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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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:22 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

though I think just the stray "Hongro" was funnier

Mr Straight Toxic (ghostface), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:56 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

HAH! It's fixed!

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 13 February 2006 05:01 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (9 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah forgot about that bit.

nate woolls, Friday, 9 November 2007 12:02 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:28 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Tuomas, Friday, 14 December 2007 08:35 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

^^^I knew that

Dom Passantino, Friday, 14 December 2007 11:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well you could have told me.

Upt0eleven, Friday, 14 December 2007 11:36 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

And that's how "Kate & Allie" became a staple of the CBS Monday lineup.

pplains, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 23:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The picture looks terrible, but in a really strange way. Why do the 'RZ-1' and the screen look very sharp compared to everything else?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_RZ-1

écorché (S-), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

In the file history and rights information for that image it says it is a derivative work of this:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stolmen%26samplers_@_bdu%27s_studio.jpg

In that photo, the RZ-1 is the lower of two machines to the left of the main rig. The photo is shot from a completely different angle and you cannot see the RZ-1's screen (it appears to be turned off) or the Casio logo (it is partially obscured by something). If that file information is correct, some incredibly heavy image manipulation must have been done to make it appear that it was photographed from directly overhead. In addition, the illuminated screen and Casio logo must surely be separate elements pasted in from another source image. Either that or the image of the keyboard rig is not the source for the RZ-1 image, contrary to what is stated.

Incidentally I used to have an RZ-1. I bought it new in 1987 and was excited by the idea you could sample sounds into it, but one problem I found was that the sampled sounds wouldn't line up with the onboard sounds. The sampler recorded a few milliseconds of noise or space at the front before the (for example) snare hit, making the sampled snare sound late compared to the onboard sounds when combined in a sequence. The Wikipedia page mentions this (with no citation). I had forgotten that I edited it about five years ago to add that information.

dubmill, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

apparently in the span of thirteen episodes:

_Due to the negative critical and public reaction to the show, the producers made changes to Mrs. Columbo almost immediately. The spin-off was renamed Kate Columbo, followed by Kate the Detective, and finally Kate Loves a Mystery. The main character was likewise renamed "Kate Callahan"; all references to and ties with the original Columbo show were dropped. After this, a reference was made in the show to Kate's divorce: the character was no longer Mrs. Columbo nor was she meant to have any connection with him at all._

I can remember c&p-ing this exact paragraph somewhere a few years ago

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

some incredibly heavy image manipulation must have been done to make it appear that it was photographed from directly overhead

in photoshop an image can be stretched like this fairly easily. then, yes, they've pasted on the logos and screen, and touched up the edges and added fake depth.

new noise, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

I don't know why they bothered when the finished image looks like absolute shit. Admittedly the other RZ-1 images on Flickr are set to 'All Rights Reserved' but the owners might be willing to waive that if you bothered to ask them nicely for permission to use the image on Wikipedia. There are loads more on Google Images, as well.

dubmill, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

i see a lot of weird image manipulation on wikipedia. for example, the current main photo for clint eastwood where the background has been removed for no good reason.

new noise, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

If you look at the original Clint Eastwood source image -- https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdcgraphics/5553144396/ -- you can see why they edited it.

dubmill, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

In 2003, Anderson became NASA's first artist-in-residence

(not sure if that's unusual but it's new to me that such a thing existed)

There was Bjork from Iceland and Alanis Morissette from Canada (onimo), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

This election is ceremonial, as the monarch (following the advice of the prime minister) also tells the members of the greater chapter whom they are to elect. If any members of the chapter fail to attend, they are declared to be "contumacious".

unusual details which make you a) google a word and b) search for ILX mentions

There was Bjork from Iceland and Alanis Morissette from Canada (onimo), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Contuomasious

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

He is also well known for having Narcissistic Personality Disorder.[18][19]

ian, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 21:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

Knickerbocker Village was home to a very diverse group of tenants that included civil servants, small business owners with stores on nearby Orchard or Hester Streets, and other notable residents including members of organized crime. Albert Embarrato Caporegime Bonanno Crime Family, Richard Cantarella Capo Bonanno Crime Family, Joseph D'Amico Street Soldier Bonanno Crime Family, Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero Street Soldier Bonanno Crime Family, Anthony "Tony" Mirra Caporegime Bonanno Crime Family, Nicholas Marangello Underboss Bonanno Crime Family, Robert Perrino Associate Bonanno Crime Family,

Other notable residents included (...)

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

Melissa became a popular name in the DEUTSCHLAND during the 1950s.

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Friday, 22 May 2015 15:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

In the 2013 American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, his walk-up music was Comatose by Skillet.

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Bob Marley and associated Jamaican reggae acts The Wailers, and Peter Tosh feature prominently in Sublime's songs, as do other Jamaican reggae and dancehall acts such as Born Jamericans, Toots & the Maytals, The Melodians, Wayne Smith, Tenor Saw, Frankie Paul, The Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy, Half Pint and Yellowman. The band additionally covered "Smoke Two Joints" originally by Oregon-based reggae group The Toyes.[19]

Sublime was also heavily influenced by the 1980s and 1990s hip-hop and rap scene of Los Angeles and New York City, alluding to or borrowing from such acts as N.W.A and Eazy-E (who died 14 months before Nowell), the Beastie Boys, Just-Ice, Public Enemy and Flavor Flav, KRS-One, Doug E. Fresh, Too $hort, Mobb Deep, as well as the Philadelphia-based rapper Steady B and Texas hip-hop The Geto Boys.[19]

The southern California metal, surf rock and punk scene influencing Sublime includes Big Drill Car (who were thanked in the first two albums), The Ziggens, Minutemen, The Descendents, Bad Religion, The Bel-Airs, Butthole Surfers, Secret Hate, as well as fellow fusion band Fishbone. Sublime was also influenced by Washington, DC hardcore acts such as Minor Threat, Fugazi (who were also thanked in the first album) and Bad Brains. The band also referenced popular California bands like Grateful Dead, The Doors, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the famous British rock band The Beatles as well as Swedish pop band ABBA. They also referenced local LA composer Frank Zappa. [19]

A few references are made to funk, R&B, and soul bands such as James Brown, the Ohio Players, Jimi Hendrix, Aswad, as well as a smattering of Irish, Scottish and English bands like Boomtown Rats, The Specials, and Primal Scream.

gong mad (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:11 (4 days ago) Permalink

The earliest evidence of wearing socks in sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2000 years ago.[3]

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:43 (4 days ago) Permalink

File:Hiking in Knee Socks, Sandals, and Cut-offs.jpg

Description: A man is hiking wearing knee socks, sandals, and cut-off shorts.
Date: 18 December 2011
Source: Own work
Author: Oddman47

The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed):

Socks in sandals

The following other wikis use this file:

Usage on da.wikipedia.org: Sokker i sandaler
Usage on de.wiktionary.org: Kniestrumpf
Usage on es.wikibooks.org: Curso de alemán para principiantes con audio/Lección 122

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:47 (4 days ago) Permalink

thought that was John McAfee on the lam for a sec there

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:18 (3 days ago) Permalink

The return of tracksuits can largely be credited to music, most notably Rapper Jay Z and fellow Spice Girl Sporty Spice.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:53 (3 days ago) Permalink

While some people find not wearing underwear to be sexually exciting, and some people regard knowing that their sex partner is not wearing underwear to be erotic, most that go commando do so for their own comfort, or other reasons such as a medical condition or how they were raised.

There was Bjork from Iceland and Alanis Morissette from Canada (onimo), Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:19 (3 days ago) Permalink

and yet, some, like Lady Gaga, were born that way.

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:29 (3 days ago) Permalink

very few of us were born wearing underwear tbf

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

ttj

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:50 (3 days ago) Permalink


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