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Cool/badass stuff from history

manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?!Registered User regular
edited May 2012 in Singularity Engine++
I love studying history. I like learning about different badass people, places and things. Share the awesome things you've discovered and learned about.

People:

Jean Valette

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http://www.badassoftheweek.com/valette.html

A 71-year old commander of pirate knight doctors who defeated a Sultan's army and navy while outnumbered at least 4-1. Not only a participant in hand to hand combat, at one point he had to be physically dragged off the battlements by his men. Probably told the Janissaries to get off his lawn too.

Götz von Berlichingen

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

A mercenary cyborg who fought a crap-ton for pretty much everyone and invented the phrase, "kiss my ass". His prosthetic was legendary for its design and he was quoted as saying it served him better in war than his flesh and blood hand.

Weapons:

A Gunblade? That's only for freaking anime weabo-, wait, they're real?

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Jesus Christ.

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Technology:

See this little thing here?

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It's called the Antikythera mechanism. No big deal, just some rusted gear right?

Wrong.

That's a part of a mechanical astronomical computer, circa 1st century B.C. A device that would not be replicated for another 1,500 years.

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

(If picture sizes are a problem mods, let me know and I'll delete them.)

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  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights fuck tough be coolRegistered User regular
    Well i was born 19 years ab

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  • LTMLTM Registered User regular
    The Antikythera mechanism is just a can opener.

    The Prokythera mechanism is the computer.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    wait!

    i am from...

    history!

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    go back to the history where you came from

    that made more sense in my head

    End on
    when you speak I hear silence
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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
    HISTORY SHOWS AGAIN HOW NATURE POINTS OUT THE FOLLY OF MAN

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  • AvrahamAvraham Registered User regular
    Sabbatai Tzvi claimed to be the Messiah in the 1600's and hoodwinked a great deal of the Jewish community. The whole thing rather fell apart when he converted to Islam under duress.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    let no man put asunder what i believe is thee proper attyre for foot-balle

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
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    A-ha-ha! You are as PRESUMPTUOUS as you are POOR and IRISH. Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    A Viking Carved his name into the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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  • -Tal-Tal You are slave. Want emancipation?Registered User regular
    Uriel wrote: »
    A Viking Carved his name into the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

    I think I'm gonna go look for this in AssRev

    it would be amazing yet unsurprising if they put it in

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Antimatter wrote: »
    HISTORY SHOWS AGAIN HOW NATURE POINTS OUT THE FOLLY OF MAN[/size]

    Screw nature, we have Leonardo Da Vinci and his robo-knights of justice.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo's_robot

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  • ThreadbareSockThreadbareSock Registered User regular
    My favorite little fact about history is that Hellboy is a descendant of King Arthur and the rightful king of England.
    Spoiler:

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    -Tal wrote: »
    Uriel wrote: »
    A Viking Carved his name into the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

    I think I'm gonna go look for this in AssRev

    it would be amazing yet unsurprising if they put it in
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hagia-sofia-viking.jpg

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    More reasons why Hellboy is amazing.

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  • SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_Moresnet

    One of my favorite bits of trivial but strange historical decisions.

    When you are re-drawing Europe after beating Napoleon, and two nations both want to claim a piece of land containing a zinc spar mine, you could decide to award it to one or the other.

    Or you could turn it into a shared mini-nation, with its own independent control.

    Steam: SanderJK Origin: SanderJK
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  • GatsbyGatsby ElsewhereRegistered User regular
    Antimatter wrote: »
    HISTORY SHOWS AGAIN HOW NATURE POINTS OUT THE FOLLY OF MAN[/size]

    Screw nature, we have Leonardo Da Vinci and his robo-knights of justice.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo's_robot

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    The more I read and see about Da Vinci, the more I'm convinced he actually was an Assassin.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Get @Firmskater in here.

    He is my history buff pal.

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  • ZonugalZonugal I still believe in heroes. Registered User regular
    How about Louis Cyr, aka the Strongest Man Ever...?

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    Louis Cyr (1863-1912) was a famous Canadian strongman with a career spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His recorded feats, including lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) with one finger and carrying 4,337 pounds (1967 kg) on his back, show Cyr to be, according to former International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness chairman Ben Weider, the strongest man ever to have lived.
    While several of Cyr's feats of strength may have been exaggerated over the years, some were documented and remain impressive. These included lifting a platform on his back holding 20 men, lifting a 500 pound (227 kg) weight with his finger and pushing a freight car up an incline. He also beat Eugen Sandow's bent press record (and therefore the heaviest weight lifted with one hand) by 2 pounds to a total of 273 pounds (124 kg).

    Perhaps his greatest feat occurred in 1895, when he was reported to have lifted 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg) on his back in Boston by putting 18 men on a platform and lifting them. Perhaps one of his most memorable displays of strength occurred in Montreal on October 12, 1891. Louis resisted the pull of four draught horses (two in each hand) as grooms stood cracking their whips to get the horses to pull harder.

    He was fucking strong.

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  • ShabootyShabooty Registered User regular
    I wish we still wrote in runes

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Men have fought wars for many reasons, justice, hate, faith, land, love...

    pigs.

    http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Pig-War/

    Well, thankfully it stopped there.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Goddamn, he held back 4 horses?

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  • ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    Spartacus was the coolest

    http://atlanticus.tumblr.com/ PSN: Atlanticus 3DS: 1590-4692-3954 Steam: Artreus
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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    You can tell he is cool, because he has a cool mustache.

    Tell me about more cool people with mustaches.

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  • DuxDux A host to DarknessRegistered User regular
    Holy shit.

    That guy was strong.

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  • TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    Beasteh wrote: »
    wait!

    i am from...

    history!

    45º

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    Tossrock wrote: »
    Beasteh wrote: »
    wait!

    i am from...

    history!

    45º

    those are some pans that i have.

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  • ZonugalZonugal I still believe in heroes. Registered User regular
    Uriel wrote: »
    Goddamn, he held back 4 horses?

    4 horses being whipped.

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
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    106 year old chocolates

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    "the leatherman", a canadian hobo who wore an outfit made entirely of leather. he lived in rock shelters known as 'leatherman caves'

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    Cockle bread was a bread baked by English women in the seventeenth century which was supposed to act as a love charm or aphrodisiac. The dough was kneaded and pressed against the woman’s vulva and then baked. This bread was then given to the object of the baker’s affections.

    John Aubrey wrote of it: Young wenches have a wanton sport which they call ‘moulding of cocklebread’ - they get upon a table-board, and then gather up their knees and their coates with their hands as high as they can then they wabble to and fro with their buttocks as if they were kneading of dough with their arses, and say these words:

    ‘My dame is sick and gone to bed/ And I’ll go mould my cocklebread’. I did imagine nothing to have been in this but mere wantonness of youth … but I find in Buchardus’s book Methodus Confitendi … one of the articles of interrogating a young woman is, if she did ever subjugere panem clunibus, and then bake it, and give it to the one she loved to eat … So here I find it to be a relic of natural magic, an unlawful philtrum [i.e. aphrodisiac or love charm]. [from A. McLaren, Reproductive Rituals (1984), p. 37].

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    se++ (circa 2005)

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    se++ (modern day)

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  • TrippyJingTrippyJing Moses supposes his toeses are roses. But Moses supposes erroneously.Registered User regular
    The Axe Gang Goes to the Beach

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    im 4th from left in that pic

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    check me nipples,

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    Okay, we seriously need to bring back the top hat. Like now.

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  • DuxDux A host to DarknessRegistered User regular
    Okay, we seriously need to bring back the top hat. Like now.

    No, we don't. We really don't.

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
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    'creeping' (old word for crawling) baby doll

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
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    this thing is funny because if it somehow is not a hoax then its eyes would be too large for its brain to process what it sees

    it sure as fuck wouldnt have survived childbirth though and no more of its bones were found so its probably a hoax

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Dux wrote: »
    Okay, we seriously need to bring back the top hat. Like now.

    No, we don't. We really don't.

    Boo.



    Now you've probably seen a lot of the early flight failure stuff. But holy cow, robot golfers, swim trainers?

    Also, that suit of armor looked ridiculous yet awesome.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    so is this a cracked thread?

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
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  • Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    so is this a cracked thread?

    dang it pip

    i clicked on this thread to make that very post

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    so is this a cracked thread?

    not nearly enough casual misogyny and forced quips

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