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wait, phrase or phase
What's going on here?
Sorry -- I got things off topic a little bit. This is an awesome thread and I'm not trying to derail it with music trivia; I just love RATM so I wanted to talk about that monk pic being used on their album
phrase, but you could say many go through this phase early in the life cycle.
We could take this to it's own thread, seems some do not find it interesting.
moon landing eulogy thing was awesome
Agree. If I ever die I hope my eulogy is that well-written
In saying that, I hope there is never a eulogy written for me before my death. Just in case
Preferably not delivered as well.
Thomas Cooper check your PM in a minute.
What was their plan if they couldn't lift off the moon? Cyanide pills? Just yanking the helmet off?
I Love Rock and Roll by the Arrows, made famous by Joan Jett?
Or We will Rock You by Queen
Either would work but I would make sure I got my fill of some sweet ass moon horseplay first. "What do you think, pop the pills now?" "Nah let's the broad jump contest again"
i think it was more if they crashed
but that eulogy is pretty cool
I would do all sorts of hoodrat stuff if I knew I was stuck on the moon. Why not have fun before you die? Taking cyanide pills is just ending it too soon.
While we are on the subject of the moon, check out this tshirt I saw for sale in Taiwan
So pissed I did not buy this. People over there buy shirts like this and have no idea what the writing says
Neither, I PM'ed Thomas Cooper with the answer.
PM me or let me know. I gotta get to work and this is killing me.
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
Artist Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Never heard that before, but that's pretty cool. It's astounding to believe that that song was banned from radio 40 years ago. I wouldn't be surprised to hear Miley Cyrus cover it now in front of a bunch of little kids.
I think that every time I hear We Are the Champions, Hells Bells and Rock and Roll (Part Two) by known pedophile Gary Glitter.
Just think of the songs you listen to today, that will be the intro for the high school teams when you have kids of that age.
However this will never be one of them.
NODDY SONG - u must be over 21 to watch this.
Nice homage to Rupert Brooke in that Moon Disaster Memo:
"...there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind."
"If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England."
Yeah people used to talk with allusions and shit. Now all we can do is well-placed gifs
Pretty much the largest picture on earth, but this page is almost done anyways so whatever...
Picture of San Francisco after 1906 earthquake from balloon:
Yuri Gagarin Celebrated
Photograph by AP
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin—honored today with a Google Doodle—waves from a car outside the Russian Embassy in London in July 1961, a few months after he became the first human to fly in space. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic first orbit around Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.
(Watch astronaut footage that re-creates what Yuri Gagarin saw.)
Upon his safe return, Gagarin was hailed as a hero, both at home and abroad, said Cathleen Lewis, the curator of international space programs and space suits at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C.
"He was greeted with crowds and a great deal of warmth," Lewis said. "I think people really were fascinated. They looked beyond the Cold War aspect and looked to [Gagarin] as a hero of this science fiction fantasy of space flight."
Photograph by Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images
Vostok 1, the spacecraft used by Yuri Gagarin during his first orbit of Earth, hangs on display in an undated photograph.
Soviet engineers were fairly confident that Gagarin's flight, despite being the first attempt of its kind, would be successful. After all, two unmanned test missions, including one carrying two dogs, Belka and Strelka, had gone off without a hitch. (Related pictures: "Space Monkeys 50-Year Anniversary.")
"They felt that they had very good odds," NASM's Lewis said. "They had tested the hardware, the launch vehicle, and the communications and tracking systems ... and they had simulated the mission without a human before. So they knew they could do it."
Strelka later gave birth to six puppies, one of which was given to Caroline Kennedy, daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The Soviets "celebrated the puppies as the final step in demonstrating that it was possible to send a human into space," Lewis said.
NASA engineers inspect a Mercury spacecraft—the vehicle that would eventually launch a U.S. astronaut into space for the first time—in a 1960 photograph.
When Gagarin launched into space in April 1961, NASA was still furiously playing catchup. Although his wasn't an orbital flight like Gagarin's, U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard became the second person in space on May 5, 1961. It would not be until February 20, 1962, that the United States would succeed in launching an astronaut, John Glenn, into orbit. (Take a related quiz about the U.S. National Air and Space Museum.)
"We often view the early cosmonauts and astronauts in terms of the Cold War, but what many people forget is that the dream of sending humans into space was centuries old," Lewis said.
"It was first postulated by Isaac Newton and expanded upon by [science fiction authors] Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. And those were the people the early rocket pioneers were reading in their younger years."
Dancing for Gagarin
Photograph by James Whitmore, Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Celebrants link arms and dance in Moscow's Red Square in honor of Yuri Gagarin's successful spaceflight in this 1961 photograph. Two days after he landed, Gagarin was escorted to Red Square in a parade and given the Hero Award of the Soviet Union.
"People said it was the largest crowd they had seen since Victory Day"—which celebrated the World War II defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945, NASM's Lewis said.
From that point on, Gagarin had a new role as public spokesperson for the Soviet space program.
"He had a nice smile and was perfectly suited for what would become his job in the years following, which was a public personality," Lewis said.
"Every time you talk about Yuri Gagarin to Russians, be they people who grew up in the Soviet Union or immigrants, they all say Gagarin was the epitome of a nice young Russian boy. Even ardent anticommunists will say that."
Photograph by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images
A statue of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, pictured on April 8, is temporarily on display at the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow as part of an international tour.
The statue is a replica of the Gagarin monument in Lyubertsy, a city in Moscow's southern outskirts where the cosmonaut attended school. The statue will be unveiled at its permanent home in London on July 4 as part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the first human in space.
"Gagarin and the early 1960s of space flight are one of the few things that have really survived the breakup of the Soviet Union," NASM's Lewis said.
"He's still celebrated in Russia and has a really strong contingency in many former Soviet republics ... People still marvel at this. His monuments are still in place, and children still know what April 12 is."
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Don't forget that Allende became president by an entirely legitimate, democratic election (and no one in South America actually believes he killed himself.)
Huey "Kingfish" Long was the extremely popular governor of Louisiana in the early 30s and still to this day.
He was assassinated on September 8, 1935 in a hallway of the LA state capitol by Carl Weiss, a medical doctor with no prior record and a 3 year old daughter. Apparently Long was trying to remove Weiss' father from his judicial office. This was a major fucking issue considering Long was a top presidential candidate and political adversary of FDR. The ballistics investigation has led many people in LA to believe that it was set up and that his body guards actually shot him.
Carl Weiss before:
62 bullets after:
Location of the assassination where the bullet holes still are today:
Nowadays we have the Huey P Long bridge, which when I first moved down here I had to drive over everyday for work.. Easily the scariest bridge in the country, and when a train comes down it you're convinced it's going to collapse.. I thought for sure I was eventually dying on that fucking bridge..
The Huey Long/Charles Coughlin ticket is a pretty scary hypothetical for historians to ponder.
Let's not go too far, Huey Long would have never won.
Pretty awesome, my old office is still standing on Mission St in that one.
FDR was fucking up in the leadup to WW2. He tried to commandeer the supreme court at one point and got slapped down
I am well-aware of all this. Read up on all the ridiculous promises he was making.
Savvy political move. He still got what he wanted without stacking the court.
Care to explain?
yeah there can't be a worse bridge in America to drive over
Chalk up another reason why I'd kick beers with you
That is pretty interesting to me considering how far left the guy was
correct me if im wrong but a Long/Coughlin ticket would have stayed out of the european part of WW2 leading to the American never inventing the Nuclear Bomb and the Russians having an empire that would include everything up to germany presumably. This then would mean that the Russians would be the first with the nuclear bomb, forcing Turkey to remain neutral an having the upperhand in the cold war with england and the US in reach of nuclear missile systems from cuba and the likes.
obviously every hypothetical requires quite a bit of iffy extrapolating but I think he was talking about this hypothetical
No kidding. LA did have, I think, 60 straight years of democratic governors in the 20th century tho. Most young people now dont even realize he was a huge libby but just know him for being a hard ass american
Yea, I am not sure how he got "slapped down."
why would you waste good beer? I feel like I don't even know you
Remember when this thread used to have pictures?
People that like this thread would LOVE the Smithsonian history museum in DC. They have some really cool shit there.
fucking awesome thread. Anybody know any good Huey Long biographies or books about him to check out? Been wanting one for a while.