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(NYPost)   Can you identify the most famous people in modern history? Or are you as stupid as the rest of us?   (nypost.com) divider line 74
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2013-12-08 11:49:11 AM  
I identified Grover Cleveland twice.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-08 11:55:08 AM  
1837: Grover Cleveland

What a pathetic year.

1840: Crazy Horse

How did Crazy Horse make the list and Neil Young not make the list?

1888: John Foster Dulles

He's the guy who fines you if you drive through the airport without paying a toll.

1894: Aldous Huxley

He's the guy who launched Sheryl Crow's career.

1949: Nawaz Sharif

And he's the guy who launched the Clash's career.
 
2013-12-08 11:56:59 AM  
1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?
 
2013-12-08 11:57:13 AM  

ZAZ:

1949: Nawaz Sharif

And he's the guy who launched the Clash's career.


He was also really good in "Doctor Zhivago."
 
2013-12-08 11:59:48 AM  

Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?


Naw, Hitler's infamous. That's like super-famous.
 
2013-12-08 12:08:10 PM  
If people can't identify the most famous people, how famous are they really?
 
2013-12-08 12:10:03 PM  
They've found, for instance, that the use of the phrase "Merry Christmas" only really took off after Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol."

Google continues its war on Christmas!
 
2013-12-08 12:10:10 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?

Naw, Hitler's infamous. That's like super-famous.


1878 -- Carl Sandburg?  Joe Stalin would have sent Sandburg off to the gulag on little cats' feet.

Noticed they listed Mao Zedong for 1893.  I guess nobody merely famous was born that year.
 
2013-12-08 12:10:41 PM  
Most famous person born each year from 1800-1949, as measured by references in books (answers at bottom)

Which books?

By checking the books I have laying around 1938 should have been Gary Gygax.

At least Marx was on there.

But do they seriously think that Carl Sandburg is more famous and notable than Joseph Stalin?
 
2013-12-08 12:24:33 PM  
What a stupid list.. I didn't see a single Kardashian on there.
 
2013-12-08 12:38:06 PM  

Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?



I know!  It's that guy with the tiny little toothbrush mustache.

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2013-12-08 12:47:12 PM  

Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?


Well, they both had some pretty snazzy jackets, anyway
 
2013-12-08 01:12:17 PM  

Sid_6.7: Most famous person born each year from 1800-1949, as measured by references in books (answers at bottom)

Which books?

By checking the books I have laying around 1938 should have been Gary Gygax.

At least Marx was on there.

But do they seriously think that Carl Sandburg is more famous and notable than Joseph Stalin?


Assuming most books were included in their sample, the number of references still doesn't equate to how famous a person was, because not all books were read an equal amount. The list is of people writers liked to write books about, not people who were the most famous from the point of readers or the general public.
 
2013-12-08 01:32:43 PM  
Oooh, I'm really good at these.

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Hitler


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Che Guevara


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Mao

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I think this is one of the Jackson 5.  Tito, maybe.
 
2013-12-08 01:39:42 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: Oooh, I'm really good at these.


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I think this is one of the Jackson 5.  Tito, maybe.


That's not germane, at any rate
 
2013-12-08 01:41:30 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Doctor Funkenstein: Oooh, I'm really good at these.


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I think this is one of the Jackson 5.  Tito, maybe.

That's not germane, at any rate


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2013-12-08 02:11:21 PM  
I don't know what data they used, but I believe that a large chunk of the people on this list are on America's high school reading list, and millions of kids had to look them up so they could more easily plagiarize write their book reports.

Emily Dickinson was the most famous person born in 1830? What a terrible year for humanity.
 
2013-12-08 03:26:28 PM  
1948 (Clarence Thomas) must have been a bad year for important people.
 
2013-12-08 03:28:41 PM  
1800-1949. "Modern History?"  Let me dig up my grandpa and see how many he gets right.
 
2013-12-08 03:30:48 PM  

Maynotlast: 1800-1949. "Modern History?"  Let me dig up my grandpa and see how many he gets right.


Maynotlast: 1800-1949. "Modern History?"  Let me dig up my grandpa and see how many he gets right.


Yeah, that's the year of their birth. In other words, Robin Gibb technically could have been on the list.

But no Kardashians.
 
2013-12-08 03:32:16 PM  
Daniel Ortega, Inventor of the taco shell, made the cut. Woot!
 
2013-12-08 03:35:16 PM  
"That's him, officer, third from the left. He's the one that brought down my wall!"
 
2013-12-08 03:36:42 PM  
Fame is not the same thing as celebrity.
Celebrity is not the same thing as fame.
 
2013-12-08 03:36:43 PM  

redsquid: Daniel Ortega, Inventor of the taco shell, made the cut. Woot!


A clever man, but he had nothing on old "El" Paso...
 
2013-12-08 03:38:39 PM  
Elihu Root


I think 'Elihu' would make a terrific ironic hipster baby name
 
2013-12-08 03:38:58 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?

Naw, Hitler's infamous. That's like super-famous.


I would just like to know if you know what it means to have a plethora.
 
2013-12-08 03:40:44 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Candygram4Mongo: Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?

Naw, Hitler's infamous. That's like super-famous.

I would just like to know if you know what it means to have a plethora.


Why, El Guapo?
 
2013-12-08 03:44:07 PM  
Kurt Cobain: killed Hair Metal music.
 
2013-12-08 03:55:12 PM  

WelldeadLink: "That's him, officer, third from the left. He's the one that brought down my wall!"


David Hasselhoff made the list?
 
2013-12-08 03:57:22 PM  
Oops!  I thought the challenge was naming the people in the pictures, and I got 6 out of 8.  Even after looking at the names below.  How the fark can I get Susan Sontag mixed up with Daniel Ortega!  I swear, I thought she had a moustache.
 
2013-12-08 03:58:29 PM  

limeyfellow: WelldeadLink: "That's him, officer, third from the left. He's the one that brought down my wall!"

David Hasselhoff made the list?


Clarence Thomas made the list? For what? Defiling soda cans with stray pubes?
 
2013-12-08 04:01:44 PM  
Interesting. Indira Ghandi more famous than JFK.
 
2013-12-08 04:05:48 PM  
So according to Google white people were the most famous ?
 
2013-12-08 04:11:38 PM  
I'm really surprised Queen Victoria wasn't on this list.  I feel like she has been written about a lot and was a great influence on the world during her reign.
 
2013-12-08 04:16:44 PM  
imageshack.us
Born 1930
Hi, remember me? I'm Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the earth's moon.
That's right mother farker!! The first man on the MOON. Boo-ya!

imageshack.us
Born 1930 (more famous than Neil Armstrong)
Hi. Do you know who I am? My name is Jacques Derrida.
I'm a French philosopher and I developed a form of semiotic analysis known
as deconstruction
. What's that you say? Never heard it? Philistine!


"Academics cited by other academics (the people who write the most books) tend to be unduly weighted."
-N.S. Sherlock
 
2013-12-08 04:17:07 PM  

Prey4reign: 1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?


Just for those who DRTFA:

The study also only tracked full-name references, which resulted in one big omission. A name that doesn't make this list, yet is the most famous person born in the last two centuries by last-name reference, is Adolf Hitler.
 
2013-12-08 04:25:04 PM  
Are You Dumber Than a New York Post Reader?

A new TV game show for 5th Graders. The "slow" ones that they put in Special Education classes so they don't drag down the regular but dim children.
 
2013-12-08 04:29:57 PM  
..."1806: John Stuart Mill" of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato, they say, could stick it away;
Half a crate of whiskey every day.
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
Hobbes was fond of his dram,
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: "I drink, therefore I am"
Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed!

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2013-12-08 04:30:52 PM  

red5ish: Born 1930
Hi, remember me? I'm Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the earth's moon.
That's right mother farker!! The first man on the MOON. Boo-ya!


Born 1930 (more famous than Neil Armstrong)
Hi. Do you know who I am? My name is Jacques Derrida.
I'm a French philosopher and I developed a form of semiotic analysis known
as deconstruction. What's that you say? Never heard it? Philistine!


"Academics cited by other academics (the people who write the most books) tend to be unduly weighted."
-N.S. Sherlock


I realize a lot of people sleep through high school, but do that many people make it all the way through college without having heard of deconstruction?

I'm a tech person and even I know what that is. (ish)
 
2013-12-08 04:36:36 PM  
They didn't list for my birth year so I was not on the list.
I have to be honest, my name is not widely known. I realize I am  months away from that.
 
2013-12-08 04:47:10 PM  

Delta1212: red5ish: Born 1930
Hi, remember me? I'm Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the earth's moon.
That's right mother farker!! The first man on the MOON. Boo-ya!


Born 1930 (more famous than Neil Armstrong)
Hi. Do you know who I am? My name is Jacques Derrida.
I'm a French philosopher and I developed a form of semiotic analysis known
as deconstruction. What's that you say? Never heard it? Philistine!


"Academics cited by other academics (the people who write the most books) tend to be unduly weighted."
-N.S. Sherlock

I realize a lot of people sleep through high school, but do that many people make it all the way through college without having heard of deconstruction?

I'm a tech person and even I know what that is. (ish)


Do you realize how dangerous deconstruction is to religion and law? There's a reason lots of high school teachers won't even tackle it. It's not worth getting fired over. College is different.
 
2013-12-08 04:48:41 PM  
1835 - Mark Twain

I never knew  Samuel Clemens was clever enough to come up with a pen name as he squirted out from between his mother' legs.
 
2013-12-08 04:49:49 PM  

This is a late parrot: 1835 - Mark Twain

I never knew  Samuel Clemens was clever enough to come up with a pen name as he squirted out from between his mother' legs.


He was always very clever.
 
2013-12-08 04:52:29 PM  

Delta1212: I realize a lot of people sleep through high school, but do that many people make it all the way through college without having heard of deconstruction?

I'm a tech person and even I know what that is. (ish)


I know what deconstruction is too, sort of, but an estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television. I'm not making a value judgement about the two men's accomplishments, I'm sure there were other men (or women) who could have been the first on the moon, and there was probably only one Jacques Derrida to invent deconstruction. My point is that there is a clear academic bias in this list. It clearly has yielded some strange results. I know who Margaret Mead is, but is she more famous than Walt Disney? I guess I just don't think "most famous" is the correct title for the people in this list, but it's easier to fit into a headline and is 'sexier' than "most mentioned in the books we've digitalized and made searchable so far".
 
2013-12-08 05:10:09 PM  
How well you did on that test depends a lot on how well you matched the random factoid or two given for each person. Very few people would guess the right factoid unless it was something like "Current President of the United States".

I did quite well on major figures of history, literature and so forth, but a lot of those people are NOT famous outside of the appropriate university department so even I would not make a big deal of somebody not recognizing the name, let alone guessing the one or two factoids connected to it.

Famous is very relative. I could easily attend the Oscars and ask "Who are all these famous people?" I may hear of them many times a year, but I wouldn't recognize more than a few. Even Farkers, who are very political people, can't name more than a handful of Congress critters. No more than a handful of them ever do or say anything of ote.

Also, the most famous actress in the world is either Chinese or Indian and you haven't seen anything she has done. She is a complete unknown except for a billion fans or so. She is a complete unknown and will never work in Hollywood, like Jeremy Clarkson or Mandelson.

Many famous people who are now world historical names were unknown nobodies during their lifetimes. Karl Marx, for example, was a refugee living in dire poverty and obscurity in a shabby backstreet of London for most of his life. His Das Kapital Volume 1 was only translated into English after his death. Nobody in England (with the exception of a few radicals living in the same poverty and obscurity, and F. Engels) knew him during his lifetime and nobody in Germany knew of him either. He should have been a prominent German professor, but his atheism bared him from jobs teaching. He was difficult, bitter, and back-biting and nobody liked him, so he should have just eaten worms and died. It might have been for the best. Still, he was right about some things. Classical capitalism sucks.

My distant cousin Emily Dickeson published a handful of poems in little magazines but was otherwise a recluse to all intents and purposes. My cousin Barrack H. Obama was virtually unknown until 2008. Obama who? is what any person would have said if you had mentioned him before his run for President. And yet he caused the Stock Market Crash of 2007, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, and the US National Debt of the last sixty years.

Time machines are very powerful tools but dammit nobody ever knows you have one. Unless you're H.G. Wells or Abraham Lincoln. How many time travellers can you spot at the Mall? Or on TV? Damned few. There are only a handful on the web for that matter.
 
2013-12-08 05:10:27 PM  
dammit, I had them all right except for Daniel Ortega.  are you sure he didn't invent stand-n-stuff taco shells?
 
2013-12-08 05:14:20 PM  
Not many people know this but Grover Cleveland used many pseudonyms. He was President twice, a Supreme Court Justice, and won the Oscar for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1953 as Peter Ustinov. He wrote the works of George Sand and ghost-wrote several novels by Mark Twain, including Puddinghead Wilson.
 
2013-12-08 05:14:32 PM  
Surely I wasn't the only one to take a fleeting glance at those pictures on my phone and say "Is that Ron Jeremy?"
 
2013-12-08 05:19:33 PM  
 Indira Gandhi,  Susan Sontag, Daniel Ortega

Who?
 
2013-12-08 05:23:34 PM  
George Sand

She was a question on "Jeopardy" last night.
 
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