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By Ryan

“Adventures in Wikisurfing” is a new series in which I record my travels and observations on everyone’s favorite website, Wikipedia.  I’ve been big into Wikisurfing for a while now, and my old roommate Joel can attest to the many hundreds of hours we wasted from 2004-2006 diving down rabbit holes of (mostly-useless) knowledge.  Why would you want to join me on one of these trips?  Let me turn that around on you—why wouldn’t you?  SNAP!

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Teddy Grahams

It’s been a while since I had these delicious bear-shaped snacks, and today found me craving them.  Their entry is unfortunately short, and does little to confirm my beliefs that chocolate is the best flavor, followed by honey, and, if you must, cinnamon.  Apparently Teddy Grahams were once mentioned in a Strong Bad email.

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Strong Bad

Seeing Strong Bad brought me back to my high school and college days, days where we would laugh over stupid little flash animations like the ones featuring Strong Bad and friends.  Would I like these if I watched them now?  Probably not, but it’s good to know that they’re still out there for bored introverts everywhere.  I didn’t get that far into the article because I wanted to find out more about the guys who created Homestar Runner.

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The Brothers Chaps

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Michael “Mike” Chapman and Matthew “Matt” Chapman (seriously, that’s how Wikipedia lists them) are brothers responsible for one of the web’s most popular animated series.  That series sometimes features music by an Atlanta band.

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Y-O-U

Y-O-U have a side project called Three Dawgh Stephens, which is a play on Three Dog Night, a band whose big hit(s) I should know from late-night infomercials but don’t.

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Three Dog Night

I’m not reading through all of this crap; to the discography!

Three Dog Night discography

I scroll down to the singles and find “Joy to the World.”

Joy to the World (Hoyt Axton song)

They didn’t even write this song!  You know this song, even if you think you don’t.  “Jeremiah was a bullfrog”?  That’s what they call an incipit.

Incipit

An incipit is the first few words or lines of a poem or song.  “Call me Ishmael.”  That wasn’t even an example on the page—I came up with that.  They really should have a list of all the great—or, at least, famous—incipits.

Here I am, just seven clicks away from Teddy Grahams, and I feel like I’ve really learned something.  Leave your favorite incipits in the comments, and I’ll see you next time for more “Adventures in Wikisurfing.”

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