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« Reply #180 on: September 10, 2020, 08:47:46 AM »
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« Reply #184 on: October 11, 2020, 07:17:09 PM »
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In his single attempt at Formula One, he entered the 1977 German Grand Prix on 31 July 1977 with the second Penske car of the new German team ATS. With little experience in single seaters and a bad car, he did not qualify. He was the first reserve, meaning that he would get the chance to race if another driver dropped out; however, Heyer chose to start the race anyway, slipping out of the pits and joining the pack without the officials realising. Only when his gearbox failed after 10 laps was it realised that Heyer should not have been competing, whereupon he was disqualified. He never attempted another race in a single-seat car. He is the only driver to be credited with a DNQ (Did Not Qualify), DNF (Did Not Finish), and DSQ (Disqualified) in the same race.[2]
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« Reply #188 on: November 08, 2020, 10:48:09 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_with_longest_production_time

interesting reading about the various complications for many of these films
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« Reply #189 on: November 08, 2020, 10:55:40 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_with_longest_production_time

interesting reading about the various complications for many of these films

I love reading up on that stuff too.

- The Act of Killing: This is near the top of my list of things to watch next, heard it's fantastic
- Avatar 2: "writing and visual effects prep work happening simultaneously for seven years" Did we learn nothing from the Star Wars prequels?
- Begotten: Still need to see this one
- Boyhood: IT TOOK TWELVE YEARS TO MAKE
- Eraserhead: One of the best examples <3
- Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time: :lol Was surprised to see this here but it's true.
- Movie 43: How much behind the scenes info is there on this one? Lol
- The Thief and the Cobbler: The documentary on its making, Persistence of Vision, is really good

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« Reply #190 on: November 08, 2020, 11:02:22 AM »
interesting how many of these end up mixed up with redlettermedia in some way

dangerous men, boyhood, roar, and they've brought up some of the others over the years

I don't know if jay has ever mentioned begotten but it is probably in his wheelhouse

even thief and the cobbler has the gilchrist connection
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« Reply #191 on: November 08, 2020, 07:43:44 PM »
Boyhood's a little different from most of the others since it had an extremely long production by design.
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« Reply #192 on: November 14, 2020, 04:17:36 PM »
What the hell?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_5390





edit: the images are reconstructions, but that's how it would have looked

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« Reply #193 on: November 14, 2020, 04:19:56 PM »
Top 5 worst nightmares

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« Reply #194 on: November 14, 2020, 04:22:00 PM »
Also:

And that's why you always have a co-pilot.


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« Reply #195 on: November 14, 2020, 04:24:18 PM »
Also are those recreation pics fake news? It clearly says his knees were caught by the controls and his upper torso was outside the plane. He wasn't literally being held by his ankles while the rest was outside the window, it seems (or at least, that would be my interpretation.)

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« Reply #196 on: November 14, 2020, 04:34:24 PM »
Yes. I saw an article with those pictures mentioning those were recreations. You can find a picture of the real people from the incident and they look different.

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« Reply #197 on: November 14, 2020, 05:11:00 PM »
Also are those recreation pics fake news? It clearly says his knees were caught by the controls and his upper torso was outside the plane. He wasn't literally being held by his ankles while the rest was outside the window, it seems (or at least, that would be my interpretation.)

It says that he later slipped further outside the plane and his head started banging against the fuselage.
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« Reply #198 on: November 14, 2020, 06:44:38 PM »
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« Reply #199 on: November 14, 2020, 06:47:31 PM »
 :lol what a dumbass, hope he wakes up screaming every night from ptsd  :neogaf
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« Reply #200 on: November 14, 2020, 09:11:11 PM »
Also are those recreation pics fake news? It clearly says his knees were caught by the controls and his upper torso was outside the plane. He wasn't literally being held by his ankles while the rest was outside the window, it seems (or at least, that would be my interpretation.)

It says that he later slipped further outside the plane and his head started banging against the fuselage.

Yeah a couple inches. That doesn't go from knees to toes tho.

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« Reply #201 on: November 15, 2020, 10:17:56 AM »
Well, he was at least far enough out that they couldn't pull him back in and at one point seriously considered just letting him go.
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« Reply #202 on: November 27, 2020, 03:18:24 AM »
I also liked this little bit:

As a result of increased notoriety, road signs are commonly stolen in Fucking, Austria, as souvenirs[43]—the only crime which has been reported in the village.[44] It cost some 300 euros to replace each stolen sign, and the costs were reflected in the taxes that local residents pay.[45] In 2004, owing mainly to the stolen signs, a vote was held on changing the village's name, but the residents voted against doing so.[46] Tarsdorf municipality's mayor Siegfried Höppl stated that it was decided to keep the name as it had existed for 800 years,[46] and further stated that "everyone here knows what it means in English, but for us Fucking is Fucking—and it's going to stay Fucking."[47]

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they finally broke. 2020 destroyed their will. It will now be Fugging from January 1st, 2021.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking,_Austria

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« Reply #203 on: November 27, 2020, 12:50:23 PM »
There's actually another town in Austria that already did the same thing, back in 1836. :notlikethis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugging
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« Reply #204 on: November 28, 2020, 02:02:55 AM »
There's actually another town in Austria that already did the same thing, back in 1836. :notlikethis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugging

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Fugging was first referred to as Fucking in 1195 in a local monastery's parish records. Its name was later changed from Fucking to Fugging for an unknown reason by 1836.

It's both funny in context and out of context! :lol
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« Reply #205 on: January 10, 2021, 12:12:53 PM »
Wikipedia is 20, and its reputation has never been higher

One of the only nonprofits I've given to repeatedly. :heart

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« Reply #206 on: January 10, 2021, 12:26:04 PM »
Ha! I can't actually read the Economist article beyond like the first 200 words (paywall), but Wikipedia has been pretty awesome. Been a great jumping off point for most of what I want to know.

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« Reply #207 on: January 16, 2021, 12:13:16 AM »
A video not an article but:



Spooky. Nothing happens for looooooong stretches then it all happens at once at the end and it's over like it didn't even happen. Reading up a bit more, according to witnesses you could hear the steal imploding and hitting the ocean floor as it went down. Goddamn that idea creeps me out.

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« Reply #208 on: January 16, 2021, 01:37:58 AM »
The brutality of the end is always so unsettling. The majority of the passengers still aboard. It tilts up and then suddenly snaps in half. That alone is horrifying. And then before you're able to get a clue what's next the boat starts to get all vertical within seconds followed by a quick unceremonious sinking.

 :yikes  :-X :-X :yuck

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« Reply #209 on: February 16, 2021, 12:48:24 AM »
https://www.mariowiki.com/Mario%27s_Bombs_Away

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Given the Jungle setting and the style of uniforms that Mario and the other soldiers are wearing, the war in question was presumably the Vietnam War.

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« Reply #210 on: February 16, 2021, 01:08:28 PM »
WRONG THREAD-O

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« Reply #214 on: April 23, 2021, 01:21:51 PM »
Separate (serendipitously posted) video:



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« Reply #216 on: May 08, 2021, 05:13:06 PM »
That is pretty great.
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« Reply #218 on: May 20, 2021, 07:06:55 PM »

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« Reply #219 on: May 20, 2021, 07:11:28 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glico_Morinaga_case

Is it my imagination, or is that an unusually rambling Wikipedia article?

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« Reply #220 on: May 21, 2021, 10:05:02 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erfurt_latrine_disaster

First paragraph.

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The Erfurt latrine event (German: Erfurter Latrinensturz) was an occurrence in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia, that caused the deaths of at least 60 people in 1184. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar and led to dozens of nobles drowning in liquid excrement.

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A feud between Louis III, Landgrave of Thuringia and Archbishop Conrad of Mainz which had existed since the defeat of Henry the Lion intensified to the point that King Henry VI was forced to intervene while he was traveling through the region during a military campaign against Poland. Henry decided to call a diet in Erfurt where he was staying to mediate the situation between the two and invited a number of other figures to the negotiations.

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« Reply #221 on: May 21, 2021, 10:16:25 AM »


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« Reply #222 on: September 07, 2021, 10:06:32 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_child

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Saturday Mthiyane (or Mifune) (1987), a boy of around five, was found after spending about a year in the company of monkeys in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was given the name Saturday after the day he was found, and Mthiyane was the name of the headmistress of the Special School which took him in. At the age of around 17, he could still not talk, and still walked and jumped like a monkey. He never ate cooked food and refused to share or play with other children. In 2005 he was killed in a fire.

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Dina Sanichar, discovered among wolves in a cave in Sikandra (near Agra) in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1872, at the age of 6. He went on to live among humans for over twenty years, including picking up smoking, but never learned to speak and remained seriously impaired for his entire life.
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« Reply #223 on: September 21, 2021, 04:20:21 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monowi,_Nebraska
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According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 1. It is the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a population.[7][8] The sole resident, Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender
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In this capacity, she acts as mayor, granting herself a liquor license. She is required to produce a municipal road plan every year in order to secure state funding for the village's four street lights
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« Reply #224 on: November 28, 2021, 11:39:00 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_the_Farter
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Roland the Farter (known in contemporary records as Roland le Fartere, Roulandus le Fartere or Roland le Petour) was a medieval flatulist who lived in twelfth-century England. He was given Hemingstone manor in Suffolk and 12 hectares (30 acres) of land in return for his services as a jester for King Henry II. Each year he was obliged to perform "Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum" (one jump, one whistle, and one fart) for the King's court at Christmas.

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« Reply #225 on: November 29, 2021, 09:21:23 AM »
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« Reply #227 on: December 27, 2021, 10:59:19 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jackson_Marion
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Four years after Marion was executed, in 1891, John Cameron was found alive and explained that he had, during the nearly twenty years since his "murder", traveled to Mexico, Alaska, and Colorado.
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« Reply #229 on: January 02, 2022, 03:46:28 PM »
More "new chronology" dudes:
The entire body of work could be said to stem from an attempt to solve the following problem: that to Velikovsky there appeared to be insufficient correlation in the written or archaeological records between Biblical history and what was known of the history of the area, in particular, Egypt.[27]

Velikovsky searched for common mention of events within literary records, and in the Ipuwer Papyrus he believed he had found a contemporary Egyptian account of the Plagues of Egypt. Moreover, he interpreted both accounts as descriptions of a great natural catastrophe. Velikovsky attempted to investigate the physical cause of these events, and extrapolated backwards and forwards in history from this point, cross-comparing written and mythical records from cultures on every inhabited continent, using them to attempt synchronisms of the historical records, yielding what he believed to be further periodic natural catastrophes that can be global in scale.
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The catastrophes that occurred within the memory of humankind are recorded in the myths, legends and written history of all ancient cultures and civilisations. Velikovsky pointed to alleged concordances in the accounts of many cultures, and proposed that they referred to the same real events. For instance, the memory of a flood is recorded in the Hebrew Bible, in the Greek legend of Deucalion, and in the Manu legend of India. Velikovsky put forward the psychoanalytic idea of "Cultural Amnesia" as a mechanism whereby these literal records came to be regarded as mere myths and legends.
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Some of Velikovsky's specific postulated catastrophes included:

A tentative suggestion that Earth had once been a satellite of a "proto-Saturn" body, before its current solar orbit.
That the Deluge (Noah's Flood) had been caused by proto-Saturn's entering a nova state, and ejecting much of its mass into space.
A suggestion that the planet Mercury was involved in the Tower of Babel catastrophe.
Jupiter had been the prime mover in the catastrophe that saw the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Periodic close contacts with a "cometary Venus" (which had been ejected from Jupiter) had caused the Exodus events (c. 1500 BCE) and Joshua's subsequent "sun standing still" (Joshua 10:12–13) incident.
Periodic close contacts with Mars had caused havoc in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE.
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To explain the fact that these changes to the configuration of the Solar System violate several well-understood laws of physics, Velikovsky invented a role for electromagnetic forces in counteracting gravity and orbital mechanics.
Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis published articles on topics related to the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky,[1] it was "founded, with no apologies, to deal with Velikovsky's work";[2] and as such hosted epigraphs on a wide range of subjects from ancient history, catastrophism and mythology. It ran 44 issues from the Spring of 1975 to the Spring of 1988. The title is an homage to the Greek name for the Roman god Saturn whose planetary namesake Velikovsky believed Earth once orbited as a satellite.

First published in 1991, it hypothesizes a conspiracy by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, Pope Sylvester II, and possibly the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII, to fabricate the Anno Domini dating system retroactively, in order to place them at the special year of AD 1000, and to rewrite history[1] to legitimize Otto's claim to the Holy Roman Empire. Illig believed that this was achieved through the alteration, misrepresentation and forgery of documentary and physical evidence.[2] According to this scenario, the entire Carolingian period, including the figure of Charlemagne, is a fabrication, with a "phantom time" of 297 years (AD 614–911) added to the Early Middle Ages.
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The relation between the Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar and the underlying astronomical solar or tropical year. The Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar, was long known to introduce a discrepancy from the tropical year of around one day for each century that the calendar was in use. By the time the Gregorian calendar was introduced in AD 1582, Illig alleges that the old Julian calendar should have produced a discrepancy of thirteen days between it and the real (or tropical) calendar. Instead, the astronomers and mathematicians working for Pope Gregory XIII had found that the civil calendar needed to be adjusted by only ten days. (The Julian calendar day Thursday, 4 October 1582 was followed by the first day of the Gregorian calendar, Friday, 15 October 1582). From this, Illig concludes that the AD era had counted roughly three centuries which never existed.

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« Reply #230 on: January 04, 2022, 11:06:00 AM »
Boss: "You left three hours early yesterday."

Me: "That's impossible, I always leave on time. The only explanation is that Earth was ejected from Jupiter's orbit because of a comet smashing into Venus 5000 years ago and we got hurled backwards three hours into a time portal that the Vatican covered up to keep us from learning the truth about Charlemagne."
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« Reply #231 on: January 22, 2022, 12:15:43 PM »
In 2020, Bradley Allf, a researcher at North Carolina State University, was invited to submit a paper to the journal US-China Education Reviews A&B, one of many journals run by David Publishing Company. Suspecting the journal was predatory, Allf submitted a nonsense paper espousing the educational benefits of high school students manufacturing drugs in the New Mexico desert, loosely following the plot of the television series Breaking Bad.[2] The paper was authored by Allf as well as fictional Breaking Bad characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. In it, Allf claims to have demonstrated that "at-risk" high school students in a chemistry course can benefit from field trips into the desert to make methamphetamine. The paper makes a number of obviously untrue claims, including that Albuquerque is part of the Galápagos Islands, that craniotomy is an effective means of assessing student learning, and that humans did not appear in the New Mexico "fossil record" until 108 years ago.[3] Additionally, the paper's methodology utilizes invented statistical techniques named after Pokémon and, according to the paper, its figures were created in Microsoft Paint. Despite the obvious issues with the paper, Allf's submission was accepted by the journal two weeks after undergoing a supposedly "rigorous" two-person peer review.[2]

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« Reply #232 on: February 03, 2022, 01:24:42 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yreka,_California#Lynchings
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Clyde Johnson and Robert Miller Barr robbed a local business and its patrons in Castella, California.[15] They then stole a car from a patron and drove north to Dunsmuir, California, where they planned to abandon the car and make a getaway by train. Soon after they abandoned the car north of Dunsmuir, they were stopped by California Highway Patrolman George "Molly" Malone and Dunsmuir honorary Chief of Police, 38-year-old Frank R. "Jack" Daw. Johnson pulled out a Luger pistol and wounded both policemen. Malone recovered, but Daw died the next day.[16] Johnson was caught a few hours later by a dragnet and taken into custody. Barr, who was holding the $35 that they got from the robbery, panicked during the shootout and ran off into the woods, then escaped on a freight train. Daw was a beloved figure in Dunsmuir. His title of Chief of Police was given to him because of his cool head and experience as a World War I veteran. The night of Daw's funeral a dozen cars from Dunsmuir, carrying approximately 50 masked men, drove north to Yreka to lynch Johnson. On August 3, 1935, at 1:30 a.m., the vigilante mob reached the Yreka jail and lightly knocked on the door. Deputy Marin Lange, the only guard on duty at the jail, opened the door slightly and was quickly overtaken. He was driven nine miles east of Yreka where he was released, barefoot. The mob searched the jail, found Johnson, drove him away in one of the cars and hanged him from a pine tree.[17][18] Barr was arrested over a year later, on September 4, 1936, in Los Angeles on a burglary charge.[19] During his time on the run, he got a part as an extra in the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald film Rose Marie, scenes of which were filmed near Lake Tahoe. He is credited in the film under his real name.

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« Reply #234 on: February 10, 2022, 09:51:09 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiretsu

I love the idea of this. If I ever really get my business going I'd love to do this sort of things with other friends who are also founders.

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« Reply #235 on: March 08, 2022, 07:42:11 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)

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Wojtek (1942 – 2 December 1963; Polish pronunciation: [ˈvɔjtɛk]; in English, sometimes spelled Voytek and pronounced as such) was a Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) bought, as a young cub, at a railway station in Hamadan, Iran, by Polish II Corps soldiers who had been evacuated from the Soviet Union. In order to provide for his rations and transportation, he was eventually enlisted officially as a soldier with the rank of private, and was subsequently promoted to corporal.

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Wojtek initially had problems swallowing and was fed condensed milk from an old vodka bottle. He was subsequently given fruit, marmalade, honey, and syrup, and was often rewarded with beer, which became his favourite drink. He later also enjoyed smoking (or eating) cigarettes, as well as drinking coffee in the mornings. He also would sleep with the other soldiers if they were ever cold in the night. He enjoyed wrestling with the soldiers and was taught to salute when greeted. He became an attraction for soldiers and civilians alike, and soon became an unofficial mascot to all the units stationed nearby. With the 22nd Company, he moved to Iraq, and then through Syria, Palestine, and Egypt.

Wojtek copied the other soldiers, drinking beer, smoking and even marching alongside them on his hind legs because he saw them do so. Wojtek had his own caregiver, assigned to look after him. The cub grew up while on campaign, and by the time of the Battle of Monte Cassino he weighed 90 kilograms (14 st; 200 lb).

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As an enlisted soldier with his own paybook, rank, and serial number, he lived with the other men in tents or in a special wooden crate, which was transported by truck. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped his unit to convey ammunition by carrying 100-pound (45 kg) crates of 25-pound artillery shells, never dropping any of them. While this story generated controversy over its accuracy, at least one account exists of a British soldier recalling seeing a bear carrying crates of ammo. The bear mimicked the soldiers: when he saw the men lifting crates, he copied them. Wojtek carried boxes that normally required 4 men, which he would stack onto a truck or other ammunition boxes. This service at Monte Cassino earned him promotion to the rank of corporal. In recognition of Wojtek's popularity, a depiction of a bear carrying an artillery shell was adopted as the official emblem of the 22nd Company.



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« Reply #236 on: March 09, 2022, 10:56:56 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Black_(rat_catcher)

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Black promoted himself as the Queen's official rat-catcher, but he never held a royal warrant.
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« Reply #237 on: March 18, 2022, 06:53:23 PM »
The Atlantic: How Charles Dickens Made the Novel New

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Dickens once complained that without the buzzing life and teeming crowds of London, his imagination grew cramped. London, he wrote, was his “magic lantern”; his characters “seem disposed to stagnate without crowds about them.” Dickens needed the city, and the city needed Dickens. As we re-stitch urban life after two years of dislocation, Bleak House might reveal the secret principles that underlie the city as a system.

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« Reply #239 on: April 18, 2022, 05:14:50 PM »
wait for it

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