Jarâ€™Edo Wens is an Australian aboriginal deity, the god of â€œphysical mightâ€ and â€œearthly knowledge.â€ Heâ€™s been name-dropped in books. Carved into rocks.
And, as of March,conclusively debunked.
There is no such figure, it turns out, in aboriginal mythology; instead, Jarâ€™Edo Wens was a blatant prank, a bald invention, dropped into Wikipedia nine years ago by some unknown and anonymous Australian. By the time editors found Jarâ€™Edo Wens, he had leaked off Wikipedia and onto the wider Internet.
He had also broken every other Wikipedia hoaxing record. At nine years, nine months and three long days, Jarâ€™Edo Wens is the longest-lived hoax found on the free encyclopedia yet.Â