In an entertaining but essentially meaningless bit of data mapping, a couple of folks at The Pudding, an online publication that looks at culture via visual data, assembled a map showing the “most Wikipedia-ed” person throughout the U.S. (here’s the map)
In New Hampshire, actor/comic Adam Sandler leads the pack, which isn’t surprising. It’s a little hard to tell, but it appears that a guy with the wrestling name of Triple-H edges out singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and serial killer H.H. Holmes for the No. 2 spot.
People like Franklin Pierce (a president), David Souter (a Supreme Court justice) and Robert Frost (a poet) are way back in the pack.
Most interesting find: Neil Tillotson, “inventor of the modern latex balloon”.
This is meaningless because there’s no good definition of “most Wikipedia’ed” nor of connecting a person with a particular place – birthplace? where they lived longest? where they did the work/thing they are most known for? – but it’s fun.
Here’s the makers’ description of how it was put together:
Person/city associations were based on the thousands of “People from X city” pages on Wikipedia. The top person from each city was determined by using median pageviews (with a minimum of 1 year of traffic). We chose to include multiple occurrences for a single person because there is both no way to determine which is more accurate and people can “be from” multiple places