Two computer scientists have completed an analysis of Wikipedia data, and found that Jesus Christ is the single “most significant figure in human history.”
To come up with their top 10 list of significant humans, the researchers looked at individuals who have impacted opinions and movements over time, according to entries in the online encyclopedia. Napoleon, Shakespeare, Muhammad and Abraham Lincoln rounded out the top five, followed by George Washington, Hitler, Alexander the Great and Thomas Jefferson. The researchers said that the lack of women on the list was a result of gender inequality views throughout history.
One of the professors behind the algorithms told the Pacific Standard,
“We would call Jesus ‘The most significant person ever.’ With over 2 billion followers a full 2,000 years after his death, Jesus is an incredibly successful historical meme”
Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:
- South Africa’s Zuma in dog row: South Africa’s government seeks to clarify remarks by President Jacob Zuma, who angered dog lovers by reportedly saying pets were part of white culture.
- Apple’s boss in massive pay cut: Tim Cook is to take home a salary that works out to 1% of the $378m (£235m) he received to be Apple’s boss last year.
- US man admits dinosaur smuggling: A fossils dealer admits smuggling dinosaur bones into the US, including the skeleton of a 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar from Mongolia.
- Wikipedia’s most searched revealed: Articles about Facebook, cul-de-sacs, adult video actresses, One Direction and the @ symbol are among some of 2012’s most clicked Wikipedia pages.
- Kim and Kanye expecting baby: The rapper Kanye West and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian are expecting a baby.
- Blood of Louis XVI ‘identified’: Scientists say an old dried out squash contains the blood of beheaded French King Louis XVI, and a genetic link with the mummified head of Henri IV.
- Woman trapped in shop at new year: While most people celebrated New Year’s Eve with parties and fireworks one pensioner in France spent the night alone in a locked supermarket.
- Author offers role to dog rescuer: US author Dennis Lehane, who wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River, pledges to name a new character after the person who returns his missing pet dog.
- Kenya ‘fake police chief’ charged: A Kenyan man is charged after allegedly pretending to be an assistant commissioner of police for five years – during which time he reportedly sacked and recruited police officers.
- China wedding boom on ‘lucky day’: Thousands of couples across China rush to marry on 4 January, because the Mandarin wording for the date sounds like a promise of eternal love.
This infographic does a great job of showing the history of social media: