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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1170 on: May 06, 2021, 07:51:09 PM »
From the page on that fine garden bird the Eurasian (or common) bullfinch:

They're all peculiar among the Passeriformes by the time etc

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« Reply #1171 on: May 07, 2021, 02:21:27 PM »
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"Initially, during production of Godzilla: Final Wars, director Ryuhei Kitamura asked producer Shōgo Tomiyama whether or not they were allowed to include TriStar's Godzilla in the film, whereupon Tomiyama checked Toho's contract with Sony and saw they were allowed to use it, Tomiyama stated: "Kitamura asked me if it was possible for us to use the American Godzilla in Final Wars, so I checked our contract with Sony Pictures and found out we could use it."

Wonderfully redundant.

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« Reply #1172 on: May 21, 2021, 01:08:38 PM »
Went down a YouTube rabbit hole and eventually ended up on ex-NBA star Shaquille O'Neal's wikipedia. Enjoyed reading his nicknames:

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O'Neal called himself "The Big Aristotle" and "Hobo Master" for his composure and insights during interviews. Journalists and others gave O'Neal several nicknames including "Shaq", "The Diesel", "Shaq Fu", "The Big Daddy", "Superman", "The Big Agave", "The Big Cactus", "The Big Shaqtus", "The Big Galactus", "Wilt Chamberneezy", "The Big Baryshnikov", "The Real Deal", "The Big Shamrock", "The Big Leprechaun", "Shaqovic", and "The Big Conductor"

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« Reply #1173 on: May 24, 2021, 09:04:44 AM »
.....or you can be Ronny Hotdogs.

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« Reply #1174 on: May 28, 2021, 08:26:32 PM »
I think all opinion polls and surveys should be conducted using this exact same line-up of talking heads:

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In 2005 BBC Four produced Jerusalem: An Anthem For England highlighting the usages of the song/poem and a case was made for its adoption as the national anthem of England. Varied contributions come from Howard Goodall, Billy Bragg, Garry Bushell, Lord Hattersley, Ann Widdecombe and David Mellor, war proponents, war opponents, suffragettes, trade unionists, public schoolboys, the Conservatives, the Labour Party, football supporters, the British National Party, the Women's Institute, a gay choir, a gospel choir, Fat Les and naturists.

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« Reply #1175 on: May 28, 2021, 08:33:45 PM »
Serafinowiks and popper would be proud at that list, perfect cadance

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« Reply #1176 on: May 29, 2021, 04:34:24 AM »
wanders into '...Rear Admirals, queer admirals,...' territory.

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« Reply #1177 on: June 02, 2021, 08:33:52 AM »
Dave Mustaine's page:

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This paved the way for his partnership with Dave Ellefson and Greg Handevidt. Ellefson was playing the opening bass line of Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil" in the apartment below Mustaine's.[18] After stomping on the floor and shouting for them to stop, Mustaine, being hung over at the time, took a potted plant and threw it out of his window and hit the air conditioner of the apartment below.[18] This resulted in the two coming up to Mustaine's apartment to ask for cigarettes. Mustaine replied "There's a store on the corner" and slammed the door in their faces.[18] A few minutes later, they knocked on the door, this time asking if they could buy him beer.[19] Mustaine's reply: 'OK, now you are talking'. They spent the night talking about music, and soon after, Mustaine, Ellefson and Handevidt were bandmates.

True Rock Stories!

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1178 on: June 02, 2021, 09:08:33 AM »
Now you are taking

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« Reply #1179 on: June 05, 2021, 05:54:30 PM »
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New Minas was the site of one of the first accounts of a UFO sighting in North America on October 12, 1796. The diary of a merchant in Liverpool, Nova Scotia named Simeon Perkins reported that stories were circulating of ships flying in the air which "were said to be seen at one Mr. Ratchfords in New Minas" by a young woman and two men who at sunrise saw as many as fifteen “ships in the air ... and a man forward with his hand stretched out.” Perkins continued, "the story did not obtain universal credit but some people believed it."

So there you have it.

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

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« Reply #1180 on: July 02, 2021, 03:18:41 PM »
It occurred to me I didn’t know if horses had tails or not, I so I read about them. Which lead to this article.

…which lead to this article.

Funny old world isn’t it.

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« Reply #1181 on: July 03, 2021, 08:38:30 PM »
It occurred to me I didn’t know if horses had tails or not, I so I read about them. Which lead to this article.

A live eel! Oh my days!

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« Reply #1182 on: July 06, 2021, 02:51:53 AM »
From the article on DIY enthusiasts the Desperate Bicycles

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Vocalist Dan Wigley stands at 6 feet 8 inches tall. Making him the tallest member of any punk band until the 6'10" Tobin Balwinkel formed Flatfoot 56 in 2000.

The shonky punctuation makes it.

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

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« Reply #1183 on: August 17, 2021, 10:26:48 AM »
The ending of the Wayne's World 2 page takes an unusual twist:

In a profile on Kim Basinger in the July 2014 issue of Flaunt, Angel Fützmania wrote[55] "I read on IMDb that Kim Basinger played Honey Horneé in Wayne’s World 2. (“Don’t you just love music?” Horneé asks, writhing gently to “The Girl From Ipanema.” “Do you have any Megadeth[56]?” Garth replies.) I think about my husband seeing that scene and enjoying it, a hard-on pressing gingerly into his slacks."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne%27s_World_2

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« Reply #1184 on: August 17, 2021, 02:13:25 PM »
From the entry for Kojak:

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His longtime supervisor was Capt. Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer), a man who never seemed to know what was going on.

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« Reply #1185 on: August 17, 2021, 03:02:52 PM »
^Really laughed at that.

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« Reply #1186 on: August 19, 2021, 09:57:11 AM »
Trying to explain to someone what "basic" means, I came across this amazing paragraph:
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From the 1990s[23] until the early 2010s, both guys and girls from the popular clique often combined budget preppy[24] clothes with supposedly edgy elements of mainstream hip hop fashion, in imitation of the outfits worn by early adopter black rappers such as Kanye West.[25][26][27] Miniskirts, Nike brand sneakers,[28] bleached blonde hair, pastel colors like pale blue or baby pink, expensive Aeropostale, Hollister Co[29] or Abercrombie and Fitch,[30] designer gear purchased by one's parents,[19] grey marl sweatpants, crop tops, white Converse sneakers,[31] leggings,[32] and Ugg boots remained common among American airheads, Aussie haul girls[7] and Essex girls during the 2010s. Other items of clothing formerly fashionable in the 1990s, such as polo shirts with popped collars, have gone out of style. Common amongst this subculture is a love of brunch (often with Prosecco) and sweet, modern cocktails such as Porn star martinis.

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1187 on: September 06, 2021, 10:58:23 AM »
Peter Beardsley gets a paragraph about Athletico Mince:

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Fictionalised versions of Beardsley and wife feature regularly in the podcast Athletico Mince, both portrayed by Bob Mortimer. This Beardsley enjoys staring, puffa-puffa jackets, chicken wraps and telling jokes while supporting his wife's insatiable appetite for eggs.

And this is the text of the Personal Life section:

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Born in Hexham, Beardsley grew up in Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. He collects comics reads science fiction in his spare time. He was once credited for owning the biggest collection of seagulls in the world.

Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1188 on: September 07, 2021, 12:36:00 PM »
^ Damn it, as a lifelong coast-dweller, I want to know more about Peter Beardsley's seagull collection, but no citation or Google hits! Is it just an obscure Brighton football joke?

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1189 on: September 07, 2021, 03:33:01 PM »
My favourite thing about the seagulls is the vagueness. Living or dead? Are they stuffed? Does he just kidnap them from the seaside or something?

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1190 on: September 07, 2021, 05:18:19 PM »
Probably something to do with Willie Thorn’s alien tech project from a few years back

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1191 on: September 10, 2021, 07:36:54 AM »
This made me laugh, from the Absolute Beginners entry:

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the grossly over-hyped Patsy Kensit duly meets a most satisfying nemesis by turning in a performance that would have disgraced an episode of Thunderbirds.

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« Reply #1192 on: September 10, 2021, 11:57:40 AM »
Amusingly endearing, From the Third Coast Kings funk band page:

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The Kings' most high-profile performance was at Fuji Rock Festival '12,[3] where they performed Friday afternoon on the White Stage. The trip was also notable for the fact that it was not only bandleader Keovongsak's first time out of the country, but also his first time on a plane.[4]


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« Reply #1193 on: September 15, 2021, 01:09:43 AM »
I like the first sentence of the plot summary for Eraserhead. It makes the best of a thankless job:

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The Man in the Planet pulls levers in his home in space while the head of Henry Spencer floats in the sky.

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« Reply #1194 on: October 04, 2021, 11:06:03 PM »
Otherwise-dull entry on obscure medieval Hiberno-Scottish churchman St Machar, patron saint of Aberdeen's Cathedral, contains 2 sentences on the cathedral, the second one of which is

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The Cathedral's font was made by Hew Lorimer, the greatest sculptor in all Scotland ever.[citation needed]

The Hew Lorimer fanboys are out in force, but Eduardo Paolozzi wants a word, and he's a big guy.

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« Reply #1195 on: October 07, 2021, 04:52:49 PM »
From the page for Terror Toons, a 2002 horror film:

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G. Noel Gross of DVD Talk gave Terror Toons a 4/5, calling it "remarkably witty" and writing, "the whole thing bobs along like a drug-induced hallucination on a river of good old fashion GORE backed by a circus calliope soundtrack. Mr. Lewis will be proud".[3] Conversely, Ben Platt of Something Awful referred to the film as "a shitheap"

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« Reply #1196 on: October 10, 2021, 01:59:31 AM »
Brilliant

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Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
« Reply #1198 on: October 21, 2021, 08:56:27 AM »
Was talking to some colleagues yesterday about how many cities and large settlements there are in the UK and pulled up a Wikipedia list to demonstrate. Derby and Preston are really selling themselves with the images chosen.

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« Reply #1199 on: October 21, 2021, 11:47:26 AM »
Was talking to some colleagues yesterday about how many cities and large settlements there are in the UK and pulled up a Wikipedia list to demonstrate. Derby and Preston are really selling themselves with the images chosen.
Preston Bus Station is an iconic modernist building, regularly threatened with demolition by philistine councillors. It's a shame that the sun never comes out in the northwest of England though.