Wikipedia is a danger to bagpipe enthusiasts

Wikipedia is possibly the best thing the Internet has produced. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a propagator of false information concerning nontraditional bagpipe usage.

Here’s a story. A few years ago, me and my buddy Hugh were busy working towards our degrees at Manchester University. As is the habit of students busily working towards degrees, we decided to write a song, hoping that it would be considered as Britain’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. It was entitled “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow” and was quite the hit in our flat.

Hugh decided that our smash should be anointed with the Wikipedia seal of approval, editing the List of nontraditional bagpipe usage entry to include our smash as the sole item in the rhythm and Blues section, reading:

The rhythm and blues band BenjiHugh’s 2009 song “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow” featured a large bagpipe solo towards the end of the second stanza.

Hugh has been updating the entry each year, as in many ways the song was timeless. For reasons that will soon become clear, here’s a recent screengrab:



Anyway, yesterday our musical career received an almighty boost. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, started a meme on Twitter:

So Hugh and I did just that, tweeting the List of List of nontraditional bagpipe usage adorned with a brand new #wikiwednesday hashtag.

Mr Wales was clearly keeping a close eye on the hashtag, and, much to our childish glee, retweeted us:

The founder of Wikipedia had released our mischievous misinformation into the wild! And just like that, the Internet ate itself.

Now move along.

*** Legal department: Benji Lanyado and Hugh McCallion adore Wikipedia. They are also unsigned.***

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One response to “Wikipedia is a danger to bagpipe enthusiasts

  1. Hah. I am the guilty party that started that page off, and your escapade (elliptically) illustrates why. Just like In-popular-culture, mention of some sort of off-the-wall piping on any page relevant to pipes almost instantly provokes a flurry of me-too edits. Creating that page was an excuse to get rid of them. But well done

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