It’s my dream that someday I will click on the Wikipedia app on my phone, and the featured article of the day will be the same article that brought me to Wikipedia in the first place. That would be amazing.
This morning I was looking for information on Revolutionary War general Benedict Arnold.
Today’s featured article was about the Biddenden Maids:
… a pair of conjoined twins supposedly born in Biddenden, Kent, England, in the year 1100. They are said to have been joined at both the shoulder and the hip, and to have lived for 34 years. It is claimed that on their death they bequeathed five plots of land to the village, known as the Bread and Cheese Lands. The income from these lands was used to pay for an annual dole of food and drink to the poor every Easter. Since at least 1775 the dole has included Biddenden cakes, hard biscuits imprinted with an image of two conjoined women.
Most scholars believe that the Biddenden Maids are merely a folktale, though the story of their lives might make for an interesting novel.
Either way, they aren’t even close to Benedict Arnold.