There are almost 5 million articles in the English Wikipedia. These are the ones that Wikipedians have identified as being a bit unusual. These articles are verifiable, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia, but are a bit odd, whimsical, or something you would not expect to find in Encyclopædia Britannica. We should take special care to meet the highest standards of an encyclopedia with these articles lest they make Wikipedia appear idiosyncratic. If you wish to add articles to this list, the article in question should preferably meet one or more of these criteria:
- The article is something you would not expect to find in a standard encyclopedia.
- The subject is an unusual combination of concepts, such as cosmic latte, death from laughter etc.
- The subject is an anomaly: something that defies common sense, common expectations or common knowledge, such as Bir Tawil, Märket, Phineas Gage, List of snow events in Florida etc.
- The subject is well-documented for unexpected notoriety or an unplanned cult following at extreme levels, such as Ampelmännchen or All your base are belong to us.
- The subject is a hoax of significant success, such as Sokal affair or Mary Toft.
- The subject might be found amusing, though serious.
- The article is a list or collection of articles/subjects meeting the criteria above.
This definition is not precise. Some articles may still be considered unusual even if they do not fit these guidelines.