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Old 02-25-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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Interesting Wikipedia articles for killing time and expanding your mind!!

Help me start my first non-poker thread.

Post interesting random Wikipedia entries about something people have never heard of or thought about much that is interesting.

Post some kind of teaser explaining why each of these articles is interesting

If this is retarded oh well. If its been done, kill it. If not, help me waste time.

I'll start:

Giacomo Casanova

"Casanova had dug up a freshly buried corpse in order to play a practical joke on an enemy and exact revenge—but the victim went into a paralysis, never to recover."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casanova


Dona Paz

"was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With a death toll of at least 4,375 people"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Do%C3%B1a_Paz

Coconut Crab

"is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper limit of how big terrestrial animals with exoskeletons can become in today's atmosphere"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_crab

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Old 02-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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Crab looks evil.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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At least post some kind of teaser explaining why each of these articles is interesting...
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #4
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I don't have much to contribute now but I swear I can go on wikipedia to look up something real quick, and end up reading about WWII few hours later, and to finish up looking up Nickelodeon shows. FML
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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At least post some kind of teaser explaining why each of these articles is interesting...
Good call, I added this.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:44 PM   #6
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I spent some hours at work learning as much as I could about Game Thoery, Nash equilibria, prisoner games and the like.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #7
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Miracle On Ice

"The Soviet players were classed as amateurs, but soft jobs provided by the Brezhnev government (some were active-duty military)[4] allowed them to essentially play professionally in a well-developed league with world class training facilities."
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:52 PM   #8
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident
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The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to an event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959.
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The lack of eyewitnesses and subsequent investigations into the hikers' deaths have inspired much speculation. Investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue.[1] According to sources four of the victims' clothing contained high-levels of radiation
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one doctor indicated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, "because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged".[1]
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:57 PM   #9
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Rasputin's Murder

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...came back down to shoot Rasputin through the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell, and the company left the palace for a while. Yusupov, who had left without a coat, decided to return to get one, and, while at the palace, he went to check up on the body. Suddenly, Rasputin opened his eyes and lunged at Prince Yusupov. When he grabbed Prince Yusupov he ominously whispered in Yusupov's ear "you bad boy" and attempted to strangle him. At that moment, however, the other conspirators arrived and fired at him. After being hit three times in the back, Rasputin fell once more. As they neared his body, the party found that, remarkably, he was still alive, struggling to get up. They clubbed him into submission and castrated him. After binding his body and wrapping him in a carpet, they threw him into the icy Neva River. He broke out of his bonds and the carpet wrapping him, but drowned in the river.

Three days later, the body of Rasputin, poisoned, shot four times, badly beaten, and drowned, was recovered from the Neva River. An autopsy established that the cause of death was drowning. His arms were found in an upright position, as if he had tried to claw his way out from under the ice. It was found that he had indeed been poisoned, and that the poison alone should have been enough to kill him. There is a report that after his body was recovered, water was found in the lungs, supporting the idea that he was still alive before submersion into the partially frozen river.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:05 PM   #10
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also this list is pretty good: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serial_killers
I once spend a lot of time browsing it
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:10 PM   #11
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_stargate

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The Stargate Project[1] was the umbrella code name of one of several sub-projects established by the U.S. Federal Government to investigate the reality, and potential military and domestic applications, of psychic phenomena, particularly "remote viewing": the purported ability to psychically "see" events, sites, or information from a great distance.[2] These projects were active from the 1970s through 1995, and followed up early psychic research done at The Stanford Research Institute (SRI), The American Society for Psychical Research, and other psychical research labs.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:13 PM   #12
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fractals
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:15 PM   #13
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also this list is pretty good: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serial_killers
I once spend a lot of time browsing it
Slightly morbid but interesting.

I assert that there are more identified serial killers in more developed countries because law enforcement is more coordinated and better at putting together the pieces need to identify the pattern.

I mean, do you think there have been that few serial killers in China and India?
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:21 PM   #14
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Bell

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The Bell is said to be an experiment carried out by Third Reich scientists working for the SS in a German facility known as Der Riese ("The Giant")[3] near the Wenceslaus mine. The mine is located 50 kilometers away from Breslau a little north of the village of Ludwikowice Kłodzkie (formerly known as Ludwigsdorf) close to the Czech border. Cook and Witkowski visited the site for the UK Channel 4 documentary UFOs: the Hidden Evidence (aka An Alien History of Planet Earth).

The device is described as metallic, approximately 9 feet wide and 12 to 15 feet high with a shape similar to a bell. It contained two counter-rotating cylinders filled with a substance similar to Mercury that glowed violet when activated, known only as Xerum 525[4] it has been speculated to be Red mercury.[5] When active, The Bell would emit strong radiation, which led to the death of several scientists[6] and various plant and animal test subjects.[4]
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:24 PM   #15
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wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_island

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135░ to 155░W and 35░ to 42░N and estimated to be twice the size of Texas.[1]
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:24 PM   #16
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_hollywood_shootout

Shootout heavily influenced by the movie Heat.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:25 PM   #17
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alright last one, but this is THE most interesting wiki article, I promise you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:46 PM   #18
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Weird.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #19
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_hollywood_shootout

Shootout heavily influenced by the movie Heat.
other way around
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #20
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only thing worth reading before me in this thread is nikola tesla

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Elmo's_fire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raining_animals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #21
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other way around
heat was released in 95, robbery was in 97

The investigation of the shootout found that the perpetrators were heavily influenced[citation needed] by the Michael Mann film Heat which was released a few years earlier in 1995.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #22
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hmm ok, nevermind. my bad.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #23
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only thing worth reading before me in this thread is nikola tesla

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud
It is always about boobs with you guys.

(All four links were worse than any other post in this thread.)
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:59 PM   #24
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I hate Wikipedia. It has the stupidest ****. Theres something to be said about the real thing. Paper. Dont really get the point of it and I cant stand other always talking about it like Twitter.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:03 PM   #25
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^^You prefer we pull out our or 1972 Encyclopedia Brittanica for fun facts? I also don't understand what you are saying as its not English.
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