History Awesome / RealLife

25th Jul '17 6:02:32 PM mrincodi
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* The Battle at Kuger. Lions vs buffalo vs crocodiles. Has to be seen to be believed.

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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM Battle at Kuger. Kruger]]. Lions vs buffalo buffalos vs crocodiles. Has to be seen to be believed.
20th Jul '17 4:24:50 PM Eksekk
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* In the 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens was congratulated for winning the gold in Sprinting by German competitor Luz Long. Not very awesome, until you consider the fact Jesse Owens was black, and this was done right in front of AdolfHitler

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* In the 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens was congratulated for winning the gold in Sprinting by German competitor Luz Long. Not very awesome, until you consider the fact Jesse Owens was black, and this was done right in front of AdolfHitlerAdolfHitler.
18th Jul '17 8:24:20 PM DStaal
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** And [[http://notalwaysright.com/needs-to-press-paws/29017 this one.]] The woman moved so fast they had to ''slow down the footage'' so they could see exactly what she did.

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** And [[http://notalwaysright.com/needs-to-press-paws/29017 [[https://notalwaysright.com/needs-to-press-paws/76697/ this one.]] The woman moved so fast they had to ''slow down the footage'' so they could see exactly what she did.
16th Jul '17 11:51:51 AM nombretomado
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* In 1921, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Marshall_Williams David Marshall Williams]] was not a man who looked like he had much of a future. He was a railroad worker, but on the side ran a moonshine still. Then during a raid on that still, a deputy sheriff was shot dead. He was charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. That might have been the end of him, were he not [[GadgeteerGenius good with machines]]. He was given extra time in the prison machine yard for it. He eventually got permission to design ''gun parts'' while in ''prison''. He filed patents for a floating chamber and a short-stroke piston for self-loading firearms. His family petitioned for him to be pardoned, and eventually the sheriff who arrested him and the ''widow of the dead deputy'' joined in on the petition. He was released after a decade of jail time in 1931. Then? He went on to design the [[CoolGuns M1 Carbine]] for Winchester firearms, one of the most widely used and iconic American weapons of WW2, earning him the nickname [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Carbine" Williams]].

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* In 1921, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Marshall_Williams David Marshall Williams]] was not a man who looked like he had much of a future. He was a railroad worker, but on the side ran a moonshine still. Then during a raid on that still, a deputy sheriff was shot dead. He was charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. That might have been the end of him, were he not [[GadgeteerGenius good with machines]]. He was given extra time in the prison machine yard for it. He eventually got permission to design ''gun parts'' while in ''prison''. He filed patents for a floating chamber and a short-stroke piston for self-loading firearms. His family petitioned for him to be pardoned, and eventually the sheriff who arrested him and the ''widow of the dead deputy'' joined in on the petition. He was released after a decade of jail time in 1931. Then? He went on to design the [[CoolGuns M1 Carbine]] for Winchester firearms, one of the most widely used and iconic American weapons of WW2, [=WW2=], earning him the nickname [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Carbine" Williams]].
15th Jul '17 1:11:07 PM Gess
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* The infamous Titanic's elder sister ship Olympic also had her share of collisions, but unlike her hapless sibling, ''absolutely refused to go down''. The first two cases were incidents with a tug and a cruiser, but the third one is where it gets [[http://perdurabo10.tripod.com/ships/id45.html awesome]]. Olympic was drafted into service in WWI as a troop ship, and once engaged a German submarine. The sub fired a torpedo at the ship but missed. Olympic in return '''rammed the submarine and sank it'''. This is on top of the fact that she was one of the largest commercial ocean liners at the time, and was only drafted due to a shortage of ships. Large troopships were extremely vulnerable targets because if one sunk they would take with them a lot more lives than smaller troopships. The Olympic not only rammed a submarine to death, but survived the entire war intact. This earned her the name "Old Reliable".

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* The infamous Titanic's elder sister ship Olympic also had her share of collisions, but unlike her hapless sibling, ''absolutely refused to go down''. The first two cases were incidents with a tug and a cruiser, but the third one is where it gets [[http://perdurabo10.tripod.com/ships/id45.html awesome]]. Olympic was drafted into service in WWI as a troop ship, and once engaged a German submarine. The sub fired a torpedo at the ship but missed. Olympic in return '''rammed the submarine and sank it'''. This is on top of the fact that she was one of the largest commercial ocean liners at the time, and was only drafted due to a shortage of ships. Large troopships were extremely vulnerable targets because if one sunk they would take with them a lot more lives than smaller troopships. The Olympic not only rammed a submarine to death, but survived the entire war intact. This earned her the name "Old Reliable".


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* Also from USSR, Marya Oktyabrskaya, after her husband got killed, volunteered to join the army, but was found unfit for duty. She then raised enough money to (basically) buy her own ''tank''. She even wrote a personal letter to Stalin, requesting to be made its driver. She only got to spend two months fighting, before being fatally wounded when trying to fix the damaged track while under enemy fire, but she still avenged her husband's death and then some - in that battle her tank killed 50 Nazi soldiers and officers and a cannon. Marya was awaded a posthumous Hero of the Soviet Union Order, and her tank became a LegacyCharacter - her comrades kept giving the name she chose, "Sister in Arms", to new machines after losing the previous ones, so the fourth "Sister" did saw the end of the war.
8th Jul '17 9:34:16 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug Norman Borlaug.]] He saved a billion lives. If anyone doesn't know who he was, please look up his article on TheOtherWiki, because this man had ''multiple'' [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome Moments of Awesome]] in his lifetime. He moved to Mexico, where he developed high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat, which improved food stability. He proceeded to take his wheat varieties to Pakistan and India, greatly helping in their food stability, increasing their ability to feed people. Later in life, he took his work to China and Africa, aiding them in feeding the people. His work is credited with saving a billion lives by preventing death through starvation, is the father of the 'Green Revolution', and was a major proponent of using genetics to increase the food yield and resistance to disease in plants. And as for his environmentalist critics, he had this to say:

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug Norman Borlaug.]] He saved a billion lives. If anyone doesn't know who he was, please look up his article on TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, because this man had ''multiple'' [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome Moments of Awesome]] in his lifetime. He moved to Mexico, where he developed high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat, which improved food stability. He proceeded to take his wheat varieties to Pakistan and India, greatly helping in their food stability, increasing their ability to feed people. Later in life, he took his work to China and Africa, aiding them in feeding the people. His work is credited with saving a billion lives by preventing death through starvation, is the father of the 'Green Revolution', and was a major proponent of using genetics to increase the food yield and resistance to disease in plants. And as for his environmentalist critics, he had this to say:
8th Jul '17 9:31:56 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hilleman Maurice Hilleman.]] He saved five hundred million lives. As with Borlaug above, see TheOtherWiki for a full account of Hilleman's awesomeness. Briefly: he developed the first seasonal flu vaccines and the vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, [[SerialEscalation among others]].*

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hilleman Maurice Hilleman.]] He saved five hundred million lives. As with Borlaug above, see TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for a full account of Hilleman's awesomeness. Briefly: he developed the first seasonal flu vaccines and the vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, [[SerialEscalation among others]].*
4th Jul '17 9:00:30 AM PilotSolaris
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30th Jun '17 7:13:43 PM CaptEquinox
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg0z9kMjgdM Russell Oliver getting to tell the news about the lawsuit that was going to ensue with him against Superman right in front of the CBC. ]] The best part about it is how cool headed he was staying despite blatant advertising and an annoying douche of a news reporter.

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** If your child says "I want to be a hero", tell her to be, not a police officer or a soldier, but a firefighter.
* Russell Oliver, otherwise known as Cash Man, is the gregarious owner of Oliver's Jewelry in Toronto. Has been for over 40 years. His commercials where he rockets out of a phone booth in a blue leotard with a red cape and boots got him hit with a $300,000 copyright/trademark lawsuit in the late 1990s by DC Comics. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg0z9kMjgdM Russell Here's Oliver getting to tell the news about the lawsuit that was going to ensue with him against Cash Man vs. Superman right in front of the CBC. CBC.]] The best part about it is how cool headed he was staying despite blatant advertising and an annoying douche of a news reporter.reporter. (The case was thrown out before it got to court. Cash Man stopped wearing the outfit, but everyone knows who he is anyway.)
30th Jun '17 6:05:31 PM CaptEquinox
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* In Creator/HannaBarbera's case, the ran into a stall during the production of ""WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' in regards to Scatman Crothers' race. Even during the 70s, when Afro-Americans were increasingly recognized and cast in all sorts of roles on television, for some reason Hanna-Barbera Studios was [[https://badazzmofo.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/2679/ still reluctant at the idea]] of [[HumansAreWhite casting a black actor in a cartoon let alone having a black character at all]]. (They even dragged their feet on including Valerie, a canonical black character, in ''Josie and the Pussycats''!) So when Joe Barbera cast Crothers in the lead role, he decided to [[ILied lie to the HB heads by claiming that the title character's voice was provided by a white actor impersonating a black man]], which they of course believed.

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* In Creator/HannaBarbera's case, the ran into a stall during the production of ""WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' in regards to Scatman Crothers' race. Even during the 70s, when Afro-Americans were increasingly recognized and cast in all sorts of roles on television, for some reason Hanna-Barbera Studios was [[https://badazzmofo.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/2679/ still reluctant at the idea]] of [[HumansAreWhite casting a black actor in a cartoon let alone having a black character at all]]. (They even dragged their feet on including Valerie, a canonical black character, in ''Josie and the Pussycats''!) So when Joe Barbera cast Crothers in the lead role, he decided to [[ILied lie to the HB heads by claiming that the title character's voice was provided by a white actor impersonating a black man]], which they of course believed.
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