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21st Apr '17 9:46:15 PM MiffPengi
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** [[http://www.snopes.com/lost/kfc.asp According to]] Website/{{Snopes}}, the word that caused them to change the name was neither "Fried" or "Chicken", but "Kentucky"-- the state had trademarked their name in 1990, and rather than pay up, the restaurant just started WritingAroundTrademarks.
3rd Apr '17 11:44:16 AM TheDeadSkin
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot The Business Plot]] in 1933 was a plan by several business leaders (rumored to have included Prescott Bush, father of Bush 41 and grandfather of Bush 43) to overthrow President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt and install a fascist government, conceived out of the fear that he would turn America into a socialist nation. The whole thing fell apart when they asked General Smedley Butler to act as the leader of the coup. Butler, who, although a registered Republican, was ''very'' disillusioned regarding US interventionism to support business interests, responded by revealing the whole plot to the government. It's pretty likely that the conspiracy was nowhere near as wide-spread as Butler assumed, and indeed may have only included a very few rabidly anti-Roosevelt individuals (Butler himself only met two, a contact man, and an eccentric heir to the Singer sewing machine company who he only met before the plot was finalized) who probably didn't have a real chance of success in their coup. The thing that stokes the conspiracy flames, though, is how limited the investigation was (even when it was clear that ''someone'' was planning what could only be described as a domestic terrorist plot; the "contact man," Gerald [=MacGuire=] had passed away at this point, and since he was the only one who had discussed the plot with Butler, most of the testimony was dismissed as hearsay), meaning that there are elements of the Plot that we will never know. Much modern speculation falls on [=MacGuire=], who may have been acting in the business leader's perceived interests without going to the trouble of actually telling them anything (with the idea they'd come around to it later), or may have been stringing Singer heir (and former Marine under Butler) Robert Clark along in order to line his own pockets.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot The Business Plot]] in 1933 was a plan by several business leaders (rumored to have included Prescott Bush, father of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush 41 41]] and grandfather of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush 43) 43]]) to overthrow President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt and install a fascist government, conceived out of the fear that he would turn America into a socialist nation. The whole thing fell apart when they asked General Smedley Butler to act as the leader of the coup. Butler, who, although a registered Republican, was ''very'' disillusioned regarding US interventionism to support business interests, responded by revealing the whole plot to the government. It's pretty likely that the conspiracy was nowhere near as wide-spread as Butler assumed, and indeed may have only included a very few rabidly anti-Roosevelt individuals (Butler himself only met two, a contact man, and an eccentric heir to the Singer sewing machine company who he only met before the plot was finalized) who probably didn't have a real chance of success in their coup. The thing that stokes the conspiracy flames, though, is how limited the investigation was (even when it was clear that ''someone'' was planning what could only be described as a domestic terrorist plot; the "contact man," Gerald [=MacGuire=] had passed away at this point, and since he was the only one who had discussed the plot with Butler, most of the testimony was dismissed as hearsay), meaning that there are elements of the Plot that we will never know. Much modern speculation falls on [=MacGuire=], who may have been acting in the business leader's perceived interests without going to the trouble of actually telling them anything (with the idea they'd come around to it later), or may have been stringing Singer heir (and former Marine under Butler) Robert Clark along in order to line his own pockets.
28th Mar '17 5:20:42 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* During the Ford Pinto's rear-end collision tests in 1970, 8 out of 11 vehicles caught fire thanks to the faulty design of its gas tank. The three that didn't burst into flames had safety devices in place. Ford's cost-benefit analysis showed that installing safety devices into all their vehicles would cost $137 million, but litigation from victims of Pinto accidents, predicted to be around 180 people during the life cycle of the car, would only cost $49.5 million. As such, Ford released the car onto the streets with no safety features. All of this came to light after 13-year-old Richard Grimshaw sued the company after he was permanently disfigured in a Pinto accident on May 28th, 1972, which also killed driver Lilly Gray. Journalist Mark Dowie also discovered that Ford lobbied against a 1970 federal bill that would make safety devices standard for all vehicles. This bill became law in 1978, the same year that the company recalled all Pintos for refit. The Pinto defect is confirmed to be the cause of 27 deaths.
10th Mar '17 3:42:11 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:41:40 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:41:04 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'' 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'' [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:40:34 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] ''VideoGame/Half-Life'' 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:40:01 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]
9th Mar '17 4:42:56 AM DesertDragon
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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. If your first thought was "Maybe they just fell into the water and drowned because they were drunk?", that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' [[ContrivedCoincidence broadly]]. Not to mention, the Midwestern US is a large area containing over 60 million people; 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic, does not indicate a trend.

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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. If your first thought was "Maybe they just fell into the water and drowned because they were drunk?", that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' [[ContrivedCoincidence broadly]]. Not to mention, the Midwestern US is a large area containing over 60 million people; 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic, tragic for those involved, does not indicate a trend.
7th Mar '17 5:52:08 PM DesertDragon
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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. If your first thought was "What if they were drunk, fell in the water, and drowned?", that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces found nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' broadly. Not to mention, the Midwestern US is a large area containing over 60 million people; 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic for those involved, does not indicate a trend.

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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. If your first thought was "What if "Maybe they just fell into the water and drowned because they were drunk, fell in the water, and drowned?", drunk?", that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces found nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' broadly. [[ContrivedCoincidence broadly]]. Not to mention, the Midwestern US is a large area containing over 60 million people; 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic for those involved, tragic, does not indicate a trend.
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