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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!
8th Mar '17 4:10:16 PM Shadeblade11
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* Newark Mayor Cory Booker had already developed a reputation as a "hands-on" mayor when he started shoveling the driveways of citizens who asked him to -- no small task in a city with 277,000 people. But his SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome came when he [[OutOfTheInferno literally ran through a wall of fire]] to save a woman from a burning building.

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* Newark Mayor Cory Booker had already developed a reputation as a "hands-on" mayor when he started shoveling the driveways of citizens who asked him to -- no small task in a city with 277,000 people. But his SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome came when he [[OutOfTheInferno literally ran through a wall of fire]] to save a woman from a burning building.



** Every single passenger on that plane deserved a medal. What they did was truly remarkable. They were ordinary people. Ordinary people placed in an extraordinary situation leading to extraordinary tragedy. Facing extraordnary odds and extraordinary perils, they performed extraordinary deeds and became heroes. God Bless The Passengers of Flight 93.

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** Every single passenger on that plane deserved a medal. What they did was truly remarkable. They were ordinary people. Ordinary people placed in an extraordinary situation leading to extraordinary tragedy. Facing extraordnary extraordinary odds and extraordinary perils, they performed extraordinary deeds and became heroes. God Bless The Passengers of Flight 93.



* [[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 in 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 enviromentalist 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, 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 in 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 enviromentalist environmentalist critics, he had this to say:



* [[http://broniesforgood.org/seeds-of-kindness/ Seeds of Kindness]] is a charity project created by bronies (fans of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic) in which you can download an album with original fanmusic inspired by the series in exchange of your donation. [[http://broniesforgood.org/2012/06/lisas-thank-you-letter-green-village-and-tanzanian-orphanage-project-funded/ So far it had collected enough money to fund a clinic in Uganda, a green village in Burundi and an orphanage in Tanzania.]]

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* [[http://broniesforgood.org/seeds-of-kindness/ Seeds of Kindness]] is a charity project created by bronies (fans of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic) in which you can download an album with original fanmusic fan music inspired by the series in exchange of for your donation. [[http://broniesforgood.org/2012/06/lisas-thank-you-letter-green-village-and-tanzanian-orphanage-project-funded/ So far it had collected enough money to fund a clinic in Uganda, a green village in Burundi and an orphanage in Tanzania.]]



* The makers of ''Film/TheDarkSideOfChocolate'', the documentary about the widespread use of child slaves in the cocoa industry, asked some companies to view their film but they refused. So what did they they do? They went to the headquarters of Nestle, the biggest giant in the industry, ''erected a giant screen right in front of it,'' and played their film. You can just imagine the corporate fat cats squirming in their seats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNpwIzeyjKQ&t=43m0s See it here.]]

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* The makers of ''Film/TheDarkSideOfChocolate'', the documentary about the widespread use of child slaves in the cocoa industry, asked some companies to view their film but they refused. So what did they they do? They went to the headquarters of Nestle, the biggest giant in the industry, ''erected a giant screen right in front of it,'' and played their film. You can just imagine the corporate fat cats squirming in their seats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNpwIzeyjKQ&t=43m0s See it here.]]



** [[http://thehayride.com/2011/04/westboro-baptist-church-goes-to-mississippi-and-loses/ Yet another fabulous way to screw over the Westboro Baptist Church.]] - basically, counterprotestors found the car park where most of the Westboro visitors were parked, miles away from the funeral site, and parked pick-up trucks in front of every car with a Kansas licence plate. The trucks stayed there for the duration of a funeral of a soldier which was taking place in the town, thus thwarting their plan to picket the funeral.

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** [[http://thehayride.com/2011/04/westboro-baptist-church-goes-to-mississippi-and-loses/ Yet another fabulous way to screw over the Westboro Baptist Church.]] - basically, counterprotestors counterprotesters found the car park where most of the Westboro visitors were parked, miles away from the funeral site, and parked pick-up trucks in front of every car with a Kansas licence plate. The trucks stayed there for the duration of a funeral of a soldier which was taking place in the town, thus thwarting their plan to picket the funeral.



* John Smeaton of Glasgow was just a luggage handler on his break when the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack occurred, with two men trying to drive an explosive-filled jeep into the airport terminal. What does he do? Thinks "that's not right" and goes over and helps the police in making sure they didn't get away, in typical Glasgow style (i.e. shouting "fuckin' mon, then!" and kicking one of the drivers in the head). Apparently there were other people there as well who had thought the same thing and they were kicking the shit out of the terrorists. Glasgow; if you're trying to be a suicide bomber there, make sure you die because if you don't you'll bloody well wish you had. It just goes to prove, you don't fuck with Scotland! (And if you try to, they'll break your legs and probably call out your footy team.)
** A nearby cab driver helped detain one of the other suspects-who happened to be somewhat on fire at the time-by kicking the would-be bomber so hard in the groin that the cab driver actually tore a tendon in his foot. So to quote [[http://www.cracked.com/article/79_the-5-most-embarrassing-failures-in-history-terrorism_p2/ Cracked]], "In the space of about 30 seconds, this man was in a car accident, an explosion, lit aflame and then kicked in the balls with more force than a human foot can technically take."

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* John Smeaton of Glasgow was just a luggage handler on his break when the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack occurred, with two men trying to drive an explosive-filled jeep into the airport terminal. What does he do? Thinks "that's not right" and goes over and helps the police in making sure they didn't get away, in typical Glasgow style Glasgow-style (i.e. shouting "fuckin' mon, then!" and kicking one of the drivers in the head). Apparently there were other people there as well who had thought the same thing and they were kicking the shit out of the terrorists. Glasgow; if you're trying to be a suicide bomber there, make sure you die because if you don't you'll bloody well wish you had. It just goes to prove, you don't fuck with Scotland! (And if you try to, they'll break your legs and probably call out your footy team.)
** A nearby cab driver helped detain one of the other suspects-who suspects - who happened to be somewhat on fire at the time-by time - by kicking the would-be bomber so hard in the groin that the cab driver actually tore a tendon in his foot. So to quote [[http://www.cracked.com/article/79_the-5-most-embarrassing-failures-in-history-terrorism_p2/ Cracked]], "In the space of about 30 seconds, this man was in a car accident, an explosion, lit aflame and then kicked in the balls with more force than a human foot can technically take."



* [[http://rt.com/news/man-stabs-invaders-tula-586/ Four thugs]] broke into a house of a businessman in Tula, Russia, armed with knifes, bats and ''guns''. They tortured him and his family for money, but once one of them put a gun to his baby's head, [[PapaWolf the man grabbed a knife himself...]] Three of the scumbags died on the spot, the fourth one fled.

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* [[http://rt.com/news/man-stabs-invaders-tula-586/ Four thugs]] broke into a house of a businessman in Tula, Russia, armed with knifes, knives, bats and ''guns''. They tortured him and his family for money, but once one of them put a gun to his baby's head, [[PapaWolf the man grabbed a knife himself...]] Three of the scumbags died on the spot, the fourth one fled.



* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words: "Stage one has landed." First ever time that a first-stage of an orbital launch-vehicle had landed, intact, in a condition that allows for re-use (but they're keeping this first one as a trophy). Just under 4 months later, on their first supply-launch to the International Space Station after the failure of CRS-7 in July 2015, they successfully land another first-stage, but this time on a barge at sea less than a twentieth as big as the landing-zone on terra-firma that they landed on in December. Then, just under a month after '''that''' recovery, they successfully land a first-stage on a ballistic re-entry trajectory after launching a communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. That last one is hardest type of landing to make the first-stage do intact, and it's the most important one to master for Elon Musk's proposed colonization of mars to become possible.

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* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words: "Stage one has landed." First ever time that a first-stage first stage of an orbital launch-vehicle launch vehicle had landed, intact, in a condition that allows for re-use (but they're keeping this first one as a trophy). Just under 4 months later, on their first supply-launch to the International Space Station after the failure of CRS-7 in July 2015, they successfully land another first-stage, but this time on a barge at sea less than a twentieth as big as the landing-zone landing zone on terra-firma that they landed on in December. Then, just under a month after '''that''' recovery, they successfully land a first-stage on a ballistic re-entry trajectory after launching a communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. That last one is hardest type of landing to make the first-stage do intact, and it's the most important one to master for Elon Musk's proposed colonization of mars to become possible.



** After becoming a training ship at Annapolis, the ''Constitution'' was towed to New England at the outbreak of the American Civil War to prevent her capture by the Confederates should Maryland fall. After the war, while being towed back, she dropped the tow cable and made her own way under sail... and beat the steam tug back to Annapolis by ten hours. Despite being at that point nearly seventy years old. The most recent occasion of her getting under way was in 2012 to celebrate of the bicentennial of her famous fight that earned her the nickname ''Old Ironsides''.

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** After becoming a training ship at Annapolis, the ''Constitution'' was towed to New England at the outbreak of the American Civil War to prevent her capture by the Confederates should Maryland fall. After the war, while being towed back, she dropped the tow cable and made her own way under sail... and beat the steam tug back to Annapolis by ten hours. Despite being at that point nearly seventy years old. The most recent occasion of her getting under way was in 2012 to celebrate of the bicentennial of her famous fight that earned her the nickname ''Old Ironsides''.



* 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 materiel, 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 materiel, 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!



** Nguyễn Tri Phương and Hoàng Diệu, the Viceroys of Hanoi, and their heroic to-the-death defense of the citadel. They failed (Hoàng Diệu's suicide letter, written in blood, was a TearJerker) - but the fact remains that they were outgunned and outplanned, and yet they were on the verge of repelling the French completely. If the Armory hadn't been blown up, causing resource losses, panic, and decay in morale, they could have stood a chance.
** The "Sixty Days and Nights of Hanoi", in which the city (once again) worked itself to a fury against the French. Barricades were built everywhere, including wide streets (which is Irony at its best - after the French Revolution (and the July Rebelion of Literature/LesMiserables fame), the city of Paris underwent repairs to widen the streets so that barricades cannot be easily erected.) People contributed whatever they could to erect said barricades, up to and including 'family altars'. (For context, it's like throwing gravestones in. But then again, those ancestors would probably have approved, given prior defense attempts and rebellion.) Other wonders that day had Hanoians destroying their own houses when the forces needed space to fight. Soldiers held bombs in their arms and rushed French tanks. ''Planes were shot down by ground weapons''.

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** Nguyễn Tri Phương and Hoàng Diệu, the Viceroys of Hanoi, and their heroic to-the-death defense of the citadel. They failed (Hoàng Diệu's suicide letter, written in blood, was a TearJerker) - but the fact remains that they were outgunned and outplanned, out planned, and yet they were on the verge of repelling the French completely. If the Armory hadn't been blown up, causing resource losses, panic, and decay in morale, they could have stood a chance.
** The "Sixty Days and Nights of Hanoi", in which the city (once again) worked itself to a fury against the French. Barricades were built everywhere, including wide streets (which is Irony at its best - after the French Revolution (and the July Rebelion Rebellion of Literature/LesMiserables fame), the city of Paris underwent repairs to widen the streets so that barricades cannot be easily erected.) People contributed whatever they could to erect said barricades, up to and including 'family altars'. (For context, it's like throwing gravestones in. But then again, those ancestors would probably have approved, given prior defense attempts and rebellion.) Other wonders that day had Hanoians destroying their own houses when the forces needed space to fight. Soldiers held bombs in their arms and rushed French tanks. ''Planes were shot down by ground weapons''.



** [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6040184/James-May-attempts-world-record-for-Scalextric.html A Scalextric set around the length of Brooklands race track]].

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** [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6040184/James-May-attempts-world-record-for-Scalextric.html A Scalextric set around the length of Brooklands race track]].



* [[http://www.metro.co.uk/news/882067-absolute-hero-pilot-made-safe-landing-after-mid-air-brain-aneurysm The pilot]] of a cargo plane in South Africa suffered a brain haemorrhage mid-flight. Despite being paralysed down the whole left side of his body, he maintained communication with his wife and ground control, informed them that he wasn't well, and then ''landed the plane perfectly'' with no one else in the plane to help him. Sadly, he died in hospital the next day. So... a DyingMomentOfAwesome, then? (salutes)

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* [[http://www.metro.co.uk/news/882067-absolute-hero-pilot-made-safe-landing-after-mid-air-brain-aneurysm The pilot]] of a cargo plane in South Africa suffered a brain haemorrhage mid-flight. Despite being paralysed down the whole left side of his body, he maintained communication with his wife and ground control, informed them that he wasn't well, and then ''landed the plane perfectly'' with no one else in on the plane to help him. Sadly, he died in hospital the next day. So... a DyingMomentOfAwesome, then? (salutes)
2nd Mar '17 6:11:40 AM TheWildWestPyro
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** The "Sixty Days and Nights of Hanoi", in which the city (once again) worked itself to a fury against the French. Barricades were built everywhere, including wide streets (which is Irony at its best - after the French Revolution (and the July Rebelion of Literature/LesMiserables fame), the city of Paris underwent repairs to widen the streets so that barricades cannot be easily erected.) People contributed whatever they could to erect said barricades, up to and including 'family altars'. (For context, it's like throwing gravestones in. But then again, those ancestors would probably have approved, given prior defense attempts and rebellion.) Hanoians destroyed their own houses when the forces needed space to fight. Soldiers held bombs in their arms and rushed French tanks. Planes were shot down by ground weapons.

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** The "Sixty Days and Nights of Hanoi", in which the city (once again) worked itself to a fury against the French. Barricades were built everywhere, including wide streets (which is Irony at its best - after the French Revolution (and the July Rebelion of Literature/LesMiserables fame), the city of Paris underwent repairs to widen the streets so that barricades cannot be easily erected.) People contributed whatever they could to erect said barricades, up to and including 'family altars'. (For context, it's like throwing gravestones in. But then again, those ancestors would probably have approved, given prior defense attempts and rebellion.) Other wonders that day had Hanoians destroyed destroying their own houses when the forces needed space to fight. Soldiers held bombs in their arms and rushed French tanks. Planes ''Planes were shot down by ground weapons.weapons''.
2nd Mar '17 6:05:36 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin Yi Sun-sin]]- Korea's greatest hero, and arguably the greatest naval commander ''in history.'' Just read about his damn career already, the man was ''incomparable'' for his military genius, loyalty, incorruptibility and general badassery. Or better yet, watch the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ieaDfD_h6s&index=50&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5Aq7g4bil7bnGi0A8gTsawu Extra History]] series ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' did on him. It's stirring stuff.

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* Admiral [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin Yi Sun-sin]]- Korea's greatest war hero, and arguably the greatest naval commander ''in history.'' Just read about his damn career already, the man was ''incomparable'' for his military genius, loyalty, incorruptibility and general badassery. Or better yet, watch the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ieaDfD_h6s&index=50&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5Aq7g4bil7bnGi0A8gTsawu Extra History]] series ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' did on him. It's stirring stuff. His legacy resonated across the world, too-Admiral George Ballard of the Royal Navy called him an equal to Nelson, while Admiral Togo, a hero of the Russo-Japanese war, was fine with being compared to Nelson, but thought that being compared as the Japanese equal to Admiral Yi was far too much.
2nd Mar '17 6:01:25 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* The Gurkha soldiers and even the Nepalese themselves have a long history of awesomeness. Even as far back as the early 16th century, the Gurkha soldiers were elite and brilliant soldiers. The entire East Indian branch of the English Army tried to subdue Nepal, but the Gurkha soldiers were so good, and all the regular people (or peasants as they were known back then) were so indomitable and brave that not only did they force England into a stalemate, with England having only gain nominal control over them, the English were so impressed and so respected them that they made Nepal a protectorate. They ended up contracting the Gurkha soldiers out as mercenaries, giving them officer ranks, respected them ''immensely'' as great soldiers, and treated them with a type of equality that was ''never'' heard of even until the 1960s in America! [[labelnote:*]] they were still subordinate to any British officer, but they were treated as valued members of the English army when in America anyone who wasn't white was still in slavery and treated as subhuman. That is pretty Goddamn impressive![[/labelnote]] These soldiers were so good and valuable that in World War One more than 200 000 Gurkhas served in the British army, with ''only 20 000 casualties'', and receiving nearly 2000 gallantry rewards! ''That'' is how awesome these soldiers are.
* On June 14, 1982, elements of the 1st/7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles were poised to attack Mt. William, held by Argentinian troops. The Argentinians caught wind of the Gurkhas' presence and promptly retreated, leaving Mt. William to the Gurkhas without a shot being fired.
* Former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army Sam Manekshaw, himself a pretty Awesome FourStarBadass (his nickname was "Sam Bahadur" - Sam the Brave) said it best:

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* ** The Gurkha soldiers and even the Nepalese themselves have a long history of awesomeness. Even as far back as the early 16th century, the Gurkha soldiers were elite and brilliant soldiers. The entire East Indian branch of the English Army tried to subdue Nepal, but the Gurkha soldiers were so good, and all the regular people (or peasants as they were known back then) were so indomitable and brave that not only did they force England into a stalemate, with England having only gain nominal control over them, the English were so impressed and so respected them that they made Nepal a protectorate. They ended up contracting the Gurkha soldiers out as mercenaries, giving them officer ranks, respected them ''immensely'' as great soldiers, and treated them with a type of equality that was ''never'' heard of even until the 1960s in America! [[labelnote:*]] they were still subordinate to any British officer, but they were treated as valued members of the English army when in America anyone who wasn't white was still in slavery and treated as subhuman. That is pretty Goddamn impressive![[/labelnote]] These soldiers were so good and valuable that in World War One more than 200 000 Gurkhas served in the British army, with ''only 20 000 casualties'', and receiving nearly 2000 gallantry rewards! ''That'' is how awesome these soldiers are.
* ** On June 14, 1982, elements of the 1st/7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles were poised to attack Mt. William, held by Argentinian troops. The Argentinians caught wind of the Gurkhas' presence and promptly retreated, leaving Mt. William to the Gurkhas without a shot being fired.
* ** Former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army Sam Manekshaw, himself a pretty Awesome FourStarBadass (his nickname was "Sam Bahadur" - Sam the Brave) said it best:



* Another moment of awesome from a Gurkha soldier: [[http://www.nepalmelbourne.com/?p=884 fighting off 30 Taliban fighters]] ''[[OneManArmy single-handedly]]''. He was largely annoyed that he had forgotten his khukri that day. He made up for it by beating several enemies to death with a fucking machine gun tripod. Which are incredibly awkward at the best of times, essentially three pieces of two-inch steel pipe with hinges.

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* ** Another moment of awesome from a Gurkha soldier: [[http://www.nepalmelbourne.com/?p=884 fighting off 30 Taliban fighters]] ''[[OneManArmy single-handedly]]''. He was largely annoyed that he had forgotten his khukri that day. He made up for it by beating several enemies to death with a fucking machine gun tripod. Which are incredibly awkward at the best of times, essentially three pieces of two-inch steel pipe with hinges.



* In WWII, when Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Nazis, Czechoslovak pilots emigrated to the United Kingdom to fight in the Battle of Britain. There were lots of {{Ace Pilot}}s among them with lots of personal Moments of Awesome going on. Unfortunately, when they returned home and communists took over, they were treated as traitors just because they fought with Western Allies. They were falsely accused of conspiracy and treason, they were imprisoned in concentration camps and tortured for years. Shameful and definitely a huge Real Life Dethroning Moment of Suck. Poor guys, such heroes, but such sad fate. However, their professional and personal courage is now greatly admired and they are among the most respected people.

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* In WWII, when Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Nazis, Czechoslovak pilots emigrated to the United Kingdom to fight in the Battle of Britain. There were lots of {{Ace Pilot}}s among them with lots of personal Moments of Awesome going on. Unfortunately, when they returned home and communists took over, they were treated as traitors just because they fought with Western Allies. They were falsely accused of conspiracy and treason, they were imprisoned in concentration camps and tortured for years. Shameful and definitely a huge Real Life Dethroning Moment of Suck. Poor guys, such heroes, but such a sad fate. fate in return for stopping Nazism. However, their professional and personal courage is now greatly admired and they are among the most respected people.war heroes in Europe.
1st Mar '17 8:11:38 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The 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 materiel, 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 loyalist troops, the Madrid police force and several disorganized, undisciplined militias composed of ordinary citizens. Nevertheless, they 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 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 materiel, 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 [[ForegoneConclusion Reporters in Madrid were so confident they sent communiques reporting the rebels had already taken the city.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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