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Louisiana Just Printing Out Wikipedia Pages, Calling It History

History is written by the basement dweebs.

From Wonkette operative Lisa B.:

A friend and I decided to get the hell out of the freezing mass of Minnesota and take a roadtrip south. We just returned to our sleeping quarters from a day out in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We checked out the state capitol building, and noticed that next to the statue of their first governor, there is a pedestal with his biography pasted on it for reading pleasure. The biography is literally just two pages printed directly from Wikipedia, with the URL and everything at the bottom. Worse, it was printed in 2009, so it’s been there long enough for someone important to have noticed it. We would feel bad for the seeming lack of access to reputable sources, but we don’t because we keep seeing the Confederate flag everywhere.

Might somebody who works for the government of Louisiana have some access to verified information about their first governor? Apparently not. Yeah, just tape that Wikipedia page up next to the statue! That works! Looks pretty classy-like!

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103 comments

  1. donner_froh

    "Worse, it was printed in 2009, so it’s been there long enough for someone important to have noticed it."

    Intersection of "someone important" and "Louisiana elected official" is a null set.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        & don't forget the 67th vote to convict on impeachment charges, Mary Landrieu.

        Obama, you're geauxing down.

  2. PresBeeblebrox

    If only we had less volcano monitoring, Louisiana might have sufficient funds to hire real, live museum professionals to do this shit, instead of cold printing out Wikipedia pages.

  3. GregComlish

    And that's how eventually I was able to get the proper citations for my vandalism to the Louisiana Governor's page on wikipedia thanks to that museum is Baton Rouge.

  4. DaRooster

    Wow, he musta invented the "Shake Weight"… I'm impressed.
    I'll go put that on his Wikipedia page for them.

  5. MinAgain

    Who knew Mississippi was contagious? I would fear for the intelligence of my own home state, but Tennessee apparently has already caught the "dumb" and elected the first majority Republican General Assembly since Reconstruction.

    1. TanzbodenKoenig

      Oh believe me we've already got buyers remorse here in Tennessee. I have a bunch of teacher friends who are none to pleased currently…

  6. user-of-owls

    Think I'll head over to the Louisiana Wikipedia pages and, as all the hip journalists put it, "rewrite history."

  7. freakishlywrong

    Jindal will ask the Federal Gubbmint for funds to secure a properly written history. Irony will weep.

  8. Weenus299

    They should put a legal pad beside it, "Write your own history of the Fella." All entries to be enshrined somewhere with the Memorial Steno Pad.

  9. elviouslyqueer

    Well, I know that Louisiana is going through a whole budget meltdown, so this is almost excuseab… oh, fuck it, this is in Baton Rouge. I got nothing.

  10. Barbara_i

    I'm going to have to disagree with the panel here. I am just impressed that they managed to get the Netflix's pop up ad out of the way to get to the information. Also, there isn't a "Baton Rouge Mom learns secret to belly fat" ad in the margin.

  11. SorosBot

    Oh great, Scott Walker and Chris Christie will see this and cut their states' education budgets even further by replacing textbooks with print-outs from Wikipedia (printing done at the teacher's expense).

      1. SorosBot

        Well, maybe. Although now that I think about there's probably too many facts in those Wikipedia articles; they'll demand the teachers use Conservapedia instead. None of that socialistic Relativity for them!

  12. Boredw/Gravity

    I think the saddest part of this story is that Wonkette operative "Lisa B" freely chose to travel to Louisiana.

  13. 4TheTurnstiles

    the capital rotunda is sometimes visible on clear days through the haze of plastic & petrochemical production offgassing. Louisiana is mostly a chemical waste dump. "Mostly" is where black people "mostly" live. The white middle class, you see, breathes "Perri-Aire," like in Spaceballs. And doesn't have to ask volunteer lawyers to sue the state for clean drinking water &c.

    1. dupzales

      Amazing how the people who don't work for a living, attempt to make fun of the people who are working and productive…. and herein lies part of the problem, when the people who do nothing are what other people aspire to.

  14. LittlePedro

    Not surprised, especially when considering that Louisiana ranks in the bottom of pretty much every single educational metric there is. Brace yourselves for the Wikitard Generation.

  15. metamarcisf

    Hopefully Jindal and the the new republican majority in the legislature will put a stop to this Wikipedia nonsense. Everyone knows that the pages of Wikipedia are dripping with liberal bias. They need a source like CONSERVAPEDIA, where they can learn about dinosaurs on the Ark of the Covenent and the War of Northern Aggression.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      The term "liberal bias" always makes me think of Milwaukee drive-time yakker — &, apparently, dedicated Limbaugh fill-in host — Mark Belling. In turn, thinking of Belling recalls the story — true? false? (who cares?) — I heard on a local morning show a few weeks ago. The laddish Kramp & Adler were doing their "Craig's List Missed Connections" bit, including an account of a young woman at Victor's, & they chastised the 25 years old for going to Victor's (a cougar-hunter's dream) & expecting to get picked up. Though, one of the two — cannot recall if it were Kramp, or Adler — did say, "If you're a twenty-five years old female at Victor's, the only way somebody's going to try to pick you up is if you run into Mark Belling, who'll prolly offer you pop-corn (in exchange for a make-out). It happened to my fiancee once".

  16. Extemporanus

    I have no doubt that Louisiana officials will be updating the bio just as soon as they figga out howta work dat dere Tweeta machine, consarn it.

  17. Wilcoxyz

    Living in the state of Louisiana, I can share that it's a custom for the outgoing governor to take all the plagues and stuff and melt them down for resale – as a form of deferred compensation. So I am sure Jindal is just putting all the new monies in his presidential run and home exorcism business coffers. New laws and such are kindly mailed to legislators by large contributors and approved promptly.

    1. Lost_Teabaggers

      Hey…as bad off as your state is: Jindal-Vitter-Duke you're still better off than Alaska…I mean for chrissakes they elected Palin as GOVERNOR! Well I never!

  18. LionelHutzEsq

    Was it printed in dot matrix?

    And, I'm surprised Governor Jindal allowed this, as it is well known that Satan lives in the internets.

  19. LionelHutzEsq

    Still, this does put Louisiana ahead of Mississippi, which prints all their historical information from Conservapedia.

    1. Lost_Teabaggers

      Shit…even Andy Schafly is too highbrow for them…Larry the Cable Guy is mighty Mississipa's go-to source for history.

  20. deleted9340051

    I had to create an account just to remind Wonkette's ever so level-headed commenters that we're not all as drop-dead retarded as our politicians in Louisiana.

    1. Boredw/Gravity

      I'm from Texas, and Texas (justifiably) takes it in the rear from Wonkette all the time. Sane, intelligent peeps do live in insane places.

  21. Tommmcatt

    I'm impressed they recognize English words and can read them. It is entirely possible, say, in Alabama or Mississippi, that someone would have printed out the Wikipedia page for Bebe Rebozo by mistake and put that next to the statue. But Louisiana has always been the brain trust of the south, such as it is. Look what a slyboots and clever-clogs Bobby Jindal is, for example.

    ADD: Or David Vitter. Now there's a button-bright for ya.

    1. glamourdammerung

      Just think if they spent as much time trying to better themselves as they spend on impotently raging here how much better off they would be.

      They might even manage to get a job.

  22. deleted9340051

    Second attempt at posting a comment defending (at least some) Louisianians. Considering how my first post apparently was denied, in favor of such informed comments as "Louisiana had internet access in 2009?" and "Shit…like anyone in Louisiana can read….HA".

    I actually don't even know why I'm bothering to entertain people who seem to make it a hobby of making fun of a place that, in all likelihood, they've never visited or even met anyone from.

    How's that for illiteracy?

    1. Beanball

      I've been to Luizianah many times. I am deeply impressed by the depth and breadth of ignorance and bigotry displayed by about 90% of everyone who does not live in NO. Also mightily impressed (and not in a good way) with NO's homicidal police department and your record of corrupt butthead governors stretching back into the mists of forgotten time.

      You citizens could fix all that but apparently choose not to.

      Keep fucking that chicken, sportsman.

  23. zhubajie

    I actually knew a guy who moved from his native Baton Rouge to North Dakota, just to get away from it all. Last I knew, he was planning to teach English somewhere in Inner Mongolia.

  24. mommymanda2010

    And yet someone from Louisiana is capable of using the proper article when referencing "a" Louisiana public school education.

  25. alaninthecastro

    They laid off the history-knowing bureaucrat guy and now an unpaid intern does the job just as well.

  26. lsocoee

    Of which public school did you drop out? I graduated from a Louisiana public school and I was able to recognize the incorrect use of "an" in your post.

    Regardless of your grammar, I am embarrassed for the employees at the Capitol.

  27. Lost_Teabaggers

    Sweet…this gives me a built-in argument when I'm feeling lazy about gathering source material. I'll just use wikipedia and then when my professor says "wikipedia is not an acceptable source", I'll just reply "hey, it was good enough for the state of Louisianna, dammit", which will work unless the comeback is "that's Louisianna"….the only fool in my foolproof plan.

  28. lsocoee

    I graduated from a Louisiana public school and I was able to recognize the incorrect use of "an" in your post.

  29. chewy0051

    Is anything in the wiki page inaccurate? If not, what difference does it make – apart from just being ghetto?

    I think we're all going to have to get used to this kind of thing given the budget crises going on in the states.

    1. finette_

      Oh holy fuck.

      WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VERIFIABLE SOURCE.

      Repeat.

      WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VERIFIABLE SOURCE.

      –Your friendly Louisiana librarian

      1. chewy0051

        But a nice bronze plaque is?? The information itself can be verified and what matters is whether it is accurate. If the information in the wikipedia page is factual how is it any different than a bronze plaque?

  30. ashleyxf

    I wonder, if this had happened in some place other than a southern state, would the sneering and bashing responses have been so numerous? As a lifelong resident of Louisiana and librarian at Louisiana State University, I can only assure everyone that this is not considered to be acceptable behavior around here. This is most likely the work of some lazy high school summer intern, and even if it isn't, while not excusing the idiocy of using a printout of a Wikipedia page as an information display, why does everyone assume this is the sort of behavior of the state as a whole?

    Yes, Louisiana is not the richest state or most cosmopolitan state, and it does suffer from problems in the educational system, but I encourage everyone to not assume that what you see on CNN after hurricanes, "Swamp People" and "My Big Fat Southern Wedding" is the norm for the population in general. Those are meant as entertainment, not informative documentaries. If you have any doubt as to what the state is truly like, visit sometime. Our museums are on par with anything anywhere in the country, LSU is a tier 1 research university, and the cities are just as modern as the ones you live in. Yes, in the rural areas things get a little weird, but I challenge anyone to prove the same is not true in their own state.

    The State Library is only a block away from the capital building and could easily have compiled a display-worthy historical piece for this exhibit, and that they were not contacted, and that this lazy bit of embarrassment happened instead, is a travesty. The appropriate parties have been contacted about this and I suspect the printouts have already been removed and replaced with something suitable.

    Perhaps everyone thinks it's funny to bash a population that has been unable to shake the stereotype of being backwoods hillbillies no matter what they do, but I can say one thing Louisiana does have that other areas seem to lack, and that is a general compassion and manners amongst its populace. We might not be the smartest people, at least not in the eyes of the rest of the country, but we are certainly nicer.

    1. finette_

      I wonder, if this had happened in some place other than a southern state, would the sneering and bashing responses have been so numerous?

      Well…yes. You are being way too earnest here. The first thing to learn about Wonkette is that pretty much everything in the posts and the comments is said in jest, and if you come from a largely rural state that tends to make the news only when bad things happen there, you need to have a rather thick skin. I live in Louisiana now, but I'm originally from a midwestern state which has been the butt of almost as many Wonkette posts.

      (Also an academic librarian, btw. Hi!)

  31. lwjr75

    To set the record straight the official biography was placed on display in 1998, someone replaced the official biography with the wikipedia printout as a prank. From the comments posted regarding this story it is obvious that bigotry, hate, and ignorance are not just Southern "thangs." Next time realize that just because it's printed on the internet doesn't mean it's true or the full story.

    1. NOLA_greenwave

      thank you for posting. I do think it was put there as a prank either by highschool students or maybe even Lisa. Dates on printouts can be manipulated and with the sensationalism that I have seen from other articles on this website, I do not doubt that it was put up by the person who submitted it.
      I have lived in Louisiana all of my life, in particular, New Orleans. Honestly there is no place like it and not because of hurricanes or oil spills but because of its culture. Many artists including Tennessee Williams moved here because the city gave them a sense of worth and identity. Louisiana is full of intellectual and knowledge thirsty people. I feel sorry for those of you who choose to slander others for what purpose?

    2. NOLA_greenwave

      (second part)

      Do you really think Louisiana officials put up wikipedia's article in lieu of placards? do you really think that this is the doings of intelligent people(most officials have education extending past a bachelor's degree) or ridiculousness of adolescents or a person wanting a story which 1,000,000 people will like on facebook? What I find in this article and the subsequent responses is the irony…many of the response treat Louisiana as a land of ignorant people when the responded people have never been to Louisiana or have any idea what they are writing about.

  32. dupzales

    This comment coming from the state that elected comedy writer Al Franken to the US Senate, and other comments originating from the nation that elected Obama!!!! Please!!! Its easier to run someone else's business than to actually do a good job in your own area…

  33. closetalker11

    Aw y'all, this is both funny and sad. Baton Rouge is my hometown. The "tourism" folks at the state capitol building have an average age of approximately 6,000 … they really might not know or understand what Wikipedia is. This is a poor reflection on my city and state, and it's especially upsetting because both Louisiana and Baton Rouge have a fascinating history. More than anything, I think it's a comment on choices of where to put resources, and since Bobby Jindal is a bumbling ass, I'm not surprised that his choices reflect poorly on the state he represents. I hate Bobby Jindal. And to think, he went to my relatively liberal high school. And Brown! What the hell, man.

    I, personally, can't believe the Wikipedia page isn't about the bullet holes in the wall, as that's the only part I remember about the tour we took in 4th grade.

    I'll be home in May — I'll gave to go by and see if the Wiki pages are still there.

    1. NOLA_greenwave

      Do you really think that they don't understand what wikipedia is?

      PS check your writing before you press submit comment.

  34. erinbgray

    Ok, while it is horribly wrong that they are printing out Wikipedia entries in place of real research, I was truly appauled when I read all the comments. There is no reason to make fun of all the people of Louisiana when obviously only a few people were responsible for placement of the Wikipedia articles. As for the Louisiana residents that did not say anything about these posts, how are they suppose to know that this is not correct museum policy.

  35. LisaBiyayatch

    Well, we'll never see a review of Minnesota's state capitol's setup because who decided to take a vacation to Minnesota? No one, that's who. Great food, jazz, literature, art and history came out Louisiana. What ever came out of Minnesota? Nothing fun. I just wiki'd Minnesota and boy, that was a real page turner.

  36. ripscottjack

    I've always heard when someone feels the need to put down, critize and/or be rude and nasty when commenting about places and people they don't even know, it's because of their own self loathing – Having said that, I can honestly say, I am glad these people are not from Louisiana, I'm sure your state is very proud to have you as a citizen!

  37. FraAnima

    I am shocked – SHOCKED – at the crudity of many of the comments here. What is the world coming to when Wonkette turns to potty humor and sexual innuendo?

    (btw, is it true that innuendo means "a subtle Italian butt-fawk"?)

  38. imissopus

    Dear Louisiana concern trolls,

    Thanks for stopping by Wonkette! It's always great to make new friends, especially with people that have such a proud history of living below sea level right next to a giant body of water. I think, however, that some of you got here by taking the wrong exit off the information superhighway. It happens to me all the time; there I am just cruising along, listening to a station I made on Pandora, keeping an eye out for humorlessdefensivedouchecanoes.com, when BAM! I miss my exit and wind up at Wonkette, or some lesbian bukkake site watching a couple of German chicks in Nazi fetish leather shitting on each other (sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.)

    Anyway, stick around! Make yourselves at home! Buttsecks is on the left, anus burgers topped with pure corn syrup on the right. Drinking is acceptable and indeed encouraged. If you're lucky LimeyLizzie will stop by and flash her rack (they're real, and they are spectacular.)

    Anyway, I don't follow college football much, but I know y'all have some saying down there and I want you to feel welcome, so…Roll Tide! Did I say that right?

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