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20th Sep '16 10:27:42 AM MisterApple
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*A historical one: When the Church forced Galileo Galilei to refute his theory that the Earth orbited the sun, he apparently did so. But, the legend goes, as he left the room he muttered, just loud enough to hear, 'E pur si mouve.' In English: 'And yet it moves.'
5th Sep '16 4:46:38 PM Shadeblade11
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** One more for Moore. In response to a snarky liqueur store sign directed at the Westboro Church, they decided to picket at a high school. Police showed up to prevent any trouble, but only a eight minutes in, Oklahomans broke the barricade and chased them all off, sending the Westboro church members hightailing it to their cars. This was only a year after the comment above, and the damage the tornado had done was still fresh. Don't mess with angry Okies!

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** One more for Moore. In response to a snarky liqueur store sign directed at the Westboro Church, they decided to picket at a high school. Police showed up to prevent any trouble, but only a eight minutes in, Oklahomans broke the barricade and chased them all off, sending the Westboro church members hightailing it to their cars. This was only a year after the comment above, and the damage the tornado had done was still fresh. Don't mess with angry Okies!
5th Sep '16 4:46:22 PM Shadeblade11
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* Martin Luther King and [[TheAmericanCivilRightsMovement the entire civil rights movement]]. Not only did they endure all of the crap the south could dish out, they did it without fighting back, earning popular support. Granted, they were helped by the south collectively holding the IdiotBall...

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* Martin Luther King and [[TheAmericanCivilRightsMovement [[CivilRightsMovement the entire civil rights movement]]. Not only did they endure all of the crap the south could dish out, they did it without fighting back, earning popular support. Granted, they were helped by the south collectively holding the IdiotBall...
31st Aug '16 6:55:04 PM QuanticCandy
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* In Perth, a man accidentally slips through the crack between the platform and the train in a train station and really got jammed with the chance of the train going and possibly ripping his leg off. What do the people around him do? Rally up and with all their combined strength and ''tilt the train just enough so that the man can get his leg free.'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZx4MichXXE Here's a video to prove it.]]
23rd Aug '16 3:22:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Lenski_Affair The Lenski Affair]]. Professor Richard Lenski had been working on an experiment to study how evolution works for 20 years (as of 2008) with the help of several students and other professors, and published the results on the article "Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli". Andy Schlafly, infamous editor of Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, sent him an e-mail asking for all the data about the experiment and casting aspersions on Lenski's character. The professor patiently and respectfully directs him to read the article, and also corrects several misconceptions Andy had asked about in the first letter. Schlafly then replies with yet [[WhatAnIdiot another request for all information and data]], again making the same misconceptions and even implying that Lenski may have engaged in fraud. Lenski's next answer becomes, as Lenski says, "less polite" in answer to Schlafly's lack of politeness. In a very long and comprehensive letter, Lenski completely shows that Schlafly isn't acting in good faith, completely pwns him and teaches everyone who reads it a bit of what he did, and concludes it with a P.S, a P.P.S, [[SerialEscalation a P.P.P.S]] and [[OverlyLongGag a P.P.P.P.S.]] which show that, indeed, Lenski is far more open minded than Schlafly has ever been in the RealLife sense of the word (note that, in Conservapedia, "open minded" is SpySpeak for "I completely agree with Schlafly's opinions, even if they are the most stupid ones possible"). It gives you a nice feeling inside.

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* [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Lenski_Affair The Lenski Affair]]. Professor Richard Lenski had been working on an experiment to study how evolution works for 20 years (as of 2008) with the help of several students and other professors, and published the results on the article "Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli". Andy Schlafly, infamous editor of Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, Conservapedia, sent him an e-mail asking for all the data about the experiment and casting aspersions on Lenski's character. The professor patiently and respectfully directs him to read the article, and also corrects several misconceptions Andy had asked about in the first letter. Schlafly then replies with yet [[WhatAnIdiot another request for all information and data]], again making the same misconceptions and even implying that Lenski may have engaged in fraud. Lenski's next answer becomes, as Lenski says, "less polite" in answer to Schlafly's lack of politeness. In a very long and comprehensive letter, Lenski completely shows that Schlafly isn't acting in good faith, completely pwns him and teaches everyone who reads it a bit of what he did, and concludes it with a P.S, a P.P.S, [[SerialEscalation a P.P.P.S]] and [[OverlyLongGag a P.P.P.P.S.]] which show that, indeed, Lenski is far more open minded than Schlafly has ever been in the RealLife sense of the word (note that, in Conservapedia, "open minded" is SpySpeak for "I completely agree with Schlafly's opinions, even if they are the most stupid ones possible"). It gives you a nice feeling inside.
20th Aug '16 12:02:43 AM StevieC
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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.

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* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words
-->Stage
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.
19th Aug '16 11:56:49 PM StevieC
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* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words

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* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX]] [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words
19th Aug '16 11:55:51 PM StevieC
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* On the evening of 21 December 2015, [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX]] mission controllers made history in four words
-->Stage one has landed.
19th Aug '16 5:49:32 PM Blazer
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* An abused girlfriend set up plans so that she could legally kick out her abusive boyfriend from their new apartment if he didn't clean up his act. When she enacted it, the man [[https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/4xu0yy/my_girlfriend_elaborately_made_me_homeless/ ran to Reddit]] for help because he didn't know what to do. He got NoSympathy from them and they told them he blew it.
13th Aug '16 6:22:58 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 [[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, and the two apprentice animators [[DisneysNineOldMen [[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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