Via Chris Applegate on Twitter , here's a list of the most viewed articles on each of the 35 most active versions of Wikipedia in 2012.
It's a curious collection of pieces: some boring, some weird, and most just vain. Let's look at the fun stuff first.
Japanese: AV女優一覧 , a list of lists of "adult video" actresses . No English language version of this one, despite my, ahem, exhaustive research. I particularly like that it's not even a list of porn actresses; it's a list of lists of porn actresses.
Vietnamese: Danh sách tư thế quan hệ tình dục /Sex position . Because how else will you learn about sex positions?
German: Sackgasse /Cul-de-sac . I don't know why cul-de-sacs are such a source of curiosity for German-speakers. But they are.
French: Houx crénelé /Ilex crenata . French-speakers apparently care deeply about an ornamental species of holly native to east Asia.
Some countries use Wikipedia to look up normal boring things. How unimaginative of them.
Croatian: Zakon o sprječavanju internetskog piratstva /Stop Online Piracy Act
Slovak: Majstrovstvá sveta v ľadovom hokeji 2012 /2012 IIHF World Championship
Czech: Seznam historických výročí /List of historical anniversaries
Danish: Te /Tea
Norwegian: Schrøder , an article about the Norwegian surname
Dutch: Hua Shan /Mount Hua
Turkish: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk /Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Thai: สมาคมประชาชาติแห่งเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ /Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Italian: Grey's Anatomy /Grey's Anatomy
Catalan: Mario Conde , a Spanish banker .
Hungarian: Magyar névnapok betűrendben , a list of Hungarian "name days" .
Tech companies seem to be especially popular, and one in particular:
Chinese: 百度 /Baidu
Korean: 네이버 /Naver
Indonesian: Facebook /Facebook
Spanish: Facebook /Facebook
Do you know what Wikipedians really like to do? Look up their own country:
Slovene: Slovenija /Slovenia
Estonian: Eesti /Estonia
Lithuanian: Lietuva /Lithuania
Greek: Ελλάδα /Greece
Hebrew: ישראל /Israel
Romanian: România /Romania
Finnish: Suomi /Finland
Swedish: Sverige /Sweden
Polish: Polska /Poland
Russian: Россия /Russia
Bulgarian: България /Bulgaria
Ukrainian: Україна /Ukraine
And a couple of not-quite entries:
Portugese: Brasil /Brazil
Persian: تهران /Tehran
Arabic: مصر /Egypt