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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 (8 years ago) Permalink

LOL

strgn, Monday, 4 June 2007 03:03 (8 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 (8 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

I'm all for Wikipedia entries being clear about what is fictional and what is RL (esp given fans' tendency to describe characters, plots etc as if they were real), but I still giggle a bit when I see an article starting like

Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) is a fictional superhero

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 22 August 2015 07:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

On the beetle species Julodimorpha bakewelli:

The males of this species have the habit to aggregate on and attempting to copulate with discarded brown "stubbies" (a type of beer bottles). The males are apparently attracted by the refraction of light produced by the glass bumps of the bottles, resembling giant females with a very similar colour and surface. Consequently to this behaviour the species is actually threatened.

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 23 August 2015 17:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

A+

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

Graham McPherson was born in Hastings in Sussex, the son of William Rutherford McPherson (1935–1975)[2] and Edith Gower, who married in Paddington in 1960. Suggs was raised in Hastings by his mother, a jazz singer;[3] his father had left by age three. In a 2009 interview he was asked about what happened to his father:

I don't know, but what I've heard hasn't been good: [being addicted to] heroin, injecting his eyeballs with paraffin, [and] being sectioned. He must be dead now. I mean, he would have got in touch if he was alive, wouldn't he? Yeah, he must be dead, poor bugger.[4]

In fact, ironically, he would only learn of his father's passing three years after that interview, through reading this very Wikipedia entry.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 18:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Why is everyone looking up Graham McPherson lately?

pplains, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 01:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

Lol sorry that is weird!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 01:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

Since everyone can see that the sun is not attacked by a giant snake during the day, every day

citation needed

mick signals, Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

this just sounds insane to me, from Survival skills article:

If you have a black powder firearm along, you can sometimes start a fire by ramming tinder down the barrel against the powder charge. Use charred cloth if available. Fire the gun up in the air, run and pick up the cloth and blow it into flame. Have a supply of tinder at hand so the cloth can be placed against it to start the fire.[3]

brimstead, Thursday, 27 August 2015 01:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

i guess that's more than just a detail

brimstead, Thursday, 27 August 2015 01:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

The song is told from the first-person perspective of a 16-year-old boy , who is desperately wanting to be seen as cool and popular with his friends but lamenting that his parents are out-of-touch, overbearing shrews and actively working against said stated goals. Two such examples are given:

Verse 1: The boy and his mother go shopping for clothing for the upcoming school year. Instead of the mother giving in to demands that he be allowed to wear hip-hop and grunge style clothing, he instead is made to try on (and ultimately accept) more conservative styles, to which the boy complains are more appropriate for 1963 and The Brady Bunch and would hurt his reputation for being cool. The mother counters that "You're only sixteen, you don't have a rep yet" and (as he begs her to reconsider her purchases) "No, you go to school to learn, not for a fashion show." As feared, on the first day of school, the boy is laughed at and scorned, while he worries that he will need to go through the same process for the rest of the school year, while complaining that his parents don't understand what it takes to be popular.

Verse 2: The protagonist is left home alone while his parents go on an out-of-the-country vacation. Despite being told that the cars are off-limits, the boy decides that his father "wouldn't mind" if he took his Porsche out for a drive. While driving along a city street, the boy sees an attractive girl and picks her up to go for a drive. At one point, the girl unbuttons several buttons from her blouse, begins acting suggestive toward him and encourages him to drive faster ... to which he agrees. However, a police officer patrolling the area spots the car being driven 90 mph and pulls the young driver over ... to which he is forced to admit he does not have a driver's license. He then learns that his female passenger is not a teenager but 12 years old and a runaway. The boy is taken into custody and the car impounded, forcing him to call his parents and explain. The parents are outraged and make sure he understands that what he is chalking up as a mistake were serious crimes.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 August 2015 14:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

Palmers's follow up record, 1975's "Pressure Drop" was produced by Steve Smith, with Lowell, and Little Feat as the core band on the sessions. The previous information displayed here, that Robert Palmer kept the producer's credit because of a dispute between his label, Island, and Warners, is totally incorrect. This reporter personally asked Lowell George who produced "Pressure Drop" in November 1975 and he replied it was Steve Smith. So any later information that calls into question this fact, i.e: "Later CDs list Steve Smith as producer (Joe Smith was chairman of WB)" are simply incorrect after the fact. Upon the record's release, the band and Palmer embarked on the tour that resulted in the recordings that made Feat famous.

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 29 August 2015 03:18 (5 days ago) Permalink

Garriott bought the Luna 21 lander and the Lunokhod 2 rover (both currently on lunar surface) from the Lavochkin Association for $68,500 in December 1993 at a Sotheby's auction in New York[53] (although the catalog incorrectly lists lot 68A as Luna 17/Lunokhod 1).[54] Garriott notes that while UN treaties ban governmental ownership of property off earth, corporations and private citizens retain such rights. Lunokhod 2 is still in use with mirrors aligned to bounce lasers such that precise earth moon distances can be measured. With his vehicle "still in use", Garriott claims property rights to the territory surveyed by Lunokhod 2. This may be the first valid claim for private ownership of extraterrestrial territory.[55]

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 30 August 2015 16:16 (4 days ago) Permalink

In the song's chorus, an elephant trumpeting is heard to hide a sexual reference ("If you got a big [elephant trumpet], let me search it"). There is no version of the song that replaces the elephant sound with a word it is meant to hide; there is no word to hide, as it is meant to be left to the listener's imagination. In both the explicit and edited versions, the song uses onomatopoeia such as "ra-ta-ta-ta" and "buboomp buboomp boomp" to refer to sexual bodily moves.[6]

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 12:15 (2 days ago) Permalink

I've always thought that was brilliant, the way our brains just automatically know to replace it with "trunk." Kind of like the audio equivalent of seeing a heart and knowing it means "love."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

... you replace that with "trunk"?

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:58 (2 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, what else would it be? Elephant noise=trunk. Elephants make noise with their trunks. You search trunks. Also, trunks visually are phallic. So it works on all sorts of punny levels.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 15:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

And it's quite popular in the Haribo packets.

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 15:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

Well that completely changes my perception of "junk in the trunk".

pplains, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 17:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

yeah i was gonna say! "trunk" = butt. no reason she couldn't be talking about that, but then the phallic connection falls away. i think i always basically subbed in "dick" but it's not a song that necessarily requires subbing things in... part of the fun of this as a hit was all the weird sounds and backwards stuff and so on, sonic novelty for its own sake.

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 1 September 2015 18:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

The storyline has been characterised as "short and strange".[3] The film received mixed reviews yet it has been said "Kamikaze" had a "cool vibe".[4] The film has been called "impressive".[5] It has also been stated "Kamikaze" delivered "evidence of style and flair" and was "stylish fun".[6][7]

List of people who are ready for woe and how we know this (seandalai), Tuesday, 1 September 2015 19:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

Derek Roddy (born August 28, 1972) is an American drummer and snake breeder, originally from South Carolina.[1] His ability to record entire drum tracks in one or two takes earned him the nickname "One Take".[2]

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 20:29 (2 days ago) Permalink

Number (disambiguation)
A number describes and assess quantity.
Number and numbers may also refer to:
In cryptic crosswords, a synonym for anaesthetic

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Wednesday, 2 September 2015 19:09 (Yesterday) Permalink

Puff Dick was the next elected, an expert at cheating with loaded dice, and excelled in "all manner of vice". He repeated Cowdiddle's requirement for thieves and beggars to spend their ill-gotten gains and not save them. Rid says he ruled for 8 years before dying of "the pox and Neapolitan scurf".

Laurence Crossbiter (aka Long Laurence) was the next elected leader, a serving man aged 50–60. His art was "crossbiting"; theft from the customers of whores. He is also reported to have died "his bowels . . . eaten out with the pox while he was yet alive". Rid described him as cowardly and slavish for failing to come to the aid of the rebel Perkin Warbeck.

dylannn, Thursday, 3 September 2015 08:00 (9 hours ago) Permalink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitch_Wars

never heard of this before

dylannn, Thursday, 3 September 2015 08:03 (9 hours ago) Permalink


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