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Wikipedia Wales lands award for growing knowledge

Whackypedia founder Jimmy Wales has landed prize of 100,000 Swiss francs (£74,000) for 'democratising access to knowledge'.

According the Swiss Im Grüene organisation, the online encyclopedia has "revolutionised the access to knowledge as man's most important resource".

The outfit notes that its significant contribution is in the fact that users can write entries in the repository of tall tales. While this may be a plus, it is also a minus, as anyone on the end of a dodgy write-up will attest.

According to Wikipedia, the "Im Grüene" Foundation was founded "as far back as 1946 with the aim of setting up an institute that could conduct scientific research in the cooperative-society and merchandise-sourcing fields. They wanted to promote events, training courses and meetings that would serve as bridges between people and between nations."

Don't blame us if that's cobblers.

We do know the foundation was set up by Gottlieb Duttweiler, a rather successful grocer, and the award is named after him.

It is dished out every know and then and the last recipient was former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2008.