I don't know how I lived life before downloading the Wikipedia widget. I am sure it sounds extreme, but I use Wikipedia for all things kitschy, for serious research and to pass the time. There isn't a topic I've researched in vain on the site, and I adore the fact that their content is user-generated.

The widget is a good companion to the complete Wiki encyclopedia because you can search for and view complete Wikipedia articles without leaving your Dashboard. It's also great for those moments where you have a mental lapse and can't remember where Madonna was born, or what year the iBook was debuted. Clearly, the searches are near endless, and if you don't find what you're looking for, you can always research it elsewhere and submit an entry yourself.

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  • Compatible with any language wikipedia, just enter the 2 (sometimes 3 or more) letter code on the back. Defaults to English.
  • External links open in your preferred browser.
  • Click the “wikipedia” button to the left of the search field to open the current article or search term in Safari.
  • Works for Mac OS X 10.4 or later