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Whackypedia kills standup comedian

Cowboy encyclopaedia gets it wrong again
Fri Mar 16 2007, 16:56
WIKIPEDIA has reported the death of someone we've never heard of. And he's still alive, or so he claims.

LA-based entertainer Sinbad received a phone call from his daughter after Wikipedia announced he'd died of a heart attack at the weekend.

When he answered, her fears were allayed, but in the following days, Mr Sinbad was swamped with calls from well-wishers keen to express their condolences.

His Whackopedia page is now locked against changes following the original error, but the episode once again calls into question the validity of the online repository of all wisdom and the somewhat cavalier way in which a handful of social misfits decide on what is and is not worthy of inclusion in its hallowed pages.

There are currently one and a half million articles on Whackypedia, which has been in existence for roughly the same time as your soaraway INQ. We venture to suggest that since 2001, we've published far less rubbish than them and have hardly ever announced the death of someone who's still breathing or even airbrushed them out of existence. Neither have we lied about our educational qualifications on our CVs. µ

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