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Old 02-26-2010, 09:42 PM   #101
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_sparrow_campaign

The Great Chairman Mao decided sparrows were the problem with their food production, so they instructed the citizens of China to bang pots and pans to scare them away. The plan was a success, unfortunately they did not think through the consequences...
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:54 PM   #102
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Wow did you see the Ukranian teenagers on that last? They killed >20 people and video taped it all. One of the videos got leaked to the web- it's definitely the sickest thing i've ever seen. I don't even want to link it.
They've been talked about a lot here. The video has even been posted. It's pretty gruesome. If the wiki disturbs you, don't watch the video.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #103
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Heard that was pretty sick. Didn't want to watch it, thought I would be like the thousands of people that said 'hey, I can handle it!' then watched the video and said, 'wtf why did I watch that **** wtf why'
I i could go back in time i don't think i'd watch it. I think you would have to be a bit messed up to be able to handle that.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:20 PM   #104
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Can't believe this one hasn't been posted yet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster
thanks. i cant stop laughing at this awesomeness
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:55 PM   #105
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My 2 additions:

Surviving Free-Falls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_fall#Surviving_falls)

JAT stewardess Vesna Vulović survived a fall of 33,000 feet (10,000 m)[4] on January 26, 1972 when she was aboard JAT Flight 367.

In World War II there were several reports of military aircrew surviving long falls: Nick Alkemade, Alan Magee, and Ivan Chisov all fell at least 5,500 metres (18,000 ft) and survived.

It was reported that two of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing survived for a brief period after hitting the ground (with the forward nose section fuselage in freefall mode), but died from their injuries before help arrived.[6]

A skydiver from Staffordshire plunged 6,000 ft without a parachute in Russia and survived to tell the tale. James Boole, from Tamworth, said he was supposed to have been given a signal by another skydiver to open his parachute, but it came two seconds too late. Mr Boole, who was filming the other skydiver for a television documentary, landed on snow-covered rocks and suffered a broken back and rib.[7]

Eli Cohen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Cohen)

Mossad spy for Israel. He is best known for his work in Syria, where he developed close relationships with the political and military hierarchy and became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense and third in line to the presidency. He was eventually exposed and executed in Syria in 1965. The intelligence he gathered is claimed to have been an important factor in Israel's Six Day War.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:58 PM   #106
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_sparrow_campaign

The Great Chairman Mao decided sparrows were the problem with their food production, so they instructed the citizens of China to bang pots and pans to scare them away. The plan was a success, unfortunately they did not think through the consequences...
With apologies to our Chinese posters, I lolled pretty hard at those consequences.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:56 AM   #107
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kinda funny...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediaon%27t_delete_the_main_page

then....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped..._the_Main_Page
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:41 AM   #108
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station

strange radio broadcasts of only numbers and letters along with other signals often thought to be transmitting information to spies.
Well thats easy. She did it
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:09 AM   #109
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Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Deepest image of the universe, contains ~10,000 galaxies from ~13 billion years ago.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:41 AM   #110
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_...nes_Flight_007

Civilian Flight enroute from Anchorage to Seoul shot down after crossing russian airspace after a miscalculation in navigation. A wicked read.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:49 AM   #111
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleiwitz_incident

the day before world war two started. It was the excuse germany used to invade poland.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:58 AM   #112
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The real James Bond.

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Edward Arnold 'Eddie' Chapman (16 November 1914 Burnopfield, County Durham - 11 December 1997) was a pre-war criminal and wartime spy. During the Second World War he was recruited by Nazi Germany as a spy but turned and became a British double agent code named 'Zigzag'. He had a number of aliases known by the British police, amongst them Edward Edwards, Arnold Thompson, and Edward Simpson. His German codename was Fritz or later its diminutive Fritzchen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Chapman
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:05 AM   #113
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

worst nuclear disaster in history
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:23 AM   #114
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Eli Cohen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Cohen)

Mossad spy for Israel. He is best known for his work in Syria, where he developed close relationships with the political and military hierarchy and became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense and third in line to the presidency. He was eventually exposed and executed in Syria in 1965. The intelligence he gathered is claimed to have been an important factor in Israel's Six Day War.
There is a lot of good reading about Mossad on wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossad#Known_Activities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wrath_of_God (the story told in the movie Munich)
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:26 AM   #115
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Great thread idea
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:33 AM   #116
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one of these days someone is gonna die reading that list.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:45 AM   #117
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My favourite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kar%C3%A1nsebes

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The Battle of KarŠnsebes (Romanian: Caransebeş,Turkish: Şebeş Savaşı) was an early episode in the Austro-Turkish War of 1787-1791. Different portions of an Austrian army, which was scouting for forces of the Ottoman Empire, fired on each other by mistake, in a self-inflicted disaster. The battle took place on the evening of 17 September 1788. Ottomans were victorious and captured the city.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Uxbridge%27s_leg

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Lord Uxbridge's leg was shattered by a cannon shot at the Battle of Waterloo and removed by a surgeon.[1][2] The amputated limb went on to lead a somewhat macabre after-life as a tourist attraction in the village of Waterloo in Belgium, where it had been removed and interred.[3]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_toilet_etiquette

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While on the toilet, one must remain silent. Talking, answering greetings or greeting others is forbidden.[1] When defecating together, two men cannot converse, nor look at each other's private parts, and especially not handle each other's private parts.[6] A man should not touch his private parts with the righthand,[7] only his left.

The Islamic prophet Muhammad specified that one should use an odd number of stones (preferably three) to cleanse the anal orifice after defecation and then proceed to a different location to wash it with water. Use of toilet paper in place of stones is now acceptable, but washing with water is still needed for ritual purity.[14] When leaving the toilet, one is advised to leave with the right foot,[5] and also say a prayer - "Praise be to Allah who relieved me of the filth and gave me relief."[1].
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:17 AM   #118
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokushinbutsu

Sokushinbutsu were Buddhist monks or priests who caused their own deaths in a way that resulted in their mummification.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:52 AM   #119
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine

was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:42 AM   #120
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superso...titude_Missile

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The use of a nuclear engine in the airframe promised to give the missile staggering and unprecedented low-altitude range, estimated to be roughly one hundred and thirteen thousand miles (almost 182000 km or over four and a half times the equatorial circumference of the earth). The engine also acted as a secondary weapon for the missile: the stream of fallout left in its wake would poison enemy territory, and when its fuel was spent it would severely contaminate its strategically-selected crash site. In addition, the sonic waves given off by its passage would damage ground installations.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:09 PM   #121
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List stolen from elsewhere:

Evil People / Events / Murderers / Victims:

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General Crime:



"Eccentric" People:


Unexplained Phenomena:
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Science:
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Just Plain Bizarre:
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:12 PM   #122
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One of my favourites:

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

"Numbers stations (or number stations) are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a spelling alphabet), tunes or Morse code. They are in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually female, though sometimes male or children's voices are used.

Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are used to send messages to spies. This usage has not been publicly acknowledged by any government that may operate a numbers station, but in 2001, the United States tried the Cuban Five for spying for Cuba. The group had received and decoded messages that had been broadcast from a Cuban numbers station.[1] Also in 2001, Ana Belen Montes, a senior US Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, was arrested and charged with espionage. The federal prosecutors stated: "Montes communicated with the Cuban Intelligence Service through encrypted messages and received her instructions through encrypted shortwave transmissions from Cuba”. In 2006, Carlos Alvarez and his wife Elsa Alvarez were arrested and charged with espionage. The U.S. District Court Florida stated: "defendants would receive assignments via shortwave radio transmissions”. In June 2009, the United States similarly charged Walter Kendall Myers with conspiracy to spy for Cuba and receiving and decoding messages broadcast from a numbers station operated by the Cuban Intelligence Service to further that conspiracy.[2] [3]

It has been reported that the United States uses numbers stations to communicate encoded information to persons in other countries
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:17 PM   #123
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Supposedly this tree is praised in the Bible and according to legend its fruit had healing powers. I did some searching and the tree was brought back and supposedly this year (the tree will be 4 years old if not mistaken) scientists will be able to find out if the tree is male/female. If it ain't female then it won't bear fruit. Keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #124
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Thanks to this thread I've spent about 2 hours today reading about number stations and other related stuff. There's something about the mix of technology, secrecy and radio that makes me feel all tingly
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:30 PM   #125
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Great list Disturbance.

Can't believe this hadn't been posted yet:

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

Here's a good list of 'screamers,' those typically calm videos that suddenly turn into something scary/bizarre:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ga...omputer_pranks

Another good list of articles:

http://bestofwikipedia.tumblr.com/
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