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(Mental Floss)   John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, member of both Continental Congresses, Minister to the Netherlands, and one fantastic putdown artist   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 86
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2013-07-27 11:07:51 AM  
2. On Alexander Hamilton
  "That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!"

Oh, snap!
 
2013-07-27 11:26:05 AM  

miss diminutive: 2. On Alexander Hamilton
  "That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!"

Oh, snap!


Both sides are bad so vote Anti-Masonic?
 
2013-07-27 12:08:46 PM  
He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.
 
2013-07-27 12:36:17 PM  
Overrated or Most Overrated?
 
2013-07-27 12:37:31 PM  
I hear he was the inventor of the "yo momma" joke
 
2013-07-27 12:37:39 PM  
So was Winston Churchill about a century later.
 
2013-07-27 12:38:14 PM  

propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.


Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!
 
2013-07-27 12:39:40 PM  
What was his Fark handle?
 
2013-07-27 12:40:11 PM  
...and one of our finest MAssholes.
 
2013-07-27 12:41:05 PM  
"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates
 
2013-07-27 12:42:03 PM  
Goddamn, what an asshole.
 
2013-07-27 12:42:44 PM  

Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates


Never is that more true than on FARK
 
2013-07-27 12:43:17 PM  
Wow, they even knew about Philly sports fans back then?

"Phyladelphia [sic], with all its trade and wealth and regularity, is not Boston. The morals of our people are much better; their manners are more polite and agreeable... Our language is better, our taste is better, our persons are handsomer; our spirit is greater, our laws are wiser, our religion is better, our education is better. We exceed them in every thing, but in a market."
 
2013-07-27 12:43:30 PM  

Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates


I know you are, but what am I?
 
2013-07-27 12:44:09 PM  

Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates


"They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown. "

/Also the reasons they laughed at Columbus were not "LOL YOU THINK WORLD ROUND"-That's an urban myth that's fairly recent. They  KNEW it was round, they'd known it since the greeks. But his estimation of the circumfurence of the world was waaaayyy less than the Greek's (mostly correct) calculation.
 
2013-07-27 12:44:34 PM  

DrunkWithImpotence: propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.

Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!


♫♪♪♫ Homicide, homicide---♪♫♫♪
 
2013-07-27 12:45:29 PM  
"His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency."


That sounds like a compliment to me.
 
2013-07-27 12:45:34 PM  
He was brilliant. Who cares if he was disliked. We'd have been a British colony for another 100+ years if not for his contributions.

Also, the HBO miniseries and the book by David McCullough were amazing.
 
2013-07-27 12:45:46 PM  

DrunkWithImpotence: propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.

Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!


For godssake John, SITDOWN.
 
2013-07-27 12:46:01 PM  

RosevilleDan: DrunkWithImpotence: propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.

Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!

♫♪♪♫ Homicide, homicide---♪♫♫♪


We may see murder yet!
 
2013-07-27 12:47:32 PM  
My new favorite word! Crapulous!
 
2013-07-27 12:48:06 PM  
Yeah, Paul Giamatti aced his portrayal of him in "John Adams". It's worth checking out if you haven't already.
 
2013-07-27 12:50:03 PM  

Anschauer: Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.


- President Barak Hussein Obama


Not sure if trolling or DRTFA
 
2013-07-27 12:51:16 PM  

DrunkWithImpotence: propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.

Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!


Homicide!....Homicide!....
 
2013-07-27 12:52:13 PM  
That's what I get for taking time to try and find a convenient screencap that isn't there.
 
2013-07-27 12:53:28 PM  

Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates


I think I'll be putting this in my profile. :)
 
2013-07-27 12:54:11 PM  

Felgraf: Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates

"They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown. "

/Also the reasons they laughed at Columbus were not "LOL YOU THINK WORLD ROUND"-That's an urban myth that's fairly recent. They  KNEW it was round, they'd known it since the greeks. But his estimation of the circumfurence of the world was waaaayyy less than the Greek's (mostly correct) calculation.


Just got through watching the first episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos the other day, and he talked about how Eratosthenes determined that the Earth was round.

I'm also very upset I've never seen the series before now, and I hope that Neil deGrasse Tyson's upcoming version is good.
 
2013-07-27 12:58:02 PM  

unfarkingbelievable: My new favorite word! Crapulous!


Does not mean what I thought it did.
 
2013-07-27 12:59:12 PM  

unfarkingbelievable: My new favorite word! Crapulous!


I'm so using that today: 'That shot on 7 was CRAPULOUS!'
 
2013-07-27 12:59:35 PM  
ON BENJAMIN FRANKLIN"His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency."
Franklin would have probably taken that to be a compliment.
 
2013-07-27 01:00:58 PM  

French Rage: unfarkingbelievable: My new favorite word! Crapulous!

Does not mean what I thought it did.


Ill as the result of intemperance.
I learned that and defenestration in the same week.
 
2013-07-27 01:02:47 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: ON BENJAMIN FRANKLIN"His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency."
Franklin would have probably taken that to be a compliment.


He would, but he was balls deep in some MILF at the time.
 
2013-07-27 01:11:02 PM  
His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!"

That is the diamond-coated platinum colossus of put-downs

Anschauer: Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.


- President Barak Hussein Obama


HHUUURRRR!!1! HUSSEIN DOESN'T KNOW HOW MANY STATES THERE ARE!
 
2013-07-27 01:11:54 PM  
"John - John, have a Snickers."

"Why?"

"'Cause when you're hungry, you're kind of a dick."

/funny, but still kind of a dick.
 
2013-07-27 01:15:14 PM  

unfarkingbelievable: My new favorite word! Crapulous!


Fat and drunk is no way to have a favorite new word
 
2013-07-27 01:16:44 PM  

Rwa2play: So was Winston Churchill about a century later.


My most favoritist comeback/put-down EVER:

       Lady Astor: "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee."
       Churchill: "If I were married to you, I'd drink it."

/apocryphal...but real or not, whoever came up with it is a genius
 
2013-07-27 01:17:16 PM  
Crapulous is a great word!  Although my favorite will always be callipygous.
 
2013-07-27 01:18:20 PM  
He's got nothing on Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.

/your Majesty is like a stream of bat's piss
 
2013-07-27 01:24:39 PM  
He's obsessed with 'morals' and people who he feels are too uppity. Sounds like a modern day GOP voter, except not retarded.

/My apologies to retarded people
 
2013-07-27 01:25:19 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Rwa2play: So was Winston Churchill about a century later.

My most favoritist comeback/put-down EVER:

       Lady Astor: "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee."
       Churchill: "If I were married to you, I'd drink it."

/apocryphal...but real or not, whoever came up with it is a genius


That's what so farking brilliant about that put down:  He owned it and doubled-down by turning it back on her.
 
2013-07-27 01:26:44 PM  

keylock71: ...and one of our finest MAssholes.


I dunno, he said Philly has Boston in one category. No true masshole would ever concede that Boston isn't the best at everything in the world.
 
2013-07-27 01:27:53 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: He's got nothing on Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.

/your Majesty is like a stream of bat's piss


That was Monty Python.
 
2013-07-27 01:31:11 PM  
my favorite:
I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.

>Irvin S. Cobb
 
2013-07-27 01:31:24 PM  

propasaurus: RosevilleDan: DrunkWithImpotence: propasaurus: He was obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied.

Mister Adams you are driving me to Homicide!

♫♪♪♫ Homicide, homicide---♪♫♫♪

We may see murder yet!


They'll run their quill pens through it.
 
2013-07-27 01:31:45 PM  

2CountyFairs: Felgraf: Pockafrusta: "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."
― Socrates

"They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown. "

/Also the reasons they laughed at Columbus were not "LOL YOU THINK WORLD ROUND"-That's an urban myth that's fairly recent. They  KNEW it was round, they'd known it since the greeks. But his estimation of the circumfurence of the world was waaaayyy less than the Greek's (mostly correct) calculation.

Just got through watching the first episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos the other day, and he talked about how Eratosthenes determined that the Earth was round.

I'm also very upset I've never seen the series before now, and I hope that Neil deGrasse Tyson's upcoming version is good.


There were three reasons that Spain backed Columbus:
1.   That miscopy was fairly common (I think).  Spain argued about it for weeks.
2.   Marco Polo meant "3-5 miles" by a "days journey".  Tramping along the Silk Road was nothing like a Roman road in Spain, really?
3.   That same year (1492) they kicked out the Jews and Muslims.  Goodbye everyone with the slightest clue (the Jesuits wouldn't be founded for something like 50 years, let alone get to Spain soon after).  Roger Bacon, who that? (Actually I doubt Middle Eastern educated types of the time would bother with mideival English philosophers, but the idea holds).  In the time that it took them to argue out the wrong answer, someone could have measured the angle of the North Star in Madrid and Toledo, and come back with the correct answer.

Columbus *was* laughed out of Portugal (and anywhere else where they would sail offshore, sail south (or north) until they hit the right latitude, and turn turn shore).  Obviously the Portuguese knew to the day how long it takes to sail 1/4 away around the planet, and could multiply by 4.

Oh, and getting back to the article: "Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire."
Aaron Burr says otherwise.
 
2013-07-27 01:39:46 PM  

Rwa2play: Lionel Mandrake: Rwa2play: So was Winston Churchill about a century later.

My most favoritist comeback/put-down EVER:

       Lady Astor: "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee."
       Churchill: "If I were married to you, I'd drink it."

/apocryphal...but real or not, whoever came up with it is a genius

That's what so farking brilliant about that put down:  He owned it and doubled-down by turning it back on her.



There is another similar one, but it is only apocryphal:


Bessie Braddock MP: "Winston, you are drunk, and what's more you are disgustingly drunk."
WSC: "Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly."


 
2013-07-27 01:41:16 PM  
I have always liked this one, from Franklin:

Philada. July 5. 1775

Mr. Strahan

You are a Member of Parliament, and one of that Majority which has doomed my Country to Destruction. You have begun to burn our Towns and murder our People. - Look upon your hands! They are stained with the Blood of your Relations! - You and I were long Friends:- You are now my Enemy, - and

I am,

Yours.

B. Franklin

---
Franklin appears not to have sent it, though, unfortunately.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2011/12/you-are-now-my-enemy.html
 
2013-07-27 01:44:16 PM  

2CountyFairs: Just got through watching the first episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos the other day, and he talked about how Eratosthenes determined that the Earth was round.

I'm also very upset I've never seen the series before now, and I hope that Neil deGrasse Tyson's upcoming version is good.


They already knew it was round (or at least not flat), he just determined how big around it was.

Democritus is a bit more impressive.
 
2013-07-27 01:44:24 PM  
This is also the same guy that made it illegal to speak ill about the United States.
 
2013-07-27 01:50:21 PM  
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