Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Cracked)   We can pretty much all agree on Harry Houdini being a badass, but how badass was he?   (cracked.com) divider line 12
    More: Cool, Harry Houdini, sea monsters, badass, average wage, Christian Bale, stuntman, Boston Harbor  
•       •       •

8966 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 03 Feb 2013 at 4:05 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2013-02-03 06:25:25 PM  
3 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Houdini was Chuck Norris before Chuck Norris was Chuck Norris

/Chuck Norris


Chuck Norris is a conservative, bible-beating fundamentalist Christian and is not worthy of any of the badassery of that stupid farking meme.
2013-02-04 02:35:25 AM  
2 votes:

blue_2501: TimeCubeFan: He was the original James Randi, and I am a fan of both.

/skeptic

The problem with James Randi is that he's as fanatical that he's right about everything as some of the people he tries to de-fraud. It's like the difference between an agnostic and an atheist. An agnostic doesn't believe in anything either way. An atheist BELIEVES that no gods exist, just as strongly as a theist believes that a god does exist. You have to be open-minded as a scientist, but also accept the facts as they stand.

His handling of Gary Schwartz' Afterlife Experiments seemed to showcase this pretty well, and that whole "$1 Million Challenge" was just f'king stupid. Nobody is going to willingly walk into a biased trap like that. Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of cold reader frauds out there, but the (potentially) real mediums deserve some further experimentation and study. You can't tell me that multiple mediums giving out exceptional details for ten minutes in a double-blind experiment before the medium even hears anything about/from the person isn't an astounding set of data that deserves more attention.


Butthurt much, cultist?
2013-02-04 10:42:17 AM  
1 votes:

rdalton: blue_2501: TimeCubeFan: He was the original James Randi, and I am a fan of both.

/skeptic

The problem with James Randi is that he's as fanatical that he's right about everything as some of the people he tries to de-fraud. It's like the difference between an agnostic and an atheist. An agnostic doesn't believe in anything either way. An atheist BELIEVES that no gods exist, just as strongly as a theist believes that a god does exist. You have to be open-minded as a scientist, but also accept the facts as they stand.

His handling of Gary Schwartz' Afterlife Experiments seemed to showcase this pretty well, and that whole "$1 Million Challenge" was just f'king stupid. Nobody is going to willingly walk into a biased trap like that. Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of cold reader frauds out there, but the (potentially) real mediums deserve some further experimentation and study. You can't tell me that multiple mediums giving out exceptional details for ten minutes in a double-blind experiment before the medium even hears anything about/from the person isn't an astounding set of data that deserves more attention.

You realize that the psychic and the JREF work together on designing the experiment.  It's not the JREF saying 'this is the only proof we'll accept'.  The experiment is designed around what the medium claims to be his/her gift.  Each test is individually designed.  The do have some standard test they use for standard claims like dowsing.

The psychic agrees to the experiment before they begin.


The usual bs I hear is that there are dozens of "true" psychics, you've never heard of them but they won't accept such conditions.... Like schmendrick the magician they just say "magic do as you will" and it works every time... Except when naysayers are around harshing the good waves.
2013-02-03 10:11:26 PM  
1 votes:

Last Man on Earth: I know it's only a list of three, but it still fails when it doesn't mention his work kicking the asses of mediums and similar frauds.  Dude got pissed about them after his mother died.


He apparently left a code word with his wife before he died so that if any mediums (media) claimed to contact him, she could prove they were frauds.
2013-02-03 08:58:32 PM  
1 votes:
I actually respect the fact that he took his work seriously enough to assault imitators.

No one has that kind of ethic anymore.
2013-02-03 07:27:57 PM  
1 votes:

Revenge of the Muttonstache: Jumpin Jbot: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Houdini was Chuck Norris before Chuck Norris was Chuck Norris

/Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a conservative, bible-beating fundamentalist Christian and is not worthy of any of the badassery of that stupid farking meme.

I hope that whole "roundhouse to the face" thing works out for you.


I ain't worried about a "roundhouse to the face" from a 72 year old Chuck Norris.
2013-02-03 05:53:26 PM  
1 votes:

RoyHobbs22: Badass?  Didn't he die from a punch to the stomach?


Most people with an inflamed appendix just double over and go to the hospital.  He went to a fan and said, "Sure, hit it, its cool."
2013-02-03 05:31:01 PM  
1 votes:
He was badass enough for Harry Dresden to be named after him.

And that is badass <i>enough</i>.
2013-02-03 05:23:49 PM  
1 votes:
Bit of a cheapshot at Ryan Dunn at the end, but he sorta deserves it, the drunk driving fark
2013-02-03 04:57:13 PM  
1 votes:

Last Man on Earth: I know it's only a list of three, but it still fails when it doesn't mention his work kicking the asses of mediums and similar frauds.  Dude got pissed about them after his mother died.


Supposedly true story. The wife if Arthur Conan Doyle wanted to prove to Houdini that she was a gifted medium and could summon the summon the spirit of his dead mother. For the sake of his friendship with Arthur, he indulged her and participated in a seance. It lasted until Mrs Doyle stated channeling dead Momma Houdini, speaking to him from beyond the grave. Houdini angrily announced that his German mother didn't speak a word of English and stormed out.
2013-02-03 04:43:26 PM  
1 votes:
He was the original James Randi, and I am a fan of both.

/skeptic
2013-02-03 04:39:49 PM  
1 votes:
I know it's only a list of three, but it still fails when it doesn't mention his work kicking the asses of mediums and similar frauds.  Dude got pissed about them after his mother died.
 
Displayed 12 of 12 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report