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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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