Ever since Friday’s childish podcast, the true and limited might of the Collings & Herrin Nerd Army has been quantified. During a discussion about Jesus, I asked Richard the Bible expert what Barabbas’s crime had been and we decided to look the Biblical figure up on Wikipedia, “on-air”. Overcome, as he tells it, with hysteria, Richard suggested that our listeners exploit the democratic nature of Wikipedia and update the Barabbas entry by erroneously adding that his crime was being “a bummer.” (If you’ve listened to our podcasts, you’ll know that our pathetic glee at this 1970s playground epithet rests entirely outside any latent homophobia. It’s just a funny word, and we hope to reclaim it from the haters.) Anyway, judging from various communiques over the weekend, the Army have indeed been attempting to “update” the Barabbas page, with varying degrees of success. It turns out that information bereft of a [citation] is weeded out pretty quickly by the Wikipedia police, so no sooner is Barabbas revealed as a “bummer” than the more humdrum truth is restored. If only we could harness the power of our Nerd Army for the forces of good.
This latest attempt has probably been “cleaned up” by now, so I made a few grabs for posterity.
Forgive us, father, for we know not what we do.