It was on this day in 2001 that Jimmy Wales and Larry Danger launched one of the greatest time sucks in the history of the internet, Wikipedia. For all intents and purposes it's become the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for millions of people, serving as a general source on everything from distant stars to sexual perversions. It's not perfect by any stretch, but as a massive sink of human knowledge and experience that is updated daily it's certainly better than the old Encyclopedia Brittanica. I mean, it's just as accurate (or inaccurate) but at least it's free. Granted I remember the time I was looking up a brief fact about Sarah Michelle Gellar and found someone had edited her biography to include a beastiality scandal, but stuff like that is more rare than not.
So today we raise our glasses to one of out favorite sites as it enters its awkward high school years. Here are five songs that have paid homage to Wikipedia.More »