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✔️ Wiki Wrapped

The Daily Valet.
The Daily Valet.

Wednesday, December 6th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

By Cory Ohlendorf, Valet. Editor

The only site I go to more than Wikipedia? Probably YouTube.

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Wikipedia Wrapped

ChatGPT was Wikipedia’s most viewed article of 2023


How many times did you end up on Wikipedia this year? I'll blame my job, but I end up researching on that site a lot. Can you even remember all the terms and ideas you searched for in 2023? Well, Wikipedia has the receipts.The site raked in more than 84 billion views this year, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind the free, publicly edited online encyclopedia. And as they put it, “the most-viewed Wikipedia articles of 2023 tell the story of you and society at large seeking out knowledge about our ever-changing world from the world's largest encyclopedia.”And in 2023, when people wanted to know about ChatGPT, they're not asking the popular A.I. chatbot itself. Instead, they pull up a more traditional, but no less online, source: Wikipedia. Since its launch just over a year ago, OpenAI's ChatGPT has skyrocketed into the public's consciousness as the technology makes its way into everywhere from schools and health care, to law and even religious sermons. The chatbot has also contributed to growing debates about the promise and potential dangers of generative A.I., much of which is documented on its Wikipedia page, reports the Associated Press. Across all of the languages Wikipedia supports, ChatGPT articles had a whopping 78 million page views.The second most-read article on Wikipedia in 2023 was the annual list of deaths, which sees high traffic year after year—taking the #4 and #1 spots in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Individual entries for notable figures who passed away also garnered significant interest this year, including pages for Matthew Perry and Lisa Marie Presley.But Axios says the site's top 10 list—which includes four articles on cricket and two on Bollywood movies—is an acknowledgment of the size and reach of India's English-speaking population. Cricket made the list for the first time coming in at No. 3 with 38 million views—a 304% increase over last year—and Indian Premier League was No. 4 with 32 million views.As for celebrity pages, the Taylor Swift article was the most popular of 2023, with roughly 19.5 million views. Swift also raised the online footprint of her love interest, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, whose page received 11 million views. And while the Barbie movie won the “Barbenheimer battle” at the box office, it received 57% fewer page views than the Oppenheimer film. I guess people know all they need to know about Barbie, but needed a refresher on the theoretical physicist directing the Manhattan Project.


Here is a look back at some of the most impactful news photos and moments of 2023. 

Israel Willing to Discuss Post-War Gaza

Biden Condemns GEnder-based violence by Hamas on Oct. 7 and Its Refusal to Release Remaining Women

Israel is showing more willingness to discuss plans for Gaza after the war, according to two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of talks this week between the Israeli government and the Biden administration. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday the military would have to retain open-ended security control over the Gaza Strip long after the war ends. His comments suggested a renewed direct Israeli occupation of Gaza, something the United States says it opposes.Also on Tuesday, President Biden denounced “horrific accounts of unimaginable cruelty” toward women during the Hamas-led attacks on Israel and said Hamas had refused to release its remaining female hostages. Several people involved in collecting and identifying the bodies of those killed in the attack told several outlets, including NBC News and the BBC that they had seen multiple signs of sexual assault, including broken pelvises, bruises, cuts and tears, and that the victims ranged from children and teenagers to pensioners. Israeli officials say that Hamas militants were instructed to systematically carry out the violence on women and children.Meanwhile, as Israel opens a new southern front in its war in Gaza, the Washington Post reports that it is still far from achieving its stated military objective: the total destruction of the Hamas militant group. At least 5,000 Hamas militants have been killed, according to three Israeli security officials, leaving the majority of the group's estimated 30,000-strong military wing intact.


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Senator Drops Monthslong Hold on Military Promotions

Under pressure from both parties, the Alabama Republican allowed more than 400 promotions to move forward

The Senate unanimously confirmed over 400 military promotions on Tuesday just hours after Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville (of Alabama) partially lifted his one-man blockade that held the advancements up for months. It brought to an end a nearly 10-month standoff over a Biden administration abortion policy that made the former football coach the target of bipartisan ire.According to the Washington Post, the hold, which Tuberville began in February, applied to all senior military promotions, and hundreds of officers were caught up in its net. As officers increasingly complained of the toll on military readiness and morale, and as a war raged in the Middle East, Tuberville faced increasing pressure from his fellow Republicans to drop the hold. Tuberville told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday that he'd drop the hold on all promotions except those for four-star generals. Maintaining the boycott for senior positions will leave several top roles unfilled, including the heads of U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Cyber Command and the Missile Defense Agency.With his blockade, the first-term senator had single-handedly disrupted the Pentagon's ability to fill its top ranks—leaving hundreds of promotions in limbo. Other officials in senior positions were left to operate on an “acting” basis, unable to hire people to staff their new positions or to move into the quarters that come with the job. “Thank God,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, said after he pushed the promotions through. “These military officers will now get the promotions they so rightfully earned.”


Tuberville opposes a Defense Department policy that reimburses service members for certain abortion-related expenses incurred by them or their family members.

Wasabi Will Boost Your Memory

The firey Root was just linked to a ‘really substantial’ boost in Mind Power

A study conducted in Japan suggests there's more to sushi than just a healthy dose of fish and seaweed. Researchers at Tohoku University found that wasabi, that burns-so-good green condiment traditionally dabbed on the raw fish, improves both short- and long-term memory.While the team of researchers knew that wasabi was linked to a wealth of health benefits—such as antibiotic, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties—they were “surprised” to see the “dramatic change” in participants' cognition.“The improvement was really substantial,” study author Rui Nouchi, an associate professor at the university's Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, told CBS News.Researchers believe the wasabi extract lowered the levels of oxidants and inflammation in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory. The team now is aiming to test wasabi on other age groups and explore whether the spice can slow cognitive decline in dementia patients. But if you can't handle the heat, don't worry. When packaged up in a supplement, all the pain is happily bypassed.


Bartenders are looking to the root to add a warming dimension to everything from cachaça coladas to gin Alexanders.

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