Additions and deletions 


The absolute worst thing about Wikipedia — even worse than having all the information you ever wanted about pilonidal cysts and the Kardashians — is that anybody can edit it. While that makes Wikipedia a fairly crummy source for everything from term papers to news stories, it does make for entertaining reading once you find the little tab at the top of every page that says "View History." A lot of our favorite Arkansas-related pages have been heavily edited, usually — shock of shocks! — to make the subject of the entry look better (or, in some cases, worse). Here are a few of our favorites.

"Little Rock, Arkansas," edited July 25, 2006: Deletion of a line that contends that in 1977, "Elvis Presley 'died' and moved to Little Rock. Name changed to Jennings Osborne."

"Mark Pryor," edited Nov. 5, 2014: Name changed from "Mark White Man Pryor" to "Mark Lunsford Pryor," with a paragraph deleted that had said: "Shout out to Lacy, who doesn't think that changing information on a Wikipedia page is really that easy. All it takes is one troll to mess things up. Even if it is for a day or two. A day or two can make the biggest difference in a person's final opinion on any issues."

"Mike Huckabee," edited March 4, 2015: Former political title restored to "Governor of Arkansas" after being changed to "Governor of Ass."

"Nate Bell," edited Sept. 30, 2014: Delete of information about Arkansas Rep. Greg Leding's speaking out against Bell's infamous tweet following the Boston marathon bombing, in which Bell wrote: "I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?" The paragraph was restored on March 7, 2015.

"Walmart," edited Feb. 8, 2015: Corporate name restored to "Walmart Stores, Inc." after user I Luv Chicken changed it to "Wal-Fro-Nart."

"Arkansas," edited Feb. 25, 2015: Deleted information saying that early Arkansans traded unicorns for gold.

"Arkansas," edited Jan. 21, 2015: Deleted information saying the culture of Arkansas is readily observable in the porn industry.

"Jason Rapert," edited Feb. 3, 2015: Delete of a paragraph detailing how the state's unsuccessful defense of Rapert's 12-week abortion ban led to a federal judge ordering the state to pay $69,000 in attorney fees and court costs. Bonus points: the deleter, who goes by FreeRangeFrog, justified the paragraph being 86'ed not because it's untrue, but because of the source, writing in an explanatory note: "The Arkansas Times is not a reliable or unbiased source. It's an alternative newspaper."



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