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(Buzzfeed)   Important men in history you probably didn't know about. Finally, a shout out for Tim Berners-Lee   ( buzzfeed.com) divider line
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2012-05-27 08:29:47 AM  
And here I thought the only person named Cordell was Walker Texas Ranger.

/The more you know.
 
2012-05-27 08:29:55 AM  
All men, huh?

Because history didn't have enough of them.

/oblig
 
2012-05-27 08:40:20 AM  
Isn't that interesting? No. No, it's not.
 
2012-05-27 08:41:16 AM  
Musashi talked a good game, but he was probably a con-artist. There really isn't anything to back up most of the claims he made. He wouldn't have been the only ex-samurai/demobilized peasant-soldier who tried to capitalize on his experiences by running a dojo or writing training manuals in the early Tokugawa period, and he certainly wasn't the only one trying to do so by making inflated claims about his personal exploits.
 
2012-05-27 08:47:28 AM  
Knew half. Not impressed by list. And the statue of Mushashi shows him with 2 swords but only one in use, while his technique was called "the 2-sword technique". And no chicks. FAIL.
 
2012-05-27 08:52:22 AM  

mat catastrophe: All men, huh?


Unsurprising, given the title of the article is "Important men in history".

/yes, I know what you meant
 
2012-05-27 09:00:02 AM  
The East-German newsreporter thing is false. It was a confused spokesman who relaid the news to East-German press (broadcast live). The press asked him "From when is the border open?" and he answered "*fumbles with papers* *looks confused* Now I guess.".

So people lined up, even though the borders weren't open. Eventually, a named, borderguard just opened the gate, and that was that.
 
2012-05-27 09:04:06 AM  
I didn't know there was a patron saint for wolves.
 
2012-05-27 09:04:47 AM  
The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.
 
2012-05-27 09:12:46 AM  
Important Men In History You Probably Didn't Know About

All men! Psha!
 
2012-05-27 09:44:45 AM  
Cordell Hull could also be called Roosevelt's actual VP. The VPs he had were never included in any major way to the running of the nation, but Hull was exceptionally close to the President. It's the reason that John Nance Garner is remembered only for saying that the Vice Presidency was "not worth a bucket of warm piss," though you may know it as the edited version that was rewritten for history: spit, not piss.
 
2012-05-27 09:48:15 AM  
If there were some coherent thread between these people, then I wouldn't worry too much about them all being men. There are probably a number of topics for which most of the contributors during a certain period were men. Or women. Or from a particular ethnic group. But this collection is completely random. The levels of obscurity and importance vary widely, and nothing makes these ten stand out over thousands of others who could have made the list. So the complaint about all men seems pretty valid. But the bigger complaint: why was time wasted writing, posting, or reading this list? (or commenting upon it? me included?)
 
2012-05-27 09:49:14 AM  

2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.


In 1990 most politicians wouldnt have known any difference between the internet and a pocket calculator.

Al Gore got funding through, which did help universities (one of which I was a network operator at) invest in more networking connections, helped companies get on line and kind of helped jump start the whole thing. Would it have happened anyway? Probably. But it helped.

Idiot Fox News Asswits who were not around the internet in 1990 (other than mayyyybe downloading porn off the geek kids BBS) made up this lie, and it stuck. Repeating it makes you a Fox news asswit know nothing historical liar. And you should feel bad about yourself.


// Most politicians in 1990 had zero idea about funding. Gore was a "good guy" for a few years, wanted to buy geeks toys without meddling too much, unlike his wife who wanted to censor rock music. If he'd stuck to funding DARPA instead of the environment, his career might have stayed more on track.

FOX news syncophants should bash their heads in with rocks til they make noises that sound less stupid than they do now.
 
2012-05-27 10:10:21 AM  

2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.


This is my standard response, when people go there: Al Gore and the internet by Robert Khan and Vinton Cerf.
That usually shuts them up.
 
2012-05-27 10:29:47 AM  
This list fails to include my personal hero- the Scientist Pirate William Dampier!

I recommend his biography, A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, for all those who can't decide on their future.
 
2012-05-27 10:36:03 AM  
What's even better is the linked list of most important nude celebrity leaked pics. It has boobies AND weiners, so there's something for everyone!!
 
2012-05-27 10:38:57 AM  
ignaz Semmelweis should be on there
 
2012-05-27 10:42:28 AM  
And another list that leaves off Philo Farnsworth. RCA approves.
 
2012-05-27 11:02:59 AM  

2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.


You'll get over it.
 
2012-05-27 11:14:41 AM  
7. Fighting Jack Churchill

A British soldier who lived through WWII and fought on the front lines using only a longbow, arrows and a Scottish broadsword called a Claymore. (Claymores are typically about 4 and a half feet long.) After WWII, he joined up with a branch of the British Army called the Seafort Highlanders and once coordinated the evacuation of 700 people from a hospital that had come under attack in Jerusalem.


Yeah, nothing like letting other people do the actual work of fighting.
 
2012-05-27 11:39:00 AM  

spawn73: The East-German newsreporter thing is false. It was a confused spokesman who relaid the news to East-German press (broadcast live). The press asked him "From when is the border open?" and he answered "*fumbles with papers* *looks confused* Now I guess.".

So people lined up, even though the borders weren't open. Eventually, a named, borderguard just opened the gate, and that was that.


Further, Herr Friedrichs was a WEST German TV news reporter who wasn't even there.
 
2012-05-27 11:59:10 AM  
That's Sir Tim Berners-Lee to you.
 
2012-05-27 12:18:17 PM  

GoldSpider: 2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.

You'll get over it.


Why should anyone have to get over a dumb lie?
 
2012-05-27 12:21:53 PM  
Even though Al Gore didn't invent the internet as he claimed, he still should be on the list for inventing Global Warming Hypocrisy.

Fly those jets Al, live in those big houses with just you and Tipper, your carbon emissions don't count.
 
2012-05-27 12:27:05 PM  

Dansker: 2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.

This is my standard response, when people go there: Al Gore and the internet by Robert Khan and Vinton Cerf.
That usually shuts them up.


Why? they just claimed that Gore was the tallest midget in the circus. "no other politician did more". so? that isn't taking the initiative to create the internet.
 
2012-05-27 12:31:50 PM  
Did JFK go to the moon? Then obviously he had nothing to do with NASA.
 
2012-05-27 12:33:08 PM  

2wolves: Why should anyone have to get over a dumb lie?


I suppose if you have nothing more pressing to worry about in life, good for you. I'm just saying that butthurt doesn't have to be a chronic condition.
 
2012-05-27 12:46:38 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Knew half. Not impressed by list. And the statue of Mushashi shows him with 2 swords but only one in use, while his technique was called "the 2-sword technique". And no chicks. FAIL.


If you look at it, its not a sword. There was supposedly a dual out on an island were he showed up with a bokken and killed the guy with it. I think that is what the sculpture shows.
 
2012-05-27 12:51:42 PM  

GoldSpider: 2wolves: Why should anyone have to get over a dumb lie?

I suppose if you have nothing more pressing to worry about in life, good for you. I'm just saying that butthurt doesn't have to be a chronic condition.


At what level does historical revisionism register with you?
 
2012-05-27 01:02:58 PM  

2wolves: At what level does historical revisionism register with you?


For the amount of historical revisionism committed in "Tim Berners-Lee is known by most as the man who invented the modern-day Internet. (Sorry Al Gore.)", it registers somewhere between "zero" and "your outrage is potato-counting retarded".
 
2012-05-27 01:11:56 PM  

GoldSpider: 2wolves: At what level does historical revisionism register with you?

For the amount of historical revisionism committed in "Tim Berners-Lee is known by most as the man who invented the modern-day Internet. (Sorry Al Gore.)", it registers somewhere between "zero" and "your outrage is potato-counting retarded".


You dodged. Wish to try again?
 
2012-05-27 01:16:59 PM  

2wolves: You dodged. Wish to try again?


I'm not particularly interested in enabling a threadjack, so I'll abstain.
 
2012-05-27 03:14:34 PM  
Am I the only one who thinks Rodolfo Gonzales looks like Fred Armisen?
 
2012-05-27 03:25:59 PM  

2wolves: The cheap shot (lie) at Mr. Gore was uncalled for.


You must be a lot of fun at parties.
 
2012-05-27 03:43:39 PM  
GET, PUT, and POST, that's some infarkingcredible invention.
 
2012-05-27 04:06:34 PM  
Knew Musashi, Churchill and Hull.
 
2012-05-27 05:50:47 PM  
Oh look, another dumbass reporter who doesn't understand the difference between the internet and the world wide web.
 
2012-05-27 05:56:01 PM  
spawn73
The East-German newsreporter thing is false. It was a confused spokesman who relaid the news to East-German press (broadcast live). The press asked him "From when is the border open?" and he answered "*fumbles with papers* *looks confused* Now I guess.".


Yeah, if you click through their "source" link which leads to some people search engine, it seems the entry is based ona little youtube clip from the (WEST-German) "Tagesthemen" news where Friedrich reports about the GDR's announcement.
Seems like someone confused this news broadcast with the East German announcement it was reporting on and declared this to be an East German broadcast and thus made Friedrich an "East German anchorman".

clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCDdSXy22ms
 
2012-05-27 06:50:18 PM  
A British soldier who lived through WWII and fought on the front lines using only a longbow, arrows and a Scottish broadsword called a Claymore.

My first thought: That's cool.

Once that initial geek response fades, however, I'm left with the question of... Why?? As awesome as it probably looked to wade into a modern battlefield armed with medieval weaponry, the purpose of a soldier is to kill enemy soldiers, and while I read that he did indeed kill one person with that bow, would it not have been more effective to have, you know, a gun?

As for leading the evacuation, sure, that qualifies him as a hero. The bow thing qualifies him as a rather dangerous eccentric.
 
2012-05-27 07:10:49 PM  

SharkTrager: 7. Fighting Jack Churchill

A British soldier who lived through WWII and fought on the front lines using only a longbow, arrows and a Scottish broadsword called a Claymore. (Claymores are typically about 4 and a half feet long.) After WWII, he joined up with a branch of the British Army called the Seafort Highlanders and once coordinated the evacuation of 700 people from a hospital that had come under attack in Jerusalem.

Yeah, nothing like letting other people do the actual work of fighting.


You should read what you copy & paste before commenting on it.
 
2012-05-27 09:14:24 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Forgotten men of history, you say?
 
2012-05-27 10:42:53 PM  
Cool, Cordell Hull is in here. My cousin's family is directly related to him, and he was from Springfield. never realized he was that big of a deal. His family members used to be called Cordell as a diss. not sure why. Probably some family secret type deal. It'd explain a lot.
 
2012-05-27 10:43:39 PM  
He made valuable contributions towards the establishment of free public education in the state of Texas.

Notice they said "towards" meaning they took steps in that direction, but what Texas provides can't rightly be called "education."
 
2012-05-27 11:01:28 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: SharkTrager: 7. Fighting Jack Churchill

A British soldier who lived through WWII and fought on the front lines using only a longbow, arrows and a Scottish broadsword called a Claymore. (Claymores are typically about 4 and a half feet long.) After WWII, he joined up with a branch of the British Army called the Seafort Highlanders and once coordinated the evacuation of 700 people from a hospital that had come under attack in Jerusalem.

Yeah, nothing like letting other people do the actual work of fighting.

You should read what you copy & paste before commenting on it.


I did, and what he did in WW2 was bullshiat. Including it as if it was anything but is ridiculous.

And the second was hardly attributable to a single man.
 
2012-05-27 11:06:29 PM  
Dennis Ritchie

/never gets any cred
 
2012-05-28 05:02:31 AM  
I would hate to be "repetitively shot with arrows" like Edmund. So farking boring.
 
2012-05-28 07:33:43 AM  

Lord Summerisle: I would hate to be "repetitively shot with arrows" like Edmund. So farking boring.


In before "arrow to the knee" comment :)
 
2012-05-28 10:48:35 AM  
Tim Berners-Lee's invention is nothing more than an Archie client with a rudimentary SGML document reader attached!
 
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