What's great, and terrible, about Wikipedia is that anyone can edit it. Anyone--including the person the Wikipedia entry is about.
This becomes obvious when looking at the pages of certain washed-up celebrities, and the results are equal parts hilarious and sad.
#5. Corey Feldman
If you remember the 80s, you remember this guy:
He burst onto the scene as the smart-ass kid in The Goonies, and turned up in seemingly a dozen movies a year as a teenager, often alongside the less awesome Corey (Haim). Then, wouldn't you know it, one day he found himself a wee bit older and three busloads less cute.
It seemed like the glory days were over for our hero. And they most certainly were. But when perusing his Wikipedia article, we find a strangely detailed account of Corey's adventures in the last decade or so, and very little about the stuff he did as a child, when he was, you know, famous and crap.
It's almost as if the author desperately needs us to know that Feldman has indeed accomplished something with his adult life (hint: he hasn't).
Perhaps the best thing about Corey Feldman's Wikipedia article is that contained within its murky bowels is an almost supernaturally shameless plug for his latest (and most ambitious!) crappy album.
"In November of 2008 he released his most ambitious musical project to date, a new album with his band Truth Movement entitled Technology Analogy. This high concept album has been met with tremendous reviews, and features an all-star line up, including Jon Carin (Pink Floyd), Mark Karan (Rat Dog, Grateful Dead) Scotty Page (Pink Floyd), and artwork by the legendary artist Storm Thorgerson. To order his album check out his website at www.coreyfeldman.net"
You'd be stupid not to buy this album. It's had tremendous reviews.
Feldman was the voice of Donatello in the first and third Ninja Turtles movies. Why not the second movie, you ask? Well, presumably he was too busy writing rock operas on the moon, having a career and not being douchey at all.
Just then, John Lennon rose from the grave and ate their brains.
#4. Paul Stanley
When you think musician, along with adjectives such as "tasteful," "subtle" and "talented," what comes to mind? Whatever it is, picture the absolute opposite. Paul Stanley's face should emerge.
Now, just in case the makeup didn't give it away, Paul Stanley was the lead singer of Kiss. And if you thought he was just some dude in spandex with a star on his face you'd be wrong, because according to Wikipedia:
"Stanley's persona is that of a Don Juan-esque lover, combining effeminate elements with elements of extreme masculinity, rather than mere androgyny. Although Stanley's voice is generally very soft and eloquent during normal conversation, he uses a specific "stage voice" which is like a "Rock N' Roll Preacher from Queens".
So, that star is totally more than just a star, man. It's a star that represents a glorious entity that is half woman, half man and complete sexiness. The article leads us to believe that Paul Stanley, wouldn't you know it, is surprisingly introspective, omni-talented and deeper than the Mariana Trench.
You are now thinking about sex.
And then we delve just a wee bit deeper, and get to this:
"Unlike most leading rock frontmen, he gets the crowd to join the band in many of their classic hits and also tends to give a speech or "scripted" story for certain songs (e.g. having sexual encounters with nurses and other women he's met on tour and how much he supports U.S. troops overseas)."
"Paul Stanley is often credited as being the most identifiable member of Kiss by people outside the fan community."
It's hard to choose a favorite between these two nonchalant gems. On the one hand, the first quote describes to us Stanley's superiority to other frontmen, mostly because of that charming way he likes to brag about having sex with nurses (not even Mick Jagger would do that). On the other hand, the latter quote casually lets us know what we've all long suspected: Paul Stanley truly is the most identifiable member of Kiss. But that little tidbit has since been edited out (probably by Vinnie Vincent).
And could you stop watching while we shower?
Did you know that Paul Stanley is an avid painter? No? Well, he certainly is, and the result is about what you'd expect:
Happy birthday, Mom. Hope you like it.
What will it cost to hang a scorcher like this up on your bedroom wall? Well, an original piece goes for around $70,000. Now, that may sound a little pricey, but when you consider all the memories you and your painting will be having together, it's a bargain and a half. Maybe you could take it canoeing.
#3. William Shatner
A quick warning: Should you ever consider typing the words "William" and "Shatner" into Wikipedia, the resulting article is gargantuan, and you may not be able to find your way back to the surface. This man has seen it all, and done it all, so many times that he has long ago lost count.
After all, he's Captain Kirk. But that's old news. Skip down past all that geeky Star Trek stuff and sooner or later you'll be getting to the real goods:
"Shatner has been married four times: to Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969. His second marriage--his longest marriage thus far--lasted 21 years and was to Marcy Lafferty Shatner from 1973 to 1994. The couple divorced in 1994. His third marriage was to Nerine Kidd-Shatner from 1997 to 1999. That marriage ended when his wife drowned. His current wife is Elizabeth Martin whom he married in 2001."
Note how casually the author has tucked in the fact that the second marriage was his longest "thus far," thereby giving the reader the impression that there is some sort of contest going on as to who can stay married the longest to "The Shat." Another 15 years with Elizabeth and we'll have ourselves a new record.
But it wasn't all fun and marriage contests for Bill Shatner. No, sir. After the original Star Trek series went gunnysack, he found himself wallowing in a little bit of a career debacle. Times were hard for our hero, and:
"Perhaps the nadir was his role in Big Bad Mama, prized by Shatnerites for his nude scene with Angie Dickinson."
The only thing more unsettling than the notion of William Shatner shooting a nude scene is the idea of some deranged individual actually prizing it. Also slightly disconcerting is Wikipedia's casual tossing around of words like "Shatnerites." It may well be that a narcissistic Shatner did not, in fact, write this piece, but for the sake of mankind let's hope that he did.
Shatner's article is such a swollen plethora of educational nuggets that it is actually rather difficult to choose. Here's one:
"Entrepreneur Richard Branson, head of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, offered William Shatner a free ride into space on the inaugural space launch of the VSS Enterprise scheduled for 2008, saving Shatner $200,000; however, Shatner turned it down, and said, "I do want to go up but I need guarantees I'll definitely come back."
So, he could have gone into space, but he chose not to. Although he was more diplomatic about it, we all know the real reason.
You're trapped in a capsule with this guy.
Here's one more free Fast Fact!, for the kids:
"... in 2004, Shatner was a guest photographer for Playboy Magazine, shooting former playmate Deanna Brooks."
We're assuming Shatner was also naked at the time. Good luck getting that image out of your brain!