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Cards Against Humanity Donates $70,000 to Wikipedia

If you use the internet with any amount of regularity, chances are you've noticed the Wikimedia Foundation's appeal for donations. The foundation has reached out to users for monetary donations in the past and its current campaign employs yellow banners that move as you scroll down the page. Now, you may ignore these, or even donate $5 or $10 (or the recommended $3), but the makers of popular card game 'Cards Against Humanity' decided to help the folks at Wikimedia out with a fairly substantial donation.

A few weeks back, Cards Against Humanity announced plans for a special holiday expansion pack that it would sell on a 'pay what you want' basis. The company explained how much it would cost to make and ship each unit ($3), but encouraged users to pay whatever they wanted for the expansion pack. This week, CAH released the results of its 'pay what you want' holiday expansion pack program.

The company revealed that they made $295,831.10 after credit card fees. This, less the cost of production and shipping ($225,762.63), left them with a total of $70,066.27 in profit. The company then decided to donate this money to Wikipedia.

"We've made a $70,066.27 contribution to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia," the company wrote. "Wikipedia is very important to us because without it we would not have known the exact volume of a dose of fresh boar sperm or graduated college."

While it might sound crazy, Cards Against Humanity is known for its unique business model. The company already makes a version of its game available in downloadable PDF format under a Creative Commons license and offers instructions on how to make your own version for free. It offers this 'Download for Free' option right next to the 'Buy for $25' button.

For a handy breakdown of which states paid the most for the expansion pack as well as information on what the Cards Against Humanity crew could have spent their $70k in profit on, hit up their holiday stats page.

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  • internetlad
    Jimmy Wales: Oh good I can get a down payment on a new boat.
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  • The should have been "graduated FROM college". Apparently, they didn't take English.
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  • hydac7
    Good , they did good :)
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  • kawininjazx
    At least I get to see that sweet naked elbow thumbnail every time I head down to the comment section...
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  • -Jackson
    SethmeisterGThe should have been "graduated FROM college". Apparently, they didn't take English.They*
    Also, you don't put a double space after a period. Evidently, you didn't take English either.
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  • jaquith
    Hey, I've donated to Wikipedia because I both use and contribute content. Wikipedia IMHO is the best single online source for information that is concise, organized, and up to date plus it's ad-free.

    So kudos to Cards Against Humanity and many thanks! :)
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  • sacre
    Its sad that many teachers still complain about Wikipedia. In my college they won't allow you to quote from them nor paraphrase their information because "Anyone could have edited that information and changed it"

    So I explained to them that those times have changed and as of right now the Data on that site is governed and watched over by the worlds top minds - as oppose to those secondary sites that you refer us too that haven't been updated in years. Besides, the information provided on Wikipedia is cited - if it isn't, than don't use it.

    Honestly, I believe its just frustrating teachers that todays generation is able to get the needed information extremely quickly.

    I see this as opportunity, its amazing and great that a student can do their "research assignment" in a short amount of time because of the resources on the net. Resources out of a book are outdated, what we knew 5 years ago may have changed and the internet provides us with evolving information that changes when new discoveries are made.

    For example, a book at the college explains how the saliva in a Komodo Dragon is just packed with bacteria which causes death whereas recent studies have shown that it does indeed have a venom. Now if I read that book and used that book - i'd be sharing wrong information with everyone in the class.

    People have to move with technology. The internet is a steaming bag of raunchy crap and golden nuggets. Just have to sift through the crap to find the nugget - which isn't too hard today.

    Thanks Wikipedia for providing us with information that continues to astound me and will continue to do so for the rest of my life (which should be relatively short because 10% of the world thinks it will end in 3 days... christ..)

    Cheers.
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  • wannabepro
    -JacksonThey*Also, you don't put a double space after a period. Evidently, you didn't take English either.You are wrong. It is two spaces after a period.
    Not only does two spaces after a period easier to read, but it has also been that way since the days of the typewriter.
    Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant.
    APA's view on the matter:
    "Space twice after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence." (Version 6, page 88)
    Source: College Student with an A in English.
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  • -Jackson
    wannabeproYou are wrong. It is two spaces after a period.Not only does two spaces after a period easier to read, but it has also been that way since the days of the typewriter. Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant.APA's view on the matter:"Space twice after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence." (Version 6, page 88)Source: College Student with an A in English.Well where I live, I've learned that it's actually one space and not two.
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  • CrArC
    I don't know that company, but I'm beginning to think they're brilliant. Their sense of humour is... compatible... with mine.
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