. Huh.

    ya its going to take a very long time i'll try
    - castlewarsisawsome October 3, 2010, 10:27 pm
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    Here's a printed version of Wikipedia:

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    Someone had a post on here about this; search for it. It's interesting. :)

    Looks kind of small, compared to OP's image. How old is this edition?
    - ironmyshirt June 23, 2011, 8:29 am
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    hold on, there is something that has not been taken into account...
    wikipedia started in 2001. that's 9 years of existance (don't say fail quite yet, my calculations are gonna prove something other than 2010-2001=9!)
    so in 9 years there have been 3.4 mil articles. which means 3,77,777 a year.
    So if it takes you 14.5 years to read all of wiki, there will be another 5,288,888 articles to read!
    This means that you will forever be playing catch up as it takes less time to publish articles than it does to read them.
    So, not that I wish to deter the nutter who is going to read all of wiki, but it cannot actualy be done!

    According to to this graph it will not grow that fast.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_of_Wikipedia

    Of course, large number of articles will be modified by the time you finish reading, so you will have to re-read everything, which makes catching up impossible. What is possible, however, is to read the entire 2010 print of Wikipedia. If you printed it all now, you can finish it in 30 years if you read for 12 hours per day.
    - Paul October 4, 2010, 5:54 am
    actually if howard stephen berg read it, hed be done in 65 days. by then there wouldnt be enough new articles for him to not be able to knock out in time
    - bufus101 April 14, 2011, 7:54 am
    thats pretty cool, a lot of stuff could be outdated or incorrect by then, but if were just talking figuratively speaking than you are correct sir
    - bufus101 April 14, 2011, 7:55 am
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    Screw the reading i want it on tape... uh oh

    creativebarn03 - reading the entire english wikipedia: it's possible


    (and that's just Aardvark to Algebra)

    • noodle
    • October 6, 2010, 1:30 pm
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    um im not sure if this is fail of win

    • eman94
    • October 3, 2010, 7:50 am
    y does it have to be either?
    - thekitkatkid October 3, 2010, 6:45 pm
    Because it creates a wormhole of winfail
    - noodle October 6, 2010, 1:24 pm
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    wow, but how did you manage to post a web empires thing?

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    is it possible to read all of it if you daydream for 10 min every 2 min

    nonstop
    6*14 8 = 84 48 = 88years

    real life
    6*14 8+sleep+school+computer addiction to sharenator=never
    well i certainly have some reading to do

    • hightec
    • October 3, 2010, 11:42 am
    lol i like oh sharenator can stop it complatel
    - castlewarsisawsome October 3, 2010, 10:30 pm
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    me i can read about 600 words XD but thats if i didnt get destracted :[

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    I will take the challenge!

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    i read all of it in 9 years.

    • isaac1
    • March 30, 2011, 12:06 pm
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    it will probly take the rest of your life

    • fire
    • April 10, 2011, 2:20 pm
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    Haha redtube is the 15th most viewed visualization

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