Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More wikivandalism

I just came across this little gem while reading up on the participants of the PBS special "The Mormons." Who knew Grant Palmer, little known author on Mormon origins, was briefly the richest man in the world in 1997?

The page has since been fixed, but the vandalized version apparently got saved in the snapshots of the list I was reading. I gather this stuff happens a lot, but this was the first wikivandalism I've run into, so thought I'd share.
Ken Jennings wrote:
Wow, LDS seminary teachers must get paid better than I thought.

What about this final line in the article on Kenny Rogers' "Coward of the County"?

"Many believe that the song is an allusion to the policy of appeasement practiced by Britain in the 1930's. Tommy represented Britain, The Gatlin boys were Germany, and Beth was Poland."

Personal theory? Straight-faced put-on? Vandalism?

pikeprof wrote:
small point-but LDS has a lay ministry-there are no seminaries

You're right, at least in the traditional sense. We sort of appropriated the word, though. There actually are LDS "seminaries" attached to middle and high schools in LDS communities. Students can use an hour of release time to attend the seminary. It's not training for the ministry, just general religion classes.

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