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Isolated Wikipedia Passages, Vol. 1

February 20, 2009

One of my favorite things to do is to start on a random Wikipedia article and click links on each subsequent one to see where I end up. Reading through specific passages, especially out of context, is fun. Here are some of my favorite (unedited) isolated passages from Wikipedia articles:

“Suck it!” is DX’s signature slogan. This is also used in their popular “Let’s get ready to suck it!” routine, originally a parody of Michael Buffer‘s “Let’s get ready to rumble!“. The routine starts when Triple H asks the audience “Are you ready?” He then shouts “No, (city name), I said ARE YOU READY?” to elicit a louder reaction from the crowd. He continues and says “Then, for the thousands in attendance, and the millions watching at home. Let’s get ready to suck it!” Then when Triple H gives Michaels the microphone, Michaels continues with: “If you’re not down with that, we got two words for yah!” To which the crowd usually shouts “SUCK IT!” back at them
Pro-wrestling faction Degeneration X

In the comic strips, spinach is presented as a panacea, infusing Popeye not only with his extraordinary strength, but also making him invulnerable to all sorts of threats (including bullets, a basilisk‘s petrifying gaze, or aliens’ weapons) and even capable of feats like flight or extraordinarily fast swimming (usually with the aid of his pipe as a propeller).
Cartoon character Popeye

The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox shows in any case that there exist experiments by which one can measure the state of one particle and instantaneously change the state of its entangled partner, although the two particles can be an arbitrary distance apart; however, this effect does not violate causality, since no transfer of information happens.
Quantum physics

After her elimination, an outraged Brooke Thompson spat on Pollard after the two had exchanged words. Pollard vowed to “whoop Pumkin’s ass”, and attempted to do so at the season one reunion.
Reality TV star Tiffany “New York” Pollard

Charles first worked for the Pembroke family: wife Jill, husband Stan, and their three children Lila; Douglas; and Jason. It was a show with a strong cast and good storylines but was hampered by having unnecessary “canned laughter” added to it.
Charles in Charge, apparently written by a Charles in Charge apologist

However, he was suspended for the entire 2004 season due to two criminal convictions. [1][2] After a conditional reinstatement, he started every game in the 2005 season, but was involved in several highly-publicized incidents during the season, including the display of his middle finger to the crowd and violently stomping the leg of an opponent, as well as various crimes around Gotham City and trying to kill Batman.*
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick

* Okay, I made that last part up.

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