Busting Popular Misconceptions

Wikipedia and Wikileaks are both Wikimedia Foundation’s babies
Jimmy Wales and Julian Assange
No, not one bit. And Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Executive Director Sue Gardener are both fed up of this popular misconception. In fact, the saints of Wikimedia Foundation are not interested in challenging Wikileaks (owned by Sunshine Press) in court, since it is not their style, or even copyrighting the word ‘wiki’, as that would prevent other people from starting wikis. Jimmy Wales even considered protecting the name so that somebody else does not leverage it with malicious intentions. The concern and the confusion between the two web giants started the day when Wikileaks came into existence, 3rd January’07, as Wikia (Jimmy Wales’ for-profit web hosting company) bought the wikileaks domains .com, .us, .biz and .net because ‘when Wikileaks first launched they put out a press release calling themselves something like “the Wikipedia of secrets”. We had no idea who they were, whether it was a scam or spam or who knows what, so some domain names were registered defensively’.

And why Wikileaks chose the name you would ask. That is because, according to John Young (co-founder, Wikileaks) they wanted to ride on the popularity of Wikipedia.
And the confusion with the association of the two web giants started when the German newspaper, Die Welt, called Wikileaks ‘the youngest branch of Wikipedia‘. Die Welt later corrected their folly, however it was too little too late. The confusion epidemic had already spread.
Julian Assange also did not help the cause, he went on record to say ‘Our initial idea was: Look at all those people editing Wikipedia. Look at all the junk that they are working on…. because we had vastly more material than we could possibly go through, that if we just put it out there, people would summarize it themselves’. But Julian and team changed their mind about making Wikileaks a collaborative platform, saying that people write in general (in wikipedia), it’s not a part of their career, because they want to display their values to their peers and don’t really care about the material.

If you thought Wikileaks and Wikipedia are related too, you wouldn’t have been the only one. UK customs once mistook him for being the Wikileaks guy and what’s more, Sue Gardner’s mother once thought that she ran Wikileaks.

Josef Ganz- The Jewish Engineer behind Hitler’s Volkswagen
Josef Ganz
Josef Ganz, a Jewish designer from Frankfurt, who in May 1931 created a revolutionary small car: the Maikäfer (German for May bug). The car was showcased at a Car show which had a certain Mr. Adolf Hitler in attendance. He saw the car and made sketches of the same. Seven years later Hitler introduced the Ferdinand Porsche designed Volkswagen. He not only ‘took’ the concept of Ganz’s family car, he even used the nickname, People’s Car.
Hitler stipulated that the vehicle would have four seats, an air-cooled engine and cost no more than 1,000 Reichsmarks – the exact price that Mr Ganz said the car would cost. Soon after the Car Show, Ganz’s magazine, Motor-Kritik, that criticized auto companies of the time shutdown and he was imprisoned by the Gestapo, until an influential friend with connections to Hermann Göring helped secure his release. Soon afterwards he was forced to flee Germany while Porsche created the Volkswagen for Hitler using many of his groundbreaking ideas. Ganz was hunted by the Nazis even beyond Germany’s borders and narrowly escaped assassination. After the war he moved to Australia, where he died in 1967.
To this day the VW Beetle or Bug is considered one of the most important of all automobile designs. It incorporated many of the features of Ganz’s original Maikäfer, yet until recently Ganz received no recognition for his pioneering work.

Bestowing the title of Mahatma to Gandhiji
History books tells us poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore bestowed the title on Gandhi in 1915 while writing his autobiography after the latter called him Gurudev. But why and when Mohandas was given the honour of being called Mahatma, that had always been missing.
Here’s an alternate story- Nautamlal Bhagvanji Mehta (Kamdar) called Gandhiji Mahatma on January 21, 1915. Gandhiji came to Mumbai from South Africa on January 14, 1915. He spent 4-5 days in Mumbai and then came directly to Jetpur on January 21, 1915. It was Nautamlal Bhagvanji Mehta (Kamdar) who drafted and presented a commemoration certificate to Gandhiji and in that certificate he used the title Mahatma. But a lot of people objected to the honour as they felt too much respect was being given. But Mehta knew that the sacrifice that Gandhiji was making for the cause was equivalent to being called a great soul.

Sources- 1, 2, 3, 4

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