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Pingu

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #500 on: February 11, 2019, 05:52:56 pm »


Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #502 on: July 30, 2019, 05:05:09 pm »
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Tim Hall

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #503 on: July 30, 2019, 10:18:27 pm »
A crowning moment of diplomacy. :demon:

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

Puts Arkell v Pressdram in the shade a bit.
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Kim

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #504 on: July 31, 2019, 12:04:52 am »
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #505 on: July 31, 2019, 08:12:36 am »
Misconceptions like that are interesting when you find out that a commonly held misconception is commonly held in a way you never suspected. For instance:
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There is no First Amendment exception that applies to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.[32] The idea comes from a court decision regarding distribution of pamphlets in opposition to the draft during World War I. But, even absent such an exception, the First Amendment will not necessarily apply if by yelling "fire" a person infringes upon the constitutional right to "life" that laws against raising a false public alarm are founded upon.[33] There is also not a hate speech exception to the First Amendment, as the law only prohibits direct, targeted threats toward specific persons.[34]
I've often heard this "yelling fire in a crowded theatre" thing but never that it was "an exception to the First Amendment," just a stupid thing to do (unless there really is a fire). I guess that's mainly cos I'm not Usanian, but it's just an example of a misconception about misconceptions.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

mattc

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #507 on: November 13, 2019, 07:55:25 pm »
The Wikipedia article for "List of Whales" has "Cetacean Needed" if it was missing an image or scale diagram of the creature in question.
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Torslanda

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #508 on: November 14, 2019, 08:42:05 pm »
After WWII, Japanese aircraft companies were forbidden to build aircraft for obvious reasons.

Fuji Sangyo (Nakajima) started to build motor scooters and repurposed military surplus parts. The front wheel of the Fuji Rabbit was originally the tail wheel of a Nakajima bomber.
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #509 on: November 15, 2019, 11:36:52 am »
There was a rumour that the Messerschmitt Tiger was composed partly of the cockpit and landing gear of the Me-110.  This, however, was Not True.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #510 on: November 15, 2019, 02:48:35 pm »
This chap should surely be a national hero - Henry Maudslay.
Rust never sleeps

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #511 on: November 15, 2019, 03:36:04 pm »
The Wikipedia article for "List of Whales" has "Cetacean Needed" if it was missing an image or scale diagram of the creature in question.
;D You ought to have made that up but it's true!  :D
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

bludger

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #512 on: November 15, 2019, 04:12:21 pm »
After the Russians entered Poland and WW2 in Europe ended, many Polish resistance fighters resumed fighting their new occupiers. The last wasn't killed until 1963.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursed_soldiers
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Steph

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #513 on: November 15, 2019, 06:05:58 pm »
ITYM "Re-entered" Poland, as they invaded it in September 1939, in conjunction with some other country.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #514 on: November 15, 2019, 07:05:45 pm »
Radosław Sikorski, a centre-right (may have been considered right-right at one time) politician who has held various ministerial positions including Defence (twice, I think), wrote a book about his parent's house, using it as a vehicle for post-war Polish history. One of its themes was defining when a war ends (his answer is along the lines of, when the last person who thinks they are fighting it dies or gives up).
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #515 on: November 16, 2019, 07:52:10 am »
After the Russians entered Poland and WW2 in Europe ended, many Polish resistance fighters resumed fighting their new occupiers. The last wasn't killed until 1963.

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

I knew that there had been similar remnants in Ukraine, but hadn't realised that this was a widespread phenomenon - following the links from that page it looks like most of Eastern Europe and the Baltics had armed resistance movements of some kind up until the mid-fifties.

Kim

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #516 on: December 03, 2019, 03:19:24 pm »
Finally, the answer to a question that I've been asking since childhood!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelling_bee#Etymology
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Andrij

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #517 on: December 10, 2019, 09:01:07 pm »
Stone frigates are a thing.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #518 on: December 10, 2019, 09:48:40 pm »
This chap should surely be a national hero - Henry Maudslay.
John Ramsbottom must run him pretty close.
Never tell me the odds.

T42

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #519 on: December 11, 2019, 11:08:26 am »
Stone frigates are a thing.

I have even fought a 'battle' aboard one - a fencing match against HMS Claverhouse in the 60s.  The buggers even had an electric piste, something our university fencing-club couldn't afford. "Oh, we just put in for 40 feet of copper mesh six feet wide." Jammy sods.
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Pingu

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #520 on: January 02, 2020, 12:43:14 am »