Wiki Wormhole: Laugh along with Wikipedia’s look at jesters

With more than 4.7 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching last week’s Oscar speeches to see if any of the winners forgot to thank anyone. But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,729,239-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Jesters

What it’s about: Ruling a medieval kingdom is a serious business, what with all the warfare and beheading and dying of the plague. Yet a staple of royal courts was the jester, an entertainer whose skills could include jokes, music, storytelling, juggling, acrobatics, or magic.

Strangest fact: Being a fool could be serious business. Because the jester was the one person in the court expected to ignore seriousness and protocol, he was in a …

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