From the Wikipedia article on “Elf”:

From a scientific viewpoint, elves are not considered objectively real.[2]

2. Hall (2007), pp. 8–9, 168–69.

One likes to imagine this very careful wording and accompanying citation as the result of a three-month edit war which finally sent a Wikipedian looking for a reliable up-to-date reference that explicitly stated that elves are not real and explained exactly what was meant by “not real.”


  1. The Shadow says:

    The rest of the paragraph is even funnier!

    “However, elves have in many times and places been believed to be real beings.[3] Where enough people have believed in the reality of elves that those beliefs then had real effects in the world, they can be understood as part of people’s worldview, and as a social reality: a thing which, like the exchange value of a dollar bill or the sense of pride stirred up by a national flag, is real because of people’s beliefs rather than as an objective reality.[3] Accordingly, beliefs about elves and their social functions have varied over time and space.[4]”

    I don’t think we need to “imagine” an edit war.

  2. RepubAnon says:

    How about Maxwell’s daemons?

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