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2014-02-05 11:25:15 PM  
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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.
2014-02-05 09:06:56 PM  
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#10. Ronald Reagan defeated Soviet communism.
2014-02-05 07:18:30 PM  
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AntiGravitas: List fails without Evolution

Account created: 2014-01-31 17:24:45 (5 days ago)

Remember when trolls actually made an effort?
2014-02-05 06:56:16 PM  
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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!".
2014-02-06 09:19:11 PM  
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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 01:07:28 AM  
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Dwight_Yeast: so he drafted a document which freed all the slaves.[1]

[1]in the States currently held to be in "rebellion" and as a bonus he got to chose which ones those were, I believe.

That's the whole point being made. The Emancipation Proclamation, by its own terms, exempted slaves in areas held by the Union at the time of its proclamation. This included not just Union slave states like Missouri and Maryland and Kentucky, but also the several counties in and around New Orleans, for example, which were already held by the Union army.

It wasn't until the ratification of the 13th Amendment, shortly after the end of the war, that slavery was actually abolished throughout the United States.

This is indeed something of a quibbling technicality, but if asked why slavery is illegal in the United States today, the correct answer is the 13th Amendment, not the Emancipation Proclamation. I'm not sure what the point is supposed to be though, since Lincoln did help push the 13th Amendment through Congress, even if it wasn't ratified until a few months after his assassination.
2014-02-05 11:21:40 PM  
1 vote:
What is this a rejected Cracked article?

I knew 1,2,3,7,8 and 9.  4 I never really considered anything other than a legend, 5 still seems ambiguous and is entirely irrelevant to everything, and 6 is basically just saying "But aside from all the things he did that you remember him for in the first place, Henry VIII wasn't always that way."
2014-02-05 10:53:18 PM  
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Pocket Ninja: that the Emancipation Proclamation did free all the slaves

It did.  And it made for great press.

It's a shame that everyone forgets that Lincoln was a railway lawyer (it's also a shame that we've forgotten what a railway lawyer was); he was an expert in contract law, so he drafted a document which freed all the slaves.[1]

[1]in the States currently held to be in "rebellion" and as a bonus he got to chose which ones those were, I believe.
2014-02-05 10:00:52 PM  
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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.
2014-02-05 08:19:12 PM  
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Langston: Well, I thought it was pretty funny.

I have a ball. Perhaps you'd like to bounce it.
2014-02-05 08:04:16 PM  
1 vote:
This.  This is what happens when you get bought by AOL.
2014-02-05 07:30:28 PM  
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AntiGravitas: Pft.  Not a troll.  Making a humorous comment.

Humorous comments are generally funny to more than just the poster.
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