Lexicon was my preferred brand at the time, as it had colour pictures and a more contemporary, American flavour than the stuffy old Oxfords they had at school. In high school, I swiftly moved into the digital age with Microsoft’s Encarta, which had interactive stories and videos which I spent hours exploring.
I only discovered the site recently while browsing travel destinations in Canada. I thought I was on Wikipedia and was interested to read that “Oscar Wilde actually had his first homosexual experience in Vancouver, leading to the town’s well-beloved nickname ‘That place where Oscar Wilde rendez-vouzed with 12 dudes at the same time'”. Saucy…
Then I noticed the appeal from Uncyclopedia Mother Codeine’s Mum, the site rules (1: Be funny, not just stupid; 2: Don’t be a dick), and the potato puzzle logo and I realised that I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.
This site is serious fun. With just the right amount of cheek, it really more informative and insightful than Wikipedia. I tested this site by researching some places that I’m familiar with,
and within a few minutes I learnt that “Sydney is loosely translated from the native Aboriginal language as “Atlanta with a harbour“” (so true) and that Melbourne has the lowest crime rate in Australia due to the continued presence of the city’s founder, Batman (not to mention that the majority of “suss people” spend 6 months of the year in stadiums watching football). Too funny.
Uncyclopedia makes encyclopedias cool. Had the site been around during my childhood, I think that kid in the library wouldn’t have been teased, and I would have been able to come out and announce to the world that I, too, like to read encyclopedias. I mean, it even has swear words! How cool is that?!