When Wikipedia launched in 2001, its handful of volunteers faced the daunting task of creating an open-source repository of the world's knowledge from scratch. Where did they start? Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, of course.
Joseph Reagle, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, recreated the 10,000-or-so contributions made to Wikipedia during its first six weeks of existence. According to his blog:
Popular topics seemingly include philosophy, geography, the Dewey Decimal System, Ernest Hemingway, the United States (and its Constitution), Isaac Asimov, the Japan Constitution, Metallica, statistics, and — my goodness, true to the Objectvist conspiracy theories — a huge collection of articles on Atlas Shrugged.
An epic story about the fight between the Rebels and the Empire to dominate the Galaxy.
The Internet was so quaint in 2001!