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Old 03-01-2010, 03:53 PM   #176
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I just recently watched a program on History Channel or Discovery Channel about DB Cooper. It was 2 hours of awesome.

According to that show, Kenneth Christiansen was the most likely suspect.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:54 PM   #177
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Five
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Philby
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Duart_Maclean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Burgess
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Blunt

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The Cambridge Five, also known as the Cambridge Four, was a ring of spies in the UK who passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II, and at least into the early 1950s.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:12 PM   #178
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The Cambridge Five, also known as the Cambridge Four...
For some reason this made me laugh and I have no intention of reading the article to find out why the Cambridge Five group of spies tried to fool the general populace with such a sneaky alias.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:12 PM   #179
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judica-Cordiglia_brothers

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Achille (born in Turin, 1933) and Giovanni Battista (born in Erba, 1939) Judica-Cordiglia (or Judica Cordiglia) are two former amateur radio operators and the source of some of the most dramatic and controversial claims of lost cosmonauts in the 1960s.
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In the 1960s, the brothers claimed to have recorded radio communications from secret Soviet Union space missions, including the sounds of one of these secret cosmonauts dying. The brothers claimed that the first of these recordings was made on 28 November 1960, when the Bochum space observatory in West Germany was said to have intercepted radio signals[citation needed] from what appeared to be a satellite. After about an hour of listening to static, the brothers recognised an SOS signal that seemed to be moving away from the Earth. In addition, they claimed to have recorded the voice of a woman, who was returning to Earth in May 1961; in the recording she is said to have cried that "she was burning".
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:22 PM   #180
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After reading this, now I'm fascinated with fractals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelb...#3D_Mandelbulb
and reference [23] http://www.skytopia.com/project/frac...andelbulb.html
were pretty fascinating to me. gorgeous pictures.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:48 PM   #181
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For some reason this made me laugh and I have no intention of reading the article to find out why the Cambridge Five group of spies tried to fool the general populace with such a sneaky alias.
In reality they were actually the Cambridge Seven, but two of them were so secret the other five didn't even know about them.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:56 PM   #182
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this is probably the best one i've read so far from this thread, awesome story
As Newsradio showed us, Adam West was DB Cooper. Mystery solved.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NewsRad...Titans_.283.29
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:01 PM   #183
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I don't think this has been posted before:

The megalodon (Biggest shark ever)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon


An artistic depiction of a Megalodon chasing two juvenile Blue Whales

Could anyone tell me how to make it so that i can say for example: Biggest shark ever, and have it so that the url is "in" the biggest shark ever? Been wondering this for ages and seen a good few people do it in this thread.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:17 PM   #184
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Could anyone tell me how to make it so that i can say for example: Biggest shark ever, and have it so that the url is "in" the biggest shark ever? Been wondering this for ages and seen a good few people do it in this thread.
1. Type the text.
2. Highlight the text.
3. Click the link button (looks like a little globe with two chain links).
4. Paste link.
5. ???
6. Profit
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #185
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Like this? (NSFW)
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:00 AM   #186
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Monsanto reads as the dirtiest corporation that has ever lived.
Yup...their "round up ready" soybean seed has been unnaturally integrated into the agricultural landscape of rural America, so if a farmer plants his crop and accidentally Monsanto seed is in the crop, the company sues the farmer for millions claiming patent infringement and lack of royalties paid etc...which in turn sends the farmer into bankruptcy while defending himself in court. Completely disgusting.

There are movies about this company too.
"The Corporation" and "The Future of Food" are just two off hand I can recall. I think it's also obvious their power by the people that have previously worked for them i.e. Donald Rumsfeld.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:18 AM   #187
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania

a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries; it involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time, who danced uncontrollably and bizarrely. Men, women, and children would dance through the streets of towns or cities, sometimes foaming at the mouth until they collapsed from fatigue.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:30 AM   #188
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a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries; it involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time, who danced uncontrollably and bizarrely. Men, women, and children would dance through the streets of towns or cities, sometimes foaming at the mouth until they collapsed from fatigue.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:08 AM   #189
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wowo, I guess I've always thought Monsanto was bad but that is just cruddy.

i thought the chainlink was glasses lol!(look at this) i guess that's not a stamp by the mountains?(kidding)
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:07 AM   #190
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A Pennsylvania town that has been on fire underground for 40 years. They relocated most of the people, but some wouldn't leave and it's the least populus place in the nation. Seems like it might have been the basis for the simpsons episode where homer is in charge of the trash collectors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia%2C_Pennsylvania



A japanese guy murdered and cannibalized a woman then becomes a minor celebrity after spending 5 years in a mental institution at which point he checked himself out.

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



The guy whose name is the root for the word sadism. That's all I have to say about that

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

His book 120 days of sodomy was so controversial it wasn't published until almost 150 years after it was written and is one of the most banned books in the world.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:14 AM   #191
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Ernest_Shackleton

Awesome dude who braved all sorts of horrible stuff to save his peeps.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:01 AM   #192
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6-star thread

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

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"Chappaquiddick incident" refers to the circumstances surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, whose dead body was discovered underwater inside an automobile belonging to Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
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Kennedy left the party...Kopechne told him "she was desirous of leaving" Kennedy then requested the keys to his car from his chauffeur...Asked why he did not have his chauffeur drive them both, Kennedy explained that "it didn't appear to me necessary".[3] Kopechne told no one that she was leaving with Kennedy, and left her purse and hotel key at the party.[4]
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 PM   #193
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khalkhin_Gol

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The Battle of Khalkhyn Gol (Mongolian: Халхын голын байлдаан; Russian: бой на реке Халхин-Гол) was the decisive engagement of the undeclared Soviet–Japanese Border Wars fought between the Soviet Union, Mongolia and the Empire of Japan in 1939.
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Although this engagement is little-known in the West, it had profound implications on the conduct of World War II. It may be said to be the first decisive battle of World War II, because it determined that the two principal Axis Powers, Germany and Japan, would never geographically link up their areas of control through Russia. The defeat convinced the Imperial General Staff in Tokyo that the policy of the North Strike Group, favoured by the army, which wanted to seize Siberia as far as Lake Baikal for its resources, was untenable. Instead the South Strike Group, favored by the navy, which wanted to seize the resources of Southeast Asia, especially the petroleum and mineral-rich Dutch East Indies, gained the ascendancy, leading directly to the attack on Pearl Harbor two and a half years later in December 1941.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:39 PM   #194
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Amazing operation planning and execution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Entebbe
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:45 PM   #195
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_cockroach_wasp

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The emerald cockroach wasp or jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) is a solitary wasp of the family Ampulicidae. It is known for its unusual reproductive behavior, which involves disabling a live cockroach and using it as a host for its larvae. It thus belongs to the entomophagous parasites.
Basically, this guy paralyzes the roach with a sting to a certain part of the brain to make the roach into a zombie. Then it hops on the roach's back and uses its antennae to guide it to the wasp's burrow where it uses the roach's thorax as an incubator.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:57 PM   #196
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...elopment_Index
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #197
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Racist ban.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:13 PM   #198
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX_Florence

The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) is a supermax prison in unincorporated Fremont County, Colorado, United States, south of Florence. It is unofficially known as ADX Florence, Florence ADMAX, Supermax, or The Alcatraz of the Rockies, houses the prisoners who are deemed the most dangerous and in need of the tightest control.

Check out the inmate list.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:01 PM   #199
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List of wealthiest historical figures
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...orical_figures

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The list of the wealthiest historical figures is an attempt to gather and compare the net worths and fortunes of historical figures against one another.
sick how £11k was so much back then (if this info is reliable)

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Alain Le Roux
Name: Alan Rufus or Alain Le Roux
Age at highest earnings: 49
Age at death: 49 (died 1089)
Net worth: US$178.7 billion[not in citation given]
Original net worth: £11,000 (1089)

Origin: England
Main source of wealth: Monarchy and investments.
makes Bill Gates pale in comparsion:

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John D. Rockefeller
On 29 September 1916, John D. Rockefeller became the first man to ever reach a nominal personal fortune of US$1 billion. Rockefeller amassed his fortune from the Standard Oil company, of which he was a founder, chairman and major shareholder. By the time of his death in 1937, his net worth had grown to US$1.4 billion. Adjustments place his net worth in the range of US$392 billion to US$663.4 billion in adjusted dollars for the late 2000s, and it is estimated that his personal fortune was equal to 1.53% of the total U.S. economy in his day.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_...Transportation

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Secure Transportation (OST) provides safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and components and special nuclear materials, and conducts other missions supporting the national security of the United States of America.
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