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ripped from the replies: "gollum is someone sauron can respect even if he isn’t his besty"


"the legends of robin hood are set during the reign of richard the lionheart, which only lasted from 1189 to 1199. if robin hood had ever existed—which he did not—he would have spoken norman french to the rich whom he robbed, and an early form of middle english to the poor"


"as far as we know, robin hood hailed from wakefield, so we can assume that he spoke in the west riding dialect of english"

mark s, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:04 (one year ago) link

The name "Wakefield" may derive from "Waca's field" – the open land belonging to someone named "Waca"

an ancestor of Timmy Mallet was an early founder. It's actually got pretty mad history has Wakefield going from evidence of bronze age settlements in Lupset to Roman shit to Edward the Confessor had a yard there.

"Why are the pyramids not mentioned in the Old Testament?"

"What is the point of a firing squad if they could just fire at the head once?"

"If the Queen died but then Charles died a minute later, would he still technically have been king?"

calzino, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:19 (one year ago) link

i love quora so much

mark s, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:26 (one year ago) link

so much that i just deleted 1000+ alerts from my email quora folder without reading them

mark s, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:27 (one year ago) link

how do you end up with Quora? I can't recall ever opting for it - but it has been there forever!

calzino, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:29 (one year ago) link

I'm sure there has been loads of variants of "what if the Nazis had been more sensible and stuck to a one front war - would they be good nazis now?"

calzino, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:35 (one year ago) link

i was bullied into joining it by old-skool ilxor felicity redwell, mrs. (felicity)

i do not regret it! i have learned so much (nothing)

mark s, Saturday, 9 July 2022 10:45 (one year ago) link

going back to Robin Hood/Wakefield stuff. Down the road from me is a small moated island with the remains of an old building that got blown up during the English civil war, when I say remains all that is left is the scorched brick fireplace. But it was lived on since about 900 ad or something and one of the earliest notable dwellers was The Sherriff of Wakefield.

calzino, Saturday, 9 July 2022 11:10 (one year ago) link

his lonely motto: "i will sherriff and they will come!"

mark s, Saturday, 9 July 2022 11:17 (one year ago) link

somewhere near what used to be The Three Nuns pub in Huddersfield, just around the corner from the scrapyard where The Yorkshire Ripper once stole some registration plates is one of the many dubious sites of Robin Hood's grave. It's obviously bollox but it used to frequently come up in conversation. I once told an uncle from Dublin about it while we were drinking at the Three Nuns but he was more amused at the juxtaposition of the "buy 2 get 1 free" banner next to the pub sign in the car park.

calzino, Saturday, 9 July 2022 17:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

quora stops bombarding me with qs abt bitcoin, switches to qs abt tolkien

mark s, Saturday, 24 September 2022 12:27 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

"why wasn't sauron a balrog?"

mark s, Wednesday, 19 October 2022 17:08 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

"what happens if you eat cancer cells?"

mark s, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 12:22 (one year ago) link

you turn into hitler

calzino, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 12:24 (one year ago) link

why wasnt hitler a balrog

mark s, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 12:25 (one year ago) link

I asked ChatGPT

Why wasn't Hitler a balrog?

Hitler was not a balrog because balrogs are fictional creatures from the fantasy world of Middle-earth, created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hitler was a real historical figure and the leader of Nazi Germany during World War II. He had no supernatural powers or abilities and was not a mythical creature.
James Errington

Why wasn't Sauron a balrog?

Sauron was not a balrog either because, like Hitler, Sauron is a fictional character from the fantasy world of Middle-earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the story, Sauron was a powerful dark lord and the main antagonist of the "Lord of the Rings" series. Balrogs were powerful demons that served Sauron, but Sauron himself was not a balrog. He was a Maia, a spirit of fire and magic, and took on various forms throughout the story, including that of a giant flaming eye.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 13:17 (one year ago) link

Oops, my actual name seems to be in there for some reason

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 13:18 (one year ago) link

Not like it's a secret anyway.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 13:18 (one year ago) link

nice to meet you, Sauron!

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 4 January 2023 15:24 (one year ago) link

spent too long deliberating over whether to go for Tolkien or Sauron

imago, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 15:26 (one year ago) link

At least I'm not a balrog or Hitler I guess

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 15:50 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

"what is the single most useless thing ever"

mark s, Saturday, 21 January 2023 11:18 (one year ago) link

bit meta

Kieth Encounter (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 January 2023 12:12 (one year ago) link

I'm not touching Quora again until they get rid of the "It's OK to be White" topic.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Saturday, 21 January 2023 17:49 (one year ago) link

I’m being advertised a comedy podcast called quorators where the hosts discuss a different quora q each ep — much as you don’t need to click thru from the digest emails (or even open them) to get the best from this site, I will never actually listen to this podcast but the latest ep is a good one:

Is fishing cruel to fish

piedro àlamodevar (wins), Friday, 27 January 2023 10:47 (one year ago) link

Did Joseph Stalin actually try to breed chimpanzees with humans? What was the outcome?

calzino, Friday, 27 January 2023 10:53 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

"I Hired An Escort and my best friend’s mum turned up"


mark s, Wednesday, 27 March 2024 11:39 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Q: Why does Putin always keep his right arm still when he walks, only swinging the left one?
A: Putin's way of walking comes from his training with the KGB

mark s, Monday, 13 May 2024 18:04 (one month ago) link

staring at this, trying to work out the joke...

that's that me: a Viking (seandalai), Monday, 13 May 2024 18:59 (one month ago) link

i just thought it was a weird non-sequitur but apparently it's a respected theory!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunslinger%27s_gait

mark s, Monday, 13 May 2024 19:15 (one month ago) link

such juvenile John Wayne machismo bs. I thought the KGB were better than this!

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Monday, 13 May 2024 19:32 (one month ago) link

aren't they supposed to be SECRET agents?

mark s, Monday, 13 May 2024 19:35 (one month ago) link

walking like you are concealing a bottle of booze in yr right sleeve would make you look more like Yeltsin

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Monday, 13 May 2024 19:54 (one month ago) link

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