Author Topic: Your Wikipedia find of the week  (Read 82792 times)

fuaran

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #600 on: 23 October, 2020, 09:33:22 pm »
Betteridge's law of headlines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines
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This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no." The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #601 on: 24 October, 2020, 06:01:29 pm »
Found when researching questions for work zoom quiz: Félicette the first cat in space (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9licette), courtesy of the French space program

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #602 on: 23 November, 2020, 09:02:29 pm »
D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was slightly too young to remember this.  What a story, and what a mystery.

Back to the OP - the Storyville documentary about this is on BBC4 now.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #603 on: 23 November, 2020, 09:18:58 pm »
D.B. Cooper in Storyville?!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storyville,_New_Orleans He might fit but he's 40 years too late.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #604 on: 24 November, 2020, 01:37:10 am »
Great band, Storyville.  They were where Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section ended up after SRV got on the wrong helichopter.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #605 on: 01 December, 2020, 01:11:49 am »
D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was slightly too young to remember this.  What a story, and what a mystery.

Back to the OP - the Storyville documentary about this is on BBC4 now.

Watched this earlier this evening.  Fascinating Stuffs, though I reckon they downplayed the notion that he died either during or immediately after the jump.  Though if he did it adds another level to the “how did some of the money fetch up at Tina Bar nine years later” question.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #606 on: 03 December, 2020, 09:56:30 am »
D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was slightly too young to remember this.  What a story, and what a mystery.

Back to the OP - the Storyville documentary about this is on BBC4 now.

Watched this earlier this evening.  Fascinating Stuffs, though I reckon they downplayed the notion that he died either during or immediately after the jump.  Though if he did it adds another level to the “how did some of the money fetch up at Tina Bar nine years later” question.

Watched this last week - great documentary then read the wikipedia page.
I believe that he probably died from the parachute jump, but it's fascinating that so many believed otherwise and that he was their fiend/husband/father/uncle.

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #607 on: 04 December, 2020, 12:56:34 pm »
As I was walking the dog1 in the park this morning we chanced upon a woman (Probably late 30s) and her dog coming the other way.  Both dogs decided to have a bark-fest. As we were each admonishing our respective mutts she unexpectedly let out a tremendous fart, at which point she scuttled away.  ;D
She wasn't quick thinking enough to blame her dog.
Childishly, I'm still sniggering about it.

1 We've had to admit that this is her actual name.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #608 on: 06 December, 2020, 12:06:32 am »
As I was walking the dog1 in the park this morning we chanced upon a woman (Probably late 30s) and her dog coming the other way.  Both dogs decided to have a bark-fest. As we were each admonishing our respective mutts she unexpectedly let out a tremendous fart, at which point she scuttled away.  ;D
She wasn't quick thinking enough to blame her dog.
Childishly, I'm still sniggering about it.

1 We've had to admit that this is her actual name.

Can you give us link to the Wikipedia entry?

Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #609 on: 21 February, 2021, 10:08:21 am »

Wowbagger

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #610 on: 21 February, 2021, 10:16:46 am »
The funniest one-line in film history, as voted in my someone or other.

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In 2007, the pun "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me", spoken by Kenneth Williams, was voted the funniest one-line joke in film history.[10][11] The line was not written by Rothwell but borrowed with permission from a Take It from Here script written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carry_On_Cleo refers.
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Kim

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #611 on: 21 February, 2021, 01:31:02 pm »
Vol de sirop d'érable du siècle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Canadian_Maple_Syrup_Heist

Of course Quebec has a strategic maple syrup reserve.

Presumably there's also a stockpile of hot-pink hockey tape, in case the shit really hits the fan.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #613 on: 20 March, 2021, 10:59:52 pm »
The Chronovisor.  Seems a Roman Catholic priest, one Father Ernetti, built a device that allowed him to view and hear the past.  So basically he invented Dave.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #614 on: 20 March, 2021, 11:04:55 pm »
Sounds like Devs.

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #615 on: 21 March, 2021, 12:45:05 am »
Devs, Dave… Devs was mentioned on the Wikinaccurate talk page, though similar devices have cropped up in sci-fi stories by Messrs Asimov and Clarke, and also some bloke whose name* I've already forgotten before WW2.

* though it wasn’t Dave
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #616 on: 21 March, 2021, 07:49:41 pm »
Dev is the nickname for Dave Null, everyone's imaginary colleague who deals with all that recruitment stuff, please hold and I'll put you through...
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #617 on: 21 March, 2021, 08:32:02 pm »
This deserves crossposting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chairs
The ball chair is very cool in a 1960s futuristic space-age way, but their chosen bar stool is just weird.
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #618 on: 28 March, 2021, 01:55:22 pm »
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #619 on: 28 March, 2021, 02:06:02 pm »
Made with

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #620 on: 28 March, 2021, 04:03:11 pm »
Europe please rescue us - petition

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

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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #621 on: 28 March, 2021, 07:23:20 pm »
Protection from the Scots is the last thing the rest of the UK needs right now :D
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Re: Your Wikipedia find of the week
« Reply #622 on: 29 March, 2021, 04:24:47 pm »
Magnus Pyke,  who, depending upon your age was either the 1970s equivalent of a somewhat more animated Brian Cox, the director of a rest home for deranged scientists, who thought that Miss Sakamoto was beautiful, or for younger readers probably just "who?" worked as a nutrionalist at the Ministry of Food during the second world war (and beyond).

Whilst there he suggested using excess human blood supplies to make black pudding for the masses.