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Wikipedia and Bin Laden

Sun, 05/01/2011 - 23:01 -- rprice

At 10:30 or so last night, I was on a phone call with Mike Anello and Earl, another coworker, when Mike tells us that the President is coming on TV for a special announcement in a few minutes.

I'm like, "the President of the United States?"

I searched Google News - nothing seemed to be there yet. Twitter was exploding with it, confirming what Mike believed the announcement was about: Osama Bin Laden had been killed, and the President was going to tell us on Live TV.

So I checked Wikipedia - the date of his death had been updated just minutes before I heard it.

In fact, it had been updated a dozen or so times in the past 10 minutes:

I love some of the comments:

  • NOTHING KNOWN FOR SURE
  • removed Category:Living people
  • Not confirmed
  • Reports of his current whereabouts: news of death

UPDATE: a guy on twitter was complaining about some noise and helicopters in Abbottabad, turns out he live-blogged the raid on Osama's hideout without knowing it.

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