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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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

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

seriously!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

though I think just the stray "Hongro" was funnier

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

HAH! It's fixed!

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

LOL

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

Rabin's bowel-movements must have been career-changing

The song originated in 1979 from South African musician, singer-songwriter, and producer Trevor Rabin; while going to the toilet, he wrote "the whole thing, from beginning to end".[6][7]

While Rabin was on a toilet break, Horn left his demo tape running and heard his version of "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Sunday, 24 April 2022 07:21 (two months ago) link

So is it true the song began life as "Owner of a Lonely Fart"?

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Sunday, 24 April 2022 09:12 (two months ago) link

Wipe your ass
You always live your life
Never thinking of the future
Flush your turd
You are the move you make
Take your chances, win or lose-r

Skid marks and a lonely fart

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Sunday, 24 April 2022 09:33 (two months ago) link

Lmao

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Sunday, 24 April 2022 13:33 (two months ago) link

Entire plot summary for The Friends of Eddie Coyle is written in gangster vernacular:

Eddie Coyle is a low-level career criminal and defacto member of Boston's Irish Mob, clinging to the lower rungs of a blue collar life in Quincy, Massachusetts. Still savvy and evidently trusted, he's nonetheless been ground down to supplying disposable pistols to the bank heist gang led by Jimmy Scalise. He plays hardball with a cocky yet still fledgling gunrunner named Jackie Brown to get them.

Coyle has been wanted for several years on a rumrunning charge in New Hampshire on a job set up by his friend Dillon, a barkeep at the dive Coyle and other low level local hoodlums frequent. Dillon is also a paid informant for agent Dave Foley of the Boston Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Later, Coyle decides to go to Foley and give up Brown in exchange for getting his sentence cleared.

Scalise's gang robs another bank. This time, the heist botched by a fatal shooting. They know they have at most one more payday before they have to quit.

Brown delivers a rush-job shipment of pistols to Coyle, casually dropping that he has a rendezvous set up later that afternoon in Sharon to deliver some M16s. He shows up at the train station car park and cases it out. As always, he's wary of the risks in front of him but not yet wise enough to cover his back. He gets pinched when an ATF stake-out closes in. Furious, he immediately knows who dropped the dime on him, and vows revenge.

Coyle hooks up with Foley to hear the good news on the Fed's meeting with the prosecutor in New Hampshire. Instead he's told the Brown tip was not enough, "Uncle" - Uncle Sam - needs more. Eddie's repulsed. He'd kept his mouth shut and did time covering for "the Man" behind it all before, even stood and took it when he had all his fingers on one hand broken for a small mess-up in a gun deal. Being a puke once was one thing, becoming a serial rat is too much. He refuses to play ball a second time.

Following their pattern, the Scalise gang shows up at a bank manager's suburban home to kidnap him and hold a family member's life as ransom while they do the job. Like Brown, they're ambushed by Foley and his ATF crew without firing a shot. Unaware of the bust, a desperate Coyle arranges a meeting with Foley the next day to turn Judas on the heist mob. Foley shows him the morning paper, leaving Coyle with nothing to trade and a jail cell dead ahead.

Devastated, he reels to Dillon's bar, where his pal treats him to the usual round of whisky with a beer chaser on the house. He confesses to Dillon he has no idea who turned the key on Scalise. The bar payphone rings and Dillon gets word he's to whack Coyle for ratting on the bank gang. He tells the caller Coyle is there right then, putting on the "he's so sorry" act hearing about the bust, and promises to do the job.

Getting right to work, Dillon serves up another free round and invites Coyle out to a Boston Bruins hockey game at the Garden later that night. Next, he meets with a noisy flak for "the Man", who impatiently demands action. He squares the little terrier up, telling him he's a pro who doesn't like being pushed, and demands $5,000 in advance. The yapdog scurries away to get it.

Dillon doesn't drive, and passes off the young thug playing chauffeur that night as his "wife's nephew". At the Garden Dillon ensures the still disconsolate Coyle gets blotto, oblivious that his host isn't joining him. On the ride home Coyle passes out. Dillon pops him in the head point blank with a .22 revolver, then has the punk slink their barge into a bowling alley parking lot to ditch the body. They pull alongside a car indistinguishable from their own, swap into it, and dissolve into the rain-spattered night.

The next morning Dillon and Foley meet as usual outside the Boston Federal Building. Foley gives the rat his weekly $20 like nothing happened, Scalise tip and all. Eddie Coyle's murder isn't even a blip on his radar - or conscience. And Dillon is good with "the Man", good with "Uncle", and $5,020 richer. The pair skulk in opposite directions 'til next week's Andrew Jackson twists their crooked paths together again.

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:55 (two months ago) link

In 1985 the Swiss Army fired off shells during an exercise and mistakenly burned a patch of forest inside Liechtenstein. The incident was said to have been resolved "over a case of white wine".[

Ned Raggett, Friday, 29 April 2022 17:56 (two months ago) link

i... just wanted to see if this was a game i'd be interested in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar_Tonelico

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Monday, 2 May 2022 20:49 (two months ago) link

Ficus sacrifices himself and marries Princess Libido to save the crew.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 May 2022 20:57 (two months ago) link

Love the idea of the Swiss maybeee gonna invade tiny Liechtenstein, but then a case of 1975 Neuchâtel got cracked open

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 2 May 2022 21:12 (two months ago) link

Once the treasure was locked away and night fell, a small man would emerge from the chest or backpack and would gather the valuables from the best room, after which Erni and the man would flee during the night.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 May 2022 22:07 (two months ago) link

From the Wikipedia entry for Unity Mitford, the British socialite known for her relationship with Adolf Hitler:

Unity Mitford was conceived in the town of Swastika, Ontario, in Canada, where her family had gold mines.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Sunday, 15 May 2022 09:29 (one month ago) link

Ha!

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Sunday, 15 May 2022 09:59 (one month ago) link

Her younger sister, Jessica, with whom she shared a bedroom, was a dedicated communist. The two drew a chalk line down the middle to divide the room. Jessica's side was decorated with hammer and sickles and pictures of Vladimir Lenin, while Unity's was decorated with swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler.

typical bloody teenagers!

calzino, Sunday, 15 May 2022 10:29 (one month ago) link

Lind is well known for his transatlantic hit record, "Elusive Butterfly",[2] which reached number 5 on both the US and UK charts in 1966.... For eight years he was a staff writer at the supermarket tabloids Weekly World News and Sun.[13] He's been credited as co-creator (with photo artist Dick Kulpa) of the famous "Bat Boy" Weekly World News cover story

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 22 May 2022 20:36 (one month ago) link

Don't be concerned...

Mark G, Sunday, 22 May 2022 21:36 (one month ago) link

Bat Boy second only to “FAMED PSYCHIC’S HEAD EXPLODES” for the goat Weekly World News headline.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 22 May 2022 23:41 (one month ago) link

The name of Nottingham is Anglo-Saxon in origin. A Saxon chieftain named Snot ruled an area known as Snotingaham in Old English; the homestead of Snot's people (-inga = 'the people of'; -ham = 'homestead'). Some authors derive Nottingham from Snottenga (caves) and ham (homestead) but "this has nothing to do with the English form".

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 22 May 2022 23:42 (one month ago) link

Unusual cause I’m thinking -ham could be translated as home/heim rather than “homestead”.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 22 May 2022 23:49 (one month ago) link

This is IMDB, not Wikipedia, from Otto Preminger's list of directing credits:

Treasure of the Golden Condor (a few scenes including one with a boa, uncredited)

I'm guessing snake but wondering whether feathery accessory is a possibility.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Saturday, 28 May 2022 05:26 (one month ago) link

A shame the snake didn't get on the credit list

Mark G, Saturday, 28 May 2022 08:32 (one month ago) link

Needs a new agent.

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Saturday, 28 May 2022 11:10 (one month ago) link

this is a travesty, the duck in journey to the centre of the earth has her own IDMB page

mark s, Saturday, 28 May 2022 11:12 (one month ago) link

In France, the character's name was changed to "Dark Vador" starting with the original film. The names of other characters were changed too, but his is the only name that has been maintained even in the most recent films. The title "Dark" was used in place of "Darth" for the other Sith lords as well.

In the Italian-language editions, Darth Vader is named "Dart Fener". In 2005, before the release of Episode III, an on-line survey asked Italian fans whether they would rather maintain the Italian name or switch it to the original: the first option won. In 2015, when Episode VII had to be released, the Italian localisation decided to change the name to the English "Darth Vader".

In Iceland his name is "Svarthöfði" (which means "blackhead").

Gymnopédie Pablo (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 17:12 (four weeks ago) link

Arnold Bennett, English novelist, died in 1932 of typhoid, two months after drinking a glass of water in a Paris hotel to prove it was safe.[115]

Portrait Of A Dissolvi Ng Drea M (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 17:16 (four weeks ago) link

dumbfvck

mark s, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 17:25 (four weeks ago) link

In the mid twentieth century, the population of Siloam Springs, Arkansas spilled across the Oklahoma - Arkansas state line, creating the need for Oklahoma-based town government. The population of the community had grown to 142 by July 10, 1969, when 35 out of 49 eligible voters approved incorporation.

What those Sooners define as "spillover" never ceases to amaze me.

pplains, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 17:47 (four weeks ago) link

Nowadays we call that an invasion

Nutellanor Roosevelt (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 17:55 (four weeks ago) link

From today's featured article, the white swamphen:

It was probably either flightless or a poor flier; this and its docility made the bird easy prey for visiting humans, who killed it with sticks.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 06:06 (three weeks ago) link

Road to the Sun is a studio album by American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, released in March 2021 on BMG's Modern Recordings label. Interestingly, the liner notes include credits for photos of a roseate tern and sooty tern, while the bird on the front cover most closely resembles a black-billed magpie.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 18:13 (three weeks ago) link

There was a cafe/bar called "The Catacombs" operating in the basement of Union Hall in the 1970s and 1990s, which was popular with a more alternative crowd than the other bars in Union House. It never did particularly well, and closed a few times.

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

That was my uni!

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 00:27 (two weeks ago) link

The first editor, Richard S. Lambert, left in 1939 after successfully suing Sir Cecil Levita for slander over allegations that he was unfit for his job because of his credulity in believing in Gef, the talking mongoose.

Antifa Sandwich Artist (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 16 June 2022 03:14 (two weeks ago) link

Lost in a Dream is the fourth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1974. It peaked at number 98 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1975,[1] It was the second album to feature Mike Murphy on vocals. The title track was written by Murphy and future bassist Bruce Hall, who would join the band in 1978. The title track was featured on the compilation A Decade of Rock and Roll: 1970-1980. The album was in print on CD format in 1992 for two months before being quickly deleted.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 20 June 2022 07:45 (two weeks ago) link

The powers that be realized that they had made a grave mistake

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 20 June 2022 07:46 (two weeks ago) link

The title track (Ridin' the Storm Out) would later become a hit for the band on their live album, after Cronin had returned to the band.

The things I am learning about REO Speedwagon this morning.

pplains, Monday, 20 June 2022 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

(a.) It never occurred to me that I haven't heard the studio version with (b.) a different vocalist.

pplains, Monday, 20 June 2022 13:28 (two weeks ago) link

The Cubs had no official physical mascot prior to Clark, though a man in a 'polar bear' looking outfit, called "The Bear-man" (or Beeman), which was mildly popular with the fans, paraded the stands briefly in the early 1990s. There is no record of whether or not he was just a fan in a costume or employed by the club. Through the 2013 season, there were "Cubbie-bear" mascots outside of Wrigley on game day, but none were employed by the team. They pose for pictures with fans for tips. The most notable of these was "Billy Cub" who worked outside of the stadium for over six years until July 2013, when the club asked him to stop. Billy Cub, who is played by fan John Paul Weier, had unsuccessfully petitioned the team to become the official mascot.

commonly known by his nickname, "MadBum" (gyac), Sunday, 26 June 2022 09:37 (one week ago) link

The band never achieved acclaim in the United States the way it did in Great Britain, but it had a cult following in certain US cities, especially Cleveland, where the group first played at the Agora Ballroom in December 1974. Thanks to airplay from WMMS, songs like "Next" and "The Faith Healer" became very popular. Cleveland remained a city where the Sensational Alex Harvey Band had a devoted following. However, they were unable to replicate that popularity in most other US cities.

AlanSmithee, Sunday, 26 June 2022 11:16 (one week ago) link

Cleveland seems like a city with good taste.

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 June 2022 11:27 (one week ago) link

In the beginning of 2019, NLE Choppa claimed to have the biggest "CHOPPA", causing a mass outbreak and debate among his hood.[citation needed]

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 27 June 2022 00:10 (one week ago) link

Cleveland seems like a city with good taste.

― Doodles Diamond (Tom D.)

i mean two words fucking stadium mustard, right?

unrelated:

"A popular soda they produce is a bacon soda, which is also named "Bacon Soda"."

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 27 June 2022 17:56 (one week ago) link

There are 48 different emotions, of 154, or many more, or fewer:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion_classification

"William James in 1890 proposed four basic emotions: fear, grief, love, and rage, based on bodily involvement. (more recently) Paul Ekman identified six basic emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise. (in 1996) Richard and Bernice Lazarus expanded the list to 15 emotions: aesthetic experience, anger, anxiety, compassion, depression, envy, fright, gratitude, guilt, happiness, hope, jealousy, love, pride, relief, sadness, and shame."

Is surprise really an emotion? I've always thought of it as an instinctive reaction, akin to shock. But I'm not a scientist. And neither are psychologists hahahaha. Sorry.

Later models of emotional classification include compound emotions, such as FearfullyAngry and AngrilySurprised and SadlyDisgusted and HappilyDisgusted.

Ashley Pomeroy, Monday, 27 June 2022 20:45 (one week ago) link

What about when you have a nightmare about, say, flies and you walk up and go, Huh, but I'm not scared of flies, why was I so panicked in that dream? When you're not scared, but dreaming of being scared... is that called DreamScared?

pplains, Monday, 27 June 2022 21:32 (one week ago) link

I wonder if there's a word for contemplating an emotion without feeling that emotion. "Thinking"? That got me to listing all the emotions I've experienced while reading books, which again made me wonder if surprise is really an emotion. Pride and gratitude are really the same as "satisfaction", and I suspect that the emotional triggers inside the brain don't differentiate between the two, e.g. the brain just thinks "this is a good thing and I am happy", with the details happening at a higher level.

My first thought when I read about SadlyDisgusted and HappilyDisgusted was of course hardsports, which is one of those things you have to be in the mood for. HappilyDisgusted is apparently what happens when you enjoy a rude joke. You are happy and disgusted at the same time. As with e.g. Peter Jackson's Braindead, where they eat the vomit. "Eat spinning steel, shitheads!" I'm still puzzled that the people at New Line Cinema saw Meet the Feebles and thought to themselves "we need to give this man thirty million dollars and a budget of three hundred million dollars to adapt The Lord of the Rings".

Back on topic. When Microsoft Flight Simulator X came out I remember reading a website that had a list of unusual airports, including the Walt Disney World STOLPort, which is now defunct:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_World_Airport

This stuck with me:

"Originally used to surprise the airplane passengers, the runway featured a set of grooves, like those on the side of a highway, that played "When You Wish Upon a Star" when driven over at roughly 45 miles per hour.

It is considered a precursor to future musical roads, the first of which was built in Denmark in 1995. Interestingly, in the village of Takayama, Gunma, Japan, the musical road built there coincidentally plays the same song the "Singing Runway" once did, "When You Wish Upon a Star," when driven over."

I can't find a good clip of that road, but this one sounds as if the car has been possessed by spirits:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF9DYjkHXAE

Ashley Pomeroy, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 20:41 (six days ago) link

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? influenced generations of science fiction writers, becoming a founding document of the new wave science fiction movement as well as a basic model for its cyberpunk heirs. It influenced other genres such as SF-based metal from artists such as Rob Zombie and Powerman 5000.

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 30 June 2022 10:56 (five days ago) link

They reconcile on her porch as he ices his crotch , she says she hope she broke it he clarifies that his Human penis is bruised and it feels like Richard Petty drove a stock car into his Scrotum .

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

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Thursday, 30 June 2022 17:25 (five days ago) link

She became influenced by the works made by famous celebrities, such as Holly Hunter for Broadcast News, Frances McDormand for Fargo, Mississippi Burning and Miller's Crossing, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Paxton for Apollo 13, Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump, Dianne Wiest, Toni Collette, Tom Cruise for Top Gun, A Few Good Men and Mission: Impossible, Bruce Willis for Die Hard and Armageddon, Bette Midler for Hocus Pocus, Cuba Gooding Jr. for Jerry Maguire, Jerry Orbach for Law & Order and Diane Keaton.

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Friday, 1 July 2022 01:48 (four days ago) link

More from Ready to Rumble:

They go visit his wife, she kicks him twice in the crotch for giving her Pediculosis pubis and abandoning her and their son.

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 1 July 2022 05:00 (four days ago) link

In 1966, Sherman visited Australia. He did a television series in Melbourne, Victoria, for a live audience. During the performance, he sang a parody of "Molly Malone." It included a play on the word "but" (butt) which did not elicit a laugh. What Sherman did not know is that Australians use the word "bum" where Americans would say "butt" (although usage of the word "butt" has since become widespread in Australia).

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 1 July 2022 21:54 (four days ago) link

The Organ Grinder was known to serve pizza of better quality than the average "pizza and pipes" location.[7] Unfortunately for the Organ Grinder (and its patrons) the dough-making equipment was outdated, and could not produce enough to keep up with demand. Therefore frozen dough was purchased, and the pizza quality suffered considerably, giving the Organ Grinder a poor culinary reputation that remained long after the equipment problems were rectified.[3] Of particular note was a taco pizza named Percussion Pizza.[7] Onion rings were also served.[8]

Kate (rushomancy), Tuesday, 5 July 2022 03:47 (forty-six minutes ago) link


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