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

In early January 2003, Townshend admitted having provided his credit card details to a commercial child pornography website, and viewing the child porn images there, which he claimed to have done for research purposes. He made the admission after his credit card transaction was discovered as part of Operation Ore, a large anti- child pornography operation. When a British tabloid found his name on this list and asked for a comment, he went public and requested a police investigation. His home was searched and his computers confiscated. Police returned the computers several months later and did not contradict Townshend's claim that the computers contained 15,000 of his songs but no child porn. In May 2003, he was cautioned by the police (acceptance of which is technically an admission of guilt), who decided not to press charges, after finding no evidence that he was in possession of child pornography. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register, requiring him to register with the police every year and if he moves house. Failure to do so would carry a five-year jail sentence.

His research claims were bolstered by a document he wrote and posted on his official website in January, 2002. In "A Different Bomb (http://www.petetownshend.co.uk/media/020120adifferentbomb.pdf)," Townshend warns that portions of the Internet represent a terrible danger, primarily because it brings deviant material to deviant (and potentially deviant) people. The title suggests he views porn - and especially child porn - on the Internet as an inevitable negative, as scary as the atomic bomb. In March, 2004, Townshend was featured on a BBC television documentary in which he described his experiences as a result of the charges, stated that he was so upset by the accusations that he considered suicide, and apologized for the event. On May 19th 2005 Townshend turned 60.


kiddie porn sucks.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

(obv. it is only the end that is the "unusual detail")

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

I think the unusual detail is that Pete Townshend apparently has written 15,000 songs, all of which he houses on his enormo-computer.

Allyzay flies casual (allyzay), Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

seriously!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I hope he's got some good copyright lawyers -- the next few years may see big classic-rock hits for Sgt Finchley, the Funk Detectives, and Vice Squad Rockers.

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:52 (fifteen years ago) link

He saves his songs as .jpegs to save space and the resulting files just happen to resemble child porn.

n/a (Nick A.), Thursday, 26 May 2005 19:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Seriously though, I mean the who only had so many albums of new material, and he's only had a handful of solo albums, wtf are the rest of these songs? WHEN WILL HE UNLEASH THIS ON THE WORLD?

Allyzay flies casual (allyzay), Thursday, 26 May 2005 20:11 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
they deleted "kiddie porn sucks" :(

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 25 July 2005 16:41 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Holly

"Buddy Holly is gay"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 28 September 2005 19:53 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
So I'm sure everyone already heard that John Seigenthaler Sr. was VERY MAD that someone dared implicate him in the Kennedy assassinations in his bio on the wikipedia. So the guy who did it as a joke has come forward and apologized. Fine.

But he has also "resigned as an operations manager at a Nashville delivery company as a result of the debacle".

OVERREACT MUCH? WTF am I missing something here?

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 12 December 2005 06:28 (fourteen years ago) link


No, that's not overreacting - that is a threat, no? A little scary if you ask me, but these reactions on the net are very...strange. Some people don't like Mr. Seigenthaler if you ask me.

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 08:17 (fourteen years ago) link


Oh, I'm sorry - I misread. I thought you said Seigenthaler was overreacting. Of course you are right. Sorry it's too early for me to be reading this.

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 08:22 (fourteen years ago) link


One more thing, if you follow the links, it appears that this whole thing is part of the 'anti-wikipedia' extremist movement (which would like to gain more credibility, but which is essentially extremist). The anti-wiki movement involves anti-science groups, far right groups, and Scientology, but watch them try to mainstream it. One way to do this is the 'hit them with both sides' strategy. This whole thing could be a ploy to bring traditional media attention to Wikipedia, albeit in a negative light...and hopefully, the extremist and scary anti-Wikipedia 'movement' would also gain 'legitimacy'. Who is hoping this will happen? Well, not only fringe groups, but whatever allies they may have in corporate America.

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 08:32 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.aetherometry.com/antiwikipedia/Section_I.html

retarded and gay (bato), Monday, 12 December 2005 08:44 (fourteen years ago) link

The article about the Singing Nun has her categorized under "people who committed suicide", "people who died in their 50s", and the magnificent "people who committed suicide in their 50s".

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 12 December 2005 09:53 (fourteen years ago) link

OVERREACT MUCH?
Apparently, he made the wiki entries from work, and the entries had been tracked to his computer. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002677060_wiki11.html

D.I.Y. U.N.K.L.E. (dave225.3), Monday, 12 December 2005 13:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess that makes slightly more sense. i thought he was so ashamed of himself he quit.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:11 (fourteen years ago) link

The wikipedia article for Dougie Poynter out of McFly used to say something like
"Dougie lost his virginity at 15, which is an offence in the UK. It is not known whether he lost it to a boy or a girl." and for a while people would wiki-tussle deleting it, putting it back, deleting it again... but the article's been completely rewritten now. sadly.

baby i'm waiting (cis), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:20 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.aetherometry.com/antiwikipedia/Section_I.html

ha ha I love cranks with an axe to grind.

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Apparently, he made the wiki entries from work, and the entries had been tracked to his computer. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002677060_wiki11.html

Ha, the guy who tracked him down is a notorious crank... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Brandt

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Wikipedia Watch
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Jump to: navigation, search

Wikipedia Watch is a website critical of Wikipedia. It is owned by Daniel Brandt, the leader of the Southwestern chapter of Aryan Nations and an Internet activist.

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:26 (fourteen years ago) link

From the Google-watch-watch site:

The first such article I read was published by Salon.com and can be found here (http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2002/08/29/google_watch/print.html). This article isn't so bad as the others, the author does expose Brandt's motives:

Brandt is not a disinterested party; the dispute between Daniel Brandt and Google is personal. He has spent thousands of hours building a Web site that he believes is both useful and important, and Google, in its algorithmic blindness, has given Brandt a lower page rank than he thinks he's entitled to. Brandt finds it genuinely hard to believe -- and even personally insulting -- that Google won't give him more credit.

However the article does paint Mr. Brandt in a friendly light, and so it lends credibility to his cause - a cause which most if not all search engine professionals would regard as absurd.

The crux of Brandt's argument can be summed up with these paragraphs from the Salon.com article.

When you type "NameBase" into Google, Brandt's site comes up first, but Brandt is not satisfied with that. "My problem has been to get Google to go deep enough into my site," he says. In other words, Brandt wants Google to index the 100,000 names he has in his database, so that a Google search for "Donald Rumsfeld" will bring up NameBase's page for the secretary of defense. For some reason, though, all of NameBase's deep pages -- its pages with specific names and citations -- have a low Google page rank, which causes them to show up low in the search results. Search for "Donald Rumsfeld" in Google and in the first five pages you get a lot of .mil and .gov sites, some news stories, and some activist sites. Namebase's entry on Rumsfeld doesn't come up. (It is in Google's database, but to find it somebody would have to first wade through hundreds of results.)

Why is a Nazi collecting people's names and citations?

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:29 (fourteen years ago) link

ha he's not actually a nazi. That was an "unusual detail".

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Monday, 12 December 2005 14:49 (fourteen years ago) link


Tribune Company
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Tribune Company
Type Public (NYSE: TRB)
Founded 1847
Location Chicago, Illinois
Key people Dennis Fitzsimmons, CEO & President
Scott Smith, President of Tribune Publishing
Patrick Mullen, President, Tribune Broadcasting
Industry Entertainment
Products television, newspapers, radio
Revenue 2% ($5.73 billion USD, FY 2005)
Employees unknown
Website www.tribune.com
The Tribune Company is a large multimedia corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. It owns the Chicago Tribune, WGN, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday in New York, the Hartford Courant, The Baltimore Sun, the Daily Press, and many other media outlets. The Tribune Company is also a co-owner of the WB television network. The Tribune Company's revenues total billions of dollars each year.
The Tribune Company also owns Tribune Entertainment, which owns the distribution rights to several television shows including: Andromeda, Mutant X, The Beastmaster, Family Feud, South Park, Soul Train, Candid Camera, Earth: Final Conflict, and others.

One criticism of the Tribune Company is that they are responsible for the Cubs' perpetual losing. The Tribune Company discovered that the Cubs are more profitable fielding a poor team, rather than spending big on free agents. The Chicago Cubs are located in a trendy area of Chicago, causing them to have great attendance at home games, even when the team is doing poorly.

If the Tribune Company is so unhappy about this, why don't they just edit it?

patrick bateman (mickeygraft), Monday, 12 December 2005 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

What makes you think they're "so unhappy"?

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Monday, 12 December 2005 15:12 (fourteen years ago) link

the "techno-cult of ignorance" picture montage is awesome

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 12 December 2005 17:44 (fourteen years ago) link

"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 (fourteen years ago) link

"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 (fourteen years ago) link

four 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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 16 January 2006 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

though I think just the stray "Hongro" was funnier

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

four 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 (fourteen years ago) link

HAH! It's fixed!

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 13 February 2006 05:01 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

two 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 (fourteen years ago) link

"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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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

# "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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

four 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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

eight 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 (thirteen years ago) link

LOL

strgn, Monday, 4 June 2007 03:03 (thirteen years ago) link

one 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 (thirteen years ago) link

one 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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

The Amityville Terror August 2, 2016 Michael Angelo
Amityville: No Escape August 5, 2016 Henrique Couto
Amityville: Evil Never Dies June 2017 Dustin Ferguson Sequel to The Amityville Legacy , Re-released as Amityville Clownhouse in 2020
Amityville Exorcism January 3, 2017 Mark Polonia Billy D'Amato
Against the Night September 15, 2017 Limited theatrical release Brian Cavallaro aka Amityville Prison
Amityville: The Awakening October 28, 2017 Franck Khalfoun
Amityville: Mt. Misery Road May 31, 2018 Chuck Morrongiello and Karolina Morrongiello Chuck Morrongiello
The Amityville Murders October 9, 2018 Daniel Farrands
The Amityville Dawn September 25, 2019 Direct-to-video Brandon Slagle Elliot Diviney and Brandon Slagle aka The Dawn
Amityville Island March 17, 2020 Mark Polonia John Oak Dalton
Amityville Vibrator June 6th, 2020 Nathan Rumler

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 September 2020 17:39 (two months ago) link

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

Alternative version

The Italian version of this film, called Sexy Jeans, was edited with pornographic inserts.[9]

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 16:41 (one month ago) link

Dunking

In Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time, one of the narrator's childhood memories sets in while tasting a madeleine dunked in tea. The soft, spongy consistency of the madeleine could seem like an odd choice as dunking is more common with crisp baked products, such as biscuits. In fact, draft versions of Proust's manuscript reveal that the author initially had the narrator dunk a piece of toasted bread

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 22:34 (one month ago) link

The band released debut album Vibrate You in May 2001 and follow-up Who Do You Love? in March 2004. The band was notable for their short, riotous live shows and built a small, dedicated fanbase, which, at present day, consists of one person, name unknown.

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Thursday, 1 October 2020 04:42 (one month ago) link

Hahaha

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 October 2020 05:24 (one month ago) link

vg+

Mark G, Thursday, 1 October 2020 06:14 (one month ago) link

From the entry for Russell Webb (bass player for the Skids / Public Image Ltd)

Webb retired from performing to design board games. Following a discussion with Richard Branson at the latter's knighthood party, Branson agreed to take Webb's first board game (4 years in the making) entitled Lost to Necker Island for play testing with his family and children. The play testing was a success, but no game was released. Instead it became the initial inspiration for JJ Abrams' hit TV show Lost, for which Webb was never credited

kites aren't fun (NickB), Friday, 9 October 2020 12:17 (one month ago) link

lol that's great

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 9 October 2020 14:03 (one month ago) link

Am assuming that Webb wrote that himself and still feels sore about it.

kites aren't fun (NickB), Friday, 9 October 2020 14:38 (one month ago) link

The United States government has determined that taquitos must contain at least 15% meat.

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:27 (one month ago) link

the taquito that defined a malnutrition

Covidiots from UHF (sic), Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:30 (one month ago) link

^ comment surpasses the RDA of lol

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:34 (one month ago) link

There's not so much an unexpected detail, but more of an unexpected hyperlink on the Wikipedia entry for Foxbase Alpha:

"The album was re-released in May 2009 as part of the Universal Music Deluxe Edition re-issue program. The album has been remastered, and is accompanied by a second disc featuring B-sides, mixes and five previously unreleased tracks. The CD booklet features new sleeve notes by Jon Savage and Tom Ewing, images and memorabilia."

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:58 (one month ago) link

edit history shows the reference was added by an ilx0r, but not the link

Covidiots from UHF (sic), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 20:48 (one month ago) link

"On 20 October 2018, by adapting a construction by Aaron Williams for constructing Hamiltonian paths through the Cayley graph of the symmetric group, Greg Egan devised an algorithm to produce superpermutations of length n! + (n−1)! + (n−2)! + (n−3)! + n − 3."

koogs, Saturday, 24 October 2020 15:13 (one month ago) link

Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 24 October 2020 15:22 (one month ago) link

Lol josh

brimstead, Saturday, 24 October 2020 16:43 (one month ago) link

The Add N to (X) article sounds like it was written by a(n analogue) computer

Andrew then asked his friend Barry Smith (a former Radio Prague DJ)[3] if he too would be interested in joining.[citation needed] They then spent some time gigging under this name before a fall out which led to Anderson's departure from the band. There being only three remaining Andrew then renamed the group Add N to X, based upon a mathematical formula.[4] They kept the name but placed brackets around the X due to legal reasons.

S-, Monday, 26 October 2020 04:09 (one month ago) link

Fellow Greek singer Nana Mouskouri paid tribute to Roussos on the French radio station RTL, saying "He had a superb voice, he travelled in the world ... he loved what he was doing... He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world."[1]

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said: “This artist left a bright mark in the world music art and made history as one of the greatest singers, whose extremely emotional manner of singing caught the hearts of listeners all over the world ..."[44]

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Monday, 26 October 2020 18:25 (one month ago) link

nana mouskori’s wikipedia page is full of unusual details btw

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 26 October 2020 18:32 (one month ago) link

I watched 976-EVIL tonight and wondered what had become of its OTT star (Stephen 'EvilEd' Geoffreys of Fright Night infamy) and, well

During the 1990s, Geoffreys appeared for several years in gay pornographic movies, using the alias Sam Ritter.[4][5][6]

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:09 (one month ago) link

I guess he changed his name so no one would know about his horror movie infamy.

pplains, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:01 (one month ago) link

Film critic Marco Giusti writes that Kinski "is mad, hysterical, but dominates the film", remembers the nice intrigue around Kinski's character, and praises the lesbian scenes.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:49 (one month ago) link

Nice one, Nicko.

The song was performed by the Cockerel Chorus (the cockerel is the emblem of Tottenham Hotspur) fronted by Spiro, with Jamie Phillips singing the opening operatic part.[8] It is also the first professional recording of future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Saturday, 31 October 2020 11:16 (four weeks ago) link

between 896 and 904 there was a new pope every year

From https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadaver_Synod which is an absolute trove of wtf Rome

ALAB (onimo), Thursday, 12 November 2020 00:24 (two weeks ago) link

Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. In antiquity, the city-state was known as Lacedaemon, while the name Sparta referred to its main settlement on the banks of the Eurotas River in Laconia, in south-eastern Peloponnese. Wikipedia

Dialing code: +30

(Not Wikipedia but the standard Google precis you get when googling Sparta)

koogs, Sunday, 15 November 2020 11:33 (two weeks ago) link

John C. McGinley made his character's voice as deep as possible in an effort to sound like Orson Welles. He has since admitted that this was a bad idea

Number None, Monday, 16 November 2020 09:47 (one week ago) link

"In June 2011, ARK Music Factory started charging $2.99 (equivalent to $3.4 in 2019) to watch the music video on YouTube" - I'm not sure you need to show the inflation adjusted number when it's only 8 years old.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:57 (one week ago) link

It'll be even more fascinating in three years when people click through to see it now costs $7.43

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Friday, 20 November 2020 02:05 (one week ago) link

In his 2010 book Music: What Happened?, critic and musician Scott Miller declared that the song possesses "one of the best hooks of the eighties" and listed it among his top song picks for 1984. Nonetheless, he cautioned: "It must be admitted that this song suffers from an embarrassingly out-of-place disco funk interlude, and the word Kriegsminister."[21]

Maresn3st, Friday, 20 November 2020 12:01 (one week ago) link

Scott Miller is totally wrong about the disco funk interlude in "99 Luftballons"

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 20 November 2020 13:35 (one week ago) link

In the US, the English-language version did not chart, while the German-language recording became Nena's only US hit.

I did not know that. If only the English version had been a hit in the US (was #1 in the UK) he wouldn't have been able to complain about 'Kriegsminister' either.

the 120 days of sod 'em (ledge), Friday, 20 November 2020 13:52 (one week ago) link

Rappin' is a 1985 film directed by Joel Silberg, written by Adam Friedman and Robert J. Litz, produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is a sequel to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and is also known as Breakdance 3: Electric Boogalee. Although it features Ice-T (who featured in Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo), Rappin' has a plot unconnected to the previous two films and features different lead characters and locations. The film has developed a small cult following, despite Van Peebles' lack of rapping ability and the film's overall poor production values.

citation not needed imo

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:46 (one week ago) link

If it's a sequel to part 2, then why is it not part 3?

FWIW the first Breakin' movie is important to me because when it came out, my family ran a dance school and needed to be hip to all the trends.

Also we watched every dance movie. There is a whole camon of these,, with persistent conventions. like the "training montage." Sports and martial arts movies all hd training montages, but I submit that those are derivative of dance movie training montages.

By law, every dance movie has a big audition scene that starts off with skeptical and stuffy judges who are gradually won over by the sheer street RAWNESS of the edgy maverick protagonist dancer(s), who subvert the judges' classicism preconceptions of what dance can be.

Fame has this scene, so does Breakin'. The cliche reaches its zenith with Save the Last Dance for Me, effectively satirized in the Onion here:

https://entertainment.theonion.com/dancer-risks-everything-1819569738/amp

coupvfefe (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:05 (one week ago) link

Like, this is literally the plot of at least ten movies:

school administrators are still baffled as to where such a talented ballet dancer could have learned a second form of dancing, some speculate Lisbon may have ventured out into the rough but vibrant neighborhoods surrounding the private academy.

"I can only assume that Cassie must have visited one of the local nightclub establishments where teens hang out and perform spontaneous, elaborately choreographed one-on-one dance competitions to the music of a young gentleman named Soulja Boy, among others," head instructor James Tillingford said. "Of course, there's no way Cassie could have infiltrated this subculture, unless she entered a biracial relationship with a young man who wanted a better life for himself than stealing cars and playing ball, someone who could teach her how to let go of her formal training—along with the pain of her mother's untimely death—and just let it flow so she could, in turn, convince his hardened, cynical friends that she was 'not bad for a white girl.'"

The only student in the history of the form to realize that ballet is incapable of expressing a whole range of different but equally true emotions, Lisbon said the road to popping and locking onstage wasn't an easy one. At times, Lisbon admitted, she felt like giving up and just performing the highly technical routine of graceful leaps and spins she had been training for over the last decade.

coupvfefe (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:15 (one week ago) link

If it's a sequel to part 2, then why is it not part 3?

"Rappin' has a plot unconnected to the previous two films and features different lead characters and locations" is a pretty good reason. Also, it appears to be more about rappin', and less about breakin'.

Makes more sense than:

First Blood
Rambo
Rambo 3
Rambo
Rambo: Last Blood

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

Um, can we discuss the term "boogalee," because that is definitely the weirdest thing about that film's title, y'all.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:39 (one week ago) link

That was the main detail I believe warrants no citation, inasmuch as someone has put it into the wikipedia to be funny.

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:44 (one week ago) link

The DVDs being sold of it use the term, too.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:51 (one week ago) link

dammit I said no citations!

looks like that is only on one budget-price UK licensor's DVD release, and almost nothing in their catalogue uses key art or official logos, so imo it's safe to shift to "someone at the office, or the bloke who photoshops their sleeves for beer money, thought it was funny"

huge rant (sic), Sunday, 22 November 2020 09:26 (one week ago) link

It's often deemed a racist slur!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 22 November 2020 12:46 (one week ago) link

ohhh yikes

huge rant (sic), Sunday, 22 November 2020 12:58 (one week ago) link

Cy Curnin is dancing in a classy navy blue double-breasted suit and open-necked white shirt. He is then in a bright tube, wearing a gray sleeveless shirt with his arms and shoulders exposed. Then, in a blue tunnel, he is running with a dog.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Sunday, 22 November 2020 20:18 (one week ago) link

In May 2007, Sandy Smith had launched an essay writing competition, asking entrants to attempt to prove that Junior could be considered the greatest film of all time. He obsessively started collecting copies of the film in November 2005, and eventually collected 24 copies. In February 2008, despite Sunday Herald covering the story,[11] the competition received fewer entries than there were prizes offered.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 23 November 2020 12:58 (six days ago) link

Was the prize a copy of Junior?

jmm, Monday, 23 November 2020 15:48 (six days ago) link

the criterion collection version

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 23 November 2020 15:49 (six days ago) link

Originally named "Theo's Zoo bar" after the head bouncer and before the reputation of an underage venue the Zoo bar was one of the first "indie" clubs in halifax. It was classed as an alternative club where people classed the customers as slightly weird. The Djs played classics like "light my fire" the Doors_ "sympathy for the devil" the stones. Etc. later filling the dancefloor to tunes by the latest indie gods such as Suede, pulp etc. Characters always filled the club. There was "roller guy" who wore roller boots and took photos all night, "daddy Acid" who used to walk around with a bowl of fruit (apparently laced with Acid tabs). It was a real hive and buzzing place of individual clubbers.

timber euros (seandalai), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:39 (five days ago) link

Yorkshire or Nova Scotia?

Naughty Boys Hoo! (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:49 (five days ago) link

I’m now imagining this Cat Marnell character there, spraypainting away

#onethread

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:43 (four days ago) link

Deans died of congestive heart failure in Cleveland, Ohio on July 11, 2003 at the age of 68. Rather than being interred with Garland, his body was cremated and his ashes were sent to an unidentified person in Florida.[citation needed]

budo jeru, Saturday, 28 November 2020 05:22 (yesterday) link


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