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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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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

seriously!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

though I think just the stray "Hongro" was funnier

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

HAH! It's fixed!

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

LOL

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

This movie plot summary is a masterpiece:

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

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 6 July 2019 19:59 (one month ago) link

Heh, that's quite the find.

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 July 2019 20:05 (one month ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_(band)

In September 1998 Rialto played a gig at the University of Leeds during freshers’ week. Whilst on stage Eliot described the gig as “so raw” in a really wanky fashion. The guitarist even stuck a smoking cigarette on the end of his guitar. Members of the audience that evening have subsequently described the band and the gig as “fucking shite”.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:29 (one month ago) link

wiki otm

Did not know this

The Honourable Louis Robert Eliot (born 11 April 1968 in Plymouth) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist, formerly of Kinky Machine and Rialto.[1]

Eliot is the second son of Peregrine Eliot, 10th Earl of St Germans, and grew up at Port Eliot, a 6,000-acre estate on the Tamar Estuary where his family have lived since 1564.[1] He is the heir presumptive to the earldom, which is currently held by his nephew.

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

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:35 (one month ago) link

1564, jesus

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:33 (one month ago) link

I bet he has more swagger than almost any other musician who will be guillotined

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:52 (one month ago) link

i looked up "musicians with a dukedom" and the second entry is prince

(the first is country singer jimmy work, but that's bcz he lives in dukedom tennessee)

mark s, Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:01 (one month ago) link

don't tell gene chandler

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 July 2019 20:17 (one month ago) link

A pissing contest among females can refer to an insentient need to feel important and right when talking to other females about topics that have absolutely nothing to do with them. When one female continually yaps on spewing information that is not relevant to the topic of discussion. When the female who initiated the conversation says "I don't want to get in a pissing match with you" it generally should be interpreted by the yapping insistently female that she should just stop talking because she is becoming extremely annoying and talking about shit that has nothing to do with her.[7]

Vape Store (crüt), Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:35 (one month ago) link

the citation just says "Cindy Dawson"

Vape Store (crüt), Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:36 (one month ago) link

"Insentient".

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:32 (one month ago) link

Milius was signed to direct at a fee of $1.25 million, plus a gun of his choice.[11]

Not unusual if you know anything about Milius.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:41 (one month ago) link

On 21 September 2006, Blair and comedian Alan Carr helped save a man about to fall from a pier in Blackpool. The man was holding on by his fingers.[15]

... Lionel, that is, not Tony. Tony Blair palling round with Alan Carr in Blackpool seems a bit unlikely.

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Monday, 22 July 2019 22:09 (one month ago) link

In 1990 original Foghat vocalist Lonesome Dave Peverett formed his own version of Foghat, and the version including Erik Cartwright became known as Roger Earl's Foghat. Cartwright worked with Earl until 1993, when the original Foghat members reunited and Cartwright then found himself out of a job with many pairs of multi-tone Wingtip shoes on hand.

After leaving the Foghat organization in 1993, Erik Cartwright was hired by Pat Travers as second lead guitarist in his band. The relationship lasted only a few weeks, and Cartwright was again out of work, but still with the shoes.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

people who wrote their own Wikipedia in-jokes?

jmm, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:09 (one month ago) link

Today, baked beans are a staple convenience food in the UK, often eaten as part of the modern full English breakfast and particularly on toast (called simply "beans on toast").

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:12 (one month ago) link

the most usual detail i may ever have seen in a wikipefia article tbh

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:16 (one month ago) link

I’m LOLing @ ‘the Foghat organization’.

*bangs gavel* “I hereby call this meeting of THE FOGHAT ORGANIZATION to order!”

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:20 (one month ago) link

“Excellent work, Agent 47. The FOGHAT ORGANIZATION will be pleased!”

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 23:21 (one month ago) link

"Peter Lemongello (born February 11, 1947) is an American singer known for his double album Love '76, the first album to be sold exclusively through television advertising."

Lemongello later worked as a housing contractor in Florida. In the early 1980s he was sentenced to ten years probation on charges of arson and insurance fraud involving luxury houses his firm was building; after violating the terms of the probation, he was in prison for 17 months.

On January 15, 1982, Lemongello and his brother, pro bowler Mike Lemongello, were kidnapped from a construction site, Mike was forced to withdraw more than $50,000 from a bank, and both were then left in the woods. Manny Seoane and Mark Lemongello (the brothers' cousin), both former Major League Baseball pitchers, turned themselves in to police and in 1983 were sentenced to seven years' probation for the crime.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 25 July 2019 03:30 (four weeks ago) link

Randi Mayem Singer, the writer of Mrs. Doubtfire, credits "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" as one of the most important songs ever written and as the direct influence for writing the script.

visiting, Saturday, 27 July 2019 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

lol I definitely remember posting that here

brimstead, Saturday, 27 July 2019 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

Superior to ordinary mayonnaise, Danish remoulade can be very fat (up to 80%), but leaner versions are not hard to find. It's usually made with mayonnaise mixed with lots of tiny bits of cauliflower, cabbage and cucumber-(pickles) but no garlic.

mick signals, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:34 (three weeks ago) link

In his contribution to the 1961 book The Shadows by Themselves Meehan gives very useful, timely and helpful advice to all would-be drummers on drum-kit care and maintenance.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 8 August 2019 11:00 (two weeks ago) link

Somerset club Yeovil Town F.C., who traditionally wore an all-green shirt, modified their uniform to emulate Celtic's, inspired by the Scottish club's 2003 UEFA Cup run.

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 August 2019 21:27 (one week ago) link

As of 29 November 2018, Bros: After The Screaming Stops with a limited release, grossed £13,248 in the United Kingdom from 24 screens in its opening weekend, for a total gross of £13,248.

S-, Sunday, 11 August 2019 14:05 (one week ago) link

Belgian magazine Le Soir Illustre claimed in their November 1979 issue (No. 2471 on page 26) that the French inventor Lucien Rosengart (1880 – 1976) came up with the game of table soccer in the 1930s when he was looking for things to keep his grandchildren entertained during the cold winter months. He called the game “babyfoot” instead of foosball. Employed at the Citroen automobile factory, Rosengart is credited with inventing the minicar, front-wheel drive, and the seat belt, among other things.[3]

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

and a writer for Crank, an early-20th-century periodical

this is ethel voynich, is the daughter of the inventor of boolean algebra and the wife of the polish revolutionary and bibliophile that the voynich manuscript is named after

Her mother decided to send her to live in Lancashire with her brother, believing that it would be good for her health. Described as "a religious fanatic and sadist",[5] who regularly beat his children, he apparently forced Ethel to play the piano for hours on end. Ethel returned to London at the age of ten. She became withdrawn, dressing in black and calling herself "Lily".[5] At the age of eighteen, she gained access to a legacy. This allowed her to study piano and musical composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, which she attended between 1882 and 85. During this period she became increasingly attracted to revolutionary politics. Back in London she learned Russian from Sergei Kravchinski, known as Stepniak who encouraged her to go to Russia.[5] From 1887 to 1889 she worked as a governess in St. Petersburg, where she stayed with Kravchinski's sister-in-law, Preskovia Karauloff. Through her, she became associated with the revolutionary Narodniks.[6
]

mark s, Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:40 (one week ago) link

anyway, CRANK is a great name for a magazine imo

mark s, Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:41 (one week ago) link

(in fact it was her mum who wrote for it, and also named it with its good not bad name)

mark s, Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:55 (one week ago) link

On October 9, 2001, Durst was arrested in Galveston shortly after body parts belonging to his elderly neighbor, Morris Black, were found floating in Galveston Bay. He was released on $300,000[43] bail the next day. Durst missed a court hearing on October 16 and a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of bail jumping. On November 30, he was caught inside a Wegmans supermarket in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after trying to shoplift Band-Aids, a newspaper and a chicken-salad sandwich with roasted red peppers on a pumpernickel baguette, even though he had $500 cash in his pocket.[24][43]

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:06 (one week ago) link

someone has put a bunch of fake shit in Sam Elliott's filmography for some reason

1981 Time Bandits Luke Peck
1982 The Thing Flik Whistler
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lock

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:39 (one week ago) link

good work, someone

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:53 (one week ago) link

Etymology 3
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From Romper Room, name of a children's television series. See romp.

Verb
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romper (third-person singular simple present rompers, present participle rompering, simple past and past participle rompered)

(Ireland, historical, transitive) To abduct (a victim) to a room where they are tortured and murdered.

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:49 (four days ago) link

i mean "romper room" has some of the darkest connotations i can think of but obv that hasnt carried over

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:50 (four days ago) link

Lads.

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:51 (four days ago) link

doesn't romp and its attendant implication of fun predate "romper room"

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 August 2019 22:52 (four days ago) link

ladies, tbf, in the worst case ive read

ulster scots of course imo

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:52 (four days ago) link

I imagine so.

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:52 (four days ago) link

xp im sure it does but id never seen/heard "romper room" used in another context (may even be imagining ever hearing it in any context tbf) but even if only in my head its def a concrete janitors room they beat you to death in on sandy row

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:54 (four days ago) link

just a bit of fun eh

Οὖτις, Monday, 19 August 2019 22:54 (four days ago) link

tbf ive skimped the most unpleasant details

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:57 (four days ago) link

On 19 August, the prime minister wrote an inflammatory letter to the President of the European Council, hilariously describing the agreement that he had previously voted for as "anti-democratic", and not consistent with his interpretation of "sovereignty". Despite the backstop explicitly being agreed as a temporary measure, he continued to highlighted that it was "inconsistent" with the UKs desired final destination for it's relationship with the EU. He also suggested that, despite Northern Ireland voting to remain in the EU, that this agreement would somehow undermine the Northern Ireland Peace process. Following much laughter, Mr. Tusk reminded Mr. Johnson that those opposing the arrangement without "realistic alternatives" supported re-establishing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

(Sorry for polluting yet another thread with this garbage)

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:16 (three days ago) link

Richards is a keen fan of shepherd's pie, a British traditional dish.[78] Stuart Cable, the ex-drummer of Stereophonics, recollected that he was once confronted by Richards because he had served himself a piece of the shepherd's pie meant for Richards.[79] The dish was also mentioned by Richards in his autobiography, advising readers to add more onions after cooking the meat filling to enhance the pie's flavour.[78]

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:39 (two days ago) link

what exactly did Cable choke to death on?

what's wrong with being centre-y? (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:04 (two days ago) link

Although one of the highest bridges in the US, exactly how high the main span is above ground still remains up in the air. When it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1967, this distance was cited as 650’ over the Rio Grande.[9] And today that number is still widely used.[10][11] In 2010 however, the Highest Bridges Web Site came out with a substantially lower (565’) figure.[3] This height was most likely derived using a laser range finder but the site did not specifically reference it that way.[12] Wikipedia used this 565’ figure in 2012 when updating its List of bridges in the United States by height, but kept the 650’ (200 meter) figure for the bridge in its Rio Grande del Norte National Monument article. And then in 2015, a height of 600’ appeared on the scene.

pplains, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:02 (two days ago) link

Also, kudos to how high the main span is above ground still remains up in the air.

pplains, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:03 (two days ago) link

a chicken-salad sandwich with roasted red peppers on a pumpernickel baguette,

this sounds p good

johnny crunch, Friday, 23 August 2019 00:08 (eighteen hours ago) link


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