History Determinator / RealLife

16th Sep '17 4:15:32 PM nombretomado
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* [[ThomasEdison Thomas Alva Edison]] would well be one of the TropeCodifier s. His theoretical understanding of sciences was next to nil, so he simply applied the trial and error method (also known as "brute force method") until he got something working. His famous maxim ''Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration'' implies just that - when you don't have the faintest theoretical idea on how to get things work, just try, try again until it works - and never give up.

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* [[ThomasEdison [[UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison Thomas Alva Edison]] would well be one of the TropeCodifier s. His theoretical understanding of sciences was next to nil, so he simply applied the trial and error method (also known as "brute force method") until he got something working. His famous maxim ''Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration'' implies just that - when you don't have the faintest theoretical idea on how to get things work, just try, try again until it works - and never give up.
8th Sep '17 1:56:35 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Roy Pearson, Jr. got his pants late from a dry cleaning service and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearson_v._Chung sued them]]. When the initial court did not see the dry cleaners doing anything wrong or illegal and ruled in their favor, Pearson then appealed to a higher court. And he kept doing it for years until they finally started ignoring him, one step short of the U.S. Supreme Court. Remember: This is over a pair of pants, and not a particularly valuable or rare pair for that matter.
25th Jul '17 6:57:13 PM Stealth
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* Cockroaches, especially the large and feisty American variety. Resilient to the last and just as stubborn about dying. It takes a fairly sizable dose of aerosol poison to kill one, and yet it's still your best bet should you have to eliminate the pest, as they are remarkably resilient to methods that would be lethal to less hardy insects--they have been documented surviving crushing, electrocution, irradiation, and even decapitation.

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* Cockroaches, especially the large and feisty American variety. Resilient to the last and just as stubborn about dying. It takes a fairly sizable dose of aerosol poison to kill one, and yet it's still your best bet should you have to eliminate the pest, as they are remarkably resilient to methods that would be lethal to less hardy insects--they have been documented surviving crushing, electrocution, irradiation, and even decapitation. They will eat just about anything and burrow into the most vile spaces imaginable and comfortably make themselves at home; it's not for no reason that they are one of the longest-surviving species on the planet, with over ''300 million years'' of uninterrupted survival.
25th Jul '17 3:54:07 PM Stealth
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* Cockroaches, especially the large and feisty American variety. Resilient to the last and just as stubborn about dying. It takes a fairly sizable dose of aerosol poison to kill one, and yet it's still your best bet should you have to eliminate the pest, as they are remarkably resilient to methods that would be lethal to less hardy insects--they have been documented surviving crushing, electrocution, irradiation, and even decapitation.
23rd Jul '17 5:03:15 AM Piterpicher
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** To that end one should recognize the efforts of the pro-civil rights Senators during the 1964 debate. Unlike in 1957, the 1964 Act was facing a much tougher filibuster from the southerners, who also engaged in quorum calls to help kill the bill (as an absence of quorum could kill the legislation). The pro-civil rights Senators, led by HubertHumphrey, managed to answer every quorum call and eventually see the act passed. Though most of the pro-civil rights Senators were exhausted from having to answer quorum calls on little to no sleep, they made the effort and eventually won out.

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** To that end one should recognize the efforts of the pro-civil rights Senators during the 1964 debate. Unlike in 1957, the 1964 Act was facing a much tougher filibuster from the southerners, who also engaged in quorum calls to help kill the bill (as an absence of quorum could kill the legislation). The pro-civil rights Senators, led by HubertHumphrey, UsefulNotes/HubertHumphrey, managed to answer every quorum call and eventually see the act passed. Though most of the pro-civil rights Senators were exhausted from having to answer quorum calls on little to no sleep, they made the effort and eventually won out.
16th Jul '17 11:51:19 AM nombretomado
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* Hiroo Onoda. He fought WW2 until 1974, holding out on his own (the rest of his squad died or defected) and dismissing things like newspapers and pamphlets as tricks designed to demoralize him. It took a Japanese student on a world trip to get him to surrender and only because the student visited him, took a picture, then talked to the Japanese government who in turn got Hiroo's commanding officer (now a librarian) to find him and specifically order him to put down his weapons and surrender. At the time of his surrender, his weapon was still functional after 30 years and he still had 500 rounds of ammo left among other supplies (some of which he got by raiding local cities).-- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The best part about all of this]] was that his commanding officer (Major Taniguchi) fulfilled a promise he made back in 1944: "Whatever happens, we'll come back for you".

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* Hiroo Onoda. He fought WW2 [=WW2=] until 1974, holding out on his own (the rest of his squad died or defected) and dismissing things like newspapers and pamphlets as tricks designed to demoralize him. It took a Japanese student on a world trip to get him to surrender and only because the student visited him, took a picture, then talked to the Japanese government who in turn got Hiroo's commanding officer (now a librarian) to find him and specifically order him to put down his weapons and surrender. At the time of his surrender, his weapon was still functional after 30 years and he still had 500 rounds of ammo left among other supplies (some of which he got by raiding local cities).-- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The best part about all of this]] was that his commanding officer (Major Taniguchi) fulfilled a promise he made back in 1944: "Whatever happens, we'll come back for you".
27th Jun '17 12:07:33 PM MarsJenkar
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* Auto racer Ralph [=DePalma=] showed a classic case of this at the 1912 Indy 500--the second ever. He had a massive lead when his engine died on lap 199. Rather than just sit around and wait for second-place driver Joe Dawson to catch them, he and his riding mechanic got out of their car and pushed it around the track. Dawson eventually passed them and won the race, but [=DePalma=] continued to push the car, eventually crossing the finish line.

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* Auto racer Ralph [=DePalma=] showed a classic case of this at the 1912 Indy 500--the second ever. He had a massive lead when his engine died on lap 199. Rather than just sit around and wait for second-place driver Joe Dawson to catch them, he and his riding mechanic got out of their car and pushed it around the track. Dawson eventually passed them and won the race, but [=DePalma=] continued to push the car, eventually crossing the finish line. The lap didn't count, and he'd have needed to push the car another 2.5 miles anyway to finish the race, but it showed a lot of heart. [=DePalmna=] would go on to win the race three years later.
11th Jun '17 1:23:12 PM nombretomado
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* Franz Beckenbauer, German soccer legend, got tackled during the 1970 semi-final of TheWorldCup between Germany and Italy. The tackle was so brutal that it dislocated his arm. The Germans were out of substitutions at this point, and him walking off the pitch meant that his nation would play with one less player. Franz refused to be removed from the field of play, and instead had his injured arm strapped to his chest and continued playing. He did this for over an hour as the game went into extra-time. The Italians eventually won 4-3, but that doesn't change what Beckenbauer did. He sacrificed for his country and did something that most players today would not even consider.

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* Franz Beckenbauer, German soccer legend, got tackled during the 1970 semi-final of TheWorldCup UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup between Germany and Italy. The tackle was so brutal that it dislocated his arm. The Germans were out of substitutions at this point, and him walking off the pitch meant that his nation would play with one less player. Franz refused to be removed from the field of play, and instead had his injured arm strapped to his chest and continued playing. He did this for over an hour as the game went into extra-time. The Italians eventually won 4-3, but that doesn't change what Beckenbauer did. He sacrificed for his country and did something that most players today would not even consider.
20th May '17 12:37:25 PM handsonsocks
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* The first ascent of Nanga Parbat by Hermann Buhl. Enough said.
16th May '17 5:52:33 PM kazokuhouou
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* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko. After finished with dissapointing silver in Vancouver Olympics 2010, he won't simply retire peacefully. He pushed his body past his breaking point which resulting in serious spinal injury in early 2013, which led him to replace the damaged invertebral disk with an artificial one. Barely a year later, he managed to clinch a team event gold medal in Sochi 2014, all the while having four large metal screws holding his spine together.

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* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko. After finished with dissapointing silver in Vancouver Olympics 2010, he won't simply retire peacefully. He pushed his body past his breaking point which resulting in serious spinal injury in early 2013, which led him to replace the damaged invertebral disk with an artificial one. Barely a year later, he managed to clinch a team event gold medal in Sochi 2014, all the while having four large metal screws holding his spine together.together (and only withdrew from the men's event because he pushed himself so hard one of those screws BROKE).




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* Chicago Cubs fans. Despite having the longest streak without a World Series win (or even a ''chance'' to fight for the title), their fans stayed loyal. Their determination and loyalty finally paid off in 2016 when the Cubs win their first World Series in over a century.
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