I’m one of those who first reaction is to “google it” when I want to check some fact. I even had a first generation SSD netbook which boots up in less than one minute to allow me to check things that occurred to me. Now with armed with an ipad2, it’s even easier.
It’s interesting that in the past week I read two pieces related to the accuracy of wikipedia. The first via J D Cook was how Dan Lemire’s wiki entry written in Dec 2010 was flagged for plagiarizing a magazine published in Mar 2011. The second piece is the following dig by xkcd.