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1289371.  Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:29 pm Reply with quote

The number of national borders of Belgium? The number of racing FIA World Touring Car Cup Alfa Romeos is 2.5. Two cars, and 50% of the twin brothers Tim Alfa Coronel and Tom Romeo Coronel.

DVD Smith
1291427.  Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:01 am Reply with quote

The longest work of fiction ever written is thought to be The Subspace Emissarys Worlds Conquest, an online fan-fiction story based on the Nintendo video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. [1] [2]

It was started in 2008 by a Mexican writer named "AuraChannelerChris" around the time Super Smash Bros Brawl was first released, as an attempt to improve his English. He's been writing it ever since; as of June 2018, the story contains 4,102,217 words spanning 221 chapters, which by my calculations means the author has written approximately 1000 words per day every day for the last ten years.

This makes it seven times as long as War and Peace (587,287 words), three times as long as Marcel Proust's la recherche du temps perdu (1.2 million words) and twice as long as the longest entry on Wikipedia's "List of longest novels ever written". [3]

To put that 4.1 million words in perspective, this is longer than:

all seven Harry Potter books (1,084,170 words), [4]
the entire set of Ian Fleming James Bond books (855,000 words - calculated using the word count estimates listed at Reading Length),
the entire set so far of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) series (1,770,000 words) [5]


It's also longer than the complete works of Shakespeare (836,000 words) [6], J.R.R.Tolkien (706,574 words) [7] and Charles Dickens (3,859,231 words). [8]

When the author was asked in 2013 when he thought he'd finish the story, he replied, "I have livid nightmares that this story will end at ten million words. Who knows, really? Perhaps at 400 chapters, this huge tale will come at an end." [9]

1291432.  Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:11 am Reply with quote

Has anybody else actually read it, do you know?

DVD Smith
1291437.  Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:28 am Reply with quote

Well it has over 3000 reviews and 1500 subscriptions on the website, and most of the chapters begin with a preamble where the author answers mail/questions from fans, so it would certainly appear so.

1291438.  Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:29 am Reply with quote

Yeah but... all the way through from the beginning?!

Life feels too short.

Spud McLaren
1291463.  Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:50 pm Reply with quote

Oh, I dunno.. If it were to be attempted I imagine that life might seem interminable.

1291472.  Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:07 am Reply with quote

I strongly suspect it has long since passed any semblance of a story, and has become more of a serial, which of course can go on as long as the author can think of stuff for his characters to do (that they haven't done fifteen times already....)

1291480.  Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:00 am Reply with quote

Our One Word Story has some,catching up to do, if you ask me.

Oh, you didn't...

DVD Smith
1292824.  Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:44 am Reply with quote

By total number of articles, the second-largest Wikipedia in the world is the one for the Cebuano language, as spoken in the Phillippines. Despite only having 172 active users, it has amassed around 5,382,440 articles (11.1% of all Wiki articles) only 300,000 behind the English Wikipedia and its 120,000 active users. [1]

This is due to a program called Lsjbot, created by a Swedish programmer called Sverker Johansson to automatically create scientific articles using an established template. The program can write 10,000 articles a day, and was designed to work primarily on the Swedish and Cebuano languages as those are the native languages of Johansson and his wife. [2] [3]

Thanks to the bot, the Cebuano and Swedish language Wikipedias are now the second and third-largest respectively, while another Fiipino language, Waray, is now the 11th largest Wikipedia despite having less than 100 active users. [4]

In a similar vein, a management science professor called Philip M Parker claims to be "the most published author in the world", with over 200,000 books to his name as of 2008. He managed this after writing computer programs that use information-gathering software to automatically write non-fiction books. Each book is around 150 pages long and (crucially) only gets printed if a customer orders one online. [5]

1293002.  Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:26 pm Reply with quote

There's also James Veitch's forays into responding to spam email. Somewhere in his presentations he mentions how he designed an auto reply to an auto reply - which are presumably following an infinite loop.

I can't be bothered to find the exact link but here's one of his Ted talks


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