Wiki Wormhole: Wikipedia’s list of monoliths looms ominously
With more than 4.8 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or want to calculate exactly how far behind Japan’s 375-mph bullet train is. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,855,871-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: List of largest monoliths in the world
What it’s about: Among the oldest surviving constructions in human history are monoliths—giant stone towers erected in an era before any construction equipment and even most construction tools had been invented. Wikipedia’s list of the biggest starts with one stipulation: At least one stone of more than 10 tons has to be involved. The list is also broken into three parts: Stones that were quarried, but left in their original positions; stones that were moved, but left flat; and stones that were lifted …