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17th Apr '18 1:58:52 PM davah301
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* Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham, commander of the Northwest African Tactical Air Force, held a press conference in Bari on the afternoon of 2 December 1943 where he said "I would consider it as a personal insult if the enemy should send so much as one plane over the city". Later on the same day [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_raid_on_Bari Bari was bombed by 105 German bombers.]]
9th Mar '18 12:40:23 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Speaking of Nazis - president HarryTruman was quoted by newspapers the day after V-J-day 1945 (August 11), stating: "Today, Nazism is forever dead". He was, of course, dead wrong.
13th Feb '18 11:00:41 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ThoseWackyNazis just had to go and call their state "The Millennial Reich" (''Tausendjähriges Reich'', "Thousand-Year Empire"), didn't they?

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* ThoseWackyNazis just had to go and call their state "The Millennial Reich" (''Tausendjähriges Reich'', "Thousand-Year Empire"), "[[ThousandYearReign Thousand-Year Empire]]"), didn't they?
12th Feb '18 8:15:43 PM CV12Hornet
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** To be fair, one reason Pearl Harbor was seen as an unlikely target was because the Philippine Islands was seen as a much ''better'' target, being a valuable American colony very near to Japanese territory, and rather less strongly defended. The Pacific Fleet had been deployed to Hawaii to begin with so it could respond more quickly to aggression against the Philippines (previously the fleet was based in San Diego, California). They simply didn't have the foresight to consider that the Japanese might be bold enough to attack Hawaii ''and'' the Philippines.

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** To be fair, one reason Pearl Harbor was seen as an unlikely target was because the Philippine Islands was seen as a much ''better'' target, being a valuable American colony very near to Japanese territory, and rather less strongly defended. The Pacific Fleet had been deployed to Hawaii to begin with so it could respond more quickly to aggression against the Philippines (previously the fleet was based in San Diego, California). And they were expecting a battleship drive-by instead of a carrier raid, which would've been much easier to see coming. They simply didn't have the foresight to consider that the Japanese might be bold enough to attack Hawaii ''and'' the Philippines.
12th Feb '18 8:27:41 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'' host Alistair Cooke was reportedly so afraid of his body parts falling into unscrupulous hands that he specified in his will that his dead body be burned to prevent that from happening. Naturally, the black market body part dealers had their way with him first.
25th Jan '18 3:46:10 AM MrInitialMan
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* Defied by stuntman Paul Malvern. According to the documentary ''Hazard Of The Game'', his doubts about a stunt saved his life. For the 1927 film ''Beloved Rogue'', he was told to get into a catapult, which would be sprung and send him flying into a net about 50-75 feet away. His response: "How do you know I'm going to land in that net?" The director, engineers, and technicians tried to assure him it was all worked out mathematically, but Paul was having none of it--he wanted to see it tested on a bag of sand that weighed as much as he did. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The sandbag went through the top of the stage and landed a block and a half away.]] Malvern's response to this: "There goes your mathematics all to hell, boys."

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* Defied by stuntman Paul Malvern. According to the documentary ''Hazard Of The Game'', his doubts about a stunt saved his life. For the 1927 film ''Beloved Rogue'', he was told to get into a catapult, which would be sprung and send him flying into a net about 50-75 feet away. His response: "How do you know I'm going to land in that net?" The director, engineers, and technicians tried to assure him it was all worked out mathematically, but Paul Malvern was having none of it--he wanted to see it tested on a bag of sand that weighed as much as he did. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The sandbag went through the top of the stage and landed a block and a half away.]] Malvern's response to this: "There goes your mathematics all to hell, boys."" The engineers then worked out the stunt by testing with bags of sand until they got the range right.
25th Jan '18 1:17:09 AM MrInitialMan
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* Defied by stuntman Paul Malvern. For the 1927 film ''Beloved Rogue'', he was told to get into a catapult, which would be sprung and send him flying into a net about 50-75 feet away. His response: "How do you know I'm going to land in that net?" The director, engineers, and technicians tried to assure him it was all worked out mathematically, but Paul was having none of it--he wanted to see it tested on a bag of sand that weighed as much as he did. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The sandbag went through the top of the stage and landed a block and a half away.]] Malvern's response to this:
-->There goes your mathematics all to hell, boys.

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* Defied by stuntman Paul Malvern. According to the documentary ''Hazard Of The Game'', his doubts about a stunt saved his life. For the 1927 film ''Beloved Rogue'', he was told to get into a catapult, which would be sprung and send him flying into a net about 50-75 feet away. His response: "How do you know I'm going to land in that net?" The director, engineers, and technicians tried to assure him it was all worked out mathematically, but Paul was having none of it--he wanted to see it tested on a bag of sand that weighed as much as he did. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The sandbag went through the top of the stage and landed a block and a half away.]] Malvern's response to this:
-->There
this: "There goes your mathematics all to hell, boys."
25th Jan '18 1:15:31 AM MrInitialMan
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* Defied by stuntman Paul Malvern. For the 1927 film ''Beloved Rogue'', he was told to get into a catapult, which would be sprung and send him flying into a net about 50-75 feet away. His response: "How do you know I'm going to land in that net?" The director, engineers, and technicians tried to assure him it was all worked out mathematically, but Paul was having none of it--he wanted to see it tested on a bag of sand that weighed as much as he did. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The sandbag went through the top of the stage and landed a block and a half away.]] Malvern's response to this:
-->There goes your mathematics all to hell, boys.
17th Jan '18 5:24:57 PM ryanasaurus0077
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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? [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1938]]. [[SarcasmMode Feel free to congratulate him on his accomplishment.]]
** While he publically said this, he privately didn't believe it. It was clear by 1938 that Hitler was moving towards a war footing and, while he sincerely hoped for a peaceful resolution, Chamberlain recognized that Britain was at that time ill-prepared to defend herself. He immediately met with several industrial leaders and began a rearmament program, which was roughly halfway complete by the time Hitler invaded Poland.
** Another hilarious incident connected to this, was the proposition to nominate Chamberlain and Hitler for the Alfred Nobel Peace price! TemptingFate indeed. Wiser and ''way'' cooler heads adviced against it and turned the tide against this in the nick of time.

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* UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain pronounced that "I believe it is peace in for our time" after returning to England following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Agreement Munich Conference]]. The date? [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1938]]. [[SarcasmMode Feel free to congratulate him on his accomplishment.]]
** While he publically said this, he privately didn't believe it. It was clear by 1938 that Hitler was moving towards a war footing and, while he sincerely hoped for a peaceful resolution, Chamberlain recognized that Britain was at that time ill-prepared to defend herself. He immediately met with several industrial leaders and began a rearmament program, which was roughly halfway complete by the time Hitler invaded Poland.
Poland.
** Another hilarious incident connected to this, was the proposition to nominate Chamberlain and Hitler for the Alfred Nobel Peace price! Prize! TemptingFate indeed. Wiser and ''way'' cooler heads adviced advised against it and turned the tide against this in the nick of time. time.



* During the 2008 campaign, UsefulNotes/BarackObama was ''repeatedly'' called the next "Lincoln" or "Kennedy". Naturally, this was a huge source of SnarkBait, but it has luckily (so far) been averted.

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* During the 2008 campaign, UsefulNotes/BarackObama was ''repeatedly'' called the next "Lincoln" or "Kennedy". Naturally, this was a huge source of SnarkBait, but it has luckily (so far) been averted.it turned out to only be true in the positive sense.
22nd Dec '17 11:48:47 AM Starshock
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katia_and_Maurice_Krafft Maurice Krafft]] famously said: "I am never afraid because I have seen so much eruptions in 23 years that even if I die tomorrow, I don't care". Guess what happened 45 minutes later at Mount Unzen.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katia_and_Maurice_Krafft org/wiki/ttKatia_and_Maurice_Krafft Maurice Krafft]] famously said: "I am never afraid because I have seen so much eruptions in 23 years that even if I die tomorrow, I don't care". Guess what happened 45 minutes later at Mount Unzen.


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* [[https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rapper-who-once-declared-god-made-me-bulletproof-shot-and-killed/ Rapper who claimed God made him bulletproof gets shot to death.]]
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