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6th Feb '16 12:41:24 PM BenOfHouston
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* Taffy 3 at the Battle Off Samar. Everything about this battle screams this from the ''Johnston'' sailing onto weapons splashes to the ''Samuel B. Roberts'' engaging a Japanese heavy cruiser at such close range that the enemy ship couldn't lower its guns low enough to effectively fire back. It takes a lot of guts to lead a force of tin cans against a massive squadron of battleships. Just one of those battleships on the Japanese side was ''larger than all of the ships in Taffy 3 combined''. This battle also was the only time a carrier sunk a warship. Not the planes, but the White Plains single three inch gun hit the Chokai's torpedoes and sunk the heavy cruiser
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* Taffy 3 at the Battle Off Samar. Everything about this battle screams this from the ''Johnston'' sailing onto weapons splashes to the ''Samuel B. Roberts'' engaging a Japanese heavy cruiser at such close range that the enemy ship couldn't lower its guns low enough to effectively fire back. It takes a lot of guts to lead a force of tin cans against a massive squadron of battleships. Just one of those battleships on the Japanese side was ''larger than all of the ships in Taffy 3 combined''. This **This battle also was the only time a carrier sunk a warship. Not the planes, but the White Plains Plains' single [[CherryTapping three inch gun gun]] hit the Chokai's torpedoes [[AttackItsWeakPoint torpedo rack]] and sunk the explosion disabled the heavy cruisercruiser, which had to be scuttled by the Japanese during retreat.
5th Feb '16 6:35:08 PM BenOfHouston
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* Taffy 3 at the Battle Off Samar. Everything about this battle screams this from the ''Johnston'' sailing onto weapons splashes to the ''Samuel B. Roberts'' engaging a Japanese heavy cruiser at such close range that the enemy ship couldn't lower its guns low enough to effectively fire back. It takes a lot of guts to lead a force of tin cans against a massive squadron of battleships. Just one of those battleships on the Japanese side was ''larger than all of the ships in Taffy 3 combined''.
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* Taffy 3 at the Battle Off Samar. Everything about this battle screams this from the ''Johnston'' sailing onto weapons splashes to the ''Samuel B. Roberts'' engaging a Japanese heavy cruiser at such close range that the enemy ship couldn't lower its guns low enough to effectively fire back. It takes a lot of guts to lead a force of tin cans against a massive squadron of battleships. Just one of those battleships on the Japanese side was ''larger than all of the ships in Taffy 3 combined''. This battle also was the only time a carrier sunk a warship. Not the planes, but the White Plains single three inch gun hit the Chokai's torpedoes and sunk the heavy cruiser
29th Jan '16 5:44:46 AM Kalmbach
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* The strategy employed by [[http://i.imgur.com/ctTdCqL.gifv this mouse]] when confronted by two cats.

* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Algernon_Parsons Sir Charles Algernon Parsons]] [[KnightFever OM KCB FRS]] pulled one that very well could've gotten him blown to smithereens. After developing the steam turbine engine to a high level of practicality, he tried to get the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] interested in using the engine for propelling warships. So, he had a little turbine-driven steam yacht, the ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Turbinia]]'' constructed, and proceeded to ''crash the Spithead Navy Review at [[QueenVicky Queen Victoria's]] Diamond Jubilee'', darting back and forth between the battleships and outrunning the picket boats trying to catch him at the then-unbelievable speed of thirty-four knots (a high speed for a ship even today). With Her Majesty and her top naval officers sufficiently impressed, two turbine-equipped warships were built in the next two years.
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Algernon_Parsons Sir Charles Algernon Parsons]] [[KnightFever OM KCB FRS]] pulled one that very well could've gotten him blown to smithereens. After developing the steam turbine engine to a high level of practicality, he tried to get sell the technology to the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] interested in using the engine for propelling warships. warships, but they showed little interest. So, he had a little small turbine-driven steam yacht, the ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Turbinia]]'' constructed, and proceeded to ''crash the Spithead Navy Review at [[QueenVicky Queen Victoria's]] Diamond Jubilee'', darting back and forth between the lines of battleships and easily outrunning the picket boats trying to catch him at the then-unbelievable speed of thirty-four knots (a high speed for a ship even today). With Her Majesty and her top naval officers sufficiently impressed, two turbine-equipped warships were built in the next two years.
29th Jan '16 3:40:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* All of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's characters -- Ali G (a white guy pretending to be black who does interviews in character with very important political figures), ''Film/{{Borat}}'' (a clueless and, let's face it, ''tactless'' most-of-the-time news reporter from a fictional version of Kazakhstan), and {{Bruno}} (a FlamboyantGay fashion reporter for Austrian Gay TV); most of the sketches focus on real people not in on the joke taking their outrageous statements at face value. Since no one living above ground is taken in anymore, Cohen no longer uses them in public.
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* All of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's characters -- Ali G (a white guy pretending to be black who does interviews in character with very important political figures), ''Film/{{Borat}}'' (a clueless and, let's face it, ''tactless'' most-of-the-time news reporter from a fictional version of Kazakhstan), and {{Bruno}} ''Film/{{Bruno}}'' (a FlamboyantGay fashion reporter for Austrian Gay TV); most of the sketches focus on real people not in on the joke taking their outrageous statements at face value. Since no one living above ground is taken in anymore, Cohen no longer uses them in public.
13th Jan '16 4:43:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/RickyGervais' hosting duties during the 2010 Golden Globe Awards would have been enough to get anyone, regardless of their star power, blacklisted in Hollywood for eternity. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, desperate to get its ratings back up, hired Gervais to host the ceremony. Gervais then proceeded to mock every Hollywood institution in the room -- he made jokes about ''TheTourist'' (right in front of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp), heavily indicated that awards could be bought from the HFPA, mocked Creator/MelGibson (who was facing charges of abusing his then-wife and child under the influence of alcohol) ''right in front of him'', pimped his own film ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'', drank several glasses of beer during the telecast, told everyone that he would never host again, and generally mocked the entire concept of the award ceremony. To the HFPA's surprise, ratings went through the roof, and Gervais was asked to come back and host the 2011 awards (where he did more of the same).
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* Creator/RickyGervais' hosting duties during the 2010 Golden Globe Awards would have been enough to get anyone, regardless of their star power, blacklisted in Hollywood for eternity. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, desperate to get its ratings back up, hired Gervais to host the ceremony. Gervais then proceeded to mock every Hollywood institution in the room -- he made jokes about ''TheTourist'' ''Film/TheTourist'' (right in front of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp), heavily indicated that awards could be bought from the HFPA, mocked Creator/MelGibson (who was facing charges of abusing his then-wife and child under the influence of alcohol) ''right in front of him'', pimped his own film ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'', drank several glasses of beer during the telecast, told everyone that he would never host again, and generally mocked the entire concept of the award ceremony. To the HFPA's surprise, ratings went through the roof, and Gervais was asked to come back and host the 2011 awards (where he did more of the same).
9th Jan '16 7:06:57 PM Mycomp
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** She got fired, though.
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** [[DoubleStandard She got fired, though.]]
9th Jan '16 6:56:21 PM Mycomp
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** At the opening of the European Food Authority in Parma, June 21, 2005, asked to explain how Italy managed to get the support of its biggest competitor (Finland) over the EU Food Authority dispute, he claimed: "I used all my playboy skills and courted the Finnish President". The Finnish parliament took the claim rather seriously and questioned the President about it. Berlusconi then attempted a [[AuthorsSavingThrow saving throw]] by using this very trope... only to make it worse. He said something in the line of: "Of course I was joking, I mean look at her: do you seriously think I could...?"[[note]]The President of Finland from 2000 to 2012, Mrs. Tarja Halonen, was famously ugly[[/note]].
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** At the opening of the European Food Authority in Parma, June 21, 2005, asked to explain how Italy managed to get the support of its biggest competitor (Finland) over the EU Food Authority dispute, he claimed: "I used all my playboy skills and courted the Finnish President". The Finnish parliament took the claim rather seriously and questioned the President about it. Berlusconi then attempted a [[AuthorsSavingThrow saving throw]] by using this very trope... only to make it worse. He said something in the line of: "Of course I was joking, I mean look at her: do you seriously think I could...?"[[note]]The President of Finland from 2000 to 2012, Mrs. Tarja Halonen, was famously considered very ugly[[/note]].
28th Dec '15 7:31:37 PM Katsuhagi
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* This was the stock-in-trade for the [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-an-army-of-artists-fooled-hitler-71563360/?no-ist United States Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops]], a unit made up entirely of artists who among other things made inflatable tank decoys and recorded sounds of people building bridges that they would then play on speakers to make the Germans think a bridge really was being built and misdirect their attack. On one particular occasion shortly after D-Day two Frenchmen were riding along and to their astonishment saw four American soldiers effortlessly lift an (inflatable, unbeknownst to the Frenchmen) Sherman tank by the corners and turn it around. They looked at Soldier Arthur Shilstone, who could only come up with this trope as an answer:
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* This was the stock-in-trade for the [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-an-army-of-artists-fooled-hitler-71563360/?no-ist United States Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops]], a unit made up entirely of artists who among other things made inflatable tank decoys and recorded sounds of people building bridges that they would then play on speakers to make the Germans think a bridge really was being built and misdirect their attack. On one particular occasion shortly after D-Day two Frenchmen were riding along and to their astonishment saw four American soldiers effortlessly lift an (inflatable, unbeknownst to the Frenchmen) Sherman tank by the corners and turn it around. They looked at Soldier Arthur Shilstone, who could only come up with this trope as an answer:
23rd Dec '15 2:58:39 PM CassandraLeo
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** Acosta also once allegedly burned down the lawn of a judge who was working his case because no one would believe it was him.

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* Infamous BlackMetal musician Varg Vikernes (of Music/{{Burzum}} and Music/{{Mayhem}} notoriety) burned down several churches, and placed the photo of one of them, Fantoft Stave Church, on the cover of his EP ''Aske''. And this worked. He was found guilty of burning down the others, but found not guilty of burning Fantoft Stave Church.
28th Nov '15 11:15:45 PM Kalmbach
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* One of the arguments Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are using to appeal his conviction essentially boils down to "the conviction should be overturned because there was too much evidence against him."
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* One of the arguments Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are using to appeal his conviction essentially boils down to "the conviction should be overturned because there was too much evidence against him."him", implying that it had been fabricated.
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