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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1140 on: March 04, 2021, 10:36:41 PM »
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He claims he became interested in punk rock after reading about Johnny Rotten vomiting on an aeroplane


Now I'm imagining Johnny Rotten standing on the wing, vomiting onto the fuselage.  Don't vomit on that plane, John!

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1141 on: March 05, 2021, 03:23:20 PM »
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Busta Rhymes Island is a proposed name for an otherwise unnamed island in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[1][2][3][4]; The name refers to the rapper Busta Rhymes. The island is located in Mill Pond in Shrewsbury and measures 40 by 40 feet (12 m × 12 m).[5] The proposal was made by Shrewsbury resident Kevin O'Brien who began frequenting and caring for the upkeep of the island. O'Brien stated he wanted it to be called Busta Rhymes Island as it had "rope-swinging, blueberries, and ... stuff Busta would enjoy."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busta_Rhymes_Island

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1142 on: March 20, 2021, 06:17:36 PM »
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"Work Bitch" is an electronic dance music (EDM) song containing mostly spoken lyrics, where Spears repeatedly exhorts "bitches" to "get to work".

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

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1143 on: March 20, 2021, 10:37:10 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_Bitch
You know it makes sense...
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You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti?
You want a Maserati? You better work bitch
You want a Lamborghini? Sippin' martinis?
Look hot in a bikini? You better work bitch
You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion?
Party in France?
You better work bitch, you better work bitch
You better work bitch, you better work bitch
Now get to work bitch! (Ahh)
Now get to work bitch! (Ahh)

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1144 on: March 21, 2021, 12:13:25 PM »
To paraphrase S Lee: an an artist, she's not concerned with the possibility of duality of meaning.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1145 on: March 24, 2021, 09:31:30 PM »
From the article on Tibetan cuisine:
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Butter tea is the national beverage. It is ideal in the extreme climatic and geographical conditions of the Tibetan plateau due to its high butter content.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1146 on: March 24, 2021, 10:02:37 PM »
From the article on Tibetan cuisine:

butter wouldn't melt so I put it in me tea

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1147 on: March 24, 2021, 10:26:52 PM »
Someone snuck some interesting captions onto photos of a barely used Irish railway station: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilcoole_railway_station

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Kilcoole Railway Station, platform "services". The display sign doesn't work but it's rumored that the voice of the Fat Controller can be heard at midnight on a clear night with a full moon

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Kilcoole Railway Station. In anticipation of the Mediterranean climate expected due to Global Warming the station is in the new Irish Rail al fresco style. The rocks will protect the station from the inevitable rise in sea level. This is a fine example of Irish Rail planning.

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The commuter stop at Kilcoole. The rocks are to prevent the Irish Sea from washing away the railway and to provide shelter to the commuters in the windy conditions prevalent at the sea shore. To maximise the benefit, commuters are advised to lie in the ground during stormy weather.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1148 on: March 24, 2021, 11:10:49 PM »
From the article on Tibetan cuisine:

This is probably because the higher altitude and lower pressure lowers the boiling point of water. If the altitude is high enough (likely in tibet) and the boiling point gets low enough then the water isn't hot enough to make good tea. The dairy presumably raises the boiling point.

Edit: na, apparently they just boil it for fucking hours instead

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1149 on: March 25, 2021, 03:26:43 AM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busta_Rhymes_Island
I just keep thinking of Busta Rhymes Island and laughing. I would vote for this change.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1150 on: March 29, 2021, 05:35:53 PM »
This is probably because the higher altitude and lower pressure lowers the boiling point of water. If the altitude is high enough (likely in tibet) and the boiling point gets low enough then the water isn't hot enough to make good tea. The dairy presumably raises the boiling point.

Edit: na, apparently they just boil it for fucking hours instead
There are very few carbohydrates in Tibet, just barley and a few potatoes, so they need all the calories they can get. I guess. Butter in everything.

Anyway, I was looking up Lovecraft film adaptations and found List of squid-faced humanoids. Shorter than Giant squid in popular culture but much longer than the list of human-faced squid, which appears not to exist. Not even as a section of Cephalopods in popular culture:
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As of 2016, Beatport's electronic music catalog includes 75 releases which include the word 'octopus' in their title.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1151 on: March 29, 2021, 10:15:36 PM »
Not even as a section of Cephalopods in popular culture:

Hmm, they seem to have overlooked our Japanese cousins' interest in tentacle porn. And squid-ink themed bukkake.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1152 on: March 29, 2021, 11:17:46 PM »
Anyway, I was looking up Lovecraft film adaptations and found List of squid-faced humanoids. Shorter than Giant squid in popular culture but much longer than the list of human-faced squid, which appears not to exist. Not even as a section of Cephalopods in popular culture:

Pfft, they don't even list the Rubbery Men from the Fallen London games. Embarrassing stuff Wikipedia.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1153 on: April 07, 2021, 03:05:50 AM »


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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1154 on: April 22, 2021, 01:15:10 AM »
Gurn/gurning/gurning contest / Michaela Strachan wierdness.

The page for Gurn/Gurning suggests you should "see also: duck face" (plus is there really a famous gurning contest champion, who appeared on They Think It's All Over, and had his teeth removed so he could gurn better, or is wiki just trolling me seeing I'm about to have my shit teeth removed and replaced with dentures on Friday & only googled it because I was making anxiety distraction jokes with one of my support workers  about how 'with no teeth I'd be able to gurn now like one one of those old ladies who used to be on the local news, why was that a thing?' with one of my support workers (I also tried googled those things you put your false teeth in to clean them and more info on dental surgery, ended instead finding a story about an old man who went in for unrelated surgery, somehow accidentally swallowed his false teeth, forgot/failed to mention he's had them in before the surgery, and had to go back to have them surgically removed  - thanks phone).

The mobile version has https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaela_Strachan as a related article.

Aparentally "While filming an item for Countryfile in 2002, Strachan entered the World Gurning competition at Egremont Crab Fair. To her surprise she won the Ladies' World Gurning Crown." unrelated weird are we sure this is genuinely a fact
"Strachan is allergic to elephants".


Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1155 on: April 25, 2021, 12:24:53 PM »
Aparentally "While filming an item for Countryfile in 2002, Strachan entered the World Gurning competition at Egremont Crab Fair. To her surprise she won the Ladies' World Gurning Crown." unrelated weird are we sure this is genuinely a fact
"Strachan is allergic to elephants".
I found a 1969 article in the British Medical Journal about elephant allergy:
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The method of choice in the treatment of asthma is to find the causative allergen and direct the patient to avoid it. Unfortunately this is not often achieved. This is believed to be the first recorded case of elephant allergy, and the patient was successfully treated by avoiding contact with elephants.
It was in "a 42-year-old zoo keeper".

Strachan seems to be full-on into alternative medicine and claims to be allergic to almost everything. Her gurning triumph was reported by BBC news (bias?)

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1156 on: May 02, 2021, 02:25:41 AM »
From the Morrissey article:

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In 1997, he revealed that he had abandoned celibacy and that he had a relationship with a Cockney boxer.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1157 on: May 02, 2021, 12:52:07 PM »
That’s brilliant.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1158 on: May 04, 2021, 07:42:17 PM »
Visit the page of a ’50s footballer out of mild curiosity regarding his unusual surname, stay for the macabre but moving final line.

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

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1159 on: May 04, 2021, 09:19:33 PM »
Visit the page of a ’50s footballer out of mild curiosity regarding his unusual surname, stay for the macabre but moving final line.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Willemse
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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1160 on: May 05, 2021, 08:59:06 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byker_Grove#Storylines

In the show's final episode the characters discover that they do not exist and are the creation of unseen characters known as "The Writers" who plan to conclude the show by demolishing the Grove. However numerous present and former Grove members buy enough time for the characters to re-write the ending so that the club will remain open forever

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1161 on: May 05, 2021, 03:51:35 PM »
From the page on that fine garden bird the Eurasian (or common) bullfinch:
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It is peculiar among the Passeriformes for having spermatozoa with a rounded head

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1162 on: May 05, 2021, 03:59:20 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byker_Grove#Storylines

In the show's final episode the characters discover that they do not exist and are the creation of unseen characters known as "The Writers" who plan to conclude the show by demolishing the Grove. However numerous present and former Grove members buy enough time for the characters to re-write the ending so that the club will remain open forever
In the section on the many bands associated with the show it includes:
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Kane Gang – writers of the original theme music, a development from the "Ooh Gary Davies on your radio" jingle for BBC Radio 1.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1163 on: May 05, 2021, 07:35:27 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byker_Grove#Storylines

In the show's final episode the characters discover that they do not exist and are the creation of unseen characters known as "The Writers" who plan to conclude the show by demolishing the Grove. However numerous present and former Grove members buy enough time for the characters to re-write the ending so that the club will remain open forever

I do love a good bit of finding the real tune they based the theme off
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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1164 on: May 05, 2021, 09:44:31 PM »


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But why are the kids crying?

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1165 on: May 06, 2021, 01:32:47 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byker_Grove#Storylines

In the show's final episode the characters discover that they do not exist and are the creation of unseen characters known as "The Writers" who plan to conclude the show by demolishing the Grove. However numerous present and former Grove members buy enough time for the characters to re-write the ending so that the club will remain open forever

Haha!!  Is that true, or wiki vandalism.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1166 on: May 06, 2021, 03:11:05 AM »
Nope, it's true.  I saw it myself a couple of years back.

Funnily enough it just got mentioned on Twitter the other day during the Line of Duty furore:

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Marc Burrows
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Anyone complaining about the Line of Duty finale should remember that after 18 years Byker Grove ended with all the characters becoming aware they were in a TV show with no free will of their own, fending off a T.Rex attack and ultimately being blasted into a void of nothingness.

14:55 · 03 May 21 · Twitter Web App

(from https://twitter.com/20thcenturymarc/status/1389216956876722179)

His next tweet linked to a fuller description (make sure you read to the end of the thread):

https://tvforum.uk/tvhome/byker-grove-23192

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1167 on: May 06, 2021, 09:19:32 AM »
Nope, it's true.  I saw it myself a couple of years back.

Funnily enough it just got mentioned on Twitter the other day during the Line of Duty furore:

(from https://twitter.com/20thcenturymarc/status/1389216956876722179)

His next tweet linked to a fuller description (make sure you read to the end of the thread):

https://tvforum.uk/tvhome/byker-grove-23192

Yeah, that's where I heard it first. I am surprised it isn't a "fucked up pop culture reference" in the same vein as the last episode of St Elsewhere or Roseanne (TOS)

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1168 on: May 06, 2021, 01:46:26 PM »
His next tweet linked to a fuller description (make sure you read to the end of the thread):

https://tvforum.uk/tvhome/byker-grove-23192

It wasn't until reading that that I realised it only ended in 2006.  I'd been thinking it ended in the mid to late 90's

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1169 on: May 06, 2021, 04:00:15 PM »
I suspect that that's why the final episode doesn't seem to be well known: it seems that most people had stopped watching it by then.

It is curious though.  I'd never even heard about this final episode until a mate showed it to me.  I mean, I'm too old to have ever watched it regularly (I was out to work!), but even I've heard of things like the blinding incident.

The final ep was brilliant, btw, although maybe I wouldn't have felt the same way if I'd been following all the characters for 18 years...