The Seven Wikipedia Topics More Controversial Than Jesus

Researchers identify one prophet, one sport, one country, and one former U.S. president.

The results of Wikipedia's "edit wars" are in: Former president George W. Bush is the most controversial topic in the English language.

That's according to Cornell researchers who ranked the web's most controversial topics according to their editing history on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone—and everyone—can edit. They broke the data down into general language sets, and the list of the top 10 most controversial topics in English are as follows:

  1. George W. Bush
  2. Anarchism
  3. Muhammad
  4. List of WWE personnel
  5. Global warming
  6. Circumcision
  7. United States
  8. Jesus
  9. Race and intelligence
  10. Christianity

While Jesus and Christianity both make appearances, they're apparently less controversial than anarchism, the prophet Muhammad, and professional wrestlers.

How can that be? According to Mashable, the researchers first listed topics based on "'mutual reverts,' in which one editor reverts another's work and vice versa—so both editors have ...

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