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10th Jul '16 1:11:40 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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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 WebVideo/ExtraCredits did on him. It's stirring stuff.
29th Jun '16 2:32:15 AM morane
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* Two words: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kollaa Kollaa kestää]] ([[LastStand Kollaa will hold]]). It did.
24th Jun '16 11:44:18 AM case
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* The 1979 [[http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/home?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=5500001 "Mississauga Miracle"]]. Several cars filled with propane derailed from a train and burst into flames, rupturing other cars filled with chlorine and other nasty chemicals, creating a fireball that rose 5000 feet into the sky, visible from 60 miles away. Over a dozen cars ended up crumpled and dented in the wreck; it would have been worse if the train's brakeman, Larry Krupa, hadn't risked his life to release the air brakes to get the other cars (also filled with [[MadeOfExplodium explodium]]) out of the way. While firefighters battled the fire, another propane tank blew up, showering the area in chunks of metal and knocking those nearby down to the ground. Meanwhile, the chlorine gas, known for its [[NightmareFuel potent and disturbing lethality]] in early WorldWarOne, kept spreading out. Officials managed to quickly evacuate 200 000 people for almost a week, the most for any North American evacuation in the 20th century. Final death toll: 0.

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* The 1979 [[http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/home?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=5500001 "Mississauga Miracle"]]. Several cars filled with propane derailed from a train and burst into flames, rupturing other cars filled with chlorine and other nasty chemicals, creating a fireball that rose 5000 feet into the sky, visible from 60 miles away. Over a dozen cars ended up crumpled and dented in the wreck; it would have been worse if the train's brakeman, Larry Krupa, hadn't risked his life to release the air brakes to get the other cars (also filled with [[MadeOfExplodium explodium]]) out of the way. While firefighters battled the fire, another propane tank blew up, showering the area in chunks of metal and knocking those nearby down to the ground. Meanwhile, the chlorine gas, known for its [[NightmareFuel potent and disturbing lethality]] in early WorldWarOne, kept spreading out. Officials managed to quickly evacuate 200 000 people people, some for almost a week, the most for any North American evacuation in the 20th century. Final death toll: 0.
21st Jun '16 2:23:15 PM HurricaneChris
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* Zivi Nedivi established himself as a BadassIsraeli AcePilot during a training session in 1983. At the time, he was flying an F-15, recently purchased from the United States, when he ended up in a collision with an A-4. While the A-4 fireballed and its pilot ejected, the F-15 still held together, except for a massive spray of fuel coming from the right side of the plane. Rather than ejecting he opted to fly the plane to the nearest airfield, ten miles away. In spite of [[ComingInHot being twice the recommended landing speed when he hit the runway]], he still managed to stop the plane just ten meters from the arresting barrier. Only then did he realize -- ''he had just landed the plane with only one wing''. The designers of the plane, McDonnell Douglas, believed such a feat to be ''[[BeyondTheImpossible impossible]]''. They sent a team out and concluded that Nedivi managed to fly the plane using lift generated from the exhaust intakes and the fuselage. That's right, the F-15 is such a CoolPlane that it can fly like a ''rocket''.

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* Zivi Nedivi established himself as a BadassIsraeli AcePilot during a training session in 1983. At the time, he was flying an F-15, recently purchased from the United States, when he ended up in a collision with an A-4. While the A-4 fireballed and its pilot ejected, the F-15 still held together, except for a massive spray of fuel coming from the right side of the plane. Rather than ejecting he opted to fly the plane to the nearest airfield, ten miles away. In spite of [[ComingInHot being twice the recommended landing speed when he hit the runway]], he still managed to stop the plane just ten meters from the arresting barrier. Only then did he realize -- ''he had just landed the plane with only one wing''. The designers of the plane, McDonnell [=McDonnell=] Douglas, believed such a feat to be ''[[BeyondTheImpossible impossible]]''. They sent a team out and concluded that Nedivi managed to fly the plane using lift generated from the exhaust intakes and the fuselage. That's right, the F-15 is such a CoolPlane that it can fly like a ''rocket''.
21st Jun '16 2:21:48 PM HurricaneChris
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* Zivi Nedivi established himself as a BadassIsraeli AcePilot during a training session in 1983. At the time, he was flying an F-15, recently purchased from the United States, when he ended up in a collision with an A-4. While the A-4 fireballed and its pilot ejected, the F-15 still held together, except for a massive spray of fuel coming from the right side of the plane. Rather than ejecting he opted to fly the plane to the nearest airfield, ten miles away. In spite of [[ComingInHot being twice the recommended landing speed when he hit the runway]], he still managed to stop the plane just ten meters from the arresting barrier. Only then did he realize -- ''he had just landed the plane with only one wing''. The designers of the plane, McDonnell Douglas, believed such a feat to be ''[[BeyondTheImpossible impossible]]''. They sent a team out and concluded that Nedivi managed to fly the plane using lift generated from the exhaust intakes and the fuselage. That's right, the F-15 is such a CoolPlane that it can fly like a ''rocket''.
14th Jun '16 4:31:22 PM suzloua
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*** This is presumably referring to other species of dolphin; despite their nickname, orcas are also a type of dolphin (the largest, something like five times as big as the smallest species, Hector's dolphins). Their English nickname is actually a mistranslation of the nickname given to the, by Norwegian whalers: they're not killer whales, they're [i]whale killers[/I].

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*** This is presumably referring to other species of dolphin; despite their nickname, orcas are also a type of dolphin (the largest, something like five times as big as the smallest species, Hector's dolphins). Their English nickname is actually a mistranslation of the nickname given to the, them by Norwegian whalers: they're not killer whales, they're [i]whale killers[/I].''whale killers''.
14th Jun '16 4:28:02 PM suzloua
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** Orcas have been observed chasing a pod of another whale species until there is a sort of agreement between the two groups, then they both stop, pursued group will have what looks like a discussion, and one of them will swim among the orcas to be devoured.

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** Orcas have been observed chasing a pod of another whale species whales until there is a sort of agreement between the two groups, then they both stop, pursued group will have what looks like a discussion, and one of them will swim among the orcas to be devoured.


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*** This is presumably referring to other species of dolphin; despite their nickname, orcas are also a type of dolphin (the largest, something like five times as big as the smallest species, Hector's dolphins). Their English nickname is actually a mistranslation of the nickname given to the, by Norwegian whalers: they're not killer whales, they're [i]whale killers[/I].
14th Jun '16 12:20:35 PM case
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* The 1979 [[http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/home?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=5500001 "Mississauga Miracle"]]. Several cars filled with propane derailed from a train and burst into flames, rupturing other cars filled with chlorine and other nasty chemicals, creating a fireball that rose 5000 feet into the sky, visible from 60 miles away. Over a dozen cars ended up crumpled and dented in the wreck; it would have been worse if the train's brakeman, Larry Krupa, hadn't risked his life to release the air brakes to get the other cars (also filled with [[MadeOfExplodium explodium]]) out of the way. While firefighters battled the fire, another propane tank blew up, showering the area in chunks of metal and knocking those nearby down to the ground. Meanwhile, the chlorine gas, known for its [[NightmareFuel potent and disturbing lethality]] in early WorldWarOne, kept spreading out. Officials managed to quickly evacuate 200 000 people for almost a week, the most for any North American evacuation in the 20th century. Final death toll: 0.
14th Jun '16 7:53:03 AM case
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* Smart phones. About 200 000 years into humanity's run, we invented the bipolar transistor, a way to send signals through an electric current. About 200 0'''70''' years in, we can communicate; schedule; tell the time and set alarms; read the news and weather; take pictures; take videos; watch videos; listen to music and podcasts (basically talk radio except there are thousands of them); check health vitals; look up the details of any known species of living thing, the known history of anything or anyone deemed even slightly notable, the nutrition information of virtually any food, a street-by-street map of many countries across the world, descriptions and examples of storytelling devices, and awesome moments; play countless brainteasers, puzzles, and video games; look up finances, transfer money, and pay bills; make any calculation that one is likely to care to make; and a bunch of other things, from a pocket-sized phone. If any of the above takes more than a few seconds to happen, it's seen as a frustration. The phone and carrier service costs as much as a cup or two of coffee a day, with complaints that corporate greed is the main reason it doesn't cost less than that. Those are seventy productive years.
11th Jun '16 11:10:32 PM TheWildWestPyro
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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 coporate 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 [[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.

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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 coporate 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 [[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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