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(Huffington Post)   Nine historical 'facts' you think are true, but aren't   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 72
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2014-02-06 05:10:43 AM  

neuroflare: doglover: Actually ninja did wear black. Just in conjunction with other colors to make an apropriate fashion choice at the time. Mostly, ninja would look the same as any other Japanese doing the same day job. Just that in warfare, they liked to set fires at night and steal documents while the guards put out the fire.

You are the first person I've met that knows the proper plural of ninja other than myself.


Shame you don't know proper use of personal pronouns!

/misuse of me, myself and I bugs me to hell.
 
2014-02-06 05:14:31 AM  
static.tvtropes.org
 
2014-02-06 06:54:11 AM  
Huh...  No mention of Columbus thinking the world was flat?
 
2014-02-06 07:25:51 AM  
sppiblog.org scottthong.files.wordpress.com
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2014-02-06 07:49:00 AM  

fusillade762: neuroflare: doglover: Actually ninja did wear black. Just in conjunction with other colors to make an apropriate fashion choice at the time. Mostly, ninja would look the same as any other Japanese doing the same day job. Just that in warfare, they liked to set fires at night and steal documents while the guards put out the fire.

You are the first person I've met that knows the proper plural of ninja other than myself.

So they're kinda like moose, then?


A ninja once bit my sister....
 
2014-02-06 07:58:49 AM  
I didn't think any of those things were true. Except possibly Hamlet, which was bogus to begin with since it intentionally confuses the notion that he wrote it (true) with the notion that he wasn't inspired by something else (false) which is true of a huge number of writers.

That was pretty goddamn stupid.

/ never even heard of the Lady Godiva myth about her riding around nude...
 
2014-02-06 08:02:29 AM  

timharrod: thamike: This.  This is what happens when you get bought by AOL.

I remember when the Straight Dope was briefly an AOL feature (anyone else remember the droll animated brain?), and some of these myths were deflated by Cecil himself.

Or, maybe only #9. But Cecil was there doing it long before the Internet, I tells ya.

/lawn


To "his" credit, everything was an AOL feature at some point at that time.  "Cecil" is still doing it.
 
2014-02-06 08:15:26 AM  
huffpo is the new buzzfeed? for better and clevererer historical articles, use cracked.com's History section.
 
2014-02-06 08:16:12 AM  

THE GREAT NAME: [sppiblog.org image 850x869] [scottthong.files.wordpress.com image 462x350]
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Another member of the cargo cult. He thinks that posting about something in a thread about false things will magically make it false.
 
2014-02-06 08:31:26 AM  

Smackledorfer: AntiGravitas: Pft.  Not a troll.  Making a humorous comment.

Ya, you are a brand new addition to fark who went straight to totalfark on day 1.

fark off troll.


wow are you silly.  I have read fark for a while, but I wanted to read the tf links and so I set up an account to do it and join in.  You do realize that you can read without an account, right?   Geesh.
 
2014-02-06 08:32:12 AM  
In related news, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG.
 
2014-02-06 08:59:46 AM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
 
2014-02-06 09:17:50 AM  
I thought that the play Hamlet was always considered one of Shakespeare's "histories", not that any of them were actually historically accurate or anything.
 
2014-02-06 09:52:53 AM  
Coming soon:
All those articles that said much of the common knowledge of history is wrong...

....were wrong
 
2014-02-06 11:12:41 AM  

electricjebus: did your grandmother inherit the uniform?


This one, of course. Two or three generations removed from him to her. She's 80 years old, and I'm in my early 20s. 

electricjebus: I doubt she could have disagreed with my assertion that the civil war was about slavery


That's not the assertion I was calling out. It was the dig at people's ancestors that I was objecting to, because the fact is you can't judge if somebody's ancestors where Confederates just because they're white and live in the south, and that such people need to "realize" this alleged fact, which is what you said.

electricjebus: My point is that the people defending the confederacy today can't say that the confederacy was fighting for states rights, as they specifically mentioned the fugitive slave act in the secession.


Which, on the flip side, means you can't tar anybody fighting for "state's rights" today with the brush of inherently defending the Confederacy (or Jim Crow, for that matter), as is so often alleged. Though again that's a really misleading and inapt, loaded phrase, "state's rights". The more correct term is federalism or localism or something to that effect. If you want to see this in action today, just think about what Colorado and Washington have chosen to do regarding federal drug laws. Advocating for the proper role of the states in our federal system of government is not something the Confederacy championed, so if defending the Confederacy isn't about "state's rights" (and I agree it isn't), then defending "state's rights" isn't about defending the Confederacy.
 
2014-02-06 01:03:19 PM  
Sometimes ninja wear chef hats
 
2014-02-06 03:52:30 PM  
This is the stupidest "non-article" I've read today.
 
2014-02-06 09:19:11 PM  

flondrix: I thought that the play Hamlet was always considered one of Shakespeare's "histories", not that any of them were actually historically accurate or anything.


Nah. Hamlet was a tragedy. The histories were the king plays (Henry, Richard) and the Roman plays (Cesar, Antony & Cleopatra).
 
2014-02-06 09:52:26 PM  

I created this alt just for this thread: Dwight_Yeast: Pocket Ninja: that John F. Kennedy did call himself a jelly doughnut


The notion that he didn't is technically correct, which is always the best kind of correct.  Also, the dead-on translation is what happens when you surround yourself with Ivy-Leaguers and run things by the State Dept.

I much prefer the variation most presidents now use in that sort of situation: "We are all people of..."

He called himself a jelly doughnut much in the way that someone who says "I am a New Yorker" has just called themselves a magazine.


More like "I am a Hamburger" or "I am a Frankfurter".
 
2014-02-07 06:21:22 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: czetie: Who is the mythical "you" that these articles are always addressed to? They should really be titled "Nine things that the author always believed and just found out weren't true, so it's unpossible other people already knew them!".

I don't know about here in the States, but in the UK, "You" is assumed to be "The Man on the Clapham Omnibus".

Pocket Ninja: that John F. Kennedy did call himself a jelly doughnut

The notion that he didn't is technically correct, which is always the best kind of correct.  Also, the dead-on translation is what happens when you surround yourself with Ivy-Leaguers and run things by the State Dept.

I much prefer the variation most presidents now use in that sort of situation: "We are all people of..."


So, you're saying there will never be a "Today, I am a danish!" incident?
Crap.
 
2014-02-07 06:37:39 AM  

flondrix: I thought that the play Hamlet was always considered one of Shakespeare's "histories", not that any of them were actually historically accurate or anything.


There's a movie version of Saxo's story, if you're interested. It has Christian Bale as Amled, Hellen Mirren as his mother, and Gabriel Byrne as the father-killing motherfarker.
 
2014-02-07 11:30:49 AM  

Dansker: flondrix: I thought that the play Hamlet was always considered one of Shakespeare's "histories", not that any of them were actually historically accurate or anything.

There's a movie version of Saxo's story, if you're interested. It has Christian Bale as Amled, Hellen Mirren as his mother, and Gabriel Byrne as the father-killing motherfarker.


That sounds interesting. The IMDB page also shows me Brian Cox and Tom Wilkinson, who can usually be counted upon for good epic drama. Too bad it's not on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I don't think it's streaming anywhere, actually.
 
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