The Top-Viewed Wikipedia Pages for Every Day of 2014
Ever wonder which Wikipedia page people are visiting the most on a daily basis? Quartz crunched data from the English-language Wikipedia to find out, and combined the results in a fun interactive calendar. Here are the top results from the first day of every month:
January 1: Cher, because why not Cher?
February 1: Harriet Tubman, who was honored that day in a Google Doodle celebrating Black History Month.
March 1: Crimea, a region in the Ukraine that has since been annexed by Russia. On March 1, the Russian parliament approved troop deployment in the Ukraine. (More detail on the crisis can be found on this Wikipedia page.)
April 1: How I Met Your Mother, a CBS sitcom that aired its season finale March 31. It held onto the top spot on April 2, too.
May 1: May Day, a spring festival.
June 1: O. Gabriel, a page that doesn't actually exist (more explanation for why that might have happened below).
July 1: Malware, also the top page for June 30. This could be tied to a lawsuit Microsoft filed to disrupt Bladabindi-Jenxcus, which, according to the company's blog, is "a pervasive family of malware that put millions of customers at risk."
August 1: Alliteration, defined by LiteraryDevices.net as "a stylistic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series." Alliteration is the top result from July 29 to August 4.
September 1: LASIK, an acronym of Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, a surgery that corrects vision.
October 1: Queen II, the second studio album released by Queen
November 1: Online shopping, which remains in the top spot through November 7. Clearly, Wikipedia users had holiday presents on the mind.
December 1: Flower, also the top search for December 2.
"Many of the top results follow big news events," writes Nikhil Sonnad. "Some results are odd. Because the data measure pageviews and not unique visitors, they are subject to distortion from bots, or software that requests pages programatically," which might explain the 175,638 visitors of the non-existent O. Gabriel page. "Others," Sonnad sums up, "can simply be attributed to the unpredictability of the internet." Click here for the full calendar.