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24th May '16 5:19:47 PM neitokun
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* Fan conventions. In an era where cons (especially gaming and anime cons) pop up for just about every little thing (including My Little Pony and Power Rangers), it's hard to explain just what was so revolutionary and important about Otakon, GenCon, or Comic-Con. They're still fun and important, but lack a certain gravitas that they used to.
1st May '16 1:23:37 PM Jhonny
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* Abolitionism - as in the movement to get rid of slavery - today being against slavery (even though it still exists in some places in a "modern" form) is probably the definition of a self evident cause and only a StrawmanPolitical would ever argue for slavery. However, when the movement first came up it was seen as incredibly daring and outrageously radical. Many abolitionists even paid with their life for what they believed.

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* Abolitionism - as in the movement to get rid of slavery - today being against slavery (even though it still exists in some places in a "modern" form) is probably the definition of a self evident cause and only a StrawmanPolitical would ever argue for ''for'' slavery. However, when the movement first came up it was seen as incredibly daring and outrageously radical. Many abolitionists even paid with their life for what they believed.



* As space technology advances, older books and films about robotic missions from previous decades can seem a bit dull in comparison to more recent missions-- it may seem hard to imagine people being excited about grainy black-and white photos taken on a brief flyby of a planet or moon if you've seen high-resolution color photos of the same place from landers and rovers. (Such as the hype about the Viking Mars probes in CosmosAPersonalVoyage compared to the images from the Pathfinder mission in the 2000 "Cosmos Update" epilogue on the DVDs.) But those older photos were the first close-up glimpse of those worlds at all, and without them, the modern missions could never have been attempted.

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* As space technology advances, older books and films about robotic missions from previous decades can seem a bit dull in comparison to more recent missions-- it may seem hard to imagine people being excited about grainy black-and white photos taken on a brief flyby of a planet or moon if you've seen high-resolution color photos of the same place from landers and rovers. (Such as the hype about the Viking Mars probes in CosmosAPersonalVoyage compared to the images from the Pathfinder mission in the 2000 "Cosmos Update" epilogue on the DVDs.) [=DVDs.=]) But those older photos were the first close-up glimpse of those worlds at all, and without them, the modern missions could never have been attempted.
1st May '16 10:47:04 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Ride/ActionPark in UsefulNotes/NewJersey helped revolutionize American amusement parks, especially water parks, in TheEighties. To this day, many of its attractions are still radically unlike anything ever seen. Few people remember this nowadays, though. Instead, when the park is mentioned, it's remembered for just how dangerous many of those rides were before later parks managed to work out the kinks in them. Ask a New Jerseyan of a certain age about Action Park, and they'll tell you that it was either the most badass amusement park ever made, or a RealLife AmusementParkOfDoom that should never have been allowed to stay open as long as it was.
13th Apr '16 9:02:19 PM KaiYves
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* As space technology advances, older books and films about robotic missions from previous decades can seem a bit dull in comparison to more recent missions-- it may seem hard to imagine people being excited about grainy black-and white photos taken on a brief flyby of a planet or moon if you've seen high-resolution color photos of the same place from landers and rovers. (Such as the hype about the Viking Mars probes in CosmosAPersonalVoyage compared to the images from the Pathfinder mission in the 2000 "Cosmos Update" epilogue on the DVDs.) But those older photos were the first close-up glimpse of those worlds at all, and without them, the modern missions could never have been attempted.
29th Mar '16 2:35:13 PM Jhonny
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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignificantCity s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.

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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their there was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignificantCity s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.
29th Mar '16 10:08:10 AM Jhonny
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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignificantTown s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.

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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignificantTown SuddenlySignificantCity s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.
29th Mar '16 10:07:18 AM Jhonny
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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignigficantTown s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.

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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignigficantTown SuddenlySignificantTown s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.
29th Mar '16 10:06:50 AM Jhonny
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* Propeller aircraft - for decades, they were the only air transport their was and even a flight from London to New York often involved refueling stops in SuddenlySignigficantTown s like Gander, Canada or Shannon, Ireland[[note]] which coincidentally contains the oldest duty free shop in any airport in the world[[/note]], but today jet aircraft has replaced them on almost every route safe a few "short hops" - even though until well into the 1990s jet engines were actually less fuel efficient than propellers.
25th Mar '16 2:02:04 PM Jhonny
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* Abolitionism - as in the movement to get rid of slavery - today being against slavery (even though it still exists in some places in a "modern" form) is probably the definition of a self evident cause and only a StrawmanPolitical would ever argue for slavery. However, when the movement first came up it was seen as incredibly daring and outrageously radical. Many abolitionists even paid with their life for what they believed.
24th Mar '16 1:34:45 PM louisXVI
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* In the aftermath of the American Revolution, it was decided that the ruler of the United States should be called "president," rather than king. It was intended to be an extremely humble title, and had previously been used mostly to describe someone who temporarily chaired a small meeting. These days, most countries have presidents, and the title is now so closely associated with being the powerful ruler of a country it may be considered ostentatious or presumptuous for a leader of a small organization to title himself president. Even the phrase "Mr. President," initially chosen as being the humblest possible way of referring to the office-holder, is now often used as a way to mock the pretentiousness of a low-ranking president.

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* In the aftermath of the American Revolution, it was decided that the ruler of the United States should be called "president," rather than king. It was intended to be an extremely humble title, and had previously been used mostly to describe someone who temporarily chaired a small meeting. These days, most countries have presidents, and the title is now so closely associated with being the powerful ruler of a country it may be considered ostentatious or presumptuous for a leader of a small organization to title himself president. Even the phrase "Mr. President," initially chosen as for being the humblest possible way of referring to the office-holder, is now often used as a way to mock the pretentiousness of a low-ranking president.
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