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"Brian Chase, 38, who until Friday was an operations manager at a small delivery company, told Seigenthaler he had written the material suggesting Seigenthaler had been involved in the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy."

ROFFLE

latebloomer: Deutsch Bag (latebloomer), Monday, 12 December 2005 18:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

"In 1990, Winona played a primary role in another Burton project, Edward Scissorhands, alongside her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp. It is her only movie, other than 2002's Mr. Deeds, in which one can admire her natural blond hair which she has dyed dark since childhood."

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 22:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...
Some time around 1600, before the term acquired its current meaning, "windfucker" was an acceptable name for the bird now known as the kestrel.

Mestema (davidcorp), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

Some also like to skeet in the woman's eye. skeet skeet.

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevermind


Track listing

1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain/Grohl/Novoselic) - 5:02
2. "In Bloom" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 4:15
3. "Come As You Are" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:39
4. "Breed" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:04
5. "Lithium" (Cobain) - 4:17
6. "Polly" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:56
7. "Territorial Pissings" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:23
8. "Drain You" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:44
9. "Lounge Act" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:37
10. "Stay Away" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:33
11. "On a Plain" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:17
12. "Something In The Way" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:51
13. "Endless, Nameless" (Hidden track) (Cobain/Hongro/Nirvana)

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

megaroffle

it appears to have been edited again, not by me:

"Endless, Nameless" (Hidden track) (Cobain/Hongro/Cuomo/Urkel/Nirvana)

Mr Straight Toxic (ghostface), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

though I think just the stray "Hongro" was funnier

Mr Straight Toxic (ghostface), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...
Someone did quite a number to Douglas Adams' page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 13 February 2006 05:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

HAH! It's fixed!

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 13 February 2006 05:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Titicaca

Portions of the name sound like vulgarities in English and Spanish, leading to its use in various jokes. Titicaca is the lake that Cornholio, alter-ego of Beavis of MTV's animated series Beavis and Butt-head, claims to come from although he believes the lake is located in Nicaragua.

kanye twitty (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 14 February 2006 03:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trekdom

The word 'Trekdom' is used interchangeably with 'Fandom' when referring to Star Trek Fandom or their fans and has been in use by fans of Star Trek fans for several decades.

After the recent cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, the future of Trekdom is still uncertain, though it has been scaled back to its own core. Some may believe that Trekdom might die off, or it might be extinct at the onset of such conflicts such as World War III.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 16 April 2006 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

"D-cup sized breasts are generally regarded as minimum specification in order to fully enjoy this act."

"Plus, all the slang..."
But shouldn't the 81 be called a 010?

dr lulu (dr lulu), Sunday, 16 April 2006 23:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

turn the "8" on its side; insert "1."

Jimmy Mod: My theme is DEATH (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Monday, 17 April 2006 01:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

# "spagnola" (lit. "Spanish job", in Italy)
# "branlette espagnole" (lit. "Spanish job" (France)
# "espanhola" (lit. "Spanish job", in Brazil and Portugal)
# "ισπανικό" (lit. "Spanish job", in Greece)
# "cubana" (lit. "Cuban job", in Spain)

Pwnjabi MC (Matt Chesnut), Monday, 17 April 2006 01:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

Martin Luther was a cunt.

Was what I found at the top of the page when I checked wikipedia a few weeks before starting a class on the Reformation.

jimnaseum (jimnaseum), Monday, 17 April 2006 01:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

That Salon piece is a pathetic excuse for journalism. "Man, my conspiracy theory site doesn't rank high enough on Google when searching for an incredibly famous person! At least Salon's desperate enough to write about my plight."

musically (musically), Monday, 17 April 2006 02:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...
In [[2006]], Momus was appointed head booker for the American wrestling federation [[IWA: Mid South]].

Machibuse '80 (ex machina), Tuesday, 5 September 2006 06:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

The Cold War cycled through a series of high and low tension years (the latter called [[Détente]]). Historians continue to debate the causes of the low tension, but it was decided that the high tension was formed by the male romping between members of the Soviet and U.S troops.

Machibuse '80 (ex machina), Tuesday, 5 September 2006 20:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

First go here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discontinued_gay_pornography_awards

Go to the Probe / Men in Video Awards section.

Click on the 1995 recipient of the "Best Bottom" award.

Note the expression on his face.

Eric H., Monday, 4 June 2007 02:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

LOL

strgn, Monday, 4 June 2007 03:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Cultural imperialism at its WTF-est:


Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão GCL (born José Alexandre Gusmão, on June 20, 1946) is a former freedom fighter who became the first President of East Timor since independence from Indonesia.
(...)
His nickname, "Xanana", is taken from the name of the 1970's rock and roll/comedy group Sha Na Na.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 19 July 2007 16:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

On a radio interview, Trina said that the relationship was more of a "brother-sister" relationship. Later, on Victoria's RapBasement, Lil Wayne said he knew nothing of the rumors. During Wayne's childhood, he mistakenly got thought of as a gay guy but late he dismissed all these claims by watching naked gun 33 and a third.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil_Wayne#Personal_life

acrobat, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 09:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

And in the next chapter:

"Lil Wayne and Trina have recently ended their porno relationship, which was stated by Lil Wayne, himself, on BET's 106 and Park."

Did someone misspell "promo"?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 09:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

The cartoon image has been there for more than a month:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Black

StanM, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 07:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

(Phil) Hartman met comedian Paul Reubens while working with the group and the two became friends, often writing and working on material together. One such collaboration was the character of Pee-wee Herman and the script of the feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Hartman also met Jon Lovitz while with The Groundlings. Hartman was fluent in German and a video circulated once of him doing a standup routine in the language.

Hartman worked part time as a graphic artist, including designing album covers for popular rock bands. Hartman's covers include:

* Steely Dan's 1977 album Aja
* Poco's 1978 album Legend
* Firesign Theatre's 1980 album Fighting Clowns
* Three album covers for the band America
* Crosby, Stills & Nash's logo.

negotiable, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 20:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

holy shit

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 20:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

List of culinary nuts:

* Almond
* Beech
* Butternut
* Brazilnut
* Candlenut
* Cashew
* Chestnuts, including:
o Chinese Chestnut
o Malabar chestnut
o Sweet Chestnut
* Colocynth
* Cucurbita ficifolia
* Deez
* Filbert
* Hazelnut
* Hickory, including
o Pecan
o Shagbark Hickory
* Kola nut
* Macadamia
* Mamoncillo
* Maya nut
* Mongongo
* Oak acorns
* Ogbono nut
* Paradise nut
* Pili nut
* Pistachio
* Walnut

Rock Hardy, Monday, 8 October 2007 20:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

The Santa Ana winds (or Santana winds[citation needed]) are warm, dry winds that characteristically appear in Southern California weather during autumn and early winter.

strgn, Monday, 22 October 2007 20:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

accompanied by a typhoon of timbales and a low pressure system of congas

remy bean, Monday, 22 October 2007 20:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

woo, deez nuts had me laughing out loud

the table is the table, Monday, 22 October 2007 21:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

(Rolf) Harris has played the didgeridoo on two albums by English pop singer Kate Bush, 1982's The Dreaming and 2005's Aerial. His biggest hit, however, was a gimmick-free rendering of the sentimental song "Two Little Boys" (1969), a departure for him in that he usually recorded either his own compositions or traditional songs. Harris also created one of his most famous roles in the 1960s, Jake the Peg.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 16:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

concerning William Huskisson, the first person to die in a railway accident:

A curious fact about Huskisson is that some years before his death, he narrowly escaped being killed when a horse fell on him during his honeymoon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Huskisson

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 9 November 2007 10:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is part of the entry for a village called Heol-y-Cyw, a small village near where I live (Heol-y-Cyw translates as Chicken Street, by the way):

The village, and its surroundings, have approx. 600 inhabitants. One of the newest, and surely one of the most exotic of all is... a peacock.

Actually though there were peacocks at one of the nearby farms as far back as the 1970's because I sat on them.

nate woolls, Friday, 9 November 2007 11:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Also, Heol-Y-Cyw has been the subject of apparent UFO and unexplainable noises from inside it's forestry interior."

braveclub, Friday, 9 November 2007 11:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah forgot about that bit.

nate woolls, Friday, 9 November 2007 12:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Actor Marcus Graham:

Graham was going out with Nicole Kidman but he found out the relationship was not longer working when Nicole came to visit him in Melbourne with Tom Cruise after filming "The days of thunder" in the States. His flatmate told her Graham is not in when he actually was at home crying.

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 9 November 2007 12:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Price

he is cool, paul carey eats dick cheese

Heave Ho, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 17:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Gerrard

Aged 14, Gerrard had trials with various clubs, including Manchester United. In his autobiography he claimed that this was "to pressure Liverpool into giving me a YTS contract." During this time he had an accident involving a rusty garden fork and could have lost his toe

Wikipedia also thought it was worthwhile putting in a redirect from "Stevie G"

onimo, Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courteney_Cox

Cox is also notable for being the first person to use the word "period" on U.S. television in its physiological sense, in a 1985 advertising campaign for Tampax brand tampons.

CharlieNo4, Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

....wonder who said it first in a punctuation sense?

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_B.

In 2007 Eric was honored by the President of the United States with an invitation to the White House where he met President George W. Bush, the First Lady and other dignitaries.

I heard dude was a hardcore gangsta, but DAMN!

Oilyrags, Friday, 14 December 2007 03:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

So someone presented Eric B. for (the) president!

Tuomas, Friday, 14 December 2007 08:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doncaster

Paddington Bear - The toy bear was first made at Adwick Bear Garden by Jeremy Clarkson's mother.

Upt0eleven, Friday, 14 December 2007 11:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

^^^I knew that

Dom Passantino, Friday, 14 December 2007 11:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

Well you could have told me.

Upt0eleven, Friday, 14 December 2007 11:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

While shooting the stunt where Marty is being hanged by Tannen and his gang, Fox offered to try the stunt without using a box to stand on. He then miscalculated where his hand would slip between the rope and his neck, actually hanging himself, causing him to pass out. It was originally thought that there was a connection between Fox's Parkinson's symptoms and this incident.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 30 December 2007 18:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

From Laos national football team:

The 2006 Thai comedy movie Lucky Loser was originally filmed to be about a soccer team from Laos, but was later re-edited to replace Laos with a fictional country named Arvee, after complaints from Laotians, as the film mostly plays on stereotypes of Laos. Ironically, in the finished product, Arvee has made it to the second stage of World Cup qualifying as a lucky loser, just as Laos had really done during 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification.

anatol_merklich, Monday, 31 December 2007 00:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

that is beautiful

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 04:32 (3 days ago) Permalink

Willa Paskin of New York magazine thought that the show's premise was faulty, noting that an enormous penis is unlikely to have much effect on your social life in high school.[12]

Wasn't there some product that had skull/crossbones on it, and captioned "this will turn you into a pirate", until the outcry? some smoothie, maybe.

Oh hang on, wrong cutpaste:

The Mr. Yuk symbol has been used as a replacement for the traditional skull-and-crossbones (a.k.a. Jolly Roger) warning label for poison. Since children may associate this symbol with pirates, the symbol may be less effective at deterring ingestion.[2]

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:48 (3 days ago) Permalink

The Nuuk Tourist Office was built in 1992 to house the headquarters of the new National Tourist Board of Greenland.[25] It was built not only to provide information to tourists but as an attraction, with a fake Christmas tree and an extremely large postal box.

― JoeStork, 28. oktober 2014 01:40 (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

As a Dane, I don't find those details unusual in the slightest. Makes perfect sense.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:13 (3 days ago) Permalink

Wait, let's go back a step, Mark G.

pplains, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:52 (3 days ago) Permalink

not so much the detail that gave me pause with this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Cocks

Barry Gordy (Neil S), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:56 (3 days ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_Game

Using the name Katie as an example, the song follows this pattern:
Katie, Katie, bo-batie,
Banana-fana fo-fatie
Fee-fi-mo-matie
Katie!
A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and Y as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:
(X), (X), bo-b (Y)
Banana-fana fo-f (Y)
Fee-fi-mo--m (Y)
(X)!
If the name starts with a vowel or vowel sound, the "b" "f" or "m" is inserted in front of the name.
And if the name starts with a b, f, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. (For example: Billy becomes "Billy Billy bo-illy"; Fred becomes "banana fana fo-red"; Marsha becomes "fee fi mo-arsha".)
Playing the game with certain names such as Danny, Alice, Tucker, Bart, Mitch, Maggie, Judy or Ruby can result in risque, impolite or vulgar words being unintentionally sung out loud, such as Fanny, Phallus, Fucker, Fart, and so on.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:57 (3 days ago) Permalink

Judy?

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:08 (3 days ago) Permalink

Booty?

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:10 (3 days ago) Permalink

what, like "Boodie" sort of thing?

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:13 (3 days ago) Permalink

Does Alice with an f really sound like "phallus"?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:42 (3 days ago) Permalink

It actually sounds more like Alicef.

pplains, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:47 (3 days ago) Permalink

Well, Alice with an m sounds like 'malice', which is just bad vibes all around.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:21 (3 days ago) Permalink

I could go on for hours and I probably will / But I'd sooner put some joy back in this town called Phallus
Ooo-ooh yeah

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:41 (3 days ago) Permalink

1226: Aed mac Donn Ó Sochlachain, erenagh of Cong, a man eminent for chanting and for the right tuning of harps and for having made an instrument for himself which none had made before, distinguished also in every art such as poetry, engraving and writing and in every skilled occupation, died.

― sweet lids of the stars (seandalai), Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:45 (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I will relate

local eire man (darraghmac), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:44 (3 days ago) Permalink

In some countries, the video censors out a scene where one of the members of the group installs a silencer on a MAC-10, and fires it later in the video, due to it being deemed as an "Instruction in the Use of a Firearm".

butt slam mechanics (onimo), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:54 (3 days ago) Permalink

Ha (xpost @ Dmac).

hyggeligt, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:45 (3 days ago) Permalink

Little Ann Little told the court how Boop oop a doop had started out as ba-da inde-do, which developed into bo do-de-o-do and finally to Boop Oop a Doop.

Jones' manager testified that he and Kane had seen her act together in April 1928, and just a few weeks later, Kane began to "boop."[1]

anonanon, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:09 (3 days ago) Permalink

Warner/Chappell Music acquired Birch Tree Group Limited in 1988 for $25 million. The company continues to insist that one cannot sing the "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics for profit without paying royalties: in 2008, Warner collected about $5,000 per day ($2 million per year) in royalties for the song.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 21:08 (3 days ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_Game

Using the name Katie as an example, the song follows this pattern:
Katie, Katie, bo-batie,
Banana-fana fo-fatie
Fee-fi-mo-matie
Katie!

...suddenly an odd Krusty bit on the Simpsons makes sense.

Gumbercules? I love that guy! (Trayce), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 02:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

When Welcome Back, Kotter[15] first aired in 1975, some Baltimoreans were shocked to hear the word "sweathog" which, at that time, meant "whore" in many Baltimore neighborhoods. Nowadays, sweathog is used to describe an overweight, smelly woman.[16]

who cares? the moon sucks. (The Yellow Kid), Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:20 (Yesterday) Permalink

Wall was first proclaimed "King of the Dudes" at the resort town of Long Branch, New Jersey in the summer of 1883.[9]

Wall was again proclaimed "King of the Dudes" in 1888 by the New York American newspaper. A journalist named Blakely Hall judged that Wall had won the "Battle of the Dudes" against Robert "Bob" Hilliard, another sartorial dude when, during the March Blizzard of 1888, he strode into a bar clad in gleaming boots of patent leather that went to his hips.[5] Nevertheless, some historians still consider it was Hilliard who won that dude battle.[10]

Wall won another fashion contest in August 1888,[7] in Saratoga Springs, New York. To win a bet against John "Bet a Million" Gates, Wall changed clothes 40 times between breakfast and dinner.[11] He appeared on the race track "in one flashy ensemble after the other until, exhausted but victorious he at last entered the ballroom of the United States Hotel in faultless evening attire."[5]

legit new threat wrt to a norman invasion (seandalai), Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

From the page on the Goiania Incident in Brazil, in which scavengers stole a radioactive unit from a disused hospital, leading to 4 deaths and 249 cases of serious radiation poisoning:

On September 13, 1987, the guard in charge of daytime security, Voudireinão da Silva, did not show up to work, using a sick day to attend a cinema screening of Herbie Goes Bananas

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Friday, 31 October 2014 10:26 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Chris Jagger (born 19 December 1947, in Dartford, Kent) is an English musician. He is the younger brother of Mick Jagger.

Jagger released his first two albums in 1973 and 1974 but remained in his brother's shadow.[1][2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Jagger

The unusual detail is the bit underneath the 'external links' section. The footer, in other words.

Mark G, Friday, 31 October 2014 14:24 (1 hour ago) Permalink

"Chris Jagger : He knows he's not Mick (but he likes it)". Time. 23 April 2011

that is disgraceful. for shame time sub

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 31 October 2014 15:01 (1 hour ago) Permalink


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