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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.
 
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