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Old 02-26-2010, 04:45 AM   #51
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Re: Interesting Wikipedia articles for killing time and expanding your mind!!

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2009: Sergey Tuganov, a 28-year-old Russian, bet two women that he could continuously have sex with them both for twelve hours. Several minutes after winning the $4,300 bet, he suffered a heart attack and died. It is believed that the heart attack was the result of Tuganov ingesting an entire bottle of Viagra just after accepting the bet.
since you didnt actually link it, for those wondering, this excerpt comes from the "Best way to spend your last 12 hours and several minutes of life" entry, not the "unusual deaths" entry.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:51 AM   #52
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%E1%B8%B5wxw%C3%BA7mesh

A NATIVE TRIBE THAT SOMEHOW HAS A NUMBER IN THEIR NAME
I laughed pretty hard at this especially since the article doesn't provide any explanation for what the number is phonetically.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:22 AM   #53
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Pretty interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
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Operation Northwoods, or Northwoods, was a false-flag plan that originated within the United States government in 1962. The plan called for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other operatives to commit genuine acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA
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This official U.S. government program began in the early 1950s, continuing at least through the late 1960s, and it used United States and Canadian citizens as its test subjects.[1][2][3] The published evidence indicates that Project MK-ULTRA involved the surreptitious use of many types of drugs, as well as other methods, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:50 AM   #54
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very interesting...had to be a yedi or ufos
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:00 AM   #55
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strange radio broadcasts of only numbers and letters along with other signals often thought to be transmitting information to spies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76

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Old 02-26-2010, 06:46 AM   #56
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sick thread. i have so many to contribute when I get on my other computer
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:27 AM   #57
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:27 AM   #58
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

(famous coded European book that has resisted 400 years of decoding attempts)
Just wasted a solid 2-3 hours of my life reading about this. So frustrating. Somebody needs to crack it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:28 AM   #59
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Five star thread btw.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:33 AM   #60
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The "water bear": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade

"It can survive temperatures as low as −328 °F (−200.0 °C), temperatures as high as 303 °F, 1000 times more radiation than any animal, can lose 99% of the water in its body, 120 years without water, and can even also survive in a vacuum like that found in space."
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:54 AM   #61
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Not that it's interesting. but I once edited a Wiki while working for a local newspaper in that area: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auchenback

Interestingly, it hasn't been changed!

Last edited by Ron Poor; 02-26-2010 at 08:55 AM. Reason: I wrote the second paragraph... feel free to ammend.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:57 AM   #62
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Japanese fire balloon bomb

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

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From late 1944 until early 1945, the Japanese launched over 9,000 of these fire balloons, of which 300 were found or observed in the U.S. They were found in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan and Iowa, as well as Mexico and Canada.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:29 AM   #63
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Great thread. Dyatlov Pass, Boston Molasses Disaster and Lake Nyos were all really interesting. Quite surprising that so many of these are not more widely known about, I have barely any knowledge on any of the linked articles.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:37 AM   #64
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4

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Simo Häyhä (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" (Russian: Белая смерть, Belaya Smert; Finnish: Valkoinen Kuolema; Swedish: den Vita Döden) by the Red Army, was a Finnish sharpshooter. Using a standard iron-sighted, bolt action rifle in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed kills in any major war.

Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers,[2][4] - 542 if unconfirmed deaths are included.[4] The unofficial Finnish frontline figure from the battlefield of Kollaa places the number of Häyhä's sniper kills over 800.[5] A daily account of the kills at Kollaa was conducted for the Finnish snipers. Besides his sniper kills, Häyhä was also credited with over two hundred kills with a Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun, thus bringing his credited kills to at least 705.[4] Remarkably, all of Häyhä's kills were accomplished in fewer than 100 days.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:41 AM   #65
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That's pretty badass.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:08 AM   #66
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this isn't long, but it amused me:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_..._polar_regions

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The observance of Jewish law (halakhah) in the polar regions of Earth presents unique problems. Many mitzvot, such as Jewish prayer and the Jewish sabbath, rely on the consistent cycle of day and night in 24-hour periods that is commonplace in most of the world. However, north of the Arctic Circle (and south of the Antarctic Circle) a single day can last for a month or more during the summer, and the night lasts for a similar length of time in the winter. The question is how to reconcile the observed length of days in the polar regions with common practice elsewhere in the world: should a "day" be defined solely based on sunrise and sunset, even if these events do not occur for long stretches of time; or should the definition of a polar "day" be consistent with the length of a day in the rest of the world?
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:13 AM   #67
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre

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The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, refers to a six-week period following the Japanese capture of the city of Nanjing (Nanking), the former capital of the Republic of China, on December 9, 1937. During this period, hundreds of thousands of civilians were murdered and 20,000–80,000 women were raped by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:18 AM   #68
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This doesn't sound like more than Frederick Zoller.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:29 AM   #69
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This was interesting, and led me to this poor guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_E._Mitchell
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:06 PM   #70
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Pyrrhus of Epirus, the conqueror and source of the term pyrrhic victory, according to Plutarch died while fighting an urban battle in Argos when an old woman threw a roof tile at him, stunning him and allowing an Argive soldier to kill him
first confirmed bad beat.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:20 PM   #71
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infibulation

Now this is a bad beat!!!
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:00 PM   #72
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This seems like a good place to ask. A while back somebody posted a wiki link about a Russian guy who helped avert WW3. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:14 PM   #73
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

(famous coded European book that has resisted 400 years of decoding attempts)
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I've read a lot about this and it really creeps me the **** out.
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Me too. What's your take? I think I like the glossolalia explanation. Made sense to the author at the time on whatever drug/religion induced trip they were on at the time.
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Just wasted a solid 2-3 hours of my life reading about this. So frustrating. Somebody needs to crack it.

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Old 02-26-2010, 01:44 PM   #74
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This seems like a good place to ask. A while back somebody posted a wiki link about a Russian guy who helped avert WW3. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
I believe you're thinking of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #75
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Monitoring for incoming nukes sounds like a pretty sweet gig. You could spend an entire career doing absolutely nothing.
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