Wiki Wormhole: Spite’s a great motivator, even when building a home

With more than 5.3 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute or trying to determine if your neighborhood dollar store raising its prices to a buck-fifty counts as gentrification. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,367,553-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Spite house

What it’s about: Since the beginning of time, many of humanity’s accomplishments—classic songs, the moon landing, the Great Wall—were created out of spite. Naturally, our most important emotion has had an effect on architecture. Through the years, spite has motivated the construction of many a domicile.

The Skinny House (Photo: John Stephen Dwyer/public domain)

Strangest fact: Spite houses are often oddly shaped. The most common reason for constructing one seems to be that the owner was stuck with a small, unusable parcel …

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