Advertisement

The Jeff Ward Show

Blog > The Jeff Ward Show > Meet the Swedish physicist who has written 8.5% of everything on Wikipedia

Meet the Swedish physicist who has written 8.5% of everything on Wikipedia

He may not be a Shakespeare or a Charles Darwin, but Sverker Johansson should probably be just as famous simply for the sheer volume of articles he has written.

For the Swedish physicist can put his name to a staggering 2.7million entries - or some 8.5 per cent - that appear on the seemingly never-ending database of the online encyclopedia.

The 53-year-old claims to have created a small Wikipedia article - known as a stub - for every known bird species and fungus as well as cataloguing obscure animals such as butterflies and beetles.

But his prolific output - which on a good day can top 10,000 entries - is controversial because rather using his fair hand, he employs a computer-generated algorithm known as a bot to do the work for him.

Read more:

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Thursday that the United States could face the same...
TVs are quickly becoming viewers’ second screen — a phenomenon made crystal-clear as networks aired their season...
Two-time failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has blamed everything and everyone other than the old lady...
The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard...
Since Tom Cruise confirmed the sequel to “Top Gun” in an Australian interview Tuesday, fans of the 1986 film have...