Last week, the Twitter account @congressedits began tweeting out edits made to Wikipedia from congressional IP addresses. In its short time in existence, the account has already documented dozens of edits. Many of the results have been fairly mundane factual and stylistic corrections, but several have been amusing, confusing or outright bizarre. Check out some of the best edits uncovered by the account so far. (Edits made from congressional IPs shown in bold) (RELATED: New Twitter Accounts Announce Wikipedia Edits By Government Officials)
1. Ben Smith
“Benjamin Eli Smith … is an American political journalist, blogger and Smirnoff Ice enthusiast.”
Thank goodness our congressional staffers are here to inform the public of this Buzzfeed editor-in-chief’s drinking habits.
“Wilson is also known for wearing the prettiest hats in the whole Congress“
While making this edit may not have been the most efficient use of this congressional employee’s time, this truly is an indisputable fact.
“Donald Henry Rumsfeld … is an American politician, alien lizard and businessman … Rumsfeld has refused to answer directly whether or not he is, in fact, an alien lizard who eats Mexican babies.“
Either someone in Congress isn’t a fan of Donald Rumsfeld, or we should all be very afraid.
“In spite of allegations to the contrary, the claims that extraterrestrials are housed in this facility are completely unsubstantiated.“
Debunking an absurd conspiracy theory, or massive government cover-up? It’s almost certainly the former, though still probably not the most efficient use of time by a federal employee.
5. Choco Taco
“Choco Tacos have been a staple of vending machines in the Rayburn House Office Building of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring former Speaker Samuel Rayburn’s devotion to his favorite snack.“
Obviously this congressional staffer is just trying to gloat about his easy access this delicious treat.
“While growing up, Brian was involved in breeding rare long haired cats.“
One wonders exactly how a congressional employee came across this strangely specific detail about the Rand Paul staffer’s childhood.
“On July 8th, 2014, President Barack Obama shook hands with a man wearing a horse head mask in Denver.“
It’s good to see that federal employees are using their time on the clock to document the most critical moments of our history. (RELATED: ‘Hold Your Horses, Mr. President’)