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Postby Autarch » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:15 am

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

Wall was again proclaimed "King of the Dudes" in 1888 by the New York American newspaper. A journalist named Blakely Hall judged that Wall had won the "Battle of the Dudes" against Robert "Bob" Hilliard, another sartorial dude when, during the March Blizzard of 1888, he strode into a bar clad in gleaming boots of patent leather that went to his hips. Nevertheless, some historians still consider it was Hilliard who won that dude battle.
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Postby Pashmina » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:31 pm

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Postby mealy potatoes » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:32 pm

There's a whole subarticale with just anecdotes of how smart this guy was. I love this fly story.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_ ... _abilities

Von Neumann's ability to instantaneously perform complex operations in his head stunned other mathematicians.[160] As a 6 year old, he could divide two 8-digit numbers in his head.[161] When he was sent at the age of 15 to study advanced calculus under analyst Gábor Szegő, Szegő was so astounded with the boy's talent in mathematics that he was brought to tears on their first meeting.[26]

The Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe speculated: "I have sometimes wondered whether a brain like von Neumann's does not indicate a species superior to that of man".[19] Eugene Wigner wrote that, seeing von Neumann's mind at work, "one had the impression of a perfect instrument whose gears were machined to mesh accurately to a thousandth of an inch."[162] Paul Halmos states that "von Neumann's speed was awe-inspiring."[18] Israel Halperin said: "Keeping up with him was ... impossible. The feeling was you were on a tricycle chasing a racing car."[163] Edward Teller admitted that he "never could keep up with him".[164] Teller also said "von Neumann would carry on a conversation with my 3-year-old son, and the two of them would talk as equals, and I sometimes wondered if he used the same principle when he talked to the rest of us."[165] When George Dantzig brought von Neumann an unsolved problem in linear programming "as I would to an ordinary mortal", on which there had been no published literature, he was astonished when von Neumann said "Oh, that!", before offhandedly giving a lecture of over an hour, explaining how to solve the problem using the hitherto unconceived theory of duality.[166]

George Pólya, whose lectures at ETH Zürich von Neumann attended as a student, said "Johnny was the only student I was ever afraid of. If in the course of a lecture I stated an unsolved problem, the chances were he'd come to me at the end of the lecture with the complete solution scribbled on a slip of paper."[168] Halmos recounts a story told by Nicholas Metropolis, concerning the speed of von Neumann's calculations, when somebody asked von Neumann to solve the famous fly puzzle:[169]

Two bicyclists start 20 miles apart and head toward each other, each going at a steady rate of 10 mph. At the same time a fly that travels at a steady 15 mph starts from the front wheel of the southbound bicycle and flies to the front wheel of the northbound one, then turns around and flies to the front wheel of the southbound one again, and continues in this manner till he is crushed between the two front wheels. Question: what total distance did the fly cover? The slow way to find the answer is to calculate what distance the fly covers on the first, northbound, leg of the trip, then on the second, southbound, leg, then on the third, etc., etc., and, finally, to sum the infinite series so obtained. The quick way is to observe that the bicycles meet exactly one hour after their start, so that the fly had just an hour for his travels; the answer must therefore be 15 miles. When the question was put to von Neumann, he solved it in an instant, and thereby disappointed the questioner: "Oh, you must have heard the trick before!" "What trick?" asked von Neumann, "All I did was sum the geometric series."
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Postby saranclaps » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:23 pm

One episode that was written but never filmed for the first half of season 3 would have been an episode called "Mr. Monk Is At Sea". The premise would have been that Monk and Sharona would investigate a murder committed on a cruise ship. A script was made for the episode, but it was never filmed because no cruise line was willing to loan a ship to the production crew to use for shooting, out of sensitivity to the idea of murders being committed on-board or people falling overboard. They refused to budge even when the victim count was reduced and the killer's identity was changed. This script became considered the series' "white whale" or 126th episode. It only came to light in early 2014, when it was rewritten and published by Hy Conrad as Mr. Monk Gets on Board, which maintains most of the original plot, but substitutes Natalie for Sharona, and adds in a subplot involving a book collector.
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Postby nite69 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:04 am

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Postby chowder julius » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:35 pm

Herobuilders, a manufacturer of action figures, rushed to produce a doll representing Wilbanks, wearing a jogging suit bearing the slogan "Vegas baby".[11] It came with a small towel, to put over the doll's head, to model how she appeared on TV when in the custody of Albuquerque Police.

Wilbanks has inspired a "Runaway Bride" action figure and a hot sauce called "Jennifer's High Tailin' Hot Sauce". An auction on eBay of a slice of toast carved with a likeness of Wilbanks closed with a winning bid of $15,400.[12]


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Postby Autarch » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:50 pm

posted this in the flag thread but it belongs here too.

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Postby mañana » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:46 am

Can somebody please help me interpret this Steely Dan graph

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Postby lefthandshake » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:46 pm

the witcher 2:

The game was also criticized for what Rock, Paper, Shotgun characterized as gratuitous nudity, especially in the topless scene of the character Maria Louisa La Valette, who is said to show "brazen breasts" while being threatened with torture, her breasts sexualizing a scene that should be gravely serious. Other critics felt the scene was simply being realistic, in that a woman in the real world who is about to be tortured would probably have bare breasts.
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Postby Pace » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:37 pm

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When you lay it all out like that it's a pretty convincing programme.
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Postby rilkean » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:24 pm

David Tibet, the soul man of Current 93, often participated in making and producing several records by a number of industrial bands individually or in the name of Current 93. Those industrial bands include the Nurse With Wound, Coil, and some labels producing industrial noise music, such as Dark Vinyl. Among many important figures of the main line of industrial noise music, the network among David Tibet, Steven Stapleton and John Balance is an indispensable one. These people are proficient in various related musical styles from dark ambient to industrial noise music. They sometimes acquired knowledge from each other when working together, thus it is easy to see that in the music of David Tibet/Current 93, there are mainly two important genres of underground industrial music including ambient music and dark industry. These mixed styles of music represents the development of the industrial noise music. At the same time, as David Tibet used to be a member of Death in June, which is a band of death folk, the band Current 93 also has some works of neo-folk which are truly related to Death. It is not tough to see that the music created by David Tibet/Current 93 is a production mingled with industrial music, death folk and dark ambient music.
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Postby rilkean » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:24 pm

david tibet: soul man
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Postby mascotte » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:47 pm

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Postby Spooky Jim » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:08 pm

This puts Mortal Kombat to shame:

Ellie Rovella of Gilbert, Arizona launched a grass-roots campaign against the game after her 11-year-old son bought and played the Genesis version of Primal Rage and executed Chaos' golden shower/urination fatality.


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Postby dan » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:07 pm

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

In Japan, belief in the toilet god or kawaya kami served a dual purpose. Most bodily wastes were collected and used as fertilizers, ensuring a higher overall level of sanitation than in other countries where wastes were stored in cesspits or otherwise disposed of. Toilets were often dark and unpleasant places where the user was at some risk of falling in and drowning. The protection of the toilet god was therefore sought to avoid such an unsanitary fate.[1]
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Postby uncleoswald » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:42 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Married..._with_Children_characters

Another running joke used throughout the series is that being a shoe salesman of ladies shoes, Al makes minimal wage and that even homeless bums living in the streets make more money in one day by begging than him. In the episode "How Bleen Was My Kelly", Al uses a desktop computer to find how much money he makes on a daily basis and learns that he makes less than a local paperboy. By using the computer's search engine, Al learns that everyone around the world, from a dirt vendor in Pakistan to an Eskimo blubber chewer in Nome, Alaska, makes more money in one day than Al does by selling women's shoes, except for one person, Peggy. Mostly Al's salary and never sold a shoe is because he always ended up offending and insulting a lot of women's customers that leaves the store. That is why he was never promoted or gotten a raise. Why his pay is lousy, because of his shoe sales.
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Postby hbb » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:06 am

Monkey Business is an American yacht built for the use of the Turnberry Isle Resort Marina in southern Florida. It is best known for its role in scuttling the campaign of Gary Hart for President of the United States.


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Postby mascotte » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:56 am

Fashion blogs can be categorized in a number of ways:

Trends & contemporary fashion
Devil’s Advocate
Busted Myths
True Confessions
Outrageous Claims
Conspiracy Theories etc.
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Postby donna martin » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:25 am

In an interview with Billboard magazine in September 2015, Fallon explained that his finger still had limited mobility and that another surgery would be required. He reiterated this point at the 67th Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015, where he appeared in public without his finger bandaged for the first time. His face is extremely similar to the face of Turkish revolutionary Mahir Çayan.


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Postby Bartatua » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:29 am

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Postby surly » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:48 am

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Postby number none » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:31 am

Emu War still the greatest wiki page of all time
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Postby Bartatua » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:21 pm

WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler:

Nemeth has been a fan of professional wrestling since he was five years old, when he attended a wrestling event at the Richfield Coliseum and decided to become a professional wrestler at age 12.[11][13] His younger brother, Ryan, is also a professional wrestler who previously worked with WWE and wrestled in NXT under the ring name Briley Pierce.[273] He and Ryan also have a younger brother named Donald (nicknamed "Donny"[274]), who was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and robbery for his role in a botched robbery attempt that led to the murder of a former marine in January of 2016.
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Postby office plant » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:32 am

Boardshorts are normally longer than many shorts or form-fitting speedo styles of swimwear, and often (other than the waist) they have a loose or baggy appearance. The major reason for the extra length is to protect the wearer's legs from wax on the board. Surfboards are covered with a layer of sticky wax, which allows the surfer to stand on the board without slipping off. However, this wax can rip leg hair off a surfer when sitting on the board waiting for waves. Long boardshorts cover the back of the leg when sitting on the board, preventing the wax from ripping out the leg hair. The length of boardshorts is also affected by fashion trends; the length can range from mid-thigh (old school) to below the knee, covering the entire knee. In the 2000s, boardshorts were often worn low in the back, exposing the top of the buttocks.Many designs of board shorts use vibrant color, striking patterns including Hawaiian floral images, and highlighted stitching; however not all boardshorts have these features.
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Postby futurist » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:44 pm

from a film synopsis on letterboxd:

Sexual Matrix 2000 Directed by Udo Blass
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“Sexual Matrix” is about a matrix that is sexual.
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Postby Spooky Jim » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:01 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gibson_(percussionist)

An unsung Soul artist, Henry felt he had more than paid his dues. In his later years, he was less and less content with being a sideman and began asserting himself as the main attraction, placing his percussion at the forefront of shows. He was known for getting upset with audiences in noisy venues — after demanding their silence and full attention, he would instantly regain his focus and proceed to put on spellbinding performances on the bongos.
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Postby rilkean » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:02 pm

Brainfuck is the most famous esoteric programming language, and has inspired the creation of a host of other languages. Due to the fact that the last half of its name is often considered one of the most offensive words in the English language, it is sometimes referred to as brainf***, brainf*ck, brainfsck, b****fuck, brainf**k or BF. This can make it a bit difficult to search for information regarding brainfuck on the web, as the proper name might not be used at all in some articles.
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:42 pm

On July 9, 1993, the prominent Toronto attorney Garry Hoy fell from a window in a playful attempt to demonstrate to a group of new legal interns that the windows of the city's Toronto-Dominion Centre were effectively unbreakable. He had performed the same stunt on several previous occasions – dramatically slamming his body against the window – but this time it popped out of its frame and he fell to his death.
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