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Citation needed

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you just can’t trust Wikipedia, kids.

Faithful Macenstein reader Art Vandelay sent in the below shot taken from Steve Jobs’ bio (since corrected). See if you can spot the error:

Early Years

Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Justin and Clara (née Hagopian) Jobs of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California who named him Steven Paul. It was discovered upon his birth that he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. His biological parents, Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdukfattah Jandali – a graduate student from Syria who became a political science professor couldn’t handle the pressure of raising the Christ child, and consequently put him up for adoption. Still wanting to have a normal kid that wasn’t the Lord, they later gave birth to Jobs’ sister, the novelist Mona Simpson.

Did you find it? That’s RIGHT! Steve was actually the 3RD coming of Jesus Christ, having been preceded by Eli Whitney, inventor of the Cotton Gin, in 1765. (Actually, Eli Whitney was more the marketing genius behind the Cotton Gin. It was Eli Wozniak who actually invented it).

3 Responses to “Citation needed”
  1. Joe Doubter says:


    This forum has gotten a tad ridiculous…

  2. Bob says:

    I don’t see how it’s this forums fault that someone did a ridiculous edit on wikipedia

  3. I think your post actually illustrates how “wikipedia” does work and is able to heal/correct itself over time, while any print media would stay incorrect until the next printing. No one has ever said that wikipedia is infallible however but is few errors is a small price to pay for its long tail of informational depth.

    “since corrected”

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