Why Wikipedia beats the snot out of the Encyclopedia Britannica
You may or may not have been following the PR battle going on between
Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica. If not, you can catch
Anyway, I just received this weird little spam:
Date: December 15, 2005 4:43:11 PM PST
Call out Gouranga be happy
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga!
That which brings the highest happiness...
It was strange enough, that I decided to find out what it was all about.
I went to Encyclopedia Britannica online, and searched for Gouranga. All it had to say on the matter was "Sorry, we were unable to find results for your search."
Meanwhile, over at Wikipedia, I did the same thing. Wow. Not only did I learn far more about Gouranga than I ever wanted to know (did you know that if you run over a group of Hari Krishnas in Grand Theft Auto, the word "GOURANGA!" appears on screen?) but I found a detailed analysis of my actual spam message, including a purported reply from the author of the spam, and simple instructions for filtering the spam message if you get it a lot.