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.
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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
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:
Do you know what Wikipedians really like to do? Look up their own country:
And a couple of not-quite entries: