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2013-02-19 12:58:00 PM  
 
2013-02-19 12:58:27 PM  
Deslided

I really hope that woman wasn't allowed to keep her baby after it fell out of a window TWICE.
 
2013-02-19 01:57:59 PM  
They didn't forget to add the twin towers in Deus Ex. They couldn't cram it in due to memory issues.
 
2013-02-19 02:02:03 PM  
Candyman or GTFO!
 
2013-02-19 02:08:43 PM  

Need a Dispenser Here: They didn't forget to add the twin towers in Deus Ex. They couldn't cram it in due to memory issues.


Memory issues?  Never forget!

/too soon?
 
2013-02-19 02:13:01 PM  
My mind remains unblown.
 
2013-02-19 02:19:00 PM  
Some of those were cool!
 
2013-02-19 02:21:13 PM  
 
2013-02-19 02:25:07 PM  
So those are all fake?
 
2013-02-19 02:25:33 PM  
Is it even necessary to call shenanigans on this?
 
2013-02-19 02:26:05 PM  
notable lack of sources
 
2013-02-19 02:26:14 PM  

the dizzle: So those are all fake?


Galloping Galoshes: Is it even necessary to call shenanigans on this?


Yes, yes it is, apparently.
 
2013-02-19 02:28:57 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: notable lack of sources


the last one they had about things you didn't know about people had a few that were fishy, like dr ruth being a sniper.

one really fascinating google session later, i'm willing to give these entries at least the benefit of the doubt.
 
2013-02-19 02:32:08 PM  
So get this dude when the found the bodies Stairway to Heave was playing on the stereo.

/now we have 30 things your high school stoner friend like to talk about
 
2013-02-19 02:32:43 PM  
I missed an "n" in there some where
 
2013-02-19 02:32:51 PM  
I like how they are all in the form of captioned pictures and contain errors. I cannot doubt their veracity at all!
 
2013-02-19 02:33:25 PM  
The twin towers weren't forgotten in DX, they were deliberately omitted to save memory.

/minorpoint
 
2013-02-19 02:36:07 PM  
Psh!  Like Snopes has any credibility at all.  They support none of my wildly held beliefs I purport to be one hundred percent factually true.
 
2013-02-19 02:36:15 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: the dizzle: So those are all fake?

Galloping Galoshes: Is it even necessary to call shenanigans on this?

Yes, yes it is, apparently.


But wikipedia says the Dues Ex thing is real.
 
2013-02-19 02:36:48 PM  
The furnace explosion/choir practice one is apparently true:
http://www.snopes.com/luck/choir.asp
But who knows if they were normally on time anyway.
 
2013-02-19 02:39:45 PM  

mesmer242: The furnace explosion/choir practice one is apparently true:
http://www.snopes.com/luck/choir.asp
But who knows if they were normally on time anyway.


I believe the one that said he was just plain lazy.  The others, not so much.
 
2013-02-19 02:40:06 PM  
Also a coincidence: cramming pictures with writing too small or having color too similar to the background pics to read WTF was written.

DUH DUH DUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
 
2013-02-19 02:42:41 PM  

the dizzle: Galloping Galoshes: the dizzle: So those are all fake?

Galloping Galoshes: Is it even necessary to call shenanigans on this?

Yes, yes it is, apparently.

But wikipedia says the Dues Ex thing is real.


Need a Dispenser Here: They didn't forget to add the twin towers in Deus Ex. They couldn't cram it in due to memory issues.


I'm going with Need a Dispenser Here on this one.
 
2013-02-19 02:43:10 PM  
Did they actually read this one all the way through?

i.crackedcdn.com
 
2013-02-19 02:44:55 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: mesmer242: The furnace explosion/choir practice one is apparently true:
http://www.snopes.com/luck/choir.asp
But who knows if they were normally on time anyway.

I believe the one that said he was just plain lazy.  The others, not so much.


Well, if it really was unusually cold, I can see how some cars wouldn't start and how people would drag their feet getting out the door.

The Oz coat one is true as well - I'd read it before from a reputable source and snopes agrees: http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/ozcoat.asp
 
2013-02-19 02:47:36 PM  
Wiki says the "Carmania" was not disguised as the "Cap Trafalgar." Some accounts were confused.

Still, it was a ship called the Carmania sinking a ship disguised as a ship called the Carmania.
 
2013-02-19 02:57:48 PM  

FarkingReading: Wiki says the "Carmania" was not disguised as the "Cap Trafalgar." Some accounts were confused.

Still, it was a ship called the Carmania sinking a ship disguised as a ship called the Carmania.


Also, apparently Stalin visited Vienna for a few weeks during the period Hitler lived there (1908-1913).  Since Vienna was the capital of the Austrian Empire, it is not surprising that Franz Joseph might be there, although he traveled extensively, and may in fact have been away during those weeks.
 
2013-02-19 02:58:15 PM  

Premeditated_Road_Rage: Need a Dispenser Here: They didn't forget to add the twin towers in Deus Ex. They couldn't cram it in due to memory issues.

Memory issues?  Never forget!

/too soon?


i.imgur.com
NEVER FORGET
 
2013-02-19 03:01:41 PM  
The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.
 
2013-02-19 03:04:26 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: Contrabulous Flabtraption: notable lack of sources

the last one they had about things you didn't know about people had a few that were fishy, like dr ruth being a sniper.

one really fascinating google session later, i'm willing to give these entries at least the benefit of the doubt.


Naw, it was Mr. Rogers that was a marine sniper. Had a tattoo on his forearm for every confirmed kill. That's why he had to wear the sweaters.

Oh, and captain Kangaroo helped take Iwo. Single handedly bayonetted fitty Japs.
 
2013-02-19 03:04:34 PM  
i171.photobucket.com
COINCIDENCE?
 
2013-02-19 03:06:19 PM  

fruitloop: [i171.photobucket.com image 698x93]
COINCIDENCE?


Mind=Blown
 
2013-02-19 03:08:14 PM  

the dizzle: Galloping Galoshes: the dizzle: So those are all fake?

Galloping Galoshes: Is it even necessary to call shenanigans on this?

Yes, yes it is, apparently.

But wikipedia says the Dues Ex thing is real.


Yeah, it was one of the earliest examples of memory limitations altering the game's lore, along with the entire moonbase mission being scrapped.  The devs set out to recreate Liberty Island true to life, but the texture size limitation on most video cards meant that you usually had to have a repeating skybox texture for it to have any real definition at all.  There simply was no way to put in the Twin Towers and make them both unique on the skyline AND anything but a vague blur.  Since the Statue of Liberty was already supposed to have been decapitated by a terrorist bomb attack, the Warren Spector and Harvey Smith decided that they could attribute other missing New York landmarks to more acts of terrorism.

To be fair though, it wasn't really a major plot point.  In-game lore references it very briefly in a pityingly small number of in-game text items that you'll only find if you explore every single corner of the game and read every newspaper and book scattered on a desk or buried under a trash bag.
 
2013-02-19 03:16:49 PM  
My cat's breath smells like cat food.
 
2013-02-19 03:24:03 PM  
the calls are coming from inside the house
 
2013-02-19 03:25:49 PM  

Fano: buttery_shame_cave: Contrabulous Flabtraption: notable lack of sources

the last one they had about things you didn't know about people had a few that were fishy, like dr ruth being a sniper.

one really fascinating google session later, i'm willing to give these entries at least the benefit of the doubt.

Naw, it was Mr. Rogers that was a marine sniper. Had a tattoo on his forearm for every confirmed kill. That's why he had to wear the sweaters.

Oh, and captain Kangaroo helped take Iwo. Single handedly bayonetted fitty Japs.


pretty sure fred rogers was a navy SEAL who turned to ministry to make up for the kids he murdered in 'nam....
 
2013-02-19 03:37:11 PM  
That WTC one is crazy; about as crazy as this one:

The band  I Am The World Trade Center, released their first album in July 2001. The 11th Track was titled September.

Citation Needed
 
2013-02-19 03:50:58 PM  
Released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Recalled and issued with a new cover.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-19 03:52:21 PM  

Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.


Also, OH MY GOD, PEOPLE REUSE NAMES! It's like, a tradition, or something!!!
 
2013-02-19 04:02:28 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.

Also, OH MY GOD, PEOPLE REUSE NAMES! It's like, a tradition, or something!!!


Yeah, this one is interesting example of how things can be true and misleading, considering the number of emperors with the names Romulus, Augustus, or some variation thereof.
 
2013-02-19 04:26:10 PM  
This is a Cracked photoplasty contest so all of these images are reader submitted. First place is like $20 or something. This was a weird topic because usually they're your traditional Photoshop contests a la fark (e.g. Photoshop a scene from a PG movie to make it R rated).
 
2013-02-19 04:37:15 PM  

IwasKloot: This is a Cracked photoplasty contest so all of these images are reader submitted. First place is like $20 or something. This was a weird topic because usually they're your traditional Photoshop contests a la fark (e.g. Photoshop a scene from a PG movie to make it R rated).


That is too coincidental to be random.
 
2013-02-19 04:38:41 PM  
I can feel it coming in the air tonight.
 
2013-02-19 05:06:49 PM  

Need a Dispenser Here: They didn't forget to add the twin towers in Deus Ex. They couldn't cram it in due to memory issues.


This one is better:

www.snopes.com
 
2013-02-19 05:13:49 PM  
Can someone explain #6? During WWII there was an archaeologist. Then some thing happened. How is that a coincidence?
 
2013-02-19 05:38:01 PM  
In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey: husband, father, pharmacist and all around gentleman resident of Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill: Green/Berry/Hill.

As reported in the Reno Gazette, June of 1983, there is the story of a fire, the water that it took to contain the fire, and a scuba diver named Delmer Darion, employee of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. Engaged as a blackjack dealer, well-liked and well-regarded as a physical, recreational and sporting sort, Delmer's true passion was for the lake. As reported by the coroner, Delmer died of a heart attack somewhere between the lake and the tree. A most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen, volunteer firefighter, estranged father of four and a poor tendency to drink. Mr. Hansen was the pilot of the plane that quite accidentally lifted Delmer Darion out of the water. Added to this, Mr. Hansen's tortured life met before with Delmer Darion just two nights previous. The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large, Craig Hansen took his life.

The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen-year-old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide. To explain: the suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine-story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each other with a shotgun, or one of the many handguns kept in the house. And when the shotgun accidentaly went off, Sydney just happend to pass. Added to this, the two tenants turned out to be: Faye and Arthur Barringer, Sydney's mother and Sydney's father. When confronted with the charge, which took some figuring out for the officers on the scene of the crime, Faye Barringer swore that she did not know that the gun was loaded. A young boy who lived in the building, sometimes a visitor and friend to Sydney Barringer, said that he had seen, six days prior, the loading of the shotgun. It seems that the arguing and the fighting and all of the violence was far too much for Sydney Barringer, and knowing his mother and father's tendency to fight, he decided to do something. Sydney Barringer jumps from the ninth floor rooftop. His parents argue three stories below. Her accidental shotgun blast hits Sydney in the stomach as he passes the arguing sixth-floor window. He is killed instantly but continues to fall, only to find, three stories below, a safety net installed three days prior for a set of window washers that would have broken his fall and saved his life if not for the hole in his stomach. So Faye Barringer was charged with the murder of her son, and Sydney Barringer noted as an accomplice in his own death.

/these strange things happen all the time.
 
2013-02-19 05:38:16 PM  

mcmnky: Can someone explain #6? During WWII there was an archaeologist. Then some thing happened. How is that a coincidence?


The archaeologist opened a tomb of an ancient conqueror of Russia. The tomb had an inscription that said that who ever opened it would unleash a great invasion. Two days later the Nazis launched their invasion of Russia.
 
2013-02-19 05:45:47 PM  

Gaddiel: mcmnky: Can someone explain #6? During WWII there was an archaeologist. Then some thing happened. How is that a coincidence?

The archaeologist opened a tomb of an ancient conqueror of Russia. The tomb had an inscription that said that who ever opened it would unleash a great invasion. Two days later the Nazis launched their invasion of Russia.


sounds like the start for a time travel movie that involves pissed off Russian ghosts
 
2013-02-19 06:15:31 PM  

DiabloCanyonOne: Mike Chewbacca: Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.

Also, OH MY GOD, PEOPLE REUSE NAMES! It's like, a tradition, or something!!!

Yeah, this one is interesting example of how things can be true and misleading, considering the number of emperors with the names Romulus, Augustus, or some variation thereof.


Well...not to put too fine a point on it...no other emperor whose name I've ever seen (and I'm pretty sure I've seen them all) had either Romulus or Augustulus as a name.  Romulus was a king, and those crazy Romans, who sweated under emperors for 500 years, maintained an anti-monarchical bias to the end.  "Augustulus" means "little Augustus."  So the combination of "Romulus, First King of the Romans" and "little Auggie" was actually very insulting.

No other emperor ever had the name Augustus either; instead, after the original, it was a title.  You were "THE Augustus," rather than "Augustus."  But you had a separate name, or list of names.  (You could make the argument that the first one also used it as a title, rather than his actual name, but he was never addressed as anything other than Augustus once he assumed the name; in his case it was sort of both title and name.)

All in all, the name "Romulus Augustulus" was very strange.  It was kind of, "OK, we're going to put this dope on the throne as our puppet" (he was an imbecile with no power) "so let's give him the stupidest name possible."  Not surprisingly, he didn't last long, and in fact, considering how crass and cynical the imperial puppet-masters had become, it was no surprise that this was the end of the charade of empire in the west altogether.  Some people stepped in who put the puppet masters' heads on pikes and ran the show themselves.

/yes I'm a bore
 
2013-02-19 06:19:22 PM  

Uzzah: In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey: husband, father, pharmacist and all around gentleman resident of Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill: Green/Berry/Hill.

As reported in the Reno Gazette, June of 1983, there is the story of a fire, the water that it took to contain the fire, and a scuba diver named Delmer Darion, employee of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. Engaged as a blackjack dealer, well-liked and well-regarded as a physical, recreational and sporting sort, Delmer's true passion was for the lake. As reported by the coroner, Delmer died of a heart attack somewhere between the lake and the tree. A most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen, volunteer firefighter, estranged father of four and a poor tendency to drink. Mr. Hansen was the pilot of the plane that quite accidentally lifted Delmer Darion out of the water. Added to this, Mr. Hansen's tortured life met before with Delmer Darion just two nights previous. The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large, Craig Hansen took his life.

The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen-year-old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide. To explain: the suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine-story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each other w ...


Yeah I'll believe that when it rains frogs.
 
2013-02-19 06:29:15 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Did they actually read this one all the way through?

[i.crackedcdn.com image 321x496]


Except for the vulgar quote, this one is actually true - as I suspect the rest are.
 
2013-02-19 06:44:02 PM  
I wish I were a 3D video game developer, or at least someone who plays such games a lot, because then I might understand what the term "skybox" means when presented entirely devoid of context, as it was here.
 In what way is "death could come at any time" a reasonable topic for an Astronomy lecture?


I don't get the Jack the Ripper one.

/cue Sting singing about events many miles way in a dark Scottish lake
 
2013-02-19 06:49:02 PM  
I feel bad, but I read this as mind-blowing condolences.
 
2013-02-19 06:56:49 PM  

poot_rootbeer: In what way is "death could come at any time" a reasonable topic for an Astronomy lecture?


Back when we were first discovering how hostile the universe is, and how fragile our position is, it was a popular subject. Now everyone prefers to not think about it.

But that's not to say i take that or anything else in this photoshop contest as 100% fact.
 
2013-02-19 07:05:50 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Deslided

I really hope that woman wasn't allowed to keep her baby after it fell out of a window TWICE.


Why during the Great Depression babies fell out of windows all the time. In 1934 my grand pappy fell out of a window onto F.D.R. on two non consecutive occasions.
 
2013-02-19 07:06:33 PM  

poot_rootbeer: I might understand what the term "skybox" means when presented entirely devoid of context, as it was here.


You place a "box" over the entire game area, then apply the sky texture on the inside.  Think of it like the Truman Show.  From the inside it appears that you can see sky in all directions, but you're really looking at the inside of a box with sky painted on it.
 
2013-02-19 07:16:58 PM  

poot_rootbeer: I wish I were a 3D video game developer, or at least someone who plays such games a lot, because then I might understand what the term "skybox" means when presented entirely devoid of context, as it was here.


I wish we had a massive computer network, complete with sites dedicated to collecting and sharing human knowledge, so that, were I confused about some technical term or other, I could simply run a search and find out what it means.

What's that?  We do? Well, hot damn.
 
2013-02-19 07:23:48 PM  

insano: Uzzah: In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey: husband, father, pharmacist and all around gentleman resident of Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill: Green/Berry/Hill.

As reported in the Reno Gazette, June of 1983, there is the story of a fire, the water that it took to contain the fire, and a scuba diver named Delmer Darion, employee of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. Engaged as a blackjack dealer, well-liked and well-regarded as a physical, recreational and sporting sort, Delmer's true passion was for the lake. As reported by the coroner, Delmer died of a heart attack somewhere between the lake and the tree. A most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen, volunteer firefighter, estranged father of four and a poor tendency to drink. Mr. Hansen was the pilot of the plane that quite accidentally lifted Delmer Darion out of the water. Added to this, Mr. Hansen's tortured life met before with Delmer Darion just two nights previous. The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large, Craig Hansen took his life.

The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen-year-old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide. To explain: the suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine-story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each othe ...


What, no Hume Gilly?
 
2013-02-19 07:26:06 PM  

Uzzah: In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey: husband, father, pharmacist and all around gentleman resident of Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill: Green/Berry/Hill.

As reported in the Reno Gazette, June of 1983, there is the story of a fire, the water that it took to contain the fire, and a scuba diver named Delmer Darion, employee of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. Engaged as a blackjack dealer, well-liked and well-regarded as a physical, recreational and sporting sort, Delmer's true passion was for the lake. As reported by the coroner, Delmer died of a heart attack somewhere between the lake and the tree. A most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen, volunteer firefighter, estranged father of four and a poor tendency to drink. Mr. Hansen was the pilot of the plane that quite accidentally lifted Delmer Darion out of the water. Added to this, Mr. Hansen's tortured life met before with Delmer Darion just two nights previous. The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large, Craig Hansen took his life.

The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen-year-old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide. To explain: the suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine-story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each other w ...


Came for this.

//havn't watched it in a looooong time
///coincidence?
 
2013-02-19 07:31:41 PM  

Uzzah: /these strange things happen all the time.


Magnolia - The film where everyone is connected to everyone else, except for two people and just as they are about to meet, the frogs start landing.
 
2013-02-19 07:36:02 PM  

Kibbler: No other emperor ever had the name Augustus either; instead, after the original, it was a title.  You were "THE Augustus," rather than "Augustus."  But you had a separate name, or list of names.  (You could make the argument that the first one also used it as a title, rather than his actual name, but he was never addressed as anything other than Augustus once he assumed the name; in his case it was sort of both title and name.)


You could make the argument that Octavian took the name Augustus.  Is that what you meant by "after the original?"  I mean, after all, he named a month after Julius, and then named the next month after himself.
 
2013-02-19 07:50:37 PM  

Kibbler: DiabloCanyonOne: Mike Chewbacca: Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.

Also, OH MY GOD, PEOPLE REUSE NAMES! It's like, a tradition, or something!!!

Yeah, this one is interesting example of how things can be true and misleading, considering the number of emperors with the names Romulus, Augustus, or some variation thereof.

Well...not to put too fine a point on it...no other emperor whose name I've ever seen (and I'm pretty sure I've seen them all) had either Romulus or Augustulus as a name.  Romulus was a king, and those crazy Romans, who sweated under emperors for 500 years, maintained an anti-monarchical bias to the end.  "Augustulus" means "little Augustus."  So the combination of "Romulus, First King of the Romans" and "little Auggie" was actually very insulting.

No other emperor ever had the name Augustus either; instead, after the original, it was a title.  You were "THE Augustus," rather than "Augustus."  But you had a separate name, or list of names.  (You could make the argument that the first one also used it as a title, rather than his actual name, but he was never addressed as anything other than Augustus once he assumed the name; in his case it was sort of both title and name.)

All in all, the name "Romulus Augustulus" was very strange.  It was kind of, "OK, we're going to put this dope on the throne as our puppet" (he was an imbecile with no power) "so let's give him the stupidest name possible."  Not surprisingly, he didn't last long, and in fact, considering how crass and cynical the imperial puppet-masters had become, it was no surprise that this was the end of the charade of empire in the west altogether.  Some people stepped in who put the puppet masters' heads on pikes and ran the show themselves.

/yes I'm a bore


Yes, both Caesar (aka czar and Kaiser) and Augustus became titles. It's sort of like if we'd decided that instead of having a president, we'd have a Washington, and then pitching a fit when Washington [insert random first name here] George became the last Washington to rule America before her downfall in 2153.

/coincidentally, George Washington's family has a lot of "Augustines" in it. His, dad, great-granddad, and great-great-granddad. Augustine Washington is a distant cousin of mine. I'm special!
 
2013-02-19 07:53:09 PM  
I met another guy named "Steve" once. Don't bother checking Snopes, though. The government hushed it up
 
2013-02-19 07:59:51 PM  

Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.


They also left out Romulus' twin brother, Remus.
 
2013-02-19 08:22:24 PM  
Bob Geldof was having dinner with his agent and they were talking about him being offered the lead in Pink Floyd's The Wall movie. They finished dinner and then went outside and flagged a taxi. In the taxi Bob Geldof went on about how he didn't want to do the movie and how much he hated Pink Floyd. When the cab driver finished his shift he called his brother and told him what Geldof had been saying. The cab driver's brother was Roger Waters. Now that's a coincidence.
 
2013-02-19 08:33:16 PM  

I Mash Grains: I can feel it coming in the air tonight.


HAH!
 
2013-02-19 09:33:38 PM  
This happened in the late 60s.

Snow day. No school. I was 10 or 11, old enough to be home alone for the day. Mom was the office mgr/bookkeeper for the family business. Telephone co. guy comes to the door and says "are you John Buck?"

"Uh, yeah."

"We're here to hook up your telephone."

I'll cut to the chase. Told him I was only 10 years old, and did NOT order a telephone installation. Turns out we had new neighbors who had just moved in next door, with the same first and last name as me. They also had a newborn boy...with the same name as me. We all became good friends.  They came to my Dad's 90th birthday party last October.
 
2013-02-19 09:46:52 PM  

fruitloop: [i171.photobucket.com image 698x93]
COINCIDENCE?


That's pretty ironic.
 
2013-02-19 09:58:01 PM  
poot root beerthe lady lied and gave a fake name.. then was murdered after being released... the next (and last) person killed by the ripper was actually a woman by the nam the other wo,an gave the cops
 
2013-02-19 09:59:08 PM  

Gaddiel: mcmnky: Can someone explain #6? During WWII there was an archaeologist. Then some thing happened. How is that a coincidence?

The archaeologist opened a tomb of an ancient conqueror of Russia. The tomb had an inscription that said that who ever opened it would unleash a great invasion. Two days later the Nazis launched their invasion of Russia.


TWO days later?  It's not like opening the tomb launched Hitler or WWII.  With everything going on in the world at that time, the surprising thing is not that Germany would invade Russia 2 days later, but that they couldn't find anything "coincidental" to actually coincide with the opening of the tomb.  It's not like Germany conquered Russia.

How about this, the opening of the tomb launched Ulf Merbold, born on JUNE 20 1941!  He was the first non-US citizen to reach orbit on a US spacecraft.  Think about it.  Germans!  In space!  What's more terrible than that?
 
2013-02-19 11:48:42 PM  

Mr. Titanium: Kibbler: The last emperor of the west was named Romulus Augustulus.

The eastern empire did not fall until 1453, almost 1000 years after the fall of the west.

They also left out Romulus' twin brother, Remus.


Well, ya know, Romulus killed Remus for offending the gods by jumping over the markers where the city walls would be.

Not exactly an auspicious name.
 
2013-02-19 11:56:07 PM  

Dr. Steve Brule: Released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Recalled and issued with a new cover.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x208]


Slayer's album was released that day as well, the aptly titled effort - God Hates Us All.
 
2013-02-20 12:37:04 AM  
Somehow there's a Cloud Atlas connection in here somewhere, but I can't quite put my finger on it...
 
2013-02-20 01:37:49 AM  

roflmaonow: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7600846/82607150#c82607150" target="_blank">Dr. Steve Brule</a>:</b> <i>Released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Recalled and issued with a new cover.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x208]</i>

Slayer's album was released that day as well, the aptly titled effort - God Hates Us All.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chop_Suey!

If you squint your eyes the lead singer sort of looks like Osama.
 
2013-02-20 01:39:51 AM  
 
2013-02-20 04:03:19 AM  
Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day.
Both had beards.
Both are still hated in the South.
Sir John Wilkes-Booth tried to kill Darwin on April 14, 1865 but he never existed, and so missed.

3 out of 4 ain't bad.
 
2013-02-20 04:05:17 AM  

mcmnky: WO days later?  It's not like opening the tomb launched Hitler or WWII.


In those days, tomb waves took two days to reach German High Command. Not like today.
 
2013-02-20 06:32:42 AM  
I was told by a picture on facebook to never trust snopes on anything because it was run by the liberal media.
 
2013-02-20 07:17:11 AM  

Ghastly: scottydoesntknow: Deslided

I really hope that woman wasn't allowed to keep her baby after it fell out of a window TWICE.

Why during the Great Depression babies fell out of windows all the time. In 1934 my grand pappy fell out of a window onto F.D.R. on two non consecutive occasions.


Presumably this is a reference to baby cages, and that even the Roosevelts had one: http://www.qi.com/television/series-i/infantile/babies
 
2013-02-20 09:36:36 AM  

HeartBurnKid: I wish we had a massive computer network, complete with sites dedicated to collecting and sharing human knowledge, so that, were I confused about some technical term or other, I could simply run a search and find out what it means.

What's that? We do? Well, hot damn.


The ready availability of reference materials doesn't absolve journalists -- and I use that term very loosely, if Cracked slideshow editors are covered -- of their duty to make sure the reader gets all the relevant information he or she needs to understand the material.

This is basic usability.  If you make a user interrupt their task to go research something, they're less likely to successfully complete that task.

And again, I use the term "task" very loosely, if reading a Cracked slideshow is covered.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:26 AM  

roflmaonow: Dr. Steve Brule: Released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Recalled and issued with a new cover.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x208]

Slayer's album was released that day as well, the aptly titled effort - God Hates Us All.


So was Biohazard's Uncivilization.  In fact Machine Head's single "Crashing Around You" was going to release that Tuesday as well with a music video (remember those) that showed buildings burning and falling down.  They didn't release the video of course.  A good-ish day for Metal releases for sure.  Bad-ish day for er, well... lots of other reasons.
 
2013-02-20 12:23:24 PM  
Also, from the hip-hop side, the cover artwork for The Coup's "Party Music" CD.
 
2013-02-20 12:39:38 PM  

poot_rootbeer: HeartBurnKid: I wish we had a massive computer network, complete with sites dedicated to collecting and sharing human knowledge, so that, were I confused about some technical term or other, I could simply run a search and find out what it means.

What's that? We do? Well, hot damn.

The ready availability of reference materials doesn't absolve journalists -- and I use that term very loosely, if Cracked slideshow editors are covered -- of their duty to make sure the reader gets all the relevant information he or she needs to understand the material.

This is basic usability.  If you make a user interrupt their task to go research something, they're less likely to successfully complete that task.

And again, I use the term "task" very loosely, if reading a Cracked slideshow is covered.


So what you're saying is that every page on the internet should define every word used on that page, no matter how little space they have in which to do so, lest* somebody doesn't know what the word means gets confused.  Because god forbid you look it up yourself.

If I told you that I didn't know what "journalist" meant, and your failure to explain it meant you failed as a Fark commenter, would you take that criticism seriously?

*lest
/lest/ConjunctionWith the intention of preventing (something undesirable); to avoid the risk of.(after a clause indicating fear) Because of the possibility of something undesirable happening; in case.
 
2013-02-20 12:54:14 PM  

Fano: Naw, it was Mr. Rogers that was a marine sniper. Had a tattoo on his forearm for every confirmed kill. That's why he had to wear the sweaters.

Oh, and captain Kangaroo helped take Iwo. Single handedly bayonetted fitty Japs.


buttery_shame_cave: pretty sure fred rogers was a navy SEAL who turned to ministry to make up for the kids he murdered in 'nam....


No, no and no.
 
2013-02-20 12:54:45 PM  

HeartBurnKid: So what you're saying is that every page on the internet should define every word used on that page, no matter how little space they have in which to do so, lest* somebody doesn't know what the word means gets confused.


No, I'm not saying that.  I suspect you know I'm not saying that.

If it's reasonable to expect that your audience already understands a term, you don't need to explain it.  If it's likely that they don't understand, you do need to explain.

But maybe everyone who visits Cracked.com does develop 3D games, though, and understands "skybox" without having to look it up. and I'm the odd man out.
 
2013-02-20 02:07:02 PM  

poot_rootbeer: HeartBurnKid: So what you're saying is that every page on the internet should define every word used on that page, no matter how little space they have in which to do so, lest* somebody doesn't know what the word means gets confused.

No, I'm not saying that.  I suspect you know I'm not saying that.

If it's reasonable to expect that your audience already understands a term, you don't need to explain it.  If it's likely that they don't understand, you do need to explain.

But maybe everyone who visits Cracked.com does develop 3D games, though, and understands "skybox" without having to look it up. and I'm the odd man out.


Or maybe if you took the time to look at the article, you would see it was a "Photoplasty" contest, with all entries created entirely by users. Since the entries are user-created and prize money is awarded, it wouldn't be a great idea if the Cracked staff started editing everyone's entries.
 
2013-02-20 02:31:44 PM  
Late to the party, but a bunch of those have been featured in Cracked list stories.

My favs, both from Hollywood.

Actors Roger Bowen and McLean Stevenson both died within hours of each of a heart attack back in mid February 1996
Yeah, so?
Those are the actors that portrayed Col Henry Blake in the M*A*S*H movie (Bowen) and TV Series.

And proving that God is a Star Trek fan:
When the DS9 writers were deciding what to do for the 30th Anniversary, they narrowed it down to two choices, (both comical in nature as Voyager had gone the serious route) - Revisiting Delta Iota 4 as portrayed in "A Piece of the Action" where everyone now would be in 23rd century Starfleet uniforms, or Gumping the DS9 actors into The Trouble With Tribbles. The final decision pretty much came when the actor who guest starred as Arn Darvin (Charlie Brill) in the TOS episode walked into the same pizza restaurant the writers were eating at when they were making the decision.
 
2013-02-20 02:52:46 PM  

poot_rootbeer: HeartBurnKid: So what you're saying is that every page on the internet should define every word used on that page, no matter how little space they have in which to do so, lest* somebody doesn't know what the word means gets confused.

No, I'm not saying that.  I suspect you know I'm not saying that.

If it's reasonable to expect that your audience already understands a term, you don't need to explain it.  If it's likely that they don't understand, you do need to explain.

But maybe everyone who visits Cracked.com does develop 3D games, though, and understands "skybox" without having to look it up. and I'm the odd man out.


Cracked caters to a very geeky audience, many (perhaps most) of whom do play 3d games often and are quite well informed about them even if they don't actually develop them. Which means that, yes, you are indeed the odd man out. But there's nothing wrong with being the odd man out, as long as you don't be an ass about it.
 
2013-02-20 11:50:31 PM  

Uzzah: The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner for the American Association Of Forensic Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president of the association, began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen-year-old Sydney Barringer. In the city of Los Angeles on March 23, 1958. The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide. To explain: the suicide was confirmed by a note, left in the breast pocket of Sydney Barringer. At the same time young Sydney stood on the ledge of this nine-story building, an argument swelled three stories below. The neighbors heard, as they usually did, the arguing of the tenants and it was not uncommon for them to threaten each other w ...


This was a hypothetical example, not an account of an actual incident.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/opus.asp
 
2013-02-20 11:52:25 PM  
I mean, in addition to the Magnolia reference.
 
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