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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:57 pm

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TE24 was standing on the tarmac refuleing, Suddenly Ahmjed Ali came in the flight deck and said they have to do what he says or he will blow up the plane.

The hijacker was armed with a paper bag full of explosives made from a gold mine.

Soon later everyone on board apart from the flight crew and then the engineer smacked the hijacker with a wisky bottle, the hijacker was nocked out.

The hijacker later got arrested by police and a police took one of his bombs to destroy a car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_24



Jesus Christ, i didn't think Wikipedia was that bad.

Also, lol, the first error makes it seem like his name was "Suddenly" Ahmjed Ali. What a great nickname.

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby Dukasaur on Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:08 pm

saxitoxin wrote:
TE24 was standing on the tarmac refuleing, Suddenly Ahmjed Ali came in the flight deck and said they have to do what he says or he will blow up the plane.

The hijacker was armed with a paper bag full of explosives made from a gold mine.

Soon later everyone on board apart from the flight crew and then the engineer smacked the hijacker with a wisky bottle, the hijacker was nocked out.

The hijacker later got arrested by police and a police took one of his bombs to destroy a car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_24

They have safety interlocks now where convicted drunk drivers have to pass a built-in breathalyzer before starting their car.

Maybe something like that could be adapted for wikipedia editors.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby BoganGod on Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:12 pm

Dukasaur wrote:
saxitoxin wrote:
TE24 was standing on the tarmac refuleing, Suddenly Ahmjed Ali came in the flight deck and said they have to do what he says or he will blow up the plane.

The hijacker was armed with a paper bag full of explosives made from a gold mine.

Soon later everyone on board apart from the flight crew and then the engineer smacked the hijacker with a wisky bottle, the hijacker was nocked out.

The hijacker later got arrested by police and a police took one of his bombs to destroy a car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_24

They have safety interlocks now where convicted drunk drivers have to pass a built-in breathalyzer before starting their car.

Maybe something like that could be adapted for wikipedia editors.

I wouldn't have been able to do my best work if that was the case. I had a piece on Mel Gibson stay up for 16hrs. Describing him as the mightest hebrew warrior of the modern era. A man worthy of appearing at Masada. A lion of Israel, a glowing example of everything one of our people should aspire to be. Managed to pad the piece out to three paragraphs. How I wish I had saved that work of inspired drunken fun.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby riskllama on Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:02 am

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:59 pm

A serious attack on Richard Nixon's motorcade occurred in Caracas, Venezuela during his 1958 goodwill tour of South America, undertaken while Nixon was Vice-President of the United States. The attack on Nixon's car was called, at the time, the "most violent attack ever perpetrated on a high American official while on foreign soil". Nixon was nearly killed in the melee, which was probably orchestrated by the Venezuelan Communist Party.

Nixon's experiences in Venezuela have been attributed to an extreme hardening of his attitude toward Latin America, which he came to "equate with violence and irrationality". Some believe this change of mood foreshadowed his subsequent support for covert U.S. actions directed in support of dictatorial regimes in the region. In fact, he would later privately list several nations whose populations, he believed, were too immature for democratic government and would be better administered by authoritarian regimes, specifically citing France, Italy, and all of Latin America "except for Colombia".

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:35 pm

Saturn's hexagon
Persisting hexagonal cloud pattern around the north pole of Saturn

Saturn's hexagon is a persisting hexagonal cloud pattern around the north pole of Saturn, located at about 78°N.[1][2][3] The sides of the hexagon are about 13,800 km (8,600 mi) long, which is more than the diameter of Earth[4] (about 12,700 km (7,900 mi)). It rotates with a period of 10h 39m 24s, the same period as Saturn's radio emissions from its interior.[5] The hexagon does not shift in longitude like other clouds in the visible atmosphere.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:13 am

Clay was elected to three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, but he lost support among Kentucky voters as he promoted ending slavery. His anti-slavery activism earned him violent enemies. During a political debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt by a hired gun, named Sam Brown. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled Brown, cut-out his eyes, and finally threw him over an embankment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassius_M ... politician)
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:12 pm

LLama's kind of woman -

Ann Manley (born c. 1828) was an American brothel proprietor and street brawler who, with her husband James, operated a brothel in Baltimore, Maryland in the middle 19th century.

Manley, and her husband James, were Whig Party, and later American Party, loyalists who operated a brothel on Eastern Avenue in the Fell's Point of Baltimore and were among "the most desperate characters" in the red light district. James Manley was a party "rough", responsible for harassing and attacking Democrats, and intimidating voters on election day; he was associated with the party's street enforcers, the Plug Uglies. His political connections helped him secure patronage jobs, including a long stint of service as a city night watchman. This, despite his having been arrested at least once for beating Ann. Ann, herself, had been arrested on at least one occasion for severely beating one of her prostitutes and was known to have a penchant for brawling. According to a period report in the Baltimore Sun, Ann Manley was also arrested in 1852 after attacking a police officer who was "beaten very severely, having been struck repeatedly".

On May 8, 1850, James and Ann, while on a stroll, passed the house of the local Democratic boss, George Konig. Konig's wife, Caroline, was standing on the porch and James Manley told Ann to beat the "damn bitch".

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby mrswdk on Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:41 pm

saxitoxin wrote:
Clay was elected to three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, but he lost support among Kentucky voters as he promoted ending slavery. His anti-slavery activism earned him violent enemies. During a political debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt by a hired gun, named Sam Brown. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled Brown, cut-out his eyes, and finally threw him over an embankment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassius_M ... politician)


:lol:

And now they're all just cucks in crappy suits.

The good old days :cry:
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby BoganGod on Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:33 am

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby Dukasaur on Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:24 pm

Anytime I think civilization can't sink any lower, someone quotes Urban Dictionary and a new low is found.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby BoganGod on Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:58 pm

Dukasaur wrote:Anytime I think civilization can't sink any lower, someone quotes Urban Dictionary and a new low is found.

You shit me not.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:42 pm

Club Presidente Hayes is a Paraguayan football (soccer) club from Tacumbú, a section of Asunción, Paraguay. It is one of several entities in Paraguay that were named in honor of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States of America.

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Sun May 21, 2017 10:08 pm

Copial Cipher


The Copiale cipher is an encrypted manuscript consisting of 75,000 handwritten characters filling 105 pages in a bound volume.[1] Undeciphered for more than 260 years, the document was cracked in 2011 with the help of modern computer techniques. An international team consisting of Kevin Knight of the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute and USC Viterbi School of Engineering, along with Beáta Megyesi and Christiane Schaefer of Uppsala University in Sweden, found the cipher to be an encrypted German text. The manuscript is a homophonic cipher that uses a complex substitution code, including symbols and letters, for its text and spaces.[2]

Previously examined by scientists at the German Academy of Sciences at Berlin in the 1970s, the cipher was thought to date from between 1760 and 1780.[3] Decipherment revealed that the document had been created in the 1730s by a secret society[1][2][4] called the "high enlightened (Hocherleuchtete) oculist order"[5] of Wolfenbüttel,[6] or Oculists.[5][7][8] The Oculists used sight as a metaphor for knowledge.[9]

A parallel manuscript is kept at the Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel.[5]

The Copiale cipher includes abstract symbols, as well as letters from Greek and most of the Roman alphabet. The only plain text in the book is "Copiales 3" at the end and "Philipp 1866" on the flyleaf. Philipp is thought to have been an owner of the manuscript.[5] The plain-text letters of the message were found to be encoded by accented Roman letters, Greek letters and symbols, with unaccented Roman letters serving only to represent spaces.

The researchers found that the initial 16 pages describe an Oculist initiation ceremony. The manuscript portrays, among other things, an initiation ritual in which the candidate is asked to read a blank piece of paper and, on confessing inability to do so, is given eyeglasses and asked to try again, and then again after washing the eyes with a cloth, followed by an "operation" in which a single eyebrow hair is plucked
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Sun May 21, 2017 10:10 pm

The Sat or Square




The Sator Square (or Rotas Square) is a word square containing a five-word Latin palindrome:

S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S
In particular, this is a square 2D palindrome, which is when a square text admits four symmetries: identity, two diagonal reflections, and 180 degree rotation. As can be seen, the text may be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left; and it may be rotated 180 degrees and still be read in all those ways.


The Sator Square.
The Sator Square is the earliest dateable 2D palindrome. It was found in the ruins of Pompeii, at Herculaneum, a city buried in the ash of Mount Vesuvius. It consists of a sentence written in Latin: "Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas." Its translation has been the subject of speculation with no clear consensus; see below for details.


Palindrome on the font at St Martin, Ludgate
Other 2D Palindrome examples may be found carved on stone tablets or pressed into clay before being fired.

Translation Edit

SATOR
(from serere=to sow) Sower, planter; founder, progenitor (usually divine); originator
AREPO
unknown, likely a proper name, either invented or, perhaps, of Egyptian origin
TENET
(from tenere=to hold) holds, keeps; comprehends; possesses; masters; preserves
OPERA
(noun) work, care; aid, service, effort/trouble; (from opus): works, deeds.
ROTAS
(accusative plural of rota) wheels
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

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Clappisons Corners is a community in the Ontario city of Hamilton.

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Wed May 24, 2017 11:55 pm

Pigpen cipher



The pigpen cipher uses graphical symbols assigned according to a key similar to the above diagram.[1]
The pigpen cipher (alternately referred to as the masonic cipher, Freemason's cipher, Napoleon cipher, and tic-tac-toe cipher)[2][3] is a geometric simple substitution cipher, which exchanges letters for symbols which are fragments of a grid. The example key shows one way the letters can be assigned to the grid.

History

The exact origin of the cipher is unknown, but records of this system have been found which go back to at least the 18th century. Variations of this cipher were used by both the Rosicrucian brotherhood[5] and the Freemasons, though the latter used the pigpen cipher so often that the system is frequently called the Freemason's cipher. They began using it in the early 18th century to keep their records of history and rites private, and for correspondence between lodge leaders.[3][6][7] Tombstones of Freemasons can also be found which use the system as part of the engravings. One of the earliest stones in Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City, which opened in 1697, contains a cipher of this type which deciphers to "Remember death" (cf. "memento mori"). George Washington's army had documentation about the system, with a much more randomized form of the alphabet. And during the American Civil War, the system was used by Union prisoners in Confederate prisons.[5]
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Thu May 25, 2017 12:25 am

Propaganda Due
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Propaganda Due (Italian pronunciation: [propaˈɡanda ˈduːe]; P2) was a Masonic lodge founded in 1945 that, by the time its Masonic charter was withdrawn in 1976, had transformed into a clandestine, pseudo-Masonic, ultraright[1][2][3] organization operating in contravention of Article 18 of the Constitution of Italy that banned secret associations. In its latter period, during which the lodge was headed by Licio Gelli, P2 was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries, including the collapse of the Vatican-affiliated Banco Ambrosiano, the murders of journalist Mino Pecorelli and banker Roberto Calvi, and corruption cases within the nationwide bribe scandal Tangentopoli. P2 came to light through the investigations into the collapse of Michele Sindona's financial empire.[4]

P2 was sometimes referred to as a "state within a state"[5] or a "shadow government".[6] The lodge had among its members prominent journalists, members of parliament, industrialists, and military leaders—including Silvio Berlusconi, who later became Prime Minister of Italy; the Savoy pretender to the Italian throne Victor Emmanuel;[7] and the heads of all three Italian intelligence services (at the time SISDE, SISMI and CESIS).

When searching Licio Gelli's villa in 1982, the police found a document called the "Plan for Democratic Rebirth", which called for a consolidation of the media, suppression of trade unions, and the rewriting of the Italian Constitution.[8]

Outside Italy, P2 was also active in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, with Raúl Alberto Lastiri, Argentina's interim president (between 13 July 1973 and 12 October 1973) during the height of the "Dirty War" among its members. Emilio Massera, who was part of the military junta led by Jorge Rafael Videla from 1976 to 1978, José López Rega, minister of Social Welfare in Perón's government and founder of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance ("Triple A"), and General Guillermo Suárez Mason were also members.[9]



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The activities of the P2 lodge were discovered by prosecutors while investigating banker Michele Sindona, the collapse of his bank and his ties to the Mafia.[14] In March 1981, police found a list of alleged members in Gelli's house in Arezzo. It contained 962 names, among which were important state officials, important politicians and a number of military officers, including the heads of the three Italian secret services.[11] Future Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was on the list, although he had not yet entered politics at the time. Another famous member was Victor Emmanuel, the son of the last Italian king.

Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani (whose chef de cabinet was a P2 member as well)[11] appointed a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, headed by the independent Christian Democrat Tina Anselmi. Nevertheless, in May 1981, Forlani was forced to resign due to the P2 scandal, causing the fall of the Italian government.[5][15]

In January 1982 the P2 lodge was definitively abolished by the Law 25 January 1982, no. 17.

In July 1982, new documents were found hidden in the false bottom of a suitcase belonging to Gelli's daughter at Fiumicino airport in Rome. The documents were entitled "Memorandum sulla situazione italiana" (Memorandum on the Italian situation) "Piano di rinascita democratica" (Plan of Democratic Rebirth) and are seen as the political programme of P2. According to these documents, the main enemies of Italy were the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the trade unions. These had to be isolated and cooperation with the communists (the second biggest party in Italy and one of the largest in Europe), which was proposed in the historic compromise by Aldo Moro, needed to be disrupted.[11]

Gelli's goal was to form a new political and economic elite to lead Italy towards a right-wing, authoritarian form of democracy, with an anti-communist pre-occupation.[16] P2 advocated a programme of extensive political corruption: "political parties, newspapers and trade unions can be the objects of possible solicitations which could take the form of economic-financial manoeuvres. The availability of sums not exceeding 30 to 40 billion lire would seem sufficient to allow carefully chosen men, acting in good faith, to conquer key positions necessary for overall control."[11]
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby warmonger1981 on Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:12 pm

Māui (Māori mythology)

In Māori mythology, as in other Polynesian traditions, Māui is a culture hero, famous for his exploits and his trickery.

His last, fatal trick was on the Goddess Hine-nui-te-pō. In attempting to make mankind immortal by changing into a worm, entering her vagina and leaving by her mouth while she slept, she crushed him with the obsidian teeth in her vagina.
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:25 pm

warmonger1981 wrote:In attempting to make mankind immortal by changing into a worm, entering her vagina and leaving by her mouth while she slept, she crushed him with the obsidian teeth in her vagina.


same thing happened to me once

ONCE
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:45 pm

I'm interested in the apparent belief that traveling as a worm through a goddess' vagina and somehow getting from there into the alimentary canal will lead to immortality. What's the thought process there? We need a maori for context.

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby Dukasaur on Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:10 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.[1][2] This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size.[3] By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships.[4] Dunbar explained it informally as "the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar".[5]

Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 250, with a commonly used value of 150.[6][7] Dunbar's number states the number of people one knows and keeps social contact with, and it does not include the number of people known personally with a ceased social relationship, nor people just generally known with a lack of persistent social relationship, a number which might be much higher and likely depends on long-term memory size.

Dunbar theorized that "this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size [...] the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained". On the periphery, the number also includes past colleagues, such as high school friends, with whom a person would want to reacquaint himself or herself if they met again.[8]
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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby 2dimes on Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:42 am

saxitoxin wrote:
warmonger1981 wrote:In attempting to make mankind immortal by changing into a worm, entering her vagina and leaving by her mouth while she slept, she crushed him with the obsidian teeth in her vagina.


same thing happened to me once

ONCE

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Re: Wikipedia Article-of-the-Day

Postby saxitoxin on Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:15 pm

In 2016 the State of Connecticut considered taxing Yale's investment returns as a way of plugging a gap in the state budget. The university objected, in part, on the grounds that such a move would be a violation of the tax exemption guaranteed to the university by the Colony of Connecticut in 1745.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_University_endowment
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