History TemptingFate / RealLife

8th Oct '17 3:49:04 AM EDP
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* During the reign of Roman emperor Tiberius, a senator quipped it was easier to cross the bay of Naples on a horse than to UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} to become the next emperor. Not only Caligula ''did'' become emperor, one of his first orders was to have a boat bridge built across the bay of Naples just so he could cross it on a horse, and had the senator watch it.
2nd Sep '17 3:52:58 PM Conradus
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* Hermann Göring reputedly said, "If bombs drop on Berlin, you may call me Meyer." Being called "Meyer" is a German idiom that something is impossible (Meyer, or Meier, is the second most common surname in Germany). Göring also made comments that he would eat his hat. Thus, when he made tours of the devastated cities, civilians would call out "Hello, Herr Meier! How's your hat?"

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* Hermann Göring reputedly said, "If bombs drop on Berlin, you may call me Meyer." Being called "Meyer" is a German idiom that something is impossible (Meyer, or Meier, is the second most common surname in Germany). Göring also made comments that he would eat his hat. Thus, when he made tours of the devastated cities, civilians would call out "Hello, Herr Meier! How's your hat?"hat?" They also took to calling the air raid sirens "Meier's hunting horns."
25th Aug '17 6:53:37 PM nombretomado
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* In a 1961 speech UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev said that "the current generation of Soviet people will live under communism." Not only did the plan to complete the transition from socialism to communism by 1980 fail, the generation he was referring to now lives under [[strike: liberal democracy]] [[strike: capitalism]] [[strike: authoritarianism]] [[strike: fascism]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia something that is definitely not communism]] (and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the other 14 republics]], where the results of TheGreatPoliticsMessUp vary greatly).

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* In a 1961 speech UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev said that "the current generation of Soviet people will live under communism." Not only did the plan to complete the transition from socialism to communism by 1980 fail, the generation he was referring to now lives under [[strike: liberal democracy]] [[strike: capitalism]] [[strike: authoritarianism]] [[strike: fascism]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia something that is definitely not communism]] (and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the other 14 republics]], where the results of TheGreatPoliticsMessUp vary greatly).
25th Aug '17 6:35:49 PM nombretomado
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* In a 1961 speech UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev said that "the current generation of Soviet people will live under communism." Not only did the plan to complete the transition from socialism to communism by 1980 fail, the generation he was referring to now lives under [[strike: liberal democracy]] [[strike: capitalism]] [[strike: authoritarianism]] [[strike: fascism]] [[TheNewRussia something that is definitely not communism]] (and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the other 14 republics]], where the results of TheGreatPoliticsMessUp vary greatly).

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* In a 1961 speech UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev said that "the current generation of Soviet people will live under communism." Not only did the plan to complete the transition from socialism to communism by 1980 fail, the generation he was referring to now lives under [[strike: liberal democracy]] [[strike: capitalism]] [[strike: authoritarianism]] [[strike: fascism]] [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia something that is definitely not communism]] (and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the other 14 republics]], where the results of TheGreatPoliticsMessUp vary greatly).
21st Jul '17 12:52:49 PM twilicorn
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* In an interview before the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award ceremon|ies}}y in 2017, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=] accountant Brian Cullinan discussed his job of placing the winning nominees' names into the award envelopes then handing them out to the presenters. When asked what would happen in the event that a wrong winner was announced, Cullinan admitted that an exact procedure wasn't in place because it had never happened in the show's history, before dismissing the possibility as "so unlikely". Two days later, Cullinan mistakenly handed the envelope for Best Actress to co-presenter Creator/WarrenBeatty instead of Best Picture, leading to an instantly notorious flub that, among other things, caused Cullinan to lose his Oscar gig.

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* In an interview before the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award Awards ceremon|ies}}y in 2017, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=] accountant Brian Cullinan discussed his job of placing the winning nominees' names into the award envelopes then handing them out to the presenters. When asked what would happen in the event that a wrong winner was announced, Cullinan admitted that an exact procedure wasn't in place because it had never happened in the show's history, before dismissing the possibility as "so unlikely". Two days later, Cullinan mistakenly handed the envelope for Best Actress to co-presenter Creator/WarrenBeatty instead of Best Picture, leading to an instantly notorious flub that, among other things, caused Cullinan to lose his Oscar gig.
21st Jul '17 12:52:27 PM twilicorn
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* On November 10, 2014 in the midst of public opinion of him reaching an all-time low due to resurfaced rape allegations. (Allegations that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement will not be discussed further on this page.]]) Creator/BillCosby launched an event on Twitter where he said: “Go ahead, meme me!” [[GoneHorriblyWrong However, most of the captions talked about the rape allegations]] and it was quickly shut down. [[http://www.avclub.com/article/bill-cosbys-twitter-team-asks-it-meme-him-apparent-211674 You can read more about it and see some of the captions here.]]

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* On November 10, 2014 in the midst of public opinion of him reaching an all-time low due to resurfaced rape allegations. (Allegations allegations (allegations that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement will not be discussed further on this page.]]) page]]), Creator/BillCosby launched an event on Twitter where he said: “Go ahead, meme me!” [[GoneHorriblyWrong However, most of the captions talked about the rape allegations]] and it was quickly shut down. [[http://www.avclub.com/article/bill-cosbys-twitter-team-asks-it-meme-him-apparent-211674 You can read more about it and see some of the captions here.]]



* Talking about Barack Obama and 2011, a calendar released for 2012 (and so released in 2011) was counting down the days until 20 January 2013, at which point he'd no longer be President.
* In an interview before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony in 2017, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=] accountant Brian Cullinan discussed his job of placing the winning nominees' names into the award envelopes then handing them out to the presenters. When asked what would happen in the event that a wrong winner was announced, Cullinan admitted that an exact procedure wasn't in place because it had never happened in the show's history, before dismissing the possibility as "so unlikely". Two days later, Cullinan mistakenly handed the envelope for Best Actress to co-presenter Creator/WarrenBeatty instead of Best Picture, leading to an instantly notorious flub that, among other things, caused Cullinan to lose his Oscar gig.

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* Talking about Barack Obama and 2011, UsefulNotes/BarackObama was the subject of a calendar released for 2012 (and so released in 2011) was counting which counted down the days until 20 January 2013, at which point he'd no longer be President.
President. [[DontExplainTheJoke That day turned out to be the start of his second term.]]
* In an interview before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award ceremon|ies}}y in 2017, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=] accountant Brian Cullinan discussed his job of placing the winning nominees' names into the award envelopes then handing them out to the presenters. When asked what would happen in the event that a wrong winner was announced, Cullinan admitted that an exact procedure wasn't in place because it had never happened in the show's history, before dismissing the possibility as "so unlikely". Two days later, Cullinan mistakenly handed the envelope for Best Actress to co-presenter Creator/WarrenBeatty instead of Best Picture, leading to an instantly notorious flub that, among other things, caused Cullinan to lose his Oscar gig.
15th Jul '17 6:14:39 PM WaterBlap
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* On Election Night 2016, confident that the polls showing her ahead with a 70 percent chance of winning were genuine, New York Senator UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton had a glass ceiling art project made that she was going to destroy to symbolize history being made with the election of the first woman President of the United States. A couple of hours later, she watched as Creator/DonaldTrump won all of the key battleground states she was ahead in, including traditional democratic states like Pennsylvania, and eventually won the election in one of the most shocking upsets in political world history.
** A funnier example, but she also tweeted "Happy birthday to this future president" on her own birthday. Just thirteen days later, she lost the electoral vote.
** Speaking of Donald Trump, UsefulNotes/BarackObama had a couple of cases with this. Two weeks before the election, he read out [[https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/760552601356267520 a tweet from Trump]] which said "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!", and replied with "Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president." And way back in 2011, Obama mocked Trump in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TwRmX6zs4 his speech]] at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the birther issue, where Trump accused Obama of not being born on U.S. soil[[note]]Commonly believed to be a prerequisite to being President of the United States; in fact the prerequisite is being a "natural-born citizen". Being born on U.S. soil is sufficient, but not necessary.[[/note]] and Obama having had his birth certificate released to verify otherwise, ending with "Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House. Let's see what we've got up there." Fast forward to five years later…
8th Jul '17 9:27:09 AM nombretomado
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* According to TheOtherWiki, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill Deepwater Horizon explosion]] occurred when BP executives were on board celebrating the project's safety record.

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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill Deepwater Horizon explosion]] occurred when BP executives were on board celebrating the project's safety record.



* According to TheOtherWiki, leading up to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nazaire_Raid St. Nazaire Raid]] during World War 2, one of the German commanders, when asked what would they do if the base was subject to an attack by British Commandos, replied that "an attack on the base would be hazardous and highly improbable."

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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, leading up to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nazaire_Raid St. Nazaire Raid]] during World War 2, one of the German commanders, when asked what would they do if the base was subject to an attack by British Commandos, replied that "an attack on the base would be hazardous and highly improbable."



* According to TheOtherWiki, the town of Frostproof, Florida so named itself as "a marketing ploy to convince potential landowners that the town has never had, and never would have, a frost that could destroy the large citrus-driven economy. However, only a couple of years later, a frost killed most of the citrus in Frostproof."

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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the town of Frostproof, Florida so named itself as "a marketing ploy to convince potential landowners that the town has never had, and never would have, a frost that could destroy the large citrus-driven economy. However, only a couple of years later, a frost killed most of the citrus in Frostproof."
10th Jun '17 2:54:48 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain pronounced that "I believe it is peace in our time" after returning to England following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Agreement Munich Conference]]. The date? [[WorldWarII 1938]]. [[SarcasmMode Feel free to congratulate him on his accomplishment.]]

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* UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain pronounced that "I believe it is peace in our time" after returning to England following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Agreement Munich Conference]]. The date? [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1938]]. [[SarcasmMode Feel free to congratulate him on his accomplishment.]]



* [[WorldWarI The "War to end all Wars"]] created ''more'' wars.

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* [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI The "War to end all Wars"]] created ''more'' wars.



* During WorldWarI, a British battlecruiser was named ''HMS Invincible''. During the Battle of Jutland, it was blown into fragments by an ammunition explosion (after being hit by one shell shot by a German battlecruiser) and sank with most of its thousand-man crew.

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* During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, a British battlecruiser was named ''HMS Invincible''. During the Battle of Jutland, it was blown into fragments by an ammunition explosion (after being hit by one shell shot by a German battlecruiser) and sank with most of its thousand-man crew.



* The Japanese battleship (originally battlecruiser) ''Kongo'', whose name means 'indestructible.' Sunk by a US submarine during WorldWarII.

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* The Japanese battleship (originally battlecruiser) ''Kongo'', whose name means 'indestructible.' Sunk by a US submarine during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* The Italian navy commissioned two ships named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camillo_Benso,_Count_of_Cavour count Camillo Benso of Cavour]]. The first was the battleship ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_battleship_Conte_di_Cavour Conte di Cavour]]'', which, during WorldWarII, was sank in the harbor by planes ''twice'' (the first from British carrier-launched torpedo planes while in Taranto, whose waters are so shallow that the use of air-launched torpedoes was deemed impossible ([[OlderThanTheyThink the Japanese got the idea for Pearl Harbor from this]]), the second from Allied strategic bombers while in Trieste for repairs). The second (and current one) is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavour_%28550%29 Cavour]]'', an ''aircraft carrier''. Equipped with ''American-built planes based on a British design''. So far, the ship is doing well...

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* The Italian navy commissioned two ships named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camillo_Benso,_Count_of_Cavour count Camillo Benso of Cavour]]. The first was the battleship ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_battleship_Conte_di_Cavour Conte di Cavour]]'', which, during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, was sank in the harbor by planes ''twice'' (the first from British carrier-launched torpedo planes while in Taranto, whose waters are so shallow that the use of air-launched torpedoes was deemed impossible ([[OlderThanTheyThink the Japanese got the idea for Pearl Harbor from this]]), the second from Allied strategic bombers while in Trieste for repairs). The second (and current one) is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavour_%28550%29 Cavour]]'', an ''aircraft carrier''. Equipped with ''American-built planes based on a British design''. So far, the ship is doing well...
3rd Jun '17 9:39:21 PM JoeMerl
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* The Six-Day War began with a massive buildup by five larger Arab countries against Israel, which even with reserves only had about half as many troops and inferior technology; Arab leaders made it clear that their intention was total genocide against the Jews. When Egypt blockaded Israel's only Red Sea port, which Israel had warned would be taken as an act of war, the Egyptian president even boasted “War might be an opportunity for the Jews and for Israel to test their strength against ours." When the war broke out two weeks later, [[BadassIsraeli Israel suffered less than 10% of the Arabs' casualties, destroyed the entire Egyptian air force before it left the ground and doubled its size in captured land, including regaining control of Judaism's holiest sites in Jerusalem]]. All in six days.
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