Author Topic: Your Wikipedia find of the week  (Read 51023 times)

Pingu

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #50 on: January 06, 2012, 12:24:21 am »

clarion

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #51 on: January 17, 2012, 04:13:20 pm »
An album I had thought was an elaborate hoax, though one which I bought, enjoyed and treasured until it was stolen, was actually a real compilation of Finnish rock music! :o

http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Finns_to_Come

It was the name of Roland Butter appearing as a writer or producer (I forget) which raised my suspicion.  That and the utterly bizarre and eclectic nature of the music.  I would not have been surprised had a big name with a sense of humour been behind it - perhaps Neil Innes or Peter Gabriel.  But no.  Even Loose Prick was, it seems, a real band.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #52 on: January 17, 2012, 06:00:30 pm »
That's all in Finnish, how do you know it doesn't say "The Shape of Finns to Come was a hoax released on Cherry Red Records blah blah... "
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clarion

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #53 on: January 17, 2012, 07:49:05 pm »
I followed the hyperlinks to the band pages.  Perhaps it says there that 'Eppu Normaali were a band invented by Nick Lowe in a bored moment in the dressing rooms at Sheffield Octagon...' ;D
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Charlotte

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Andrij

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #55 on: January 26, 2012, 06:11:42 pm »
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

nicknack

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2012, 06:28:56 pm »
That's funny. Whenever I heard Mull of Kintire I was reminded of a massive prick.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #57 on: January 26, 2012, 08:55:06 pm »
I regularly drive past a brown motorway sign that says 'Hause Esters, Hause lange' with a cubiform diagram on it.  It was only the other day I bothered to look them up ....

http://en.wikiarquitectura.com/index.php?title=Lange_%26_Esters_House

One day I must find the time to visit.

Charlotte

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2012, 10:37:19 pm »
Apparently someone tried to build an aircraft carrier out of sawdust and ice.

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

That was my favorite nautical find on Wikipedia until I recently found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narco-submarine


...which just blew my mind.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #60 on: January 27, 2012, 11:00:30 pm »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mull_of_Kintyre_test

Do I dare asked how you stumbled upon that?


http://boingboing.net/2012/01/26/experts-concerned-at-big-ben.html

I may now be stumbling into murky depths.

Between 1994 and 1999 I was running my own IT company, for most time based in WC1. One of my clients, who found me in the local telephone directory (remember those?) was a "film" company in Wardour Street. Their computer had been trashed by some kind of virus, and they wanted me to recover what I could.

The revelations: (1) Their "films" had scripts. (2) they made two versions of each, one for official publication, and the other. (3) the shooting directions for the publication one included the imperative "No worse than Cornwall", no mention of Kintyre.

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #61 on: February 15, 2012, 09:50:13 pm »
Remarkably informative wiki entry about Nasal sebum.
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Pingu

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #62 on: February 19, 2012, 10:29:21 pm »
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Pingu

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #63 on: March 07, 2012, 09:46:52 pm »

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #64 on: March 08, 2012, 06:26:17 pm »
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Kim

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #65 on: March 19, 2012, 10:23:50 pm »
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When creating the surface of the road some 2.5 million Mills & Boon novels were pulped and mixed into the tarmac to help the surface absorbency.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M6_Toll

See also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/3330245.stm
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #66 on: March 22, 2012, 11:09:40 pm »
I always knew that motoring crushed romance.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #67 on: March 23, 2012, 02:49:51 pm »
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End of the war

Dissatisfaction with the conduct of the war was growing with the public in Britain and in other countries. On Sunday, January 21, 1855, a "snowball riot" occurred in Trafalgar Square near St. Martin-in-the-Field in which 1,500 people gathered to protest the war by pelting busses, cabs and pedestrians with snow balls.[60] When the police intervened, the snowballs were directed at them. The riot was finally put down by troops and police acting with truncheons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War#End_of_the_war
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #68 on: April 09, 2012, 04:36:03 pm »
Never tell me the odds.

Kim

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #69 on: April 09, 2012, 06:35:10 pm »
Why is Muslim no 98, and what happened to nos 48-97?

And while I'm as much of a Bohr fan as anyone, surely the atheist symbol should be: "[This space intentionally left blank]"
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Kim

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mattc

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #71 on: May 15, 2012, 09:30:31 am »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeuomorph
That's great, thanks.

Very Meaning of Liff - a concept we knew existed, but I never knew there was a word for it.
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mattc

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #72 on: May 17, 2012, 07:58:05 pm »
This might be of interest to Audaxers (and others) staying in Aust:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aust
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Aust Ferry
Main article: Aust Ferry

Bob Dylan was photographed in 1966 standing outside the Aust Ferry ticket office. In the murky background is the Severn Bridge. The photo was used to publicise Martin Scorsese's film about Dylan, "No Direction Home".
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #74 on: May 20, 2012, 12:35:32 am »
This might be of interest to Audaxers (and others) staying in Aust:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aust
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Aust Ferry
Main article: Aust Ferry

Bob Dylan was photographed in 1966 standing outside the Aust Ferry ticket office. In the murky background is the Severn Bridge. The photo was used to publicise Martin Scorsese's film about Dylan, "No Direction Home".
There's a bloke who does summatorother in Bristol CTC who has a photo (as opposed to the album cover) of that.
Other Aust trivia: the field behind the pub was the site of my very first cycle-camping adventure! We paid £1.50 to put a tent up and I think that included a cup of tea in the morning! And it is claimed that the Romans used to wade across the river at that point, at least at low spring tides - I can't quite believe it myself.
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