Wikipedia turns ten years old
100,000 pieces of birthday cake for Wikipedia and its contributors.
Ten year's ago, internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales (whose face we have all recently become acquainted with, prominently displayed as it has been the past few weeks on the Wikipeida appeal banners) set up his open, web-based encyclopedia as an offshoot of closed encyclopedia Nupedia - which has since closed down.
Since Wales' own first post a decade ago ("Hello World"), Wikipedia has amassed roughly 3.5 million articles and 23 million pages in some 270 languages - 17 million of those written in English, with another 1,100 being added per day. The site has around 100,000 regular contributors who keep the content coming - for free, of course.