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16th May '17 6:47:43 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/WaltDisney: Anyone who takes his reputation and what he accomplished for granted don't realize just how much crap he went through early in his life. First, he went through ''two'' unsuccessful attempts at making his own studio--then, when he finally [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit got a hit star]], it was stolen right out from under him, along with almost all of his animators by a greedy corporate scumbag. [[ForegoneConclusion But did he give up?]] [[{{Determinator}} HECK NO.]] Walt simply quit the studio and decided to become his own boss from there on out, taking with him the only three people who didn't leave his side--his partner UbIwerks, and the two apprentice animators [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]] and Wilfred Jackson. From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, ''indeed.'' Then they went on to make MickeyMouse, then later on the Silly Symphonies which constantly pushed technical boundaries and subject matter unheard of in animation, and then proved that feature length animation was viable, then went on to pioneer theme parks... the guy just kept finding ways to keep topping himself, driven by his perfectionism. If he had just lived longer, who knows what more he could have contributed to the world? Meanwhile, Charles Mintz, the man that stole Oswald, was fired from Universal less than a year later for "Letting Walt Disney get away" and was replaced with Walter Lantz, who went on to create Woody Woodpecker. Several decades have passed since his death in 1966, and Disney is now one of the biggest and most successful corporations in the world.

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* Creator/WaltDisney: Anyone who takes his reputation and what he accomplished for granted don't realize just how much crap he went through early in his life. First, he went through ''two'' unsuccessful attempts at making his own studio--then, when he finally [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit got a hit star]], it was stolen right out from under him, along with almost all of his animators by a greedy corporate scumbag. [[ForegoneConclusion But did he give up?]] [[{{Determinator}} HECK NO.]] Walt simply quit the studio and decided to become his own boss from there on out, taking with him the only three people who didn't leave his side--his partner UbIwerks, Creator/UbIwerks, and the two apprentice animators [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]] and Wilfred Jackson. From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, ''indeed.'' Then they went on to make MickeyMouse, then later on the Silly Symphonies which constantly pushed technical boundaries and subject matter unheard of in animation, and then proved that feature length animation was viable, then went on to pioneer theme parks... the guy just kept finding ways to keep topping himself, driven by his perfectionism. If he had just lived longer, who knows what more he could have contributed to the world? Meanwhile, Charles Mintz, the man that stole Oswald, was fired from Universal less than a year later for "Letting Walt Disney get away" and was replaced with Walter Lantz, who went on to create Woody Woodpecker. Several decades have passed since his death in 1966, and Disney is now one of the biggest and most successful corporations in the world.
6th May '17 7:23:33 AM Vampireandthen
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* Golden eagles. This bird of prey has been known to take on North America badgers, the honey badgers' cousin, and actually drive them away from their kills. One was even observed eating a badger's kill as it his underneath the carcass. Hell, they have even driven off grizzly bears! In any environment they are introduced, golden eagles tend to dominate it.
23rd Apr '17 7:23:16 PM Arch9enius
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** His side of the story is a [[FunnyAneurysm Funny Aneurysm]]
23rd Apr '17 6:41:19 PM Arch9enius
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**During WWII, one of the leading wagons on a freight train passing through the village of Soham in Cambridgeshire caught fire. The problem with this was that it was a trainload of bombs. The reaction of the driver and fireman? Pin down the rest of the train, uncouple the locomotive with the burning wagon(s) and make a run for it until the developing problem was well clear of the village. They got to the next signalbox before being stopped, which was when the burning wagons, locomotive and crew, and the signalbox and signalman were blown to kingdom come. Nevertheless, Soham is still where it was which it would not have been if the whole train had gone up. The remains of the locomotive can be seen [[https://www.lner.info/locos/O/o7.php here]] .
6th Apr '17 3:04:34 PM SpukiKitty
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*** Hopefully the guy who posted that is a troll lying his ass off to mess with those who saved the cat because nothing else came of this and noone is investigating this further. Dusty The Cat is likely safe and Kenny has been punished.
16th Mar '17 9:44:22 PM tsstevens
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* Tasmanian politics gets one when for about as long as there had been a Gunns timber company the Greens party had done everything they could to destroy them. In 2012 they succeeded, now however right the party was, [[NeverMyFault however they claim to have no involvement,]] in light of the job losses with Gunns' closure the Greens saw fit to [[EvilIsPetty celebrate this,]] something Liberal Michael Ferguson saw fit to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtDt8uy-jWc call them out on.]]
13th Mar '17 8:22:42 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Madrid Siege of Madrid]] during the [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Spanish Civil War]]. The war began when a cadre of right-wing generals led by [[FranciscoFranco Francisco Franco]] and backed by [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Mussolini]] staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic and replace it with an authoritarian, right-wing regime. Most of the military's best troops and nearly the entire officer corps defected to the rebels, and while Franco's troops were amply supplied by Italy and Germany with weaponry and material, the western democracies would not aid the legitimate government of the Republic for fear of angering Hitler or Mussolini (this was during the 'appeasement' era). Things looked dire for the Republic. Fascist armies were quickly advancing on Madrid, easily sweeping aside whatever resistance they encountered. The [[SovietUnion USSR]] promised aid but it wasn't coming fast enough. The world was certain the city was about to fall. [[ForegoneConclusion Reporters in Madrid were so confident they sent communiques reporting the rebels had already taken the city]]. Telegrams arrived in the city congratulating Franco on his victory. Even the government was so sure Madrid could not hold that they quietly abandoned it for Valencia on the coast. The only thing standing between the rebel forces and the capital were a smattering of very green loyalist troops, the Madrid police force and several disorganized, undisciplined militias composed of ordinary citizens. The Nationalists had better training, functioning weapons, more ammunition, air support and tanks. In contrast, the Republicans only had small arms, a few artillery, and more manpower than the enemy forces besieging them. Nevertheless, they all vowed to turn Madrid into [[BadassBoast "the tomb of fascism"]]. The fascists got to the Manzanares river on the outskirts of the city, but no further, because the people of Madrid, with no training and little more than rusty Mauser rifles (even in some cases throwing rocks at the attackers or fighting hand to hand) [[YouShallNotPass successfully held off the rebels' seasoned professional troops for days]], until the promised Soviet aid and the volunteers of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] arrived to relieve the pressure, using their new Russian weapons and equipment to rain hell on Franco's men. With Madrid relieved, the Republic was able to remobilize, form a proper army and fight back against the Nationalists. Though of course, in the end [[DownerEnding Franco won]], no one ever forget how the Madrileños, abandoned by the world and their own government, held their own against vastly superior forces and kept the fascists out of Madrid for three years. Despite Franco's violent repression throughout his rule, the siege, and the heroic image of ordinary people alongside militiamen and soldiers defending the capital until the end slipped into Spanish popular culture.'¡No Pasarán!', indeed!

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Madrid Siege of Madrid]] during the [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Spanish Civil War]]. The war began when a cadre of right-wing generals led by [[FranciscoFranco Francisco Franco]] and backed by [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Mussolini]] staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic and replace it with an authoritarian, right-wing regime. Most of the military's best troops and nearly the entire officer corps defected to the rebels, and while Franco's troops were amply supplied by Italy and Germany with weaponry and material, the western democracies would not aid the legitimate government of the Republic for fear of angering Hitler or Mussolini (this was during the 'appeasement' era). Things looked dire for the Republic. Fascist armies were quickly advancing on Madrid, easily sweeping aside whatever resistance they encountered. The [[SovietUnion USSR]] promised aid but it wasn't coming fast enough. The world was certain the city was about to fall. [[ForegoneConclusion Reporters in Madrid were so confident they sent communiques reporting the rebels had already taken the city]]. Telegrams arrived in the city congratulating Franco on his victory. Even the government was so sure Madrid could not hold that they quietly abandoned it for Valencia on the coast. The only thing standing between the rebel forces and the capital were a smattering of very green loyalist troops, the Madrid police force and several disorganized, undisciplined militias composed of ordinary citizens. The Nationalists had better training, functioning weapons, more ammunition, air support and tanks. In contrast, the Republicans only had small arms, a few artillery, and more manpower than the enemy forces besieging them. Nevertheless, they all vowed to turn Madrid into [[BadassBoast "the tomb of fascism"]]. The fascists got to the Manzanares river on the outskirts of the city, but no further, because the people of Madrid, with no training and little more than rusty Mauser rifles (even in some cases throwing rocks at the attackers or fighting hand to hand) [[YouShallNotPass successfully held off the rebels' seasoned professional troops for days]], until the promised Soviet aid and the volunteers of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] arrived to relieve the pressure, with the defenders using their new Russian weapons and equipment to rain hell on Franco's men. With Madrid relieved, the Republic was able to remobilize, form a proper army and fight back against the Nationalists. Though of course, in the end [[DownerEnding Franco won]], no one ever forget how the Madrileños, abandoned by the world and their own government, held their own against vastly superior forces and kept the fascists out of Madrid for three years. Despite Franco's violent repression throughout his rule, the siege, and the heroic image of ordinary people alongside militiamen and soldiers defending the capital until the end slipped into Spanish popular culture.'¡No Pasarán!', indeed!
13th Mar '17 5:40:03 PM BiffJr
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* Felix Baumgartner, on 13 October, 2012, performed a successful skydiving jump from a balloon-mounted capsule 120,000 feet in the air. How high is that? High enough that there's hardly any air left to be in (he had to wear a space suit). Higher than SR-71s flew. And less than fifteen minutes later, he's standing on the ground talking with the recovery crew.

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* Felix Baumgartner, on 13 October, 2012, performed a successful skydiving jump from a balloon-mounted capsule 120,000 feet in the air. How high is that? High enough that there's hardly any air left to be in (he had to wear a space suit). Higher than SR-71s flew. And less than fifteen minutes later, he's standing on the ground talking with the recovery crew. The top speed on the jump was 843.6 MPH. This is MACH 1.25, faster than the speed of sound with no craft.
12th Mar '17 4:50:41 PM schoi30
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** These hornets happen to have one natural predator that cannot be hurt by their stings: the [[NobleBirdOfPrey crested honey buzzard]], who like the honey badger has the word "honey" in its name.

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** These hornets happen to have one natural predator that cannot be hurt by their stings: the [[NobleBirdOfPrey crested honey buzzard]], who like is pretty much the avian version of the honey badger has the word "honey" in its name.badger.
8th Mar '17 11:50:08 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Madrid Siege of Madrid]] during the [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Spanish Civil War]]. The war began when a cadre of right-wing generals led by [[FranciscoFranco Francisco Franco]] and backed by [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Mussolini]] staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic and replace it with an authoritarian, right-wing regime. Most of the military's best troops and nearly the entire officer corps defected to the rebels, and while Franco's troops were amply supplied by Italy and Germany with weaponry and material, the western democracies would not aid the legitimate government of the Republic for fear of angering Hitler or Mussolini (this was during the 'appeasement' era). Things looked dire for the Republic. Fascist armies were quickly advancing on Madrid, easily sweeping aside whatever resistance they encountered. The [[SovietUnion USSR]] promised aid but it wasn't coming fast enough. The world was certain the city was about to fall. [[ForegoneConclusion Reporters in Madrid were so confident they sent communiques reporting the rebels had already taken the city]]. Telegrams arrived in the city congratulating Franco on his victory. Even the government was so sure Madrid could not hold that they quietly abandoned it for Valencia on the coast. The only thing standing between the rebel forces and the capital were a smattering of very green loyalist troops, the Madrid police force and several disorganized, undisciplined militias composed of ordinary citizens. The Nationalists had better training, functioning weapons, more ammunition, air support and tanks. In contrast, the Republicans only had small arms, a few artillery, and more manpower than the enemy forces besieging them. Nevertheless, they all vowed to turn Madrid into [[BadassBoast "the tomb of fascism"]]. The fascists got to the Manzanares river on the outskirts of the city, but no further, because the people of Madrid, with no training and little more than rusty Mauser rifles (even in some cases throwing rocks at the attackers or fighting hand to hand) [[YouShallNotPass successfully held off the rebels' seasoned professional troops for days]], until the promised Soviet aid and the volunteers of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] arrived to relieve the pressure, using their new Russian weapons and equipment to rain hell on Franco's men. With Madrid relieved, the Republic was able to remobilize, form a proper army and fight back against the Nationalists. Though of course, in the end [[DownerEnding Franco won]], no one ever forget how the Madrileños, abandoned by the world and their own government, held their own against vastly superior forces and kept the fascists out of Madrid for three years. "No Pasaran" indeed!

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Madrid Siege of Madrid]] during the [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar Spanish Civil War]]. The war began when a cadre of right-wing generals led by [[FranciscoFranco Francisco Franco]] and backed by [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] and [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Mussolini]] staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic and replace it with an authoritarian, right-wing regime. Most of the military's best troops and nearly the entire officer corps defected to the rebels, and while Franco's troops were amply supplied by Italy and Germany with weaponry and material, the western democracies would not aid the legitimate government of the Republic for fear of angering Hitler or Mussolini (this was during the 'appeasement' era). Things looked dire for the Republic. Fascist armies were quickly advancing on Madrid, easily sweeping aside whatever resistance they encountered. The [[SovietUnion USSR]] promised aid but it wasn't coming fast enough. The world was certain the city was about to fall. [[ForegoneConclusion Reporters in Madrid were so confident they sent communiques reporting the rebels had already taken the city]]. Telegrams arrived in the city congratulating Franco on his victory. Even the government was so sure Madrid could not hold that they quietly abandoned it for Valencia on the coast. The only thing standing between the rebel forces and the capital were a smattering of very green loyalist troops, the Madrid police force and several disorganized, undisciplined militias composed of ordinary citizens. The Nationalists had better training, functioning weapons, more ammunition, air support and tanks. In contrast, the Republicans only had small arms, a few artillery, and more manpower than the enemy forces besieging them. Nevertheless, they all vowed to turn Madrid into [[BadassBoast "the tomb of fascism"]]. The fascists got to the Manzanares river on the outskirts of the city, but no further, because the people of Madrid, with no training and little more than rusty Mauser rifles (even in some cases throwing rocks at the attackers or fighting hand to hand) [[YouShallNotPass successfully held off the rebels' seasoned professional troops for days]], until the promised Soviet aid and the volunteers of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] arrived to relieve the pressure, using their new Russian weapons and equipment to rain hell on Franco's men. With Madrid relieved, the Republic was able to remobilize, form a proper army and fight back against the Nationalists. Though of course, in the end [[DownerEnding Franco won]], no one ever forget how the Madrileños, abandoned by the world and their own government, held their own against vastly superior forces and kept the fascists out of Madrid for three years. "No Pasaran" Despite Franco's violent repression throughout his rule, the siege, and the heroic image of ordinary people alongside militiamen and soldiers defending the capital until the end slipped into Spanish popular culture.'¡No Pasarán!', indeed!
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