Proof that history is boring

Here’s an intriguing little sidebar from The Wall Street Journal illustrating the short shrift great people and events in history are getting from Wikipedia, that bastion of all useful knowledge in the universe.  Some of these comparisons are pretty sad, but Terry O’Quinn’s John Locke from LOST is waaaaay cooler than that other guy, who’s had practically no influence on our modern economic system as we know it.  Bald is back, baby.

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Here are a few more comparisons from the article, which can be accessed here (subscription required):

West Wing, White House (1,000)
"The West Wing," television series (6,700)

The Harlem Renaissance (1,300)
The Harlem Globetrotters (1,900)

Miles Davis, jazz musician (6,000)
Miles ‘Tails’ Prowler, sidekick of video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog (6,300)

Charles William Eliot, pioneering president of Harvard University (3,000)
Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts school, ‘Harry Potter’ series (5,200)

Steam engine (7,300)
Lightsaber, fictional weapon from "Star Wars" (10,000)

Apollo 13, space mission (3,900)
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (6,700) 

"Annie Hall" (2,500)
"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (5,200)

Poker (1,400)
Magic: The Gathering, fantasy card game (7,800)

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning author (1,500)
J.K. Rowling (4,000)

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