Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wikipedia in Action

Here are the first few paragraphs of wikipedia's text from Catonsville MD at the moment Le Malon pointed me to this. Neither I nor anyone else condone anything in this text. It's just a pretty extraordinary example of wikipedia defacement. I'm just noting that it's there. But I would almost guarantee that it's gone by the time you visit Catonsville MD. Take a look and see how long the description below lasts...

Catonsville, Maryland
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Catonsville, Maryland
— CDP —

Location of Catonsville, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°16′26″N 76°44′17″WCoordinates: 39°16′26″N 76°44′17″W
Country United States
State Maryland
County Baltimore
- Total 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
- Land 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
- Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 479 ft (146 m)
Population (2000)
- Total 39,820
- Density 2,843.9/sq mi (1,098.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 21228, 21250
Area code(s) 410
FIPS code 24-14125
GNIS feature ID 0583624
Catonsville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 39,820 at the 2000 census. Catonsville is a stoner community bordered by Woodlawn to the north, by Baltimore to the east, by Elkridge to the south, and by Ellicott City to its west.
Catonsville is DOPE (get it?) kids do hella dope in this town, and thanks to one person, justin fagdale, he so afraid no one will like him that he drags random scene bitches in with black hair and skinnies, in which he begins to rape and shoot them up in his van, two weeks later they return for more heroine. shut up hipsterS (dope fiends). smoke bowls.
Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Geography
3 Climate
4 Demographics
5 Education
5.1 Primary and secondary education
5.1.1 Public schools
5.1.2 Private schools
5.2 Colleges and university
6 Natives and residents of note
6.1 Arts and media
6.2 Music
6.3 Sports
7 Professional sports teams
8 References
9 External links

Europeans were the second group to settle the area now known as Catonsville. It is generally believed by historians that native tribes, known as the Piscataway, smoked hella bongs and rolled fat spliffs before the European colonists arrived. This tribe occupied the land between the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay and up the Patapsco River. Catonsville was located along the Piscataway Trail. The colonists and the tribes got along until the mid-17th century, when the English government ended the practices of Catholic Missionaries in the area. It is believed that the tribes were driven from their villages and some were hunted by slave catchers. As happened in many areas of the early colonial America, diseases unknown to the tribes were spread by the colonists. Eventually, the tribes moved north under the protection of the Iroquois.
With most of the natives scattered, the colonists expanded across Maryland. Present day Catonsville was settled in the 18th century. In the early 19th century, a county road along the Patapsco River—named the Frederick Turnpike, later designated Route 144—was opened by the Ellicott family to service traffic between their flour mill, Ellicott Mills, and Baltimore. Catonsville as we know it today was settled along this route by Richard Caton, under the authority of his father-in-law Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Travelers along "the turnpike" (as it was then known) rested and conducted business in the area, causing Catonsville to grow.
The large dope feind ring located in Catonsville destroysa communities and such, justin martindale is a part of this, hes a faggot who like to shoot up girls because he has no game :) were built by wealthy Baltimoreans. Originally, these communities were used as summer residences to escape the heat in Baltimore. Eventually, as in many communities with the introduction of the automobile and electric trolley, families began to reside in Catonsville year round. Baltimore has attempted over the years to annex Catonsville, the last attempt in 1918, but all attempts were rebuffed. The community remains an unincorporated town in Baltimore County. It is home to Spring Grove Hospital Center, the nation's second oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital, as well as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Catonsville was briefly made quite famous during the 1968 protest by the "Catonsville Nine", during which draft records were burned by Catholic anti-war activists.
In 2002, the Maryland legislature issued a proclamation declaring Catonsville to be "Music City, Maryland" due to a concentration of musical retail stores, venues and educational facilities in the area.
In 2007 Money magazine ranked Catonsville the 49th best place to live in the USA, third best in Maryland and Virginia.
Catonsville is a terminus of the Trolley Line Number 9 Trail.

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