As some of you may know, Wikipedia and many sites were blacked out for 24 hours in protest against the SOPA and PIPA bills. And this led to many students having to depend on archaic tools like books and libraries.
In my opinion, The Oatmeal had the best SOPA blackout page. With this animated gif:
Twitter also became awash with Facts Without Wikipedia, in the hours of the blackout. I joined in the fun too.
@DannyjClayton: The Great Wall of China was built to keep the rabbits out. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@pto654: Justin Bieber, female age 12. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@strangedave: Pluto is no longer a planet due to copyright claims from the Disney corporation #factswithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Cable ties can hold subway tracks and even marriages together. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mitterpottles: #FactsWithoutWikipedia: Singapore is an island off the coast of mainland China.
@mrbrown: Singapore's Merlion is a real creature that helped to transform it from a sleepy village to a metropolitan city. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Singapore leaders are the most underpaid leaders in the world. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Han Solo had an Indonesian brother named Bengawan Solo, who studied the Kueh of the Jedi. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@JohnnyInfamous: Star Wars is based on the lesser known Shakespeare work "Thy Force Be Stronge" #factswithoutwikipedia
@mrbrown: J.Lo is Cee Lo's sister .#FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: The People's Action Party was originally named Freedom Action Party and was made up of many master debaters. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Chinese New Year is just China copying the real New Year, according to 14-year-old Amos Yee. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: The national anthem of Singapore is entitled "Mari Kita". It was originally sung and recorded by Taufik Bautista. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@The_Maks: France has lost its AAA rating. This means they are no longer allowed so sell small batteries. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@Toucanjake: Twilight is, in fact, the greatest love story ever written. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Cars in Singapore are the cheapest in the world and citizens are given rebates to buy one. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@KarineC: mee siam comes with cockles. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Electoral boundaries in Singapore are never redrawn to suit the ruling party.#FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Manchester United is the only football team in the entire world. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@chillmurrayy: #FactsWithoutWikipedia Ke$ha, in European countries, is actually spelt K€sha.
@mrbrown: Raffles Place was where Sir Stamford Raffles first learned to play Winning Eleven on PS3. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
@mrbrown: Singapore is a monarchy, headed by a Queen named Kumar. #FactsWithoutWikipedia
An interesting exchange between Law Minister Shanmugam and his commenters on his Facebook page:
K Shanmugam: Sc Weilun, I am trying to understand. Do you think the cost of food has gone up because of Ministers salaries / You dont think the cost of food has anything to do with several hundreds of millions of people in India and China now becoming consumers and competing ?
K Shanmugam: Sc weilun, on Ministers salaries. will ask you to note one point. For the current Cabinet, many of us have made serious sacrifices. We are not in it for the money. Our concern is for the future of Spore - your children and grandchildren. What should be the appropriate benchmark for getting good ppl to come into public service.
Facebook Commenter: Ask Chen Show Mao, he doesn't need a benchmark. He just do it.
Since everyone is doing GraceFu-isms, this is mine:
"When I made the decision to be mrbrown in 1997, pay was not a key factor. Kena lim kopi by ISD, kena sue until tng kor by ministers and having my newspaper column suspended were. The disruption to my computer gaming time was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living but we did have to sell the car and now I ride a bicycle. I fear if the balance is tilted further in the future, I will fall off my bicycle." -mrbrown