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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 20
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2013-12-08 11:49:11 AM  
5 votes:
I identified Grover Cleveland twice.
2013-12-08 01:32:43 PM  
3 votes:
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 12:24:33 PM  
3 votes:
What a stupid list.. I didn't see a single Kardashian on there.
2013-12-08 04:48:41 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:38:06 PM  
2 votes:

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 11:56:59 AM  
2 votes:
1889 -  Jawaharal Nehru?  You know who else was born in 1889?
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-08 11:55:08 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-12-09 06:24:10 AM  
1 votes:

red5ish: 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".


This is a perfect example of fame and impact. Niel Armstrong's name will be known for hundreds of years. Jacques Derrida's invention will be known for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. One has fame, one has impact. If your impact is large enough, then your name no longer matters, your invention speaks for itself. If not, your name is remembered.

/All of the Apollo 11 members recognized that fact more than the general public, to their credit
//That entry could only possibly have appeared if their corpus was a database of scholarly journals
///Their methodology sucks.

PillsHere: 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.


Not in journals, obviously.

Prey4reign: Noticed they listed Mao Zedong for 1893. I guess nobody merely famous was born that year.


I dunno, The final reckoning of history hasn't yet been written, but by now Mao has had FAR more influence than Goering. Goering helped kill lots of people, reshape the world, and helped found the History Channel. Mao created and initially ruled a long-lasting Chinese economic empire that has remained a world force far longer than the third reich, and is still reshaping the world. And he killed lots of people too.

Hate to put a psychotic tweaker on a pedestal, but anyone who says Hitler wasn't both he most famous and most influential person of the 20th century is delusional. Sorry, authors of this half-assed paper.
2013-12-08 11:09:38 PM  
1 votes:

Relatively Obscure: If people can't identify the most famous people, how famous are they really?


This.

It doesn't matter if you were the first person to step on Mars and cure cancer, if no one recognize you 50 years from now, then maybe you aren't famous.

/should've had a sex tape
2013-12-08 09:18:12 PM  
1 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: What a stupid list.. I didn't see a single Kardashian on there.


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/endorses above statement wholeheartedly
2013-12-08 05:14:20 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:16:44 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:40:44 PM  
1 votes:

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 03:35:16 PM  
1 votes:
"That's him, officer, third from the left. He's the one that brought down my wall!"
2013-12-08 03:32:16 PM  
1 votes:
Daniel Ortega, Inventor of the taco shell, made the cut. Woot!
2013-12-08 01:41:30 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:39:42 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:10:10 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:08:10 PM  
1 votes:
If people can't identify the most famous people, how famous are they really?
2013-12-08 11:59:48 AM  
1 votes:

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


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