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Title: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: dr_christian_troy on July 25, 2010, 11:46:13 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming)

If you want to read about Ian Fleming, at present you will be greeted by some mediocre portrait by a 'local' Greek artist, rather than an actual photograph of the good man:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/For_Your_Eyes_Only.jpg/600px-For_Your_Eyes_Only.jpg)

Not necessarily funny, but it does seem rather odd.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Mary is not amused on July 25, 2010, 02:40:26 PM
We should be exposed to more shit art: it makes us appreciate the good stuff all the more.  It works that way for me, at least.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on July 25, 2010, 03:00:06 PM
Neck or no neck, I think that's rather good myself.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: dr_christian_troy on July 25, 2010, 03:16:16 PM
Neck or no neck, I think that's rather good myself.

That's fair enough. I just think it's a bit unusual for that specific painting to represent Fleming on the wiki page, when there's decent photographs like this:

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02_01/ianflemingDM0102_468x440.jpg)

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on July 25, 2010, 03:44:06 PM
Copyright, innit.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Kennedy Heroin on July 29, 2010, 01:35:33 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling#Equipment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling#Equipment)

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Bikes can also be heavily customized, with different seat designs and handle bars, for example. The British art critic and presenter of the South Bank show, Melvyn Bragg, is a keen cycling enthusiast having customised his stunt racing bike with handle bar tassles, tubeless tires, and even icons of the A team, which appear with a flick of a switch.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Jemble Fred on July 29, 2010, 01:50:34 PM
Made my day.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on July 29, 2010, 01:51:34 PM
I want to believe the person who wrote that saw that spoof of Vic & Bob's and genuinely believes it's true.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on July 30, 2010, 01:16:07 AM
From the message board on Glenda Jackson's imdb page:

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Should I become a Fan? Love similar actresses like Vanessa Redgrave 
 
I Love similar actresses like Vanessa Redgrave and other British actresses, like Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson.

I like Maggie Smith, respect her but she never really appealed to me like the aforementioned women did. Especially Vanessa, who I absolutely love and adore.

Which other British actresses or American ones or any other nationality are similar to Glenda Jackson.

Never really seen any films with her in them but of course have heard a lot of praise for Glenda in "Stevie" and to a lesser extent "Women in Love".

Of course there is her fiasco with her 2nd Oscar for "A Touch of Class". Interesting, is that she has never personally collected her Oscars, in that she never attended the ceremonies where she won. I personally feel that Joanne Woodward probably should have won in 1973, but having not seen "A Touch of Class" nor the other nominees, I can't really say. Though, I can say, I've seen "the Exorcist" and that film deserve *beep*

So what performances should I check her out in?

I'm thinking, from what I've heard (i.e. her awards), her top 5 are:

1. Women in Love
2. Stevie
3. Elizabeth R (TV)
4. A Touch of Class
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. Hedda
7. Mary, Queen of Scot?

How would you rank her most critical works/performances?

I hear now she's a politician in Britain, well good for her. Vanessa should be one too, but she's too racial (and that is a GOOD thing - that she is radical, not the part that she isn't in politics).

So well appreciate your thoughts.

I also think actresses of the time who are equally good (awards-wise/critics choice wise) include Jane Fonda, Sissy Spacek, Faye Dunaway, Liv Ullmann, etc.

I know it's not laugh out loud material, but it just struck me as really bizarre. Why would someone ask if they should be a fan or not, and instead just watch her films and see if they like her? Alas no one has replied yet, so I guess we'll never know her decision.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Pseudopath on August 02, 2010, 12:29:48 PM
This wonderfully evocative synopsis of the Warren G/Nate Dogg song 'Regulate' made me guffaw:

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On a cool, clear night (typical to Southern California) Warren G travels through his neighborhood, searching for women with whom he might initiate sexual intercourse. He has chosen to engage in this pursuit alone.

Nate Dogg, having just arrived in Long Beach, seeks Warren. On his way to find Warren, Nate passes a car full of women who are excited to see him. Regardless, he insists to the women that there is no cause for excitement.

Warren makes a left turn at 21st Street and Lewis Ave, where he sees a group of young men enjoying a game of dice together. He parks his car and greets them. He is excited to find people to play with, but to his chagrin, he discovers they intend to relieve him of his material possessions. Once the hopeful robbers reveal their firearms, Warren realizes he is in a less than favorable predicament.

Meanwhile, Nate passes the women, as they are low on his list of priorities. His primary concern is locating Warren. After curtly casting away the strumpets (whose interest in Nate was such that they crashed their automobile), he serendipitously stumbles upon his friend, Warren G, being held up by the young miscreants.

Warren, unaware that Nate is surreptitiously observing the scene unfold, is in disbelief that he's being robbed. The perpetrators have taken jewelry and a name brand designer watch from Warren, who is so incredulous that he asks what else the robbers intend to steal. This is most likely a rhetorical question.

Observing these unfortunate proceedings, Nate realizes that he may have to use his firearm to deliver his friend from harm.

The tension crescendos as the robbers point their guns to Warren's head. Warren senses the gravity of his situation. He cannot believe the events unfolding could happen in his own neighborhood. As he imagines himself in a fantastical escape, he catches a glimpse of his friend, Nate.

Nate has seventeen cartridges to expend (sixteen residing in the pistol's magazine, with a solitary round placed in the chamber and ready to be fired) on the group of robbers, and he uses many of them. Afterward, he generously shares the credit for neutralizing the situation with Warren, though it is clear that Nate did all of the difficult work. Putting congratulations aside, Nate quickly reminds himself that he has committed multiple homicides to save Warren before letting his friend know that there are females nearby if he wishes to fornicate with them.

Warren recalls that it was the promise of copulation that coaxed him away from his previous activities, and is thankful that Nate knows a way to satisfy these urges.

Nate quickly finds the women who earlier crashed their car on Nate's account. He remarks to one that he is fond of her physical appeal. The woman, impressed by Nate's singing ability, asks that he and Warren allow her and her friends to share transportation. Soon, both friends are driving with automobiles full of women to the East Side Motel, presumably to consummate their flirtation in an orgy.

The third verse is more expository, with Warren and Nate explaining their G Funk musical style. Nate displays his bravado by claiming that individuals with equivalent knowledge could not even attempt to approach his level of lyrical mastery. He also notes that if any third party smokes as he does, they would find themselves in a state of intoxication daily (from Nate's other works, it can be inferred that the substance referenced is marijuana). Nate concludes his delineation of the night by issuing a vague threat to "busters," suggesting that he and Warren will further "regulate" any potential incidents in the future (presumably by engaging their enemies with small arms fire).
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: quadraspazzed on August 02, 2010, 02:04:09 PM
Haha! That's excellent.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 10, 2010, 05:35:06 PM
no mischief here, just amusement:

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In June 2008, a news site run by the American Family Association censored an Associated Press article on sprinter Tyson Gay, replacing instances of "gay" with homosexual, thus rendering his name as "Tyson Homosexual"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on August 10, 2010, 07:00:17 PM
Haha! That's excellent.

Indeed, it's very well written.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Uncle TechTip on August 10, 2010, 09:50:22 PM
Did anyone get down to the Wanky Balls festival the other week?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2010/aug/10/the-independent-big-chill (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2010/aug/10/the-independent-big-chill)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Hank_Kingsley on August 11, 2010, 04:30:18 PM
From the Wikipedia page for 'Laffy Taffy'
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The name refers to both the texture of the taffy as well as its embodiment of silliness; the outside of each wrapper has at least one joke. For example: "What do you call a cow with no legs? -- Ground Beef." Some jokes are pun-based, such as "What is Labor Day? -- That's when mommies have their babies." Other jokes are based on silly word play, such as "What's an owl's favorite subject? -- Owlgebra." Others have an overt conservative agenda, such as "Why are you still alive? -- Your parents decided to not have an abortion." These jokes are usually sent in by children who are credited on the wrapper. Laffy Taffy used to come in thick, square shaped pieces, but today, it is sold in thinner, rectangular shaped pieces. The taffy is also made with artificial flavoring.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Guy on August 12, 2010, 01:20:06 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Radcliffe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Radcliffe)

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At the 2005 London Marathon she won with a time of 2:17:42, a world's best time for a women's only race by over a minute. The race however is remembered more for a notorious moment towards the end when Radcliffe, feeling hindered by bowel discomfort and in need for a toilet break, stopped and defecated on the side of the road in view of the crowd and TV cameras which broadcast the incident live[24]. After the race she apologised to viewers and explained what happened, "I was losing time because I was having stomach cramps and I thought 'I just need to go and I'll be fine'. I didn’t really want to resort to that in front of hundreds of thousands of people.[25] Basically I needed to go. I started feeling it between 15 and 16 miles (26 km) and probably carried on too long before stopping. I must have eaten too much beforehand". In November 2006, the incident was voted top running moment in history in the UK from a choice of ten 'unforgettable moments' [3].

It's funny because it's not even vandalism.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on August 12, 2010, 04:49:40 PM
Has this come the attention of the forum before now?

Quote from: Wikipedia - The Banker (Deal or No Deal UK)
The character was called 'The Dealer' in pre-publicity for the show; evidently, the name was changed before recording started (though this may have simply been a mistake as 'Banker' or the local equivalent is used in most other international versions of the show). Channel 4's website referred to him as such though on their listings page until 12 April when after a number of complaints, including an organised campaign by posters to the forum of the website Cook'd and Bomb'd, the text was changed to say The Banker. Though during episode 1,002 Noel Edmonds revealed that there was a new banker named 'Jeff'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banker_%28Deal_or_No_Deal_UK%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banker_%28Deal_or_No_Deal_UK%29)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 12, 2010, 05:12:24 PM
Has this come the attention of the forum before now?

I'm afraid it has (http://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,11816.msg1226255.html#msg1226255)!  It's true as well, if you read through the thread...
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on August 13, 2010, 09:35:38 PM
Mops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mop)

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The mop is also good at cleaning small and tight areas and can help a person really clean their house.



It's all true, just the word "really" is perhaps unnecessarily enthusiastic.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on August 13, 2010, 11:14:01 PM
Maybe they mean 'really' as opposed to that fake clean you get from pretending to use a mop.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on August 14, 2010, 01:42:22 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Baxter?oldid=0 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Baxter?oldid=0)

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, as known from his work as a guitarist with Steely dan and The Doobie Brothers, amongst others:

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"We thought turntables were for playing records until rappers began to use them as instruments, and we thought airplanes were for carrying passengers until terrorists realized they could be used as missiles,"[1]  Baxter has said. "My big thing is to look at existing technologies and try to see other ways they can be used, which happens in music all the time and happens to be what terrorists are incredibly good at."
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In April 2005, he joined the NASA Exploration Systems Advisory Committee (ESAC).

An amazing change of career. What a musician, though.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: The Duck Man on August 28, 2010, 09:41:57 AM
From the Charlotte Jackson's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Jackson) article. She is presently looking rather magnificent in the shockingly bad new Sky show "Take It Like a Fan".

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Her family originate from Spain and Liverpool, and she is resultantly a lifelong Liverpool fan.
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Post by: Phil_A on August 28, 2010, 11:19:17 AM
From the John Barnes (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Barnes_%28footballer%29&oldid=366998099) page, now sadly removed.

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Teams managed by Barnes are taught to either hold or give the ball, though crucially they must do it at the right time. When in attack, Barnes' sides attempt to get the ball to the line at a variety of speeds ranging from slow to fast. In team talks Barnes always warns his players to be wary of the opposition's attempts to hit them and hurt them in both defence and attack. One criticism levelled at sides managed by Barnes is that one way they beat their opposition is as a result of getting around the back. John Barnes, although born in Jamaica, is a self proclaimed England man, and he refers to his tactical strategy as "the masterplan". Barnes is noted for his opposition to both hooliganism and football songs, and also for his firm belief that, with the crest of the club on their chests, his players cannot go wrong.
Also, this was formerly the illustration for David Dickinson's entry:

(http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/2333/daviddickinson.png)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 28, 2010, 02:44:38 PM
That Barnes thing is a lovely bit of outsider comedy, like 3 Wolf Moon / Paul Ross print / Peter Andre and Jordan reviews on Amazon.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Utter Shit on October 06, 2010, 03:49:40 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men)

Concise.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: boki on October 06, 2010, 04:07:28 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men)

Concise.
For posterity:
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Danny Dyer meets men he considers deadly.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on October 06, 2010, 04:30:34 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming)

If you want to read about Ian Fleming, at present you will be greeted by some mediocre portrait by a 'local' Greek artist, rather than an actual photograph of the good man:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/318457/pics/ianfleming.jpg)

Not necessarily funny, but it does seem rather odd.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/318457/pics/ronvilliers.gif)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Utter Shit on October 27, 2010, 07:14:30 PM
This isn't Wikipedia but I think it's worth posting. From the information on a torrent I downloaded of Travis' "The Man Who"...

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Track 10 (Slide Show) was originally 10.31mins of which 3.15mins in the middle of the track was silence. I have edited this out, but if you still wish to listen to the 3.15min of silence simply turn the music off for 3.15mins.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: confettiinmyhair on November 01, 2010, 08:56:33 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_McMillan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_McMillan)

already a ludicrous meme.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Retinend on November 02, 2010, 01:24:44 AM
Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZoWS_wLGSA#)

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The song is about a boy who is suicidal over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl".
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Post by: Shameless Custard on November 02, 2010, 01:59:13 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dyer's_Deadliest_Men)

Concise.

Fuck me, i just erupted, laffing at that
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: paint on November 02, 2010, 04:32:39 AM
From the Wikipedia page for Ken Loach's My Name is Joe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Name_Is_Joe)
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He exits his van and asks the woman if she lost her guide dog. Owing to the accent, many American and Canadian audiences think that Joe is speaking about a 'gay dog.'

From the Wikipedia page for Misotheism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheism)
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In Numbers 31:17-18 Moses demands that all men, women, and children captives are to be killed "but all the women children, who have never known a man by lying with him,keep alive for yourself". Yahweh doesn't speak out against the massive child rape.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Blue Jam on November 04, 2010, 02:11:24 AM
Reading about the Oasis split just now I stumbled upon this on the page for Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Arthurs):

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Arthurs left school in 1981 and worked as a plasterer. He started his first band in 1984 - called Pleasure and Pain. Around this time he began a relationship with Kate, whom he would later marry. In the late 1980s, while working as a building contractor, he started a band with his friends, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass), Tony McCaroll (drums) and Chris Hutton (vocals). They called themselves 'The Rain', after The Beatles' B-side, "Rain". He has an extremely young daughter called Lucy, who enjoys bingo and snakes and ladders.

It's the "extremely" which tickled me. I also like the way the picture on Guigsy's page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McGuigan_(musician)) looks like it's from an appeal for someone wanted for murder.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Steven on November 07, 2010, 09:24:15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoe_People (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoe_People)

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Legacy

Scientists that cloned dolly the sheep used to watch the shoe people on their lunch break.
Andrew Wiles was working on proving Fermat's Last Theorem. He got really stuck and spent weeks and weeks on a part of it and he got no where. He considered giving up but whilst watching the Shoe People the solution suddenly came to him.
The Galileo probe that orbited Jupiter studying the planet was powered by three televisions playing the shoe people.
The first email ever sent was about the shoe people. It read "It's Trampy's birthday."
The Soviet Union fell because they wanted to watch the shoe people and the west wouldn't let them.

The worst thing is I didn't bat an eye until I got to the third one down, or why I'd be looking at the wiki page for The Shoe People, a show which I have no real fondness for (except for the super theme tune) via a series of laterally followed hyperlinks at two in the morning.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Phil_A on November 08, 2010, 12:42:54 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_%28band%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_%28band%29)

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It was at this time that Cocker gained significant media exposure due to an notorious prank at the 1996 BRIT Awards, where he invaded the stage in protest during pop singer Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" and "wiggled his backside" at the audience. After complaints by Jackson and his entourage, Cocker spent the night in police cells accused of assaulting the child performers. However, with British comedian and former solicitor Bob Mortimer acting as legal representation, he was released without charge

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Post by: Jemble Fred on November 08, 2010, 12:44:19 PM
Surely that's common knowledge? It was widely reported at the time, often crops up in interviews etc.

I'm not sure it's 100% true though, I seem to recall Bob offering hs services, but it never actually came to that.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Phil_A on November 08, 2010, 01:04:59 PM
I've honestly I've never heard that before, not at the time or since.

I just love the idea of Bob being Jarvis's lawyer, it sounds like the greatest comedy sketch never written.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: momatt on November 08, 2010, 04:15:57 PM
Don't really prove anything, but just a good time to say that my mate's a barrister in Birmingham, who regularly works with Bob's brother.  The brother is also a lawyer and is really funny and a good bloke apparently.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Papercut on November 12, 2010, 05:51:10 PM
I seem to remember Bob M at the time saying he spoke to police, or maybe security, in order to diffuse the situation. Presumably he pointed out that legally there was nothing to answer for.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Special K on November 13, 2010, 04:26:48 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Steer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Steer)

Bill Steer (born William Geoffrey Steer) (born 3 December 1969 in Reynoldston Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, England) is an English guitar player, and a founder of British Metal band Carcass. He often frequented the Sheraton to play snooker, forming his first band there, and bought bread regularly from the Co-op on Redhill Road. During summers, he was usually found on the assault course at Ki-ora hall.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: dr_christian_troy on November 16, 2010, 12:47:01 PM
For a brief moment, both Prince William's and Kate Middleton's wiki page had something about them both being Christians who support rights for fathers, placed immediately after their names at the top of the page.

They went so quickly I didn't have time to copy it.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Old Thrashbarg on November 16, 2010, 02:36:50 PM
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prince_William_of_Wales&oldid=397093005
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, is a Christian who supports British fathers and their right to see their own children after a seperation, calling it evil for any country to not allow its own men a basic freedom to see their own chidlren unless they pay legal fees after a divorce / seperation. Kate wants all English children of seperated parents to be reunited with their fathers as an act of basic humanity

Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kate_Middleton&oldid=397092858
Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is a Christian who supports British fathers and their right to see their own children after a seperation, calling it evil for any country to not allow its own men a basic freedom to see their own chidlren unless they pay legal fees after a divorce / seperation. Kate wants all English children of seperated parents to be reunited with their fathers as an act of basic humanity.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: dr_christian_troy on November 16, 2010, 02:59:20 PM
That's the one.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on November 17, 2010, 01:07:19 AM
Not Wikipedia, nor funny, but Empire's review of Adrift made me do a double take...

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Vincent Cassel proves his lnguistic versatility in this Portuguese-language drama with a bit of French thrown in. While away with his Brazilian wife and kids, Mathias (Cassel) has an affair, causing his 14 year-old, Filipa (Laura Neiva), to doubt his loyalty. Torn between disgust and fascination, Filipa spies on him and toys with the affections of a boy her own age. It’s a stylish coming-of-age drama exploring the complexities of marriage, fidelity and sexuality through the eyes of a girl only just discovering the power of her exceptional beauty. Using her POV has its disadvantages — until the end, we can only guess the adults’ motivations. But Neiva is a real find, if disconcertingly sexual: it’s a relief to hear the Brazilian age of consent is 14.

I'm almost tempted to write a fake outraged email to Empire...
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 17, 2010, 02:10:01 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v255/AmbientSheep/Misc/chris-morris-pointing.jpg)

"Is it wrong to fancy this 14-year-old girl now she's...er...in Brazil?"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: edwoodwoodstock on November 28, 2010, 04:19:13 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dustin_Diamond (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dustin_Diamond)

 Former saved by the bell Screech, Dustin Diamonds' entry is a goldmine of the ridiculously sublime.

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In 2001, Diamond released the video Dustin Diamond Teaches Chess, in which he shows various techniques for becoming a better chess player. It is punctuated by appearances by Diamond, in various costumes, such as dressing as Screech, Liberace and Al Jolson-style black face.

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In 2003, Diamond attempted to take control of the domain dustindiamond.com, which was owned by Max Goldberg, the creator of YTMND. Diamond was upset because the site is laid out to look extremely amateurish and incompetently prepared, for example with many spelling mistakes, contains gay fantasies relating to Diamond and links to porn websites.

In 2004, the case was submitted to the National Arbitration Forum acting on behalf of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Goldberg, then 21, represented himself through the suit, which Diamond ultimately lost. The decision read, in part:

    "The Panel accepts Respondent’s argument that the "outrageous ugly and low-tech graphics and numerous errors and misspellings" as well as the sheer absurdity of the site’s claim that Dustin Diamond is a "Famous Superstar and Sex Symbol", clearly signal that the site is not meant to be taken seriously

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Famous Mortimer on November 28, 2010, 08:56:02 AM
I was going to go back to dustindiamond.com for a chuckle, but it's been taken down! Motherfuckers!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 28, 2010, 06:06:36 PM
Sounds like an absurd judgement though: regardless of the fact that it may (or may not) obviously be a parody site, surely a well-known-ish actor like Dustin Diamond should be able to own www.dustindiamond.com? (http://www.dustindiamond.com?)!?  I thought that kind of cybersquatting had become inadmissable years ago...
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Wilbur on November 28, 2010, 07:10:29 PM
Sounds like an absurd judgement though: regardless of the fact that it may (or may not) obviously be a parody site, surely a well-known-ish actor like Dustin Diamond should be able to own www.dustindiamond.com? (http://www.dustindiamond.com?)!?  I thought that kind of cybersquatting had become inadmissable years ago...

If you lose a .com it is a nightmare getting it back. Involves ICANN ansd hundreds of thousands. If you have a .com dont forget to renew it.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 28, 2010, 07:59:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Haslinger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Haslinger)

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i steal a whole bunch of crap from other bands, then add my own computer-generated music. im a total fake, and everybody should know

Paul Haslinger (born 11 December 1962) is an Austrian-born composer and musician currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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Post by: The Duck Man on November 29, 2010, 01:02:41 AM
From the article for Sam Vokes (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sam_Vokes&oldid=398546413), the Wolves player:

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On 5 August 2010 Vokes signed on loan for English Championship side Bristol City [...] Bristol City Manager Steve Coppell said "Sam's been a player that has always been a thorn in the side of my old team Reading over the years"[11] which was an odd thing to say as he has only played against Reading twice in his entire career, appearing as a substitute both times and only featured for 6 minutes in one of them. Reading won both games without conceding a goal.
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Post by: dredd on December 01, 2010, 01:21:27 AM
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The band King Missile has a song called 'Cheesecake Truck'. The song lasts for just over one minute, but the word 'cheesecake' is mentioned fourteen times. The song's protagonist claims to eat large numbers of cheesecakes during the first day of his job driving a cheesecake truck.
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Post by: The Duck Man on December 06, 2010, 01:23:38 AM
Tamzin Outhwaite's article (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tamzin_Outhwaite&oldid=399614253) has its own trivia section, which reads:
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Outhwaite is one of the very few English names that use all five vowels.
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Post by: buttgammon on December 06, 2010, 12:15:25 PM
I love the shit pictures of food on there. The ones with strange and/or crap garnishes are the best.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Bacon_and_egg_sandwich_-_open_face.JPG (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Bacon_and_egg_sandwich_-_open_face.JPG)

Oh, and from 'Builder's Tea':

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It is not unusual for builder to put over 100 spoons of sugar in each cup of tea.
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Post by: gmoney on December 06, 2010, 11:11:58 PM
OK, that caught me off guard. A genuine belly laugh.
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Post by: samadriel on December 20, 2010, 03:36:16 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideburns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideburns)
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In 1936 President Roosevelt's brief experiment with sideburns, grown on a yachting cruise, provoked only laughter.

I've got this mental image of Roosevelt bursting triumphantly into the Tehran Conference sporting a bristling pair of cheek-warmers: "Whaddaya think, guys?!"  Churchill and Stalin greet him with scornful laughter, and he trundles shamefaced into the gents' with an electric razor.

(Yes, I know that was the '40s...)
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Post by: jutl on December 20, 2010, 06:40:29 PM
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Gropecunt, the earliest known use of which is in about 1230, appears to have been derived as a compound of the words grope and cunt.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gropecunt_Lane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gropecunt_Lane)
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Post by: Retinend on December 30, 2010, 02:28:58 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3333/3633201501_44098922d7.jpg)

Leggy Zutons saxophonist Abi Harding

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Originally a four-piece, Sean's girlfriend Abi Harding began joining The Zutons on stage for a couple of songs mid-set, playing simple saxophone lines. She was very popular with the crowd. The other band members liked the way her saxophone enhanced their sound. Abi became a full member, contributing vocals and sex.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zutons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zutons)

Also:
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Related searches: abi harding bikini abi harding legs abi harding wallpaper abi harding hot abi harding feet
http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=Abi+Harding&um=1&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=685 (http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=Abi+Harding&um=1&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=685)
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Post by: mjki5gs2 on December 30, 2010, 08:34:13 PM
This tickled me recently:
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Ambrose was a man of few words, refusing countless interview requests with the motto "Curtly talk to no man."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtly_Ambrose (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtly_Ambrose)
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on December 30, 2010, 10:04:42 PM
Gonna have to use a Stylish script to get rid of that smug wanker Jimmy Wales peering at me all the time. Especially as his photo is right over the names of people, it makes everyone look like a smug wanker.
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Post by: Zero Gravitas on December 30, 2010, 10:16:59 PM
Gonna have to use a Stylish script to get rid of that smug wanker Jimmy Wales peering at me all the time. Especially as his photo is right over the names of people, it makes everyone look like a smug wanker.

Smug?
(http://i.imgur.com/dxwpX.jpg)
That's a fucking being from beyond the veil.

There's a button to hide them in the top corner of the ad.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on December 30, 2010, 10:20:06 PM
There's a button to hide them in the top corner of the ad.

It doesn't stay closed for me. Not sure if it's cookie based, or maybe I just don't visit that often. Well I actually installed a whole new style now anyway.
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on January 02, 2011, 08:15:28 PM
I just found a thread on Thandie Newton on imdb which is quite bizarre: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628601/board/nest/161680493?p=1 (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628601/board/nest/161680493?p=1)
And it led me to the comments on this page on AskMen: http://uk.askmen.com/includes/components/posts/postPage.php?id=919348&p=1 (http://uk.askmen.com/includes/components/posts/postPage.php?id=919348&p=1)

I'm almost certain that it's someone taking the piss, but their devotion to it is quite alarming. He starts out asking for contact details for Thandie, before declaring his love for her, and by page 18 - and a year and a half later - he's writing really OTT fantasy fiction about her. So, erm, yeah. Trolling or not, he's a bit of strange one.
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Post by: NoSleep on January 02, 2011, 08:30:14 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/dxwpX.jpg)

He looks reptilian in that shot.
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Post by: Jemble Fred on January 02, 2011, 08:35:31 PM
I just found a thread on Thandie Newton on imdb which is quite bizarre: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628601/board/nest/161680493?p=1 (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628601/board/nest/161680493?p=1)
And it led me to the comments on this page on AskMen: http://uk.askmen.com/includes/components/posts/postPage.php?id=919348&p=1 (http://uk.askmen.com/includes/components/posts/postPage.php?id=919348&p=1)

I'm almost certain that it's someone taking the piss, but their devotion to it is quite alarming. He starts out asking for contact details for Thandie, before declaring his love for her, and by page 18 - and a year and a half later - he's writing really OTT fantasy fiction about her. So, erm, yeah. Trolling or not, he's a bit of strange one.

I'd love to know what the guy would make of Vic Reeves' thigh-rubbing performance for her on the Xmas Shooting Stars. Let me know if he updates...
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Post by: Cohaagen on January 04, 2011, 10:56:07 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook_(Skins_character) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook_(Skins_character))

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He is, more or less, a current representation of the Byronic hero

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Post by: Retinend on January 05, 2011, 01:41:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pug_dog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pug_dog)
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The pug is a "toy" (very small) breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. Pugs are not named after the word pugleton. The breed has a fine, glossy coat...

what?
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Post by: Mister Six on January 05, 2011, 05:55:10 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.A.R.T._the_Movie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.A.R.T._the_Movie)

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F.A.R.T. the Movie, released in 1991, is about a man named Russell who is obsessed with farting. His girlfriend Heather despises farts and becomes angry with Russell because all he does is watch television and fart. She tells him that if the television turns into fart jokes, then Russell won't even leave the house. Then one night, the television does become all about farts.

The movie stars Joel Weiss as Russell, and Shannandoah Sorin as Heather, and was written and directed by Ray Etheridge.

Amazing.
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Post by: Mister Six on January 05, 2011, 05:59:13 PM
Bonus material: IMDB review:

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It's a GAS !!!, 8 January 2010
5/10
Author: guestar57 from United States


A Ray/Migdalia Etheridge comedy.

Starring:Joel Weiss,Conrad Brooks,Robert Axelrod and Steven Banks.

This is a funny video,That's suited for wild parties and wild viewing by "The Guys".

A lot of sketch comedy that would later be used in 'Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV".

The facts and nuances of FARTING and the noises & smells associated with are conjectured and scrutinized.


The Etheridges admit this is their best seller on Amazon.com and mostly women buy for their husbands and boyfriends !

Its funny,Like we said and has a great cast.

And a message board post:

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This movie undermines the hilarity of farts!   
  by AutumnRed   (Thu Sep 28 2006 22:53:30)    

Last week at work, my co-worker let rip with the most incredibly STANKIN fart, it smelled like tar and hot garbage, customers coming into the store would freeze just inside the door and their nostrils would flare. Reactions were comical, ranging from "Jesus Christ monkeyballs!" and "What the *beep* is that!" to one guy who just turned around and left. We'll be talking about that day for years!

I think farts are the funniest thing the human body is capable of doing, but you can't make a movie revolve around it because it gets old and boring after a half hour or so. If my work buddy had gone around popping out gas all day, the experience would quickly have lost its charm just like in this movie.
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Post by: mycroft on January 06, 2011, 08:02:09 AM
Reading up on the Hartlepool monkey-hanging incident, and the monkey's role as mascot for the local team:

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In 2002, Stuart Drummond campaigned for the office of Mayor of Hartlepool in the costume of H'Angus the Monkey and narrowly won; he used the election slogan "free bananas for schoolchildren", a promise he was unable to keep. He has since been re-elected twice.

Clearly the whole monkey episode taught the good people of the town to be more forgiving.
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Post by: Joy Nktonga on January 06, 2011, 10:16:35 AM
Just found this on Tinie Tempah's page. Copypasta'd before the inevitable clean-up:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/JoyNkt/Tempahannoying.jpg)
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Post by: Harfyyn Teuport on January 06, 2011, 04:34:55 PM
Reading up on the Hartlepool monkey-hanging incident, and the monkey's role as mascot for the local team:

Clearly the whole monkey episode taught the good people of the town to be more forgiving.

Just last month he was rated one of the world's ten best mayors. (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8731287.Former_monkey_mascot_is_tenth_best_mayor_in_world/)
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Post by: Smeraldina Rima on January 06, 2011, 10:06:06 PM
We played "Hartlepool Monkey" at the local folk club this Christmas. It's quite a good song.
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Post by: The Duck Man on January 18, 2011, 07:35:13 PM
The 2010 “Editing Wikipedia From Inside Parliament” Awards (http://www.tomscott.com/wikiparliament/)

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all of the web traffic from the Houses of Parliament is sent through one of two proxy servers — which means that every anonymous edit to Wikipedia from within Parliament is attributed to one of just two IP addresses.

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This first award goes to the anonymous editor of the article on Joan Ryan, the former MP for Enfield North. Ever since June 2009, someone within Parliament has been persistently trying to remove the section about Ryan's involvement in the MPs' expenses scandal. Sometimes the section would vanish for just a few minutes; sometimes it would disappear for weeks before being noticed and replaced — but reliably, every couple of months or so until the General Election, someone within Parliament would try and sneakily wipe the past.

Except on weekends, that is, when identical blanking attempts would come from an anonymous user in Joan Ryan's constituency of Enfield.

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This award goes to an anonymous Parliament staffer who, until the election in May, was spending an hour or so every few days doggedly improving Wikipedia's coverage of Roman Catholics. [...] In one glorious hour-long stint on the morning of 26th February, adding the tags '20th-century Roman Catholics' and '21st-century Roman Catholics' to more than a hundred articles. Congratulations, whoever you are: that shows real devotion both to God and to slacking off from Parliamentary duties.

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This goes to an anonymous editor in Parliament in November 2009. That's technically a little early for these awards, but nothing else could beat the assertion that Cilla Black was the headteacher of Enfield County School. (Enfield again! Coincidence, surely.) That editor even changed the school's motto to "A Lorra Lorra Learning".

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And finally, this goes to the Parliament vandal who was first to claim that figure skater Stéphane Lambiel was a zebra with wings and magical powers — a reference to Lambiel's costume at the Winter Olympics. Not only did that edit survive for more than 90 minutes, but a series of other Wikipedia users expanded on it.

Alas, though, their fun was cut short by a more serious, level-headed and civic-minded Wikipedia user... from St. Mary's School in Ascot.

I've had a route around for the parliamentary IP addresses. Here's one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/194.60.38.198), I can't find the other.
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 19, 2011, 07:44:56 AM
Reading about the hilarious Celebrity Love Island, I followed it to Rebecca Loos. Whatever happened to her etc?

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In 2008, Loos was a guest hostess on The Podge and Rodge Show.[citation needed]
I just love that not only did someone bother to write that down, someone else saw it and was so annoyed they added the Citation Needed tag. Just sheer internet pointlessness at its best.
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Post by: The Duck Man on January 19, 2011, 11:38:42 AM
I've been to the island where they filmed Celebrity Love Island and have been inside the pool they had there.

What a glorious life I've led.
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Post by: jutl on January 19, 2011, 04:04:53 PM
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Prisoner Jock Hamilton-Baillie used to shave his legs, rub them in brown shoe polish, and draw a line down the back of his legs in pencil to simulate the appearance of silk stockings. This allowed him special "bath privileges" in the German guards washroom, since the prisoners' showers were unable to get the polish off his legs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oflag_IV-C (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oflag_IV-C)
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Post by: ElTopo on January 20, 2011, 12:18:52 AM
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In 1869, the 14-year-old Ned Kelly was arrested for assaulting a Chinese pig farmer named Ah Fook.[8]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_kelly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_kelly)
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Post by: AlterEgg on January 21, 2011, 05:16:00 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_kelly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_kelly)

True story that - http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/forgottenfaces/AhChoey.asp (http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/forgottenfaces/AhChoey.asp)
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Post by: citizen snips on January 21, 2011, 05:27:15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele_(singer) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele_(singer))

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Adele then claimed she was influenced by the music of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald in her teens by accident, as she stumbled on the artists' CDs at a local HMV store while looking for a new hairstyle. She only got to listen to those songs for the first time as she was clearing her room.
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Post by: TheWizard on February 03, 2011, 01:25:41 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ball-peen_hammer&oldid=411570913 (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ball-peen_hammer&oldid=411570913)

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The original function of the hammer was to peen riveted or welded material, which makes it as flexible as the surrounding metal. Today, the ball end of the hammer is used to cut gaskets, expand and shape the free end of copper roves, light rivets, and "set" rivets (which completes the joint). Peter Sutcliffe used one to kill a number of prostitutes.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on February 09, 2011, 11:53:24 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hawk_(series)#History (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hawk_(series)#History)
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On February 9th 2011, Activision announced that the Tony Hawk series would not feature an installment in the 2011 calender year. This was due to poor reviews and sales of recent games in the series. Not a single fuck was given that day.
[spoiler]Sadly, it hasn't been discontinued. Yet.[/spoiler]

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Post by: mycroft on February 26, 2011, 05:52:55 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lucas#Film_career (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lucas#Film_career)

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George Lucas is a filmmaker[citation needed]
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Post by: boki on March 02, 2011, 08:59:42 PM
From Ween's entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ween#Miscellaneous_works_and_pop_culture_references):

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"Piss up a Rope" can be heard playing in the garage near the start of the 1997 movie U Turn. It can also be heard in the background in a scene in the cafe from a May 2008 episode of English soap Eastenders.

Please let that be true.  Pretty please.
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Post by: An tSaoi on March 02, 2011, 09:04:27 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Cage#Acting_Style

In February 2011, Cage claimed to have created a new method of acting he calls Nouveau Shamanic. He claims to have used the acting style throughout his career and one day plans to write a book about the method.
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Post by: Mister Six on March 02, 2011, 09:24:57 PM
Old Man Murray's page has been nuked. The deletion thread sees PC Gamer, Wired and Kotaku being written off as unreliable or non-notable sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Old_Man_Murray_(2nd_nomination)#Old_Man_Murray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Old_Man_Murray_(2nd_nomination)#Old_Man_Murray)
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Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on March 10, 2011, 08:22:57 PM
Everything about this paragraph - or rather, procession of non sequiturs -  on 70s prog-rockers Pavlov's Dog is brilliant.

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David Surkamp's high-pitched and quickly wavering vibrato has been compared to that of Geddy Lee of Rush. Surkamp once wept openly after losing a table tennis match in St. Louis in 1977. When the band split up in the late 1970s, Surkamp was rumored to be dead, although in fact he was working with former Fairport Convention member Ian Matthews on a band named Hi-Fi.


Ah, the vicissitudes of rock and roll.
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Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on March 15, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
From the entry for Jealous Guy by John Lennon.

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Almost five years after Lennon's murder, and four-and-a-half years after Roxy Music had taken their cover of the song to #1 on the UK charts in 1981, Tegid Rhys released a Welsh Version of Jealous Guy which was at number 1 for a staggering three and a half years in the Luxembourg charts.


Three and a half years! And in Welsh!

Somewhat suspiciously, however, the internent is throwing up no further mentions of this freakish pop phenomenon.
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Post by: The Duck Man on March 16, 2011, 01:41:43 PM
We occasionally post IMDb stuff in here, don't we?

Jim Carter's profile picture is rather charming:
(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTY3MDkwNDEyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzMzNzc4._V1._SY314_CR127,0,214,314_.jpg)
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Post by: confettiinmyhair on March 28, 2011, 09:24:10 PM
After hearing Julian Clary on the radio this evening I looked him up and found this

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Clary returned to film in 2001 in the film The Baby Juice Express which starred Lisa Faulkner, Samantha Janus, Ruth Jones and David Seaman, about a prisoner who is desperate to find some way of conceiving with his wife whilst he is prison, but the sperm ends up getting hijacked. It was released on DVD in 2004.

Worryingly this film hasn't been made up.
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Post by: buttgammon on March 29, 2011, 12:08:26 AM
Almost laughing myself to death at that one. Unbelievable!
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Post by: Retinend on March 29, 2011, 05:00:28 AM
After hearing Julian Clary on the radio this evening I looked him up and found this

Worryingly this film hasn't been made up.

woooooow. Right now I'm imagining that the prisoner has some kind of special power or technology to steer his ejaculate like a little plane - out of his cell bars and across the roaming hills - headed towards his wife's vagina. The highjacking bit involves numbskulls-like people inside the ejaculate-vehicle and some other small people hired by the prison to bring the operation down from the inside. There would be lines like "we're losing velocity! Keep a hold on that drip!" or "that's gotta stain!".
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Post by: doppelkorn on March 29, 2011, 09:28:01 AM
I had never heard of Lisa Faulkner and so I looked her up and found this:

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At the age of 16, she was approached by a modelling scout while she was waiting on the platform of a London tube station. She was not playing the banjo or busking as many people think, something which she referred to as "a myth" when asked about it on ITV1's Daily Cooks Challenge.

Myth: BUSTED!
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Post by: doppelkorn on March 29, 2011, 04:22:46 PM
Tip: look up the word "bite" on Wikipedia. The picture and its caption are slightly amusing.
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Post by: Cohaagen on March 29, 2011, 09:46:06 PM
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Weapon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Weapon)

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The meat-mangling effect of a scattergun loaded with buckshot is no secret.
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Post by: Retinend on March 30, 2011, 01:58:28 AM
I imagine that's what the start to an Andy McNab book sounds like

[spoiler]can I make that possibly sound more snobbish? Nope... perfect[/spoiler]
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Post by: andrews122 on March 30, 2011, 01:09:09 PM
Very odd:

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Jack Andrew Garry Wilshere (born 1 January 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Arsenal and the England national team. However, not long before Wilshere was called up to the England squad for the first time, there was a big secret dispute over which country he should represent. He was born to Nigerian parents, but has persued club football in England for over 47 years and is therefore allowed to represent England at international level. His all-time hero is Superman due to his ability, often described as superpowers. In March 2011, he was linked with a big-money move to Spanish League giants Aldershot Town, who have many times been confused with Barcelona due to their attacking prowess and just amazing football in general.
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Post by: VegaLA on March 30, 2011, 04:46:11 PM
I've read through that twice now and I think i'll just back away silently.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 01, 2011, 03:00:42 PM
So I was legitimately looking at the page for the Devon town of Kingsbridge and clicked on this link under "Notable Residents":

Radio Legend Martin Mills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Mills), The pioneer of The Kitesurfing Organisation. He also one part of the Swedish House Mafia.

Only to be met with:

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Martin Mills, born May 12, 1949, is both the founder and chairman of the Beggars Group.

His company is one of the world's most successful independent group of record labels.

In 2008, the labels that currently form the Beggars Group are 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings.

In 2009, Martin Mills attempted to buy the patent for the flugelbinder for $4,000,000,000. Sadly, the patent was sold to Mr Chips of Catchphrase fame.
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Post by: Kazuo Kiriyama on April 01, 2011, 10:01:17 PM
There's a blankly forensic quality to this paragraph from the Krankies entry that is somehow hilarious.

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On the 12 June 2008 they appeared as guests on The Paul O'Grady Show, where they appeared in character at the beginning, before coming on later in the show not in character. Ian sat in the middle of the sofa next to Ivana Trump, and Janette sat on the end closest to the host, Paul O'Grady. Janette made several jokes about her age and height. Ian made several comments which were feeder lines to these jokes. They were promoting a forthcoming tour in which they performed with other "semi-retired" acts such as Frank Carson, Brotherhood of Man, and Jimmy Cricket (all best known in the 1970s and 1980s).
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Post by: DuncanC on April 01, 2011, 11:55:25 PM
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Crunchiness is the gustatory sensation of muffled grinding of a foodstuff. Crunchiness differs from crispiness in that a crispy item is quickly atomized, while a crunchy one offers sustained, granular resistance to jaw action. While crispiness is difficult to maintain, crunchiness is difficult to overcome.

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Carlo Gesualdo, known as Gesualdo da Venosa (March 8, 1566 – September 8, 1613), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian music composer, lutenist and nobleman of the late Renaissance. He is famous for his intensely expressive madrigals, which use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century, and also for committing the most notorious murders carried out by any musician.
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Post by: Onionlimit on April 03, 2011, 09:51:39 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_punch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_punch)

Was a GIF really necessary?  (Probably NSFW, but that comes with the territory)
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Post by: momatt on April 04, 2011, 10:31:06 AM
Crunchiness is the gustatory sensation of muffled grinding of a foodstuff. Crunchiness differs from crispiness in that a crispy item is quickly atomized, while a crunchy one offers sustained, granular resistance to jaw action. While crispiness is difficult to maintain, crunchiness is difficult to overcome.

Believe it or not my final year Masters project was about this.  I was relating the crunchiness force/distance pattern in biscuits and crisps to the sound that was emmitted.
It was a bloody good project too.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on April 04, 2011, 09:16:29 PM
Carlo Gesualdo, known as Gesualdo da Venosa (March 8, 1566 – September 8, 1613), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian music composer, lutenist and nobleman of the late Renaissance. He is famous for his intensely expressive madrigals, which use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century, and also for committing the most notorious murders carried out by any musician.

The murdering does invariably come up in any mention of Gesualdo as does his non-standard use of harmony in his time.
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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on April 07, 2011, 12:44:35 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_%28album%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_%28album%29)
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Kenny Rogers - Kenny (album, 1979)

Track listing
"You Turn the Light On" 3:03 (L. Anderson, Sean Geyer)
"You Decorated My Life" 3:38 (Deborah Kay Hupp, Robert E. Morrison)
"She's a Mystery" 2:54 (Larry Keith, Steve Pippin)
"Goodbye Marie" 2:47 (Dennis Linde, Mel McDaniel)
"Tulsa Turnaround" 2:52 (Larry Collins, Paul Cotton, Alex Harvey)
"I Want to Make You Smile" 3:20 (G.G. Allin)
"Santiago Midnight Moonlight" 3:14
"One Man's Woman" 3:45 (Steve Glassmeyer)
"In and Out of Your Heart" 3:23
"Old Folks" 2:44 (Willard Robison)
"Coward of the County" 4:22 Roger D. Bowling, Billy Ed Wheeler
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Post by: thecuriousorange on April 07, 2011, 01:35:03 AM
The entry for the Hall & Oates song Method of Modern Love includes this bizarre breakdown of the music video.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_Modern_Love
 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_Modern_Love)

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Music video

Technically, the design of action and the music video is kept very surreal. To start discovering Hall & Oates at their cozy evening someone on the roof, throwing them on a guitar and the band does it all on the ground. Get off the roof of the apartment, while they take on four men and both the band and the men perform a choreography. Besides the four men also play instruments. While performing Daryl Hall falls from the roof scared to try John Oates and the men to save him. But in the end, he flies high in the sky and continue to perform his choreography.
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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on April 07, 2011, 02:03:13 AM
I wonder what language that has been babelfished from.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 07, 2011, 09:28:22 AM
G. G. Allin?! Eagle eyed there JAYB.
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Post by: Mr_Simnock on April 07, 2011, 12:31:54 PM
Re The Krankies mentioned above, I always wonder how often Janette's school uniform stayed on after work.
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Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on April 07, 2011, 04:26:44 PM
Quote from: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Stunt_cock
The stunt cock is used in an extreme close up so as not to identify its bearer, the goal being to deceive the viewer into thinking that the stunt cock is actually the penis of the main actor. Thus a stunt cock is analogous to a "stunt man," who anonymously does dangerous live action sequences in place of the main actor. However, a stunt cock seldom performs dangerous acts on film.
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Post by: Johnny Textface on April 07, 2011, 04:40:53 PM
quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Room_(play) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Room_(play))
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Kidman's brief nudity, the short flash of her buttocks on a semi dark stage caused a hullabaloo and brisk ticket sales. Iain Glen's full frontal nudity while cartwheeling attracted far less attention.

What a happy image.
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Post by: mycroft on April 07, 2011, 06:28:55 PM
Re The Krankies mentioned above, I always wonder how often Janette's school uniform stayed on after work.

Folklore has it that Scottish variety legend Andy Stewart wanted it to stay on. That may have even come from their autobiography, which I'm told is full of naughty theatrical tales. The line I was told from it that stuck with me was Janet's "Don't say you weren't shagging the magician's assistant, you've got glitter on yer balls!"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on April 13, 2011, 10:40:24 AM
On the Quality Street page:

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Discontinued varieties
    * Purple One (the original 'Purple One' with Brazil nut, replaced with hazelnut version)
    * Chocolate Strawberry Cream (now replaced with Strawberry Delight)
    * Chocolate Toffee Cup (now replaced with Caramel Swirl)
    * Hazelnut Cracknell (red wrapper)
    * Hazelnut Eclair
    * Chocolate Nut Toffee Cream
    * Malt Toffee (replaced with toffee deluxe as a "new" flavour)
    * Milk Chocolate Round (now replaced with Milk Choc Block in green wrapper)
    * Peanut Cracknell (blue wrapper)
    * Coffee Cream (brown wrapper, same size and shape as the strawberry cream)
    * Gooseberry Cream (green wrapper light green fondant with a touch of Gooseberry Preserve covered in milk chocolate)
    * Apricot Delight (blue wrapper, square chunk, apricot flavoured jelly covered in milk chocolate)
    * Toffee Square (metallic pink wrapper, a small square of very hard toffee)
    * Chocolate Truffle (brown wrapper, square chunk, a soft truffle filling covered in milk chocolate)
    * Montelimar Nougat
    * Smarties (ordinary cardboard box of Smarties)

It might be true but does anyone else remember there being a whole cardboard box of smarties chucked into Quality Streets?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on April 13, 2011, 11:15:25 AM
Vague, possibly faulty, memory of a tiny cardboard packet of Smarties.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on April 13, 2011, 12:24:46 PM
That does ring a bell.

Hold on, I'll just check Wikipedia.

EDIT: I was right!

EDIT 2: Oh.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on April 13, 2011, 01:00:55 PM
Vague, possibly faulty, memory of a tiny cardboard packet of Smarties.

As in you remember them existing or remember them in QS?

They definitely exist or existed.
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Post by: Retinend on April 13, 2011, 01:38:34 PM
That does ring a bell.

Hold on, I'll just check Wikipedia.

EDIT: I was right!

EDIT 2: Oh.

haha!
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Post by: Lyndon on April 13, 2011, 02:44:32 PM
Yeah, they were like a little match-box.
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Post by: NoSleep on April 13, 2011, 03:22:14 PM
Definitely a faulty memory on my part then; I envisaged them as little cartons, like those ones that they sell currants & raisins in today.
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Post by: RFT on April 13, 2011, 03:59:54 PM
You can still get the little boxes of smarties. don;t remeber them ever being in Quality street, though (but they were both Rowntrees brands...)
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on April 13, 2011, 06:45:47 PM
Definitely a faulty memory on my part then; I envisaged them as little cartons, like those ones that they sell currants & raisins in today.

What, like a matchbox?
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Post by: NoSleep on April 13, 2011, 07:07:12 PM
Matchboxes have a little drawer that slides out of a rectangular sleeve; not the same as a carton, which has a lid/flap.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on April 14, 2011, 10:56:56 AM
Just to add to this silly conversation started by me, I think Smarties are and were available in little cardboard boxes about the size of a matchbox but with a flap you could close, not a slidy drawer. Whether they have been in Quality Street or not is another matter.
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Post by: Jemble Fred on April 14, 2011, 11:08:26 AM
Surely Quality Street and Smarties are owned by totally different companies? Not to mention the fact that Quality Street has only ever contained Quality Street chocolates, in different coloured wrappers, and never contained mini versions of chocolate bars and the like. Wikipedia has been DUPED!
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Post by: An tSaoi on April 14, 2011, 12:44:49 PM
Mr Wikipedia is going to be so mad when he finds out.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on April 14, 2011, 12:59:56 PM
Surely Quality Street and Smarties are owned by totally different companies?

Both made by Nestle. I do remember the mini-boxes in some kind of assorted mix, but I couldn't swear that it was Quality Street.
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Post by: Jemble Fred on April 14, 2011, 01:02:41 PM
Both made by Nestle. I do remember the mini-boxes in some kind of assorted mix, but I couldn't swear that it was Quality Street.

Shit, I've only just discovered that Rowntree doesn't exist any more. Scandal.
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on April 14, 2011, 02:55:08 PM
Shit, I've only just discovered that Rowntree doesn't exist any more. Scandal.

Both products were always made by Rowntree's, then Nestle. Your confectionery knowledge is rather weak, I'm afraid.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 14, 2011, 03:05:20 PM
Both products were always made by Rowntree's, then Nestle. Your confectionery knowledge is rather weak, I'm afraid.

He's a bit blonde when it comes to these matters; an Aer(o)head, if you will.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Retinend on April 18, 2011, 11:06:38 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summertime_(song)#Recorded_versions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summertime_(song)#Recorded_versions)

"There are some 24,400 different recorded versions of the song"

What, really? I did the calculation and found out that if the article is accurate in saying that the first recorded version of the composition was made in July 1935, a recorded version of the composition has been made every day from that date until today.

[Austin Tasseltine]I somehow doubt it, don't you?[/Austin Tasseltine]
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on April 18, 2011, 03:07:52 PM
(http://i815.photobucket.com/albums/zz80/FuckityBye/garry.jpg)

It's been there for fucking ages...
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 18, 2011, 05:05:15 PM
Chaged it to Islam, wonder how long that will last...
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 18, 2011, 06:30:25 PM
About three minutes, sadly.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on April 18, 2011, 07:14:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summertime_(song)#Recorded_versions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summertime_(song)#Recorded_versions)

"There are some 24,400 different recorded versions of the song"

What, really?

Well, there's a source for it. Whether or not it's genuine is really up in the air...

http://www.summertime-connection.nl/ST%20Coverlist.pdf (http://www.summertime-connection.nl/ST%20Coverlist.pdf)
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Post by: chocky909 on April 18, 2011, 07:21:17 PM
You can't beat the Mungo Jerry version though, can you?
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Post by: NoSleep on April 18, 2011, 08:48:56 PM
You can't beat the Mungo Jerry version though, can you?

The original Mungo Jerry version. Ray Dorset recorded several inferior versions under the Mungo Jerry moniker as the years went by.
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Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on April 18, 2011, 09:11:13 PM
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Mungo Jerry

Racist
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Post by: An tSaoi on May 02, 2011, 12:01:29 AM
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Timeline of the far future (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future)

On cosmological timescales, certain events in the future of the universe can be predicted with a level of accuracy. The following times all assume that the universe is open.

Less than 1 million years from now:

    * ~600 years — Time until, according to current established boundaries for the constellations, the Earth's axial precession will move the Sun's spring equinox position from Pisces to Aquarius, triggering what astrologers call the "Age of Aquarius".[1]
    * ~1,000 years — time until the Earth's axial precession makes Gamma Cephei the North Star.[2]
    * 3,200 years — time until the Earth's axial precession makes Iota Cephei the North Star.[2]
    * 5,200 years — Time until the Gregorian calendar will be one day out of step with the Sun's position.[3]
    * 9,700 years — time until Barnard's Star passes within 3.8 light years from the Solar System, becoming the Sun's closest star.[4]
    * 13,000 years — time until the Earth's axial precession makes Vega the North Star.[5]
    * 50,000 years — according to the work of Burger and Loutre,[6] time at which the current interglacial will end, sending the Earth back into an ice age, assuming limited effects of anthropogenic global warming.
    * 100,000 years — time by which proper motion will render the constellations unrecognisable.[7]
    * 500,000 years — time by which Earth will likely be impacted by a meteorite of roughly 1 km in diameter.[8]

1 million to one billion (106-109) years from now:

    * 1.4 million years — Time until Gliese 710 passes within 1.1 light years of the Sun, potentially disturbing the Solar System's Oort cloud and increasing the likelihood of a comet impact in the inner Solar System.[9]
    * 10 million years — time by which the widening East African Rift valley will have been flooded by the Red Sea, causing a new ocean basin to divide the continent of Africa.[10]
    * 40 million years — estimated time until Mars's moon Phobos will collide with its surface.[11]
    * 50 million years — by this time, Australia will have crossed the equator and collided with Southeast Asia.[12] Also, the Californian coast will begin to be subducted into the Aleutian Trench, and Africa will have collided with Eurasia, closing the Mediterranean Basin.[13][14]
    * 100 million years — by this time, the Earth would likely have been impacted by a meteorite comparable in size to that which triggered the K-T extinction 65 million years ago.[15]
    * 250 million years — time until all the continents on Earth are fused into a new supercontinent.[16]

1 billion to 1 trillion (109-1012) years from now:

    * 1 billion years — point at which the Sun's increasing luminosity will render life on Earth's surface impossible.[17]
    * 3.5 billion years — Time until surface conditions on Earth are comparable to those on Venus today.[18]
    * 3.6 billion years — estimated time until Neptune's moon Triton will fall through the planet's Roche limit, potentially disintegrating into a new planetary ring system.[19]
    * 5.4 billion years — time before the Sun becomes a red giant.[20]
    * 7 billion years — time until the potential collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.[21][22]
    * 20 billion years — time until the end of the universe in the Big Rip scenario.[23] Experimental evidence currently suggests that this will not occur.[24]
    * 50 billion years — time until the Earth and the Moon become tidelocked, with each showing only one face to the other, assuming both survive the Sun's expansion.[25][26]
    * >400 billion years — time by which all the Solar System's actinide elements will have decayed to less than 1% their current value, leaving bismuth as the heaviest traceable element.

1 trillion to 1 decillion (1012-1033) years from now:

    * 1012 (1 trillion) years — low estimate for the time until star formation ends in galaxies as galaxies are depleted of the gas clouds they need to form stars.[27], §IID.
    * 2×1012 (2 trillion) years — time until all galaxies outside the Local Supercluster are no longer detectable in any way, assuming that dark energy continues to make the Universe expand at an accelerating rate.[28]
    * 1013 (10 trillion) to 2×1013 (20 trillion) years — lifetime of the longest-lived stars, low-mass red dwarfs.[27] §IIA.
    * 1014 (100 trillion) years — high estimate for the time until star formation ends in galaxies.[27], §IID. Once star formation ends and the least massive red dwarfs exhaust their fuel, the only stellar-mass objects remaining will be stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.) Brown dwarfs will also remain.[27] §IIE.
    * 1015 (1 quadrillion) years — estimated time until planets are detached from their orbits. Whenever two objects pass close to each other, the orbits of their planets can be disrupted and the planets can be ejected from orbit around their parent objects. Planets with closer orbits take longer to be ejected in this manner on average because a passing object must make a closer pass to the planet's primary to eject the planet.[27], §IIIF, Table I.
    * 1019 to 1020 years — the estimated time until brown dwarfs and stellar remnants are ejected from galaxies. When two objects pass close enough to each other, they exchange orbital energy with lower-mass objects tending to gain energy. The lower-mass objects can gain enough energy in this manner through repeated encounters to be ejected from the galaxy. This process will cause the galaxy to eject the majority of its brown dwarfs and stellar remnants.[27], §IIIA;[29], pp. 85–87
    * 1020 years — estimated time until the Earth's orbit around the Sun decays via emission of gravitational radiation,[30] if the Earth is neither first engulfed by the red giant Sun a few billion years from now[31][32] nor ejected from its orbit by a stellar encounter before then.[30]
    * 1032 years — the smallest possible value for the proton half-life consistent with experiment.[33]

1 decillion to 1 millinillion (1033-103003) years from now:

    * 3×1034 years—the estimated time for all nucleons in the observable universe to decay, if the proton half-life takes its smallest possible value.[34]
    * 1036 years—the mean half-life of a proton according to some theories.
    * 1041 years—the largest possible value for the proton half-life, assuming that the Big Bang was inflationary and that the same process that makes protons decay made baryons predominate over anti-baryons in the early Universe.[27], §IVA.
    * 3×1043 years—the estimated time for all nucleons in the observable universe to decay, if the proton half-life takes the largest possible value, 1041 years, consistent with the conditions given above.[34]
    * 1065 years—estimated time for rigid objects like rocks to rearrange their atoms and molecules via quantum tunnelling, assuming that the proton does not decay. On this timescale all matter is liquid.[30]
    * 2×1066 years—the estimated time until a black hole with the mass of the Sun decays by the Hawking process.[35]
    * 1.7×10106 years—the estimated time until a supermassive black hole with a mass of 20 trillion solar masses decays by the Hawking process.[35]
    * 101500 years—the estimated time until all matter decays to 56Fe (if the proton does not decay). See isotopes of iron.[30]

Beyond 1 millinillion (103003) years from now:

    * 10^{10^{26}} years—low estimate for the time until all matter collapses into black holes, assuming no proton decay.[30]

    * 10^{10^{50}} years—estimated time for a Boltzmann brain to appear in the vacuum via a spontaneous entropy decrease.[36]

    * 10^{10^{76}} years—high estimate for the time until all matter collapses into neutron stars or black holes, again assuming no proton decay.[30]

    * 10^{10^{120}} years— high estimate for the time for the universe to collapse into a sink, or terminal vaccuum.[36]

    * 10^{10^{10^{76.66}}} years—scale of an estimated Poincaré recurrence time for the quantum state of a hypothetical box containing an isolated black hole of stellar mass.[37] This time assumes a statistical model subject to Poincaré recurrence. A much simplified way of thinking about this time is that in a model where our universe's history repeats itself arbitrarily many times due to properties of statistical mechanics, this is the time scale when it will first be somewhat similar (for a reasonable choice of "similar") to its current state again.

    * 10^{10^{10^{10^{2.08}}}} years—scale of an estimated Poincaré recurrence time for the quantum state of a hypothetical box containing a black hole with the mass within the presently visible region of our universe.[37] This time assumes a statistical model subject to Poincaré recurrence. A much simplified way of thinking about this time is that in a model where our universe's history repeats itself arbitrarily many times due to properties of statistical mechanics, this is the time scale when it will first be somewhat similar (for a reasonable choice of "similar") to its current state again.

    * 10^{10^{10^{10^{10^{1.1}}}}} years—scale of an estimated Poincaré recurrence time for the quantum state of a hypothetical box containing a black hole with the estimated mass of the entire universe, observable or not, assuming a certain inflationary model with an inflaton whose mass is 10−6 Planck masses.[37]

    * 10^{10^{10^{10^{10^{1.2}}}}} years—Ireland repay last of country's debts
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Pseudopath on May 02, 2011, 12:39:45 AM
Ha ha! That's fantastic!
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Post by: The Duck Man on May 04, 2011, 06:47:14 PM
Not Wikipedia, but... (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a317795/mariah-carey-nick-cannon-reveal-baby-names.html)

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have revealed the names of their newborn twins. The 'We Belong Together' singer and America's Got Talent host Cannon welcomed a son and a daughter at a Los Angeles hospital over the weekend. The boy has been named Moroccan Scott Cannon, while the girl is called Monroe Cannon.

It gets worse:
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The name Moroccan is in reference to the decor of a room in Carey's New York apartment, which is influenced by the country
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Pepotamo1985 on May 05, 2011, 05:21:41 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-terrorism_legislation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-terrorism_legislation)

Very weird intro on this.

"Critics often allege that anti-terrorism legislation endangers democracy by creating a state of exception that allows authoritarian  style of government. Governments often state that they are necessary temporary measures that will be dispelled when the danger finally vanish.

However, most anti-terrorist legislation remains in activity even after the initial target of it has been eliminated. A good example of this is the "War on Terror" which officially was to end in 2003, however it persists to this day (Feb of 2011). With no clear end in sight it violates the laws of reason, facilitating its own brand of circular reasoning and a pseudo straw man ( "Terror" as the straw man). Perpetuating its own existence as it were. This presents an unusual case as a logical fallacy.[citation needed]"

I mean...how are they getting away with this?
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Post by: Saucer51 on May 05, 2011, 05:49:16 PM
Chaged it to Islam, wonder how long that will last...

I think changing the occupation to roadie for the Village People might be fun.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on May 05, 2011, 08:02:55 PM
Get it while it's hot!

EDIT: lasted about 10 seconds and then I got told off.
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Post by: boki on May 05, 2011, 10:27:45 PM
...which is why you have to actually post a quote in here, foo'!


{goes to find that tag from the old thread}
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: waynew on May 09, 2011, 08:14:30 PM
I was just browsing this page on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke)

and this line caught my eye:

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It is also worth noting that our very own Dean from Wales was not drinking Coka-Cola and to this day has not tasted the new Coke taste

WTF?
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Post by: jutl on May 09, 2011, 09:02:19 PM
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Early advertisements referred to Dasani as "bottled spunk" or featured the tagline "can't live without spunk". These slogans were used seemingly oblivious to the fact that spunk is slang for semen in the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom)
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Post by: An tSaoi on May 11, 2011, 07:14:35 PM
There's a Garfield wikipedia. A wikipedia for Garfield.

Quote from: garfield.wikia.com
Garfield: The Movie (http://garfield.wikia.com/wiki/Garfield:_The_Movie)

Differences from comic
  • In the film, Jon drives a green Volvo S60 as opposed to his red sedan in the comics, cartoons, and other media. This also changed in Garfield 2, because in that, Jon drives a blue Volvo V50.
  • In the movie, Liz is portrayed as Jon's love interest, which is significantly different from her comic portrayal, in which she repels Jon's advances and insists on keeping the relationship professional. Up until recently Jon's entire romantic life in the comics had been a series of cancelled or failed dates. On July 26, 2006 Liz did finally succumb to Jon's "charms" in the comic strip and has at last started dating him.
  • Nermal is portrayed as an adult seal point siamese who is a playmate of Garfield. In the comic strip, he is a vain gray tabby kitten that often visits Garfield to remind him of his old age, usually on or near his birthday, Nermal in the movie also seems to be slightly dim-witted, whereas his comic strip counterpart is not. In the TV show Nermal sounds more feminine, despite being male. In the movie, he sounds like a male teenager.
  • In the comic strip and animated series, Garfield is portrayed as an extremely lazy cat, seen mostly sleeping or eating. In the movie, Garfield can be seen dancing, running, jumping, and making a lot of other movement. This was also noted in Garfield and Friends.
  • Jon got Odie from Liz in the movie. In the strip, Lyman showed up with Odie in tow.
  • Odie in the film is a Dachshund. In the comic strip, Odie is a beagle with a black spot on his side. Arlene's fur was dark gray instead of pink.
  • Arlene in the film appears to be more of Garfield's friend whereas in the comic, she is his love interest (although a deleted scene shows him flirting with Arlene before being distracted by a pie).
  • In the comics and TV series, Jon is portrayed as a nerd with very little success in love. In the movie, he is no longer portrayed as a loser, simply a shy guy who has a good relationship with Liz and even knocks-out Happy Chapman in one punch.
  • In the film, (As well as the sequel and the CGI movies) Garfield's mouth moves when he's talking. In the comic strip and all the 2D TV cartoons, however, he solely verbalizes his thoughts via thought balloons and voice-over, respectively. Despite this, no humans can understand what he says in the film for obvious reasons.

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Garfield Gets Real (http://garfield.wikia.com/wiki/Garfield%27s_Fun_Fest)

Goofs/Trivia
  • When Jon says Hot! Hot! Hot! three times while taking out a microwave oatmeal, his lips don't match what he's saying.
  • In the same scene, Jon tosses three plates into the air. If you freeze frame the scene, you'll notice the last one intersects with the camera.
  • When Garfield wakes up, they keep discussing it's Monday. But when the newspaper goes to print, it says that it is Thursday.
  • When Garfield is talking to Wally, the background has Zelda cooking Kat-Kreal Stew. In the next shot, she's serving sandwiches.
  • In the real world, Odie's bone is being chased by chiuauauas, and after the lamp-post shot, they land flat on the ground near Odie. The computer had very poor animation performance to clear the clay off of the chiuauauas after they arise from the land and chase after Odie. There are still brown puddles (made of clay), that are on the ground.
  • At Garfield's bedroom, we see a picture of the June 8, 2003 comic strip that is smashed by the lamp.
  • The book In Dog Years I'd Be Dead is seen in the Daily Newspaper Chronicle.
  • In the comic strip, Garfield sleeps on the table or floor in his bed-box. In this film he has his own bedroom.
  • Odie talks more English than in the comic strip, such as My Bone!, I Don't Know, and Right.
  • This is the first CGI-fully animated film of Garfield, and the first film to be released to DVD instead of threatical.
  • Hale and Hardy's names are based on the phrase ``Hale and hearty.
  • Liz Wilson and Pooky do not appear in the film, despite being in the first two live-action films.
  • Lasagna and pizza has never been mentioned in this film.
  • The glasses Ashley wears are the same style of Simon's glasses from Alvin and the Chipmunks, but they're pink and not blue or black.
  • Grimmy from 'Mother Goose and Grimm' has a cameo in this film.

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Garfield's Fun Fest (http://garfield.wikia.com/wiki/Garfield%27s_Fun_Fest)

Trivia/Goofs
  • Jon said he's been doing the dance routine since 1978. 1978 was the year the comic strip Garfield was first published, and that it is the 30th Annual Fun Fest, confirming that the film does take place in the year 2008.
  • Garfield at the beginning parodies James Bond (even says the phrase ``Bond, James Bond), Tarzan, Frankenstein, Lady and the Tramp, and The Wizard of Oz (Garfield portraying Dorothy saying I don't think we're in Kansas anymore) and (Arlene portrayed as Toto the dog wearing a dog-like bead)
  • The superman we saw from Garfield Gets Real is seen in the Comic Studios posing for Fun Fest.
  • One of the people you see at the Fun Fest audience is the slogan-man with a angry face in the middle that was in the 2000s Garfield shopping Internet chanel that is formely canceled. He's wearing a green shirt near a orange-haired citizen.
  • In the movie, Garfield does not understand the fully meaning of humor. However, he had taught pupils studying cartoons of how the technology of funny was developed in the Season 2 Garfield and Friends episode How To Be Funny.

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Garfield's Pet Force (http://garfield.wikia.com/wiki/Garfield%27s_Pet_Force)

Trivia/Goofs
  • This movie is released in 3D with 4 pairs of 3D glasses.
  • While at the Comic Studio Nermal and Odie were reading the Pet Force comic to see what happens next but look behind Arlene the DVD poster of Garfield Gets Real is in the studio,but why is it a poster?
  • Even though this movie is 75 minutes the 3D version skips a few parts making this movie shorter to 73 minutes 2 minutes less.
  • On the way to the Comic Studio Nermal's still reading the comic of Pet Force to see what happens next but when he says he'll turn the page he does turn it in the closeup of him and
  • Arlene and in the next shot it's still on the same page.
  • When Vetvix uses super scramble to scramble Garzooka, Odie, Nermal, and Arlene it takes a few seconds before they are combined into the Pet Force Ball when Vetvix lets go of the button.

It greatly amuses me that there's someone out there whose sole pleasure in life is chronicling minor inconsistencies in straight-to-DVD CGI Garfield cartoons, armed with a vast knowledge of every single detail of the Garfield mythos, an incurable urge for hardcore pedantry, and a woeful grasp of English grammar. I wonder who this person (or persons) is. A bored child? An obsessive-compulsive savant who has memorised every Garfield cartoon? A crazed psychopath who papers his walls with Garfield newspaper strips and the skin of his victims? We just don't know.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: buttgammon on May 11, 2011, 07:19:05 PM
I've left a spurious trail of vandalism on poor old Wikipedia, some of which is childish and some of which is plain unfunny. Some of it is yet to be removed.

That is all.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on May 11, 2011, 11:21:04 PM
On the Hebrew Language page there is a picture of some signs with the following caption:

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Hebrew signs on an Israeli highway

Which makes me think of David Brent's "Free love on the free love freeway" song.

Amusing? Borderline.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on May 13, 2011, 02:02:18 AM
I've added some new info to the page on rainbows, but I'm not sure it'll stay up long. I think the lack of citations will let me down, ultimately.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow)

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Records
The largest rainbow ever recorded was sighted in Davis County, Utah in March 2001. The 18-mile long purple and black phenomena was tracked by air traffic control as it moved slowly over the countryside causing nausea and headaches amongst observers. Its weight was calculated at almost 300 tonnes.

In 1979 a rainbow estimated to be travelling at Mach 2.5 was shot down over Qinghai Province, China by a PLAAF J-7 jet.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on May 13, 2011, 03:45:57 AM
Perhaps inevitably, it was lack of sources which did for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rainbow&action=history (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rainbow&action=history)

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(cur | prev) 01:04, 13 May 2011 Tbhotch (talk | contribs) (49,906 bytes) (Undid revision 428851138 by 90.197.249.57 (talk) sources?) (undo)

Eager to please, I placed this message on his talk page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Tbhotch#Rainbows (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Tbhotch#Rainbows)

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Hello my good friend. I see you have reverted my edits to the page on rainbows due to lack of sources.

Unfortunately at this time I cannot chase down a reference on the internet (my original source is from a natural world almanac), but I was able to find this picture of the Qingdai shootdown incident which shows the intruder making contact with the terrain.

(http://i51.tinypic.com/jjtbtl.jpg)

I note that English is not your first language. In my tongue we have an idiom: "a picture is worth a thousand words". Perhaps this is better than a written source?

For the other incident I have nothing as yet, but will try my best to investigate this strange and troubling anomaly.

Best Wishes,

Lance Jack —Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.197.249.57 (talk) 02:17, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

The picture must have satisfied him, because it brought me the reply:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:90.197.249.57 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:90.197.249.57)

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RE: Rainbows

Well, online sources are not mandatory, we can use offline as well. You can use the {{cite book}} template to source your information. So feel free reverting me with the source. Tbhotch* ۩ ۞ 02:20, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

Yeah! Fucking barry! Now all I need to do is scare up some hardcopy source. I am pleased at having sated the intellectual rigour of Wikipedia's "#308 Editor".
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jutl on May 17, 2011, 11:13:56 AM
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Cohortative-hortative
Although the cohortative is itself a fairly neutral mood with regard to attitude, usually reflecting a mutual encouragement to partake in the proposition of the utterance with little more than tacit urging, it can be combined with the implied meanings of the other six hortative moods.
This creates constructions which have dual hortative modalities but which remain overall cohortative. Observe:

Let's go in the cave.
(cohortative) - mutual encouragement with no added connotations

Let's not go in the cave.
(cohortative) - mutual discouragement with no added connotations

Come on, let's really go in the cave.
(cohortative-exhortative) - mutual encouragement with added intensity and urging

Please! Please, let's not go in the cave. I'm scared!
(cohortative-infrahortative) - mutual discouragement with added absolute urging; a plea against the proposition
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohortative_mood#Cohortative-hortative (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohortative_mood#Cohortative-hortative)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: boki on May 25, 2011, 04:30:51 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatman_Scoop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatman_Scoop)

Highlights:

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Fatman Scoop received his stage name after appearing in the Fugees 'Killing Me Softly' video as a cinema worker serving popcorn and ice-cream. Lauryn Hill was a massive ice-cream fan herself so would shout 'scoop, scoop, fatman scoop' when she wanted a tub of her favourite snack. Lauryn Hill and Pras also made a spoof version of their most popular song, exchanging the lyrics 'killing me softly with his song' for 'filling my belly with popcorn'. Fatman Scoop was laughing for weeks.[citation needed]

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As a hype man for various artists, he had some appearances and had performed with other artists. The following list are people he had done a song with and may contain other artists he appeared with in that song:

Demet Akalin
Miri Ben-Ari
Missy Elliott
Elephant Man
Pitbull
Jasmine Trias
Mariah Carey
Rod Stewart
Moses
Far East Movement
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Busta Rhymes
B*Witched
The Who
The Beatnuts
Deacon Blue
Pras Michel
Gary Mullen
Polyphonic Spree
Nine Inch Nail
X-ecutioners
Ciara
Rush
Funkmaster Flex
Slaughterhouse
Chingy
Del Amitri
Sean Paul
Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
Lumidee
Timbaland
The Cast of High School Musical
Ying Yang Twins
Bobby "Boris" Pickett
Wisin & Yandel
Three 6 Mafia
David Bowie
Young Buck
Lieutenant Pigeon
Lauryn Hill
Hugh Edwards
Earth, Wind & Fire
Jimmy Nail
Fat Joe
New Order
Jimmy Chung's
The Crooklyn Clan
Timbaland & Magoo
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Nick Cannon
Fatman Scoop
The Wiggles
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nephew
DJ Kool
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Thara
Ken of Overground
Scooter
Enya
Janet Jackson
Pussycat Dolls
Massive Töne
Kool Savas
Sonic Youth
Lil Jon
Hale and Pace
David Guetta
DJ AM
Darin Zanyar
Fergie
Brian Eno
Cypress Hill
T.a.t.u.
Public Enemy
DJ Tomekk
Wyclef Jean
N.O.R.E.
MF Grimm
MF Doom
Mary J. Blige
Clinton Sparks
Whitney Houston
Girlicious
De La Soul
Exile
Notch
Swizz Beatz
Mogwai
Girls Aloud
The View
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Jemble Fred on May 25, 2011, 04:36:05 PM
At last, the link between Mariah Carey and Hale & Pace we've all been waiting for! What a dude...

(This is coming from the only person in the world who hopes that H&P's current Australian tour comes to the UK.)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on May 25, 2011, 11:51:48 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Baldwin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Baldwin)

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In 1998, he was found running naked through the halls of New York's Plaza Hotel shouting "Baldwin!"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 27, 2011, 03:53:56 PM
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Early advertisements referred to Dasani as "bottled spunk" or featured the tagline "can't live without spunk". These slogans were used seemingly oblivious to the fact that spunk is slang for semen in the UK.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom)
I assumed this was vandalism, but no, it has sources!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v255/AmbientSheep/Misc/spunky_dasani.jpg)

(from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/11/introducing_dasani_the_water/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/11/introducing_dasani_the_water/))

When the shit really hit the fan about the bromate and they withdrew it all, my then-g/f found some bottles still on sale in the local newsagent and so we bought a few, thinking they'd be collectors items some day.  They sat in the corner for years, probably gone now though.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: oilywater on May 28, 2011, 10:04:48 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oj_borg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oj_borg)

From the page of erstwhile lottery draw monkey OJ Borg, possibly the most mediocre sentence ever constructed:

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In August 2009, Borg was voted "Personality Most Likely To Turn On Cathedral Square Christmas Lights" by readers of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. The lights were in fact switched on by former BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Jakki Brambles.[citation needed]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: AlkyBastard on May 28, 2011, 11:10:38 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths

1975: Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old from Norfolk, England, died laughing while watching The Goodies. A particular scene had caused Mitchell to laugh nonstop for twenty-five minutes before dying of heart failure.

1993: Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer and a senior partner at the Holden Day Wilson Law firm in Toronto, Canada, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visiting law students that the glass was "unbreakable." The glass didn't break, but popped out of the window frame, and he fell over 300 feet to his death.

2005: Kenneth Pinyan of Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S. died of acute peritonitis after receiving anal intercourse from a stallion. The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington state.

2009: Sergey Tuganov, a 28-year-old Russian, bet two women that he could continuously have sex with them both for twelve hours. Several minutes after winning the $4,300 bet, he suffered a heart attack and died, apparently due to having ingested an entire bottle of Viagra just after accepting the bet.

2010: Jimi Heselden, owner of the Segway motorized scooter company, was killed when he accidentally drove off a cliff on a Segway at his estate and drowned in the River Wharfe.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Subtle Mocking on May 28, 2011, 11:15:12 PM
From the page of erstwhile lottery draw monkey OJ Borg, possibly the most mediocre sentence ever constructed:

He disproved it in an interview, but then went on to describe a similarly mediocre experience:
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Q. In August 2009, you were voted “Personality most likely to turn on Cathedral Square Christmas Lights” by readers of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. It never happened, could it be this year?

“I wish. Now stop reading Wikipedia will you… someone keeps spamming it… and it’s funny spam so I don’t mind. The only lights I’ve turned on were the Gorton ones when I worked for 96.2 Revolution. Two people turned up, we had a wooden box to stand on and the actual turning on was telling the park warden to flick the fuse box on. Now that one is true!”
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: The Duck Man on May 28, 2011, 11:26:28 PM
1975: Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old from Norfolk, England, died laughing while watching The Goodies. A particular scene had caused Mitchell to laugh nonstop for twenty-five minutes before dying of heart failure.
Makes TC look like something of a casual fan.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on May 30, 2011, 03:21:08 PM
Check out the artist's impression:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pinos_Altos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pinos_Altos)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: rudi on May 30, 2011, 03:56:51 PM
Ha! That's great. :-D
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Bob The Skutter on June 06, 2011, 11:33:57 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_five#.22Too_slow.22 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_five#.22Too_slow.22)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/HFE_Too_Slow_3.JPG)

"Victim misses"

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Pepotamo1985 on June 07, 2011, 01:42:10 PM
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HFE_Air_Five.JPG)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on June 07, 2011, 01:54:53 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/HFE_Too_Slow_3.JPG)

He's patting his imaginary dog on the arse whilst she's humouring this obviously disturbed man.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: confettiinmyhair on June 07, 2011, 10:12:31 PM
Makes TC look like something of a casual fan.

This was serialized in a US TV Series about unusual deaths, I believe the episode of the show I saw also featured the case of a teenager who fell to his death from the balcony of a tenth floor appartment whilst attempting to spit further then his two mates.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: The Tourist on June 07, 2011, 10:22:06 PM
High five girl there looks a bit like a blonde Sharon Horgan.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on June 14, 2011, 08:33:32 PM
In a similar vein...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Chant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Chant)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Robotrib_tomahawk.jpg)

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A man demonstrates the "Tomahawk chop."
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on June 15, 2011, 03:28:10 PM
From the otherwise rather well-written article on Siberia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_conquest_of_Siberia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_conquest_of_Siberia)

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In 1583 on the orders of Ivan IV has made a great tour of Moscow "ship battle" in Western Siberia. Pitched Voguls (Mansi) in Pelym, the army is on Tavda, followed by Toure and the Irtysh to the mouth of it in the Ob River. As a result of this campaign is set vassalage Vogul princes of Muscovy, Ivan IV and receives the title of Grand Prince Ugra, Prince Kondinsky and Obdorsk
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on June 16, 2011, 02:18:47 PM
Is this true?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Kenwright (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Kenwright)

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In 2009 he received a Guiness world record for "the biggest collection of wagon wheels".
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on June 17, 2011, 10:43:20 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threat_display (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threat_display)

First, second, and fourth ones.

(http://i55.tinypic.com/2lwuglt.jpg)

Human threat display (snarling, with a paper party hat on head)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: thecuriousorange on July 07, 2011, 12:58:56 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Game_of_Death (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Game_of_Death)

A neat synopsis of this film:

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The film begins with lengthy footage of Bruce Lee's funeral. The narrator then announces that there is a new actor "who looks quite like him" that will become Lee's successor. He is played by a man credited as "Bruce Lee Hsao Lung," and is introduced by a very, very long training montage.

The film proper begins with Hsao Lung filming a movie. On the set, he is approached by gangsters who want a piece of the Hsao Lung action. Hsao Lung doesn't bite, so they go after his girlfriend Alice, making her poison Hsao. During a lovemaking session, the poison takes action and Hsao dies.

Or does he? Actually, Hsao survives, and goes on a journey of vengeance that leads him to a tower of death not unlike the one seen in Bruce Lee's Game of Death. Along the way, there are a lot of stock clips of Bruce Lee.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: mycroft on July 09, 2011, 10:27:18 PM
I had a vague childhood memory of Nicholas Witchell talking at length on kids' TV about his research into the Loch Ness Monster, so turned to Wikipedia to see if I remembered correctly.

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In 1974 Terence Dalton Limited published Witchell's book, "The Loch Ness Story". The book provides a history of the alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster and includes a chapter entitled "The "Monster" on Land". Witchell's belief in the existence of the creature is described as "quite unshakeable".

You'd think he and Prince Charles would get on better if that's the case.€
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: buttgammon on July 10, 2011, 01:13:03 PM
It's very true. My mum has a signed copy of his book about the Loch Ness monster, which she got at a book signing in Inverness.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Kazuo Kiriyama on July 10, 2011, 03:59:55 PM
When I was a child, I wrote to Witchell, and sent him a felt-tip drawing of him riding on the back of Nessie. I got a CCed reply from a secretary, but I'm assuming he fucking loved it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on July 17, 2011, 08:13:10 AM
From http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fucking_hell

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(vulgar, idiomatic) An exclamation of great surprise.

    Fucking hell, that wrestler's huge.


Hee hee.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Famous Mortimer on July 17, 2011, 08:40:47 AM
Because it's worth linking to every few years:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazard_%28song%29

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Retinend on July 17, 2011, 01:55:12 PM
is facebook's html messing up for anyone else?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: pk1yen on July 17, 2011, 04:17:55 PM
Stumbled upon this fact yesterday while looking at some Jewish demographic figures for some reason (check out the estimated number of Jews in Afghanistan):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_population#By_country

This then led me to this page explaining the figure:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jews_in_Afghanistan#Recent

"By the end of 2004, only two Jews were left in Afghanistan, Zablon Simintov and Isaac Levy (born ca. 1920). [...] They lived at separate ends of the dilapidated Kabul synagogue. Both claimed to be in charge of the synagogue, and the owner of its Torah, accusing the other of theft and imposture. They kept denouncing each other to the authorities"

Wonderful story -- if it hadn't already been turned into a play, I'd have been tempted to write it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on July 20, 2011, 07:21:35 AM
While doing some research...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob%C3%B3n

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The town originated the slang phrase 'lob-on' due to the high propensity of its residents getting partial erections.

It's been there since February. Someone even corrected the spelling. If it goes after my posting this, I will lose all faith in CaB.

Also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sworn_virgin

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National Geographic's Taboo estimated that there are fewer than 102 sworn virgins in the world. [1]

No shit.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on July 20, 2011, 07:53:31 AM
While doing some research...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob%C3%B3n

It's been there since February. Someone even corrected the spelling. If it goes after my posting this, I will lose all faith in CaB.

That made me laugh heartily!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on July 27, 2011, 01:13:29 PM
Found a very weird bit of peurile vandalism on the Czech language page: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_language)

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Czech is also one of the 23 official jizzes in the European Union (since May 2004).

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The name "čeština", Czech, is derived from a Slavic tribe of jizzers ("Čech", pl. "Češi" or "Čechové" (archaic)) that inhabited Central Bohemia and united neighbouring Slavic tribes under the reign of the Premyslid dynasty ("Přemyslovci").

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The phonology of Czech may seem unattractive to English speakers as some words do not have vowels: jizz (frozen solid), ztvrdl (hardened), scvrkl (shrunk), čtvrthrst (quarter-handful), blb (dimwit), vlk (wolf), or smrt (death).
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on July 28, 2011, 12:06:26 PM
More puerile vandalism:

Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policy_debate
Policy debate is a form of research-based speech competition in which teams of two retards with tourettes advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on August 01, 2011, 08:34:55 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Pittsburgh_police_shootings

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After he returned home, he adopted two pit bull mixes from a local animal shelter, one of which would later urinate on his mother's carpet, triggering the April 4 shootings.[8]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: The Duck Man on August 11, 2011, 05:45:07 PM
Rather endearing illustration from the article for the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridgeshire_Guided_Busway):

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/Guided-busway.svg/200px-Guided-busway.svg.png)

WikiBus!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: BobbyTreetops on August 12, 2011, 03:48:33 PM
Chaged it to Islam, wonder how long that will last...

Done..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Bushell
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Retinend on August 17, 2011, 09:29:47 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amateur_music_making.jpg

"Amateurs play the Schulhoff string sextet at the Raphael Trio Workshop in Vermont" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_music#Toward_the_20th_century)

Sounds pretty impressive for a bunch of spirits. Normally in films and stuff they can't even pick things up.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 18, 2011, 03:02:22 AM
I usually can't stand British Teeth jokes, but for some reason, the fact that the very top of the London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London) article now has

Quote
they should have stole dental suppies

crudely inserted into it, tickled me somehow.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Schlippy on August 18, 2011, 11:16:59 PM
It never ceases to amuse me that celebrity racist Jim Davidson's wiki page is still listing Manimal as one of his TV credits. Been there for years, now.

Although, sadly, it seems CSI: Miami has since been removed. Perhaps it's only a matter of time...
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: The Duck Man on August 29, 2011, 10:56:59 PM
I love the section headings of Jason Donovan's page so much, I might not even read the article,[nb]I really shouldn't be anyway.[/nb] as it'll only spoil it by removing the stark singularity of it all with bloody detail and nuance.

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1.1 Neighbours
1.2 1988–1991: Singing sensation
1.3 1991–1993: Joseph and "The Face"
1.4 1995–1999: Drugs
1.5 2000–2005: Fatherhood
1.6 2005: Virgin Mobile viral marketing
1.7 2006: I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
1.8 2007–2009: Return to soap operas and singing
1.9 2010 – Onwards: TV Work, 80s Album & War Of The Worlds

Particularly love the five years he was solely on drugs, and the six he spent just as a father. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO 1994?!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: lazyhour on August 30, 2011, 03:04:08 PM
On Salvador Dali's page:

"The entertainer Cher and her husband Sonny Bono, when young, came to a party at Dalí's expensive residence in New York's Plaza Hotel and were startled when Cher sat down on an oddly shaped sexual vibrator left in an easy chair. When signing autographs for fans, Dalí would always keep their pens."

I like how there's no pause before launching into the pens anecdote.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Old Nehamkin on September 07, 2011, 04:01:04 PM
The last line from Pat Shortt's page made me laugh:

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He also played the part of crazy man Tom in Father Ted. His character had a uni-brow and wore an "I shot JR" shirt.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on September 07, 2011, 04:01:31 PM
Why? It's completely accurate.
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on September 07, 2011, 04:03:16 PM
Just amusingly specific
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on September 07, 2011, 04:04:10 PM
It is quite matter-of-fact. Still, nowhere near as funny as that needlessly detailed trivia section of the Flight Into Terror episode of Father Ted.
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on September 07, 2011, 04:13:02 PM
Ah, I remember that! Just visited the page and sadly that section's been cut down to a single airplane inaccuracy fact. It does feature  one of the most detailed plot sypnoses of a sitcom episode ever, though:

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Ted asks Dougal to hand him the dispenser he bought back at the airport (although Dougal initially hands him the "joke telephone" dog toy and Ted waves it about smugly before realising his mistake).

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Jack is shown to have landed in a tree: the trolley load of drink is hanging just out of Jack's reach and he is heard shouting: "Drink! Feck! Arse!" as he is revealed to be dangling from a tree desperately trying to reach the alcohol, but ended up breaking down in tears, since the trolley was beyond his reach.



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Post by: samadriel on September 14, 2011, 01:50:02 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabid_Grannies

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The Troma DVD removes a lot of the jizz from the feature film. These scenes are available to be seen in the bonus features.[4]

Wait, what?
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Post by: Cohaagen on September 14, 2011, 03:25:05 PM
Wikipedia's greatest contributor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:8"Jobby (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:8"Jobby)
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Post by: jutl on September 23, 2011, 12:22:18 PM
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In 2006, Lyonne was in the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court after missing several court dates to face earlier charges of mischief, trespass and harassment after she entered a female neighbor’s Gramercy Park apartment and allegedly threatened to sexually molest the neighbor's dog.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Lyonne
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Post by: Cohaagen on September 30, 2011, 04:13:34 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobbie_Nooner

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Auto workers who called themselves “jobbies” would pick a Friday and take off work at noon to party at Gull Island (Lake St. Clair, Michigan) for the day[2].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherwood_Anderson

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Partly as a result of these misfortunes, young Sherwood found various odd jobs to help his family, which earned him the nickname "Jobby."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_brown_job

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Little brown jobbie or LBJ is an informal name commonly used by birders for any of the large number of species of small brown passerine birds, many of which are notoriously difficult to distinguish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_(actress)

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Annie Jobbie, popularly known as Annie ( ആനി ) is an Indian film actress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Keane

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^ White, Peter (24 June 1999). "Football: Wolves will sell Jobbie". The Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 31 July 2008.






JOBBIES
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Post by: doppelkorn on September 30, 2011, 07:29:18 AM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Lyonne

That's pretty sad if true. She was good in American Pie.
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 30, 2011, 09:05:04 AM
She had a pretty rough time of it, apparently (or, she just did loads of drink and drugs and messed up her life / career). Looks like she's back for the new American Pie, and I bet her and Jason Biggs are both praying that it does well.
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Post by: doppelkorn on September 30, 2011, 09:08:30 AM
Do you reckon they now do the "college circuit" (or whatever the US version of the student union circuit is)?
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 30, 2011, 09:18:52 AM
I wonder if that's a thing over there. If so, then yes. She seems to still be working, though, and I always quite liked her in those films.
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Post by: ThickAndCreamy on October 02, 2011, 12:44:26 AM
From Grimsby in the Media (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimsby#Media);

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- Grimsby was featured in the Open University documentary Coast, which despite the food heritage of historic significance, chose to show only a 'fish-finger' production line.
- A rash of lottery winners in the late 1990s saw the town being officially designated "Winsby" by the Grimsby Evening Telegraph but despite popular support this new name never really caught on.
- In January 2001, Nicholas Griffin, the owner of the Little Amsterdam sex shop on Freeman Street was fined £5,800 at York Magistrates Court for four offences under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 because angry customers had complained to Trading Standards officers in York that some of the films he sold were not pornographic enough.
Things are always happening in Grimsby.
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Post by: phantom_power on October 05, 2011, 11:33:32 AM
From Natasha Leggero's entry:

"She now resides under an old railway bridge in detroit, locals say she can be heard cackling at the moon whenever an idiot is born. A strange bearded figure known only as "Dunk" periodically drops scraps of mdma and wisdom via a bucket and pulley system to her waiting maw."

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Post by: The Masked Unit on October 14, 2011, 01:57:30 PM
Terry Waite:

- For a while in the 1980s, Waite was known for his catchphrase, Hello, I'm Terry Waite.

- The term Terry is synonymous with the method of cutting a straight line into the back of someone’s hair on the nape of the neck. This is due to the rhyming slang Terry Waite - Straight.


- Waite had a curry named after him, the Terry Waite Special, which was allegedly what he ordered on his release from captivity from a restaurant in Blackheath (SE London). It consisted of a bed of curried beef, curried eggs, a whole curried chicken, and rice with cheese melted over the top, accompanied by two nan breads.

The last one in particular sounds made up.

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Post by: CaledonianGonzo on October 14, 2011, 02:03:00 PM
I realise I'm late in seeing it, but Cohaagen's post a few up is the funniest thing I've read all day [/childishscottishperson]
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 14, 2011, 02:03:30 PM
I see you've been researching the subjects of your fake TV shows. You loon. Anyway:

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Pavel is a keen golfer and recently won a Peugeot 306 at Alton Towers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavel_Srn%C3%AD%C4%8Dek

It's the fact that Alton Towers sin't hyperlinked that gets me. It seems very parochial compared to Wikipedia's general tone.
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Post by: Cohaagen on October 20, 2011, 06:38:01 AM
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA who writes this shit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Leatham

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(...)also known as "TGO" (a nickname coined by his good friend Brian Enos, it stands for "The Great One"(...)

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From the time he could walk, he always carried a stick with him wherever he went. His mother believes it was his weapon of choice before the introduction to guns.

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On Leatham's twelfth birthday, he received his first gun. His family surprised him with a new Smith & Wesson Model 34 revolver

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At the time, the computer room was a room full of mainframes that had less computing power than the average PC today. Leatham loved the job, especially when things went wrong, as he loved the challenge and pressure of being under the gun.
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Post by: Lookalike Mark Chapman on October 26, 2011, 10:46:24 AM
The actor David Thewlis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thewlis):

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In 2001, he began a relationship with actress Anna Friel, whom he met on a flight to Cannes.

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However the pair ended their relationship in late 2010.

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He also is often mistaken for fellow actor Rhys Ifans: "Twice a week, people come up to me and say, 'You were great in Notting Hill'. The public seem to think we are the same person."

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Friel's new partner is Rhys Ifans as of February 2011.
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Post by: Cohaagen on November 02, 2011, 12:56:43 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soulja_Boy

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On December 9, 2008, Charles Hamilton commented in a interview by saying that Way was making it harder for new artists to be signed.[65] Way responded by saying "X out the Sonic and fuck with Mario, you might want to got damn eat a mushroom."[66][further explanation needed]

Yeah, good idea.
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Post by: thecuriousorange on November 03, 2011, 01:29:02 AM
Speed 2: Cruise Control

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De Bont had an idea for the sequel based on a recurring nightmare he experienced about a cruise ship crashing into an island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_2:_Cruise_Control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_2:_Cruise_Control)
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Post by: Blue Jam on November 06, 2011, 12:20:12 AM
Recently I was trying to remember the name of the zone which replaced The Industrial Zone in The Crystal Maze was. This page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystal_Maze) told me it was in fact The Ocean Zone, but it also told me a whole lot more. Someone really bloody liked the show.
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Post by: Cohaagen on November 08, 2011, 06:43:29 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trancers_6

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Reception

Reception for the film has been overall negative, mainly due to the lack of Tim Thomerson.

Also...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalstorm:_The_Destruction_of_Jared-Syn

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Critics have pointed out that the title, "...the Destruction of Jared-Syn", makes little sense since the villain is never destroyed and actually gets away in the end.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on November 08, 2011, 09:27:44 PM
Disastrous theme park, equally hilarious and bleak: Action Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Park)

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In the mid-1980s GAR built an enclosed water slide, not unusual for that time, and indeed the park already had several. But for this one they decided to build, at the end, a complete vertical loop of the kind more commonly associated with roller coasters. Employees have reported they were offered hundred-dollar bills to test it. Tom Fergus, "one of the idiots", said "$100 did not buy enough booze to drown out that memory."

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The sleds themselves were a large factor in the injuries. A stick that was supposed to control speed led, in practice, to just two options on the infrequently maintained vehicles: extremely slow, and a speed described by one former employee as "death awaits."
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Post by: Cohaagen on November 09, 2011, 07:38:38 AM
The history page for

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_End

is essential reading for the utterly relentless vandalism, which ranges from the amusingly vulgar:

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The classic soft cheese "Smegma" is famously produced here.

...to the witlessly bizarre:

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It also means the head of the penis and was used by Paul Revre to warn the British that hey, you're not going to succeed in taking our gun. USA! USA!
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Post by: samadriel on November 11, 2011, 03:47:32 PM
(Courtesy of the 'heaviest albums' Oscillations thread)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpse_paint

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The earliest rock groups to decorate themselves with makeup similar to corpse paint included Arthur Brown in the 1960s, Alice Cooper, Secos & Molhados and KISS in the 1970s, and, later that decade, punk rockers like The Misfits and singer David Vanian of The Damned. The look was also to achieve what most bands call "Utter Brutality", it was also unintentionally popularized in 1977 through a series of McDonald's print advertisement campaigns featuring black-and-white photographs of company mascot Ronald McDonald. In the ads, Ronald's face paint looked very similar to corpse paint, causing fans of bands like KISS to collect and even steal copies of magazines with the ads.[citation needed]
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Post by: Dead kate moss on November 11, 2011, 05:53:46 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_McGiffin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_McGiffin)
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Personal life

McGiffin is a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[5] For several years, she has returned to Maidstone to join members of her family and take part in Race for Life to raise money for the charity Cancer Research UK, she does this in memory of her mother.[6]

She resides in Hampstead, North London.[citation needed] She was married to TV presenter Chris Evans, from 1991-1998. She has been engaged to Mark Cassidy since 2008.[citation needed]

McGiffin is also a big fan of 'farting'
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Post by: Petey Pate on November 13, 2011, 11:40:40 PM
Somebody went to the trouble of making a family tree for the characters in Fireman Sam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireman_Sam#Price_Family
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Post by: The Duck Man on November 18, 2011, 08:57:03 PM
Paterson Joseph's Wikipedia photo epitomises the project's user-contributed ethos:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Paterson_Joseph_crop2.jpg)
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Post by: Shameless Custard on November 18, 2011, 09:13:22 PM
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It is not unusual for builder to put over 100 spoons of sugar in each cup of tea.

OK, that caught me off guard. A genuine belly laugh.

Ha, me too.

Them bleedin' builders eh?
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Post by: Pedro_Bear on November 22, 2011, 08:48:43 PM
(http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo310/advice_dog/yay5000uselessimages/1321893301355.png)
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Post by: Jemble Fred on November 23, 2011, 10:19:32 PM
I was just learning about the interesting Mars dynasty and the creation of M&M's...

(http://badgebadge.co.uk/img/b/m/96.png)

And I found it irresistible to read the Personal section of the page on the current company boss, Forrest Mars, Jr, in the voice of a despairing Mother:

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Family

Mars married Virginia Cretella, born 1929/1930 (age 81–82).[12] They have four children: Victoria Mars,[4] Valerie Anne Mars,[5] Pamela Diane Mars born 1960/1961 (age 50–51),[6] and Marijke Elizabeth Mars born 1964/1965 (age 46–47).[7]
He divorced Virginia in 1990 to marry Deborah Adair Clarke.[3] He divorced Deborah Adair Clarke.[13]
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on November 29, 2011, 11:59:45 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossad#Iraq

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Operation Bramble Bush II – In the 1990s, the Mossad began scouting locations in Iraq where Saddam Hussein could be ambushed by Sayeret Matkal commandos inserted into Iraq from Jordan. The mission was called off due to Operation Desert Fox and the ongoing Israeli-Arab peace process.

Stole sand from Iraq in 2011 for bad things.
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 01, 2011, 07:37:37 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afuganisu-tan

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There is criticism that using the style of "moe" trivializes the situation. In particular, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were depicted as "an incident where a cat called Al-Qaeda bit America"
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 01, 2011, 04:09:18 PM
Michael Gove is Pob. (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/jend80/michaelgrovepobwiki301111.jpg)
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/jend80/michaelgovepbpspeaks.jpg)
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Post by: momatt on December 01, 2011, 04:21:57 PM
I love that!  Good old Pob.  So that's what he's been doing all this time.  :D
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Post by: NoSleep on December 01, 2011, 04:23:54 PM
Working at a Windolene factory?
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 01, 2011, 04:43:35 PM
I bloody loved pob and his mate e'y.
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 02, 2011, 07:44:02 AM
Someone[nb]almost certainly a 15yr old American psychopath[/nb] has done a terrifyingly deadpan, irony-free, blow-for-blow write-up of every Deadliest Warrior match so far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Deadliest_Warrior_episodes

Quote from: Apache vs Gladiator
The Apache gets up, licks the blood off his knife, lets out a battle cry, and runs away.

Quote from: Pirate vs Knight
He shoves the pistol at the Knight's face, smiles, and fires at point blank range, killing him instantly. The Pirate gets up and roars in victory.

Quote from: Yakuza vs Mafia
The Mafia boss throws away his ice pick and pulls out a cigar. He lights it and begins to smoke it in celebration before walking away.

Quote from: Spetznaz vs Green Beret
The Spetsnaz leader gets up and watches the Green Beret leader weakly fidget before laying motionless. He yells "Ya Spetsnaz!" (I am Spetsnaz) and quips "No one will ever defeat us" in Russian to the dead Green Beret before leaving the room.

Quote from: Shaolin Monk vs Maori Warrior
The monk then grabs both of his emei piercers and stabs him in both the neck and temple. He pulls out his piercers and watches the Māori fall to the ground. The monk bows his head in respect for the dead Māori warrior.

Quote from: William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu
[...]Shaka then jumps at Wallace, effectively impaling himself on the sword. Wallace pulls out his sword and throws Shaka's dead body aside before giving a loud victory cry.

Quote from: IRA vs Taliban
The IRA leader runs to a safe spot, then presses a button on the remote. The bomb begins beeping, then explodes and kills the last Taliban member. The IRA leader raises his fist and yells "Éire!" (Ireland) in victory.

Quote from: This is an actual TV show, no bullshit
After Pol Pot drops out of view, Saddam raises his gun in the air and shouts "Allāhu Akbar!" (God is great) in victory.

You get the picture. Truly psychotic dedication to what is without question the worst TV show ever made.

Incidentally, this exercise in transcribed sadism and insanity clocks in at an astonishing c.40,000 words. For comparison, that is more than the entirety of Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, and approximately eight times longer than the Wiki article for Benjamin Disraeli.
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Post by: momatt on December 02, 2011, 12:56:23 PM
You get the picture. Truly psychotic dedication to what is without question the worst TV show ever made.
Incidentally, this exercise in transcribed sadism and insanity clocks in at an astonishing c.40,000 words. For comparison, that is more than the entirety of Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, and approximately eight times longer than the Wiki article for Benjamin Disraeli.

Wow.  That is indeed insane.  I think this program is so stupidly bad and silly that its actually very entertaining.
Never watched a whole one though.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 03, 2011, 03:16:32 AM
I love that!  Good old Pob.  So that's what he's been doing all this time.  :D

Working at a Windolene factory?

genuine real life lols at that.

I bloody loved pob and his mate e'y.
Me too, Pob was brilliant.
*goes Pob hunting*

eta: Pob stuff's expensive :-(

@ £15 for  his video (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0026M2LVQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=codanbod-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0026M2LVQ) & @£20 for his poems (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0416086322/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=codanbod-21
&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0416086322)

(codandbod'd the links so you'll get the cut of any sales)
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 03, 2011, 03:31:50 AM
(/internet connection fuckery)

re Deadliest Warrior
I've only seen that clip via whichever Charlie Brooker show it was - briefly considered torrenting it for the lols/madness.

Is there any entertainment value once you get used to the shitness & whatthefuckery or does it quickly get depressing?
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Post by: Zetetic on December 03, 2011, 03:55:38 AM
Gandhi vs. Mandela (S03E04) is actually quite an uplifting episode
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on December 03, 2011, 06:58:31 PM
Charlie Brooker's wikipedia image is class: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brooker
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 04, 2011, 02:03:44 PM
(/internet connection fuckery)

re Deadliest Warrior
I've only seen that clip via whichever Charlie Brooker show it was - briefly considered torrenting it for the lols/madness.

Is there any entertainment value once you get used to the shitness & whatthefuckery or does it quickly get depressing?

I really wanted to enjoy it in the same way that I can cheese off over, say, Future Weapons or Dog The Bounty Wrestler[nb]In FW, you can at least dig on the explosions while laughing at Mack's smooth porno talk, and with Dog there's the kinetic thrill of brutal takedowns combined with his sappy Christianity, po' trash family, and pompadour mullet.[/nb], but a lot of the time Deadliest Warrior is actually just like an hour of YouTube arguments being acted out. Literally like a room full of obnoxious 14yr old Call of Duty nerds yelling halfwitted shit at each other in CAPS LOCK. The IRA episode is funny as a masterpiece of bad taste, but much of it is just infuriating for anyone who has even a passing knowledge and the slightest respect for history. The third seasons match-ups are often hilarious though.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on December 08, 2011, 12:21:24 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunt_and_the_Gang

WTF
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Post by: NoSleep on December 08, 2011, 11:37:37 AM
boki plays a lot of Kunt & The Gang on his monday night show. What's the surprise?
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 10, 2011, 07:04:13 PM
KATG are huge! "I Have Another Wank and I have Another Cry" is a real chef d'oeuvre.

Anyway don't edit Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Alexander Straub's page without getting your facts right or the man himself will clumsily annotate your work!:

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Alexander Straub is a German born entrepreneur and European venture capitalist at London-based Straub Ventures and Cambridge -based Cambridge Accelerator Partners. He is a native of Darmstadt, Germany.[1] ((wrong as the journalist was not listening. I studied until my Vordiploma in Darmstadt and then went to the USA. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he started a DPhil but never completed it, and holds two engineering degrees, one from Darmstadt and one from Cornell. Straub has also conducted research in material science for his diploma thesis as a German Academic Exchange Service student at Stanford University.

Nice one mate. So you're a Rhodes Shcolar and millionaire but can't work out to to edit a Wikipedia article. It's always the way. My millionaire boss claims not to be able to work the printer.

That direct tone in the edit is fucking typical of Germans. In my work I have Germans edit documents all the time and they tear things apart with matter-of-fact changes. They come back looking like they've literally been slashed due to all the red tracked changes. Often the email will say something like:

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Dear doppelkorn,

Attached is the corrected document.

Regards,

German client

Oh, now you've made your subjective changes the document is now "correct" is it? Fuck sake.
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Post by: I accept the terms of the on December 17, 2011, 04:19:49 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright's_Coal_Tar_Soap

The length and detail of the article is amusing (and admirable) in itself, but I the bit that made me laugh out loud was the bold "in Turkey" near the bottom.

Turkey, indeed!
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Post by: the midnight watch baboon on December 17, 2011, 04:22:29 PM
A couple of months back I read there that tenacious Spurs midfielder Scott Parker missed the 2010 World Cup finals due to shaving rash
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Post by: I accept the terms of the on December 21, 2011, 12:19:17 AM
This exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism_in_Rugrats
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Post by: Retinend on December 21, 2011, 12:26:29 AM
This exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism_in_Rugrats

To be honest, it was a recurring theme in the show. Probably the writers writing for their kids.

This was pretty amusing, though:


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However, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized the design of Grandpa Boris and charged it with being anti-Semitic.[18] The controversy erupted when a 1998 Rugrats comic strip was published, featuring Boris in a Synagogue reciting the Mourner's Kaddish.[30] The ADL issued a statement saying that the design resembled Nazi-era depictions of Jews and the fact that the character was reciting the sacred prayer perverted its solemnity.[31] The Washington Post, the newspaper who published the strip, issued a similar statement in their Editor's Note section, criticizing Nickelodeon for not showing better judgment in editing the strip.[32]


Though former Nickelodeon President, Albie Hecht (a Jew himself), was dumbfounded by the accusation and deemed it absurd,[18] Herb Scannell, President of the company in 1998, responded to the complaints and apologized to ADL.[31] Scannell issued a statement promising that neither the strip nor the character would ever been published again.[33] In the statement, he also noted, "Unfortunately, the creators of the strip made an error in judgment by referencing the Kaddish. I agree with you that, however well-meaning, the use of the Kaddish in the comic strip was inappropriate."[31] Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, responded via a press release in which they thanked Scannell for his speedy response and commended the company in general for understanding the issue at hand; Foxman concluded by saying, "We appreciate Nickelodeon’s long record of creative and quality programming and understand that it was not their intention to offend."[31]

if only for its utter pointlessness (made noteworthy purely by the fact the ADL was the one accusing)
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Post by: Big Jack McBastard on December 21, 2011, 03:22:56 AM
Disastrous theme park, equally hilarious and bleak: Action Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Park)

Hah the whole writeup is great, every ride has some novel way of injuring/killing the patrons, sounds like Jackass Park meets Itchy & Scratchy Land for the general public, I bet they bloody loved it until it had a limb off them.

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As with the Super Speedboats mentioned below, the bumper boats pond was infested with snakes, and the boats themselves were notoriously difficult to maneuver

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One worker told a local newspaper that "there were too many bloody noses and back injuries" from riders, and it was widely rumored, and reported in Weird NJ, that some of the test dummies sent down before it was opened had been dismembered.

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The speed at which riders met the end resulted in many getting wedgies and enemas from the experience.

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Former employee Tom Fergus says the bottom of the pool was eventually painted white to make it easier to spot any bodies on the bottom.

We all would have went if we could even if it was just to watch.
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Post by: Don_Preston on December 28, 2011, 08:48:03 PM
Although currently missing, appearing to cause somewhat of an argument by contributors, Dustin Gee had a section entitled "Skirting Board Incident" which may be my favourite bit of Wikipedia information:

"On Thursday 17th March 1983 Dustin Gee purchased four packs of 6 foot skirting board from Wickes Building Supplies on Stirling Road, York. Gee was helping a friend with a DIY project at his home on Hall Rise in the nearby village of Haxby. Gee inexpertly lashed the packs of skirting board onto the roof of his brand new Austin Maestro. Gee drove down the A1237 towards his friend's house. However, as he turned left at the roundabout onto Haxby Road, the packs of skirting boards slid loose and caused two other vehicles to collide. Local Magistrates subsequently fined Gee and endorsed his driving licence with penalty points. Gee spoke to the local press about the incident and said, “I’m not a very practical sort of person. Today, I learnt a lesson. Tomorrow I'll learn how to tie a proper knot.”."
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Post by: Dead kate moss on December 28, 2011, 09:18:26 PM
Just wanted to add that I love the Action Park one very much.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 01, 2012, 06:20:46 PM
Never mind the Scopophobia one, there's all these too:

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/jimmy_wales
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 02, 2012, 02:19:42 AM
Never mind the Scopophobia one, there's all these too:

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/jimmy_wales

fuck me - thanks to reading the comments (& following a link)
I've just discovered Dwarf Tossing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_tossing) is(was?) actually real & not something made up by the Glam Metal Detectives comic as an excuse/justification for a 'tossing him self off' joke.

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Dwarf tossing is a bar attraction in which dwarfs wearing special padded clothing or Velcro costumes are thrown onto mattresses or at Velcro-coated walls.[1] Participants compete to throw the dwarf the farthest. The term "Smeagle throwing" is sometimes used.

does finding the idea of Smeagal throwing + "Nobody tosses a dwarf!" in LOTR stupidly funny make me a very bad person (or Rickey Gervais)?
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Post by: NurseNugent on January 02, 2012, 08:12:25 PM
Ok, so admittedly the story of Julia Pastrana is very sad and rather gruesome, but the way this is worded just amuses me. Obviously the full story is a lot more complex.

Lent did not abandon the tour; he contacted Professor Sukolov of Moscow University, had his wife and son mummified and displayed them in a glass cabinet. He later found another woman with similar features, married her and named her Zenora Pastrana. He was eventually committed to a mental institution.

It's the fact that is comes after the bit about him marrying another hirsuit woman, having your wife and child mummified and displayed isn't enough to get you sent to an insane asylum, but marry a hairy woman (not once but twice) and off you go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Pastrana
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Post by: boki on January 04, 2012, 07:38:44 PM
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hairy_Bikers

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Biographies

Both Myers and King have a background in TV and film production. Myers is a professional make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics, while King has served as locations manager on numerous productions including the Harry Potter movies and Byker Grove. Both have a tattoo of Che Guevara on their right arm. Simon King is also an avid supporter of Newcastle United. On a trip to Vietnam, Myers and King ate "goat penis hot pot".[1]

It's not that the goat penis thing is mentioned (with the requisite citation), but that it was placed in the biog section.
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Post by: Don_Preston on January 04, 2012, 10:08:28 PM
Not a case of vandalism, but just a case of cross-cultural immaturity from me. For for the Japanese Noh Theatre article, I'm sure someone must have been having a bit of a laugh when choosing to write:

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A play may end with the shite character leaving the stage as part of the story – rather than the play ending with all characters on stage – in which case one claps as the character exits.

It tickled me anyway.
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Post by: phes on January 10, 2012, 11:11:27 AM
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An only child, he had a smokin' bod, Stevenson found it hard to fit in to girls even at age six, a problem repeated at age eleven when he went on to the Pornstar Acadamey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson
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Post by: momatt on January 10, 2012, 02:47:44 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson


Giggling so hard!
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 11, 2012, 03:29:14 PM
Wow, and it was automatically reverted back to sensible-land by a bot!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Robert_Louis_Stevenson&action=historysubmit&diff=470461979&oldid=470461961

They're getting clever these days, ain't they?  Mind you, the word "homosexuals" probably gave it a clue (pun intended) and "Pornstar" even more so.
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on January 12, 2012, 04:09:29 PM
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Sunday_Special_Campaign
There were many rules at the time, such as being able to buy a pornographic magazine but not a Bible or birthday card. Strict observance of the sabbath was declining, and other newer religions celebrated a different sabbath day or none.

Nope, no bias there.
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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 13, 2012, 04:17:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=469707478#Main_members.5B4.5D
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Post by: Don_Preston on January 15, 2012, 05:20:01 PM
That So Solid Crew had me crying.

I'd like to point you to the Additional  Information section for Bullseye:


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The character 'Bully' was ambidextrous. In the opening credits of the show he was shown to throw his darts with his right hand, however prior to the advert break midway through the show he can be seen to write "End of part one" using his left hand.

Jim Bowen once described Bullseye as "the second-best darts-based game show on television". There are no others.
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Post by: mycroft on January 16, 2012, 06:31:00 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=469707478#Main_members.5B4.5D

Heh. That reminded me that I made an addition to the performers on the TV series The Comedians ages ago. Pleased to see it's still there...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comedians_(TV_series)
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Post by: momatt on January 17, 2012, 10:47:30 AM
That So Solid Crew had me crying.

Me too, incredible stuff!  The thing is, they have such stupid names anyway, it's difficult to spot the silly ones.
I can't recall Klaus Nomi, MC Pig Dog AKA bumchum, Donna Kebab or Duncan Doughnuts rhyming with So Solid though.
Fantastic.

Couldn't spot any silly names in The Comedians entry.  I just added a couple to make sure though.
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 17, 2012, 01:10:24 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=469707478#Main_members.5B4.5D
I got as far as "Albert Tatlock" before I let off a big laugh at work. That was marvellous.
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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 17, 2012, 02:56:50 PM
Heh. That reminded me that I made an addition to the performers on the TV series The Comedians ages ago. Pleased to see it's still there...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comedians_(TV_series)

You should have waited until it wasn't current.  Some joyless twerp has gone and edited it within hours of you making your post (probably someone who's a CaB member).  That's happened to me too.  A shame as I've seen some good ones but had to keep my mouth shut so the same won't happen.
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Post by: doppelkorn on January 18, 2012, 11:24:09 AM
wtf all the links r brokn onthis thread pmsl
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Post by: Ian Benson on January 20, 2012, 03:34:10 AM
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On Sunday 3 July 2011 Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to reprise his role 'for one night only' with the improvisational troupe (The Comedy Store Players). The definitive UK comedy website Chortle were full of glowing praise for Myers, claiming "Myers himself excelled, (and was) strikingly adept and quick-witted, when his laughs came they were the biggest squeals of the night...this was no chore for Myers- being funny comes naturally to him- he could’ve spent the whole two hours farting the Canadian national anthem and the audience would’ve still lapped it up."
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Post by: momatt on January 20, 2012, 12:39:02 PM
The So Solid entry gets better all the time.  Spot the cheeky edits:

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Compilation, Mixtape, Remix2000 MC Harvey And DJ Swiss of So Solid Crew Present UK Garage Mafia
2001 Fuck It
2002 Fuck It 2 (In the Ear)
2006 The Time Is Now
2006 Roll Deep Presents Grimey Vol. 1
2009 Tea, Crumpets and Big Gunz
2011 So Solid Lost Tapes (Garage) Vol. 1
2011 So Solid Lost Tapes (RNB) Vol. 2

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They released an album entitled Execute and the singles "Only Wanna Know U Cos Ure Famous / Dem Girlz", "Up Middle Finger" and "Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)" (which samples the theme music from the BBC sitcom series The Good Life).
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 21, 2012, 12:33:08 AM
^ read the list earlier but real life lols/sniggering at tea,crumpets... and The Good Life.

from the Doctor Who Spoofs bit on Abducted by the Daleks  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_spoofs#Abducted_by_the_Daloids.2FAbducted_by_the_Daleks_.282005.29)
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Full frontal nudity, amazingly bad acting, and awful special effects but no actual sex follow. However the Daleks are very authentic looking with even the right kind of voice
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Post by: Cohaagen on January 21, 2012, 12:51:23 AM
(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/the_beaked_matrix/worsethanmacandme.jpg)
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Post by: Cohaagen on January 21, 2012, 02:30:35 AM
I didn't write this intro for actor Ed O'Ross, but I wish I had.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_O'Ross

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Ed O'Ross (born July 4, 1946)[1] is an American actor perhaps best known for playing the giggling spectacled gangster Itchy in Dick Tracy, ruthless Georgian mobster Viktor Rostavili in Red Heat, and tough-then-alien-possessed police detective Cliff Willis in The Hidden. This legendary actor was nominated as the head member of the "Underrated Actors That Deserve More" club. Due to the greatness of his "Do you Smoke?" scene with Mitchell Ryan and Gary Busey in Lethal Weapon, O'Ross established himself as a force in Hollywood.
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Post by: Kazuo Kiriyama on January 22, 2012, 02:37:25 PM
Some amusing vandalism from the entry for Paul Daniels' son, Martin:

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In 2007, Daniels hosted the television quiz show, Rudeo on UK channel, Bravo. Based on the popular board game/quiz show, Cluedo, Daniels presided over affairs as a celebrity cast acted out the saucy goings on at Uppingham Manor. Contestatnts had to work out who committed the murder, with the aide of visual clues and the interrogation of the suspects. Characters included Colonel Musthard (Erkan Mustafa), Mrs Fluffcock (Diane Holland), Professor Plums (Stanley Lebor), Ms Harlott (Jo O'Meara), Mrs Tight (Katy Hill)) and Rvd. Fiddler McFilth, (Peter Bowles). TV Quick described the show as "Lewd and crude, veering towards disgusting and degrading. This show really scarpes the depths of tv despair....and who wants to see Peter Bowles undressing Katy Hill for goodness sake!". Only one series was aired, before producers pulled the plug. None of the celebrities involve care to talk about their involvement in the show.

Daniels currently (2009-2011) works regularly as an entertainer on P&O cruises ships. He has a wife and two children.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 24, 2012, 04:36:32 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Talbot

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The Transport Scientist, Luke Turner, comes from Port Talbot. He is credited with inventing the world's first time machine. The Welsh Wonder WONHUNDRED. He sold it to NASA for an undisclosed amount.

???

It's not even funny.

Added 15th December (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Port_Talbot&oldid=466021251) by some wag in the Oxford area (client-86-9-237-12.oxfd-bam-1.adsl.virginmedia.com [86.9.237.12]).
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 29, 2012, 11:12:52 PM
juvenile vandalism to the Magna Carta
"The magna carta bites. Masturbate furiously. Saggin' Cunta. Just sayin'. Just Saggin. M/F2012the*apocumlypse"
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Post by: Dead kate moss on January 30, 2012, 04:04:02 PM
From Jimmy Hill's wiki (while researching 'itchy chin')
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Hill's large chin was referenced by popular British schoolboy slang in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s [nb]does this mean it's falling out of usage?[/nb], with the phrases "Jimmy Hill!", "Itch my chin!" and "Chinny reckon!", accompanied by the exaggerated stroking of an imaginary lengthened chin, being used to convey the expression of mocking disbelief.
also
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Jimmy Hill has been immortalised in the Scottish football chant "We hate Jimmy Hill, he's a poof, he's a poof".
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Post by: small_world on January 30, 2012, 07:55:25 PM
Ha, there it is again. Chinny reckon. - Someone said my song editting radio fame was a "Chinny reckon".
Is that some weird southern thing? Never heard it up here.
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Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on January 30, 2012, 08:58:04 PM
Ha, there it is again. Chinny reckon. - Someone said my song editting radio fame was a "Chinny reckon".
Is that some weird southern thing? Never heard it up here.

Not quite - I can vouch for the exclamations 'chinny' and 'chinny ma beardie' being used by my pre-pubescent school chums in my home town just outside Glasgow circa 1990..along with the strange chin-stroking gesture.

'chinny reckon' is a new one on me though....
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Post by: Dead kate moss on January 30, 2012, 09:19:29 PM
'Chinny reckon' was quite the popular variant at my school, with the emphasis on the 'on' of Reck-ON.

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Post by: Pseudopath on January 30, 2012, 09:29:41 PM
'Chinny reckon' was quite the popular variant at my school, with the emphasis on the 'on' of Reck-ON.

Yep...that's how we said it round my way (North Oxfordshire). Also: Chinny Mandela, Itchy Beard and Tutankha-mooooooooon!.

(http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/41612_119662631417645_5791_n.jpg)
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Post by: small_world on January 30, 2012, 10:18:52 PM
Ah yeah.
Chinny chinny chinny rings a bell. With accompanied non-existant beard stroking.
Although, I don't remember what the fuck it meant. It's usage as some kind of put down, inferring that the intended victim of the chin rubbing is a liar isn't really familiar. 
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Post by: gmoney on January 31, 2012, 01:24:57 AM
At school in Sutton it was "Billy Billy chin chin" for some reason. What is the connection between having a large jaw and/or facial hair and detecting bullshit?
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Post by: Dead kate moss on January 31, 2012, 01:46:25 AM
My understanding (while thinking it was just our school that invented it, like many probably did) is that if someone told you something dubious, you would need to ponder or considerate [nb]shout to CBB's Romeo there[/nb], much like a wise old bearded philosopher, or anyone might while having a good hmmm? think. From thence, anything chin-related became drawn in. Mostly Jimmy Hill of course. The Poof.
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Post by: Big Jack McBastard on January 31, 2012, 01:58:58 AM
Yep, north east here and in my youth a 'chinny reckon' would be deployed against anyone espousing an unlikely or outlandish claim or claiming authority/certainty about something for which they had no immediately apparent back-up. Claiming to have a Megadrive 3 from America that your uncle brought back/a copy of Basketball Heads would be prime examples of something requiring a chinny reckoning from the recently informed party.

It was also a proto-troll of sorts designed to infuriate anyone who actually was telling the truth about something but which they could not prove without considerable effort given that we'd be in school at the time.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on January 31, 2012, 08:48:29 AM
Chinny reckons abounded in my part of Yorkshire.
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Post by: phantom_power on January 31, 2012, 09:06:55 AM
Our variant was "chin rub" with the emphasis on the latter word.
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Post by: Jemble Fred on January 31, 2012, 09:41:08 AM
It only existed in our school in our generation thanks to The Mary Whitehouse Experience.
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Post by: momatt on January 31, 2012, 10:30:09 AM
At school in Sutton it was "Billy Billy chin chin" for some reason. What is the connection between having a large jaw and/or facial hair and detecting bullshit?

It was "Mmmmmmmmm, BILLY!", whilst stroking your imaginary beard in my part of Nottingham.
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on January 31, 2012, 11:55:36 AM
Clearly the knowledge uncovered by this discussion deserves its own Wikipedia page. To which we can add "amusing" "facts" which connect the subject to anal sex.
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Post by: Old Thrashbarg on February 01, 2012, 02:21:53 PM
A recent post in the football thread inspired a visit to here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Sawyer), which threw up the following:

Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Sawyer
She is married to former Sky Sports News colleague, Sam Matterface and they have a son, Sawyer Dennis Alan Ginola Palacios Paul Edgar Sessegnon Matterface, who was born on 28 October 2010.
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Post by: doppelkorn on February 01, 2012, 03:37:58 PM
A recent post in the football thread inspired a visit to here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Sawyer), which threw up the following:

According to Sam Matterson's page, the kid's called Sawyer Sawyer.
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Post by: doppelkorn on February 07, 2012, 12:36:11 PM
What aspect of Russell Tovey's personal life do you want to know about? His height in metric, accurate to 0.1mm? Check his Wikipedia page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Tovey

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Tovey stands 5 feet 9.75 inches (177.17 cm) tall.
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Post by: All Surrogate on February 07, 2012, 08:53:52 PM
Ah.  Lovely, lovely Russell Tovey.  I could kiss all 177.17cm of him.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 17, 2012, 02:08:01 AM
In my south-west Essex primary school in the early-mid 70s, it was "sussed... sussed RIGHT out... sussed to the BONNNNEEEE!!!!" while doing the aforementioned chin-stroking gesture.  Seemed to appear almost overnight, but not quite sure which kid imported it.  Was more an expression of "you've been caught out in a lie" rather than a simple "we don't believe you", although it was sometimes used for that too.

In late-70s/early-80s secondary school it wasn't used much, if at all.  If it was, I think it might have been just "chinny-chin-chin", the "sussed" word didn't appear.

I suspect, like Jemble, my first exposure to "chinny reckon" was The Mary Whitehouse Experience (by which time I was in my mid-20s), but it seemed familiar immediately.

No Jimmy Hills were ever involved.

But anyway, there you go, chin-stroking associated with the telling of large untruths goes back 40 years or more...
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Post by: Dead kate moss on February 17, 2012, 02:14:26 AM
In my south-west Essex primary school in the early-mid 70s, it was "sussed... sussed RIGHT out... sussed to the BONNNNEEEE!!!!" while doing the aforementioned chin-stroking gesture.  Seemed to appear almost overnight, but not quite sure which kid imported it.  Was more an expression of "you've been caught out in a lie" rather than a simple "we don't believe you", although it was sometimes used for that too.

We has 'sussed' & 'sussed right out!' (for the same reasons, or more like 'you argument/statement has been categorically disproved) as well in Maidstone, though no 'Bonnie!' as well as 'itchy chin/beard/Jimmy Hill'. Circa 1982.
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Post by: Dead kate moss on February 17, 2012, 02:16:31 AM
We also had the 'tear test'. This would be to establish if the loser of an argument was crying about it. More often than not the test was impossible to pass as the tester would poke the person in the eye during the examination.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 17, 2012, 02:28:11 AM
...more like 'you argument/statement has been categorically disproved)

Yes, indeed. :-)


We also had the 'tear test'. This would be to establish if the loser of an argument was crying about it. More often than not the test was impossible to pass as the tester would poke the person in the eye during the examination.

Oh God, had forgotten about that one...yes, we had that too...ouch...
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Post by: biggytitbo on February 25, 2012, 08:26:32 PM
Some amusing additions to Diana Vickers Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Vickers

Diana is the most stunning person in the world its official
Diana and George are the best couple ever this is a fact.
 IS THE BESTEST PERSON ALIVE FACT
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Post by: Blue Jam on February 25, 2012, 11:31:46 PM
Now corrected, but check the list of members:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=473083411 (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=473083411)
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Post by: NoSleep on February 26, 2012, 08:58:30 AM
We've had the list of So Solid members earlier, upthread, but this caught my eye:

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In 2003, So Solid Crew Members Barry Grant and Megaman were by arrested by Metropolitan Police in connection with the fatal shootings of Tupak Shakur, Biggy Smalls and JFK. They were eventually released without charge, as gunpowder residue, found on their bomber jackets, was revealed to have been from an unrelated fireworks incident involving Balotelli's Brother. The duo were later charged with crimes against music, and sentenced to 8 years in anonymity.
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Post by: Dead kate moss on February 26, 2012, 09:39:57 AM
Now corrected, but check the list of members:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=473083411 (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Solid_Crew&oldid=473083411)

I am laughing so much it hurts.
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Post by: Replies From View on February 26, 2012, 11:48:33 AM
"Chinny" and "Chinny reck-ON" definitely did the rounds at my Secondary School in Bath.  I reckon it came from The Mary Whitehouse Experience.  There was certainly something consciously Robert Newman -esque about the way I did it.  With elements of Wilfred Brambell.

Also, somebody on a vintage episode of Grange Hill once said something that I took to be "Jimmy 'ill!" before wandering off laughing.  It would have been an 80s episode, repeated in the 90s when they decided to show them weekly on Sunday mornings.
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Post by: buttgammon on February 26, 2012, 07:35:27 PM
Some amusing additions to Diana Vickers Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Vickers

Diana is the most stunning person in the world its official
Diana and George are the best couple ever this is a fact.
 IS THE BESTEST PERSON ALIVE FACT

That's also a rare case of Wikipedia containing a bona fide verifiable fact.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on March 04, 2012, 12:52:15 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Food_Rockers

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After their attempt at a Christmas single only reached #25, and an album that failed to make the charts, their management company decided to drop the band in March 2004.

After the split, the band members found jobs outside of the music industry, and in 2006, former band member Martin Rycroft was poached from his bar-tending job, to take part in the Channel 4/E4 show, Boys Will Be Girls, where three former male popstars (including Russ Spencer from Scooch) tried to convincingly create a new girl band by former Brother Beyond star, Nathan Moore.

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Post by: doppelkorn on March 04, 2012, 10:46:14 PM
One of the Fast Food Rockers is in the same social circle as a load of my mates in Manchester, they claim. I think she works in a clothes shop.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on March 15, 2012, 11:09:52 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na_Na_Hey_Hey_Kiss_Him_Goodbye#Music_video

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Cover by Bananarama

Music video

The music video features the girls playing in a school playground and then being made to move by a group of lads. They then decide to join a boxing club so the video features them singing the song whilst boxing. By the end of the video they return to the playground wearing leathers and this time make the group of lads move away. They then ride off into the night on motorbikes.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on March 21, 2012, 05:52:08 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Pao_chicken#Westernised_versions

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In 2012, WWE wrestler The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) referred to John Cena  as a Kung Pao bitch. The millions (and millions) around the world rejoiced.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on March 21, 2012, 06:08:30 PM
I much prefer when people hide little subtle gags in an article that could stay there for ages, rather than stuff like hits:

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Lawrence Mark "Larry" Sanger (born July 16, 1968[1]) is an American philosopher, co-founder of Wikipedia, and the founder of Citizendium. He is also a perpetual and possibly irresponsible child molester.[2][3][4] He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.[2]

I mean, it's just going to be removed right away. Although I do like the multiple citations.
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Post by: waynew on April 04, 2012, 07:34:58 PM
Surely this can't be true?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Littlewood

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Dom is currently in hospital, receiving iv antibiotics due to a very severe infection he contracted following being covered in dog faeces on a recent episode of Harry Hill's TV Burp
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Post by: momatt on April 05, 2012, 11:54:30 AM
Surely this can't be true?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Littlewood

Uuurrgh, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Except him.
And Piers Morgan.
And Vernon Kaye.
And Gary Barlow.
And Will I Am.
And David Guetta.
And Michael McIntyre.
etc...
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Post by: Chriddof on April 06, 2012, 12:48:58 AM
That seems to have been removed, but now there's this bit in it:

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Littlewood fights for consumer rights on BBC programme Don't Get Done, Get Dom. The fifth series is currently airing. In the programme he looks at community and consumer problems, as well as passing on tricks of the trade to save money on the High Street.[5] He presented Postcode Lottery, which was shown on BBC One from 5-9 March 2012. On a more serious note; he has; on & off, since 2004, involved himself in harder line investigations of certain "North England" issues, such as Serbia; & Kosovan involvement, in Al Qaeda issues, not that he knew it at the time-he thought that he was fitting up a "Cowboy" jurno-[me]-for "Polly Toynbee" & "The Gaurdian"-not his fault; & as of yet; no harm done; by him-in any case.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 06, 2012, 07:47:18 PM
That reminds me of those blogs written by paranoid people who believe the entire output of some nondescript show is about them. there's one famous example which completely eludes me which would illustrate this well.

Nice post dopp.
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Post by: Dusty Gozongas on April 07, 2012, 09:25:26 AM
No doubt you're referring to this:

http://www.mi5.com/

I see that an opera has been written about Mr Corley:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corley_Conspiracy
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 07, 2012, 10:38:26 AM
I remember his website used to be www.five.org.uk, way back in the day. I wrote him a short but polite and logical email, and got a "well, that's what they want you to think" reply. Shame nothing's really been updated on it in a decade, it was quite fascinating.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 07, 2012, 12:36:27 PM
That's exactly the one! Jesus. It's a lot worse than I remembered. Poor bloke, as he's clearly deranged. There's some unintentionally hilarious stuff on there though, such as:

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Finally, this isn't confined to the established radio stations. In 1990 after I had listened to a pirate radio station in South London for about half an hour, there was an audible phone call in the background, followed by total silence for a few moments, then shrieks of laughter. "So what are we supposed to say now? Deadly torture? He's going to talk to us now, isn't he?", which meant that they could hear what I would say in my room.

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Quite a lot of evidence has been recorded. Although none of it is particularly conclusive

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Faxed articles to, and responses from British organisations including Parliament and UK media. Over 24,259 faxes in all were sent from 1998 to 2000. Their aim was to boot discussion of the persecution into the public domain, and that aim was not accomplished.

Textbook foil hat stuff.
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 07, 2012, 01:02:45 PM
You're absolutely right, doppelkorn, it could be used to educate people about that circular way of thinking that is the stereotype of the tinfoil hat people.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on April 07, 2012, 01:33:28 PM
Amazing stuff... Now I'm paranoid about becoming paranoid.

Shame nothing's really been updated on it in a decade, it was quite fascinating.


It seems some updates are here: http://www.mi5.com/evidence/mc/mc.htm
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 07, 2012, 01:47:55 PM
Amazing stuff... Now I'm paranoid about becoming paranoid.


It seems some updates are here: http://www.mi5.com/evidence/mc/mc.htm
Ah, you're right - I think if I ever formed a band, they would be called the "MI5 Horror Paedophiles".
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Post by: buttgammon on April 07, 2012, 02:27:28 PM
That seems to have been removed, but now there's this bit in it:


Another one that's now gone which, bizarrely, was about Barbara Windsor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barbara_Windsor&diff=prev&oldid=459065083

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*''She helps [[Ross Kemp]] with the issues concerning charity fight matches-{[[Manchester]]}-performed by, scantily clad women; & strap on sally's-in aid of a morale boost for the troops-organized by [[Will Carling]]; & local underworld "Boxing"-[[Freddie Mills]]-types-he gets one warning babbs.''
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Post by: Cohaagen on April 07, 2012, 02:29:27 PM
Amazing stuff... Now I'm paranoid about becoming paranoid.


It seems some updates are here: http://www.mi5.com/evidence/mc/mc.htm

Quote from: Paranoid nutcase
However in spring 2006 when I saw a person who I think was the MI5 agent known as Alan Holsworth at Clapham South tube station. If I may make an observation the word "arse" was tailor made to fit that man.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_L2-gSorAGGQ/TN2VrwCr3bI/AAAAAAAAAKE/GCwOapGCb1w/s1600/Allan_Holdsworth.jpg)

One noodling solo too many.
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Post by: Steve Lampkins on April 07, 2012, 03:28:25 PM
Any tie-breakers in the next Wimblemong should be settled by taking out of context quotes from this guy and TC Raymond, and see who can attribute the correct author.
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Post by: ziggy starbucks on April 07, 2012, 04:07:48 PM
this page (http://www.mi5.com/evidence/#croom) of audio 'evidence' suggests that he struggled with the shame of masturbation and so this became part of his paranoid fantasy.

Its probably a topic for a separate thread but we all probably feel like that to a certain extent about wanking. I know someone[nb]its not me[nb]honest[/nb][/nb] who can get a bit anxious about any noise in the house while 'wrestling with the boa constricter', worries a bit about leaving any 'evidence' around and gets paranoid that people know he's[nb]not me, him[/nb] doing it and are talking about it behind his[nb]note how I'm talking about another person who is definitely not me. A completely separate entity[/nb] back

edit: there's a massive amount of masturbation (http://www.mi5.com/evidence/#britspy) related elements to this man's persecution
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: doppelkorn on April 07, 2012, 04:52:55 PM
Oh god, I've just found out he lives within about 10 minutes of my house.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 12, 2012, 09:33:36 AM
On the Jackdaw page, the subject posing for the photo looks like he's saying to his agent (off camera)

"Has he taken it yet? Good. Can we go now please?"

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b1/Coloeus_monedula_-Ham_Common%2C_London_Borough_of_Richmond_upon_Thames%2C_England-8.jpg/300px-Coloeus_monedula_-Ham_Common%2C_London_Borough_of_Richmond_upon_Thames%2C_England-8.jpg)
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Post by: MojoJojo on April 12, 2012, 11:46:57 AM
He used to always have a classified ad in the back of Private Eye, dunno if he still has.
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 12, 2012, 12:49:20 PM
He used to always have a classified ad in the back of Private Eye, dunno if he still has.
Not been in there for several years, I always look out for it.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 12, 2012, 02:50:22 PM
He used to always have a classified ad in the back of Private Eye, dunno if he still has.

Did he?!

Impatient corvid seeks fast-action bird for hopping, spreading ScurfTM etc.?
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Post by: HAYRDRYAH on April 13, 2012, 04:12:43 PM
Unfortunately no good photos of David Bailey exist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bailey
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on May 02, 2012, 10:51:36 PM
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The Easter Lily is a badge worn at Easter by Irish republicans as symbol of remembrance for Irish republican combatants who died during or were executed after the 1916 Easter Rising.

"Stickies" versus "Pinheads"

At the 1967 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis a motion from the Tippearary Cummain calling for the Easter Lily to be supplied with a self adhesive backing was passed. After the 1969/70 IRA split, which led to the emergence of the Provisional IRA, the Official IRA and Official Sinn Féin kept the Easter Lily with a self-adhesive backing while the Provisional's reverted to the traditional paper and pin Easter Lily. This led to the members of the Official IRA and Official Sinn Féin being referred to pejoratively as the "Stickies". On the other hand, the Provisionals became known as the "Pinheads", a nickname which has not lasted.

I love that of all the things paramilitaries could disagree on, the real rift was how they attached their badges.
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Post by: Shameless Custard on May 10, 2012, 12:56:57 AM
From the page of Natasha Lyonne, of American Pie and Scary Movie 2 fame

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In 2006, Lyonne was in the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court after missing several court dates to face earlier charges of mischief, trespass and harassment after she entered a female neighbor’s Gramercy Park apartment and allegedly threatened to sexually molest the neighbor's dog.[16] A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge.

I think it's the last line that makes it
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Post by: DuncanC on May 22, 2012, 10:27:55 PM
After that the participants separately, but in time with the others, turn around (usually clockwise when view from above - novices may go in the opposite direction to the main group, but this adds more hilarity to this joyous, novelty dance).
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on May 27, 2012, 07:52:29 PM
From Jonathan Wilkes' page:

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Occupation:
Actor, Singer and Television Presenter. Friend of Robbie Williams
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on June 13, 2012, 05:30:56 AM
Cabin Fever:

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Roth originally wanted Cerina Vincent to show her naked butt during her sex scene with Rider Strong. However, Vincent, who had previously played a nude foreign exchange student in Not Another Teen Movie was afraid that exposing too much of herself would lead to being typecast as a nudity actress and vehemently refused to bare her butt in the movie. At the peak of this stand-off between actress and director, Vincent told Roth that if he wanted the shot so badly, he would need to re-cast the role of Marcy with another actress. But they managed to reach a compromise - Cerina would bare one inch of her butt on camera, no more, no less. Eli Roth brought a ruler along to the filming[6] and measured Cerina's butt crack, to be sure he got his one inch. Bedsheets were then taped to Vincent's backside at the designated level and the scene was filmed. Only the second (behind-the-back) shot features this one inch, in the first (over-the-shoulder) shot, the bedsheets cover Cerina's butt completely.

"to be sure he got his one inch" is my favourite.

Edit: Haha, Cerina Vincent's article has the same story, but with the following:

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Due to a last-minute change in the shooting schedule, Most of Cerina's nude and sex scenes were shot very late at night, in freezing cold conditions. While this was an uncomfortable environment to be naked in, Cerina has commented[5] on how this situation was ideal for shooting sex scenes, as cold supposedly makes a woman's breasts perkier.
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Post by: ElTopo on June 13, 2012, 11:39:12 PM
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Boys Club was the R&B duo of Gene Hunt and Joe Pasquale from Minneapolis, Minnesota that had a big hit with "I Remember Holding You" in 1989, which peaked at #8 on the U.S. singles chart. Throughout the greater part of Minnesota, Boys Club was also regarded as "Minnesota's version of WHAM!."
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Post by: The Duck Man on June 15, 2012, 08:11:02 PM
IMDb tangent:

I find it a little disconcerting that a fair amount of the memorable quotes for This is England (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480025/quotes) are racist lines. I know, obviously, the film depicts racists, it's just that it's quite a funny film in places, and yet the majority of quotes people have thought worthy of typing out are just people being racist in a fairly undistinctive ways.
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Post by: Don_Preston on July 02, 2012, 12:35:16 PM
When I read that the most recent death was "Alan G. Poindexter, 50, American NASA astronaut, jet ski accident" I thought that must have been a joke. But it's actually true. Still, great name.
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Post by: HAYRDRYAH on July 02, 2012, 12:50:29 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Grahams

Taglines

Try those Golden Grahams and have a golden day.
You're not just good, you're golden.
Crammed with graham.
How do they cram in all that graham?
Not eating these would be a graham-atical error!
With ridges that rock!
Golden Grahams: So happy together.
It's gonna be a Golden Grahams day.
For those who live in the United States of Graham-erica
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Post by: doppelkorn on July 02, 2012, 12:50:56 PM
Often on Wiki, the authors don't seem to be able to put facts into any type of order or hierarchy. This gives us such gems as this paragraph about what Big Brother 7 contestant Glyn did in the house:

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In the house, Glyn learnt 'kitchen-skills' (such as boiling an egg, which he celebrated by improvising a song), and early on Richard taught him how to wash his clothes. Glyn, (along with fellow housemate Pete), was also known to change his hairstyle often in the house. He initially went in with his natural messy brown hair but then shaved and dyed it both platinum blonde and (mistakenly) ginger. He also masturbated in the shower after covering the door with towels to avoid being seen, later admitting the act to the house while drunk. He assured housemates he had used a condom so none of his semen had remained in the cubicle.

Just a stream of consciousness about boiling eggs and shower-wanking. Then they feel that this little nuggets deserves a new paragraph.

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On Day 84, Glyn ran across the roof of the Big Brother House in an attempt to contact the House Next Door, thus breaking the rules, and was punished by not being allowed to take part in the discussion relating to which former Housemate would move from the House Next Door into the Big Brother House.

I'm not complaining - I think it's funny - but who the hell structures information like that?
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Post by: Cohaagen on July 02, 2012, 09:29:54 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McDonald_(Coronation_Street) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McDonald_(Coronation_Street))

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James "Jim" McDonald is a fictional character in the British television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street so he is.

Only been up there since December 2011.
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Post by: mycroft on July 02, 2012, 09:56:38 PM
...And this paragraph is from the actor who played Jim's page. I don't care if it's true or not.

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In 2009, Lawson appeared alongside an eight-foot frankfurter sausage in a German television commercial, advertising hot dogs. His overdubbed catchphrase in the commercial is Betrachten Sie die Größe meiner Wurst! (English-language translation — "Look at the size of my sausage!").
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Post by: BritishHobo on July 09, 2012, 12:26:10 PM
I spend too much time reading film summaries on Wikipedia. But there's so many pages for completely average films, usually children or family films, where people have written ridiculously extensive summaries that detail pretty much every single thing that happens, and usually end up devolving into nonsensical run-on sentences. Somehow I ended up on the page for the 1994 film of The Little Rascals, and found this wonderful bit:

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After Alfalfa regains consciousness, the other club members punish him by forcing him to guard the Blur every night and day until the day of the race. On the first night. Alfalfa has a nightmare where he is with Darla (who likes him) and Spanky blows him off a cliff and he wakes at that moment where the He-man Woman hater club convinces him that girls are no good while Darla's friends do the same on the same night and they all scream (also in dream) when there's thunder. Alfalfa doesn't take their rules and still loves Darla.

I'm fucking wasting my life.

But fuck, just look at this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Rascals_(film)). Ten paragraphs. Has this information ever been of any use to anybody?
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Post by: Queneau on July 09, 2012, 12:40:49 PM
So he is.

That has given me the biggest laugh in ages.
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Post by: Queneau on July 09, 2012, 02:14:33 PM
I've just noticed that, also on that page, his home is listed as 'prison'.
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Post by: Dead kate moss on July 09, 2012, 02:47:49 PM
The 'talk' section is often funny and revealing. Long debates about what should be allowed to be referred to (like for 'Mary Sue' the phrase and meaning has never been used in print, so you cannot refer to Bella from Twilight as a Mary Sue [nb]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mary_Sue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mary_Sue)[/nb], despite being a prime example. I'm not sure Wiki is right to only recognise print references as being valid. Anyway, from the Cheaters (TV Show) talk section -

"I want to understand this american show but i can not. Why is it that people don't just follow the bible and marry their sisters. NOt like their actual sisters but like people from the same race whom look alike and are from the same branch or family tree. Anyways my sisters look nothing like me so it has to be a genetic thing if you get what i am saying. "
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Post by: doppelkorn on July 10, 2012, 03:48:37 PM
These dry descriptions of the absurd nature of two of Bernard Cribbins's records made me chuckle:

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In 1962 he recorded two comic songs, "Hole in the Ground" (in which an embittered workman murders a bowler-hatted harasser) and followed it with "Right Said Fred" (in which a group of workmen struggles to move an unspecified large and heavy object (which comes with a seat and candleabras.).
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Post by: Don_Preston on July 12, 2012, 02:18:24 PM
Here we go with Tosh Lines from The Bill.

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DC Alfred Lines, known simply as 'Tosh', was the heroic failure of Sun Hill. He was an instinctual copper, a decent man who understood human weakness because his home life was a happy, difficult, muddle-and-make-do existence. But no superintendent would ever dream of transferring him. He could smell a liar, and his clear-up rate was the best in CID. When Tosh arrived at Sun Hill in 1988 from a station in Essex he already had problems that weighed him down. He was in his late thirties, unlikely to be promoted because he never seemed to care that much about his career progress. He didn’t look like a tough crime-buster. He stood at just 5 feet 7 inches tall, was a little on the chubby side – probably because he was always munching snacks on the job. And he was, frankly, scruffy. He seemed to have one suit, one shirt, which he wore Monday to Friday, one tatty old raincoat. It all matched his car, an ancient Volvo which kept breaking down. More to the point, he had a wife, Muriel, too large a mortgage, caused by too many children – three girls and two boys – for a constable’s pay. He was however a good copper – and always had a ready smile that went right up into his eyes. He was second to none when it came to solving cases, which was why the likes of Burnside were happy to overlook his sartorial shortcomings and to protect him from any flak from above. He reacted strongly when accused of lacking ambition: he did care about his work – but he also cared deeply about his family. He was once offered the chance to go work in Northern Ireland. Burnside had put him up for it because he thought Tosh needed the money. Tosh turned it down – it would have put him at risk and then where would his family have been? At one stage, to ease his money problems, Tosh took in a student lodger, which was against Met. rules. The young man got into trouble. Sergeant Penny, Custody Officer at the time, discovered this and, rather than turn a blind eye to it, sent a report ‘upstairs’ as a result of which Tosh was carpeted. He survived, of course. He was far too good at sniffing out villains for a sniffy little man like Penny to put down. In the end, Tosh left Sun Hill in 1998, accepting a position in the Coroner's Office
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Post by: Jemble Fred on July 12, 2012, 02:26:35 PM
The prose style could do with a bit of work, but isn't it pretty great that someone cared enough to go to the extent of writing that? It doesn't really seem risible, Tosh was a popular character, and that character description is packed with detail.
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Post by: DrGreggles on July 12, 2012, 10:55:27 PM
The release of Color Me Badd's final album:

"sales were well below those expected from the group, with initial sales of only 32 units in the U.S."
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Post by: Dead kate moss on July 12, 2012, 11:16:08 PM
The prose style could do with a bit of work, but isn't it pretty great that someone cared enough to go to the extent of writing that?

I just like the idea that the 'someone' was the actor who played Tosh.
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Post by: Jemble Fred on July 12, 2012, 11:18:18 PM
Ah,but that was the wonderful and sadly very late... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Lloyd

In fact, perhaps it's his death, back when I used to actually watch The Bill, which made me rather enjoy reading the extract Don posted.
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Post by: Dead kate moss on July 13, 2012, 01:50:05 AM
Ok, I now like the idea that he wrote it before his death, and got the vicar to read it out, all of it, at his funeral service. Then his mum put it on Wiki.
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Post by: shiftwork2 on July 13, 2012, 01:00:19 PM
On the off chance this hasn't been featured here already:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Days_%28song%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Days_%28song%29)

Quote from: wiki
The lyrics of "7 Days" mainly talk about what David does during a week with a girl. He meets a girl on Monday, and feels enough of a social connection to proceed by taking her out for a pint of mild on Tuesday. The night of alcoholic consumption results in a sexual relationship, causing David and his girl to have sexual intercourse on Wednesday. The sexual intercourse between the two results in further instances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. By this time, such exertion takes its toll on the pair, who both decide to "chill" on Sunday, a day traditionally known for being one of rest.
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Post by: thecuriousorange on July 16, 2012, 09:40:11 PM
I like that the page for cheapo Brit gangster flick Killer Bitch has the heading "Plot" in inverted commas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Bitch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Bitch)
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Post by: Queneau on July 16, 2012, 10:27:55 PM
I like that the page for cheapo Brit gangster flick Killer Bitch has the heading "Plot" in inverted commas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Bitch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Bitch)

Seems up really;

"A woman is forced into a deadly game in which she has to kill five people. If she fails, all her friends and family will be butchered."
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Post by: jutl on July 18, 2012, 02:15:59 PM
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At age seven, Joe and his brother caught a butterfly, and both were fascinated by the vibrant colors and overall peacefulness of the creature.[2] They kept the butterfly in a jar overnight, and intended to free it the following morning. When they awoke, the brothers found the butterfly had died, and felt as if they had committed a murder. The brothers made a vow that "one day, [they] will make it to heaven, so that [they] can [...] apologize to that Butterfly face-to-face."[2] On every Insane Clown Posse album and EP it reads "Dedicated to the Butterfly."

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Bruce
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Post by: TheWizard on July 19, 2012, 06:31:56 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2004_in_British_television&oldid=499343464

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7 July – Supernanny launches on Channel 4 only a year before the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

I have no idea why someone would put that, the suggestion maybe if had started earlier things could have been different.
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Post by: Dead kate moss on July 19, 2012, 07:16:23 PM
That's hilarious
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Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on July 19, 2012, 07:54:18 PM
From the entry for Bob Dylan's tender break-up ballad, If You See Her, Say Hello:

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An interview with Ricky Gervais mentioned the song as a favourite, but it was incorrectly transcribed as "If You See A Sailor".

Haha.
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Post by: leelo on July 20, 2012, 08:39:50 AM
From the 'Tottenham Mandem' London gang page:

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The gang is composed of over fifty affiliated sets, according to geographical location. These include Star Gang/Stargang, Bloodline, Broadwater Farm, Reed Road Crips, Finchley Spunkas, The Park Lane Two Pin Din Plugs, Bruce Castle Kings, Bunty Hoven's Rangers, West Green, MarrowStarz, Chestnut Black Gang, ÜmlaütStärz Ida Bloodstarz, Barry Aubergine Late Night Bingo Revellers, Wedgewood Breakers, NPK, Philip Lane Boys,The Bruce Castle-Cwmbran Alliance, Scotland Green, Rüdiger Garden City, Tower Gardens Black Bandana Gang (New Youngers Set), Stonebridge Mandem (Ermine/Plevna/Stonebridge), Broad Lane, Walthamstow Allotment Pensionaz, Suffolk & Twyford Goons, Notorious one-man gang "Naughty Arthur", Tiverton Piru & Ida Piru.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottenham_Mandem
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: shiftwork2 on July 20, 2012, 09:49:20 AM
^ Lovely stuff, inspired by the So Solid Crew entry which even after half a dozen reads has the power to make me cry laughing.

I like how Frotteurism is listed as one of their criminal activities.  In fact I think I just like Frotteurism.
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Post by: doppelkorn on July 20, 2012, 11:51:22 AM
Bunty Hoven's Rangers! There's an obscure reference.

(http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i309/chris_k_styles/HHbunty.gif)
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Post by: non capisco on July 20, 2012, 01:41:54 PM
It appears there's more affiliated factions springing up all the time too. It's a good job Wikipedia is keeping track of them all.
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Post by: momatt on July 20, 2012, 02:16:33 PM
^ Lovely stuff, inspired by the So Solid Crew entry which even after half a dozen reads has the power to make me cry laughing.

I love how the So Solid thing is still going.  It is always being corrected then ruined again.  I think the moderators have given up now.
These are my favourite current So Solid members.

   Pugh
   Pugh
   Barney McGrew
   Cuthbert
   Dibble
   Grubb
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Post by: Nobody Soup on July 21, 2012, 01:24:43 AM
René Artois' (of 'allo 'allo) fictional biography is great

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René and his twin brother René (who is actually the same person) were both originally Nancy boys.


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Character development

As the main character in the show, René is usually at the fore-front of any plots involving the paintings, love affairs or British airmen.

sadly it's gone, but the reason I found all this is Nancy's "notable people" section only contained two entrys.

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René Artois - fictional character from TV series 'Allo 'Allo
René Artois - fictional character, twin brother of René Artois from 'Allo 'Allo

(just remembered this because of the incredible tattoo in the tattoo thread)
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Post by: Old Thrashbarg on July 26, 2012, 02:54:05 PM
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Oldfield
Oldfield also starred in the 1989 film Savage Instinct, later renamed They Call Me Macho Woman! as Mongo, the crazed drug lord. In the film, Oldfield wears a special spiked headgear that he uses to head butt people to death. The movie was highly unsuccessful.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on August 09, 2012, 02:57:14 PM
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Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a 2012 TV film that aired on Syfy on June 8, 2012.

Plot

The film centers around a series of deadly shark attacks in New Jersey.
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Post by: SetToStun on August 09, 2012, 03:58:07 PM
That film sounds brilliant! I must see it. For one awful moment I thought it might be a serious film about the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks and therefor a bit "meh", but no - it sounds absolutely fantastic in the write-ups. Thanks for that - it could be a real winner.

EDIT: Pre-ordered. I can't wait.
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on August 12, 2012, 09:07:44 PM
From Samantha Fox's page:

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At the age of 14, Fox formed her first band, with Richard Smart on guitar, David Juggins on Trombone, Karl Boseley on Simon Roses Willy, John Burdett on Simon Roses and Karl Boseleys pork swords, Simon Rose on Karl Boseleys Flute, Edward Gallagher on triangle, Samantha Newman on the Bass, and Bob Day on tambourine.[citation needed]

I'm not sure if this or true or not:

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...and she made other attempts at TV presenting, including an interview with Rolf Harris, which was ill-fated even before it started as Fox referred to her interviewee as "Ralph" on several occasions, although he got his own back by resting his beard against her neck and tickling her with it.[citation needed]

But I hope it is.
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Post by: AsparagusTrevor on August 16, 2012, 05:51:28 PM
Sadly, it seems the So Solid Crew Wikipedia entry has been vandalised by some sad-case who refuses to acknowledge the existence of the majority of the group. How deflated must those snubbed members feel?
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 17, 2012, 07:51:16 PM
From Richard and Judy's talk page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Richard_and_Judy):

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English anti-Communists?

What's the basis for R+J being anti-Communists? 86.132.97.199 00:55, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I think thats vandalism. I'll remove it but feel free to re add if Richard and Judy denounce Communism any time soon. 172.216.245.200 15:56, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
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Post by: Chriddof on August 18, 2012, 12:42:43 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lean_%26_The_Jing_Jang_Jong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lean_%26_The_Jing_Jang_Jong)

(http://i.imgur.com/pSVrz.png)
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Post by: One off man mental on August 20, 2012, 08:38:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Queens_of_the_Stone_Age&oldid=506439082

Fixed now, but someone deleting everything and left just this:

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Cool band
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Post by: jenna appleseed on September 07, 2012, 05:29:46 AM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Top_of_Old_Smoky

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Fans of English football League One side Notts County FC chant the song during games. However, they have changed the lyrics to 'I had a Wheelbarrow, the wheel fell off' after mishearing a Shrewsbury Town fan sing the original song in a west country accent.
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Post by: the midnight watch baboon on September 07, 2012, 05:57:19 AM
MC Hammer:

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He was an informant in the clubhouse, an informant for Charlie, and he got the nickname "Pipeline."[22]
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Post by: Shameless Custard on September 17, 2012, 11:31:01 AM
I love how the So Solid thing is still going.  It is always being corrected then ruined again.  I think the moderators have given up now.
These are my favourite current So Solid members.

   Pugh
   Pugh
   Barney McGrew
   Cuthbert
   Dibble
   Grubb

See also from the Oxide & Neutrino 'unreleased singles' page -

"The Bill" (2000)"Terminator" (2000)"Superman" (2000)"Snack My Kitch Up" (2000)"N Digga D" (2000)"Foot 2 the Floor" (2001)"Back 2 Da Floor" (2001)"2 Stepz Ahead" (2002)"3 Stepz Ahead" (2003)"4 Stepz Ahead" (2004)"5 Stepz Ahead" (2005)"6 Stepz Ahead" (2006)"7 Stepz Behind" (2007)
"For Shizzle my Dizzle on the Sardizzle" (2012)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxide_%26_Neutrino
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Post by: Thomas on September 17, 2012, 01:27:06 PM
Today I made an (actually factual) addition to the Wikipedia article about mysterious satire demon Chris Morris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Morris_(satirist)#Personal_life

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Morris lives in Brixton, with literary agent Jo Unwin, and has two sons, both of whom were born in Lambeth. He has given very few interviews and little is known[to whom?]about Morris's personal life. In the early 21st century, however, Morris was spotted outside a HMV store on Oxford Street with Charlie Brooker and Matt Lucas, suggesting a casual social existence.

Just shedding light on the matter. He's pally with Jarvis Cocker too, isn't he?
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on September 17, 2012, 02:52:41 PM
That was me wot met them!
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Post by: Thomas on September 17, 2012, 02:55:05 PM
That was me wot met them!

So it was, ye lucky swine. Somebody deleted my Wiki addition minutes later. Perhaps if I linked to your thread they'd keep it up?
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Post by: momatt on September 17, 2012, 03:21:31 PM
Somebody deleted my Wiki addition minutes later.

What a silly thing for them to (wrongly) correct!
Me writing absolute bollocks on the Oxide & Neutrino page is still there, hooray!
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Post by: Thomas on September 17, 2012, 03:51:01 PM
What a silly thing for them to (wrongly) correct!
Me writing absolute swingers on the Oxide & Neutrino page is still there, hooray!

Perhaps it was Chris Morris himself, wanting his early 21st century relationship with Charlie Brooker/Matt Lucas/HMV to remain secret.

The whole crisis takes me back several years to a Wiki dispute regarding the function of Velociraptor's claws. Ah, youth.
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Post by: Shameless Custard on September 17, 2012, 09:00:54 PM

Me writing absolute bollocks on the Oxide & Neutrino page is still there, hooray!

Lovely additions. Genuine belly laffs
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Post by: Mister Six on September 25, 2012, 08:08:34 AM
The exciting climax to the film Dollman vs. Demonic Toys, as told through the medium of Wikipedia:

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Baby Oopsie Daisy explains to Brick that once midnight strikes, the Demon's soul is going to go inside Baby Oopsie Daisy, so he can do the nasty with Nurse Ginger, make the baby, eat its soul from the shell, and shall become a human. As Baby Oopsie Daisy is about to kill Brick, Ginger breaks free, cuts him loose, and gets carried away by Zombietoid, who continues to go after Brick. Brick and Zombietoid begin fighting, until Zombietoid's machete gets caught in an electric socket, killing Zombietoid. After finding his gun, Brick continues on to kill Jack Attack. Brick finally gets to the dollhouse before it's too late and kills Baby Oopsie Daisy, who's been taken over by the demon. Brick continues to call the police and tells them that Judith Grey died in the line of duty, and leaves, along with Nurse Ginger to a cab that's on its way back to Pahoota.
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Post by: momatt on September 25, 2012, 09:05:57 AM
Lovely additions. Genuine belly laffs

They're all still there!  All the best ones aren't mine though, love this recent addition:
"Derez A Witch Outside Mum" (featuring Grotbags) - failed to chart
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxide_%26_Neutrino
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Post by: non capisco on September 25, 2012, 09:46:04 AM
^ Haha, that one was me, directed there by this very thread. Glad to see they're all still up there. The Wikipedia mods appear not to give a tin shit about Oxide and Neutrino. 'Flyp Ya Mumz Bum', indeed!
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Post by: mbedd on September 25, 2012, 12:22:54 PM
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Oxide & Neutrino is a DJ and MC garage duo from London, consisting of Alex Rivers (b. 1982, Isleworth, London) and Mark Osei-Tutu (b. 1982, Brixton, Devon).

Their first single "Bound 4 Da Reload (Casual Trousers)" went to number 1 in the United Kingdom in May 2000.[2] It is known for sampling the theme music to the BBC One hospital comedy series Casualty, and also contains samples of dialogue from the 1998 film, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit. Whilst filming the music video for "Bound 4 Da Reload (Casual Trousers)" Rivers suffered a minor electrocution as he retreived a frisbee from an electrical substation. The frisbee belonged to friend and fellow rapper Amy Poehler [3]

Too good to be deleted.

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Post by: momatt on September 25, 2012, 02:16:32 PM
Too good to be deleted.

It was deleted though!  I like how only the recent edit has gone, and all my bollocks is still there.  :)
I love this game.
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Post by: non capisco on September 25, 2012, 07:49:03 PM
It was deleted though!  I like how only the recent edit has gone, and all my bollocks is still there.  :)
I love this game.

'The duo disbanded after an argument about whether or not you can see Canary Wharf from the moon' didn't last five minutes before being taken down, yet they continue to accept that 'Middle Finger (Up My Bum)' made it into the top 10 in 2001. Funny old world, innit?
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Post by: doppelkorn on September 25, 2012, 09:35:51 PM
I added some crap today that they've seen fit to keep for a few hours and counting...

Couldn't seem to edit the main body.

FAKEDIT oops there we go
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Post by: momatt on September 26, 2012, 11:08:05 AM
'The duo disbanded after an argument about whether or not you can see Canary Wharf from the moon' didn't last five minutes before being taken down, yet they continue to accept that 'Middle Finger (Up My Bum)' made it into the top 10 in 2001. Funny old world, innit?

Ha ha ha!  The so-called 'moderators' must have some sense of humour, but also strict limits on what they deem to be too silly.

(https://static.prtst.net/asset-proxy/36558c210c7807fcc40b6193e24f6f5fdc948fa5/687474703a2f2f7777772e66726974726961632e64652f6c6f6f6b792f746f6f5f73696c6c792e6a7067/http://www.fritriac.de/looky/too_silly.jpg)
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Post by: mbedd on September 26, 2012, 11:14:20 AM
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2005: The Peter Ustinov EP - Download only. 2,500 wax cylinders available only to members of the Oxide and Neutrino Fan Club


Nice.
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Post by: momatt on October 08, 2012, 05:00:31 PM
The Oxide and Neutrino page has now been locked.  :(
But locked as the silliest incarnation yet.  :)
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 08, 2012, 06:23:37 PM
The Oxide and Neutrino page has now been locked.  :(
But locked as the silliest incarnation yet.  :)

I just came here to say this. Fucking incredible! I can't follow wiki pages' history at all so I can't work out what's gone on but it seems it was corrected then reverted back to the current stupid state it's in now.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on October 08, 2012, 07:49:26 PM
I thought the So Solid Crew page was reverted back to a boring, factual one, but it seems they missed a little detail I added ages ago about MC So Solid Clive in the main info.

The Oxide & Neutrino stuff is gold, I like to think the Wiki admins genuinely believe this stuff to be true.
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Post by: biniput on October 08, 2012, 09:30:13 PM
The oxide and neutrino stuff is indeed fantastic. The whole discography is awesome.
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Post by: MojoJojo on October 08, 2012, 09:44:04 PM
From "Poor relief" - not exactly silly, but you can guess the authors political leanings from it
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Furthemore, the poor laws of this era encouraged children to work through an apprenticeship, but by the end of the 18th century the situation changed as masters became less willing to employ children in apprenticeships and factory owners had to step in and make use of this surplus of laborers

Those community minded factory owners there.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: momatt on October 08, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
I thought the So Solid Crew page was reverted back to a boring, factual one, but it seems they missed a little detail I added ages ago about MC So Solid Clive in the main info.

The Oxide & Neutrino stuff is gold, I like to think the Wiki admins genuinely believe this stuff to be true.

Ha ha, exactly.  Their album 'So Solid Lost Tapes (We Are Really Quite Careless with Our Tapes) Vol. 3' is still on there (and fantastic)!

So many little details have been changed, if they really wanted to make it correct they'd have to delete it and start again.  Losers![nb]I'm aware that I'm hardly superior[/nb]
I have rated the information as highly accurate.

I also love putting hyperlinks on random words, like 'bum'.[nb]so alone[/nb]
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 09, 2012, 10:59:17 AM
I also love putting hyperlinks on random words, like 'bum'.[nb]so alone[/nb]

I was wondering who'd done that to some of my edits on there
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Post by: Don_Preston on October 17, 2012, 02:22:53 PM
The Associated Acts bit took me by surprise:

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So Solid Crew, Gordon Lightfoot, Right Said Fred, Rosie and Jim
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 19, 2012, 10:19:13 PM
From the "History of elephants in Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_elephants_in_Europe)" page

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  • In the 1470s, King Christian I of Denmark founded a chivalric order, the Order of the Elephant, and had it confirmed by Pope Sixtus IV. The order is named for the battle elephants which symbolized the Christian Crusades. Today, it continues to be awarded under statutes established by king Christian V in 1693, amended in 1958 to permit the admission of women to the order.
  • The elephant given by Afonso V of Portugal to René d'Anjou about 1477.
  • The merchants of Cyprus presented Ercole d'Este with an elephant in 1497.
  • Suleyman the elephant was a present from the Portuguese king John III to Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor. Travelling from Spain in 1551, it arrived in Vienna in 1552, but died in 1554.
  • Hanno, or Annone, was a white elephant presented by king Manuel I of Portugal to Pope Leo X on the occasion of his coronation in 1514. He died, probably of an intestinal obstruction misdiagnosed as angina, with Pope Leo at his side in 1518. His story is told in Silvio Bedini's The Pope's Elephant (Nashville: Sanders 1998). At the Villa Madama, in the garden facing the loggia, the Elephant Fountain designed by Giovanni da Udine depicts "Annone", whose tomb was designed by Raphael himself.
  • Mid-16th century: elephant of Ivan the Terrible, taken him by Persian shah Tahmasp I, living near of Moscow Kremlin.
    Hansken, a female elephant from Ceylon that became famous in early 17th century Europe, touring through many countries demonstrating circus tricks, and sketched by Rembrandt and Stefano della Bella.

Which one of those bullets should be pronounced in a heavy "compare the meerkat" voice?
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Post by: Central Portsmouth on October 20, 2012, 12:39:34 AM
From the Wikipedia article for the famous WWE Wrestler Ric Flair, in Personal Life:

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In September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance. In July 2008, Ric Flair Finance filed for bankruptcy.[140]
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Post by: jenna appleseed on October 29, 2012, 11:24:51 PM
On the end of Kevin Ayers discography - "Pubic Ayers' (76 minute CD sampler of 'The Harvest Years' box set,Harvest 2012)"
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on October 30, 2012, 09:12:05 AM
From the Wikipedia article for the famous WWE Wrestler Ric Flair, in Personal Life:

Use the Wayback Machine to see what the website used to look like.
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Post by: Queneau on November 01, 2012, 11:52:33 AM
From the Daniel Bedingfield page:

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Bedingfield is a Pentecostal Christian, but has said, "I find that when people hear that I'm a Christian they expect me to be extremely religious. I'm not great friends with religion [although] I'm passionate about anything to do with God. He's quoted saying "I just had to get through this."
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Post by: jenna appleseed on November 10, 2012, 07:21:43 PM
from Chantelle's page -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chantelle_Houghton
In her Big Brother profile page Houghton described herself as a "bright, blonde bimbo" (despite being neither a natural blonde nor bright).
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Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on November 10, 2012, 08:12:30 PM
One out of three ain't bad.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on November 10, 2012, 08:26:16 PM
Some uppity git has stripped the Oxide & Neutrino page to nothing. I'm astounded anyone actually gave enough of a toss to do that.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: momatt on November 11, 2012, 03:02:47 AM
Some uppity git has stripped the Oxide & Neutrino page to nothing. I'm astounded anyone actually gave enough of a toss to do that.

Though it's not as fantastic as it once was, I find it surprising how much of my shit is still up on there!

For instance, I don't think they had an LP called '2nd Prance' and Rose & Jim are probably not really their musical collaborators.
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on November 11, 2012, 12:38:07 PM
From the "Sport" subheading of Rowan Atkinson's page, I don't know why this made me laugh so much, but it did:

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Rowan Atkinson took part in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July 2012. It was a pleasant surprise for fans of British humour. Rowan was warmly welcomed by the audience. He joined the orchestra to play "Chariots of Fire." He became so bored from playing his one note that he pulled out his phone, took some pictures, sneezed, then day-dreamed his part in "Chariots of Fire." With the help of a car, he won the race on the beach.
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Post by: doppelkorn on November 11, 2012, 01:29:11 PM
Some uppity git has stripped the Oxide & Neutrino page to nothing. I'm astounded anyone actually gave enough of a toss to do that.

Ha the cunt missed loads of stuff we put on.
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Post by: Epic Bisto on November 11, 2012, 07:23:57 PM
Going through the 'view histories' bits on the So Solid Crew page almost makes me piss myself every time:

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MCs:
Dr Mantis Toboggan
So Solid Cruz
So Solid Clive
Sol Solid Sol
Crow Colic Sue
Tinka Tayla
Souldja
Spy
Willie Mims
Bamber Boozler
Billy Bums
DJ Nice Andrew
Pehhh
Jonny Bags aka Bags
Rosie
Jim
Neil (Who Drives The Boat)
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on November 11, 2012, 07:38:43 PM
From Arthur Matthews' Wiki:

"Linehan and Mathews also made a rare appearance in the sitcom I'm Alan Partridge as two Irish men considering Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) for a contract. In the absence of a picture, Mathews is the fairer haired of the two in the scene mentioned (though according to the episode's commentary, this is a wig)."

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Post by: Thomas on November 11, 2012, 09:43:36 PM
In honour of all the wonderful work done for the So Solid Crew article, I have added a warm homage into an obscure little page about a cheaply filmed and rarely viewed American horror film, Dark Heritage - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Heritage

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Cast

Mark LaCour as Clint Harrison
Tim Verkaik as Jack
Carl Morgan as Police Chief.

See also Carrie (2002 film) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_(2002_film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_(2002_film))

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Carl Morgan as Loud Scientist (Uncredited)
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Post by: Central Portsmouth on November 11, 2012, 10:14:41 PM
From the page of the famous Ireland and Sunderland striker Niall Quinn:

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Fan relationships

Quinn has his own song titled "Niall Quinn's Disco Pants". The song was originally created by Manchester City supporters during a night out on a pre-season tour in Penola, Italy. It was 1992. There had been a bust-up with City team-mate Steve McMahon and Quinn had removed his torn and bloodied shirt and was dancing with Rick Holden wearing just a pair of cut-off jeans. He was "hardly aware" that there were a group of hardcore City fans watching and they treated him to "the first performance of the song that will follow me till the end of my career." The chorus went, to the tune of the standard football chant Here We Go:

Niall Quinn's disco pants are the best,
They go up from his arse to his chest,
They are better than Adam and the Ants,
Niall Quinn's disco pants!
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Post by: doppelkorn on November 15, 2012, 11:29:51 AM
Famously vacuous twatlet Paul Danan's wiki page makes for bleak but hilarious reading:

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Paul Danan (born 1978 in London) is a British actor who played Sol Patrick in the United Kingdom teen soap opera Hollyoaks between 1997 and 2001.

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In 2005, Danan appeared as a contestant on the first series of ITV1's Celebrity Love Island, and returned for the second series in 2006.

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In 2006, he presented a British Television series entitled Date my Girlfriend on ITV2.
^which was hilariously shit

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It was reported on 22 November 2007 that he had been sacked from his forthcoming role as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Charter Theatre, Preston. This follows an incident where he had to apologise after he swore several times down the microphone at 3,000 people who had gathered to see him switch on the Christmas lights in Preston city centre. The Leader of Preston Council, Ken Hudson said his outburst was "a disgrace". He was also hit with an £80 on the spot fine by police at the event.[7] The offensive term he uttered was "make some motherfucking noise Preston!".

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In June 2008 he was involved in a row with the organisers of the Miss Student UK beauty contest after getting drunk and being rude to contestants.

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It was reported in 2009 that Danan was working as a recruitment consultant and had tried to enter the backstage area of the V Festival using a fake backstage pass.

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In August 2010, Danan moved to Royston, Hertfordshire where, in the September, he was arrested for cannabis possession[11][12] and later tried at Stevenage Magistrates' Court for possessing cannabis and cocaine and a public order offence.

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In the same month, Danan was also caught shoplifting from Royston Morrisons. He reportedly stole £3 worth of goods and was fined £80.

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He was caught after accidentally slamming his head in the door of the freezer trying to find the 'ultimate meringue'.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 15, 2012, 11:33:06 AM
Hahahaha that last one knocked me for six.
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Post by: phes on November 15, 2012, 11:44:53 AM
My overriding memory of Paul Danan is of Sol Patrick sitting in his XR2I blasting out Way Out West's Ajare. LAD.
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Post by: non capisco on November 15, 2012, 09:41:12 PM
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In 2009 Paul released a single 'Ooh, Danan!', a reflection on his reputation for becoming embroiled in minor misdemeanours. It was musically based on a well-known jingle used to advertise yogurt and was produced by pal Rick Wakeman. The single failed to chart.

Someone had to.
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Post by: Don_Preston on November 15, 2012, 10:03:51 PM
I love the scantness of the page for David Gedge, leader of semi-legendary indie group The Wedding Present. That is all there is.

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He grew up in north Manchester in the area known as Top of Hebers, attending Hollin High School (became the Queen Elizabeth High School and is now the re-built St Anne's Academy) on Hollin Lane (A6046) in Middleton (in the borough of Rochdale) near Hopwood Hall College and junction 19 of the M62. He studied Maths at the University of Leeds, graduating with a 2.1 BSc in 1981. He met Keith Gregory, an English student, by placing an advert for a bass player in the university union. Shaun Charman, the drummer, graduated in Economics in 1986.

He actually grew up in Boarshaw, Middleton near the cemetery.
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Post by: checkoutgirl on November 15, 2012, 10:34:54 PM
In the same month, Danan was also caught shoplifting from Royston Morrisons. He reportedly stole £3 worth of goods and was fined £80.[14]

He was caught after accidentally slamming his head in the door of the freezer trying to find the 'ultimate meringue'. Surprised onlookers said a confused Danan was fumbling with a packet of frozen fish fingers for a good ten minutes saying words like 'biscuit' and 'mother'.

In 2009 Paul released a single 'Ooh, Danan!', a reflection on his reputation for becoming embroiled in minor misdemeanours. It was musically based on a well-known jingle used to advertise Danone yogurt and was produced by pal Rick Wakeman. The single failed to chart.

Danan is widely credited with being the father of the LAD movement.



It's difficult to separate the fact from the fiction here. Can any of this be true ?
Is this a CAB joke ? I didn't read the start of the thread.
Still pretty funny though. The LAD movement ? Ace.
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Post by: doppelkorn on November 15, 2012, 10:55:29 PM
Half of that post above was added by whores as far as I can tell
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Post by: BritishHobo on November 15, 2012, 11:51:06 PM
Saw this earlier on shit website Reddit, from the absurdly detailed and mostly just sad Wikipedia page for convicted murderer Pamela Smart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Smart):

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On August 1, 1990, at 1:05 p.m., Detective Daniel Pelletier entered Smart’s office unannounced. Smart recognized him, having spoken to him on at least six other occasions. Taken by surprise, she asked, “What’s up?” “Well, Pam,” Pelletier said in the recording, “I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that we’ve solved the murder of your husband. The bad news is, you’re under arrest.” “What for?” Smart asked. “First-degree murder. Stand up and face the wall.”
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Post by: Jemble Fred on November 16, 2012, 12:16:38 AM
This is even odder:

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Smart was later accused of seducing 15-year-old William "Billy" Flynn and threatening to stop having sex with him unless he killed her husband. Flynn did so with the help of friends Patrick "Pete" Randall, Vance "J.R." Lattime Jr., and Raymond Fowler.

(http://images.zap2it.com/images/tv-EP00201914/the-thin-blue-line-9.jpg)

Police corruption!
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on November 17, 2012, 12:53:32 PM
From the Wikipedia article for the famous WWE Wrestler Ric Flair, in Personal Life:

Thanks for that. That's mega.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on November 18, 2012, 03:50:11 AM
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolph_harris
It was after this recording that Harris gave Ringo his first Wobble board of which Starr now has the largest collection outside Australia.

said Thomas.
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Post by: jutl on November 20, 2012, 07:01:52 PM
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In 2007 on the O'Reilly Factor, O'Donnell expressed her moral concerns about stem cell research, and said, "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_O%27Donnell
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Post by: momatt on November 20, 2012, 08:27:48 PM
Ha ha, if that were the case I'd support stem cell research even more.  That would be splendid, Pinky and the Brain style.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on November 20, 2012, 08:38:20 PM
I was interested to read about Stewart Lee's amateur boxing career and his time in the military.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=523745177

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The asteroid 9621 Michaelpalin is named in his honour.[4]
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on December 02, 2012, 08:01:38 PM
I was interested to read about Stewart Lee's amateur boxing career and his time in the military.

Those are absolutely brilliant.
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Post by: Thomas on December 03, 2012, 09:58:47 PM
It's not particularly amusing, but the article about stolen and later dead racehorse Shergar is... weird, in some way. The way unofficial celebrity products feel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shergar

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While the police searched every farm, stable and outhouse [outbuilding] in the Irish Republic, the gang members set about seeking a ransom. Initially, they requested negotiations with three racing journalists, including Derek Thompson. He was dispatched to negotiate in the full glare of the media circus that descended on Ireland. The day after the theft, he took a call at 1.15am from someone claiming to be one of the thieves. He expected it to be traced, but was later told it had not been. "The man who does the tracing goes off duty at midnight," the police told him.
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 06, 2012, 02:15:58 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_A._Larson

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In his autobiography [7], James Garner states that Larson stole a number of plots of The Rockford Files, which was produced by Garner's production company. Larson used them for his own shows, putting different characters in them. Garner's group complained to the Writer's Guild and Larson was fined, but Larson persisted in plagiarism: he later copied the theme music from The Rockford Files for one of his shows. Garner reports that when Larson subsequently showed up on the "Rockford" set, he put his arm on Garner's shoulder saying, "I hope there are no hard feelings, Jim." After Larson ignored a warning by Garner to take his hand off, Garner punched him so hard that Larson flew across the curb, into a motor home, and out the other side.
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Post by: NoSleep on December 06, 2012, 02:45:42 PM
From Richard Blackwood's wiki page:

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In a 2000 interview, Blackwood claimed that if he had not made it in showbusiness he would have been "a graphic designer, designing buildings" (sic).
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Post by: Thomas on December 06, 2012, 07:09:49 PM
I was reading about duendes, these mythological gnome creatures, and Wikipedia claimed that:

 
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'Filipinos also believe in Dwende, which frequently live in rocks and caves, old trees, unvisited and dark parts of houses or in ant hills.'

Which I felt implied that all 115 million Filipino people believe in these little monsters. I thus changed it, and it's remained untouched.

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'All Filipinos also believe in Dwende, which frequently live in rocks and caves, old trees, unvisited and dark parts of houses or in ant hills.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duende_(mythology)
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on December 06, 2012, 08:08:41 PM
How do you lot avoid getting banned?
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 15, 2012, 01:53:56 PM
Distinctly NSFW:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Semen.pic.JPG

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"Source: Own work"
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 15, 2012, 01:55:56 PM
http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkas:Human_Semen_in_petri_dish.jpg

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"Source: Own work"
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 15, 2012, 01:56:21 PM
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cup_of_Semen_by_ejaculated.JPG

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"Source: Own work"

Actually, I'd better just post the whole page: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Semen

My favourite is one from this Dutch guy: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Male_Ejaculation.JPG

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Description    
Nederlands: Ejaculatie van een man. Je ziet duidelijk dat het sperma met grote kracht uit de penis spuit.
English: Human male ejaculation. This is a very powerful cum-explosion
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 15, 2012, 02:03:06 PM
Typical. No pictures of HMS Warspite (1893), but several hundred "user-generated" shots of Wikipedia editors wanking and spunking all over the shop.
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 15, 2012, 02:07:47 PM
Fucking hell

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Erotic_sketch-Jan2010.jpg
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Post by: El Unicornio, mang on December 15, 2012, 03:01:52 PM
From Richard Blackwood's wiki page:

I remember a bit on his wiki a few years ago where it said he had had his anus bleached. I'm guessing someone put it as a joke though.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 15, 2012, 11:24:08 PM
On the page for René Higuita, the Colombian goalkeeper best known to many for appearing in the opening credit montage on They Think It's All Over.

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Unique and 'crazy' by his nickname, he stood out in soccer history as one of the most unique and remarkable goal keepers of all time. Particularity for his creation of the Scorpion kick in 1995 in a friendly against England. Facing pitch, his body falls forward, waist level, perpendicular to the ground, both back legs, knees bent, feet curl up to his back, kick ball away from goal - remarkable acrobatics.

Sounds like it's a direct transcription of someone calling into TalkSport.
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 17, 2012, 08:45:04 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulgar_Display_of_Power

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The album's cover is a now iconic photo of a man being punched in the face. The photo for the album cover was shot by photographer Brad Guice, he also shot the photo for the Cowboys from Hell cover.[15] The band told their label that they wanted something vulgar, like a dude getting punched.[15]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ferris_(gangster)

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In August 1994 Ferris received a £250 fine from a court in Manchester after being charged with possession of crack cocaine. He told the court "I'm no gangster", and claimed he used the drug to alleviate his psoriasis.
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Post by: momatt on December 17, 2012, 09:30:57 AM
For the Wikipedia entry for cunt, it mentions in the section for funny uses of the word that on 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue', Stephen Fry was asked for a definition of 'countryside'. He said 'the murder of Piers Morgan'.

Which is the best thing he's ever said in my opinion and almost redeems his ubiquity in the past few years.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on December 17, 2012, 06:25:12 PM
For the Wikipedia entry for cunt, it mentions in the section for funny uses of the word that on 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue', Stephen Fry was asked for a definition of 'countryside'. He said 'the murder of Piers Morgan'.

Which is the best thing he's ever said in my opinion and almost redeems his ubiquity in the past few years.

That's a corker.
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Post by: Tamarind Massacre on December 17, 2012, 09:31:16 PM
Today I enjoyed learning about t the Gävle goat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavle_goat).  They take their local traditions seriously in Sweden.

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Number of goats vandalised includes goats thrown in the river.
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on December 18, 2012, 11:51:32 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Russell

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The Willy Russell Centre for Children and Adults Who Stammer, was opened by Russell in Liverpool, 1990. The centre took Russell's name as his writing in many of his plays puts forward the philosophy that anyone is capable of change whatever obstacles may be in their path, a theory shared by Bob the builder.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 21, 2012, 02:20:50 AM
this photo of Noddy Holder
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Noddy_Holder_%28modified%29.jpg/509px-Noddy_Holder_%28modified%29.jpg)
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Post by: Cohaagen on December 24, 2012, 11:51:26 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabs_of_the_United_States_Army

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Several tabs are widely worn unofficially by members of the US Army. Often these tabs are worn on the underside of pocket flaps so as not to violate uniform regulations. Such tabs also appear on stickers, shirts, hats, etc. These include tabs containing the words "SNIPER", "AIR ASSAULT", "FISTER", "SCOUT", and "RECON". The "SAPPER" tab was an unofficial tab until 2004 when it became an official army tab.

Been there for two years. Please don't change it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jenna appleseed on December 26, 2012, 02:35:56 AM
re Roger De Courcey  "...and now lives in the US of A where he continues to make money from stuffed dummies."
that's a bit harsh re his audience.
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Post by: Deader Kata Mosser on December 26, 2012, 02:53:04 AM
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Yorkshire Pudding, also known as batter pudding, is a dish named after Yorkshire, England, though there is no evidence it originated there.


I added the bit in bold.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on December 30, 2012, 02:39:51 PM
this photo of Noddy Holder

Blimey: Holder & Sadowitz, separated at birth!
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 09, 2013, 05:45:19 AM
did a search for rory calhoun earlier because of this

A lot of the Simpsons is references to pop culture that will age too, but I think a good example of its timelessness despite that is Mr Burns saying a dog reminds him of Rory Calhoun because "he was always standing up and walking". It's a great red herring of a joke because no one gets the reference.

and the first thing in the list of the results was

"Rory Calhoun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
Rory Calhoun (August 8, 1922 – April 28, 1999) was an acclaimed American television and film actor, screenwriter and producer best known for standing-up and walking.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_Calhoun"
(shame it's not on the actual page)
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Post by: Cohaagen on January 15, 2013, 07:19:45 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Jackson_(singer)

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In early 2012 Jill Jackson completed the recording of her new album ''Getaway Driver''. The record was written and produced by Jackson herself and was released on May 14, 2012 with a full UK tour to follow on May 18 in support of the album but ticket sales were poor even though she only played small club venues and she had to rely on her lesbian audience for even minimal ticket sales. The album was not picked up by any record label, shops did not sell the album and she was dropped by her management.

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Musical influences

Jackson has said her main musical influences are Lesbians, T'Pau, Shareen Nanjiani, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, Shelby Lynne, Shawn Colvin, Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on January 15, 2013, 07:33:39 PM
Also, this person (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/82.9.26.163) has made over 100 edits to biographical articles changing places of birth to regional Scottish towns.

Example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Vickers

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Origin: Auchterarder
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on January 16, 2013, 08:48:33 AM
How do they not get banned? Oh wait, they are.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 17, 2013, 01:17:56 AM
The simple english wiki's article on Mr. Magoo is a bit odd.
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Magoo
"Mister Magoo, a chubby, most ugliest and innocent blind man,
had been playing with hair."
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Post by: DrGreggles on January 17, 2013, 05:10:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib_Habibou

"During a Zulte-Waregem game against Lokeren, Habibou grabbed and threw a duck over advertising hoardings because it had wandered onto the field"
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Post by: jenna appleseed on January 17, 2013, 10:03:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib_Habibou

"During a Zulte-Waregem game against Lokeren, Habibou grabbed and threw a duck over advertising hoardings because it had wandered onto the field"

version now up - (just seen the link in popbitch)
"During a Zulte-Waregem game against Lokeren, Habibou grabbed and threw David Sampson over advertising hoardings because he had wandered onto the field and called Habib's mother a 'Quack'.[3]"
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Post by: Thomas on January 18, 2013, 12:49:10 AM
Somebody has taken the lyrics from this brilliant song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfDGsZ3LJWc&t=1m40s) about village and civil parish Bishop Burton, and put them on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_Burton#The_Bishop_Burton_Anthem) -

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Bishop Burton has a village anthem, which has remained unchanged for three thousand years. It is sung on the first warm day of Spring every year, by the entire village community. On occasion, a pig is sacrificed whilst recanting the song.[2]

I advise you to listen to the song before reading the lyrics.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Petey Pate on January 24, 2013, 11:11:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozomatli

Here's one of those wikipedia pages where all the text has blatantly been copied and pasted from somewhere else.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Cohaagen on January 24, 2013, 11:14:04 PM
If that "Members" list hasn't been messed with already it's crying out for it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Mr_Simnock on January 25, 2013, 09:56:22 AM
Already edited a couple, see how long they stay up.
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Post by: Thomas on January 25, 2013, 05:47:22 PM
From the Chuckle Brothers' page -

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In April 2007, while on holiday on the Greek island of Kefalonia, Paul broke his nose and received cuts and bruises when he lost control of his motorbike after suddenly braking to avoid a goatherd and his flock of goats. Tourists who stopped at the accident, instead of helping him out, shouted out the Chuckle Brothers' catchphrase: "To me, to you."

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Although TVGoHome has described the Chuckles as "Britain's most wizened and suspect comedy duo", recognition has come to the brothers. On 31 January 2007 Rotherham United chairman Denis Coleman announced that the brothers had both been made honorary presidents of the football club.

This sentence also comes across as extremely bleak to me, for some reason -

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The comedy of the Chuckle Brothers usually derives from slapstick and other visual gags, and their catchphrases include "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear".
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Post by: BritishHobo on January 25, 2013, 08:59:32 PM
The page for Chucklevision (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chucklevision) is one of those ones that's had a fantastically unnecessary amount of detail put into it:

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The opening title sequence was different too, with rings coming from the centre of the picture flashing in dark blue, mid-blue and light blue in a psychedelic fashion with yellow lettering "ChuckleVision" on a red rectangle repeatedly jump-zooming in and out and tilting from side to side as it does this, while the original mono version of the ChuckleVision theme tune plays. These opening titles are then followed by clips of the programme.

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In the 8th episode of Series 4, entitled Bowl-derdash, the theme tune was changed from mono to stereo. This theme tune has remained ever since, but was shortened in the seventeenth series and also edited for the shortened versions of Series 12 and 13. All the episodes in the fourteenth series display the BBC logo on the title scene and the unedited versions of series thirteen display the BBC logo on the side of the title scene, but none of the episodes from other series show this logo. Since the 2002 series during the end credits, outtakes and goofs are usually shown instead of stills.
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Post by: Cohaagen on January 25, 2013, 09:15:06 PM
Already edited a couple, see how long they stay up.

I am pleased that you've updated the article to more accurately reflect past and present lineups, which now include the actor Gary Busey, Nikita Krushchev, and Geoffrey from Rainbow.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Bobby Treetops on January 25, 2013, 10:30:51 PM
You can now re-edit the Oxide & Neutrino page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxide_%26_Neutrino#Singles

Come on everybody lets get creative before it gets locked again.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Don_Preston on January 26, 2013, 07:54:07 PM
The profile photo for Jackie Coulter made me laugh anyway.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Belfast_mural_2.jpg/800px-Belfast_mural_2.jpg)
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Post by: doppelkorn on January 27, 2013, 02:57:25 AM
I am pleased that you've updated the article to more accurately reflect past and present lineups, which now include the actor Gary Busey, Nikita Krushchev, and Geoffrey from Rainbow.

One of them might have been me
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Post by: mycroft on January 27, 2013, 10:32:54 PM
A rather abstract one from the biography of Batman villain Prof. Hugo Strange...

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Hugo Strange was born and raised at Worthy Farm in Somerset. His twin Brother is well known Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis. Eavis and Strange were rivals from a young age and it is rumoured that they even fought in the womb. However, as they grew up, Strange chose the wrong path in life and often brought girls and drugs back to the farmhouse. Due to a family feud, Eavis and Strange have not spoken for many years. Although Glastonbury Festival revellers have reported seeing Hugo Strange inhaling NOS balloons around the Stone Circle throughout the festival. There are currently many rumours circling the internet that Strange's dance troupe Hugo Strange and The majestic Foundation are set to headline the Dance Tent at Glastonbury 2013. This has not been confirmed by organisers.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on January 27, 2013, 11:40:43 PM
Crispin Glover:

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Glover has written between 15 and 20 books.[11]
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Post by: Mister Six on January 28, 2013, 12:10:53 PM
The entire plot of Brian Yuzna's Rottweiler, summed up in a single paragraph:

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In 2018 a prisoner named Dante (William Miller) and his inmate escape from a punishment camp in southern Spain. Prison Warden Kufard (Paul Naschy), who never had a prisoner escape, lets a Rottweiler (the film's monster antagonist) loose, who has been beaten at a young age and is out for a gruesome revenge as it becomes an indestructible cyborg.[1] After having its fur and flesh burned off as a result of a helicopter crash, it tackles Dante in its robtic skeletal form. They disappear beneath the flames and the Warden catches up to Dante and brutally beats him, kicking him to lay in the sand. The Warden initially says that it isn't over, setting up for a sequel, but the camera pans to the cyborg dog, whose eye slowly shuts down like a power button on a monitor
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Post by: Retinend on January 29, 2013, 12:42:37 AM
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2013 will also herald the third series of David Attenborough's Life Stories for BBC Radio 4. Other projects include the one-off TV documentary Attenborough and Bjork: The Nature of Music[28] and the environmental documentary Plastic Oceans.
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Post by: Retinend on January 29, 2013, 02:08:52 AM
wait, that's actually true...
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: anonymous_lurker on January 29, 2013, 02:48:39 AM
The profile photo for Jackie Coulter made me laugh anyway.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Belfast_mural_2.jpg/800px-Belfast_mural_2.jpg)

Kevin Ashman of Eggheads fame has let himself go.
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Post by: BritishHobo on January 31, 2013, 12:50:32 AM
Checking out Ian Levine's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Levine) Wiki page turned up a couple of highlights:

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An unofficial continuity consultant during the early 1980s,[2] some observers have speculated that the Abzorbaloff monster played by Peter Kay in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" was based on Levine and reflects his role in fandom.[3][4] The Abzorbaloff design was created by Blue Peter "Design a Doctor Who Monster"-winner William Grantham.

And this mouthful about Levine's DC promotional and giveaway collection:

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Although Levine's complete DC comic book collection does not include all of the hundreds of different promotional (non-retail) and giveaway comic books that DC released over the decades (the particular identifying information for many of them has been lost due to DC not retaining decades-old licensing information), his DC promotional and giveaway collection contains the vast majority of all of the DC promotional and giveaway comic books currently known to have existed, and is perhaps the most complete DC promotional and giveaway collection currently in existence.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 31, 2013, 01:54:10 AM
I am pleased that you've updated the article to more accurately reflect past and present lineups, which now include the actor Gary Busey, Nikita Krushchev, and Geoffrey from Rainbow.

I love that the most recent edit is by Ozomatliofficial, but only to remove Nikita Kruschev leaving the other members intact.
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Post by: oilywater on January 31, 2013, 03:37:58 PM
My very first bit of wiki-vandalism. Wonder how long it'll stay up for...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hall)

Monster
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Post by: jenna appleseed on February 01, 2013, 02:11:57 AM
My very first bit of wiki-vandalism. Wonder how long it'll stay up for...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hall)

Monster

I think you missed a John Fashnu.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jenna appleseed on February 01, 2013, 04:16:34 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Was_Born_to_Love_You_(song)
"The BFI video was directed by Richard Heslop for the British Films Institute was included on Made In Heaven: The Films release and features features the inhabitants of a block of council flats of every sexual persuasion."

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Post by: DuncanC on February 03, 2013, 08:51:00 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Evolution_of_nine_glyph.png
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Post by: Nobody Soup on February 09, 2013, 06:58:20 PM
amusingness on the EPL 2012-13 page

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012–13_Premier_League

Assists
Rank    Player    Club    Assists
Brazil Justin Bieber    Liverpool    9
Japan Maria Ozawa    Chelsea    8
Poland Hulk Hogan    Arsenal    10
Philippines Peter Pan    Fulham    7
India Neymar    Chelsea    7
Iran Andy Lau    Manchester United    7
Malaysia Kurt Angle    Manchester City    7
England Selena Gomez    Arsenal    7
China Dave Batista    Arsenal    8
Japan Aaron Kwok    Tottenham Hotspur    8
Mexico Najib    Fulham    6
Iraq Heskey    Manchester United    6
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Epic Bisto on February 10, 2013, 09:52:53 PM
Whenever I need a pissing good belly laugh, it's time to got through the 'view history' section from the Oxide and Neutrino page. Here's a wonderful example:

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Non-Album Singles
"You Stupid Boy (Ode to Terry and June" (featuring Clive the Dekkkkaraytor) - 27 April 2009
Note: This single was hastily withdrawn from the shelves after the duo discovered that Clive the Dekkkkaraytor was not an up-and-coming grime artist but was, in fact, a 47-year-old lisping painter and decorator from Clitheroe. Despite their efforts to hide their embarrassment, the single was leaked online by MC Shitpipe, credited to 'Ockthide and Neutrino'. It is believed that this is the root of the long-running feud between Shitpipe and the duo.
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on February 10, 2013, 10:37:36 PM
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothers_of_invention
The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa, a self-taught composer and performer whose diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize[citation needed].
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Post by: bigfatheart on February 10, 2013, 11:58:36 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttered_cat_paradox
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In reality, cats do possess the ability to turn themselves right side up in mid-air if they should fall upside-down, known as the cat righting reflex, which enables them to land on their feet if dropped from sufficient height (about 30 cm (12 in)).[citation needed]

Toast, however, lacks both the ability and any desire to right itself.[citation needed]
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Post by: non capisco on February 11, 2013, 12:40:19 AM
Whenever I need a pissing good belly laugh, it's time to got through the 'view history' section from the Oxide and Neutrino page.

They really did disband after an argument about whether or not you can see Canary Wharf from the moon, you know.
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Post by: bigfatheart on February 13, 2013, 07:39:43 PM
From the article on Blazin' Squad. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazin%27_Squad)

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In January 2010 the group signed with Ooh, Cheeky! Records, and immediately set about recording new material. However, unbeknownst to them Ooh, Cheeky! was a homosexual record label, and as such the group was forced, by the terms of their contract, to reposition themselves as a homosexual group and to record homosexual songs. This led to the departure of the staunchly heterosexual Strider and Krazy, to be replaced by Mincer and Fisty, both of whom were receptionists at the Ooh, Cheeky! offices. After recording three songs - 'Once, Twice, Three Times a Ladyboy', 'It Won't Felch Itself' and 'Big Dopper' - the group rebelled, inserting subliminal pro-heterosexual messages into the songs; notably, the chorus line What I want is a big dopper was followed by a whispered No I don't, I fancy women, really. This led to a lawsuit from Ooh, Cheeky!, with the courts ruling in favour of Blazin' Sqaud after it was revealed that the group had accidentally written their order for a Chinese takeaway onto the contract rather than signing their names, leaving Ooh, Cheeky! with egg-fried rice on their roster. (In September 2011, Egg-Fried Rice hit no. 1 on the UK Singles Chart with their reworking of 'Big Dopper', featuring guest vocals from Leo Sayer.)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: madhair60 on February 13, 2013, 08:24:10 PM
Can someone please link the best revision of the Oxide and Neutrino page?  I never got to see it.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 14, 2013, 02:01:47 AM
I love this GIF:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Cat_fall_150x300_6fps.gif)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex), even though from the words in the article it seems it's not right.

Bagsy me having it for my next avatar.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on February 14, 2013, 12:02:16 PM
From the article on Blazin' Squad. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazin%27_Squad)

Hearty laffs for a good few minutes off the back of that. Nice one.
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Post by: Epic Bisto on February 14, 2013, 01:06:38 PM
A glance through the Blazin' Squad edit history brings up this nugget:

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The Ooh, Cheeky! era

In January 2010 the group signed with Ooh, Cheeky! Records, and immediately set about recording new material. However, unbeknownst to them Ooh, Cheeky! was a homosexual record label, and as such the group was forced, by the terms of their contract, to reposition themselves as a homosexual group and to record homosexual songs. This led to the departure of the staunchly heterosexual Strider and Krazy, to be replaced by Mincer and Fisty, both of whom were receptionists at the Ooh, Cheeky! offices. After recording three songs - 'Once, Twice, Three Times a Ladyboy', 'It Won't Felch Itself' and 'Big Dopper' - the group rebelled, inserting subliminal pro-heterosexual messages into the songs; notably, the chorus line What I want is a big dopper was followed by a whispered No I don't, I fancy women, really. This led to a lawsuit from Ooh, Cheeky!, with the courts ruling in favour of Blazin' Sqaud after it was revealed that the group had accidentally written their order for a Chinese takeaway onto the contract rather than signing their names, leaving Ooh, Cheeky! with egg-fried rice on their roster. (In September 2011, Egg-Fried Rice hit no. 1 on the UK Singles Chart with their reworking of 'Big Dopper', featuring guest vocals from Leo Sayer.)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on February 14, 2013, 01:52:38 PM
Marvellous.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on February 14, 2013, 10:41:00 PM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chubby_Checker

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In 2013 Checker sued HP over a WebOS application with the same name. The application, before being pulled in September 2012, was used to unscientifically estimate penis size based off of shoe size

or as popbitch put it "Chubby Checker is suing Hewlett Packard
over an app to measure penis size
called, inevitably, the 'Chubby Checker'."
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: spock rogers on February 15, 2013, 10:46:28 AM
Not Wikipedia, but this is from the IMDB trivia page for X-Men: First Class:

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This is the second time that January Jones has been cast in 1962 opposite an actor with a pork based name. The first was in Mad Men opposite Jon Hamm and then this alongside Kevin Bacon.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270798/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr1496894
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: bigfatheart on February 15, 2013, 03:12:19 PM
She used those roles to show off her acting chops.
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Post by: DrGreggles on February 16, 2013, 10:44:22 AM
From the entry for ex-Luton striker Lars Elstrup:

"In 1993, Elstrup had doubts about his footballing future, as he felt he was living under the expectations of others. He joined a spiritual sect, and took the spiritual name "Darando", meaning "The River that Flows". He moved away from the sect in December 1999 after being arrested for punching a school child."
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Post by: Cohaagen on February 16, 2013, 06:45:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Wright_(loyalist)

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Wright's sister later claimed that he had foreseen the September 11 attacks when he told her that as she was living in New York she was abiding in a "city of sin"; he then went on to predict that the World Trade Center towers would be destroyed from the air.[31]
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Post by: jenna appleseed on February 17, 2013, 04:28:19 AM
hiding on the talk page for Anthony Crosland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Anthony_Crosland
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LGBT

FORMER Chancellor Lord Healey has fond memories of Susan Crosland, widow of his Cabinet colleague Anthony Crosland, who died at the weekend at the age of 84. “I’m so sorry,” says Denis Healey from his house in Sussex. “She was such a lovely girl, so much nicer than Tony’s first wife, who was a pain in the arse. “Tony was a bit AC/DC, you know. Susan Barnes, as she was known, used to pander to his tastes a little by wearing mannish clothes. I remember a walking holiday with Tony in the Black Forest in Germany in the 1940s. We were with Hugh Dalton, who was his boyfriend in a way. “Tony and I had to share a bed and, when I put the light out, he said ‘I’m feeling rather randy, are you?’ “I said ‘No, I’m not. Bugger off.’ So he got into bed with Dalton instead.” 1 March 2011 [1]"
oh dear
[nb]apparently once on here http://londonersdiary.standard.co.uk [/nb]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on February 18, 2013, 11:57:12 PM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chubby_Checker

or as popbitch put it "Chubby Checker is suing Hewlett Packard
over an app to measure penis size
called, inevitably, the 'Chubby Checker'."

That one's true!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21471967
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jenna appleseed on February 19, 2013, 12:49:21 AM
That one's true!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21471967
yeah - saw it on popbitch, went straight to wiki to see if anyone'd added it & found it funnier that it had been done in such a deadly earnest/serious way. (hadn't seen the thread on here)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 19, 2013, 08:43:53 AM
Can someone please link the best revision of the Oxide and Neutrino page?  I never got to see it.
Some of the MCs that passed through that group had me in stitches.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Obel on February 19, 2013, 10:04:38 AM
I love this GIF:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Cat_fall_150x300_6fps.gif)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex), even though from the words in the article it seems it's not right.

Bagsy me having it for my next avatar.

I love this. Also found a funny segment in a related page about the Buttered Cat Paradox.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttered_cat_paradox

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In reality, cats do possess the ability to turn themselves right side up in mid-air if they should fall upside-down, known as the cat righting reflex, which enables them to land on their feet if dropped from sufficient height (about 30 cm (12 in)).[citation needed]

Toast, however, lacks both the ability and any desire to right itself.[citation needed]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on February 20, 2013, 09:07:30 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Silly_Things has a record of some long-lasting/elaborate hoaxes. I quite like the extensively researched, but fake, Upper Peninsula War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ned_Scott/Upper_Peninsula_War)

It's not exactly a hilarious read, but that someone went to all that trouble just to fool people is quite amusing.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: KnuckleSupper on February 20, 2013, 04:26:29 PM
From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuckle_Brothers
 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuckle_Brothers)
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In April 2007, while on holiday on the Greek island of Kefalonia, Paul broke his nose and received cuts and bruises when he lost control of his motorbike after suddenly braking to avoid a goatherd and his flock of goats. Tourists who stopped at the accident, instead of helping him out, shouted out the Chuckle Brothers' catchphrase: "To me, to you."
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Post by: MuteBanana on February 20, 2013, 06:00:02 PM
Oi Paul, no slacking.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on February 22, 2013, 11:54:16 AM
Fair City, Irish soap opera.

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Social realism

The show has featured a number of gritty storylines reflecting major issues in Irish society, particularly from the mid 1990s onwards.

In 1996, three years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland, male characters Eoghan and Liam moved in for a clinch – only to be interrupted. It would have been the first gay kiss on Irish television.[8] Nowadays Fair City deals with LGBT themes more openly and more regularly. Yvonne, one of the soap's main characters, is bisexual, and used to date Connie from Australia. They were to have been married in Northern Ireland. Laura, a lesbian, formed a relationship with social worker Emily, only to have it broken up by the jealous, bitter and deranged Lucy. Troy, the son of Leo Dowling (another major character), is openly gay.

In 1998, the show tackled the subject of rape, with the rape of Lorriane Molloy by Dr Jack Shanahan, who later committed suicide. Abortion was portrayed in the early 2000s as Kay McCoy decided to abort her pregnancy despite her husband Malachy's wishes, for fear the child would be born severely disabled.[9] Drug addiction has also been portrayed a number of times. One of Fair City's best-known storylines took place in 2001, with crime lord Billy Meehan abusing his wife Carol and mistress Tracey McGuigan before being murdered by Carol's son Lorcan. [10] Prostitution was also shown in 2001 when Tracey turned to prostitution in order to pay for drugs.

Prostate cancer awareness was raised in June 2002 (Bela Doyle's battle with prostate cancer).[11] Mental health issues were confronted in December 2002 when Yvonne Doyle developed schizophrenia (which led to her taking a drug overdose in a failed suicide attempt). In 2003, storylines included teenage pregnancy (Kira Cassidy giving birth to a baby girl, Juliet) and incest (Heather Lyons' relationship with her half-brother Floyd Phelan). Also, domestic abuse was highlighted with the Halpin family when Tess was murdered by her husband Marty following years of domestic abuse.[12] More recently in 2010, there was a domestic abuse storyline involving Suzanne and Damien. Suzanne was the abusive person in the relationship and this ultimately led to them breaking up.

In 2004, Fair City continued to feature hard-hitting issues such as bulimia (Robin McKenna's eating disorder) and teacher Sorcha Byrne's illicit affair with 19-year-old student Ross O'Rourke (which culminated in Sorcha's boyfriend Barry O'Hanlon being overcome by clinical depression and having a mental breakdown). Also, accidental drug overdose was highlighted, with the death of Dolores Molloy's baby Jessica from an accidental Ecstasy overdose. Homelessness was shown in 2005 when Cleo Collins slept rough on the streets. Gangland killing was also featured in 2005 when Mick O'Shea killed Alex, a member of a criminal Ukrainian gang, under the orders of crime lord Sylvester Garrigan (which led to his niece Ali being held hostage by them in 2006). Breast cancer awareness was raised (Nicola Prendergast's battle with breast cancer).[13]

In 2006, the gangland storyline was revisited, with a chain of bad fortune for Garrigan ultimately leading to his downfall. First, he was wounded in a drive-by shooting, which was an assassination attempt on his life by the Ukrainian gang in retaliation for killing Alex. Subsequently, a sting operation by undercover Gardai found drugs that Lorcan was piggybacking on one of Garrigan's booze runs. Tim Carney's domineering marriage with Olga was also featured. Racism was shown when the Udenze family were targeted by racists Pete Flanngan and Morgan Dalton.

In 2007, the show tackled the subject of bullying, with the bullying of Mark Halpin.[14] Missing persons were also highlighted in 2007 with the disappearance of Lana Dowling.[15] 2008 covered the issue of euthanasia (Floyd's death in a pact with Heather's husband Brendan) and the Criminal Assets Bureau (Carol losing her pub and nightclub which were purchased by Billy with his ill-gotten gains). In 2009 mental health issues were confronted such as Keith McGrath's desertion of the British Army and Bill Taylor's psychological torture over Annette Daly's alcoholism. 2009 also saw the show's first bi-sexual love triangle and lesbian storyline when Yvonne Doyle had an affair with her best friend Connie Boylan.[16]

In 2010, Damien Halpin's unemployment reflects the 2008–2012 Irish financial crisis. In addition the many scenes of domestic abuse towards Damien by his wife Suzanne have brought into the open the taboo subject of spousal abuse towards males. The series has been praised for this edgy and at times controversial storyline.[17] It proved to be so popular that British soap opera Coronation Street later did their own version.[18] Organ donor awareness was raised in 2011 when Lucy Mallon received a cornea transplant.[19] Wearing pyjamas during the day was covered with Sash Bishop.[20] Aside from this, soap opera staples of youthful romance, jealousy, domestic rivalry, gossip and extramarital affairs are regularly featured. Late 2011/early 2012 saw Orla Kirwan and Caoimhe Dillon engage in numerous shoplifting sprees around Dublin.[21][22] In April 2012, life in prison was covered, with prisoner Decco Bishop fearing for his life behind bars.[23]
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Post by: bigfatheart on February 26, 2013, 03:02:27 PM
From Will Mellor's page:

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Mellor was hospitalised in February 2013 after drunkenly experimenting with urinating while wearing a condom. He had expected the condom to burst, only to discover that the lining was stronger than he had thought, forcing the urine back up his urethra with such force as to split his hips in two and to cause substantial damage to his spine. Doctors announced that his midriff would, in all likelihood, have a similar consistency to a waterbed for the rest of his life.
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Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on February 27, 2013, 11:39:43 AM
I changed George Alagiah's wikipedia page so it said George 'Smasher' Alagiah.  It was there for ages as well.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on February 27, 2013, 06:25:39 PM
I remember that. That was brilliant.
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Post by: The Duck Man on February 27, 2013, 11:23:35 PM
I'm enjoying this list of nicknames for monarchs. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monarchs_by_nickname)

Poor Louis the Unavoidable. Fear Dmitry the Terrible Eyes. Ponder James the Beshitten.
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Post by: DrGreggles on February 28, 2013, 08:46:56 AM
I'm enjoying this list of nicknames for monarchs. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monarchs_by_nickname)

Poor Louis the Unavoidable. Fear Dmitry the Terrible Eyes. Ponder James the Beshitten.

King William of Austria was known as William the Ambitious?
Surely that would have only applied when he was a Prince.
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Post by: phantom_power on February 28, 2013, 11:37:12 AM
Some great profile pictures, especially Venables and Sammy Igoe at the end

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/lists/157146/25-footballers-with-astoundingly-crap-wikipedia-profile-photos.html
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Post by: daffs on March 03, 2013, 10:56:28 PM
I don't follow this thread very closely, so apologies if this has been said before, but I liked this:

As Bale develops into one of the most dangerous left-wingers in the world, his style of play has won admiration from managers, current and past players such as Luis Figo,[73] José Mourinho,[74] Igor Štimac,[75] Dani Alves[76] and Phil Neville.[77]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Thomas on March 13, 2013, 11:25:49 PM
Quote from:  Wikipedia: Warble fly
Satirist and zoology graduate Chris Morris paid homage to the warble fly in his 1993 Comedy Awards acceptance speech, briefly relaying a series of facts about its life cycle.[3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDQWN33F8yM&list=UU66RMNyI_GVBA7auVp8fvCw&index=20)]

By me.

Fact fans - at 0:22 in the linked video, Morris blows a kiss to his wife. Ahh.
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Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on June 09, 2013, 11:49:16 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Cullimore

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Luke Guttridge Incident[edit]
In January 2013, the litigious Cullimore launched a civil action suit again Northampton Town soccer player Luke Guttridge, after the latter struck and killed Cullimore's prized Alsatian dog with his converted school bus. In May of the same year the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.[2]
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Post by: The Duck Man on July 09, 2013, 05:07:47 PM
Someone posted this on Twitter - the greatest opening paragraph on Wikipedia? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart)

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Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was an English officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said "frankly I had enjoyed the war."
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Post by: jenna appleseed on July 15, 2013, 05:18:50 AM
I shouldn't laugh but
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Fontana
After trying to burn a bailiff alive in his car & before being hospitalised under the mental health act

 "He later appeared at Derby Crown Court dressed as Lady Justice, complete with a sword, scales, crown, cape and dark glasses, and claiming "justice is blind"

eta: and the internet has photos!

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/05_02/FontanaPA_468x891.jpg)

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/05_02/FontanaPA_468x384.jpg)
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Post by: Gavin M on July 20, 2013, 08:36:27 PM
Following last night's posts about John Barrowman almost being in Will & Grace, my Wki browsing went: John Barrowman > The Movie Game > Jonathan Morris, where I found this:

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In 2002 he hosted the 52 part series "Jonathon's Morris" where each week he lovingly restored an old Morris Ital.

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Post by: anonymous_lurker on July 21, 2013, 01:59:44 AM
50% amusing, 50% pain-inducing is wikipedia's 'Penile fracture' page.

E.g

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A popping or cracking sound, significant pain, immediate flaccidity, and skin hematoma of various sizes are commonly associated with the event.

It's the bolding of 'significant' which amuses me most I think, closely followed by that inherently chucklesome turn of phrase 'immediate flaccidity'. Also the knowledge of an attempted lawsuit over some poor bastard's broken knob, too:

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In America the case of Doe v. Moe, 63 Mass. App. Ct. 516, 827 N.E.2d 240 (2005), tested liability for a penile fracture injury caused during sexual intercourse. The court declined to find duty as between two consensual adults. The plaintiff in this case, a man who suffered a fractured penis, complained that the defendant, his ex-girlfriend, had caused his injury while she was on top of him during sexual intercourse. The court ruled in her favor, determining that her conduct was neither legally wanton nor reckless.
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on July 23, 2013, 06:50:56 PM
It's always worth looking through the History tab of Wikipedia articles, to see the vandalised entries. CaB poster boy Stewart Lee being a frequent victim: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=542163382

Too many bits to quote.
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Post by: Don_Preston on July 25, 2013, 03:15:36 PM
Entry for entertainer Bruce Forsyth has a list of catchphrases. My challenge to you is to edit or add to them in the style of So Solid Crew.
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Post by: doppelkorn on July 25, 2013, 03:23:28 PM
It's always worth looking through the History tab of Wikipedia articles, to see the vandalised entries. CaB poster boy Stewart Lee being a frequent victim: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=542163382

Too many bits to quote.

That's insane.

Whoever came up with that has an extremely creative mind.
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Post by: Mildly Diverting on July 25, 2013, 03:29:01 PM
Spouse: Christy Moore :)
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on July 25, 2013, 06:50:20 PM
"In December 2011, due to an administrative oversight, he won the award for best female television comic for his series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle"


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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on July 25, 2013, 07:31:05 PM
"Lee played for the 'Old Grumblers' cricket club. He lives in Bisham, and is also on the executive of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh"
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Post by: doppelkorn on July 25, 2013, 09:58:14 PM
My Bruce Forsyth catchphrase got wiped, presumably for containing the word "penis". Well done to those more subtle cookies.
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Post by: non capisco on July 26, 2013, 04:12:32 PM
Wikipedia is telling me there is a death metal band called Hatebeak and the frontman is a parrot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatebeak

Here they are in the studio.

(http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/2/5/3/22534_photo.jpg?1508)

*GOB* Come ON!!!!!
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on July 26, 2013, 04:17:41 PM
Haha, that's brilliant.

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Hatebeak made their second record with Caninus, a band whose lead singer is two dogs.[2] Hatebeak's goal is to "raise the bar for extreme music".[2]
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Post by: Thomas on July 26, 2013, 04:42:24 PM
I love that sentence. 'Hatebeak made their second record with Caninus, a band whose lead singer is two dogs.' I can imagine Ted Maul reciting it perfectly.

The 'lead singer is two dogs.'
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Post by: Epic Bisto on July 26, 2013, 10:57:06 PM
My Bruce Forsyth catchphrase got wiped, presumably for containing the word "penis". Well done to those more subtle cookies.

"What do points make" (prizes) made me laugh.
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Post by: oilywater on July 27, 2013, 10:47:14 AM
Entry for entertainer Bruce Forsyth has a list of catchphrases. My challenge to you is to edit or add to them in the style of So Solid Crew.

Added a couple to the list. There's a good crop of catchphrases on there now.
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Post by: shiftwork2 on July 27, 2013, 11:27:34 AM
This is how you do wiki vandalism.  Nice work fellas.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx98/billy_shears/Capture_zpsb51be345.jpg)
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Post by: Nuclear Optimism on July 27, 2013, 06:22:44 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=565960760
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Post by: Thomas on July 27, 2013, 06:24:42 PM
That Stewart Lee edit is some fine work.

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The first episode was watched by approximately 0.00005 million viewers, though the figure rose by 3% when a fault with the BBC iPlayer service accidentally played the show to viewers who selected other, better programmes.

I also like the bit about Star Wars.
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Post by: The Duck Man on August 15, 2013, 01:07:47 PM
Not Wikipedia, but I did enjoy the names of Theodore Roosevelt's pets. (http://www.nps.gov/thrb/historyculture/the-roosevelt-pets.htm)

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The Roosevelt children's family of pets included a small bear named Jonathan Edwards; a lizard named Bill; guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, and Father O'Grady; Maude the pig; Josiah the badger; Eli Yale the blue macaw; Baron Spreckle the hen; a one-legged rooster; a hyena; a barn owl; Peter the rabbit; and Algonquin the pony.

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Alice, Quentin's sister, also had a pet garter snake that she named Emily Spinach ("because it was as green as spinach and as thin as my Aunt Emily"). The Roosevelts were dog lovers as well. Among their many canines were Sailor Boy the Chesapeake retriever

He also had a son called Kermit!
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Post by: touchingcloth on August 15, 2013, 02:22:54 PM
As a younger[nb]Not nearly mitigatingly so.[/nb] man, I once ran simultaneous find-and-replace edits on two Wikipedia articles. "Mel Gibson" became "William Wallace", and vice versa. Childish, but it yielded some gems that pleased my childish mind:

Quote from: Hive mind
Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In 1984, Wallace was arrested for drunk driving after he rear-ended a car in Toronto. According to Clarkson, when the other driver exited his vehicle and began shouting profanity at him, William Wallace laughed and offered him a drink. He was fined $400 and banned from driving in Canada for 3 months.

The bolded bit is absolutely what the real William Wallace would have done[nb]I may have confused him with Brian Blessed's Richard IV in Blackadder, yes.[/nb].

I had to swap some of the article images, too.

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2ptax43.jpg)
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Post by: Thomas on August 17, 2013, 03:42:01 AM
I've just been laughing at these two photographs from the sloppily written[nb]'It has been argued that money cannot effectively "buy" much happiness unless it is used in certain ways [...] more religion is seen in happier people.'[/nb] article for 'happiness' -

(http://media.tumblr.com/5f2af015da611906289330622f59a2a8/tumblr_inline_mrnm4zBO2u1qz4rgp.png)

The first image is obviously the more absurd of the two, but it's the extreme specificity of the second caption that gets me.
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Post by: Smeraldina Rima on August 17, 2013, 10:39:35 AM
Compo's let his love show.
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on August 18, 2013, 08:59:06 PM
Look! An airline from Kazakhstan with a funny name!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCAT_(airline) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCAT_(airline))

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/SCAT_Boeing_757-200_Simon.jpg/640px-SCAT_Boeing_757-200_Simon.jpg)

Comedy gold, yo.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on August 18, 2013, 11:39:44 PM
Their chocolate mousse is legendary.
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Post by: shiftwork2 on August 19, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
On a bit of a tangent here but I always thought late eighties hip-hop fans might like to have a fly on one of these.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx98/billy_shears/ex_nwa2_zps75d4ba7e.jpg)
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Post by: up_the_hampipe on August 21, 2013, 10:08:28 PM
Someone slipped in an unnoticed (so far) entry into the "weekly summary" section of this year's Big Brother:

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On Day 21, Sam awoke in the wee hours of the morning to sacrifice a baby goat in the veg patch as the first part of his malevolent deal with the dark lord Lucifer to make it to the end and win the grand prize, with which he would purchase a slew of sundry items to help cast the world into a thousand years of darkness and despair. After gnawing on the goat's snout and giving himself an enema with its blood he returned to bed and shared fart jokes with Daley.
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Post by: thecuriousorange on August 22, 2013, 06:54:22 PM
From the page about long-running RTE children's show The Den.

The Yes-No Game Show

Twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, a child would take part in this, in which he/she had to answer various questions about themselves without using the words "Yes" or "No". If they lasted long enough, they won several prizes, plus a Yes-No Game Show winners' mug. If they said "Yes" or "No" they got all the prizes anyway, except for the mug.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Den_(television)#The_Yes-No_Game_Show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Den_(television)#The_Yes-No_Game_Show)
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 28, 2013, 08:07:38 AM
From the entry for Mike & Bernie Winters:

"Schnorbitz once fell into a swimming pool at Terry Scott's house, only to be rescued by Barbara Windsor."
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Post by: doppelkorn on August 28, 2013, 10:26:16 AM
This is the full text of the entry for American Football Player Charlie Babb:

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Charles David Babb (born February 4, 1950) was a safety for the Miami Dolphins (1972–1979). He is a graduate of Charleston High School in Charleston, Missouri. Both of Charlie's parents are deaf, making for an interesting home life for Charlie as a child.[citation needed]
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Post by: gout_pony on August 28, 2013, 01:14:27 PM
Somewhat unpleasant in tone, but odd enough for inclusion - from the Wiki for Bangkok Dangerous (2008):

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Midway through the movie, Joe meets a nameless (possibly 'Rain') deaf pharmacist dancer, with whom he becomes intrigued by after a brief and otherwise unremarkable consultation. Over a whirlwind 1.5 weeks of elephant touching, grunting, unintelligible hand signals, and leaf eating, Joe falls madly for 'Rain' and meets her mother, where it is revealed that she isn't sure of his nationality, job, or name. Unfortunately, the amorous affair is cut short when Joe kills two assailants in 'Rain's' presence.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on August 30, 2013, 08:48:32 AM
re r George Michael's Outside
"It was not featured on a studio album, but was included on his solo hits collection Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael - the title of which was also a sly dig at his activity in the lavatory."
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Post by: jenna appleseed on September 02, 2013, 04:39:56 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Neilson
Quote from: Wikipedia
Before he became notorious as The Black Panther he was sought under a variety of nicknames such as The Phantom and Handy Andy.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on September 09, 2013, 09:47:31 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_of_These_Nights

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Additional personnel
Clara Potter-Sweet - Intergalactic Encyclopedia Researcher on "Journey of the Sorcerer"
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Post by: The Duck Man on September 15, 2013, 02:33:41 PM
Get the important stuff in the opening paragraph:
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Aron Jóhannsson (born 10 November 1990) is an Icelandic-American soccer player, who plays as a striker for Eredivisie side AZ, as well as the United States men's national soccer team. His likeness to the American actor Kevin Bacon has earned him the nickname Aron Bacon.[1]
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Post by: thecuriousorange on October 07, 2013, 04:30:46 PM
This made me laugh on the Paul Daniels page:

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He is also dismissive of modern impressionists – "I don't think much to modern impressionists either. Forget Alistair McGowan."

That's him told.
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Post by: The Duck Man on October 07, 2013, 05:11:05 PM
Not a joke, but still some great lines in the Wikipedia article on Annie Edison Taylor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Edson_Taylor).

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Desiring to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, she decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
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Several delays occurred in the launching of the barrel, particularly because no one wanted to be part of a potential suicide. Two days before Taylor's own attempt, a domestic cat was sent over the Horseshoe Falls in her barrel to test its strength. Contrary to rumors at the time, the cat survived the plunge and 17 minutes later, after she was found with a bleeding head, posed with Taylor in photographs.
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She briefly earned money speaking about her experience, but was never able to build much wealth. Her manager, Frank M. Russell, decamped with her barrel, and most of her savings were used towards private detectives hired to find it. It was eventually located in Chicago, only to permanently disappear some time later.

She spent her final years posing for photographs with tourists at her souvenir stand, attempting to earn money from the New York Stock Exchange, briefly talking about taking a second plunge over the cataracts in 1906, attempting to write a novel, re-constructing her 1901 plunge on film (which was never seen), working as a clairvoyant, and providing magnetic therapeutic treatments to local residents.

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She is interred in the "Stunters Section" of Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/47/Annie_Taylor.jpg/468px-Annie_Taylor.jpg)

Came across her in this decent 40 best historical photographs evurrrrrrrrrr (http://www.boredpanda.com/must-see-historic-moments/) piece.
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Post by: Snobbish Puerile Wanker on October 07, 2013, 05:30:06 PM
An oldie but a goodie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Jesus_theft (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Jesus_theft)

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In 2008, a Baby Jesus was stolen from First United Methodist Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and replaced with a pumpkin.

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One Indiana man who suffered the loss of his Baby Jesus figurine rebuffed suggestions to secure the figurines on his porch because, "that would be like putting Jesus in jail"
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 07, 2013, 06:24:17 PM
From Casey Kasem's page, if you can understand this you're a better man than I:

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Health problems<collapse-section>

On October 1, 2013, Kasem suffered from advanced Parkinson's disease. His wife, Jean Kasem had called the police on the protesters, but ha not spoken about the situation, and would not allow his four children to see their father, that way, especially his brother. [7]
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Post by: shiftwork2 on October 07, 2013, 07:14:52 PM
From Casey Kasem's page, if you can understand this you're a better man than I:

Frankly that's what happens when you reach for the stars yet keep your feet on the ground.  Never ends well.
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Post by: Utter Shit on October 25, 2013, 03:32:42 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS_syndrome

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RAS syndrome (short for "redundant acronym syndrome syndrome"), also known as PNS syndrome ("PIN number syndrome syndrome", which expands to "personal identification number number syndrome syndrome") or RAP phrases ("redundant acronym phrase phrases"), refers to the use of one or more of the words that make up an acronym or initialism in conjunction with the abbreviated form, thus in effect repeating one or more words.

A person is humorously said to suffer from RAS syndrome when he or she redundantly uses one or more of the words that make up an acronym or initialism with the abbreviation itself. Usage commentators consider such redundant acronyms poor style and an error to be avoided in writing, though they are common in speech.[1] The degree to which there is a need to avoid pleonasms such as redundant acronyms depends on one's balance point of prescriptivism (ideas about how language should be used) versus descriptivism (the realities of how natural language is used). For writing intended to persuade, impress, or avoid criticism, usage guides advise writers to avoid pleonasm as much as possible, not because such usage is always "wrong", but rather because most of one's audience may believe that it is always wrong.

The term RAS syndrome is intentionally redundant,[2][3] and thus an example of self-referential humor.
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Post by: mycroft on November 08, 2013, 10:27:02 PM
From the entry on Roy Walker:

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Walker subsequently went on to play an instrumental role in the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement ("That's good but it's not the right answer"), with former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern citing his famous catchphrase, "Say what you see" and cross community appeal as critical to "bringing the people of the island of Ireland together".
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Post by: Chriddof on November 10, 2013, 12:22:51 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27ll_be_Alright_on_the_Night (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27ll_be_Alright_on_the_Night)

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It'll Be Alright On The Night is a British television bloopers show screened on ITV and produced by London Weekend Television (now branded as Potato Productions).

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Post by: The Duck Man on November 10, 2013, 12:56:17 PM
Rory Fallon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_Fallon)

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Rory Fallon is a Christian who is involved with the charity faith and football. He has revealed that he moves clubs based on what God tells him. He told the Guardian: "One club has come in for me, but I don't feel the Lord wants me to go. I will wait on what the Lord says. I don't feel I have got a clear message to leave yet, so I'm staying. I'm instructed by the Lord, and I keep telling people this. They probably think I'm mad, but I know full well that when Paul Sturrock came in and wanted me to go to Southend I had a dream and the Lord told me to stay at Plymouth. I have had no instructions since so I stay at Plymouth."
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Post by: Guy on November 10, 2013, 05:38:13 PM
It'll Be Alright On The Night is a British television bloopers show screened on ITV and produced by London Weekend Television (now branded as Potato Productions).

Almost weeping here. *applauds*
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Post by: gmoney on November 11, 2013, 02:24:05 AM
From Casey Kasem's page, if you can understand this you're a better man than I:

Zoinks!
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on November 12, 2013, 07:38:06 AM
I like the "plot" section of the Inside LLewyn Davis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Llewyn_Davis) page.
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on November 12, 2013, 08:21:06 AM
Potato Productions is real.
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Post by: The Duck Man on November 18, 2013, 02:54:17 PM
Wikipedia and the struggle with the superlative.

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Alicya Eyo (born 16 December 1975, Huyton, Liverpool) is a British theatre, film and television actress. She is best known for portraying Denny Blood in the award-winning and critically acclaimed prison drama series Bad Girls. She is also best known for playing Ruby Haswell in the ITV soap opera, Emmerdale.
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Post by: The Duck Man on November 26, 2013, 02:05:33 PM
Fred Dinenage has a good Wikipedia photo:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/53/Fred_Dinenage_HOW_carwash.jpg/800px-Fred_Dinenage_HOW_carwash.jpg)
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Post by: Thomas on December 10, 2013, 01:29:57 AM
I'm just reading this article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kar%C3%A1nsebes) about a battle in which the Austrian Army accidentally fought itself and won (as in killed 10,000 of its own soldiers).

Two features of the article in particular have made me laugh -

The listing of participants:

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Soldiers of the Habsburg Monarchy   /   Other soldiers of the Habsburg Monarchy

And this sentence:

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The incident escalated to the point where the whole army retreated from the imaginary enemy, and Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II was pushed off his horse into a small creek.
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Post by: zomgmouse on December 10, 2013, 11:05:44 AM
The page for the suburb of Schenectady, New York has the following at the very top:
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For the movie of a similar name, see Synecdoche, New York
I thought that was amusing.

I also savour the incredible nicheness of some Wikipedia pages.
e.g.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_college_football_stadiums_with_non-traditional_field_colors

And here is perhaps the wowest ever opening paragraph for a person (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart)
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Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart[1] VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963) was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, "Frankly I had enjoyed the war."[2]
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Post by: EOLAN on December 10, 2013, 11:22:10 AM
I'm just reading this article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kar%C3%A1nsebes) about a battle in which the Austrian Army accidentally fought itself and won (as in killed 10,000 of its own soldiers).

So which one of you has added this to the end of the Wiki entry:

Quote from: wikipedia
Then Arjenis the menance, commander of the Chinstrap nation took over the world and went to the bars.
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Post by: thraxx on December 10, 2013, 11:35:53 AM
Amusing in that it is the most cunty wikipedia entry of them all, and CLEARLY penned by the prick himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_Mills

Its hubris is flabbergasting, rage inducing.  I give you:

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; also known as Krishna Kantha das). 

Known for short round my way at 'that bellend'.
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Post by: touchingcloth on December 10, 2013, 11:48:55 AM
Amusing in that it is the most cunty wikipedia entry of them all, and CLEARLY penned by the prick himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_Mills

Its hubris is flabbergasting, rage inducing.  I give you:

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; also known as Krishna Kantha das). 

Known for short round my way at 'that bellend'.

Your challenge, CaB, is to insert the word "dad" into that article in the most inventive way(s).
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 10, 2013, 12:01:28 PM
And here is perhaps the wowest ever opening paragraph for a person (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart)

I think he was featured heavily in an old thread on here called something like "MAD BASTARDS" which was about total nutters throughout history.

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Post by: thraxx on December 10, 2013, 01:16:58 PM
I think he was featured heavily in an old thread on here called something like "MAD BASTARDS" which was about total nutters throughout history.

This man is now my new hero.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 10, 2013, 01:33:08 PM
Does anyone know the thread I mean? I think it also had Simo Häyhä (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4), the White Death.

Worryingly, almost every reference to Simo Häyhä on here comes from me.
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Post by: chand on December 10, 2013, 02:28:03 PM
Amusing in that it is the most cunty wikipedia entry of them all, and CLEARLY penned by the prick himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_Mills

Its hubris is flabbergasting, rage inducing.  I give you:

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; also known as Krishna Kantha das). 

Known for short round my way at 'that bellend'.

'He also became vegetarian, although concedes that this was largely due to meeting "a really attractive girl who was vegetarian"'
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Post by: NoSleep on December 10, 2013, 02:46:52 PM
Amusing in that it is the most cunty wikipedia entry of them all, and CLEARLY penned by the prick himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_Mills

Its hubris is flabbergasting, rage inducing.  I give you:

Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; also known as Krishna Kantha das). 

Known for short round my way at 'that bellend'.

I would think he would have edited out:

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During November 1996 and January 1997 Mills made a series of remarks about wanting to have swastikas at his shows, praising Hitler and criticising democracy. It was subsequently revealed that he had previously performed in a band called The Objects of Desire, who shared a platform at the Wembley Conference Centre with the notorious anti-semitic propagandist Eustace Mullins, and a leading US far-right writer, William Cooper.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 10, 2013, 05:17:23 PM
The pages for Marti Pellow and Wet Wet Wet are peppered with little illustrative quotes used to narrate the story like a newspaper article.

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He then discovered live music. "Hey, wait a minute - check that picture. Not only is this music amazing, but these guys deliver it live? That's for me."

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When he told his father about the direction he wanted his life to take, he was less than enthusiastic. "'Are you on a hallucinogenic substance or something? What's wrong with getting out there and getting an apprenticeship? I'm a builder, your grandfather was a builder, your great-grandfather was a shipbuilder. What do you want to be a musician for?' And I said, 'No, you don't understand - this is my vocation in life; this is what I want to be'."

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Pellow was by this time suffering from an addiction to heroin. On finally beating the drug, he stated: "It was textbook. I couldn't function without it. But there's no romantic side to heroin – it's no good."

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It was either crime, the dole, football, or music - and we chose music," said Tommy Cunningham.

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He said, "At break we all went behind the kitchen for a fly smoke, and there in the corner was this quiet kid who said very little, but when he sang, everyone listened."

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Cunningham remembers. "I felt like shouting to everybody, 'That's me and my mates!' It was an incredible feeling I've not forgotten."

Then this:

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Pellow placed sixth in a 2003 Glasgow Herald poll to determine "The Most Scottish Person in the World".[citation needed]
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Post by: Lyfjaberg on December 10, 2013, 07:57:50 PM
The pages for Marti Pellow...

I will never unhear Limmy saying that name.

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/6sYuZv1rs9o/hqdefault.jpg)
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on December 22, 2013, 04:22:11 AM
I finished reading Grant Morrison's Marvel Boy mini-series tonight, and thought I'd look up what happened to the character after that. At first it's fairly standard superhero-ish stuff, but then this happens: (Oh, Marvel Boy is known as Noh-Varr now btw)

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Noh-Varr then helps the Avengers fight off an angry Wonder Man, who is convinced the reformation of Avengers is a mistake. Shortly afterwards, they are then attacked by a time-lost future Apocalypse and his four horsemen, which consists of corrupted heroes including the Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. In the aftermath, Noh-Varr manages to calm down Spider-Man, who is bemoaning his possible future, with a joke before he heads off with some of the team to build a new time machine.

As you do.
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Post by: AsparagusTrevor on December 22, 2013, 04:08:31 PM
According to Wikipedia's plot synopsis, the infamous 'horror film' August Underground Mordum is "based on standard life in Scunthorpe".
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 27, 2013, 09:27:07 PM
This one benefits fomr a screenshot, such is the odd typesetting, complementing the weird sentence. From the article on The Big E (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eastern_States_Exposition), also known as The Eastern States Exposition and billed as "New England's Great State fair".

(http://i.imgur.com/5fL4gwr.png)
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Post by: The Duck Man on January 02, 2014, 11:49:45 AM
Not Wikipedia, but I've just caught one of those amusing user lists on the side of an imdb profile. Typically they're "hottest actor"/"best actor" stuff, or "[show] actors". I wonder how Camille Coduri (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0168554/?ref_=nv_sr_2) feels about having "My top 50 gorgeous Milfs (work in progress)" (http://www.imdb.com/list/TvcrTknJRQs/?ref_=nm_rls_1) next to her credits. Surely imdb should do some filtering?

She's also got the fairly broad "Actresses Who Should Play Mothers/Sisters/Aunts". Carrying on tediously, the reason I was looking her up could actually be a user list in itself - "Actors who should be in soaps". I was thinking it was strange that she hasn't rocked up in EastEnders yet, an arena she seems pre-destined for. See also: that girl from Waterloo Road who was on Strictly and Debbie from Shameless, who I both think will end up on Corrie eventually.
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Post by: Bobby Treetops on February 04, 2014, 08:10:43 PM
Not so much amusing just bizarre

From Rosemary West's page

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In 2003 West and Dave Glover, bassist with glam rock group Slade, announced their engagement. The engagement was called off shortly afterwards and Glover was fired from Slade.


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Post by: BritishHobo on February 24, 2014, 06:58:14 PM
From the page of American rock band Orson who briefly had a hit with 'No Tomorrow' about six or seven years ago:

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The band also appeared on UK football based TV show Soccer AM. When asked which team they supported, they replied "No one". They were therefore allocated Rotherham United, for whom they eventually played a benefit gig at a venue in the Rotherham tourist attraction Magna Science Adventure Centre. However, this gig never happened, as it was cancelled a few weeks beforehand.

Sorry, what?
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Post by: Frazer on March 09, 2014, 11:57:56 AM
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Dachshunds wearing rat suits were used in the filming of Deadly Eyes to achieve the effect of super-sized rodents.

From the Deadly Eyes page.[nb] Film based on the late James Herbert's classic novel The Rats, which I will definitely be watching tonight.[/nb]
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Post by: thecuriousorange on March 11, 2014, 11:13:24 PM
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Enough_(Dodgy_song) (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Enough_(Dodgy_song))

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"Good Enough" is a single released by English Britpop band Dodgy. The single was released in July 1996 and was the band's highest charting single hitting number 4 in the UK.

Often sung by office workers in hushed tones, only for them to realize what they have just done.
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Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on March 21, 2014, 12:05:31 PM
From the entry on Led Zeppelin's Black Country Woman, which was recorded live in Mick Jagger's back garden.

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Recording outdoors proved to be difficult. On one occasion at Headley Grange when Plant tried to go outside to sing the song, he was attacked by a flock of angry geese.
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Post by: Jerzy Bondov on March 21, 2014, 03:58:53 PM
From the page of American rock band Orson who briefly had a hit with 'No Tomorrow' about six or seven years ago:

Sorry, what?
really liked that song though,,, it's was a party anthem for me! and my mates. :-) jb
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Post by: small_world on March 23, 2014, 12:45:22 PM
The Wiki article for Meatloaf's I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) is ALMOST as long as the song itself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27d_Do_Anything_for_Love_%28But_I_Won%27t_Do_That%29
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Post by: doppelkorn on March 24, 2014, 11:41:55 AM
"In Germany, the song is the 7th best-selling pop hymn ever."
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Post by: Thomas on March 24, 2014, 11:50:37 AM
(https://24.media.tumblr.com/65debb3f0827d8c1cf657111bb892943/tumblr_n0upfdCDO21rkop5ao1_400.png)
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Post by: Chriddof on March 24, 2014, 10:23:15 PM
There's some absolute bullshit on the Pirate Television (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_television) article. From the list of known stations:

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"All your base are belong to us" - West Kington, England - A unknown broadcast showing the "All your base are belong to us" scene from the video game Zero Wing in a continuous loop. First reported by the FCC of the USA and the British Authorities in 1993. FCC agents and Royal Guards tracked the pirate, who was using the signal to broadcast his love for the scene. He was charged US$40.00 for operating a pirate TV station.

I like the fact that at first the writer claims it was "unknown", and then all of a sudden reveals that they tracked the perp down. Also the idea that the FCC got involved despite it occurring thousands of miles out of their jurisdiction in another country. And that after all the drama of being tracked down by "FCC agents" and "Royal Guards", he was just fined $40. Not only a pathetically tiny fine, but in the wrong currency to boot.

Possibly the same person has also added this:

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24-Hour Entertainment - Worcester, England, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA and Pushkin, Russia - A 2004 analog pirate TV channel on VHF channel 69 (Worcester #1), VHF channel 22 (Worcester #2) and UHF channel 98 (Pushkin). Broadcast shows such as Adventures from the Book of Virtues, Jep!, Mighty Machines, Inspector Gadget, DuckTales, and the Mr. Men and Little Miss. Ceased transmission after receiving a notice from the FCC.[citation needed]

The list seems to be dotted with some more bollocks along those lines.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on March 25, 2014, 12:32:19 PM
From Nick Hancock's wiki;

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On 22 September 2013, Hancock was scheduled to take part in a charity cricket match against perennial overachievers Kingsley Cricket club Sunday XI. However to the disappointment of the tens of spectators clambering for a glimpse of the seasoned personality, Hancock decided that a football match featuring his team Stoke was more important and decided, in his own words to 'sack it off'. Stoke lost and Kingsley went home victorious.
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Post by: ajsmith on March 25, 2014, 12:40:33 PM
Gratuitous and baffling attempt at analysis on the brief entry for The Creation's song "Painter Man" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painter_Man

"The work itself is quite disjointed - a clear depiction of a band concentrating on each section of the song, one part at a time. Either the lyrics are being sung, or the guitars are playing, giving the image of a band which is striving for the right chords at the right time, working one minute on manipulating the guitar, the next minute the attention being focused on the backing."

?? The decsription seems to imply that having vocals and guitar leads emphasised in different sections of a song is some really weird trangression, rather than a completely standard approach.



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Post by: olliebean on March 30, 2014, 10:34:04 PM
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hepcat:

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Harry Hepcat is many things. He is a writer and lecturer. He is an occasional table and a peat bog in the northern Ardennes. He is a colony of meerkats and the Dagenham Girl Pipers. As pointed out, he also has talent as an actor, media personality, director and comedian. However, perhaps it is as a true rock and roll singer and performer that he will always be remembered.
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Post by: Neville Chamberlain on March 31, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
I've just been researching the life of Bill Beaumont and the first sentence of his wikipedia entry is:

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William "Bill" Blackledge Beaumont CBE (born 9 March 1952, Chorley, Lancashire, England) was captain of the England rugby union team at a time when they struggled to win games.
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Post by: Don_Preston on March 31, 2014, 02:27:22 PM
I've just been researching the life of Bill Beaumont and the first sentence of his wikipedia entry is:

Does it mention the time he got pissed on scrumpy at the Tucker's Grave in Radstock during a league game with my dad's skittles team?!
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Post by: Neville Chamberlain on March 31, 2014, 02:39:53 PM
It's got its own section: "Don's Dad's Skittles Silliness with Boozing Beaumont".
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Post by: grassbath on April 02, 2014, 11:09:48 AM
The entry on the music video for Michael Jackson's Earth Song:

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No animals were harmed in the making of the "Earth Song", as the footage came from documentary archives. However, a poacher killed an elephant within a mile of the shot.
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 02, 2014, 11:19:59 AM
I was a runner on that video and I spent the whole week-long shoot gobbling foie gras. So they've got that wrong.
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Post by: Subtle Mocking on April 04, 2014, 04:31:46 PM
(https://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3omb2CgGU1rtt9qgo1_r1_500.png)
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Post by: grassbath on April 18, 2014, 03:40:48 PM
From the article on "lawless" Bulgarian holiday resort and notable mundanity-antidote Sunny Beach:

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Channel 4 have commissioned Dragonfly Film and Television Productions to film three episodes of the next series of What Happens in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. The show portrays the activities of Brits who escape their mundane lives to enjoy the lawlessness of Sunny Beach. The behavior they display would not be tolerated in any residential city, but Sunny beach was built for "hedonism" (a word that's repeatedly thrown around in the show). The youngsters, who don't seem to mind being filmed, share with the cameras moments of their lives that they might soon come to regret. In this list of activities are: dancing on bar tops (in the nude), eating lunch with a mate (in the nude), and a birthday celebration that included fireworks being inserted into the birthday-boy's rectum and ignited, which led to a bloody emergency room visit (this was in the nude as well).
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Post by: doppelkorn on May 03, 2014, 03:11:52 PM
From the article on footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger:

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Hitzlsperger has an interest in economics, in particular dynamic mechanism design, and while in England studied investment strategies, although he did not complete the course. He regularly visited the Bank of England to discuss finance with the bank's governor, Mervyn King, a lifelong Aston Villa fan.
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Post by: jutl on May 07, 2014, 03:37:51 PM
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Leviation were sacked from their slot supporting The Fall after three gigs, supposedly after Mark E Smith took exception to the amount of time and dry ice that Levitation took in their sound check. Smith allegedly called the band "a bunch of fucking poofs"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levitation_(band)
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Post by: jenna appleseed on May 11, 2014, 05:22:42 AM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_E._Neuman

"In 1958, Mad published letters from several readers noting the resemblance between Neuman and England's Prince Charles, then nine years old.
Shortly thereafter, an angry letter under a Buckingham Palace letterhead arrived at the Mad offices: "Dear Sirs No it isn't a bit—not the least little bit like me. So jolly well stow it! See! Charles. P." The letter was authenticated as having been written on triple-cream laid royal stationery bearing an official copper-engraved crest. The postmark indicated it had been mailed from a post office within a short walking distance of Buckingham Palace. "
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 30, 2014, 10:14:18 AM
Wasn't ol'Chuck a Goons fan as well? Not the most far-fetched thing in the world.
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Post by: NoSleep on May 31, 2014, 07:40:31 PM
The entry for Duke Ellington's first great bass player, Wellman Braud, has the following curious passage:

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He is a distant relative of Branford Marsalis and Branford's brothers through their mother's side.
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Post by: Wiggy on June 06, 2014, 12:04:33 PM
From the page for Tom Smith, lead singer of that band Editors:

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Humanitarian efforts
Smith's Converse All-Stars basketball shoes, worn at 2007's V Festival, went on sale on internet site eBay in a charity auction to raise money for MAG (Mines Advisory Group). They raised £52; slightly more than the RRP for a new pair.

It does also mention him raising over 10k for Oxfam by running the London Marathon with a band mate, which is a more impressive humanitarian effort, I'll give him that. MAG (Mines Advisory Group) must feel they got the raw end of the deal though!
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Post by: Van Dammage on June 06, 2014, 12:20:33 PM
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4969830/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2

Not wikipedia, but comedy gold. This is the page that i assume a deluded extra made for himself. He calls himself King and his credits include "LA Hipster Guy" "Biker" "East LA Thug" "Laundromat Guy" "Football Fan" and finally "Club Patron"

And here's some hilarious facts taken from his Bio :
Manages to insert a little dance number into nearly all his roles
Same hometown as Paul Newman.
A handsome man with an articulate speaking voice
Got a quick dance lesson from Paula Abdul on the set of the video 'Roses'.
Once owned a dog named Cody Black.
When not working in film and music, King models professionally from time to time.
Likes to race European cars in his spare time.


And my personal favourite, "Nicknames : Poli Vulture, The Cosmic American"

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Post by: BritishHobo on June 06, 2014, 12:38:28 PM
It always makes me a little bit sad when I stumble across an IMDb bio or Wikipedia page that has information only the person in question would A: know and B: bother to include.
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Post by: The Duck Man on June 06, 2014, 02:05:45 PM
I do enjoy/despair at the list of uncredited characters that appear at the bottom of every imdb cast list. Especially ones like "Gary Herbert Smith (uncredited)". Are you sure your character was called Gary Herbert Smith, jobbing actor? Or have you made it up yourself?

I can see why they do it - when you're struggling on the fringes of the industry you want anything on your CV you can get, especially when your CV is effectively hosted for all to see on such a big site. But it does clog up the site's cast list, especially when there are proper uncredited cameos on in the production that get stuck in the middle of various non-entities.[nb]Another thing I don't really get. I appreciate they want it to be surprise, but surely these things leak so often now it's up to the press to decide whether they publicise it or not. I suppose a lack of credit is a sign not to publicise it. Anything more than a cameo when not credited is daft though.[/nb] To me, an uncredited list should come from a decision from the actor.[nb]Although you'd then lose the listings for various famous people in productions before they made it - which I am interested in, so my stance isn't particularly coherent.[/nb]

With regard to Wikipedia, I've had various minor actors wiped off it over the years. I have that power.
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Post by: monolith on June 06, 2014, 02:17:07 PM
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4969830/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2

Not wikipedia, but comedy gold. This is the page that i assume a deluded extra made for himself. He calls himself King and his credits include "LA Hipster Guy" "Biker" "East LA Thug" "Laundromat Guy" "Football Fan" and finally "Club Patron"

And here's some hilarious facts taken from his Bio :
Manages to insert a little dance number into nearly all his roles
Same hometown as Paul Newman.
A handsome man with an articulate speaking voice
Got a quick dance lesson from Paula Abdul on the set of the video 'Roses'.
Once owned a dog named Cody Black.
When not working in film and music, King models professionally from time to time.
Likes to race European cars in his spare time.


And my personal favourite, "Nicknames : Poli Vulture, The Cosmic American"
That's fantastic, so many great quotes on his bio. Favourites:

"King references Marlon Brando, who portrayed Jor-EL, father of Kal-EL, Superman (1978) Superman Returns (2006) in his song 'Cosmic American' with the lyrics: Marlon, Marlon Brando, return to earthen dance floors, come on Lois tango, supersonic let's go, let's go, let's go!."
"Admires the work ethic of Christopher Lee, OBE."
"Advocate World Wildlife Fund and Children's Literacy."

I'm quite amused by all the hate he is receiving on his forum too, I like to think he's doing it on purpose to get people's backs up. You know King, he's such a joker like that.
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Post by: Ignatius_S on June 06, 2014, 02:36:23 PM
I do enjoy/despair at the list of uncredited characters that appear at the bottom of every imdb cast list. Especially ones like "Gary Herbert Smith (uncredited)". Are you sure your character was called Gary Herbert Smith, jobbing actor? Or have you made it up yourself?

I can see why they do it - when you're struggling on the fringes of the industry you want anything on your CV you can get, especially when your CV is effectively hosted for all to see on such a big site. But it does clog up the site's cast list, especially when there are proper uncredited cameos on in the production that get stuck in the middle of various non-entities…

Roles can be cut down during edited and so what we see in the finished version, isn’t necessarily what was shot. It’s not uncommon for an actor not to get a credit because of this, but they would have if all of their footage was used.

Usually (this is in the States, but I think something similar happens here) is that an actor needs a certain amount of screen time to get a credit – if it’s under, they won’t regardless of what they say, do or if the character has a name.

Also, IIRC, in the States, actors will get paid less money if they aren't credited – so if a studio can reduce the amount of credited actors, they save money. 
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Post by: Nobody Soup on June 15, 2014, 01:45:16 AM
from an entry on "railfans" (trainspotters and such)
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Bashers

"Bashing" used on its own is a general term for a railway enthusiast's trip, excursion or holiday involving train travel, observation and hanging out the window giving it large by flailing and screaming at 'Normals' to show appreciation for the loco up front ."
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Post by: Dead Soon on June 16, 2014, 10:57:29 PM
from an entry on "railfans" (trainspotters and such)

Channel 4 did a small documentary on 'bashers' in 2000 and, according to one member of the fraternity, they are NOT to be confused with trainspotters. The apparent message was that bashing was the glamorous, 'laddy' aspect of locomotive worshipping, with groups of beery, ruddy-faced pals having a right old lark as opposed to those people who mind their own business on platforms and footbridges.
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Post by: doppelkorn on June 17, 2014, 12:35:37 AM
Indeed. It was discussed at some length in the documentaries thread in this very parish.
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Post by: touchingcloth on June 17, 2014, 10:53:05 AM
Not wikipedia, but comedy gold. This is the page that i assume a deluded extra made for himself. He calls himself King and his credits include "LA Hipster Guy" "Biker" "East LA Thug" "Laundromat Guy" "Football Fan" and finally "Club Patron"

Any thesp who can turn in performances as Upscale Club Guy and Laundromat Guy deserves the title of King.
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Post by: The Duck Man on June 18, 2014, 03:04:24 PM
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Timothy Chandler (born 29 March 1990) is an American footballer who plays as a right back for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. He is noted for his resemblance to fellow footballer Rob Earnshaw.

(Article here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Chandler))
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Post by: Mister Six on June 24, 2014, 10:05:00 PM
From a review of Niagra Falls on TripAdvisor:

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Spectacular waterfall shrouded by seagulls. Why are there so many seagulls? The seagulls flock to the American side of the river. They are everywhere, so many seagulls, yet strangely the stick to the USA. Must be American seagulls.
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Post by: mycroft on July 11, 2014, 09:23:17 PM
The complete 'Personal Life' entry on the actor Terrance "The Demon Headmaster" Hardiman:

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Hardiman is a keen Barcode Battler enthusiast and bemoaned the handheld console's lack of success in the UK.[citation needed] In a shoot interview with the Evening Standard in 1997 he claimed "All the elements for success were in place for this thing to take off back in 1992. But the marketing was severely botched. Now every kid has a Gameboy and the Barcode Battler is forgotten."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Hardiman
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Post by: thraxx on July 11, 2014, 09:30:24 PM

This is pure cunt, clearly written by the cunt himself:

"Crispian Mills (born 18 January 1973 as Crispian John David Boulting; also known as Krishna Kantha das) is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and film director."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills)
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Post by: Steven on July 11, 2014, 09:35:18 PM
Awww, I sort of like Crispian Mills, I thought Kula Shaker were underrated, or at least overly-slagged off because it became trendy to do so.

And he is a film director, he directed A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg, based on the novel Paranoia in the Launderette by Bruce Robinson.
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Post by: jonno on August 13, 2014, 04:56:38 PM
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As a child, Angus was told about Aberdeen Angus beef and developed a fascination with the North-Eastern Scottish city. In his spare time away from cricket he spent many a holiday there and in 2003, after his retirement, he was approached by the BBC to make a 3-part TV documentary about it. The idea was to call it "Angus's Aberdeen" but Fraser decided it wasn't the sort of thing he wanted to be involved with at that time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Fraser
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on August 13, 2014, 06:19:42 PM
The final line from that gift that keeps on giving, the Chuckle Brothers page:

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Paul is understood to have had his iconic moustache since the age of 23.[18]

I love that. "Understood".
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Post by: Queneau on August 14, 2014, 03:27:41 PM
I was just looking something up which was Chucklevision related and I was led to http://chuchuchucklevision.wikia.com/

The main page greeted me with this:

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Chu-Chu-ChuckleVision Wiki is a database for everything related to BBC's ChuckleVision and The Chuckle Brothers. The wiki allows anyone to create or edit any article related to ChuckleVision or The Chuckle Brothers. Heil!! Chuckle cocks is here to stay cause Jayden williams is fucking gay ;))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))r
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on August 14, 2014, 05:01:52 PM
Cheers for that, the "No Slacking" page is a mine of information:

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He is not a very patient man and get's annoyed easily when the Chuckles are about, but if it get's too tense he brakes down and cries which sometimes the chuckles comfort him and make him feel better. But once when it got so bad he fainted after they returned to his hotel after wrecking the place before.
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Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on August 14, 2014, 05:21:37 PM
Some interesting stuff coming up from the BBC's popular genealogy series.  Will it turn out that Noel Edmonds is Mr Blobby's father?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are%3F_%28UK_TV_series%29#Series_11_.282014.29

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Series 11 (2014)

    Who Do They Think They Are?: 10 Years, 100 Shows (6 August)[14]
    Julie Walters (7 August)[15]
    Brian Blessed (14 August)
    Tamzin Outhwaite (21 August)
    Brendan O'Carroll (28 August)
    Sheridan Smith (4 September)
    Mary Berry (18 September)
    Martin Shaw (25 September)
    Reggie Yates (2 October)
    Twiggy (9 October)
    Billy Connolly (16 October)
    Basil Brush (23 October)
    Sooty (30 October)
    Rupert Bear (6 November)
    Mr. Blobby (13 November)
    Pinky and Perky (20 November)
    Scooby Doo (27 November)
    Yogi Bear (4 December)
    Huckleberry Hound (11 December)
    Deputy Dawg (18 December)
    Santa Claus (25 December)
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Post by: Chriddof on August 16, 2014, 05:07:52 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Marber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Marber)

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Patrick Albert Crispin Marber (born 19 September 1964)[1] is an English comedian, playwright,[2] director, puppeteer, actor, curmudgeon and screenwriter.
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Post by: Mister Six on August 17, 2014, 06:29:02 AM
From the Don't Scare the Hare page:

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The programme was presented by Jason Bradbury, who explained to the viewers that he lives in an underground forest with his "mate" the Hare (a giant robotic Hare on wheels). He likes to invite people to "do a whole bunch of crazy stuff" (play a few games)

And

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the BBC’s entertainment controller Mark Linsey said: "Obviously Hare is not going well. It was a huge risk we took – it’s co-hosted by an animatronic hare – and while it’s proved successful with children, we were hoping there would be enough knowingness within the show to draw in the adults.

Love the aside "it's co-hosted by an animatronic hare"...
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Post by: popcorn on August 23, 2014, 03:15:08 PM
Until recently the You've Been Framed page contained a lengthy PhD paper on its opening sequence:

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Back in the early days, the titles were very Granada-early 90s like. This didn't change much in 1993, still resembling Stars in Their Eyes.

The first truly memorable title sequence, enter the most classic of classic eras of the show and when the show started to make its mark (post-Bottom reference), was in 1996, featuring a CGI animated laughing television (the stylized television featured a combined deck underneath featuring two speakers and a laughing mouth. It starts with a cold open (which despite the name did not stop any audience laughter) and then in a CGI animated living room with the TV there. The video goes in the video player which then licks itself, then a nice 90s-style jagged animation shows us the TV which begins to laugh, show clips and it jaggers around a fixed point whilst the background moves throughout the wallpaper in the house and then shows some of the funny footage as picture frames on the wall before panning down to the laughing TV. Then there is a bouncy ball which knocks out a red TV shown to the side showing a clip (which panters[clarification needed] in pain briefly) then mimicks how in some clips, a sudden hit to the camera makes the camera shake around. Once the faux camera is rebalanced, we see more of the laughing TV which is moving seamlessly throughout the house, then out of the house onto a sky scene when the logo appears on the screen within a screen (the laughing TV screen). The logo is not as memorable as its successors, however.

In 1998 upon the arrival of Lisa Riley, it was shaken up in the CGI animated late 1990s–early 2000s ITV style. Now set in a fluorescent purple coloured background with a fluorescent pink floor and fluorescent shades of orange, first Lisa Riley clicks her fingers, then we see video tapes in a pile which are shown to "hop" (as so to speak due to them being limbless) individually from the pile and bounce around. The black video tapes have a set of large eyes. Each video has its own colour. They then vertically stand on top of each other ala a motorcycle to display in front of Lisa Riley, amused, who has now appeared. The top video excitingly, with pressure, releases its video film which creates a rough ring (in which clips are played). She discards it and the pile of videos fall whilst a new one with an orange sticker comes in from the orange direction, bouncing onto Riley's hand. Its shows a clip where the orange sticker was and its two windows showing the film rolled go swirly and hypnotic (not to suggest one has to be hypnotised to find the clip funny). She find it funny, but upon being let go of whilst she laughs, the video alarmingly realises the consequences and its eyes pop out comically before popping back in and it falls to the ground in between a spinning lot of video tapes who then pan to the side of the screen to reveal a clip. Lisa Riley is then shown surrounded by video tapes over excited, one of which jumps towards the screen, almost entirely encroaching it, with the new You've Been Framed logo on its sticker label whilst some silver vertical lines appear behind.

A new logo and title sequence change did occur in 2001. A clip is shown on a golden oddly shaped roughly round picture frame (later shown to be a mirror like thing) with a white aura around it atop a moving, wavy purple background which is the background of the entire clip. This mirror then zooms back into a entire ball of similar mirror things showing clips, each different colour borders, hovering in mid air. It resembles a planet in space. More mirrors come to show their funny clips, then don't return to the big ball and instead float around in orbit. One mirror is squashed by two others and once these are out the way, falling clip mirrors appear, two of which show their clips before returning to the huge ball (whilst the last of the orbiting clip mirrors leaves) and then one clip shows the new logo, a memorable Impact-style font.

Era 2
Upon Jonathan Wilkes entrance of the show, the best known and most memorable titles of all made their debut in 2003. Still in the classic CGI style, inside a factory, production line house or warehouse storing loads of yellow video tapes with the new You've Been Framed logo on. A orange robot hand takes one and others take hold of it, setting it on its way around the warehouse. It's like a production line because this happens to more of them. They are then shown on their trail track wheezing around as if the trail track was a roller coaster, narrowly missing a similar line above, into an entire massive room full of the stored video tapes where there are other similar lines of video tapes being sent on their way (of course, these could all possibly be the same line.) The line then slides past a giant TV screen (with a video player) showing a clip. The video in the video player pops out into the hands of another robot hand is set on its way on another trail track production line which pass underneath another huge TV screen (this one video player-less) through a tunnel into another room shown to be redder, i.e. hotter, then into another room where more TV screens are playing clips and there's more production line tracks, whilst one TV screen has a blue video player from which a yellow video ejects at the idea of a robotic hand. This video is chewed up, so the hand discards it onto a row of other videos, but the video knocks down the other videos like dominoes. There is a turnstile style hand at the end of their area, whilst another fast row of video tapes on their line pass underneath a frameless screen showing the new logo.

The new logo, shown held up by two metal bar things, is very memorable and features a jagged, experimental, stylized font upon a wavy blue background in the style of Corfu. We see further inside this big factory in between segments on the Harry Hill era, now, for example, there is a baby video sent to jail.
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Post by: Mister Six on October 18, 2014, 01:02:48 AM
From the entry for Billy Webb's Amazing Stories:

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Billy and his friend soon discover the man is the same person, who appears every time he reads a certain book. They eventually find out how to stop him and, inevitably, get rid of him. The villain is played by a different actor each week in a minor role, until the last episode where he wears a thick striped blazer like a boating one.
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 20, 2014, 12:40:36 AM
From the entry on the urinary bladder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_bladder):

(http://i.imgur.com/un961T7.png)
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Post by: Mr Banlon on October 20, 2014, 01:03:22 AM
Elaine Lordan off of Eastenders, Tucker's Luck and that. Apparently, when she was on I'm A Celebrity, her left arm fell off.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Lordan
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Post by: phes on October 20, 2014, 01:09:20 AM
fucking hell that whole page is a roller-coaster ride.
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Post by: touchingcloth on October 20, 2014, 01:34:54 PM
I was just looking something up which was Chucklevision related and I was led to http://chuchuchucklevision.wikia.com/

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2dv4u2c.jpg)

(http://i61.tinypic.com/27yfm9.jpg)
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Post by: jenna appleseed on October 22, 2014, 05:59:59 AM
from the page on the Top Of The Pops gient furry suits doing chorus line leg kicks versions of the wombles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wombles_(band)

"To help him get into character, Batt's mother made him a Womble suit, which he wore for a week prior to writing the first songs."

This may actually be true "On one edition of Top of the Pops, the costumes were filled by members of Steeleye Span."

and right after rational description of the real people is this gem -
"Wellington's Solo Career
In 1976, Wellington left the band and released the solo single, "Rainmaker"."

plus "in April 2011, Batt announced that The Wombles would play at The Glastonbury Festival in June. Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, said that booking the Wombles was "a bit of a mistake". Batt quipped that Uncle Bulgaria had been offended by Eavis' comments and had withdrawn an offer to tidy up the site after the festival" "
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Post by: BPFHAY on October 22, 2014, 06:06:14 AM
Aww, last November some spoilsport deleted the Wikipedia vandalism that I made in 2006. I was hoping it would survive forever.

Basically: For seven years I managed to get Wikipedia to claim that The Mekon from Dan Dare was a presenter for Going Live!.
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Post by: Jerzy Bondov on November 01, 2014, 01:07:30 PM
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_%26_Daisy
The page for this film seems to have been written by either a huge fan or someone who worked on it
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 02, 2014, 02:41:41 AM
"To help him get into character, Batt's mother made him a Womble suit, which he wore for a week prior to writing the first songs."

I think this may actually be true.


This may actually be true "On one edition of Top of the Pops, the costumes were filled by members of Steeleye Span."

Yeah, rings a vague bell.


and right after rational description of the real people is this gem -
"Wellington's Solo Career
In 1976, Wellington left the band and released the solo single, "Rainmaker"."

And this is DEFINITELY true.  I remember it, was a really good tune, a bit ELO-ish.  Was released in the middle of that drought-ridden summer, and if I'd started buying records by then (I was 11, about to start secondary school) I'd have bought it.

And here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fqr8h1xevg


plus "in April 2011, Batt announced that The Wombles would play at The Glastonbury Festival in June. Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, said that booking the Wombles was "a bit of a mistake". Batt quipped that Uncle Bulgaria had been offended by Eavis' comments and had withdrawn an offer to tidy up the site after the festival"

Annnnnd guess what?  I think that might be true as well... in a tongue-in-cheek manner for the last bit, of course.


Sorry to rain(maker) on your parade.
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Post by: samadriel on November 10, 2014, 06:14:21 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Counselor

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Reiner also describes how disturbed he was from an incident involving him, Malkina's vulva and his car's windshield which reminded him of the fish in aquariums that suck on the glass walls.

A fascinating combination of too much information and not enough.
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Post by: An tSaoi on November 12, 2014, 12:26:23 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_%28number%29

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Decade is spelt D-E-C-A-D-E.
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Post by: An tSaoi on November 12, 2014, 12:30:13 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=632331248

Amazing.

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One of the show's many negative reviews came in the Sunday Mercury, which stated: "His whole tone is one of complete, smug condescension".[29] Lee subsequently used this line to advertise his next stand-up tour, which proved to a poor move, damaging ticket sales beyond repair.[30] Lee frequently uses negative reviews on his posters in order to put off potential audience members who are unlikely to be fans of his comedy style, in effect most people on the planet.[31]

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Lee caused controversy on his If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian tour with a routine about Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond. Referring to Hammond's "accident" while filming in 2006 (when he notoriously wet himself on television), Lee joked, "I wish he had pissed himself so much and that his head had rolled off in front of his wife".[12] The Daily Mail termed this an "extraordinary attack"[38] and, having been doorstepped by a Mail journalist, Lee replied "It's a joke, just like on Top Gear when they do their jokes, with the only difference being the jokes of Top Gear tend to be funny".[39] Lee subsequently explained the joke:

    I have a deep and burning resentment of Top Gear, and especially Jeremy Clarkson, because deep down I know he has far better comic timing that I do. Put simply, if Clarkson was the Prime Minister, the country would be a better place.
    —Stuart Lee[12]

In an Observer interview, Sean O'Haddock says of the Hammond joke that Lee "had made a grave miscalculation. It was a massive error in judgement to take on the wit of Top Gear, and lose".[12]

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Lee is omnivorous, and will feed on insects, beetle larvae, invertebrates, termites, grubs, carrion, bees, eggs, garbage, mushrooms, grasses, fruits, nuts, seeds, honey, herbs, acorns, cherries, dogwood, oak nuts and grain.[63] Though herbivorous to a greater degree than most American comedians,[64] and more carnivorous than British comedians,[65] Lee is not as specialised in his diet as pandas are: while pandas depend on a constant supply of low calorie, yet abundant foodstuffs, Lee is more opportunistic and has opted for a nutritional boom-or-bust economy. They he gorges himself on a variety of seasonal high calorie foods, storing the excess calories as fat, and then hibernates during times of scarcity.[66] Lee will eat pine nuts and acorns of the previous year in the April–May period. In times of scarcity, he enters river valleys to gain access to hazelnuts and insect larvae in rotting logs. From mid-May through late June, he will supplement his diet with green vegetation and fruit. Through July to September, he will climb trees to eat bird cherries, pine cones, vines and grapes. On rare occasions he will eat dead fish during the spawning season, though this constitutes a much lesser portion of his diet than other comedians.[64] In the 1990s, Lee was reported to kill and eat Hanuman langurs in Edinburgh.[67] He appears to be more carnivorous than most other comics, and will kill ungulates with some regularity, including domestic livestock.[68] Wild ungulate prey can include muntjacs, serow, takin,[69] wild boar[70] and adult water buffaloes, which he kills by breaking their necks.[71]
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Post by: momatt on November 12, 2014, 01:29:45 PM
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Stuart Lee (born 5 April 1868) is a fictional English stand-up comedian, writer, director, ballerina, homosexual and musician. He made his name in the mid-1990s as one half of the radio duo Little and Large (in which he was obviously Large), a massive flop followed through with extensive pandering to build up a paultry live following, and later co-wrote and co-directed and made the tea for the off-off-Bognor hit Jerry Adams: The Opera, a comedic and sympathetic look at IRA terrorism. After an unwanted return to the live circuit, and through BBC and Channel 4 specials and series, Lee has tried and failed to rebuild a niche audience and maintains a reputation as an un-popular comedian.
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Post by: An tSaoi on November 13, 2014, 01:41:25 PM
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After graduation, Lee worked for the Conservative Research Department between September 1988 and 1993.

In 1991, Lee was seconded to Downing Street to work on briefing John Major for his then bi-weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions. One newspaper gave Lee the credit for "sharper ... despatch box performances" by Major, which included highlighting for Major "a dreadful piece of doublespeak" by Tony Blair (then the Labour Employment spokesman) over the effect of a national minimum wage. He became head of the political section of the Conservative Research Department, and in August 1991 was tipped to follow Judith Chaplin as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister.

However, Lee lost to Jonathan Hill, who was appointed in March 1992. He was given the responsibility for briefing Major for his press conferences during the 1992 general election. During the campaign, Lee was one of the young "brat pack" of party strategists who worked between 12 and 20 hours a day, sleeping in the house of Alan Duncan in Gayfere Street, Westminster, which had been Major's campaign headquarters during his bid for the Conservative leadership. The gruelling schedule prompted Lee to retire from politics, and take up his main passion of comedy on a full-time basis. The strain of getting up at 4:45 am every day was reported to have led Lee to decide to leave politics in favour of comedy.

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Throughout the late nineties he continued "flying solo" (something that has always been a mainstay of his career – even whilst in the double act with Herring) and has collaborated with, amongst others, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh. Indeed, though Barratt and Fielding had worked together in the past, the first seeds of the Boosh were sown whilst working as part of Lee's Edinburgh show King Dong vs Moby Dick in which Barratt and Fielding played a giant penis and a whale, respectively, an idea so ridiculously awful that it does not even require vandalism.

Ha!
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Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2014, 10:53:28 PM
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There is talk of Goodnight Sweetheart being brought back and/or being made into a musical[4] in 2014. The show's writers and producers have stated they have received thousands of emails and letters regarding the show wishing for its return to the small screen. Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have both stated that while there are no plans to bring the series back it might possibly come back if the planned musical is a made and is a success. One possibility which has been discussed for the musical remake is that of making it into a meta commentary on the structure of the original television series, featuring a man finding a portal back through time to the set of the original sitcom, rather than to 1940s London. The title of "Goodnight, Goodnight Sweetheart, Sweetheart" has been mooted for this remake, and acting names associated with it to date are Martin Freeman as Tim from The Office, and Ashrek.
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Post by: An tSaoi on November 26, 2014, 06:09:25 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_hazard

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes various diseases in levels of biohazard, Level 1 being minimum risk and Level 4 being extreme risk. Laboratories and other facilities are categorized as BSL (Biosafety Level) 1-4 or as P1 through P4 for short (Pathogen or Protection Level).

- Biohazard Level 1: Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection.

- Biohazard Level 2: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever. "Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures.

- Biohazard Level 3: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, HIV, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.

- Biohazard Level 4: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever virus, Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic diseases. Variola virus (smallpox) is an agent that is worked with at BSL-4 despite the existence of a vaccine. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a positive pressure personnel suit, with a segregated air supply, is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.

- Biohazard Level 10: FARTS
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Post by: An tSaoi on November 29, 2014, 08:52:16 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years%27_War

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The Seven Years' War took place between 1754 and 1763

[spoiler]It's true![/spoiler]
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Post by: NoSleep on December 03, 2014, 10:08:51 AM
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A spitball is a (now illegal) baseball pitch, in which the ball has been altered by the application of saliva, petroleum jelly, semen, or some other foreign substance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitball
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Post by: An tSaoi on December 11, 2014, 09:39:28 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Artois

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Stella Artois has been nicknamed "Wife Beater" in the United Kingdom, due to a perceived connection with aggression and binge drinking. AB InBev lobbyists, Portland Communications, tried to remove all "wife beater" references from the Stella Artois Wikipedia entry.[11][12]

Well that worked out well, didn't it?
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Post by: Van Dammage on December 12, 2014, 12:27:58 AM
"With Richard Herring, Lee wrote material for BBC Radio 4's On the Buses (1991), which was sailed, anchored and ultimately scuppered by Chris Morris and was notable for the first appearance of Steve Coogan's celebrated character, Ryan Tubridy, for which Lee and Herring wrote much rejected material."

Ryan Tubridy! Another gem from the Stuart Lee one.
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Post by: hedgehog90 on December 12, 2014, 01:59:55 PM
Regarding Billie Piper's hit music video to 'Because We Want To' (nothing inaccurate, made me chuckle though):

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The video starts in a run-down street in London, where the ground is violently shaking. The reason is soon seen: A UFO is flying just metres from the ground. Billie is then seen teleporting from the ship and down onto the street. She starts singing and dancing and soon gathers huge crowds of supporters. In the video, cut scenes of Billie and her friends walking down side streets are seen. In one scene, she melts a bin which transforms into a dancing humanoid and in another scene she graffitis "Billie" on a billboard and an animated character then jumps from the billboard and dances along with the humanoid made from the melted bin. Later in the video, she and her friends sneak into a warehouse and have a party.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Because_We_Want_To

All I remember from the video is Billie and her chums in the middle of a street/warehouse doing some excellently choreographed dancing, but apparently there's a melted bin that comes to life!!! How did I miss that?
Can't wait to see it again for all its faded 90's-ness.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 12, 2014, 02:10:27 PM
Melted Bin Humanoid would be a good socko/novelty account on here
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Post by: touchingcloth on December 12, 2014, 03:20:14 PM
Here's an avatar that Melted Bin Humanoid could use.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2ntintt.gif)

Looks an awful lot like how I imagined famous gingerman Chris Evans' bin must have looked after a girl half his age agreed to date him and do things to his coke-fuelled penis.
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Post by: madhair60 on December 12, 2014, 03:23:54 PM
What is your avatar, btw?  What is happening?
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Post by: touchingcloth on December 12, 2014, 03:29:15 PM
I revealed all in the "Unbelievably cringey YouTube stuff" thread:

My new avatar comes from this. A topless Finnish man with only socks on his feet uses a toilet brush fitted into a drill to clean some potatoes in a paint bucket. In his bathroom. I mean, what?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xta1P-lXkM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xta1P-lXkM)

Could you resist making an avatar of that?
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Post by: madhair60 on December 12, 2014, 03:51:08 PM
I am NOT disappointed.
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Post by: touchingcloth on December 12, 2014, 03:55:32 PM
I love the unexpected bit where he just slops out some of the spud water into the bog. Couldn't have too much water in the bucket now, could we? That would be ridiculous.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 12, 2014, 04:12:35 PM
Melted Bin Humanoid - you've also got the Arabic-sounding "bin" in the middle. It's a sure-fire winner. Lolrandom, but with concrete reference points.
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Post by: Von Rasmus on December 18, 2014, 03:27:35 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_(TV_series) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_(TV_series))

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Episode 5 - The Meadway animal rescue centre comes to visit, and for Derek that means playing with Ivor. Kev exercises his artistic talents, winding up Hannah in the process, while Derek deals with sad news. The two arcs collide in a climactic paroxysm of kindness. Three words: "Robot" "Grief" "Dog".

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"Robot Grief Dog" by Ludovico Einaudi
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Post by: Catalogue Trousers on December 18, 2014, 05:17:37 AM
Also:

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A young girl, Vicky, is sentenced to community service work at Broad Hill after stealing some shoes. While initially horrified at the idea, she is a hit with the residents, and finds herself treated kindly for the first time in her life. It is Derek's 50th birthday and Hannah organises a surprise birthday party. Kev encourages Derek to drink beer, resulting in him getting drunk and very ill, leading to a nightmarish hallucination sequence soundtracked by Rammstein.
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Post by: popcorn on December 29, 2014, 06:13:27 PM
Go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bhutanese_passport&oldid=640120284 and listen to the audio version of the article. Fucking hell.
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Post by: NoSleep on December 30, 2014, 10:42:57 AM
Sounds like the vocalist from Animal Collective has found alternative employment.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on December 31, 2014, 03:33:38 AM
"# California is druggy druggy druggy druggy... #"
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Post by: Special K on January 01, 2015, 08:59:47 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Brewer_%28television_presenter%29

In 2009 Brewer claimed that his breath continuously smelled of Pickled onions, but his wife later denied this and said it was more like 'salt baked cod'.
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Post by: Special K on January 01, 2015, 09:13:19 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler_Dealers#First_half

Someone has really gone to town showing the formula for Discovery's' Wheeler Dealers, highlights include -

Mike locates, test drives, negotiates for and buys the vehicle (usually sealed with a handshake and Mike triumphantly expressing to camera that he's just bought a XXXX (name of vehicle).

Mike turns the vehicle over to Edd, and together they assess its needs, sometimes (but not always) with Edd criticizing Mike's choice of vehicle as being too dilapidated and needing too much work.

Mike stops by Edd's shop for an overview of progress, and expenditures are reviewed. Often, Mike ridicules Edd on his work if he has overspent on replacement parts or repairs, the car looks unchanged or has been disassembled or prepped for a respray.

Edd finishes the work on the project vehicle which is subsequently shown on a revolving turntable.

Mike sells the vehicle to a new owner (after the inevitable haggling). The deal is sealed when Mike says "'Old out your 'and, you've just bought a XXXX (name of vehicle)!" and shakes the new buyer's hand.

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Post by: Thomas on January 02, 2015, 01:00:47 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Clean

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Mr. Clean has always smiled, except for a brief time in the "Mean Mr. Clean" series of ads when he was frowning because he hated dirt. Although Mr. Clean is the strong, silent type, he did speak once in a television commercial where live actor Mark Dana appeared playing Mr. Clean in a suit-and-tie in the mid-1960s.

Incredibly detailed 'jingle' information, too.
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Post by: prwc on January 11, 2015, 11:40:13 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stylophone

The combination of the three things on the Other row on the template at the bottom of the page gave me a good chuckle.
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Post by: Shaky on January 12, 2015, 12:00:58 AM
The wiki page for man of the moment Ken Morley had a line describing him as a "racist, sexist short-arse" yesterday. It's now mysteriously gone...
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on January 12, 2015, 01:05:37 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bill_title_sequences

There's an article called the Bill title sequences. But that's not it. As I read it I thought about the main thing I could remember, which were various shots of Sgt Cryer shouting. It seems it was part of the writer's recollection too. By the time I got to the end I was in hysterics.
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Post by: phantom_power on January 12, 2015, 10:25:40 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Cundy

A masterpiece in well-observed absurdist comedy
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Post by: Pdine on January 15, 2015, 01:17:17 PM
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Notwithstanding the film's influence and commercial success, George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004[citation needed].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_9/11
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Post by: Quincey on January 24, 2015, 03:20:02 PM
According to Wikipedia, there is a Downtown Abbey adult film parody:
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The parody has had a mixed reception. Mainstream press appear to give generally negative reviews of the parody. A New York magazine writer commented that although the parody of the PBS series Downton Abbey was humorous, it was "rife with historical inaccuracies" and "not recommended for those who get distracted by historically inaccurate details like squared-off French tips and thongs.".[11] A writer for Cosmopolitan magazine wrote: "What I witnessed were things that were both horrifying and factually incorrect: This nonsense would never have happened at Downton Abbey or any respectable 1920's British country estate"[12]

I like the idea of people watching an adult film parody and focusing on the historical inaccuracies.

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Post by: jake thunder on February 20, 2015, 09:45:08 PM
From Toss It Up by Tupac:

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...On the outro of the song, Puff Daddy and Lil Kim was dissed.

Music VideoEdit

In the music video 2Pac at some points dances and raps to the lady, there are also expensive cars shown in the video.The first verse Makaveli raps with a Bunsen burner and the second verse he raps with a baseball bat where he finally smashes a mirror with it.[5] The music features hip hop model LisaRaye. All 3 singers sing with a bunsen burner as if it is a microphone. Makaveli is also seen at the end smoking a Cuban cigar.

Bunsen burners!
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Post by: An tSaoi on February 21, 2015, 07:42:37 PM
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Se%C3%B1or_Spielbergo

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Behind the laughter

Señor Spielbergo's name is a Latinized version of Steven Spielberg's.
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Post by: An tSaoi on February 25, 2015, 06:15:51 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Baldwin

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In 2004, he directed Livin' It, a Christian-themed skateboarding DVD.
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Post by: phes on March 11, 2015, 12:23:59 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Scannell

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In 2005, he was reported to be 'appalled' to discover a white supremacist was posting on stormfront using the alias of Ted Roach along with his photograph.[4]
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Post by: Petey Pate on March 21, 2015, 03:28:54 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouchy

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Ouchy is a port, and popular lakeside resort located south of the city of Lausanne in Switzerland at the edge of the Lake Léman (Lake Geneva).

Ouchy is also a favorite area for rollerskating (Lausanne is considered a capital) and for skateboarding.
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Post by: Leo2112 on April 03, 2015, 01:55:27 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Oliveri

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Oliveri is an avid collector of 1980's English football stickers and displays his collection of close to 1 Billion stickers in a gallery in Tokyo. Every 2 years he moves the collection to Russia, Moscow for a 3 month display at the Russian Museum. Oliveri stated, 'The collection is something that started as a passion but has become one of the biggest parts of my life. I have 187 Peter Shilton stickers which back when I was a child, would have seemed impossible. I could literally give away 200 of my John Barnes stickers and would still have enough to cover an entire pool table'.
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Post by: phes on April 03, 2015, 04:50:09 PM
That's great. He'd have had about 70,000 stickers delivered per day since aged 5, need a display wall larger than 1km^2 in size and, assuming an equal sticker production for each player and random selection procedure he'd have about...

hold up, A QUARTER OF A MILLION PETER SHILTONS?

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I have 187 Peter Shilton stickers


I smell a rat
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Post by: MojoJojo on April 03, 2015, 05:33:55 PM
That's great. He'd have had about 70,000 stickers delivered per day since aged 5, need a display wall larger than 1km^2 in size and, assuming an equal sticker production for each player and random selection procedure he'd have about...

hold up, A QUARTER OF A MILLION PETER SHILTONS?
 

I smell a rat

You obviously don't remember panini stickers - they made some really rare, so kids would buy loads of packs trying to get the last rare card.
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Post by: phes on April 03, 2015, 05:37:28 PM
we could never afford to come anywhere close to filling an album. I recall there always seemed to be some players everyone had more swapsies of than others, but i just assumed that it was random and just what happened with a small, playground sample.

the shits!
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Post by: Bobby Treetops on April 06, 2015, 02:35:37 PM
I remember that, everyone having loads of Glenn Hoodle's while hunting down the rare and exclusive Mark Proctor. The only one who ever completed the sticker books at my school was the posh kid who's parents used to buy them by the box. I'm not bitter.
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on June 05, 2015, 11:06:20 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Blackwood

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"In a 2000 interview, Blackwood claimed that if he had not made it in show business he would have been "a graphic designer, designing buildings" (sic)."
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Post by: Rebellious Xbox on June 13, 2015, 10:44:37 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottenham_Mandem

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The gang is composed of over fifty affiliated sets, according to geographical location. These include Star Gang/Stargang, Bloodline, Broadwater Farm, Reed Road Crips, Finchley Spunkas, The Park Lane Two Pin Din Plugs, Bruce Castle Kings, Bunty Hoven's Rangers, West Green, MarrowStarz, Chestnut Black Gang, ÜmlaütStärz Ida Bloodstarz, Barry Aubergine Late Night Bingo Revellers, Wedgewood Breakers, NPK, Philip Lane Boys,The Bruce Castle-Cwmbran Alliance, Scotland Green, Rüdiger Garden City, Tower Gardens Black Bandana Gang (New Youngers Set), Stonebridge Mandem (Ermine/Plevna/Stonebridge), Broad Lane, Walthamstow Allotment Pensionaz, Suffolk & Twyford Goons, Notorious one-man gang "Naughty Arthur", Tiverton Piru, Ida Piru, Infamous brother-sister gang "Tito and Tina", and Westside Downtrodden.
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Post by: weekender on June 14, 2015, 09:40:14 AM
You lot know that you could just send a cheque to Panini asking for the last 30 stickers or so you needed, don't you?
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Post by: NurseNugent on June 14, 2015, 06:25:00 PM

From this article


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

In 2013, a woman named Sharai Mawera was mauled and killed by a lion in Zimbabwe during intercourse; (she was having sex with a human, not the lion). Her male companion fled and survived.


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Post by: BritishHobo on June 15, 2015, 03:28:52 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpie_(TV_series) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpie_(TV_series))

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Steam engine[edit]

In 1973, Magpie adopted a steam engine, "Black 5" 44806 and renamed her "Magpie" (Blue Peter already had a locomotive named after their show). After an eventful history, it is still being used today on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, although now without the name.

Magpie also adopted a boat originally called "Mankadu", and renamed "Thames Magpie". Its current whereabouts are unknown.
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Post by: Mijkediablo on June 15, 2015, 04:17:12 PM
After an eventful history

Google suggests otherwise. The full history of that train can be found at the following link.

http://www.llangollen-railway.org.uk/sloco44806.html (http://www.llangollen-railway.org.uk/sloco44806.html)

The closest thing to "eventful," three months after Magpie sponsored it...

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In August 1974, whilst working on the LHR, it sustained a crack on the outer firebox, which was, at that time, unrepairable at Lakeside. So, on 9th November, 44806 was taken by road to Ulverston and then tripped to Southport by D339 to join Derek Foster’s 76079, but restoration failed to materialise. Another move, in 1983, was made to the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, where it was entombed as a static exhibit for ten years

Jesus, I need to do something with my life.
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Post by: BritishHobo on June 15, 2015, 04:35:26 PM
Haha, nice find. Static for ten years, that makes me really kinda love the sort of person who'd write that it had an eventful history.

I think I mostly love the note of it being in Yorkshire 'without the name', like a once-famous celebrity found to be living in peaceful and nourishing obscurity on a farm somewhere.
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Post by: Queneau on June 15, 2015, 05:57:51 PM
The caption to this picture made me laugh, I like to imagine it as an archive photograph listing all the important people in a life story.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/ChessSet.jpg/250px-ChessSet.jpg)
Part of a Staunton chess set (from left to right): a white king, a black rook, a black queen, a white pawn, a black knight, and a white bishop

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess
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Post by: NurseNugent on June 15, 2015, 10:28:35 PM
The Rainbow thread has prompted to look up Rod, Jane and Freddy and Rod Burton's page contains a few gems.

Such as

In 1979 he got devoriced from the then wife Jane Tucker, who later married their life long Friend Freddy Marks, during this period Rod penned the songs, "Janes got a new Sausage", "I'm a wolf, Freddy's a Tiger, Janes a Cow and always will be" and "It's good to share second hand goods".

And this lovely image

 Rod is also a naturist, after being introduced to the lifestyle by friend and colleague Freddy Marks in the late 1980s. The pair regularly holiday with their families at popular nudist spots across Europe. Burton himself has appeared in a charity calendar, completely naked, except for a tambourine covering his modesty.[citation needed]
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Post by: Pepotamo1985 on June 22, 2015, 10:17:22 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Way_killings

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The "My Way" killings are a social phenomenon in the Philippines, referring to a number of fatal disputes which arose due to the singing of the song "My Way", popularized by Frank Sinatra, in Karaoke bars. Opinions differ over whether the possible connection is due to the coincidence that the song was simply frequently sung amid the nation's karaoke bars where violence is common or to the aggressive lyrics of the song itself.

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The phenomenon left one New York Times writer groping for answers: "Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?"
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on June 23, 2015, 01:34:38 AM
From Cliff "Minty in Eastenders" Parisi's page:

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In December 2010 he starred in the pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. He did not attend one of the Seven Dwarfs' real life birthday parties because he was staying in a Travelodge on performance nights and wanted to return to see his family, despite the fact that his favourite Victoria sponge cake was being served.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Parisi
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Post by: Delete Delete Delete on June 25, 2015, 05:39:53 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_World_%28film%29

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They found Christopher Lloyd's presence as a mentally handicapped man with the mind of a child inexplicable, in that it was a "thankless role, which requires little of him, except to sit on a porch, playing a didgeridoo
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Post by: jenna appleseed on June 25, 2015, 11:36:09 PM
Probably true but still funny.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Friedman
"The British band Half Man Half Biscuit recorded, in 1986, a song entitled "The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman", a claim Friedman considered improbable, as he was only seven years old when lyricist Nigel Blackwell was conceived."

The Sultans of Ping & Where's Me Jumper
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sultans_of_Ping_FC

"The band later explained that the song was based on a real incident in Nottingham hotspot The Black Orchid, however the item lost was in fact a cardigan."
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Post by: Dr Rock on June 26, 2015, 03:53:46 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Yorkshire

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Miscellaneous[edit]
Mary Bateman   Born Asenby, worked in Thirsk   1768–1809   The "Yorkshire Witch"; convicted of fraud and murder, hanged.   
Edward Simpson   Born Sleights   1815-?   Infamous forger of prehistoric flint tools, sold to many notable museums.   
Stephen Griffiths   Born Dewsbury   1969 -   Serial killer, famously known as "The Crossbow Cannibal"   
Jimmy Savile   Born West Riding   1926 - 2011   TV presenter, celebrity, charity fund-raiser, highly prolific sex abuser of both adults and children.   
Peter Sutcliffe   Born Bingley   1946 -   Serial killer, famously known as "The Yorkshire Ripper"   
John Christie   Born Illingworth   1899 - 1953 (Hanged)   Serial killer, famously known as "The Rillington Place Strangler"   
Donald Neilson   Born Dewsbury   1936 - 2011   Armed robber, serial killer, famously known as "The Black Panther"   
Mark Hobson   Born Wakefield   1969 -   'Spree killer' murdered four people.   
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Post by: Shameless Custard on June 28, 2015, 01:44:37 PM
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The D.O.T.: 2011–present
After shelving The Streets, Mike Skinner launched a new project, called The D.O.T, along with Rob Harvey of The Music. Harvey does most of the vocals, allowing Skinner to "further develop his production approach".[8] Their first album, And That, was released on 22 October 2012.[9] Their second album titled Diary was released on 5 May 2013. Currently he is pushing a broom at Manchester University.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on June 29, 2015, 09:35:15 PM
found via Thoughts on the dead (https://thoughtsonthedead.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/ive-been-thrown-out-of-better-dumps-than-this/) but may actually be true
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Garden#Music
"The Dead did not play at the Garden for a number of years following an incident in which they were caught grilling lobsters on a fire escape before a performance."
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Post by: purlieu on June 29, 2015, 10:23:56 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottenham_Mandem
From the Talk page
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Someone majorly screwed up the article. The gang is described as petty (which it ain't) and the last sentence states that they have a rivalry with the Backstreet Boys.
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@JPRG what with changing the gang list. you never heard of naughty arthur blud?
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Post by: BritishHobo on June 29, 2015, 11:17:40 PM
I'm still laughing at 'Notorious one-man gang "Naughty Arthur"'. Lovely stuff.
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Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on June 29, 2015, 11:56:38 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:GMTV_presenters_and_reporters
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Post by: Dr Rock on July 01, 2015, 03:27:40 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Upton

Ex Brotherhood Of Man (80s not famous anymore line-up) and inventor of Steps seems to have had a hand in his own wiki seeing as 95% of it seems to be the first draft of his autobiography.

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At the tail end of 2009, I had a surprise international top 20 Country hit with a song I'd written 15 years earlier and finally released the album I'd been working on (between other projects) for over 10 years called 'Peace, Luv & Hotpantz'.
Aside from the song writing and record producing, my live touring band WILD AT HEART is still going strong and in recent years, I've also developed a solo live act with a 'sunshine' flavour.

What is a 'sunshine' flavour? I looked him up because he was on a programme about ladyboys last night. He was trying to put together a band featuring ladyboys, from Thailand where he now lives. And good luck to him.
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 10, 2015, 02:39:41 AM
Having just watched The Forgotten (2004)[nb]Rather good, I thought.[/nb] on More>Movies, I thought I'd look it up on Wikipedia.  All's well and good until you get to the bottom of the talk page.  There, someone who appears to be lacking observational skills and/or a sense of humour, complains about a previous revision...

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Different Movie?

I'm a little confused by the introduction to the article. It is clearly discussing something different from the rest of the article.

"The movie revolves around a woman who suffers from issues of gender identity. While she struggles to maintain a facade of outward femininity, she has 'forgotten' her dominant bisexual tendencies. While struggling to find out who she truly is, she must learn to face who she has become.

For her efforts in The Forgotten, Julianne Moore earned the Niort-d'Chateau award for best actress/actor as a result of her portrayal of Seymour Beaver, a struggling bisexual actress."

<username-removed-by-Sheepy-to-prevent-Googling> (talk) 04:45, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

:-D (not so much for the puerile revision, but for the complainant not getting it)

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Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on July 22, 2015, 03:22:30 PM
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11028048_10207328096106850_8241999546564049070_n.jpg?oh=b88efa20a050a229d81cf14dd28f4961&oe=56495D09)
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Post by: checkoutgirl on August 05, 2015, 12:54:10 PM
Reading the Wikipedia entry for Cilla Black fronted TV show Surprise Surprise, I stumbled on this nugget.

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Over the years, the show had many special guests, some of whom appeared live, including Neil Diamond. Many variety acts were also featured on the show, memorably including Joe Beazley with his puppet Cheeky Monkey, who surprised Maureen Nettleton from the Wirral by re-introducing her to a cat she had lost four years previously, but had been located thanks to a viewer of the show.

I wonder who did that.
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Post by: Old Nehamkin on August 22, 2015, 04:11:45 AM
Currently reading the article on Lincoln's ghost (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln's_ghost), which contains a rundown of the reported sightings of the abolitionist apparition down through the years. I like the total face-value summation of this one:

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill loved to retire late, take a long, hot bath while drinking a Scotch, and smoke a cigar and relax. On this occasion, he climbed out of the bath and naked, but for his cigar, walked into the adjoining bedroom. He was startled to see Lincoln standing by the fireplace in the room, leaning on the mantle. Churchill, always quick on the uptake, simply took his cigar out of his mouth, tapped the ash off the end of his cigar and said "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln smiled softly, as if laughing and disappeared. Churchill smiled in embarrassment.[18]

I love the complimentary tone of the author there. Always quick on the uptake, that Churchill. He wasn't the kind of man to hallucinate the spectre of a dead president without having a quip or two at hand, no sir.
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Post by: checkoutgirl on September 02, 2015, 01:14:25 PM
Perusing the Wikipedia page for Geoff Capes, as is my wont, I found this nugget.

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After school he worked as a coalman and an agricultural labourer, being able to load twenty tons of potatoes in twenty minutes, with a catapult.


Do they make catapults for potatoes? Maybe it's a case of country folk, country ways.
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Post by: NoSleep on September 02, 2015, 02:33:27 PM
Sounds like they missed out on an entertaining turn for The World's Strongest Man.
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on September 04, 2015, 01:14:39 PM
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Churchill smiled in embarrassment.[18]

i love this extra detail, with the citation number right next to it.
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Post by: Eis Nein on September 06, 2015, 02:32:37 PM
From the entry for the CIA's Skyhook extraction system:

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Fulton first used instrumented dummies as he prepared for a live pickup. He next used a pig, as pigs have nervous systems close to humans. Lifted off the ground, the pig began to spin as it flew through the air at 125 mph (200 km/h). It arrived on board uninjured but in a disoriented state. Once it recovered, it attacked the crew.[2]
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Post by: doppelkorn on September 07, 2015, 02:37:24 PM
From the page about Japanese boxer Guts Ishimatsu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guts_Ishimatsu):

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He often appears as a foolish boke character on television, but this is an act he puts on for media purposes. As a boxing commentator, he offers precise, intelligent commentary based on his own experiences in the ring. He is also known to have a liking for bananas, and keeps numerous bananas lying around his home, should he suddenly develop a craving for one.

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Grave
Guts has a large grave already built in the Satsuki Reien cemetery in Kanuma, Tochigi.
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Post by: NoSleep on September 07, 2015, 03:00:35 PM
Seems he is a big fan of bananas (not too hard to find pics of him and bananas):

(https://aikidomugenjukukenshusei.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/guts_ishimatsu_preview.jpg?w=310)
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Post by: doppelkorn on September 07, 2015, 05:32:19 PM
"HELP"
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on September 09, 2015, 07:23:49 PM
A fascinating blow-by-blow account of the time Andi Peters encountered a tarantula:

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One well-remembered moment on Live & Kicking was when Terry Nutkins brought a tarantula on air in his animal slot and then put it in Peters' hands to help him to overcome his arachnophobia. After a few seconds the tarantula moved and Peters dropped it on the studio floor, so Nutkins picked it up.
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Post by: Petey Pate on September 17, 2015, 03:41:17 PM
Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliaceae#Cultivation_and_uses
Humans have been using bromeliads for thousands of years. The Incas, Aztecs, Maya and others used them for food, protection, fiber and ceremony, just as they are still used today. European interest began when Spanish conquistadors returned with pineapple, which became so popular as an exotic food that the image of the pineapple was adapted into European art and sculpture. In 1776, the species Guzmania lingulata was introduced to Europe, causing a sensation among gardeners unfamiliar with such a plant. In 1828, Aechmea fasciata was brought to Europe, followed by Vriesea splendens in 1840. These transplants were so successful, they are still among the most widely grown bromeliad varieties.
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Post by: samadriel on September 18, 2015, 04:51:27 AM
I don't get it.
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Post by: DukeDeMondo on September 20, 2015, 01:15:28 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Slimani

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After leaving school, he began a youth training scheme as a hairdresser, before working as an electrician. He also studied martial arts.[citation needed]

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He also became notable for being the first contestant in a Simon Cowell show (Pop Idol, American Idol, The X Factor) to sing an original song (co-written with X Factor vocal coach Mark Hudson), the camp and iconic "It's Chico Time", named after his catchphrase (Chico: "What time is it?" Audience: "It's Chico Time!")
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Post by: billtheburger on September 23, 2015, 01:46:26 PM
Fabio Lanzoni AKA Mr. Romance.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabio_Lanzoni#Personal_life (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabio_Lanzoni#Personal_life)

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On March 30, 1999, Fabio was involved in an accident in Busch Gardens Williamsburg, located in James City County, Virginia. Fabio rode in the first car of Apollo's Chariot, a roller coaster, during its first ride. During the rapid descent on the 210-foot drop after the lift hill, a goose collided with Fabio, leaving his nose covered in blood. The goose was killed during the drop and Fabio received a one-inch cut on his nose but no one else on the roller coaster was hurt.
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Post by: Utter Shit on September 25, 2015, 01:03:21 PM
I was looking up movies set in London and found this. I don't know why I found this so funny, in fact I don't even know if it's meant to be a joke or factual.

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A number of films have depicted the underbelly of the city away from the familiar tourist sites. Examples of these include Up the Junction, Nil by Mouth, Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises and two out of every three films directed by Mike Leigh.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on November 26, 2015, 04:28:13 AM
Renaissance (Village People album) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_(Village_People_album))

"The album was promoted through television ads and an elaborate billboard campaign featuring billboards in major American cities (such as San Diego) with LED clocks counting down the weeks, day, hours, minutes and seconds to the release of the album, which would shoot fireworks into the air and play the song "YMCA" at the time of release for twenty-four hours continuously (some of which led to noise complaints), with the song getting louder by each hour. "

"In many cities across the nation, disgruntled fans bought copies of the album for the express purpose of burning them in protest in front of the record stores where they were purchased. They did so in elaborate public demonstrations where participants dressed as members of the band, did the YMCA dance while singing the song a capella, and then set large piles of copies of the album ablaze as they locked hands and cheered. A few of these demonstrations turned to riots in which nearby businesses were looted, vehicles were flipped, animals were thrown off rooftops, buildings were set ablaze, and other property was damaged.[3] One infamous demonstration, which took place in downtown Honolulu in January 1981 became so tense and violent that the police had to employ tear gas in order to cause the protestors to disband.
The national divorce rate soared as couples were split apart by conflicting opinions about the album. Some states, such as Puerto Rico, made possession of the album punishable by public humiliation, and a controversy regarding whether or not the album should have been banned erupted across the country."

"At a concert in Boston, angry fans threw brown eggs with demeaning messages written upon them at the band while they were performing on stage, resulting in that gig to be cut short and the band to cancel all future tour dates until the mid-1990s. The band were sprayed with fire extinguishers by a group of self-described "stungy, cool maniacs" as they attempted to exit the venue in which the concert was taking place, and their departure was welcomed by thunderous applause by onlookers on the street, some of whom mistook them for Chic."
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Post by: Chriddof on December 01, 2015, 08:51:58 PM
Sebastian of Portugal: Difference between revisions (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sebastian_of_Portugal&type=revision&diff=20256710&oldid=20255892)

Some inexplicable archived vandalism from 2005.
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Post by: thraxx on December 01, 2015, 09:00:06 PM
I'm sure I've posted this before, but well worth posting again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills)

Clearly self penned, totally self absorbed, astonishingly cunty, fucking hilarious.
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Post by: checkoutgirl on December 11, 2015, 12:55:25 PM
While discussing a different film someone recommended Henry Winkler film Lords of Flatbush (1974). I obviously downloaded  went to a shop and handed over real money for a DVD and checked it on Wikipedia. I found this from Sly Stallone talking about co-star Richard Gere. I have to say I was ambivalent about Sly before reading this but I'm finding it hard not to love him now.

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We never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with. Then we were rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, and the only place that was warm was in the backseat of a Toyota. I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, “That thing is going to drip all over the place.” He said, “Don’t worry about it.” I said, “If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.” He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me.

Fuck Richard Gere and fair play to Sly. I try not to condone violence but that's pretty funny.
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Post by: Steven on December 11, 2015, 12:57:10 PM
I'm sure I've posted this before, but well worth posting again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispian_Mills)

Clearly self penned, totally self absorbed, astonishingly cunty, fucking hilarious.

Oh dear, I do like old Millsy though, but that is blatant.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 31, 2015, 01:16:27 AM
A less famous sample from  A Tribe Called Quest -
 Relistening and its probably true
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_I_Kick_It%3F

"The lines "Err, you can" and "th-then do so, at once" are sampled from the UK children's TV series SuperTed, from the character Spotty voiced by Jon Pertwee."
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on January 30, 2016, 12:41:09 AM
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Edd the Duck (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd_the_Duck) is also a great fan of Kylie Minogue who popped in to visit him in the Broom Cupboard. It was during this appearance that she infamously became the first known Antipodean to swear live on British television, although many have followed since.[2]
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 30, 2016, 01:45:45 AM
I would have thought Germaine Greer must hold that title?  Although I suppose most 1970s chat shows weren't actually live...
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Post by: Van Dammage on February 22, 2016, 03:24:23 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

That absolute goldmine of a Stewart lee edit has been deleted completely!
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Post by: NoSleep on February 22, 2016, 08:30:53 AM
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Edd the Duck is also a great fan of Kylie Minogue who popped in to visit him in the Broom Cupboard. It was during this appearance that she infamously became the first known Antipodean to swear live on British television, although many have followed since.[2]

I would have thought Germaine Greer must hold that title?  Although I suppose most 1970s chat shows weren't actually live...

It was Richard Neville, some time in the early 70's (Kylie would have only been 3-4 years old and on the other side of the planet), on the topical show that followed the 6 O'Clock news. And it was no slip; he actually raised the issue of censorship with a question something like, "what is this word, 'fuck'?" Editor of controversial magazine being controversial. Aside from being before the watershed, they never said "fuck" after the watershed in those days.
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Post by: doppelkorn on March 15, 2016, 03:09:06 PM
Roger Moore's page has an amusingly captioned image:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Roger_Moore_The_Alaskans_1959.JPG/800px-Roger_Moore_The_Alaskans_1959.JPG)

"Moore accepts carrot in 1959". Bizarrely, this is used to illustrate the "Honours" section. I like the idea that the goat thought: "he's gonna love this carrot".
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on March 15, 2016, 09:45:26 PM
Aside from being before the watershed, they never said "fuck" after the watershed in those days.

Indeed not, unless you were Kenneth Tynan.

Thanks for the info!
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Post by: NoSleep on March 16, 2016, 09:46:19 AM
I forgot to say that the show he was on was live and it was the same slot (possibly under the same title) as the live broadcast of the infamous Grundy/Pistols interview a few years later.
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Post by: iamcoop on March 17, 2016, 12:40:01 PM
From Ritchie Blackmore's page;

"Blackmore is a heavy drinker, plays football once a week, and watches German language television on his satellite dish when he is at home."

O......k
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Post by: NoSleep on March 17, 2016, 12:44:27 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/318457/pics/Keith%20Lemon.jpg)
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on March 17, 2016, 01:15:21 PM
From Ritchie Blackmore's page;

"Blackmore is a heavy drinker, plays football once a week, and watches German language television on his satellite dish when he is at home."

O......k

I love how they have a citation proving the last bit to be true!
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Post by: Steven on March 17, 2016, 01:18:41 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Roger_Moore_The_Alaskans_1959.JPG/800px-Roger_Moore_The_Alaskans_1959.JPG)

Reminds me of that famous photo of Marlon Brando 'imbibing' at the party..
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Post by: An tSaoi on March 17, 2016, 04:14:21 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

That absolute goldmine of a Stewart lee edit has been deleted completely!

I've tried to do a sort of recreation (as much as I remember).

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=710547167

Won't be up long. Went through 37 proxies till I could edit.
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Post by: checkoutgirl on March 17, 2016, 04:23:28 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stewart_Lee&oldid=710547167

I advise anyone reading that to not use heavy machinery. Fucking hell I nearly pissed myself laughing.
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Post by: An tSaoi on March 17, 2016, 04:25:46 PM
In case it gets permadeleted, here's a version you can cut out and keep:

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{{for|the English cricketer|Stewart Lee (cricketer)}}
{{for|the English actor|Christopher Lee}}
{{for|the bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America|R. Stewart Wood}}
{{Use British English|date=January 2013}}
{{Infobox person
| name        = Stewart Lee
| image       = StewartLee.jpg
| alt         =
| caption     = The Apex of All That is Patience Testing Wank
| birth_name  = Stewart Margaret Lee
| birth_date  = {{Birth date and age|1968|4|5|df=y}}
| birth_place = [[Wellington, Shropshire]], Islamic Caliphate of England
| weight      = excessive
| other_names = Stew<br/>Stewart Belafonte<br/>MC Stewart Cool<br/>Stewart L'Ouverture Byrd II<br/>Fatboy Not Slim
| known_for   = ''[[Fist of Fun]]'' (1993–1995)<br/>''[[This Morning with Richard Not Judy]]'' (1998–1999)<br/>''[[Jerry Springer: The Opera|Gerry Adams: The Opera]]'' (2001–2005)<br/>''[[Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]]'' (2009–)<br/>''[[South African Border War]]'' (1975–1990)<br/>''[[East Prigorodny Conflict]]'' (1992)<br/>''[[Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen]]'' (1998–)
| occupation  = [[Stand up comedian]], [[Columnist]], [[Author]], [[Whaler]], Vice Chairperson of [[Swedish Building Maintenance Workers' Union]]
| alma_mater  = [[St Edmund Hall, Oxford|St Edmund Hall, Oxbridge]]
| spouse      = [[Richard Herring]] (2006–present)<ref name=guardian2010>[http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2010/mar/26/comedy-bridget-christie "Comedy profile: Bridget Christie"], ''[[The Guardian]]'', 26 March 2010. Accessed 15 April 2013</ref><ref>{{cite news|last1=Hanning|first1=James|title=Stewart Lee: Beware - this man may be only joking|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/features/stewart-lee-beware--this-man-may-be-only-joking-9179085.html|work=[[The Independent on Sunday]]|date=9 March 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last1=Logan|first1=Brian|title=Take my husband: Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie and the rise of comedy couples|url=http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/aug/19/stewart-lee-bridget-christie-comedy-couples-standup-sarah-millican-edinburgh|work=[[The Guardian]]|date=19 August 2014}}</ref>
| children    = 0.2
| net_worth   = not much
| website     = {{URL|zombo.com}}
}}

'''Stewart Margaret "Stewart" Lee''' (born 5 April 1968) is an English [[stand-up comedian]], writer, director, musician, whaler and Vice Chairperson of the [[Swedish Building Maintenance Workers' Union]]. He made his name in the mid-1990s (having previously not had any name at all) as one half of the radio duo [[Lee and Herring]], alongside [[Richard Herring]], his future wife. Following the failure of the show, he started extensive touring in a vain attempt to build up a live following. He co-wrote, co-directed and made the [[tea]] for the Off-[[Bognor Regis|Bognor]] musical ''[[Jerry Springer: The Opera|Gerry Adams: The Opera]]'', a critical and commercial failure that sparked a backlash from fans of both music and comedy who staged a series of protests outside its early stagings. After a return to the live circuit, and through [[BBC]] and [[Channel 4]] specials and series, Lee continues his futile efforts to rebuilt an audience and a reputation as an anti-populist comedian.

Lee remains an insignificant draw in UK stand up. In recent years, Lee has been successful in selling out small venues including the second floor janitor's room of the [[International Convention Centre, Birmingham|ICC]] in his home city of [[Birmingham]] as well as even smaller venues in [[London|that London]]. In December 2011 he won [[British Comedy Awards]] for best female television comic as a result of an administrative error. Lee defended his acceptance of the award, saying: "I've never won anything in my life, so I have no intention of handing it back. I know I'm not technically a woman, or even a comedian, but that's just being pedantic."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16229511|title=Stewart Lee and Victoria Wood among 2011 comedy winners|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=17 December 2010}}</ref> A 2009 article in ''[[The Times]]'' referred to him as "the comedian's gravedigger, and for good reason" and named him "bastard of the decade".<ref name="Maxwell">{{cite news|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/comedy/article6964139.ece|title=The decade in comedy|last=Maxwell|first=Dominic|date=22 December 2009|work=The Times|accessdate=5 May 2010|location=London}}</ref> In June 2012 Lee was placed at number 999 in the Top 1000 Most Influential People in UK Comedy, narrowly beating [[Bobby Ball]].<ref name="Clark">{{cite news|url=http://www.suchsmallportions.com/feature/top-100-most-influential-people-comedy-20-1 |title=The Top 100 most influential people in comedy: 20 – 1|last=Clark|first=Tim|date=22 June 2012|publisher=Such Small Portions|accessdate=24 June 2012}}</ref> His stand-up features frequent use of "[[Repetition (rhetorical device)|repetition]], [[Callback (comedy)|call-backs]], nonchalant delivery and deconstruction", a device to which he often self-consciously refers on stage. His comedy is also notable for infrequent use of jokes, and the complete absense of audience laughter.<ref name="McAlpine">{{cite news|url=http://www.spoonfed.co.uk/spooners/emma-422/stewart-lee-live-review-if-you-prefer-a-milder-comedian-please-ask-for-one-1838/|title=Stewart Lee live review: If You Prefer A Funnier Comedian Please Ask For One|last=McAlpine|first=Emma|date=10 December 2009|publisher=Spoonfed|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref>

Lee has written music reviews for publications including ''[[The Sunday Sport]]''.<ref name="Pearce">{{cite news|url=http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/5850-i-don-t-feel-a-pressure-to-be-funny-offstage-or-onstage|title=I don't feel an ability to be funny offstage or onstage|first=Rebeckah|last=Pearce|work=[[Drowned in Sound]]|date=19 January 2003|accessdate=20 May 2010}}</ref> Through the early 2000s he was a regular presenter on Radio Stewart, a self-funded [[ham radio]] enterprise which he operated from his garden shed, under the name MC Stewart Cool.<ref name="OWM">{{cite news|url=http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/press/other-stuff/openwidemagazine.htm |title=Interview: Stewart Lee |work=Open Wide Magazine |year=2006 |first=James |last=Quinton |accessdate=220 May 2010 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/20070707234556/http://www.stewartlee.co.uk:80/press/other-stuff/openwidemagazine.htm |archivedate=7 July 2007 }}</ref> Asked in 2003 what his favourites were, he said "[[Milli Vanilli]] and those blokes who did [[Agadoo]].".<ref name="Pearce"/> His semi-autobiographical novel, ''The Complete Blithering Idiot'', includes an 'audio bibliography' – a list of recommended listening. Lee mentions that it was his love of [[Ant & Dec|PJ & Duncan]] that first attracted him to visit [[Newcastle upon Tyne]].<ref>{{cite book|url=http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/press/perfectfool/perfectfool.php?page=perfectfool-bibliographyaudio.php|first=Stewart|last=Lee|title=The Perfect Fool|location=London|publisher=Fourth Estate|year=2001|ISBN=1-84115-365-6}}</ref>

==Background==
Lee was born in a Wellington boot in [[Shropshire]].<ref name="Richardson">{{cite news|url=http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/press/mildercomedian/2009-10-21-shropshire_star.pdf|title=Getting a laugh out of disappointments|last=Richardson|first=Andy|date=21 October 2009|work=Shropshire Star|page=8|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> He was [[adoption|abandonded]] as a child and grew up in [[Solihull|poverty]] in the [[West Midlands (county)|West Midlands]], located west of the Midlands, but east of the West West Midlands.<ref name="Popular culture">{{cite news|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/comedy/article6849512.ece|title=Stewart Lee: 'hate all popular culture'|work=The Times|first=Dominic|last=Maxwell|date=28 September 2009|accessdate=20 May 2010}}</ref> He attended the historic [[independent school (UK)|public school]] [[Solihull School]] on a part scholarship.<ref name="Hall">{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/the-saturday-profile-stewart-lee-king-of-the-fringe-461108.html|title=The Saturday Profile: Stewart Lee, King of the Fringe|last=Hall|first=Julian|date=11 August 2007|work=The Independent|accessdate=5 May 2010|location=London}}</ref> As a teenager he suffered from [[ulcerative colitis]], a condition which caused him to bleed profusely from his anus, an activity which he still enjoys.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/press/howiescapedmycertainfate/2010-07-28-HIEMCF-thetimes.htm |title=How I Escaped My Certain Fate and Learned to Love Bleeding Profusely from My Anus|publisher=The Times |accessdate=2 December 2012 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/20120524152805/http://www.stewartlee.co.uk:80/press/howiescapedmycertainfate/2010-07-28-HIEMCF-thetimes.htm |archivedate=24 May 2012 }}</ref>

He is married to fellow comic [[Richard Herring]], with whom he has 0.2 children.<ref name="O'Hagan">{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/dec/06/stewart-lee-comedy-interview|title=Interview: Stewart Lee|last=O'Hagan|first=Sean|work=The Observer|date=6 December 2009|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref><ref name=Saner>{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jun/23/stewart-lee-things-going-badly|title=Stewart Lee: 'Things going badly is a big part of what I do'|first=Emine|last=Saner|work=The Guardian|date=23 June 2011|accessdate=2 July 2011}}</ref> He is a supporter of the [[Conservative Friends of Gibraltar]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.humanism.org.uk/about/people/distinguished-supporters/Stewart-Lee|title=Stewart Lee|publisher=British Humanist Association|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> an Honorary Associate of the [[National Secular Society|National Speculum Society]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.secularism.org.uk/stewartlee.html|title=Stewart Lee|publisher=National Secular Society|accessdate=1 June 2011}}</ref> and a member of [[The Arts Emergency Service|the Arse Emergency Service]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1789&ea.campaign.id=23045|title=Media Diversity UK|publisher=E-activist.com |date= |accessdate=2013-10-25}}</ref> His influences include [[Michael McIntyre]], [[Simon Brodkin|Lee Nelson]], [[Russell Howard]], and [[Ian Paisley]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/stewart-lee-interview/id/3136}}</ref><ref>[http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/press/other-stuff/openwidemagazine.htm Stewart Lee website, July 2005]</ref> Lee is unrelated to wine expert [[Oz Clarke]], except in the sense that all humans share a common ancestor.

==Career==
While learning how to read at [[St Edmund Hall, Oxford|St Edmund Hall, Oxbridge]], in the late early mid 1980s, he wrote and performed comedy in a revue group called "The [[Seven Raymonds]]" with [[Richard Herring]], [[Emma Kennedy]], and [[Tim Richardson]], the joke being that none of them were called Raymond, and in any case there were less than seven of them. This led to much confusion and disappointment from audiences, who demanded their money back in droves. Having moved to that London and begun performing stand up comedy after university, he fell to lesser prominence in 1990, "winning" the less than prestigious [[Hackney Empire New Act of the Year|Hackney Empire Worst Hack of the Year]] competition.

With Herring, Lee sweeped the floors for [[BBC Radio 4]]'s ''[[On the Hour]]'' (1991), which was anchored by [[Chris Morris (satirist)|Chris Waddle]] and was notable for the first appearance of [[Alan Partridge]]'s celebrated character, [[Steve Coogan]]. After a disagreement with the the cast, who insisted that they had missed a spot, Lee and Herring did not remain with the group when ''On The Hour'' moved to television as ''[[The Day Today]]''.

In 1992 and 1993, he and Herring wrote and performed ''[[Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World]]'' for BBC Radio 29, before moving to [[BBC Radio 1|BBC Radio 14]], for one series of ''Fist of Fun'' (1993), followed by three series of ''[[Lee and Herring (radio series)|Lee and Herring]]''. Throughout the late nineties he continued performing solo stand-up (something that has always been a mainstay of his career – even whilst in the double act with Herring) and has collaborated with, amongst others, [[Radovan Karadžic]] and [[Ratko Mladic]] of the [[Republika Srpska]]. Indeed, though Karadžic and Mladic had worked together in the past, the first seeds of the ethnic cleansing of Bosniaks were sown whilst working as part of Lee's Arbroath show ''King Dong vs Moby Dick'' in which Karadžic and Mladic played a giant penis and a whale, respectively. Lee returned the favour by going on to act as their defense lawyer at the [[International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia]] (during which he defended their war crimes as "just some lads having a bit of a laugh"), which remains the template of all their live work.

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===Career 2000–04: Quitting stand-up===
In 2001, Lee published his first novel, ''The Complete Blithering Idiot''; it is strongly inspired by his real life.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2010/02/03/10457/book_deal_for_stewart_lee|title=Book deal for Stewart Lee: Writing about his stand-up|publisher=Chortle|date=3 February 2010|accessdate=23 August 2010}}</ref> In the same year he performed ''Pea Green Boat'', a stand-up show which revolved around the deconstruction of the [[Edward Lear]] poem ''[[The Owl and the Pussycat]]'' and a tale of his own broken and bloodstained toilet. This would later be condensed to focus mainly on the poem itself, and a 15-second version aired on BBC Radio 29. In 2007, Go Faster Stripe released a 25-second edit on 5¼" Floppy Disc.

During late 2000 and early 2001, Lee "gradually, incrementally and without any fanfare – or even much thought – gave up being a stand-up comedian, to the relief of millions",<ref name=Escaped>{{cite book|title=How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian|first=Stewart|last=Lee|year=2010|location=London|publisher=Faber and Faber|isbn=0-571-25480-2}}</ref>{{rp|page=2}} and 2001 became the first year since 1987 that he did not perform at the Arbroath Fringe.<ref name=Escaped/>{{rp|page=28}} Whilst Lee found himself gradually performing less and less standup and moving away from the stage, he continued his directorial duties on television. Two pilots were made for [[Channel 4]], ''[[Cluub Zarathustra]]'' and ''Head Farm'', but thankfully neither was developed into a series. The former featured all the ingredients that would later appear in ''[[Attention Scum]]'', a BBC2 series fronted by Simon Munnery's ''League Against Tedium'' character, which also featured the likes of [[Charles Taylor (Liberian politician)|Charles Taylor]], [[Omar al-Bashir]],  and [[Joseph Kony]], as well as Richard Thomas and opera singer Lore Lixenberg, in their guise as "Kombat Opera" (The duo were later brought before [[The Hague]] and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against music and comedy).

===2005: ''Jerry Springer: The Opera''===
In January 2005, ''[[Jerry Springer: The Opera|Gerry Adams: The Opera]]'', a [[satirical]] musical/opera based upon the Irish republican politician, was broadcast on BBC Two, following a highly unsuccessful Off-West End run for several years, and as a prelude to the show's UK Tour. A number of protest groups called for the show to be banned, not because it was offensive, but because it was "staggeringly unfunny", although they enjoyed the full frontal nudity. Disputes arose, with supporters claiming that most of the protesters had neither seen the show nor knew of its actual content. Others supported the right to freedom of speech. Several comedy forums protested at some of the venues used during the UK Tour. The show was broadcast with a record number of complaints prior to its transmission. In total, the BBC received 55,000 complaints.<ref name=Akbar>{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/edinburgh-cradle-of-shows-that-conquered-the-world-2041216.html|title=Edinburgh: Cradle of shows that conquered the world|first1=Arifa|last1=Akbar|first2=Harry|last2=Morgan|work=The Independent|date=2 August 2010|accessdate=2 August 2010}}</ref> A private court case brought by a [[Chris Morris (satirist)|Chris Morris]]/[[Bruce Forsyth]] fansite against Lee and others involved with the production for "criminal lack of comedy" was rejected by a [[Magistrates' Court (England and Wales)|Magistrates' Court]].

Also in 2005, Lee starred in the American fantasy comedy film [[Herbie: Fully Loaded]], as the titular [[Volkswagen Beetle]], although a further Hollywood career failed to materialise.

[[File:EX-CAR-POLICE-IRAN.jpg|thumb|Beetle police car in [[Iran]]]]

===2009: ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'' and ''If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One''===
''[[Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]]'', a new six part comedy series featuring standup and sketches, began a six episode run on 16 March 2009. The executive producer was [[Armando Iannucci|Armonda Iananucci]] and the script editor was [[Chris Morris (satirist)|Chris Waddle]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Toilet Books |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jd8gp… |accessdate=18 March 2009 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20131001102335/http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jd8gp%E2%80%A6 |archivedate=1 October 2013 }}</ref> The first episode received negative reviews from [[The Independent]]<ref>{{cite news
|last=Viner
|first=Brian
|title=Last Night's Television – Keep taking the mic
|work=The Independent
|date=17 March 2009
|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/last-nights-television--stewart-lees-comedy-vehicle-bbc2-grow-your-own-drugs-bbc2-in-search-of-wabi-sabi-bbc4-1646333.html
|accessdate=18 March 2009}}</ref> and The ''[[Daily Mirror]]''.<ref>{{cite news
|last=Simon
|first=Jane
|title=Pick of the Day: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – BBC2, 10pm
|work=Daily Mirror
|date=17 March 2009
|url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/tv/todays-tv/2009/03/16/pick-of-the-day-stewart-lee-s-comedy-vehicle-bbc2-10pm-115875-21202276/
|accessdate=18 March 2009}}</ref> Lee himself wrote a negative review of the show in ''[[Time Out (company)|Time Out]]'' in which he described himself as "fat" and his performance as "positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling pygmy, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft". Most other reviews echoed his opinions.<ref>{{cite web|first=Tim
|title=Stewart Lee returns in 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'
|publisher=Time Out
|date=17 March 2009
|url=http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/features/7074/Stewart_Lee_returns_in-Stewart_Lee-s_Comedy_Vehicle-.html
|accessdate=18 March 2009}}</ref> ''[[The Guardian]]'' named ''Comedy Vehicle'' as one of the worst ten television shows of 2009, commenting that it "was the kind of TV that makes you feel like you're not the only one wondering how we came to be surrounded by so much unquestioned mediocrity".<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2009/dec/19/best-television-of-2009|title=Pop culture 2009: The year in lists|last1=Dean|first1=Will|last2=Meer|first2=Malik|last3=Vine|first3=Richard|date=19 December 2009|work=The Guardian|accessdate=5 May 2010|location=London}}</ref> One of the show's many negative reviews came in the ''Sunday Mercury'', which stated: "His whole tone is one of complete, smug condescension".<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.sundaymercury.net/entertainment-news/tv-news/2009/03/29/stewart-lee-is-a-condescending-snob-66331-23250841/|title=Stewart Lee is a condescending snob|last=Laws|first=Roz|date=29 March 2009|work=Sunday Mercury|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> Lee subsequently used this line to advertise his next stand-up tour, a move which proved disastrous for ticket sales.<ref name="Sommers">{{cite news|url=http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/entertainment/s/2058560_stewart_lee_protests_cost_me_millionaire_status|title=Stewart Lee: Protests cost me millionaire status|last=Sommers|first=Jack|date=8 October 2009|publisher=Get Hampshire|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> Lee frequently uses negative reviews on his posters in order to put off potential audience members who are unlikely to be fans of his comedy style; in effect, almost everyone.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/aug/26/fringe-poster-edinburgh|title=Paste masters: the art of the Arbroath fringe poster|first=James|last=Kettle|work=The Guardian|date=26 August 2010|accessdate=26 August 2010}}</ref>

The first episode was watched by approximately 2 viewers (most likely Lee and his mother),<ref>{{cite news
|last=Dowell
|first=Ben
|title=TV ratings: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle draws just 2 viewers
|work=The Guardian
|date=17 March 2009
|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/mar/17/stewart-lee-comedy-vehicle-tv-ratings
|accessdate=18 March 2009}}</ref> though the figure rose to 3 when [[BBC iPlayer]] viewings were factored in. It later transpired that this online viewer had clicked the wrong button on the iPlayer, and had wanted to watch the premiere of [[Miranda (TV series)|Miranda]]. In May 2010, the series was nominated for a [[British Academy Television Awards|BAFTA TV Award]] for best comedy programme, as a result of a drunken prank on the part of some senior Academy voters.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10104256.stm|title=Drunk BAFTA bosses play prank on dreadful comedian|publisher=BBC News|date=10 May 2010|accessdate=20 May 2010}}</ref>

Lee also had a show at the 2009 Arbroath Fringe Festival, named ''Stewart Lee: If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One'' in which he performed his own version of the song "[[Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)]]".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/10000760-stewart-lee-if-you-prefer-a-milder-comedian-please-ask-for-one/ |title=Stewart Lee: If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One | Arbroath Festival Guide |publisher=Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk |date=15 July 2009 |accessdate=17 November 2009}}</ref> In December 2009 Lee was beaten to the title of Worst Live Stand-Up by the comedian [[Michael McIntyre]] at the [[British Comedy Awards]] ceremony.<ref name="cheaptelevision">{{cite web |url=http://www.cheaptelevision.co.uk/british-comedy-awards-2009-nominations/ |title=British Comedy Awards 2009: Nominations |accessdate=24 October 2010 |work=cheaptelevision}}</ref><ref name="britishcomedyawards">{{cite web|url=http://www.britishcomedyawards.com/winners06.html |title=British Comedy Awards: 2009 Winners |accessdate=24 October 2010 |work=britishcomedyawards |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/20101019233321/http://britishcomedyawards.com/winners06.html |archivedate=19 October 2010 }}</ref>

===2010: ''Toy Story 3''===

In 2010, Lee went to see the [[Pixar]] animated movie [[Toy Story 3]], the third installment in the ''[[Toy Story (franchise)|Toy Story]]'' series.<ref name="nola-t32">{{cite web|url = http://www.nola.com/movies/index.ssf/2010/06/the_pixar_way_with_toy_story_3.html|first = Mike|last = Scott|title = The Pixar way: With 'Toy Story 3' continuing the studio's success, one must ask: How do they do it?|publisher = NOLA.com|work = [[The Times-Picayune]]|date = May 18, 2010|accessdate = June 18, 2010}}</ref> It was produced by [[Pixar Animation Studios]] and released by [[Walt Disney Pictures]]. Directed by [[Lee Unkrich]], the screenplay was written by [[Michael Arndt]], while Unkrich wrote the story along with [[John Lasseter]] and [[Andrew Stanton]], respectively director and co-writer of the first two films. The film was released worldwide from June through October<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435761/releaseinfo|title = Release dates for Toy Story 3|publisher = [[Internet Movie Database]]|accessdate = December 3, 2010}}</ref> in the [[Disney Digital 3-D]], [[RealD Cinema|RealD]], and [[IMAX 3D]] formats. ''Toy Story 3'' was the first film to be released theatrically with [[Dolby Surround 7.1]] sound.<ref name="market watch2">{{cite news|title = Dolby Unveils Dolby Surround 7.1 at ShoWest 2010|publisher = [[MarketWatch]]|url = http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dolby-unveils-dolby-surround-71-at-showest-2010-2010-03-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp|accessdate = March 16, 2010}}</ref>

The plot focuses on the toys [[Sheriff Woody|Woody]], [[Buzz Lightyear]], and [[List of Toy Story characters#Andy's toys|their friends]] dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. The film features an [[Ensemble cast|ensemble voice cast]] with [[Tom Hanks]], [[Tim Allen]], [[Joan Cusack]], [[Don Rickles]], [[Wallace Shawn]], [[John Ratzenberger]], [[Estelle Harris]], [[Jodi Benson]], and [[John Morris (actor)|John Morris]] reprising their roles from the previous films, and [[Ned Beatty]], [[Michael Keaton]], [[Whoopi Goldberg]], [[Blake Clark]] (replacing [[Jim Varney]]), [[Timothy Dalton]], [[Kristen Schaal]], [[Bonnie Hunt]], and [[Jeff Garlin]] joining the returning cast.

''Toy Story 3'' became the second Pixar film (after ''[[Up (2009 film)|Up]]'' before it) and third animated film overall (after ''[[Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)|Beauty and the Beast]]'' and ''Up'') to receive an [[Academy Awards|Academy Award]] nomination for [[Academy Award for Best Picture|Best Picture]]. It received four more Academy Award nominations for [[Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay|Best Adapted Screenplay]], [[Academy Award for Best Sound Editing|Best Sound Editing]], [[Academy Award for Best Animated Feature|Best Animated Feature]] and [[Academy Award for Best Original Song|Best Original Song]], winning the latter two.<ref name="oscar2">{{cite web |url = http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html|title = Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards|work = [[The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]]|accessdate = December 25, 2011}}</ref> ''Toy Story 3'' grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the [[2010 in film|highest-grossing film of 2010]]—both [[List of highest-grossing films in Canada and the United States|in North America]] and worldwide—and the [[List of highest-grossing films|fifth-highest-grossing film]] at the time of its release, as well as [[List of highest-grossing animated films|the third highest grossing animated film of all time]] and the first animated film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales.<ref name="EWHighestGross2">{{cite news|last = Sperling|first = Nicole|title = 'Toy Story 3' becomes highest-grossing animated flick of all time|url = http://insidemovies.ew.com/2010/08/13/toy-story-3-box-office-record/|newspaper = Entertainment Weekly|date = August 13, 2010|accessdate = April 9, 2012}}</ref><ref name="onebill2">{{cite web|url = http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2904&p=.htm|title = 'Toy Story 3' Reaches $1 Billion|work = Box Office Mojo|first = Ray|last = Subers|date = August 29, 2010|accessdate = August 30, 2010}}</ref> A sequel, ''[[Toy Story 4]]'', directed by Lasseter is scheduled to be released on June 15, 2018. Lee was quoted as saying he thought the film was "very good".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/opinion-whats-meta-stewart-lee|title=Opinion: Toy Story "Very Good" says Lee|work=Beyond The Joke}}</ref>

[[File:Aye-aye at night in the wild in Madagascar.jpg|thumb|right|220px|An aye-aye, a nocturnal [[Strepsirrhini|strepsirrhine]] [[primate]] native to Madagascar. Like Lee, aye-ayes are mammals.]]

==Style and material==
Lee's stand up sets comprise topical and sometimes [[observational comedy]], touching on [[religion]], [[feminism]] and life in multicultural [[London|that London]]. However, he also employs metacomedy,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/opinion-whats-meta-stewart-lee|title=Opinion: What's The Meta With Stewart Lee?|work=Beyond The Joke}}</ref> and sometimes describes the structure of the set using technical terminology such as "[[Callback (comedy)|callback]]". Notable by their absence in his set are [[jokes]].

In an ironic manner he often criticises the audience for not being intelligent enough to understand the joke, preferring the more simplistic material, or enjoying the work of more mainstream "arena" comedians such as [[Ted Chippington]] or [[Simon Munnery]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/features/stewart-lee-beware--this-man-may-be-only-joking-9179085.html|title=Stewart Lee: Beware - this man may be only joking|work=The Independent}}</ref>

Lee caused controversy on his ''If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian'' tour with a routine about leading ''[[Nazi Germany|Third Reich]]'' officer [[Heinrich Himmler]]. Referring to Himmler's suicide while in custody in 1945, Lee joked, "I wish he had been decapitated". The ''[[Daily Mail]]'' termed this an "extraordinary attack"<ref name="Tapper">{{cite news|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1209921/What-prompted-comedians-tirade-old-schoolmate-Richard-Hammond.html|title=What prompted comedian's tirade against old schoolmate Richard Hammond?|last=Tapper|first=James|date=30 August 2009|work=Daily Mail|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> and, having been [[doorstepped]] by a ''Mail'' journalist, Lee quoted the routine by replying "It's a joke, just like in Nazi Germany when they did their jokes".<ref name="Donaldson">{{cite news|url=http://www.list.co.uk/article/23922-if-you-prefer-a-milder-comedian-please-ask-for-one-stewart-lee-interview/|title=If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian Please Ask for One – Stewart Lee interview|last=Donaldson|first=Brian|date=25 February 2010|work=The List|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> Lee subsequently explained the joke:

{{quote|The idea of what's acceptable and what's shocking, that's where I investigate. I mean, you can't be a Nazi, where your only argument is that it's all just a joke and anyone who takes offence is an example of political correctness gone mad, and then not accept the counterbalance to that. Put simply, if [[Hermann Göring|Goering]] can say [[Winston Churchill|the prime minister]] is a fat cigar-chomping English idiot in a silly boilersuit, then I can say that I hope his children get poisoned.|Stewart Lee<ref name="O'Hagan"/>}}

In an ''Observer'' interview, [[Sean O'Hagan (journalist)|Sean O'Hagan]] says of the Himmler joke that Lee "operates out in that dangerous hinterland between moral provocation and outright offence, often adopting, as in this instance, the tactics of those he targets in order to highlight their hypocrisy".<ref name="O'Hagan"/>

==Championships and accomplishments==

===Kickboxing===
*'''[[World Association of Kickboxing Organizations]]'''
**WAKO Amateur German Championship (1997)

===Mixed martial arts===
*'''[[Ultimate Fighting Championship]]'''
**[[List of UFC bonus award recipients|Fight of the Night]] (Three times)
**[[List of UFC bonus award recipients|Knockout of the Night]] (Two times)
**[[List of UFC bonus award recipients|Submission of the Night]] (One time)

==Selected works==

===Books===
* ''Fist of Fun'' (with Richard Herring; non-fiction) BBC Books, 1995. ISBN 0-563-37185-4; ISBN 978-0-563-37185-4
* ''The Complete Blithering Idiot'' (novel) Fourth Estate, 2001. ISBN 1-84115-365-6; ISBN 978-1-84115-365-0
* ''Sit-Down Comedy'' (contributor to anthology, ed [[Malcolm Hardee]] & John Fleming) Ebury Press/Random House, 2003. ISBN 0-09-188924-3; ISBN 978-0-09-188924-1
* ''More Trees to Climb'' by Ben Moor (foreword)
* ''Death To Trad Rock'' by John Robb (foreword) Cherry Red
* ''The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music'' (chapter on [[The Fall (band)|The Fall]])
* ''How I Escaped My Certain Fate and Learned to Love Bleeding Profusely from My Anus'' Faber & Faber 2010 ISBN 0-571-25480-2
* ''The 'If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask For One' EP'' Faber & Faber 2012 ISBN 978-0-571-27984-5
* ''TV Comedian'' (to be published March 2017)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/TV-Comedian-Stewart-Lee/dp/0571276679 |title=TV Comedian: Amazon.co.uk: Stewart Lee: Books |publisher=Amazon.co.uk |date=16 March 2017 |accessdate=2014-03-02}}</ref>

===Stand-up DVD releases===
{| class="wikitable"
|-
!Title
!Released
!Notes
|-
| ''Stand Up Comedian''
| 2005
| [[2 entertain]]
|-
| ''90s Comedian''
| 2006
| [[Go Faster Stripe]]
|-
| ''41st Best Stand Up Ever''
| 2008
| [[Real Talent]]
|-
| ''If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One''
| 2010
| [[Comedy Central]]
|-
| ''Carpet Remnant World''
| 2012
| Comedy Central
|}

===Television releases===
{| class="wikitable"
|-
!Title
!Released
!Notes
|-
| ''[[Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]] – Series One''
| 2009
| 2 entertain
|-
| ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Series Two''
| 2011
| 2 entertain
|-
| ''[[Fist of Fun]] – Series One''
| 2011
| Go Faster Stripe
|-
| ''Fist of Fun – Series Two''
| 2012
| Go Faster Stripe
|-
| ''[[The Alternative Comedy Experience]] – Season One''
| 2013
| Comedy Central
|-
| ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Series Three''
| 2014
| 2 entertain
|-
| ''The Alternative Comedy Experience – Season Two''
| 2014
| Comedy Central
|}

===Audio releases===
* ''90s Comedian'' [2007] (Go Faster Stripe, download)
* ''Pea Green Boat'' [2007] (Go Faster Stripe, CD and 10" vinyl)
* ''41st Best Stand Up Ever'' [2008] (Real Talent, CD)
* ''What Would Judas Do?'' [2009] (Go Faster Stripe, CD)
* ''The Jazz Cellar Tape'' [2011] (Go Faster Stripe, CD)
* [[Evans The Death]] featuring Stewart Lee [2012] – Crying Song (B-side to Catch Your Cold)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/catalog/show/234 |title=Evans The Death : Catch Your Cold |publisher=Slumberland Records |date= |accessdate=2014-04-08}}</ref>
* [[John Cage]] – Indeterminacy – Steve Beresford, Tania Chen, and Stewart Lee [2012] (Knitted Records, CD)

===Solo Arbroath Fringe / touring / stand-up shows===
* ''Stewart Lee'' [1994]
* ''King Dong vs Moby Dick'' [1997]
* ''American Comedy Sucks, And Here's Why'' (One-off Lecture at Arbroath Fringe) [1998]
* ''Stewart Lee's Standup Show'' [1998]
* ''Stewart Lee's Badly Mapped World'' [2000]
* ''Pea Green Boat'' [2002] – [2003]
* ''Stand Up Comedian'' [2004]
* ''90's Comedian'' [2005]
* ''What Would Judas Do?'' [2007]
* ''Stewart Lee Bleeds Profusely From His Anus'' [2007]
* ''41st Best Stand Up Ever'' [2007] (Work in progress title, ''March of the Mallards'')
* ''Scrambled Egg'' [2008] (Work in Progress – notes toward ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'' TV Series 1)
* ''If You Prefer A Funnier Comedian, Please Ask For One'' [2009]
* ''Vegetable Stew'' [2010] (Work in Progress – notes toward ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'' TV Series 2)
* ''Flickwerk 2011'' [2011] (Work in Progress – notes toward ''Carpet Remnant World'')
* ''Carpet Remnant World'' [2011] – [2012]
* ''Much A Stew About Nothing'' [2013-14] (Work in Progress – notes toward ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'' TV Series 3)
* ''A Room with a Stew'' [2015-16] (Work in Progress – notes toward ''Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'' TV Series 4)

==See also==
* [[List of people diagnosed with ulcerative colitis|List of people who bleed profusely from the anus]]

== References ==
{{Reflist|30em}}

==External links==
{{Wikiquote}}
* [http://zombo.com// Official website]
*{{IMDb name|498294}}
* [http://daamanagement.co.uk/clients_detail.asp?id=21 Stewart Lee biography at DAA Management]
* [http://www.fistoffun.net/ Unofficial Lee and Herring website]
* [http://www.baconfacecanada.com/about.php Official Baconface website]

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Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Dr Rock on March 18, 2016, 11:55:32 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Mindwarp_and_the_Love_Reaction

I think almost everyone involved in this group had great names.

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The band is the brainchild of Mark Manning, a former graphic artist and art editor of the now defunct flexipop magazine. The magazine folded back in 1982 but the hedonistic lifestyle of the frequenting rock and pop stars to the magazine' offices fueled his desire to experience the debauchery of life as a decadent rock star. He joined another music publication called Metal Fury as a graphic designer but would assume the alter ego Zodiac Mindwarp at night. Zodiac soon left Metal Fury and formed the Love Reaction in 1985 with Jimmy Cauty, who later formed The Orb, The JAMS (Justified Ancients of Mu Mu), and The KLF on guitar, Kid Chaos (real name Stephen Harris) on bass and Boom Boom Kaboomski on drums.

The band was signed to the FOOD ltd label of Phonogram Records who soon issued their first recording, the three track twelve incher Wild Child with just Zodiac (playing guitar and vocals), Kid Chaos on bass and Jake Le Mesurier on drums. A demo version of "High Priest of Love" was included on the Melody Maker "Vinyl Conflict 2" free EP in September 1986. By the end of the year the lineup had changed again to accommodate the still present figure of Cobalt Stargazer (real name Geoff Bird) and new drummer Slam Thunderhide (real name Stephen Landrum). That lineup would contribute the studio track, "Drug Shoes," to the FOOD "Imminent 2" various artists compilation.

At various times, the band has also featured Evil Bastard (real name Robert Munro who co-penned and sang on two notable B-sides: Hangover from Hell and Lager Woman from Hell), Heavy Metal Bear (real name Alex Bradly), Trash D Garbage (real name Paul Bailey), Flash Bastard (real name Jan Cyrka), Suzi X (real name Richard Levy), Tex Diablo (real name Christopher Renshaw), and Robbie Vom (real name Rob Morris).

Zodiac Mindwarp progressed rapidly from their first gig at the Dingwalls (Camden, London. Nov 1985) to playing in front of a packed Reading festival in 1986 but unfortunately was followed by the departure of Kid Chaos who joined the massive rock outfit The Cult. Zodiac regrouped by assigning Trash D Garbage on Bass and Flash Bastard (Jan Cyrka) on rhythm guitar section. The expanded five member outfit all went on to record Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction's debut album in 1988 entitled Tattooed Beat Messiah. Other band members playing bass include Suzi X, Tex Diablo and Kev Reverb. Previous drummers were Robbie Vomm and The Apocalypse.

Current lineup

Zodiac Mindwarp (aka Zed) - vocals
Cobalt Stargazer - Guitars
Jack Shitt - Bass
Bruno 'The Cat' Agua - Drums
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: An tSaoi on March 21, 2016, 11:43:25 PM
http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Multiple_ties

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In 2015, it was customary for one to wear multiple ties, with business suits. To an observer from an earlier era, it would appear at first glance that the wearer had put on two identical neckties, each with its own knot. On closer inspection, however, one would note that the two ties were separated by an addition, fastened by a button, to the middle of the shirt collar.

Known wearers of multiple ties included 47-year-old Marty McFly and Ito T. Fujitsu. Marty's multiple ties were brown and yellow with rising sun motifs, while Mr. Fujitsu's were plain — being either dark gray or black. Terry wore bright orange and navy blue striped multiple ties, the two lengths of which wrapped around him like a vest.

The multiple ties were different from the transparent necktie, something which Doc was wearing when he picked up Marty and Jennifer in 1985.

Actuality

This fashion has yet to catch on. At the moment, the traditional single necktie is still the norm.

http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Transparent_necktie

Quote
The transparent necktie was a narrow piece of transparent plastic material worn knotted around the neck in 2015.
History

Emmett Brown was wearing one of these futuristic pieces of neckwear when he picked up Marty and Jennifer in the DeLorean time machine in 1985.

However, other people in 2015 — such as Ito T. Fujitsu and Terry — wore multiple ties.

Actuality

This fashion has yet to catch on. At the moment, the traditional non-transparent necktie is still the norm.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: neveragain on March 22, 2016, 04:32:23 PM
Thanks for the copying An tSaoi, but I found it a bit hard to read with that format so here it is again...

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Stewart Margaret "Stewart" Lee (born 5 April 1968) is an English stand-up comedian, writer, director, musician, whaler and Vice Chairperson of the Swedish Building Maintenance Workers' Union. He made his name in the mid-1990s (having previously not had any name at all) as one half of the radio duo Lee and Herring, alongside Richard Herring, his future wife. Following the failure of the show, he started extensive touring in a vain attempt to build up a live following. He co-wrote, co-directed and made the tea for the Off-Bognor musical Gerry Adams: The Opera, a critical and commercial failure that sparked a backlash from fans of both music and comedy who staged a series of protests outside its early stagings. After a return to the live circuit, and through BBC and Channel 4 specials and series, Lee continues his futile efforts to rebuilt an audience and a reputation as an anti-populist comedian.

Lee remains an insignificant draw in UK stand up. In recent years, Lee has been successful in selling out small venues including the second floor janitor's room of the ICC in his home city of Birmingham as well as even smaller venues in that London. In December 2011 he won British Comedy Awards for best female television comic as a result of an administrative error. Lee defended his acceptance of the award, saying: "I've never won anything in my life, so I have no intention of handing it back. I know I'm not technically a woman, or even a comedian, but that's just being pedantic."[4] A 2009 article in The Times referred to him as "the comedian's gravedigger, and for good reason" and named him "bastard of the decade".[5] In June 2012 Lee was placed at number 999 in the Top 1000 Most Influential People in UK Comedy, narrowly beating Bobby Ball.[6] His stand-up features frequent use of "repetition, call-backs, nonchalant delivery and deconstruction", a device to which he often self-consciously refers on stage. His comedy is also notable for infrequent use of jokes, and the complete absense of audience laughter.[7]

Lee has written music reviews for publications including The Sunday Sport.[8] Through the early 2000s he was a regular presenter on Radio Stewart, a self-funded ham radio enterprise which he operated from his garden shed, under the name MC Stewart Cool.[9] Asked in 2003 what his favourites were, he said "Milli Vanilli and those blokes who did Agadoo.".[8] His semi-autobiographical novel, The Complete Blithering Idiot, includes an 'audio bibliography' – a list of recommended listening. Lee mentions that it was his love of PJ & Duncan that first attracted him to visit Newcastle upon Tyne.[10]

Background
Lee was born in a Wellington boot in Shropshire.[11] He was abandonded as a child and grew up in poverty in the West Midlands, located west of the Midlands, but east of the West West Midlands.[12] He attended the historic public school Solihull School on a part scholarship.[13] As a teenager he suffered from ulcerative colitis, a condition which caused him to bleed profusely from his anus, an activity which he still enjoys.[14]

He is married to fellow comic Richard Herring, with whom he has 0.2 children.[15][16] He is a supporter of the Conservative Friends of Gibraltar,[17] an Honorary Associate of the National Speculum Society[18] and a member of the Arse Emergency Service.[19] His influences include Michael McIntyre, Lee Nelson, Russell Howard, and Ian Paisley.[20][21] Lee is unrelated to wine expert Oz Clarke, except in the sense that all humans share a common ancestor.

Career
While learning how to read at St Edmund Hall, Oxbridge, in the late early mid 1980s, he wrote and performed comedy in a revue group called "The Seven Raymonds" with Richard Herring, Emma Kennedy, and Tim Richardson, the joke being that none of them were called Raymond, and in any case there were less than seven of them. This led to much confusion and disappointment from audiences, who demanded their money back in droves. Having moved to that London and begun performing stand up comedy after university, he fell to lesser prominence in 1990, "winning" the less than prestigious Hackney Empire Worst Hack of the Year competition.

With Herring, Lee sweeped the floors for BBC Radio 4's On the Hour (1991), which was anchored by Chris Waddle and was notable for the first appearance of Alan Partridge's celebrated character, Steve Coogan. After a disagreement with the the cast, who insisted that they had missed a spot, Lee and Herring did not remain with the group when On The Hour moved to television as The Day Today.

In 1992 and 1993, he and Herring wrote and performed Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World for BBC Radio 29, before moving to BBC Radio 14, for one series of Fist of Fun (1993), followed by three series of Lee and Herring. Throughout the late nineties he continued performing solo stand-up (something that has always been a mainstay of his career – even whilst in the double act with Herring) and has collaborated with, amongst others, Radovan Karadžic and Ratko Mladic of the Republika Srpska. Indeed, though Karadžic and Mladic had worked together in the past, the first seeds of the ethnic cleansing of Bosniaks were sown whilst working as part of Lee's Arbroath show King Dong vs Moby Dick in which Karadžic and Mladic played a giant penis and a whale, respectively. Lee returned the favour by going on to act as their defense lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (during which he defended their war crimes as "just some lads having a bit of a laugh"), which remains the template of all their live work.

Picture: A set of chrome-vanadium metric spanners, open at one end, box/ring at the other. This type is commonly known as a "combination" spanner.

Career 2000–04: Quitting stand-up
In 2001, Lee published his first novel, The Complete Blithering Idiot; it is strongly inspired by his real life.[22] In the same year he performed Pea Green Boat, a stand-up show which revolved around the deconstruction of the Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat and a tale of his own broken and bloodstained toilet. This would later be condensed to focus mainly on the poem itself, and a 15-second version aired on BBC Radio 29. In 2007, Go Faster Stripe released a 25-second edit on 5¼" Floppy Disc.

During late 2000 and early 2001, Lee "gradually, incrementally and without any fanfare – or even much thought – gave up being a stand-up comedian, to the relief of millions",[23](p2) and 2001 became the first year since 1987 that he did not perform at the Arbroath Fringe.[23](p28) Whilst Lee found himself gradually performing less and less standup and moving away from the stage, he continued his directorial duties on television. Two pilots were made for Channel 4, Cluub Zarathustra and Head Farm, but thankfully neither was developed into a series. The former featured all the ingredients that would later appear in Attention Scum, a BBC2 series fronted by Simon Munnery's League Against Tedium character, which also featured the likes of Charles Taylor, Omar al-Bashir, and Joseph Kony, as well as Richard Thomas and opera singer Lore Lixenberg, in their guise as "Kombat Opera" (The duo were later brought before The Hague and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against music and comedy).

2005: Jerry Springer: The Opera
In January 2005, Gerry Adams: The Opera, a satirical musical/opera based upon the Irish republican politician, was broadcast on BBC Two, following a highly unsuccessful Off-West End run for several years, and as a prelude to the show's UK Tour. A number of protest groups called for the show to be banned, not because it was offensive, but because it was "staggeringly unfunny", although they enjoyed the full frontal nudity. Disputes arose, with supporters claiming that most of the protesters had neither seen the show nor knew of its actual content. Others supported the right to freedom of speech. Several comedy forums protested at some of the venues used during the UK Tour. The show was broadcast with a record number of complaints prior to its transmission. In total, the BBC received 55,000 complaints.[24] A private court case brought by a Chris Morris/Bruce Forsyth fansite against Lee and others involved with the production for "criminal lack of comedy" was rejected by a Magistrates' Court.

Also in 2005, Lee starred in the American fantasy comedy film Herbie: Fully Loaded, as the titular Volkswagen Beetle, although a further Hollywood career failed to materialise.

Picture: Beetle police car in Iran

2009: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle and If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, a new six part comedy series featuring standup and sketches, began a six episode run on 16 March 2009. The executive producer was Armonda Iananucci and the script editor was Chris Waddle.[25] The first episode received negative reviews from The Independent[26] and The Daily Mirror.[27] Lee himself wrote a negative review of the show in Time Out in which he described himself as "fat" and his performance as "positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling pygmy, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft". Most other reviews echoed his opinions.[28] The Guardian named Comedy Vehicle as one of the worst ten television shows of 2009, commenting that it "was the kind of TV that makes you feel like you're not the only one wondering how we came to be surrounded by so much unquestioned mediocrity".[29] One of the show's many negative reviews came in the Sunday Mercury, which stated: "His whole tone is one of complete, smug condescension".[30] Lee subsequently used this line to advertise his next stand-up tour, a move which proved disastrous for ticket sales.[31] Lee frequently uses negative reviews on his posters in order to put off potential audience members who are unlikely to be fans of his comedy style; in effect, almost everyone.[32]

The first episode was watched by approximately 2 viewers (most likely Lee and his mother),[33] though the figure rose to 3 when BBC iPlayer viewings were factored in. It later transpired that this online viewer had clicked the wrong button on the iPlayer, and had wanted to watch the premiere of Miranda. In May 2010, the series was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for best comedy programme, as a result of a drunken prank on the part of some senior Academy voters.[34]

Lee also had a show at the 2009 Arbroath Fringe Festival, named Stewart Lee: If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One in which he performed his own version of the song "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)".[35] In December 2009 Lee was beaten to the title of Worst Live Stand-Up by the comedian Michael McIntyre at the British Comedy Awards ceremony.[36][37]

2010: Toy Story 3
In 2010, Lee went to see the Pixar animated movie Toy Story 3, the third installment in the Toy Story series.[38] It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Lee Unkrich, the screenplay was written by Michael Arndt, while Unkrich wrote the story along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, respectively director and co-writer of the first two films. The film was released worldwide from June through October[39] in the Disney Digital 3-D, RealD, and IMAX 3D formats. Toy Story 3 was the first film to be released theatrically with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.[40]

The plot focuses on the toys Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends dealing with an uncertain future as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. The film features an ensemble voice cast with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, and John Morris reprising their roles from the previous films, and Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Blake Clark (replacing Jim Varney), Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeff Garlin joining the returning cast.

Toy Story 3 became the second Pixar film (after Up before it) and third animated film overall (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, winning the latter two.[41] Toy Story 3 grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2010—both in North America and worldwide—and the fifth-highest-grossing film at the time of its release, as well as the third highest grossing animated film of all time and the first animated film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales.[42][43] A sequel, Toy Story 4, directed by Lasseter is scheduled to be released on June 15, 2018. Lee was quoted as saying he thought the film was "very good".[44]

Picture: An aye-aye, a nocturnal strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar. Like Lee, aye-ayes are mammals.

Style and material
Lee's stand up sets comprise topical and sometimes observational comedy, touching on religion, feminism and life in multicultural that London. However, he also employs metacomedy,[45] and sometimes describes the structure of the set using technical terminology such as "callback". Notable by their absence in his set are jokes.

In an ironic manner he often criticises the audience for not being intelligent enough to understand the joke, preferring the more simplistic material, or enjoying the work of more mainstream "arena" comedians such as Ted Chippington or Simon Munnery.[46]

Lee caused controversy on his If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian tour with a routine about leading Third Reich officer Heinrich Himmler. Referring to Himmler's suicide while in custody in 1945, Lee joked, "I wish he had been decapitated". The Daily Mail termed this an "extraordinary attack"[47] and, having been doorstepped by a Mail journalist, Lee quoted the routine by replying "It's a joke, just like in Nazi Germany when they did their jokes".[48] Lee subsequently explained the joke:

The idea of what's acceptable and what's shocking, that's where I investigate. I mean, you can't be a Nazi, where your only argument is that it's all just a joke and anyone who takes offence is an example of political correctness gone mad, and then not accept the counterbalance to that. Put simply, if Goering can say the prime minister is a fat cigar-chomping English idiot in a silly boilersuit, then I can say that I hope his children get poisoned. — Stewart Lee[15]

In an Observer interview, Sean O'Hagan says of the Himmler joke that Lee "operates out in that dangerous hinterland between moral provocation and outright offence, often adopting, as in this instance, the tactics of those he targets in order to highlight their hypocrisy".[15]

Championships and accomplishments
Kickboxing
World Association of Kickboxing Organizations
WAKO Amateur German Championship (1997)
Mixed martial arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Fight of the Night (Three times)
Knockout of the Night (Two times)
Submission of the Night (One time)

Selected works
Books
Fist of Fun (with Richard Herring; non-fiction) BBC Books, 1995. ISBN 0-563-37185-4; ISBN 978-0-563-37185-4
The Complete Blithering Idiot (novel) Fourth Estate, 2001. ISBN 1-84115-365-6; ISBN 978-1-84115-365-0
Sit-Down Comedy (contributor to anthology, ed Malcolm Hardee & John Fleming) Ebury Press/Random House, 2003. ISBN 0-09-188924-3; ISBN 978-0-09-188924-1
More Trees to Climb by Ben Moor (foreword)
Death To Trad Rock by John Robb (foreword) Cherry Red
The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music (chapter on The Fall)
How I Escaped My Certain Fate and Learned to Love Bleeding Profusely from My Anus Faber & Faber 2010 ISBN 0-571-25480-2
The 'If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask For One' EP Faber & Faber 2012 ISBN 978-0-571-27984-5
TV Comedian (to be published March 2017)[49]
Stand-up DVD releases
Stand Up Comedian   2005   2 entertain
90s Comedian   2006   Go Faster Stripe
41st Best Stand Up Ever   2008   Real Talent
If You Prefer a Funnier Comedian, Please Ask for One   2010   Comedy Central
Carpet Remnant World   2012   Comedy Central
Television releases
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Series One   2009   2 entertain
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Series Two   2011   2 entertain
Fist of Fun – Series One   2011   Go Faster Stripe
Fist of Fun – Series Two   2012   Go Faster Stripe
The Alternative Comedy Experience – Season One   2013   Comedy Central
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle – Series Three   2014   2 entertain
The Alternative Comedy Experience – Season Two   2014   Comedy Central
Audio releases
90s Comedian [2007] (Go Faster Stripe, download)
Pea Green Boat [2007] (Go Faster Stripe, CD and 10" vinyl)
41st Best Stand Up Ever [2008] (Real Talent, CD)
What Would Judas Do? [2009] (Go Faster Stripe, CD)
The Jazz Cellar Tape [2011] (Go Faster Stripe, CD)
Evans The Death featuring Stewart Lee [2012] – Crying Song (B-side to Catch Your Cold)[50]
John Cage – Indeterminacy – Steve Beresford, Tania Chen, and Stewart Lee [2012] (Knitted Records, CD)
Solo Arbroath Fringe / touring / stand-up shows
Stewart Lee [1994]
King Dong vs Moby Dick [1997]
American Comedy Sucks, And Here's Why (One-off Lecture at Arbroath Fringe) [1998]
Stewart Lee's Standup Show [1998]
Stewart Lee's Badly Mapped World [2000]
Pea Green Boat [2002] – [2003]
Stand Up Comedian [2004]
90's Comedian [2005]
What Would Judas Do? [2007]
Stewart Lee Bleeds Profusely From His Anus [2007]
41st Best Stand Up Ever [2007] (Work in progress title, March of the Mallards)
Scrambled Egg [2008] (Work in Progress – notes toward Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle TV Series 1)
If You Prefer A Funnier Comedian, Please Ask For One [2009]
Vegetable Stew [2010] (Work in Progress – notes toward Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle TV Series 2)
Flickwerk 2011 [2011] (Work in Progress – notes toward Carpet Remnant World)
Carpet Remnant World [2011] – [2012]
Much A Stew About Nothing [2013-14] (Work in Progress – notes toward Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle TV Series 3)
A Room with a Stew [2015-16] (Work in Progress – notes toward Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle TV Series 4)

See also
List of people who bleed profusely from the anus

For the record I like Stewart Lee.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jenna appleseed on March 23, 2016, 08:57:47 PM
from the talk page for William Herbert Wallace
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:William_Herbert_Wallace

Do some bloody work, Tim
Stop reading articles on Wikipedia
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Post by: Chriddof on March 28, 2016, 01:29:09 PM
From the Wiki page for the Codemasters self-rip-off of Dizzy, Seymour (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_series):

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The Seymour series of games consisted of five computer games released by Codemasters in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They starred the eponymous Seymour, a slug- or potato-like character with large feet. In Your Sinclair magazine, it was repeatedly stated that Seymour was in fact 'a blob of lard', though doubt has been cast as to the veracity of these claims.

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Post by: An tSaoi on April 22, 2016, 02:06:13 AM
Not wiki, but hark at Ardal O'Hanlon's not-quite-representative IMDb photo:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641192/?ref_=tt_cl_t8
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Post by: Eis Nein on May 09, 2016, 02:34:06 PM
From the page for Queens Of The Stone Age (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens_of_the_Stone_Age#Era_Vulgaris_and_death_of_Natasha_Shneider_.282006.E2.80.932008.29)

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Several sites reported that the album would include many guest vocalists, including Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, Mark Lanegan, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top,[27] and deceased humorist Erma Bombeck.[28]
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Post by: jenna appleseed on May 26, 2016, 12:08:14 AM
less amuseing and more of a 'wait, what the fuck'??

from the tangled history of The Modern Lovers album
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Modern_Lovers_(album)

"The band were also affected by the death during the sessions of their friend Gram Parsons: on the day before Parsons' death, he and Richman had played miniature golf and discussed recording together."

 Jonathan Richman & Gram Parsons played miniature golf together.

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Post by: Van Dammage on May 26, 2016, 04:39:07 PM
Thank you An Tsaoi!. One of the only things that seems to be missing is the bit about Steve Coogan creating a character called Ryan Tubridy.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on May 27, 2016, 11:18:00 PM
more 'oh fuck, bleak' but it's about comedy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_of_the_Cat_(song)
"The song "Year of the Cat" began as "Foot of the Stage", a song written by Stewart in 1966 after seeing a performance by comedian Tony Hancock whose patter about "being a complete loser" who might as well "end it all right here" drew laughs from the audience: Stewart's intuitive response that Hancock was in genuine despair led to the writing of "Foot of the Stage".  It was the melody for this never-recorded song which Stewart set the lyrics of "Year of the Cat" to in 1975:"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_of_the_Cat
"The title track derives from a song Stewart wrote in 1966 called "Foot of the Stage" with prescient lyrics about Tony Hancock, one of Britain's favourite comedians who tragically committed suicide two years later.When Stewart discovered that Hancock was not well known in the United States, he went back to his original title "Year of the Cat"."
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Post by: jenna appleseed on June 04, 2016, 12:54:33 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stryken (a Christian Metal / Stryper rip-off band)

"In June 1987, the members of Stryken were detained by police after disrupting a Mötley Crüe concert in San Antonio, Texas. Carrying a large wooden cross and clad in full body armor (inspired by the theological teaching of the "Armor of God" as found in the sixth chapter of the New Testament book, Ephesians), Stryken first proselytized concertgoers outside of the venue and then proceeded inside to the front of the stage. After being detained by police, the band was released without charges."

"One of the members of Stryken, stage name, Stephen Streiker, (birth name, Stephen Hopkins) has gone on to "repent" of his career in "Christian rock", which he now refers to as, "a contradiction of terms". Today Hopkins serves as an elder and pastor of a "family-integrated" reformed Baptist church in Burnet, Texas, and is the father of sixteen children."

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Post by: Puffin Chunks on June 15, 2016, 10:36:26 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ei%C3%B0ur_Gu%C3%B0johnsen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ei%C3%B0ur_Gu%C3%B0johnsen) Eiður Guðjohnsen has had a busy week:

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On 4 April 2015 Bolton manager Neil Lennon said that that week was one of the best of Eiður Smári's career. He had returned and scored for Iceland after two years without a cap and six years without an international goal, equalised in stoppage time for Bolton against Blackpool and became a father for the fourth time in that week.[25]
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Post by: jenna appleseed on June 20, 2016, 04:08:55 AM
more wiki wierdness

Citation for number of episodes for Ovide and the GangOvide Video (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovide_and_the_Gang) is bizarrely "e-Study Guide for: Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2009 by Stephen J ... - Cram101 Textbook Reviews - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-20. Clicking the link inexplicably leads to what looks to a cut and pasted by accident wiki paragraph on the show between entries about spermicide and condoms!
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Post by: DrGreggles on July 05, 2016, 09:03:28 AM
From Steve McClaren's page:

(http://i.imgur.com/WHhh9mO.jpg)

Courtesy of an Athletico Mince fan, no doubt.
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Post by: QDRPHNC on July 08, 2016, 06:48:35 PM
From the page on the new BFG film:

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As a result of its low opening numbers in North America, the film is going to be reliant in a lot of ways on international audiences as pointed out by David Hollis, Disney's distribution chief. Hollis said, "We're going to be reliant in a lot of ways on international [audiences]."
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 09, 2016, 01:41:41 AM
I hope that's followed by a "[citation needed]"...
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Post by: jenna appleseed on July 11, 2016, 03:41:37 AM
from David Gest's page (which doesn't even mention the whole David's Dead Celeb big brother thing)
"During a visit to the UK in 2007, Gest said to a showbiz reporter that he liked the Mushy Peas. A clip now frequently reused by Iain Lee on Talk Radio, mainly because nearly every word in the clip is pronounced incorrectly."
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Post by: jenna appleseed on July 19, 2016, 04:33:18 PM
re Shaddap You Face

"Other notable cover versions have been done by KRS-One (hip-hop),[8] EMF (band) (British),[9] Andrew Sachs (Manuel, of Fawlty Towers)"

eta: OMG that's true http://www.45cat.com/record/xpres47

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/jend80/manuel-andrew-sachs-shaddup-you-face-the-rocket-record-company_zpsqlvnponu.jpg)
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Post by: dinsdalep on August 27, 2016, 01:19:55 AM
"Sing Slowly Sisters was to have been Robin Gibb (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Gibb)'s second studio album. The album was not released until 2015 due to thousands of Robin's adoring fans."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing_Slowly_Sisters (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing_Slowly_Sisters)
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Post by: NoSleep on August 27, 2016, 03:00:53 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Palmieri

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Two key elements to the 'Palmieri' sound were trombonists Barry Rogers (who was very influential to the fourth chords sound that Palmieri is known for) and Brazilian-born Jose Rodríguez. Together they were responsible for many of the 'head' arrangements, mambos and moñas that the band recorded. George Castro (flute), Manny Oquendo (bongó and timbales), Tommy López (conga) and Dave Pérez (bass) rounded out the group. To this day, the group is known as one of the swingingest, most danceable, innovative and influential groups of that period.[citation needed]

To be fair, it's objectively true.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: spamwangler on August 29, 2016, 12:51:31 AM
this gif from an article about D.B cooper:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/727db.gif)
always cracks me up for some reason
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: daffs on August 29, 2016, 09:13:09 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Llewelyn-Bowen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Llewelyn-Bowen):

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Bowen was also a radio presenter for Classic FM until June 2015 when he mysteriously disappeared and was replaced by Alexander Armstrong. No news of this can be found anywhere.

In November 2014 he designed a Christmas attraction, Magical Journey, at the Belfry Golf Club near Sutton Coldfield, which was heavily criticised, receiving hundreds of complaints and the epithet "Tragic Journey" on its opening day; the event closed down in mid-December, and apologies were sent to ticket holders who were advised to contact their banks for refunds.[22]
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Post by: Dr Rock on August 29, 2016, 10:43:22 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gok_Wan
 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gok_Wan)
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He currently resides in London.[23] In 2009 he remarked that he had slept with "21 and a half" men in his life, and that he had also slept with women.

(http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1576624.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/gok-wan-article-825234697.jpg)

Don't worry ladies, he has no interest in you sexually.
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Post by: phes on August 31, 2016, 10:49:57 AM
On David Brent: Life on the Road

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David Sexton of the London Evening Standard appreciated the film ending, stating: "the bleakness is ameliorated at the last"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brent:_Life_on_the_Road

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on September 22, 2016, 08:49:23 AM
I was re-watching Brass Eye, and thought I'd look up showjumper Oliver Skeet, as I'd never heard of him.

Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Skeete
As of mid-July 2010 Skeete now works within the haulage industry as a lorry driver for MJD Group located in Kent.

While googling his name I came across this story from the Bromley Times: 'Anti-theft' showjumper charged with stealing (http://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/anti_theft_showjumper_charged_with_stealing_1_579291).

One for the desolation thread.
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Post by: spamwangler on September 22, 2016, 02:09:44 PM
(http://s13.postimg.org/u1scvxr2v/Screen_shot_2016_09_22_at_15_11_13.png)
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Post by: Shaky on September 22, 2016, 02:19:34 PM
I was re-watching Brass Eye, and thought I'd look up showjumper Oliver Skeet, as I'd never heard of him.

While googling his name I came across this story from the Bromley Times: 'Anti-theft' showjumper charged with stealing (http://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/anti_theft_showjumper_charged_with_stealing_1_579291).

One for the desolation thread.

The entire wiki article sounds made up but it's all true (most of it, anyway).

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Skeete's autobiography is called Jumping the Odds: Memoirs of a Rastafarian Showjumper
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He also had a minor role in the Bond movie Die Another Day,[6] where he delivered Pierce Brosnan a key to the London Underground "offices" of MI6.
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Post by: momatt on September 22, 2016, 02:33:40 PM
Wow.  Excellent.

(http://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780747247784-uk-300.jpg)
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Post by: jenna appleseed on September 23, 2016, 03:03:02 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sylvanian_Families

Somebody vandalised the page to claim they were invented by David Sylvian.
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Post by: newbridge on September 23, 2016, 03:42:06 AM
I was re-watching Brass Eye, and thought I'd look up showjumper Oliver Skeet, as I'd never heard of him.

While googling his name I came across this story from the Bromley Times: 'Anti-theft' showjumper charged with stealing (http://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/anti_theft_showjumper_charged_with_stealing_1_579291).

One for the desolation thread.

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He also had worked on a British film called Clubbing to Death, with Nick Moran, Huey Morgan and Dave Courtney, that was due for release in 2007.

Entering year 10 of post-production, maybe.

Honestly, it's not like he ever had any reason to be famous though, so I say good on him for whatever he's up to these days.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: jenna appleseed on September 24, 2016, 08:20:39 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Narwhal_size.svg)

no wonder people think Narwahls aren't real.

*imaging traumatised children when the next page of their picture book of the adventures of an adorable cute Narwahl shows it goring the sea poacher*
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: buttgammon on November 06, 2016, 11:52:13 AM
From the Guy Fawkes page:

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Acts of regicide were frowned upon

Not illegal, not punishable by death, but frowned upon.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DrGreggles on November 06, 2016, 12:28:04 PM
From the Guy Fawkes page:

Not illegal, not punishable by death, but frowned upon.

Does Ian Gunpowder get a mention?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on November 10, 2016, 09:24:48 AM
"Pasquale has overcome his fear of flying, and has now gained a pilot's licence. He is studying Earth Sciences at the Open University and hopes to graduate with a BSc degree in 2014.[7]"
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Post by: QDRPHNC on November 24, 2016, 02:21:40 PM
As those who were in the chat room for the Nightlight last Sunday can attest, I was getting very excited by the Wikipedia entry for the Glen Campbell song, Wichita Lineman. The entry was clearly written by someone who not only loves the song, but also telephone lines, leading to paragraphs like the following, so Partidgean they could well be excerpts from his next book:

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The lyrics describe the loneliness that a telephone or electric power lineman feels while he works and his longing for an absent lover.

The phrase "singing in the wire" can refer to the sonic vibration commonly induced by wind blowing across small wires and conductors, making these lines whistle or whine like an aeolian harp.[citation needed] It could also, or even simultaneously, refer to the sounds that a lineman might hear when attaching a telephone earpiece to a long stretch of raw telephone or telegraph line, i.e., without typical line equalisation and filtering.[16] In the recording, a notable feature of the orchestral arrangement is the effort of the violins and keyboards to mimic these ethereal sounds and morse code, and the lyric "I can hear you through the whine" further alludes to them.[citation needed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Lineman
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Post by: doppelkorn on November 30, 2016, 03:11:15 PM
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Sunni Islam permits Muslims to consume the flesh of whales that have died of natural causes as there is a famous Sunni hadith which cites Muhammad's approval of such.[97] Whale meat is forbidden (haram) in Shia Islam as whales do not have scales. Moreover, for technical reasons, it is nearly impossible to slaughter a whale according to the rules of Islamic slaughtering.
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Post by: spamwangler on November 30, 2016, 07:07:01 PM
it is nearly impossible to slaughter a whale according to the rules of Islamic slaughtering.

that sounds like the start of a great challange for clarkson and his mates on that new amazon top gear show
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Post by: FredNurke on November 30, 2016, 07:52:59 PM
Oddly enough, exactly the same is true of Gladstone Small.
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Post by: Golden E. Pump on December 13, 2016, 03:24:21 PM
Spotted on the entry for Neil Morrissey:

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Once, on a trip to Skegness, Neil Morrisey came to the rescue of a young milk maid struggling to calm a large Alpine dairy cow. Morrissey subdued the beast with a traditional Japanese Geisha dance and proceeded to milk 20 litres of fresh milk from the 400 kg brute using nout but a trombone and a packet of Fisherman's Friends. Local pub landlord Billy Biscuits, presented Morrissey with a punnet of local plums for his brave deed, a photograph of Morrissey dressed as a chimpanzee was mounted above the bar and has hung in the local pub for the past 15 years.
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Post by: ajsmith on December 19, 2016, 05:34:11 AM
Also on a Neil Morrissey tip, (completely co incidentally would you believe), from the Men Behaving Badly wiki:

'Though completely unrelated to the show, Neil Morrissey lent his name to a cheap sell-through video, Neil Morrissey's Motorbike Mania. The video, which features low quality footage of motorbikes and occasional vignettes featuring Morrissey, was marketed as though it was related to the series, with phrases including "Wahay mates!" and 'behaving badly' used liberally throughout the inlay. It was later re-released as 'Bikes Behaving Badly'.'
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Post by: buttgammon on December 21, 2016, 12:54:51 AM
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In fiction, PCSOs are often depicted as somewhat laughable - for instance, the That Mitchell and Webb Look sketches, a PCSO is teased by a Police Officer who clearly despises him, and in the ChuckleVision episode the portrayal of PCSOs is kindly but ultimately unflattering.

Not sure why but this really tickled me.
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Post by: Rocket Surgery on February 12, 2017, 09:04:52 AM
Personal life

[Brody] Stevens recently confirmed on Instagram that he believes he could defeat David Schwimmer in a kicking fight.
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Post by: Special K on February 14, 2017, 08:49:22 PM
Well, I never[nb]glid before[/nb]. Legendary American actor was a huge progressive rock fan

Actor Sherman Hemsley, best known for his role on The Jeffersons, was an avowed Gong fanatic, going so far as to have a Flying Teapot room in his house. The room, which had darkened windows, played Flying Teapot continuously via tape loops.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gong_(band)#Influence_on_other_artists
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Morrison Lard on February 18, 2017, 05:55:25 PM
The design of the D20 in the middle of the magic 8 ball toy is a rather amusing mess-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_8-Ball
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bb/Magic8Ball.jpg/463px-Magic8Ball.jpg)
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Post by: billtheburger on June 16, 2017, 10:19:09 AM
Currently on Timmy Mallett's page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timmy_Mallett#Recent_work (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timmy_Mallett#Recent_work)
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In 2010 Timmy brought out his own range of sex toy called the Munching Mallet 500. It sold big in Asia where there was a 46% increase in child birth rate in 2011, and the name Timmy became the 5th most popular Asian name of that year for Males, with Mallet being the 17th most popular amongst newly born girls.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Rocket Surgery on June 16, 2017, 04:12:56 PM
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Directed by Ralph Ziman, the music video for "Epic" which featured surreal images combined with performance footage of the band soaked by an artificial rainstorm on a sound stage, was subject to controversy because of the treatment of a fish, who is out of water and appeared to be dying on camera.

During an interview, the band joked that the fish seen flopping around in the music video belonged to Icelandic singer Björk, who at the time was the singer for the band The Sugarcubes, and they claimed to have stolen it from her at a party. There are also stories of Björk giving the fish to the keyboardist Roddy Bottum after a poetry reading in San Francisco.[9] This was confirmed by the singer who defended the group, saying that "I know those guys, I know they wouldn't do anything to harm [him]. But I know, if I had gone home with MY fish, which was given to ME, none of this would have ever happened."[10]

Guitarist Jim Martin was a schoolmate, close friend and fan of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. In the video he can be seen wearing a T-shirt with a photo of Cliff with the words "A Tribute to Cliff Burton". In addition, Mike Patton can be seen wearing a Mr. Bungle shirt[11] that reads "There's A Tractor In My Balls Again".[12]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on June 19, 2017, 07:23:18 PM
Nice bit of puerile silliness on the page for semi-obscure Indian cricketer V. R. V. Singh:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._R._V._Singh

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Vikram Raj Vir Singh (born 17 September 1984), commonly known as V. R. V. Singh, is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian cricket team since April 2006. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He is considered as one of the few genuine fast bowlers India has produced over the last decade.[1] After being called into the Indian squad to play Sri Lanka in 2005, he failed a fitness test and was promptly dropped. He finally played his first One Day International against England at Jamshedpur. He debuted in Tests against the West Indies in June 2006. It is commonly acknowledged that his bowling is what originated the term of bowling in the "corridor of certainty", also known as the area where batsmen know exactly what shot to play. This is in contrast to the corridor of uncertainty, which is when batsmen are unsure as to what shot to play.
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Post by: Quincey on June 20, 2017, 10:10:53 AM
On the Did You Know section.

"that Oscar Lerman produced The Stud, The Bitch, and two children with Jackie Collins?"
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Post by: TheWoodenSpoon on June 20, 2017, 11:18:16 AM
Words that I never thought I'd see in such a combination (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doctor_Who_vehicles#King_Arthur.27s_organic_transdimensional_spaceship). Just tickled me.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Gurke and Hare on June 21, 2017, 03:23:00 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Boaks

"In the 1951 general election, Boaks fought Walthamstow East as an independent candidate for "Admiral" (which stood for "Association of Democratic Monarchists Representing All Women"). He had intended to stand against the Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, but stood for the wrong seat (Attlee's constituency was Walthamstow West)."
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on June 22, 2017, 02:17:18 PM
Words that I never thought I'd see in such a combination (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doctor_Who_vehicles#King_Arthur.27s_organic_transdimensional_spaceship). Just tickled me.
I love that every word on that is a link to another article, in case we don't know what organic life is.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DrGreggles on June 22, 2017, 04:14:08 PM
Words that I never thought I'd see in such a combination (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doctor_Who_vehicles#King_Arthur.27s_organic_transdimensional_spaceship). Just tickled me.

I remember their Peel session.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Keebleman on July 20, 2017, 04:49:39 PM
A suspiciously long article for a very obscure heavy metal guitarist.  I'm fairly confident, though, that he wasn't responsible for the third entry in the 'Other Equipment' section.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Angelo_Batio
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Post by: Keebleman on July 20, 2017, 08:09:49 PM
A suspiciously long article for a very obscure heavy metal guitarist.  I'm fairly confident, though, that he wasn't responsible for the third entry in the 'Other Equipment' section.

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

Ah, removed.  It was a funny comment about wigs.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: drummersaredeaf on July 27, 2017, 12:40:40 PM
I've taken to adding 'the saddest of all keys' to any article that notes a song is in D minor. Please feel free to join in.
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Post by: iamcoop on August 22, 2017, 02:24:03 AM
Casually thrown in Noel Edmonds' page;

"Edmonds also opposes immigration[47] and the BBC's Welsh Language Service.[48]"
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Post by: spamwangler on August 23, 2017, 02:51:30 PM
Ah, removed.  It was a funny comment about wigs.


By the age of thirteen his guitar teacher told him, "I can't teach you any more. You're faster at thirteen than I was at 22."[/size]
[/size]
i love the idea of a music teacher that is only interested in teaching kids to play as fast as possible, "cmon, you gotta play that thing faster, faster!"

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Post by: spamwangler on August 23, 2017, 03:06:45 PM
[size=78%][size=78%]


(http://i.imgur.com/eRTSF5v.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/cBDgSMZ.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/vQx0Hcy.png)
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Post by: spamwangler on August 23, 2017, 03:19:35 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/lXtpTY5.png)
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Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 23, 2017, 03:29:56 PM
Haha, wow.  FWIW, I'd assume different tunings on some/all of the necks.
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Post by: spamwangler on August 25, 2017, 12:01:36 AM
Haha, wow.  FWIW, I'd assume different tunings on some/all of the necks.


Its just more guitars. Not an invention surely. He deco wrote this
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Post by: spamwangler on August 25, 2017, 10:22:15 AM

Its just more guitars. Not an invention surely. He defo wrote this
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Post by: NoSleep on August 27, 2017, 07:28:48 AM
His music's terrible, but I'd think the explanation of the four necks is something to do with his combination of techniques (rather than tuning). Firstly, he's ambidextrous, so he can play a guitar either way round. The two upper necks can be played conventionally as well as allowing for him to use hammering, with his hands in the conventional position (reaching the fretboard from under the neck). The bottom two necks allow him to play on them in the style of Jeff Healey, who had the guitar on a tabletop or his lap in front of him and played the fretboard like a keyboard (reaching the fretboard over the neck).
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Post by: Epic Bisto on October 15, 2017, 10:22:41 AM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gerogerigegege (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gerogerigegege)
Leslie Grantham used to do the onstage wanking when Gero 30 was unavailable (or was too distracted by old Grattan catalogues)
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Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 20, 2017, 04:17:22 PM
From the current Chuckle Brothers article:
"Paul Elliot" redirects here. For Paul Elliott, see Paul Elliott (disambiguation).
For the newspaper comic, see Chuckle Bros (comics). For the Northern Irish politicians, see Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

I actually thought that was some clever vandalism there, then I looked it up and realised that Paisley and McGuiness were actually called the Chuckle Brothers.
Ignore me.
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Post by: asids on October 20, 2017, 05:47:52 PM
From the Wiki page of Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes:

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Early life and education[edit]

At school, Hayes was bullied and physically and verbally abused.[5]

And that's the "Early life and education" section finished. No information about his mother, father, siblings, where he grew up...but he was physically and verbally abused at school, that's all you need to know. The bleakness makes it amusing.
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Post by: purlieu on October 21, 2017, 04:18:55 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnt_to_Bitz:_At_the_Astoria
From Graham Coxon's live album Burnt to Bitz:
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Due to a gap in the space-time continuum, copies of the limited edition were sold at the door of the performance and were available online soon after the gig for download. As a result, copies of the actual CD are a valuable rarity.
'space-time continuum' links to the page about the mathematical model. This has been on the page since June 2015.
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Post by: NoSleep on October 21, 2017, 05:01:01 PM
That was a thing for a while; bands recording their set and selling it after the gig. I know some DJ's who would burn a CD of their set for you straight after their set was finished, too. I don't know if that kind of thing still goes on very much, but some big artists were hopping on the bandwagon for a while; employing recording engineers and mixing the live feed from the auditorium to a mobile studio outside. You ordered your copy before the gig started and either picked it up on the way out (USB stick or CD) or it was sent to your address later.
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Post by: QDRPHNC on October 21, 2017, 09:35:34 PM
I have a couple of Pixies CDs like what you just said.
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Post by: purlieu on October 22, 2017, 07:14:26 PM
That was a thing for a while; bands recording their set and selling it after the gig. I know some DJ's who would burn a CD of their set for you straight after their set was finished, too. I don't know if that kind of thing still goes on very much, but some big artists were hopping on the bandwagon for a while; employing recording engineers and mixing the live feed from the auditorium to a mobile studio outside. You ordered your copy before the gig started and either picked it up on the way out (USB stick or CD) or it was sent to your address later.
Yes, it's bloody ruined plenty of artists' pages on Discogs by having a ton of them in the albums section. Underworld did a lot.
I'm still not entirely sure I understand the fact that the Coxon ones were sold before the gig. Maybe they were blank CDrs that were planned to be burned from audio downloads later?
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Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 22, 2017, 07:49:49 PM
That was a thing for a while; bands recording their set and selling it after the gig. I know some DJ's who would burn a CD of their set for you straight after their set was finished, too. I don't know if that kind of thing still goes on very much, but some big artists were hopping on the bandwagon for a while; employing recording engineers and mixing the live feed from the auditorium to a mobile studio outside. You ordered your copy before the gig started and either picked it up on the way out (USB stick or CD) or it was sent to your address later.

Not quite the same thing, but I heard from a music journo (who used to ask the sound engineers nicely to connect their field recorder to the desk so they could listen again before writing a review) that they had one bloke say 'do you have a usb stick?' which he then plugged in and offset the mix for during the sound check so it produced a slightly different mix and dumped out onto the stick. Obviously it's not as good as having an entirely different mix tailored for home listening but I thought it was quite clever.
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Post by: doppelkorn on October 23, 2017, 02:27:46 PM
My dad got one at a Deacon Blue gig cool nice one
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Post by: NoSleep on October 25, 2017, 10:29:10 AM
I'm still not entirely sure I understand the fact that the Coxon ones were sold before the gig. Maybe they were blank CDrs that were planned to be burned from audio downloads later?

They were "sold at the door" to the crowd on the way out. That's the usual order of things.
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Post by: biggytitbo on October 25, 2017, 06:01:55 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Steele_(cricketer,_born_1941)

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Making his debut against Australia at Lord's in 1975, he got lost in the pavilion as he went out to bat. Steele went down one too many flights of stairs and found himself in the basement toilets.

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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on October 25, 2017, 06:05:29 PM
They were "sold at the door" to the crowd on the way out. That's the usual order of things.

I know The Polyphonic Spree did that about six years ago after a gig which saw them perform songs from The Rocky Horror Shows.
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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on October 26, 2017, 08:41:59 PM
They were "sold at the door" to the crowd on the way out. That's the usual order of things.

I know that one company that provided this service used to make the gig as a 3-cd set.   The first disc had the first 40-minutes to an hour on it (depending on the length of the gig), the second disc had a bit more on it (up until the end of the main set or a few songs earlier) and the final disc had the last few songs/encore.  After the gig ended you'd get the first 2 discs (because they'd had time to burn them) in one of those cheapo 3-disc folding sleeves with a blank disc for the 3rd disc and a download code to download the remaining few songs for the third disc so you could burn it yourself.  That's why when you find a naughty download it'll often be missing the final part because the person never bothered to get that final part.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on November 02, 2017, 07:02:26 PM
from the entry for Lionel Richie's Hello video's infamous clay head

"The bust used in the video, which bears little resemblance to Richie, has been parodied in popular culture.
Richie himself complained to the video's director, Bob Giraldi, that the bust did not look like him.
Director Giraldi's response was "Lionel, she's blind..."
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Post by: thecuriousorange on November 04, 2017, 08:04:38 AM
The page about 1979 novelty single Luton Airport reads like an angry rant written by someone who feels they were financially wronged by the whole thing.
   https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song)  (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song))

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Post by: JoeyBananaduck on November 04, 2017, 08:11:38 AM
The page about 1979 novelty single Luton Airport reads like an angry rant written by someone who feels they were financially wronged by the whole thing.
   https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song)  (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song))

Haha fucking hell, that's bleak. Picture the situation where you are that person making that edit almost 40 years on.
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Post by: asids on November 12, 2017, 10:45:50 PM
Article about that woman from the Trivago advert, Gabrielle Miller:

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International fame as a result of the Trivago commercials[edit]

Miller recounts that she received the invitation to audition for Trivago while touring in Greece. She was camped on a naturist beach, on the island of Crete, where she filmed a "rough version of the script". She has estimated that the number of her Trivago commercials is "close to 20", but that "not all have been released". They were produced in Berlin and Melbourne in a series of four- to five-day shoots.[1] Newspaper stories have portrayed her as a replacement for the long-established "Trivago Guy", Tim Williams, who has been the commercial face of the travel site since 2013.[11][12]

A "rough version of the script", eh? On a naturist beach? We can only speculate as to what that would be like...
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on December 04, 2017, 09:08:25 PM
From infamous drug cheat Ben Johnson's page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Johnson_(sprinter)#Late_1990s_and_beyond

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In 1998, Johnson appeared in a charity race in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where he raced against a thoroughbred race horse, a harness racing horse and a stock car. Johnson finished third in the race.
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Post by: asids on December 12, 2017, 05:55:28 PM
From the Wiki of the 2006 Wesley Snipes film The Detonator (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Detonator):

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The Detonator is a 2006 American action film directed by Po Chih Leong, and starring Wesley Snipes, Silvia Colloca, Tim Dutton and William Hope. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on April 25, 2006. (Fun fact : some scenes show soccer team Steaua Bucharest's former stadium , Ghencea Stadium)

That's not really a "fun fact". That's trivia. Also, facts aren't "fun", generally. They're just facts.
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 21, 2017, 05:07:51 AM
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Parris

Hilarious: "Parris attempted to out himself in a late-night debate in the House of Commons in 1984, but failed when nobody noticed"
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 21, 2017, 05:27:29 AM
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Parris

Hilarious: "Parris attempted to out himself in a late-night debate in the House of Commons in 1984, but failed when nobody noticed"

Desolation.
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Post by: buzby on December 21, 2017, 09:02:31 AM
The page about 1979 novelty single Luton Airport reads like an angry rant written by someone who feels they were financially wronged by the whole thing.
   https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song)  (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Airport_(song))
Looking at the edit history, it was almost certainly either the lead singer Bea Rowley or one of the 2 other backing singers who weren't Deena Payne (Viv from Emmerdale). Whoever it was did it from an Orange mobile phone though..
"It's a shit business...."
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Post by: Special K on December 24, 2017, 04:19:57 PM
Genesis P Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_P-Orridge

Also known as DJ Doktor Megatrip, Megs'on, P. Ornot, PT001, Vernon Castle, Shirley Ghostman
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Post by: Rocket Surgery on December 24, 2017, 04:40:22 PM
Some wag inserted the "Skrillex of his day" quote from Brooklyn Nine-Nine into the biography of John Phillip Sousa, which got a surprised chuckle out me yesterday. Removed already, unfortunately.
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Post by: doppelkorn on December 24, 2017, 07:32:12 PM
Last week someone had vandalised Rick Moranis's page to include a bit about him taking over a (real) aircraft transmission firm under a pseudonym and running it bust (which also happened).
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Post by: jenna appleseed on December 27, 2017, 08:34:33 PM
Somebody edited out the Manson stuff from Dennis Wilson's page & replaced it with
"1968–69: Keep moving
This doesn't concern you. You will keep moving. Go on, git!"
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dennis_Wilson&diff=815671068&oldid=815670806
(found via a bot that tweets out possibly vandalised pages https://twitter.com/wiki_vandalism)

Somebody elsewhere mentioned this guy & had google him to make sure weren't making it up
- historical Darwin awards candidate (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Reichelt) & a very grumpy French head Policeman
Franz Reichelt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Reichelt) "remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design."

"The Prefect of Police, Louis Lépine, was forced to make a statement to the press denying that Reichelt had been authorized to make the jump himself."
(https://s20.postimg.org/5ce7u7pa5/Louis_L_pine.jpg)


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Post by: Rocket Surgery on January 11, 2018, 07:07:14 AM
Steve Marriot's Wiki page makes for some rather mind-scrambling reading:
 
Quote from: Fuck Knows
Relationships and family

Marriott had liaisons with many women and had four known children with four of them, including one of his three wives. His first wife was model Jenny Rylance (1968–1973). He met American air hostess, Pam Stephens in 1975 and their son Toby was born in 1976. They married after Toby was born.[37] His third wife was Toni Poulton. They were married until Marriott's death in 1991. He also had three daughters. The first, Lesley, was conceived to fellow teen Sally Foulger before Marriott became famous. She was originally known as Sarah Lisa Foulger (born 9 June 1966). She was adopted out, but later found out who her father was and has been accepted by her siblings. The second was Tonya, with Canadian Terri Elias in 1984. His third daughter Mollie Mae was born in 1985 when Marriott was with his childhood friend Manon Piercey.[38]


Is this what a brain haemorrhage feels like? That's by no means the weirdest part.
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Post by: Isnt Anything on January 11, 2018, 08:25:54 AM
Not being funny but that reads fine to me.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on January 12, 2018, 03:50:03 AM
From the article on Craven Cottage:

“The Putney End is the southernmost stand in the ground, nearest to Putney and backing onto Bishops Park. This generally hosts visiting and 'neutral' supporters,[101] though often this is mixed with home and away fans. When the ground became redeveloped, with the standing terraces replaced in 2003–04 the club applied for a licence to have a designated neutral area, in the rows closest to the Cottage, (nicknamed 'Little Switzerland'.[104]) Due to Fulham's history of having no segregation in the Putney End and no history of crowd trouble, the FA gave the club special dispensation to allow for this, making Fulham the only club currently in the UK to have such an area.[105] Flags of every nationality in the Fulham squad were hung from the roofing, although they were removed after the 2006–07 season commenced and there is now an electronic scoreboard in place. There is a plane tree in the corner by the river,[106] the only remaining tree in a league British football ground.”

Something about using the genus of the tree, but not what type of tree it is implies they are not sure or that no ones bothered to check which I find really funny. Add in the neutral zone and I was very amused, especially with the boasting about really rubbish “only one in the uk” stuff.
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Post by: Petey Pate on January 18, 2018, 10:18:34 PM
Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Potato_Head#In_popular_culture
Mr. Potato Head has also acted as spokesman for several causes. In 1987, Mr. Potato Head surrendered his pipe to become the spokesperson for the American Cancer Society's annual "Great American Smokeout" campaign. He performed the role for several years. In 1992, he received a special award from the President's Council for Physical Fitness. In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head joined the League of Women Voters and their "Get Out to Vote" campaign. Mr. Potato Head is also the inspiration/main character of an upcoming fan film, Potato Headed.

Oh wait, the first part is apparently true.

Quote from: http://www.empowher.com/cancer/content/celebrate-your-independence-great-american-smokeout
For the past 32 years, the Great American Smokeout has made being a quitter something to celebrate. The event challenges tobacco users to quit for at least one day with the hope that single day will be the catalyst to quit completely.

In the past it has been celebrated with rallies and parades, and has been chaired by celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr., Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, and Mr. Potato Head.
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Post by: Isnt Anything on February 12, 2018, 06:24:04 AM
a presumably true but nonetheless amusing snippet from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_II

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One letter received by the production team before the transmission of episode five [of six] came from a woman in Haverfordwest who was concerned that she would never find out what happened in the end as the week before the final episode's transmission she was due to move to Ireland to spend the rest of her life in a convent; she wondered if the BBC could possibly write to her and let her know how the story resolved. After some debate as to whether the letter was a journalistic trick to uncover advance story details, Kneale eventually decided that it was genuine, and allowed Cartier to send a reply outlining the storyline's conclusion.
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Post by: gordoncolmstock on February 12, 2018, 09:17:12 PM
Welsh language singer-songwriter Meic Stevens has one of the bleakest likely self-written articles:

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Meic Stevens (born March 13, 1942) is a Welsh singer-songwriter often referred to as "the Welsh Dylan",[1] who has been compared with Syd Barrett. Stevens's songs have a mystical, faintly psychedelic flavour, and are mostly sung in his native Welsh language. Still largely unknown outside Wales, he was discovered by DJ Jimmy Savile, who saw him performing in a Manchester folk club in 1965. This led to Stevens recording his first single - with arranger John Paul Jones (later of Led Zeppelin) - for Decca Records that same year, though it sold badly.

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In 1967 he suffered a nervous breakdown and retreated to his home village of Solva (in Pembrokeshire) to recuperate, and started to write songs in Welsh in a concerted effort to create a distinctive national pop music.

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He made a one-off English language LP, Outlander, for Warner Bros. Records in 1970, but the contract was abandoned by mutual consent. Today, like his other LPs of the period, Gwymon (Seaweed) and Gog (Cuckoo), it is very rare and highly sought after.

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Stevens can be found occasionally singing in certain pubs/hotels in Aberystwyth until the late hours.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meic_Stevens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meic_Stevens)
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Post by: jonno on February 23, 2018, 03:32:23 PM
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In February 2002, Norris was caught in Jack Duckworth (William Tarmey)'s bird cage, he was initially accused of fondling the pigeons, but it later emerged that he was attempting to milk the queen pigeon and so acquire mystical powers. Luckily Jack saw the funny side, and let Norris off, provided that he bought him a pint. Another humorous mix up followed soon after when Norris was accused of being a member of Sinn Féin by Ken Barlow (William Roache). However, after a hilarious turn of events it was revealed that Norris had been mistaken for Gerry Adams (who had appeared on a previous episode as a special guest).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norris_Cole_(Coronation_Street)
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on March 09, 2018, 08:09:50 PM
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Søgaard is a good friend of Swedish-Nigerian artist Dr. Alban, retired footballer Thomas Brolin and table tennis player Jan-Ove Waldner. They are often seen together in Stockholm.[citation needed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runar_S%C3%B8gaard
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Post by: Thomas on March 17, 2018, 12:00:39 PM
I've just finished reading Nick Davies' Hack Attack. The Wikipedia article for James Weatherup (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weatherup), one of the journalists prosecuted for shitty tabloid malpractices, reads like a CV.

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Weatherup has three children and is a keen tennis player who has represented his county of Essex at over 45 and over 50's level. A former LTA tennis coach, he plays regularly in Essex County Div 1 vets leagues. He has won the Essex County winter mixed over 45's title twice with Louise Baker and the men's over 55's doubles title with Wayne Lemoine and is the current over 55's singles champion. A keen golfer, he also helped edit and write The History of Romford Golf Club.

Then we waft over the gritty business of the hacking scandal in a few lines, and move on to -

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The judge described him as 'a distinguished journalist'. Since leaving the News of the World he started a new career in PR and looked after high-profile clients like actress Danniella Westbrook and millionaire Alfie Best, who owns the Rare Cow steak house chain, West London's Vinyl Bar and Wyldecrest Parks, the UK's largest lodge and park home company. In 2015 he was appointed chief reporter for the Central European News Agency and sports editor of the London and Surrey Times newspaper.He was head-hunted by a major PR firm in Soho and is now a senior account manager at Keith Bishop Associates in London's West End.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 17, 2018, 12:20:15 PM
The article on Captain John’s Seafood Restaurant (a boat-restaurant in Toronto harbour operated by a local eccentric) is great. There’s an independent movie in it somewhere. Worth reading the whole thing; the article is full of gems.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_John%27s_Harbour_Boat_Restaurant

Here’s the final line from the opening paragraph.

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Captain John's helped begin a gentrification process that ultimately claimed it as a victim.[1][2]

This is (inadvertently?) a perfectly written paragraph, with heaps of pathos and a subtle callback perfectly encapsulating the futility of running a restaurant:

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the floating restaurant attracted prominent diners such as Bob Hope,[10] Brian Mulroney, Mel Lastman, Robert Campeau, The Village People and Steve Stavro, and was a sought after location for weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events.[10][17] However, in its latter years it lost favour as the city's gastronomical scene became more sophisticated and diverse[11] and by 2002 Letnik was seeking bankruptcy protection[10] Later reviews from local papers rated its culinary fare as average,[18] despite the restaurant's boasts of having "the best seafood in town!", and reviews by patrons were decidedly mixed. The restaurant's clientele was primarily tourists with many bus tours stopping at the venue, as well as wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs and other parties.

After being impounded under marine law and having its engine removed so it couldn’t “flee port” prior to paying its fines (surely the first time a dining establishment has been immobilized under Marine Law), it went bust and no longer exists. This is the closing shot, complete with “where are they now”-style text updates as “Carry on my Wayward Son” plays over the credits.

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The ship was towed across Lake Ontario and through the Welland Canal to Port Colborne, where Marine Recycling Corporation has its scrapyard, in a journey that began at 10:30 am and concluded at 2:15 the following morning.[36][37] Letnick was invited to travel aboard the ship for its entire final voyage, as a paid consultant, and stood on the ship's deck, waving to the crowd assembled on the dock, as the ship was towed out of its slip.[38] Prior to the ship's departure, Letnick was thanked by Harbourmaster Angus Armstrong and Councillor Norm Kelly for his contribution to the city in creating the waterfront's first attraction at a time when it was an industrial area neglected by tourists and residents alike. Letnik was given a framed photograph of himself, in captain's uniform, in front of the ship in the 1970s and thanked for “a mission well-served and not soon forgotten.”[1][37] The day before the ship sailed, Letnik received a reminder from the city that he still owed $814,656.12 in back property taxes.[1][39]
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Post by: spamwangler on March 18, 2018, 10:08:04 AM
briliant
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Post by: thecuriousorange on April 17, 2018, 01:02:46 PM
The page on the “Royal Welsh Show” gets a bit Partridge.

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Given the number of farming people at the venue it is regarded as a vital opportunity to attract new business as well as to network with current customers. It is not unusual, for instance, to see an exhibition trade stand selling manure spreaders sited next to a stand selling luxury sports cars.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on April 21, 2018, 01:29:53 PM
On the preparation of ancient grain, freekeh.

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

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The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds still are soft; it is then piled and sun-dried. The piles are carefully set on fire...

It’s the “carefully” that gets me.
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Post by: AsparagusTrevor on April 21, 2018, 04:37:23 PM
The piles are carefully set on fire...
This was before Anusol.
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Post by: SteveDave on April 23, 2018, 02:31:08 PM
About Barry George and his previous pseudonyms:

"In the early 1980s he appeared in a local newspaper claiming to be the winner of the British Karate Championship. He gave his name as 'Paul Gadd' and his occupation as 'a singer with the band Xanadu and a session musician with the Electric Light Orchestra'. He was exposed as a fraud by another newspaper. He then assumed the identity of the cousin of Electric Light Orchestra singer Jeff Lynne and created a fictional company called Xanadu Constructional and Mechanical Engineers"

"He assumed the identity of 'Steve Majors' and claimed to be a stuntman; he convinced a stadium to stage a show in which he would jump over four double-decker buses on roller skates; he injured himself attempting this stunt"

"George had been found in the grounds of Kensington Palace, at that time the home of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. He had been discovered hiding in the grounds wearing a balaclava and carrying 50 feet of rope, a 12-inch hunting knife,[6] and in possession of a poem he had written to Prince Charles"

Apart from the sexual assaults he seemed like a great guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_George#Previous_criminal_convictions_and_investigations
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Post by: doppelkorn on April 24, 2018, 11:34:43 AM
FC United used to have a keeper called Barry George (who was captain of the England partially-sighted XI).

We had a song for him that went (to the tune of I'm Coming Out):

Free Barry George
He wants the world to know,
He didn't kill Dando
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Post by: purlieu on April 24, 2018, 08:19:22 PM
They were "sold at the door" to the crowd on the way out. That's the usual order of things.
I see. And the gap in the space-time continuum?
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Post by: NoSleep on April 24, 2018, 11:28:42 PM
I see. And the gap in the space-time continuum?

Order it on the the way in, pick it up on the way out. Natch.
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on April 30, 2018, 01:32:02 PM
Not Wikipedia but Genome - the entry for a screening of Laurel and Hardy film Saps at Sea in 1992.

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When work at the horn-testing factory gets too much for Ollie, Stan calls for Dr Finlayson. He diagnoses "homophobia" and prescribes peace, quiet, goat's milk and an ocean voyage.
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Post by: EOLAN on May 01, 2018, 02:21:56 PM
A short little one on the Cast List for the fairly rubbish film "Draft Day".

"Tony Rizzo as himself, a wife beater"
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Post by: Gulftastic on May 01, 2018, 05:18:58 PM
Beautiful bit of Partridge-like text from the entry of Nigel Pivaro, who played Terry Duckworth in Coronation Street;

' Pivaro is an obsessional map enthusiast and frequently refuses to use GPS despite driving thousands of miles to assignment destinations. He is also a champion of the canal system and frequently calls for freight to be transferred from roads and back onto a modernised canal system.'
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Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 03, 2018, 01:28:30 PM
Beautiful bit of Partridge-like text from the entry of Nigel Pivaro, who played Terry Duckworth in Coronation Street;

champion of the canal system
I mean, we all think we're good at canals, but champion? Ah, whatever.
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Post by: asids on June 04, 2018, 12:45:19 PM
The Wikipedia page of Senegal national football team manager Aliou Cisse has this as his picture:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliou_Ciss%C3%A9#/media/File:Aliou_Ciss%C3%A9.jpg

Aliou Cissé (left)
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Post by: madhair60 on June 08, 2018, 03:00:57 PM
The last sentence here tickled me in the article for Clean Bandit's "Solo"

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The music video stars the members of Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato. The video follows Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto and a 'lover' as they argue. As the arguments become violent, Grace grabs her longboard and skates into town where she ends up at a laundrette. Hidden behind the washing machines in a office, Grace pays an attendant for some strange concoction. The video then follows a longboarder who shows off some pretty impressive moves as she skates along a road to get this strange medicine which is being made for her. In the end, with the help of the medicine, Grace turns her abusive partner into a multi-colored golden lab puppy. Lovato makes brief appearances throughout, looking flawless as always in a floral top as she sings the track’s hook.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on June 08, 2018, 05:54:37 PM
Doing some background reading on Bordeaux, I stumbled onto this article. The whole thing is very amusingly written.

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

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He plundered Narbonne and thought of attacking the citadel, for he heard that there was much booty there, but gave up the idea on finding that it was well defended.

...

The Count of Armagnac tried to intercept him, but a small body of French having been defeated in a skirmish near Toulouse the rest of the army retreated into the city, and the prince returned in peace to Bordeaux, bringing back with him enormous spoils. The expedition lasted eight weeks, during which the prince only rested eleven days in all the places he visited, and without performing any feat of arms did the French king much mischief.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FredNurke on June 08, 2018, 06:29:57 PM
I wonder what out-of-copyright 19th century book that's been whipped out of.

FAKE EDIT: Oh, it's his original DNB entry. Figures.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on June 09, 2018, 05:57:46 PM
From the article on The Wild Angels, the movie where Peter Fonda does the speech from that Primal Scream song (you know the one, “we wanna be free to have a good time” etc).

Here’s the first line from the plot section.

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In between sprees featuring drugs, fights, sexual assault, loud revving Harley chopper engines and bongo drums, the Angels ride out to Mecca, California in the desert to look for the Loser's stolen motorcycle.

What an opener! It’s like a Jack Kerouac novel

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Angels
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Post by: popcorn on June 11, 2018, 08:27:48 PM
From the article on She's the One by Robbie Williams:

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In the video Williams is a coach to an ice skating couple - portrayed by Pamela O'Connor and Jonathon O'Dougherty - but when the male skater gets injured during practice, Williams takes his place for the final and gets the highest scores. In the video, he performs a backflip, which is actually illegal in competitive figure skating.
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Post by: Pseudopath on June 12, 2018, 10:52:08 AM
Quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Sovereign#Personal_life
Lady Sovereign has not released any new music since 2009 due to stomach pains.

On the plus side, we've all been saved a lot of earache.
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Post by: iamcoop on June 17, 2018, 03:05:44 AM
After quite an emotionally hard hitting section, the last line in this paragraph from Henry Rollins’ Wikipedia page reassured me he’s being looked after;

Rollins does not have religious or spiritual beliefs, but he does not consider himself an atheist.[15] He has mostly avoided recreational drugs throughout his life, including alcohol.[16][17] Rollins is childless by choice,[18] and has not been in a romantic relationship since he was in his 20s.[19] He considers himself a solitary person, and maintains few deep relationships outside of his professional ones.[20] His closest personal friend is musician Ian MacKaye, the two have been best friends since they met as children in Washington, D.C. and they still call each other every week.[19]
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on June 17, 2018, 11:28:59 PM
This photo. So many questions.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/רבי_משה_ברזובסקי.png)

Edit: I’m finding Jewish law fascinating. I don’t mean it to be cold or patronizing or anything, but it is all so alien and interesting to me. I like learning about people. I hope I don’t sound dismissive or anything!

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

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In Leviticus 19:27, Jews are prohibited from "destroying" the corners of the beard. The Talmud (Makkos 20a) explains this to mean the use of a single-bladed razor (as opposed to any scissors-like device which requires two blades to cut). Therefore, Jewish males may not use a razor to cut certain parts of their beards.

...

Some modern Jewish religious legislators in Orthodox Judaism, including Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, permit the use of electric razors for the purpose of remaining clean-shaven, because, in their view, electric razors work like scissors, cutting by trapping hair between the blades and a metal grating.[36][37] However, other modern Jewish Rabbinical authorities, such as Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz and Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, consider electric razors, particularly rotary models which use "Lift and Cut" heads made by Philips, to work in the manner of primitive razors, and consequently prohibit their use.[38] According to some interpretations of the permissive view, these shavers can be used if the lifters attached to the shaver's cutters are removed first. According to other interpretations of this view, these shavers can be used without removing the lifters, and, indeed, according to some, it may even be preferable not to do so.
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on June 18, 2018, 12:51:18 AM
Lady Sovereign has not released any new music since 2009 due to stomach pains.

That is fantastic.
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on July 31, 2018, 04:11:12 PM
On the page for Channel 4's defunct complaints programme, Right to Reply:

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Right to Reply's covering of a controversial sex scene in The Singing Detective in 1986, which caused some viewers to complain about Right to Reply, which was possibly Simon Cowell's debut TV appearance.

It's baffling more than amusing, I suppose.
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Post by: kalowski on July 31, 2018, 04:52:50 PM
On the page for Channel 4's defunct complaints programme, Right to Reply:

It's baffling more than amusing, I suppose.
https://youtu.be/N401SDmevkI
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Post by: buttgammon on July 31, 2018, 05:35:44 PM
The line of argument taken by some 80s crackpots sounds uncannily like the sort of crap we still hear today. I must admit, I turned it off after "university intellectuals," because no way is my life going to be improved by hearing another minute of that sort of frothing-at-the-mouth nonsense.

Unless it was some sort of pisstake designed to get him on the telly, it proves a point about Cowell being a cunt I suppose.
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Post by: asids on July 31, 2018, 07:51:28 PM
https://youtu.be/N401SDmevkI

He must have started playing down the campness when he was appearing on TV more regularly.
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on August 01, 2018, 12:41:18 AM
This was Cowell's first TV appearance, as Wonder Dog... https://youtu.be/iw0yfiRz9zY
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on August 15, 2018, 11:31:58 AM
"[Patrick] Cargill had innumerable pets, including a monkey, a parrot and a weathered sheep. His favourite pets were Ra, a cross-border collie, and Charles, a cat that lived at Spring Cottage and often attacked his house guests in their beds early in the morning by attempting to suckle their nipples, much to the alarm of its victims."
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Post by: thecuriousorange on August 15, 2018, 08:45:53 PM
He must have started playing down the campness when he was appearing on TV more regularly.

And paying Max Clifford to plant stories in the press linking him with females.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: the on August 16, 2018, 09:17:31 AM
But not these ones

      (http://i.imgur.com/5Z5tqW8.jpg)
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Post by: jenna appleseed on August 25, 2018, 11:25:19 PM
Flump (sweet)  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flump_(sweet))
A Flumps (often mistakenly referred to as a Flump) is a British sweet made of marshmallow
....These are reputed as one of the best British confectionery due to winning the British Flump Award.
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Post by: Shit Good Nose on August 26, 2018, 12:07:01 AM
And paying Max Clifford to plant stories in the press linking him with females.

Didn't someone on here used to work for him and confirmed that he was a serial woman shagger who just acted camp to make it easier to lure women into bed because they felt safer with him or summat?

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Pseudopath on August 26, 2018, 01:21:30 AM
I thought he was supposed to be as gay as a window and regularly went on Caribbean holidays with a well-known hypnotist/self-help author (along with their respective beards)?

Allegedly, of course.
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Post by: thecuriousorange on October 10, 2018, 02:29:50 PM
From the page on Delia Smith:

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In February 2005, Smith attracted attention during the half-time break of a home match against Manchester City. At the time Norwich were fighting an ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation from the Premier League, and to rally the crowd, Smith grabbed the microphone from the club announcer on the pitch and said: "A message for the best football supporters in the world: we need a 12th man here. Where are you? Where are you? Let's be 'avin' you! Come on!" Norwich lost the match 3–2. Smith denied suggestions in the media that she had been drunk while delivering the speech.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Smith (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Smith)
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Post by: Captain Z on October 10, 2018, 03:46:38 PM
That is quite a famous moment among fans of football, I still cringe at memory of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXM6BOXBCIc
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on October 10, 2018, 03:58:21 PM
She's now doing her let's be 'avin you schtick in an advert. Can't remember what for.
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Post by: a duncandisorderly on October 10, 2018, 04:15:26 PM
I thought he was supposed to be as gay as a window and regularly went on Caribbean holidays with a well-known hypnotist/self-help author (along with their respective beards)?

Allegedly, of course.

I don't care whether he's gay or not, at least not on a personal level... it may or may not be damaging for public figures to deceive people about their private lives... whatever.
another debate.

the main thing is that he's a horrid wankpot & he can fuck off.
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Post by: Ronalado on October 12, 2018, 02:12:23 PM
I thought he was supposed to be as gay as a window and regularly went on Caribbean holidays with a well-known hypnotist/self-help author (along with their respective beards)?

Allegedly, of course.

please simon COWL is good friend of ronalado. maybe you like me to tell false story alos about you? is possible.
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Post by: Chriddof on October 28, 2018, 05:01:40 PM
The War of the Worlds (1984 video game) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(1984_video_game))

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The War of the Worlds, titled on screen as Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds and on the cover as Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds is a ZX Spectrum video game developed and released by CRL Group in 1984. The game is based upon the 1978 concept album, itself based on H.G. Wells' book The War of the Worlds.

Gameplay required the player to visit a series of sites in and around London, by moving a person using cursor keys or a joystick, and occasionally making choices such as whether to hide, run or stand still.

The game was something of a failure, being unpopular with reviewers because it ran very slowly. The player was often killed (hunger and thirst being common causes of death) and forced to begin the adventure from scratch.

Original 2-page magazine advertisements stated 'available for ZX Spectrum' but also had a list of other formats the game was 'to be created for' including the Commodore 64, Oric Atmos, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron[1] but no other versions were completed. It was slow as it was written in Basic and compiled - Due to the poor reception of the game, no other versions were written. In 1988 I spoke to Clem Chambers (CRL MD) about the game. I mentioned the fact that it was bug ridden, he insisted that it wasnt, I did. The office went quiet and everyone looked up, Clem gave me a filthy look and left the room.
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Post by: DJ Bob Hoskins on October 31, 2018, 11:32:42 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_GX-1#Popular_music (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_GX-1#Popular_music)

Quote from: Wikipedia
A number of artists used the Yamaha GX-1 extensively in their recordings:

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in their albums Works Volume 1, Works Volume 2, Love Beach, and In Concert, as well as various soundtrack projects in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including their eponymous Emerson, Lake & Powell album, as well as in the concert film of their 1977 Works Orchestral tour and in the music videos for “Touch and Go” and “Black Moon”. Emerson described touring with the GX-1 as a "roadie's nightmare" because of its 600 lb. mass. Emerson actually owned two of these machines; the first one was accidentally run over by a tractor that had got out of control. Emerson subsequently bought John Paul Jones' GX-1, had it repaired using bits and pieces from the other unit, just to find out some day (upon returning from the kitchen to make himself a sandwich) that there was a funny smell of frying components hanging in the air, and smoke plumes emanating from the instrument.

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin used a GX-1 on their 1979 album In Through The Out Door. Jones also used it on Led Zeppelin's 1979 concerts at Knebworth. He later sold his to Keith Emerson as a spare instrument after the infamous tractor incident.

Never Forget.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 04, 2018, 05:17:43 PM
Dunno why I find this quite as amusing as I do, but Noel Clarke's otherwise busy wikipedia page just has this under 'early life'
Clarke was born in London, England.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Clarke#Early_life
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on November 08, 2018, 01:24:06 AM
From the page of dreadful academic Candida Moss (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_Moss). It's so bad I'm convinced she wrote it herself:

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Born in London, England, Moss graduated from Worcester College, Oxford part of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England in 2000 with a B.A.(Hons) in theology.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on November 11, 2018, 04:48:30 PM
From the Smooth Criminal page:

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Michael Jackson and the dancers immediately around him perform a seemingly impossible forward lean; this illusion was created using strings and wires in the music video.[11] Without these, it would be tedious and impossible.[12]

Killer combo, that.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on November 11, 2018, 05:01:28 PM
interesting, that... jacko had a patent on a mechanism that fastened his shoe to the stage so that he could perform this lean. presumably he developed this after the video, so he could repeat it on stage.

anyway, I'm just writing this so I can find this thread again when I remember what it was that I wanted to post here when I couldn't find it two weeks ago & the search function wouldn't work. it still doesn't. chrome, since you ask.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on November 11, 2018, 05:04:08 PM
If you mean the CaB search, that's been broken for as long as I've been here. You can find stuff easily on google by searching for "site:cookdandbombd.co.uk" followed by whatever you're looking for.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on November 11, 2018, 05:12:42 PM
If you mean the CaB search, that's been broken for as long as I've been here. You can find stuff easily on google by searching for "site:cookdandbombd.co.uk" followed by whatever you're looking for.

I tried that & it didnae.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on November 11, 2018, 05:38:47 PM
I tried that & it didnae.

It's always worked for me. What's the phrase you're looking for?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on November 11, 2018, 05:40:27 PM
It's always worked for me. What's the phrase you're looking for?

just 'wikipedia'... does it have to be precise, like?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on November 11, 2018, 05:47:47 PM
Fourth result for me. (https://www.google.co.jp/search?ei=FmvoW-q2GoGP8wWcvbWoDQ&q=site%3Acookdandbombd.co.uk+wikipedia&oq=site%3Acookdandbombd.co.uk+wikipedia&gs_l=psy-ab.3...2381.3781.0.3932.8.7.1.0.0.0.306.592.2-1j1.2.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..5.0.0....0.rvGZY5lJ7l4)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: A Car With No Doors on November 19, 2018, 10:58:53 AM
On the Wikipedia page for musician Sam Amidon:

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Sam Amidon, born Samuel Tear Amidon (born June 3, 1981 in Brattleboro, Vermont) is an American folk artist. His parents are folk artists Peter Amidon and Mary Alice Amidon.[1] In 2018, the special defense team of Area 51 claimed his species to be elf.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: grassbath on November 21, 2018, 03:06:17 PM
On the page for R Kelly:

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Kelly was eight years old when he had his first girlfriend. They would hold hands and eat make-believe meals inside their playhouse built from cardboard, where they "vowed to be boyfriend and girlfriend forever." Their last play date turned tragic when, after fighting with some older children over a play area by a creek, Lulu was pushed into the water. A fast-moving current swept her away while she screamed Kelly's name. Shortly after, she was found dead downstream.


Pretty awful if true, but the melodramatic flair and 'playhouse built from cardboard' did provoke a snort. Particularly because a good deal of the article seems to have been written by someone attempting to compensate for the extensive list of sex abuse allegations, which are written in a considerably more sober and judicious tone.

Some nice unbiased quote sources too:

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Larry Khan, Senior VP of Jive's urban marketing/promotion has said that Kelly's musical compass is second to none.[112]
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Post by: Queneau on November 21, 2018, 04:23:19 PM
Pretty awful if true

Surely it isn't?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: momatt on November 21, 2018, 04:25:27 PM
A little girl drowning is a quite sad yeah.
Even sadder that it wasn't R Kelly instead.
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Post by: Queneau on November 21, 2018, 04:30:28 PM
Fucking hell! Multiple sources are telling me it's true.

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In one of the sadder moments of his memoir, Kelly recalls the story of his first girlfriend, Lulu. He was only 8, but they would hold hands and eat make-believe meals inside their playhouse built from cardboard, where they "vowed to be boyfriend and girlfriend forever." Their last playdate turned tragic when, after fighting with some older kids over a play area by a creek, Lulu was pushed into the water. A fast-moving current swept her away while she screamed Kelly's name. Shortly after, she was found dead downstream. Kelly calls Lulu his very first musical inspiration.

https://www.theroot.com/10-things-revealed-in-r-kellys-memoir-1790892149

His first single, suddenly makes sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uu44haDaW8
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Special K on November 27, 2018, 09:26:11 AM
From English band, You Me at Six https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Me_at_Six

On 3 December 2010, the band posted an announcement on their official website stating "both the band and YMAS HQ are extremely disappointed to announce that due to the inclement weather and transport issues, the two You Me at Six shows at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange this weekend will be postponed" and that "it's just not safe for the band or the attending fans to travel over to the show". You Me at Six has also made a reschedule of both the dates and an exchange fund of the tickets bought earlier.[citation needed]

On 16 April 2011, Blink-182 announced that their headlining tour would be delayed till 2012 due to the fact that they have not finished recording for the new album yet. As a result, You Me at Six will not be touring with them.

On 1 September 2011, a 30-second snippet of the track from the record "Bite My Tongue" featuring Oli Sykes was leaked on the internet as well. It was removed 30 minutes later due to infringement and copyrighted issues.

The band's next UK tours started in March 2012. The first two tour dates, which were supposed to be played in Belfast and Dublin were postponed due to Josh Franceschi contracting tonsillitis and being unable to perform. The dates were rescheduled to take place in early April.[citation needed]

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on November 28, 2018, 12:41:51 AM
Seeing as only their singer has an individual wiki page I'm guess either he or his superfan writes these things. From his own page:

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In 2016, Josh Franceschi began to criticise the way that tickets are re-sold for extortionate prices as there were consequences for both musicians and fans. He, along with a variety of other musicians came together under the Fan Fair Alliance to tackle the touts. Franceschi spoke against the rising issue along with Ian McAndrew and Annabella Coldrick in Parliament; many MP's backed the argument, agreeing that something must be done.
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Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 17, 2018, 08:00:54 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kermode

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Kermode is married to Linda Ruth Williams, a professor who lectures on film at the University of Exeter.

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In 2018, Kermode was appointed Honorary Professor in the Film Studies Department at the University of Exeter.
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Post by: colacentral on December 17, 2018, 09:58:42 PM
1984 Eddie Murphy buddy cop film Beverly Hills Cop: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_Hills_Cop

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According to Christopher Hitchens, the British novelist and poet Kingsley Amis considered the film "a flawless masterpiece."
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Post by: Terryfuckwit on December 17, 2018, 10:01:16 PM
From the Smooth Criminal page:

Killer combo, that.

Hahahaha
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 23, 2018, 08:11:08 PM
From the article on churros

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Another theory is that the churro was made by Spanish shepherds, to substitute for fresh bakery goods. Churro paste was easy to make and fry in an open fire in the mountains, where shepherds spend most of their time.[2][3]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churro
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Post by: Rocket Surgery on December 23, 2018, 11:10:44 PM
For some reason, this run-on paragraph about the Bay of Pigs made me snort just now:

"The bay is historically important for the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961. Former Cuban president Fidel Castro owned a private island with twenty mansions, a helipad and yachts in the Bay of Pigs. The area is a site known for its diving, with an abundance of marine fauna to be found in the bay."
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Post by: popcorn on January 08, 2019, 10:28:16 PM
Sonic Gems Collection was announced in May 2005, and was playable at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It was released on August 11, 2005 in Japan, August 16, 2005 in North America, and September 30, 2005 in Europe. The PlayStation 2 version was not released in North America. Those who ordered the game through Sega's online store Sega Direct received an exclusive Sonic-themed yo-yo.
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on January 09, 2019, 01:38:45 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lost_American_films

Some amusing titles here, such as:

The Actor and the Rube
The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring
Alias Ladyfingers
Believe Me, Xantippe
Bertie's Brainstorm


The latter in particular sounds like a Beano strip.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on January 14, 2019, 02:42:23 AM
Singer Robbie Williams using a V sign with palm facing himself as an insult to the observer.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Robbie_paparazzi_V_sign.jpg)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign
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Post by: rapid relief on January 16, 2019, 10:50:44 AM
the flippancy of this:

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Original Beat lead guitarist Larry Whitman (September 27, 1955 - July 26, 1997), a devoted fan of Phil Spector died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Before joining The Beat, Whitman was producer, songwriter and member of L.A. pop group Needles & Pins whose only release was the Spector influenced 45 RPM single "Don't You Worry" b/w the ironically titled "I Wanna Play With Guns".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beat_(American_band)#Trivia
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on January 21, 2019, 02:27:58 PM
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Memory Banks was the name given to a comic cartoon strip created by Mark Bennington, which appeared in Whizzer and Chips and then went on to appear in Buster.

The cartoon strip was about a boy called Bernie Banks, who had a very bad memory. The name of the strip was an ironic and sarcastic take on this. Despite several tricks tried by himself and other people, he would always fail to remember something important which is what provided the main plot of each strip.

In the final issue of Buster, it was revealed that he died because he forgot to keep breathing.
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Post by: madhair60 on January 21, 2019, 02:46:43 PM
The last page of the final Buster is a tour-de-force.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lQuywuXF10I/WqjrlURC1kI/AAAAAAAAMgY/km5k2ZHCeXUo0rtk3eX8le3jx3iqR3mewCLcBGAs/s1600/buster.jpeg)
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Post by: the on January 21, 2019, 02:55:08 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Robbie_paparazzi_V_sign.jpg)

Singer Robbie Williams using a V sign with palm facing himself as an insult to the observer Steve Furst using a Nokia 7110
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Post by: machotrouts on January 21, 2019, 03:02:48 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/0CcsKSh/faragel-nige.png)

I'm too PUSSY to appear in this comic!
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Post by: ajsmith2 on January 21, 2019, 03:08:46 PM
The last page of the final Buster is a tour-de-force.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lQuywuXF10I/WqjrlURC1kI/AAAAAAAAMgY/km5k2ZHCeXUo0rtk3eX8le3jx3iqR3mewCLcBGAs/s1600/buster.jpeg)

Thank you. this is the first time I've seen a good quality scan of this. I like the darkness of the ending to Melvyn's Mirror in particular. Brutally Twilight Zone esque!

Crazy cartooning genius J Edward Oliver (who knew NoSleep of this forum) going above and beyond the call of duty on no pay to give all the Buster characters a decent send off in a final issue that otherwise consisted of soulless reprinted material. Amazing guy, his website is well worth spending a day on.

http://www.jeoliver.co.uk/
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Post by: phantom_power on January 21, 2019, 03:37:56 PM
What does rhyme with oblige? Or is that the joke?
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Post by: ajsmith2 on January 21, 2019, 03:48:03 PM
What does rhyme with oblige? Or is that the joke?

That's the joke. Watford Gapp ('He's King Of The Rap') was the Buster's early 90s attempt at creating an urban character who narrated his adventures entirely in hip hoppin rhyme*. The gag in the final appearance there is that he was finally stumped for a way to end one of his couplets as there is (for the purposes of the joke anyway, I'm sure someone will be able to find one) no rhyme for oblige.

*despite how Poochie esque and 'hello fellow kids' I've made this sound, the strip was actually pretty good as far as I recall. The raps had genuine wit and the whole thing was drawn in a very bold and funky style by cartoonin genius Tom Paterson (who works for Viz these days).
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Post by: phantom_power on January 21, 2019, 04:39:49 PM
That's the joke. Watford Gapp ('He's King Of The Rap') was the Buster's early 90s attempt at creating an urban character who narrated his adventures entirely in hip hoppin rhyme*. The gag in the final appearance there is that he was finally stumped for a way to end one of his couplets as there is (for the purposes of the joke anyway, I'm sure someone will be able to find one) no rhyme for oblige.


I thought it might be that, or a rude word and I couldn't think of one of those
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Post by: popcorn on February 02, 2019, 12:39:42 PM
Wikipedia explains corroborating evidence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corroborating_evidence):

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If one person says, “this is what I intended by the action I took,” and his friend agrees that his actions could have looked like what their friend intended. Then it can be generally agreed that is what happened.

If one person says, “this is what I meant by what I said,” and his friend agrees that was their understanding of what was meant by their friend. Then it can be generally agreed that is what was meant.

Think of this like backing up your mate in the playground no matter what they did or said.
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Post by: DrGreggles on February 02, 2019, 10:32:27 PM
From the entry for 'Miscellaneous T' (a They Might Be Giants compilation from 1991).

"'The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix)' appears to contain a sample of 'Convoy' by C.W. McCall, but doesn't."
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Post by: popcorn on February 04, 2019, 02:24:41 PM
From the article on he Michael Jackson album Bad:

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The lyrics to "Speed Demon" are about driving fast.

"Driving fast" helpfully links to the article on speeding.
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Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 06, 2019, 04:15:23 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mr._Bean_(animated_TV_series)_episodes#Season_5_(2019)

The state of these episode synopses.

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Mr. Bean eat cake (Mr. Bean of Eye Hypnosis Young Bean away). Teddy and Young Bean to wardrobe take a Bra Mrs. Wicket it up stair only be door.

They get more bizarre as they go on, appearing to turn into Dragonball Z, while several episodes have dozens of writers.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 15, 2019, 02:22:38 AM
From the article on Abu Hamza

”In U.S. confinement, his hook devices were confiscated and replaced with a prosthetic spork.”

Grim, but funny.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Hamza_al-Masri
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Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on February 22, 2019, 11:24:37 PM
Just stumbled across the biggest "style of play" section for a footballer I've ever seen.  Unlikely candidate.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52991285_10161380831555384_6032370919731625984_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=f50c6871e10d9e6b14f94c60070957fd&oe=5CDFFF08)
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Post by: ToneLa on February 26, 2019, 03:49:30 AM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Pop_in_an_Oak

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It is essentially a nonsensical song that relies on a catchy beat and the band's trademark blend of Eurodance and country to carry it; melodically and stylewise it is extremely similar to the earlier single "Cotton Eye Joe", however, the central theme seems to be that the father (Pop) climbed up an oak tree to get away from his wife whose pet skunk he cooked on a grill.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on February 26, 2019, 06:18:56 PM
And from there to the Rednex page:

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Controversy
Trademark dispute

After leaving the official band in 2009, Ljungberg, Lundström and Sylsjö continued to tour as "The Cotton Eye Joe Show presented by the Rednex Band Ltd", causing trademark owners Rednex AB to threaten them and concert organizers with legal action,[33] and resulting in the cancellation of some shows.[34] Ljungberg claimed the rights to the Internet domain name rednex.se, leading Rednex AB to accuse her of "spreading economical damage, lies, ulcer and insomnia like a plague not only within the Rednex group but also other parts of Swedish show business".[35]
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Post by: momatt on February 27, 2019, 10:48:00 AM
That's mad.  Surely there aren't enough people in the world who give a fuck about the Rednex to warrant any argument at all?!
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Post by: DrGreggles on February 27, 2019, 11:13:16 AM
David van Day's Rednex?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: momatt on February 27, 2019, 11:59:17 AM
David van Day's Rednex?
That's the only way they could be any less appealing.
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Post by: ToneLa on February 27, 2019, 12:08:49 PM
And from there to the Rednex page:

Haha. I've had a good Wikipedia sesh just poring over the sheer bizarre fractured history, legal wrangling and revolving-door membership of this titan of modern music, Rednex

Listen to them as you read and it makes it utterly surreal. All that fuss over... This?
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Post by: a duncandisorderly on February 27, 2019, 12:30:15 PM
in the Mtv transmission suite where we had to endure this shit being endlessly playlisted for some reason, we used to join in, listlessly, "where did you come from WHY DON'T YOU GO?"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: ToneLa on March 08, 2019, 03:09:54 AM
I love that the article on Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a section for Krang's abilities and it says This section does not cite any sources.
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on March 08, 2019, 05:22:31 AM
I love that the article on Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a section for Krang's abilities and it says This section does not cite any sources.

Ha, that’s great
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Post by: St_Eddie on March 10, 2019, 03:36:28 PM
I love that the article on Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a section for Krang's abilities and it says This section does not cite any sources.

Oh, that Krang.  Editing his own Wikipedia entry to big himself up.  What is he like?
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on March 10, 2019, 03:55:28 PM
Wikipedia had to ban all IPs from Dimension X after he kept adding flattering content to his bio and started a massive edit war on the article for Biker Mice From Mars.
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Post by: St_Eddie on March 10, 2019, 05:56:10 PM
Krang is notorious for being absolutely shameless in his ego-inflating dishonesty.  Imagine seeing this on Tinder and swiping right...

(https://i.imgur.com/12Dv1mA.jpg?1)

Only to turn up for the date and being confronted by this...

(https://i.imgur.com/7j2c67k.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/lfVhJj2.jpg?1)

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Post by: ToneLa on March 17, 2019, 11:06:21 AM
A small one, was watching Peaky Blinders drunk and ended up on the wiki page for the Irish lass, Annabelle Wallis.

Her Personal Life consists of:
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She speaks fluent English and Portuguese. Wallis also speaks some French and Spanish.[citation needed]


Perhaps Ms Wallis herself got self-conscious aboot her lack of personal life, and sought to slide in her pidgin Spanish to pad it oot a bit.

We've all been there, love. And then, inevitably, an industrious wiki editor pulls her the fuck up on this wild boast
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on March 18, 2019, 02:35:39 PM
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She speaks fluent English and Portuguese. Wallis also speaks some French and Spanish.

This could be rephrased as: "She speaks Portuguese, therefore she speaks some French and Spanish."
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Post by: popcorn on March 19, 2019, 01:27:57 PM
Snickers Oats

In early 2018, a new delicious mixture of oats and peanuts combined with Snicker's classic nougat was launched. Today, it can be bought in the Philippines and Malaysia. A single serving of 40 grams, containing peanuts, chewy caramel, a decadent slab of nougat, and oats, provides one a supple 180 calories. The advertising theme behind this novel product (brainchild of Terry Seremtis, general manager of Mars Developing Asia) was to provide consumers with a quick snack to chew on between meals, during long commutes, drives and at work. This way, people could save an invaluable amount of time, positively impacting one's emotions. Fans are known to journey all the way from Singapore just to get a taste of this beguiling choc. "I always love Snickers ever since my studies years (which is quite a long time ago). Always have them prepared in my bags or in office." - Najattul (TANJONG RAMBUTAN)
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Post by: marquis_de_sad on March 19, 2019, 02:19:19 PM
“classic nougat”
“beguiling choc”
“a supple 180 calories”

I want to hear Alan Partridge say these words.
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Post by: Special K on March 19, 2019, 06:53:35 PM
(TANJONG RAMBUTAN)

(https://www.themoviescene.co.uk/reviews/_img/1118-2.jpg)
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Post by: Morrison Lard on March 19, 2019, 07:24:50 PM
“classic nougat”
“beguiling choc”
“a supple 180 calories”
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/BitterMeekBlackfish-poster.jpg)
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2019, 01:49:07 AM
Not really “amusing” per se...

After partially-decayed body parts are found in common ground near a man’s house in 1983, police confront and charge him with the murder of his wife from the 1960s, a crime that previously went unpunished. The man breaks down and admits it, describing the act and motive, steps taken to hide the evidence, and location of the body (which tie with the evidence found). Signed confession provided, new court date set.

...until someone carbon dates the corpse and finds it is over 1,800 years old, and probably the bog-remains of an Iron Age ritual sacrifice by the local Germano-Celtic tribe, before the Romans turfed them out.

Yer man tries to rescind his confession, but too late! Judge sends him to chokey for the crime anyway based on his confession. Justice served (sort of).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindow_Woman
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2019, 01:54:11 AM
And from the article on the nearby Lindow Man

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On 1 August 1984, Andy Mould, who had been involved in the discovery of Lindow Woman, took what he thought was a piece of wood off the elevator of the peat-shredding machine.[10] He threw the object at Eddie Slack, his workmate. When it hit the ground, peat fell off the object and revealed it to be a human foot.

Bog bodies are morbidly fascinating. There’s fucking loads of them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindow_Man
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2019, 02:30:08 AM
Bog bodies are morbidly fascinating. There’s fucking loads of them.

Ok last post from me on this, sorry for spamming, but this is a real thing and I think it is interesting. At least the first 2 of my posts were sort of amusing so I reckon I’m still (kind of) on topic.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Osterby_Man.jpg)

The hairstyle was documented by General Tacitus when recording the Roman invasion of Germany, and is depicted in bronze age statues of the Suebian tribes that this chap was probably part of.

And here it is in actual real life. It’s like a time machine.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osterby_Man
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Post by: St_Eddie on March 24, 2019, 04:22:37 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Osterby_Man.jpg)

Would.
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Post by: Captain Z on March 24, 2019, 11:57:57 AM
Would.

Chinny reckon?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2019, 04:28:43 PM
Someone with a physics degree going wild on the article for Bird’s Custard Powder

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Though cooked custard is a weak gel, viscous and thixotropic, a suspension of uncooked custard powder (starch) in water, with the proper proportions, has the opposite rheological property: it is negative thixotropic, or dilatant, which is to say that it becomes more viscous when under pressure. This suspension is termed oobleck and often used in science demonstrations of non-Newtonian fluids.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird%27s_Custard
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on March 24, 2019, 04:42:57 PM
Not really “amusing” per se...

After partially-decayed body parts are found in common ground near a man’s house in 1983, police confront and charge him with the murder of his wife from the 1960s, a crime that previously went unpunished. The man breaks down and admits it, describing the act and motive, steps taken to hide the evidence, and location of the body (which tie with the evidence found). Signed confession provided, new court date set.

...until someone carbon dates the corpse and finds it is over 1,800 years old, and probably the bog-remains of an Iron Age ritual sacrifice by the local Germano-Celtic tribe, before the Romans turfed them out.

Yer man tries to rescind his confession, but too late! Judge sends him to chokey for the crime anyway based on his confession. Justice served (sort of).

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

That's amazing, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Andy147 on March 24, 2019, 09:35:26 PM
That's the joke. Watford Gapp ('He's King Of The Rap') was the Buster's early 90s attempt at creating an urban character who narrated his adventures entirely in hip hoppin rhyme*. The gag in the final appearance there is that he was finally stumped for a way to end one of his couplets as there is (for the purposes of the joke anyway, I'm sure someone will be able to find one) no rhyme for oblige.

"She said, 'Sorry, I've already spent it on an album by Mary J Blige'"?

The "plot summary" for this Enid Blyton book (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naughtiest_Girl_is_a_Monitor) was presumably written by a small overenthusiastic child. At least, I hope it was.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: QDRPHNC on March 28, 2019, 04:20:04 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/KtYvnFW.png)
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Post by: kalowski on March 31, 2019, 07:58:07 PM
Oops I did it again video

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During its bridge, Spears does a flip in the air to where the astronaut is and appears in a white jacket, short black leather skirt, and leather boots. As a symbol of his love for her, the astronaut gifts Spears with the Heart of the Ocean, the blue diamond from the blockbuster film Titanic (1997). She questions that she "thought the old lady [Rose] dropped it into the ocean in the end", to which he responds, "Well, baby, I went down and got it for you". Spears comments "Oh, you shouldn't have" and walks away, the astronaut shrugs and leaves. The video concludes as Spears and her performers continue to dance.[
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Post by: St_Eddie on March 31, 2019, 09:48:37 PM
Oops I did it again video

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During its bridge, Spears does a flip in the air to where the astronaut is and appears in a white jacket, short black leather skirt, and leather boots. As a symbol of his love for her, the astronaut gifts Spears with the Heart of the Ocean, the blue diamond from the blockbuster film Titanic (1997). She questions that she "thought the old lady [Rose] dropped it into the ocean in the end", to which he responds, "Well, baby, I went down and got it for you". Spears comments "Oh, you shouldn't have" and walks away, the astronaut shrugs and leaves. The video concludes as Spears and her performers continue to dance.[

I thought that must surely be bollocks but no, here's the moment in question (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CduA0TULnow&t=2m45s).
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Post by: machotrouts on March 31, 2019, 10:27:27 PM
Having spent most of my teens on the Popjustice forum before migrating to here, it's so weird for me to think that normal people don't necessarily even know about the Oops!...I Did It Again middle 8, let alone acknowledge it as a historical milestone of great significance
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Bad Ambassador on April 01, 2019, 04:52:46 PM
Quote from: Rachel Stevens
The owner of cake manufacturing company Mr Kipling was present at the Sheffield date of the S Club 7 reunion tour, and was impressed by Stevens’ vocal tone. He stated that the “sweet, but decadent” tone of her voice was highly compatible with the ethos of Mr Kipling products, so offered Stevens the role of voiceover in their new commercial for Avocado and Coriander savoury tarts. Stevens also proposed the idea for a “special cutter” that would help slice cakes quicker, but executives at Mr Kipling thought this too radical an idea for the gateau industry, and did not renew their contact with her.
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Post by: JamesTC on April 02, 2019, 10:35:55 PM
Quote
In 2003, an Irn-Bru commercial which showed a midwife trying to entice a baby from its mother's womb during a difficult delivery sparked fifty complaints. Some saw it as upsetting to women who had suffered miscarriages.

One billboard that drew criticism featured a young woman in a bikini along with the slogan "Diet Irn-Bru. I never knew 4 1⁄2 inches [11 cm] could give so much pleasure". Another featured a picture of a cow with the slogan "When I'm a burger, I want to be washed down with Irn-Bru". This billboard resulted in over 700 complaints but was cleared by advertisement watchdogs. A billboard which featured a depressed goth and the slogan "Cheer up Goth. Have an Irn Bru." was also criticised for inciting bullying.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irn-Bru

One of the news stories linked to on that page leads to this quote regarding the bikini advert:

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Before, I have laughed at many Irn Bru adverts but the connotations of this one are in very bad taste.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on April 09, 2019, 05:02:37 PM
The funniest thing to happen "backstage" at Wikipedia was in 2013, when obsessive editor and scammer Scott Bibby commissioned Aussie artist Pricasso (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pricasso) to paint a portrait of site-founder Jimmy Wales.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a5/Jimmy_Wales_by_Pricasso.jpg/320px-Jimmy_Wales_by_Pricasso.jpg)

Paint was applied via penis, scrotum, and arse; the whole process lovingly captured in a short film which Bibby thoughtfully uploaded to Wikipedia. 

Surprisingly for someone who's stated aim is to provide the "sum of all human knowledge", the subject was not best chuffed.  Further merriment was to be had as various factions (such as Jimbo Juicers vs 'Hasten The Day'-ers)  argued themselves rigid (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Jimmy_Wales_by_Pricasso.jpg) about the artistic and educational value of Pricasso's work and whether it should be allowed to remain on the website.

Of course Wikipedia is officially "not censored (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:What_Wikipedia_is_not#Wikipedia_is_not_censored)" and that is why the video can be found at https://vimeo.com/97724216
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on May 01, 2019, 09:23:16 PM
from the wikipedia page of level-42's boon gould, very recently deceased-

"After this he spent time in a monastery, and in the desert in the U.S., where he nearly got a record deal."

same label as giant sand maybe?
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Post by: hillbillyholiday on May 19, 2019, 05:11:00 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/EWtN2yZ.png)

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Beardsley&oldid=897815476
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Post by: DrGreggles on May 19, 2019, 05:37:06 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/EWtN2yZ.png)

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Beardsley&oldid=897815476

Fried eggs?
Should be a chicken wrap really.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on May 19, 2019, 06:37:23 PM
Quote from: DrGreggles
Should be a chicken wrap really.
Hmph.
(https://imgur.com/EB9oDxR.png)
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Beardsley&oldid=897838230
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on May 19, 2019, 06:51:53 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/e9to1gy.png)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on May 19, 2019, 07:01:50 PM
Haha! That's brilliant.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: DrGreggles on May 19, 2019, 08:13:20 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/e9to1gy.png)

Perfect!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on May 19, 2019, 09:36:56 PM
How on earth did you find that image, hillybillyholiday? Did you Google 'sad man wearing puffa puffa jacket staring at river'?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on May 19, 2019, 11:37:23 PM
How on earth did you find that image, hillybillyholiday? Did you Google 'sad man wearing puffa puffa jacket staring at river'?
Pretty much at first!

You can always upload your own images but not with throwaway accounts.
Otherwise you're limited to what's already on wikicommons.
Ithe vandal found that gem in Category:Down_jackets (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Down_jackets)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on May 20, 2019, 09:12:05 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/e9to1gy.png)

(reverting to the version we had before this plonker showed up) undo

bloody spoilsports.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on May 20, 2019, 03:05:09 PM
Wikipedia vandalism is really super boring though. And takes up volunteer time. And shits on the work of people trying to make a proper encyclopaedia. And isn't funny.

:(
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 20, 2019, 03:10:18 PM
Wikipedia vandalism is really super boring though. And takes up volunteer time. And shits on the work of people trying to make a proper encyclopaedia. And isn't funny.

:(

Dog dirt
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on May 20, 2019, 03:34:38 PM
Wikipedia vandalism is really super boring though. And takes up volunteer time. And shits on the work of people trying to make a proper encyclopaedia. And isn't funny.

:(

cock.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: imitationleather on May 20, 2019, 03:36:52 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Without_Hands_%2813952219322%29.jpg/440px-Without_Hands_%2813952219322%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Terryfuckwit on May 22, 2019, 10:42:26 AM
Wikipedia vandalism is really super boring though. And takes up volunteer time. And shits on the work of people trying to make a proper encyclopaedia. And isn't funny.

:(t

It can be funny, though I mostly agree
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Hey, Punk! on May 23, 2019, 06:22:29 PM
Wikipedia vandalism is really super boring though. And takes up volunteer time. And shits on the work of people trying to make a proper encyclopaedia. And isn't funny.

:(

piss
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on May 23, 2019, 08:29:52 PM
That Beardsley image is really funny, though. It's just a bit of harmless whimsy.

Anyway, it's been taken down again. What a boring world we live in, eh Peter?
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on May 23, 2019, 09:29:01 PM
That Beardsley image is really funny, though. It's just a bit of harmless whimsy.

Anyway, it's been taken down again. What a boring world we live in, eh Peter?

Yer a good lad, Peter.

And/or

N’yalright, Bob - I’m still home from wurk cos of the trouble with the foreign lads, y’know.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on May 30, 2019, 09:37:53 PM
The North Face have been photoshopping their products into images on Wiki articles.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/29/wikipedia_north_face/ etc.

Started off quite sly...

(https://i.imgur.com/osYBxEB.png)

...but they got a wee bit carried away...

(https://i.imgur.com/5WFqhCw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GcYszxe.jpg)

Almost like they wanted to get caught!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: kalowski on June 01, 2019, 06:29:16 PM
Top Cat
Writing about the cat Fancy
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In the film, which features robots as a plot device, he is able to disguise himself as a feminine robot. His voice is a bit narrower and more "fancy" than in the TV series. He also has a girlfriend, with whom he has an uneasy relationship. Matthew Piazzi voices him in the movie.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: icehaven on June 10, 2019, 02:38:51 PM
Someone got bored halfway through doing their homework.
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel (https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel)

Edit; Well that changed quickly. The Habitat and Adaptation section previously read ''Habitat and Adaptation - Kaitley Stanley is a science beast.''
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on June 16, 2019, 03:27:39 PM
Found a good stash

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: imitationleather on June 16, 2019, 05:18:11 PM
Found a good stash

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles
Ooh nice. That should get me through some cold nights.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Camp Tramp on June 16, 2019, 10:55:03 PM
This guy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._Foglesong (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._Foglesong)

If you look at the Talk page, you'll notice that there is a war going on between Wiki editors, vandals and probably Foglesong himself.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 17, 2019, 11:31:04 AM
This guy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._Foglesong (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._Foglesong)

If you look at the Talk page, you'll notice that there is a war going on between Wiki editors, vandals and probably Foglesong himself.

I almost always go straight to the talk page behind an article to see who's being proprietorial & how big the dog is that they have in the race. if there are experts slugging it out, that's great, but sometimes it's just the wikipedia nazis trying to make a point about verifiability being more important than having the good faith say-so of someone that everyone there knows is the expert in the field.
don't get me started.
the talk page that used to be behind the article on 'bass guitars' (& even me writing it like that would've set them off) was a good one.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 19, 2019, 02:10:32 PM
this, from the page on nuclear weapon design (it's for work, OK?) tickled-

"Holding an exploding bomb together is the greatest challenge of fission weapon design."
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 22, 2019, 01:27:39 PM
"The device continued working until December 1996, when it was switched off and scrapped. This was done discreetly to avoid publicity."

"you're terminated, motherfucker"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: grassbath on June 23, 2019, 08:12:16 PM
This opening paragraph raised a bleak laugh.

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David Hamilton (15 April 1933 – 25 November 2016) was a British photographer and film director best known for his photography of young women and girls, mostly in the nude.[1] His signature soft focus style was called the "Hamilton Blur", which was erroneously thought to be achieved by smearing Vaseline on the lens of his camera. It was not created that way.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: mjwilson on June 23, 2019, 09:29:52 PM
Found a good stash

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles

Have we had https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lamest_edit_wars ?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 05, 2019, 01:17:28 AM
Competition time!

If someone can get an article wholly generated by Talk to Transformer to stick on Wikipedia for a whole month, minimum of 5,000 words, fake quotes, dubious facts, iffy references, basically all of it nonsense, then I'll donate a hundred quid to the charity of their choosing.

First to prove it wins.


For more details see: Wikipediocracy :: Talk to Transformer (http://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10472&p=241460#p241436)



I reserve the right to change the rules at any time and for any reason. Don't worry, money will be donated whatever happens.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: An tSaoi on July 07, 2019, 10:22:56 PM
Quote from: Caligula_(film)
Cast
  • Malcolm McDowell as Caligula
  • Teresa Ann Savoy as Drusilla
  • Helen Mirren as Caesonia
  • Guido Mannari as Macro
  • Patrick Allen as Macro (English dub voice) (uncredited)
  • John Gielgud as Nerva
  • Peter O'Toole as Tiberius
  • Giancarlo Badessi as Claudius
  • John Steiner as Longinus
  • Paolo Bonacelli as Cassius Chaerea
  • Joss Ackland as Cassius Chaerea (English dub voice)
  • Leopoldo Trieste as Charicles
  • Adriana Asti as Ennia
  • Mirella Dangelo as Livia
  • Richard Parets as Mnester
  • Donato Placido as Proculus
  • Osiride Pevarello as Giant
  • Anneka Di Lorenzo as Messalina
  • Lori Wagner as Agrippina
  • Bruno Brive as Gemellus
  • Paula Mitchell as Subura Singer
  • Davide as Caligula's horse (uncredited)

That last one had me in stitches, because it doesn't seem like a joke. I'm sure it's true, but it reads like a punchline.

It means that there is someone out there who:
1) happens to know the name of the horse "actor" who played Caligula's horse,
2) is offended that he was left off the end credits and wants to give him his due,
3) has gone to the trouble of editing Wikipedia to right this wrong, and
4) has neglected to include the real name of Caligula's actual horse (Incitatus)

It's the perfect storm of low-key unintentional Wikipedia comedy. It's had me googling "Davide famous horse", "horse actor Davide", "Caligula Davide horse" just to see if the frigger was actually famous.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8564562/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8564562/)

1 credit. Perfect.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 08, 2019, 03:14:54 AM
That last one had me in stitches, because it doesn't seem like a joke. I'm sure it's true, but it reads like a punchline.

It means that there is someone out there who:
1) happens to know the name of the horse "actor" who played Caligula's horse,
2) is offended that he was left off the end credits and wants to give him his due,
3) has gone to the trouble of editing Wikipedia to right this wrong, and
4) has neglected to include the real name of Caligula's actual horse (Incitatus)

It's the perfect storm of low-key unintentional Wikipedia comedy. It's had me googling "Davide famous horse", "horse actor Davide", "Caligula Davide horse" just to see if the frigger was actually famous.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8564562/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8564562/)

1 credit. Perfect.

I got into a dispute on here a few months ago about wikipedia's policy of "we don't care if it's true or not, it just has to be independently verifiable", which I think is absolutely stupid; this is a classic example of that, I suspect, where the two are fed off each other. wikipedia contributors aren't supposed t use IMDb as a source, but they do, & naturally IMDb's own contributors do their fact-checking using wikipedia. no-one bothers asking the people who were actually there or know about something, because that is called 'original research' & it's banned.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 08, 2019, 04:18:53 AM
Yup.  There was a classic one a few years ago where someone who was actually the subject of an article was telling them they had something wrong but, because all of the articles -- copying a lie from one to another -- said otherwise, they just told him he'd remembered it wrong and they wouldn't change it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 08, 2019, 07:37:04 AM
I got into a dispute on here a few months ago about wikipedia's policy of "we don't care if it's true or not, it just has to be independently verifiable", which I think is absolutely stupid; this is a classic example of that, I suspect, where the two are fed off each other. wikipedia contributors aren't supposed t use IMDb as a source, but they do, & naturally IMDb's own contributors do their fact-checking using wikipedia. no-one bothers asking the people who were actually there or know about something, because that is called 'original research' & it's banned.

You're still wrong about this.

The cycle you and Ambient Sheep describe (citogenesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_reporting)) is real and produces real-world problems. There's even a Wikipedia article that lists cases (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents), if anyone's interested.

But to present this as if it therefore makes Wikipedia somehow fundamentally broken is completely wrong. Wikipedia is still, on the whole, very accurate when compared to other sources (including other "professional" encyclopaedias), and there's a well cited Wikipedia article about that too (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia).

Your alternative, "bothering to ask the people who were actually there or know about something", would only work if there were some good way to know these people were generally reliable. Which is the whole point of verifiability (http://Wikipedia:Verifiability).

Inviting anyone who claimed "to be there" to march in and rewrite facts based on their own personal expertise would undo the entire project. Why would anyone believe them? Why should they? What would the Donald Trump article look like? It would produce a far less readable, useful and above all less accurate encyclopaedia.

Your frustrations with Wikipedia sound like the Gell-Mann amnesia effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents). Which is to say that seeing incorrect information about a topic you're an expert on is of course annoying, but not exclusive to Wikipedia - and in fact Wikipedia offers more tools to repair it than, well, any other reliable source of information. You just have to play by the rules, and the rules, to use a wanker's phrase, are there for a reason.

I would be genuinely interested in knowing about which falsehoods you've encountered on Wikipedia and can't find sources to correct. Completely happy to help. Just PM me.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 08, 2019, 08:35:51 AM
Yup.  There was a classic one a few years ago where someone who was actually the subject of an article was telling them they had something wrong but, because all of the articles -- copying a lie from one to another -- said otherwise, they just told him he'd remembered it wrong and they wouldn't change it.

I would be interested in knowing what this was about. There are procedures in place for correcting articles about yourself. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:FAQ/Article_subjects)
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 08, 2019, 03:14:31 PM
I would be interested in knowing what this was about. There are procedures in place for correcting articles about yourself. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:FAQ/Article_subjects)

Sadly I can no longer remember (otherwise I would have said who it was).  It was quite a long time ago now though and I have a vague memory that they changed their policy at least in part because of it.  Apologies for being so vague.


I would be genuinely interested in knowing about which falsehoods you've encountered on Wikipedia and can't find sources to correct. Completely happy to help. Just PM me.

I'll bear that in mind -- if I may, given that it wasn't actually addressed to me -- next time I see one.

It does happen a lot more rarely these days... but a few years ago it was regularly driving me crazy, especially when I realised there was no way of proving what I knew, 100% (not even 99%), to be wrong.

Again, annoyingly, my memory is so shot to pieces with stress-induced cortisol that I can't think of any right now.  Hopefully, when I next meet one, I'll remember this offer!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 08, 2019, 10:14:51 PM
Quote from: popcorn
You're still wrong about this.

But to present this as if it therefore makes Wikipedia somehow fundamentally broken is completely wrong. Wikipedia is still, on the whole, very accurate when compared to other sources (including other "professional" encyclopaedias), and there's a well cited Wikipedia article about that too (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia).

I would be genuinely interested in knowing about which falsehoods you've encountered on Wikipedia and can't find sources to correct. Completely happy to help. Just PM me.

No you are both wrong and naive; there haven't been any decent studies on the reliability of WP.
Your post is actually a perfect demonstration of the Dunning–Kruger effect.

Wikimedia Foundation is one the most inept companies to have ever run a major website.

The content is, on the whole, absolute garbage. Self-respecting experts who encountered Wikipedia's Byzantine laws and Kafkaesque processes turned away in disgust ... well over a decade ago.

For better or worse, I was once one of their most prominent editors (google it), and it's hardly a badge I wear with pride.

I advise anyone wishing to understand the Ways of the Wiki to register an account at http://wikipediocracy.com/forum/ and have a good old rootle around the archives.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: NoSleep on July 09, 2019, 09:54:04 AM
True... if you know a subject well, you'll notice the predominance of received wisdom over knowledge or history. And you can tell when somebody's idea of research means reading up on wiki.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 09, 2019, 01:49:53 PM
True... if you know a subject well, you'll notice the predominance of received wisdom over knowledge or history. And you can tell when somebody's idea of research means reading up on wiki.

I wrote almost the exact same comment earlier, then deleted it because it was getting overlong and not making the point I wanted. Kudos!

If you know more than your average on a certain topic, you do start to notice people’s opinions being presented as fact and occasionally see things that are flat out wrong.

It’s only on the more esoteric topics though. Most of the time, it’s great. Even on niche articles it is mostly fine, though depending on your niche YMMV
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 09, 2019, 05:40:08 PM
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Kozierok's First Law : "The apparent accuracy of a Wikipedia article is inversely proportional to the depth of the reader's knowledge of the topic"

Some interesting articles...

Breast-shaped hill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast-shaped_hill) : Pretty much a list of hills that look a bit like tits. Unfortunately Wikipedia lacks any corresponding "penis-shaped" articles, I checked.

Diphallia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphallia) : "Don't say we didn't warn you! Oh wait, we didn't..."

Mariko Aoki phenomenon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariko%20Aoki%20phenomenon) :  A Japanese expression referring to "an urge to defecate that is suddenly felt after entering bookstores" with over 140 references. The contents box alone is a thing of wonder.
 
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on July 10, 2019, 12:49:45 AM
Mariko Aoki phenomenon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariko%20Aoki%20phenomenon) :  A Japanese expression referring to "an urge to defecate that is suddenly felt after entering bookstores" with over 140 references. The contents box alone is a thing of wonder.

It's way too long but... I don't really see your problem with it. It was a cultural phenomenon in Japan. Does the fact that there's a Slenderman article annoy you?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 10, 2019, 01:24:55 AM
Where does he say, or even imply, it's annoying him?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 10, 2019, 03:37:52 AM
I'll bear that in mind -- if I may, given that it wasn't actually addressed to me -- next time I see one.

It does happen a lot more rarely these days... but a few years ago it was regularly driving me crazy, especially when I realised there was no way of proving what I knew, 100% (not even 99%), to be wrong.

Again, annoyingly, my memory is so shot to pieces with stress-induced cortisol that I can't think of any right now.  Hopefully, when I next meet one, I'll remember this offer!

Please do, the offer is open any time!
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 10, 2019, 03:39:46 AM


Oh fucking hell, Wikipedia drama. No thanks.

I wrote almost the exact same comment earlier, then deleted it because it was getting overlong and not making the point I wanted. Kudos!

I also said this. >:(

But I buried it in a mysterious link.

Gell-Mann amnesia effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents).


Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 10, 2019, 11:59:11 AM
I also said this. >:(

But I buried it in a mysterious link.

I was skipping the links as untrustworthy - you can’t believe anything you read on Wikipedia.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on July 10, 2019, 12:33:18 PM
Where does he say, or even imply, it's annoying him?

I don't know if you're objecting to my use of the word "annoying", but from the context of the conversation it's clear these aren't being held up as good articles.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: An tSaoi on July 10, 2019, 04:09:44 PM
They're being held up as amusing articles.

The fact that the Japanese have a term for "an urge to defecate that is suddenly felt after entering bookstores" is amusing.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 10, 2019, 06:00:42 PM
I don't know if you're objecting to my use of the word "annoying", but from the context of the conversation it's clear these aren't being held up as good articles.

That's not how I took it, I just assumed an amusing aside in good faith.  I accept I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 11, 2019, 01:01:05 PM
True... if you know a subject well, you'll notice the predominance of received wisdom over knowledge or history. And you can tell when somebody's idea of research means reading up on wiki.

it's why I will always go to the talk page first. I don't trust the articles. too many of the people now editing & writing for wikipedia are like our friend popcorn here, asserting that verifiability trumps actual first hand knowledge of something, & suggesting that something which has been published in an actual book is somehow more trustworthy, more "peer-reviewed" than (say) an online source which is actively checked, reviewed, updated....
another thing that bothers me is the automatic distrust of 'original research'; someone sat through every episode of 'taxi' & counted the appearances by the principal cast members, because there was no other source for this information. thrown out as OR.
useful information is being excluded from this encyclopedia because it hasn't been published somewhere else. & it really annoys me that the verified source can be & often is something where there's less input from people who know the subject- a single author, often, but who's managed to get something into print, will trump someone with better, or more recent data, but who can't provide an ISBN number to quote.

anyway, on a lighter note- this is on the talk page for the rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar, about which I know a great deal, but which knowledge I am keeping to myself.

"I added the character Haruko of the anime series FLCL to the list of notable players because her bass remains prominent throughout the entire series and currently serves as her trademark. I would've cited my source but I couldn't find anything official. This fact however appears many times throughout the Wiki page for FLCL and on this page as well. Also if you compare these two photos, here and here, she is most defintiley using a Rickenbacker 4001. 173.58.250.5 (talk) 01:06, 1 May 2011 (UTC)Moltanic

Why'd you add a fictional chracter, you anime wanking mong?"
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 11, 2019, 01:08:07 PM
I don't get it. If you want to go and read a fan site with extensive info about whatever that's great, those pages are really useful and it's obviously wonderful that they exist. But they're not encyclopaedic. It's not what Wikipedia's for.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 11, 2019, 01:18:34 PM
You're still wrong about this.

The cycle you and Ambient Sheep describe (citogenesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_reporting)) is real and produces real-world problems. There's even a Wikipedia article that lists cases (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents), if anyone's interested.

But to present this as if it therefore makes Wikipedia somehow fundamentally broken is completely wrong. Wikipedia is still, on the whole, very accurate when compared to other sources (including other "professional" encyclopaedias), and there's a well cited Wikipedia article about that too (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia).

Your alternative, "bothering to ask the people who were actually there or know about something", would only work if there were some good way to know these people were generally reliable. Which is the whole point of verifiability (http://Wikipedia:Verifiability).

Inviting anyone who claimed "to be there" to march in and rewrite facts based on their own personal expertise would undo the entire project. Why would anyone believe them? Why should they? What would the Donald Trump article look like? It would produce a far less readable, useful and above all less accurate encyclopaedia.

Your frustrations with Wikipedia sound like the Gell-Mann amnesia effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_citogenesis_incidents). Which is to say that seeing incorrect information about a topic you're an expert on is of course annoying, but not exclusive to Wikipedia - and in fact Wikipedia offers more tools to repair it than, well, any other reliable source of information. You just have to play by the rules, and the rules, to use a wanker's phrase, are there for a reason.

I would be genuinely interested in knowing about which falsehoods you've encountered on Wikipedia and can't find sources to correct. Completely happy to help. Just PM me.

'wrong'? cheers. we have different opinions on how wikipedia should work. but mine's wrong.

greatest of respect, fuck you & your high horse.
I'm not saying wikipedia's broken, I'm saying that verifiability isn't good enough in its current form.
it will "only work if there were some good way to know these people were generally reliable. Which is the whole point of verifiability (http://Wikipedia:Verifiability)."

here's the last entry in the list of citogenesis incidents-

"The Casio F-91W digital watch was long listed as having been introduced in 1991, whereas the correct date was June 1989. The error was introduced in March 2009 and only corrected in June 2019, thanks to vintage watch enthusiasts."

& the explanation behind this entry-

https://news3lv.com/around-the-web/the-case-of-an-iconic-watch-how-wikipedia-and-writers-create-false-facts-from-thin-air

"Wikipedia’s citation guidelines don’t allow original research as a source. Only published “reliable sources” – sources such as mainstream newspapers, magazines, journals and books – are allowed.

This works so long as these reliable sources do their due diligence. But all it takes is one rushed reporter trusting an unsourced Wikipedia article for the entire system to break down into a self-perpetuating feedback loop of falsehood."

& this is why unpublished experts are deterred from making wikipedia edits, let alone writing articles from scratch.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 11, 2019, 01:21:05 PM
It's got me thinking, though. I wonder what an equivalent project that was based entirely on original research might look like.

There are obviously fan wikis and fan pages that provide this sort of thing. Many of them are very useful, even when they're amateurishly written or organised. But these tend to benefit from the fact that they're put together by a small group of people, or often one person. How would you resolve conflicts on an OR-OK Wikipedia? It's hard enough on the real Wikipedia, where people argue about interpretations of sources...

Sources would presumably still be useful. Like you might want to say "this guitar was released in such and such year" and want to prove it by linking to whatever proof you had. I mean, this is what people already do all the time on fan sites or forums or whatever. But presumably the standards of proof would be lower... so low there'd be no standard at all, if we're going for OR-OK.

Would you still forbid opinion, and non-neutral writing? For example, the Rickenbacker article you mention describes the "iconic upper bout and headstock silhouettes". This is classic bad Wikipedia writing because who says it's iconic? Wikipedia can't just say in Wikipedia's voice that something is "iconic" - that's a subjective/hyperbolic claim, even if you cite it. Wikipedia doesn't get to tell readers what's iconic, or delicious, or scary, etc - it can only say that's what critics or whoever said about something. That's not the same thing as requiring a source, though. So would this be OK on an OR-OK encyclopaedia? Hmm.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 11, 2019, 01:26:30 PM
This works so long as these reliable sources do their due diligence. But all it takes is one rushed reporter trusting an unsourced Wikipedia article for the entire system to break down into a self-perpetuating feedback loop of falsehood."

& this is why unpublished experts are deterred from making wikipedia edits, let alone writing articles from scratch.

Yeah I understand - but while Wikipedia will always be imperfect the verifiability policy means things are less wrong than they otherwise would be.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 11, 2019, 01:45:17 PM
It's got me thinking, though. I wonder what an equivalent project that was based entirely on original research might look like.

There are obviously fan wikis and fan pages that provide this sort of thing. Many of them are very useful, even when they're amateurishly written or organised. But these tend to benefit from the fact that they're put together by a small group of people, or often one person. How would you resolve conflicts on an OR-OK Wikipedia? It's hard enough on the real Wikipedia, where people argue about interpretations of sources...

Sources would presumably still be useful. Like you might want to say "this guitar was released in such and such year" and want to prove it by linking to whatever proof you had. I mean, this is what people already do all the time on fan sites or forums or whatever. But presumably the standards of proof would be lower... so low there'd be no standard at all, if we're going for OR-OK.

Would you still forbid opinion, and non-neutral writing? For example, the Rickenbacker article you mention describes the "iconic upper bout and headstock silhouettes". This is classic bad Wikipedia writing because who says it's iconic? Wikipedia can't just say in Wikipedia's voice that something is "iconic" - that's a subjective/hyperbolic claim, even if you cite it. Wikipedia doesn't get to tell readers what's iconic, or delicious, or scary, etc - it can only say that's what critics or whoever said about something. That's not the same thing as requiring a source, though. So would this be OK on an OR-OK encyclopaedia? Hmm.

fan pages & fan wikis benefit greatly from open warfare amongst enthusiasts, the sort of thing that's confined to talk-pages behind wikipedia articles... the problem I have with the way it's done in WP's case is that a small number of seemingly self-appointed & policy-obsessed users start quoting chapter-&-verse at people about OR & unverified source material, demanding citations where there probably aren't any. the case of the cast-counting 'taxi' fan is a good example, & annoyed me greatly. what possible motive would someone have for deliberately making a false entry of this information? the other examples in the citogenesis article, similarly, appear to be mistakes rather than obvious vandalism....

this one, about the basketball match-fixing-

https://awfulannouncing.com/2014/guilt-wikipedia-joe-streater-became-falsely-attached-boston-college-point-shaving-scandal.html

"On August 12th, 2008 an anonymous Wikipedia user for all intents and purposes then rewrote history. We don’t know why or who, but on that day 43 characters were added to the page. The bulk of these edits were the addition of Streater’s name five times into the article. The changes to the article on that day can be found here. From that day in 2008 up until yesterday, Streater’s involvement was never challenged, or deleted. He was now part of the scandal......The Wikipedia user in question is only identified by the IP address they used to make the changes"

do we know if it was vandalism? a genuine mis-remembering? was streater harmed by the mistake? but the easy fixes are these- require that people sign in, & give plenty of advice to new users attempting edits & rewrites. this latter is starting to happen already, but it's taken far too long. but also- the 'fix' for the streater mistake seems to have come about by someone doing some research... looking at records & so forth. further down towards the end of the 'awfulannouncing' piece, the writer describes how the article has degenerated from having 'good' citations to being in need of them; what became of the original citations? do they get downgraded as new information arrives?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 11, 2019, 02:00:39 PM
f the problem I have with the way it's done in WP's case is that a small number of seemingly self-appointed & policy-obsessed users start quoting chapter-&-verse at people about OR & unverified source material, demanding citations where there probably aren't any.

These "small number of seemingly self-appointed & policy-obsessed users" are the good Wikipedia editors. Which is to say they're the ones who are following the rules. Of course they're self-appointed, Wikipedia is the encyclopaedia anyone can edit. But you can't have a go at people for following the rules of a website. Your problem is with the rules, not the editors who asked you to prove your claims.

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the case of the cast-counting 'taxi' fan is a good example, & annoyed me greatly. what possible motive would someone have for deliberately making a false entry of this information?

I don't know what that Taxi incident was all about, but it doesn't strike me necessarily as OR, as you might be able to use the episodes themselves as sources (though that wouldn't be ideal). But I'd probably argue not to include it because it's trivia, fansite fodder - Wikipedia isn't an indiscriminate list of information.

You probably also know the wikipedia policy of assuming good faith, which basically means "assume that people aren't trying to fuck things up on purpose". So OR isn't removed because people are probably adding falsified information, it's because why should anyone believe what you say?

The fact that Wikipedia is the encyclopaedia anyone can edit is what has brought it the most amount of criticism. The only defense is to ban original research. You have to be able to prove what you're saying is true, and the proof has to be better than your blog.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 11, 2019, 02:14:53 PM
These "small number of seemingly self-appointed & policy-obsessed users" are the good Wikipedia editors. Which is to say they're the ones who are following the rules. Of course they're self-appointed, Wikipedia is the encyclopaedia anyone can edit. But you can't have a go at people for following the rules of a website. Your problem is with the rules, not the editors who asked you to prove your claims.


... yes, my problem is with the rules, but also with the way they're over-zealously upheld.....


I don't know what that Taxi incident was all about, but it doesn't strike me necessarily as OR, as you might be able to use the episodes themselves as sources (though that wouldn't be ideal). But I'd probably argue not to include it because it's trivia, fansite fodder - Wikipedia isn't an indiscriminate list of information.


many- I'd go so far as to say most- of the articles about episodic TV shows- have such information presented. this user tried to add it to the article about 'taxi', but couldn't find an external source that met WP guidelines, so he sat through the whole five years of shows himself & counted how many times danny de vito, judd hirsch, andy kaufman & the rest were in the show. is it trivia? who's to say?


You probably also know the wikipedia policy of assuming good faith, which basically means "assume that people aren't trying to fuck things up on purpose". So OR isn't removed because people are probably adding falsified information, it's because why should anyone believe what you say?


well, what do you suggest, so that WP isn't excluding input from people who know stuff, want to add it in good faith, but can't pass the verifiability test?

what I'm suggesting is that they give an account of themselves on the talk page first, outlining their proposed changes/additions & giving some background to support the data.that way, we can get something like 'peer review' happening. & let's be honest, that's the best a book or other publication is going to get, ever, & they're accepted sources.


The fact that Wikipedia is the encyclopaedia anyone can edit is what has brought it the most amount of criticism. The only defense is to ban original research. You have to be able to prove what you're saying is true, and the proof has to be better than your blog.

see above. many of the coffee table books I've read about my own area (bass guitars) are riddled with errors, & are cited in WP articles. nothing I can do about it.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 11, 2019, 02:27:59 PM
well, what do you suggest, so that WP isn't excluding input from people who know stuff, want to add it in good faith, but can't pass the verifiability test?

Make a website. :)

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what I'm suggesting is that they give an account of themselves on the talk page first, outlining their proposed changes/additions & giving some background to support the data.that way, we can get something like 'peer review' happening. & let's be honest, that's the best a book or other publication is going to get, ever, & they're accepted sources.

It's an interesting idea but I just can't imagine this being workable. Like it or lump it, the current policy has pretty specific criteria for what can be used as a source. Your system would be a lot fuzzier. Leading a bunch of internet strangers to agree on a topic sounds both very difficult and also dangerously easy, if you know what I mean. I said it before, but can you imagine the Donald Trump article written this way? The Prophet Mohammad article? The homeopathy article? At least Taxi and bass guitars aren't hot topics for many people. It would also be a fucking nightmare for readers to verify facts - they'd presumably have to go and do their own reading on Wikipedia editor duncandisorderly and figure out how much they wanted to trust them.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: a duncandisorderly on July 11, 2019, 03:29:03 PM
'Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch offered the following anecdote in his book The Last Lecture. He was surprised that his entry to World Book Encyclopedia on virtual reality was accepted without question, so he concluded, "I now believe Wikipedia is a perfectly fine source for your information, because I know what the quality control is for real encyclopedias." '

tricky. but I think that by insisting on citations that meet a particular threshold, the baby goes out with the bathwater. people with something to contribute get pissed off, set up their own sites, whatever.

& now some more light relief:

'After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was presented with the Order of the Companions of Oliver Reginald Tambo. The citation, however, read: "The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Gold—awarded to Joseph Sepp Bellend Blatter (1936–) for his exceptional contribution to the field of football and support for the hosting of the Fifa World Cup on the African continent," after the name on his Wikipedia entry was vandalized. '
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on July 12, 2019, 06:33:59 PM
That's not how I took it, I just assumed an amusing aside in good faith.  I accept I could be wrong.

Fair enough, if you and An tSaoi both think so, then I can see I'm in the minority here and probably read it wrong.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 12, 2019, 07:21:05 PM
So much funny stuff goes on behind the scenes. It's a circus.

One exchange in particular is held by many as the perfect exemplar of Wiki-wonkery.
The user here has just been blocked out the blue for no discernable reason whatsoever and is trying in vain to get answers from an administrator:

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user : "I'm sorry. This is Kafkaesque."

admin : "If you are User:Kafkaesque you need to make this unblock request in that account name."
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 12, 2019, 07:28:47 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Tingle#Bibliography
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on July 13, 2019, 12:14:54 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Tingle#Bibliography

That looks like it was written by an AI bot.  Either that or the Mock The Week team riffing on gay literature titles.

I assume it's real though because I remember someone linking to one of the dinosaur titles on Amazon.
Oh, the page goes on and on.  All of those are real?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 13, 2019, 12:26:00 PM
That looks like it was written by an AI bot.  Either that or the Mock The Week team riffing on gay literature titles.

I assume it's real though because I remember someone linking to one of the dinosaur titles on Amazon.
Oh, the page goes on and on.  All of those are real?

Yeah, Chuck Tingle is a joke writer persona whose gimmick is writing endless books with stupid names.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 13, 2019, 02:57:12 PM
Just Mayo is an egg-free mayonnaise substitute produced by JUST, Inc, formerly known as Hampton Creek. Just Mayo was first released in Northern California Whole Foods Markets on September 19, 2013.[1] Just Mayo comes in original, wasabi, truffle, sesame ginger, garlic, chipotle and sriracha flavors. It has been described as "a vegan spread that has rattled the egg industry."[2]
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 15, 2019, 04:23:47 PM
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The Bog is a former mining community in Shropshire, England. It lies 6 miles (10 km) north of Bishops Castle, east of the A488, at grid reference SO355979. It was once a busy village with over 200 buildings. Now only a few remain.

Sounds like a setup to a bad horror film.

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

Edit: I love these small town articles. This one sounds like they’ve set up a skatepark for wheelchairs.

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The Bog Mine Visitor Centre, the main facility for visitors to the Stiperstones, is housed in the former village school and retains its old interior design.[1] It provides historical information about the past workers, mining, and present-day work to restore the landscape. Facilities at the centre include toilets and car parking (with facilities for the disabled including reserved parking, toilets and ramps).

Good on Clifford.

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The centre contains a framed tribute to 26 men and women from The Bog and nearby Pennerley who served the armed forces in World War II, of whom two men died in the war and the last survivor, an airwoman, died in 2010. Headed "Lest We Forget" and bearing photographs of each named person, it was compiled and funded by local man Clifford Evans who unveiled it in the latter year.[4]

I suspect one C Evans of The Bog, Salops wrote this page.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: Captain Crunch on July 20, 2019, 09:21:36 PM
I do like the detailed summaries for Stoppit & Tidyup episodes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoppit_and_Tidyup
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It is a rainy old day in the land of Do As You're Told (which Stoppit does not like because it keeps him from going out to play, so he is glad when it finally stops), but he always forgets that Wash Your Face comes out after it rains to jump in muddy puddles. Tidyup has also just finished washing all his neckties, but he too forgets about Wash Your Face, so after he washes all his neckties and gets them ruined by Wash Your Face twice more, he and Stoppit chase him over the bridge to Stoppit's dump, but they cannot catch him. Tidyup then gets the idea of digging a very deep hole and filling it with water to make it look like an ordinary puddle, so when Wash Your Face jumps into it, he will not be able to get back out. After this plan succeeds, Stoppit and Tidyup find an old bath on Stoppit's dump, give Wash Your Face a bath by dangling him in it by his hair as he has never had a proper bath in his life, and hang him out to dry on Tidyup's washing line.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 21, 2019, 08:04:54 PM
Episode summaries are always good for a laugh. This from Naked Attraction (aka Blind Date but with nudity):

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Jasmin from Bognor has malic enzyme and needs acceptance from a new lover. Jasmin began to feel tired at the end of the date, blaming her malic enzyme.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: hillbillyholiday on July 21, 2019, 11:23:48 PM
Such hilarity is largely due to Wiki not applying the usual sourcing rules for plots and episode summaries. (And autism, natch.)

A couple of my faves:

* AnemoneProjectors has written a summary of almost every single Eastenders episode (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:AnemoneProjectors/List_of_EastEnders_episodes), all six thousand of 'em, and the minor characters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Grangehilllover/Rebecca_Fowler), yet they keep all this in their personal userspace, it's not even on Wiki!

* The fourth paragraph of Ekhane Aakash Neel#Plot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekhane_Aakash_Neel#Plot).

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: popcorn on July 22, 2019, 07:19:23 AM
Such hilarity is largely due to Wiki not applying the usual sourcing rules for plots and episode summaries. (And autism, natch.)

In my experience it's usually the fact that they're on more obscure articles where terrible writing is able to sit for years unchallenged, regardless of sources.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: gilbertharding on July 22, 2019, 10:45:25 AM
I want to, but somehow can't be bothered to, amend the Buzzcocks wiki page to add the definite article.

I know the name of the band is Buzzcocks, but people who correct you if you refer to 'the Buzzcocks' are cunts*.

Sorry - this is probably the wrong thread - but I noticed that John Cooper Clarke referred to 'the Buzzcocks' on Desert Island Discs yesterday.

* No better than people who insist on 'hanged' and 'union flag'.

Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: kalowski on July 22, 2019, 11:08:48 AM
I want to, but somehow can't be bothered to, amend the Buzzcocks wiki page to add the definite article.

I know the name of the band is Buzzcocks, but people who correct you if you refer to 'the Buzzcocks' are cunts*.

Sorry - this is probably the wrong thread - but I noticed that John Cooper Clarke referred to 'the Buzzcocks' on Desert Island Discs yesterday.

* No better than people who insist on 'hanged' and 'union flag'.
I've spent my whole life insisting on "hanged" and "union flag". Love correcting people who say "Hoover" too. It's like people when they say Tannoy when they mean public address system. Tannoy is a brand name.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on July 22, 2019, 11:10:45 AM
I want to, but somehow can't be bothered to, amend the Buzzcocks wiki page to add the definite article.

I know the name of the band is Buzzcocks, but people who correct you if you refer to 'the Buzzcocks' are cunts*.

Sorry - this is probably the wrong thread - but I noticed that John Cooper Clarke referred to 'the Buzzcocks' on Desert Island Discs yesterday.

* No better than people who insist on 'hanged' and 'union flag'.

Possibly controversial, but I'd add people who correct you and say "fewer", when you say "less".
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 22, 2019, 11:15:53 AM
I insist on less/fewer, union flag, and hanged.

I try not to correct people in conversation, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I make no apologies.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: gilbertharding on July 22, 2019, 12:05:47 PM
The less/fewer and hanged... I mean, I know the difference, and agree there's right and wrong (although it's 'hung, drawn and quartered,' for some reason). It's the correcting people in conversation which is poor form, as you've said.

But 'Union Jack' is fine. Not my words - the words of Graham Bartram of The Flag Institute (not all appeals to authority are logical fallacies, surely?).
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: marquis_de_sad on July 22, 2019, 03:10:06 PM
Sorry - this is probably the wrong thread - but I noticed that John Cooper Clarke referred to 'the Buzzcocks' on Desert Island Discs yesterday.

* No better than people who insist on 'hanged' and 'union flag'.

It sounds to me like you want to both notice these mistakes and pull up other people for pointing them out. You are a meta-pedant.
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: gilbertharding on July 22, 2019, 04:07:49 PM
Perhaps. It's as much to do with the fact that often the mistakes being pointed to aren't really mistakes at all.

Union Jack: not wrong.
Hung: debatable - https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/hung-or-hanged (https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/hung-or-hanged)

The jumping off point for my 'problem' - That it's fine to refer to the Buzzcocks (but not to The Buzzcocks). In fact, it's BETTER to refer to the Buzzcocks, because insisting that everyone calls them Buzzcocks makes you sound like a proper wanker.

OK - I'm a meta-pedant because I hate people correcting people when they themselves are wrong, or presenting debate as conclusion. If the only reason to get things 'right' is to avoid the wroth of people who will point out you're 'wrong', what's wrong with fighting back?
Title: Re: Amusing Wikipedia Stuff [split topic]
Post by: bgmnts on July 22, 2019, 04:10:13 PM
If you have a massive cock you're well hung. If you lynch someone in a very efficient way its well hanged.