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  • Louis Alexandre Simard

    I hope that thing you wrote in the intro about there being a little over 2 thousand years of history is a joke right. If were talking strictly about history of human endeavour, human cuvilisations excluding paleoanthropology then there’s about 12 thousand years of history to go from. Invention of language, common law, establishments of learning institutions, establishment of libraries

    • KB

      I hope that thing you just wrote in response to his Top 10 List is a joke. I really do. Need I point out the plethora of grammatical and punctuation errors that you made, while still trying to sound well above your par in intelligence by using words such as “Paleoanthropology”, and “Endeavor”, which were spelled correct in spite of the fact that you couldn’t even spell “We’re” and “Civilisations” right. If you’re going to smack on how one person portrays history, no matter the length in years, at least do so in an intelligible manner. If you’re not happy, write your own list.

      I can’t believe I even wasted my time with you.

      Good list, as always!


      • Louis Alexandre Simard

        Sorry English is not my first language as you might have deduced from my name there is also the fact that I’m writing this on my phone which sometimes corrects incorrectly. Now if you want to have a debate about facts I’m more than welcome to indulge you. If you think that the grammatical errors in my comment proves anything about my education, intelligence level

        • Louis Alexandre Simard

          (Continued) or anything else than my language at birth then you’re just proving you’re own
          inability to argue to points I brought up in my reply with facts so instead you attack the person on unrelated issues such as grammar. Now speaking of grammar, you imply that my whole comment is unworthy because of two errors: the use of were instead of we’re which is an autocorrect blunder from my phone. I know when and where to use were and we’re ( we are) and because I wrote cuvilisation instead of civilisation which to anybody but the ignorant is an obvious typo. Now please refrain yourself from replying unless it is to have a factual debate like any two intelligent beings would have.

  • Roboto

    I expected much more from such an interesting concept. I really enjoyed the entry about sensationalism because the examples were well chosen and fitting. The rest is a little sketchy. Creativity points, though. I think it could be an awesome article with stronger coincidences.

  • ParusMajor

    The actor was Conrad VEIDT (pronounced “fight”), not Viedt. Some of his most famous roles were the somnambulist killer in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) and the disfigured man in “The Man Who Laughs” (1928), the latter of which was the inspiration for The Joker character in Batman. He also had a small role in the classic movie “Casablanca” (1942). If you mention someone, you should at least check the spelling and maybe mention for what he is famous. Otherwise, an interesting list.

  • marc

    In #8 you attribute the idea of the heliocentric solar system to Copernicus when the ancient Greeks had it figured out a long time ago. Even Copernicus referenced the Pythagoreans as the developers of the idea. He never claimed the idea as his own. Aristarchus was the first documented person to put the idea forth in 270 BCE. Google is awesome.

    • Good point, Marc. We should have stated that Copernicus was the guy to get everyone believing it.

      “The notion that the Earth revolves around the Sun had been proposed as early as the 3rd century BC by Aristarchus of Samos, but had received no support from most other ancient astronomers.

      It was not until the 16th century that a fully predictive mathematical model of a heliocentric system was presented, by the Renaissance mathematician, astronomer, and Catholic cleric Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland, leading to the Copernican Revolution. “

  • Veidt’s Gwynplaine from “The Man Who Laughs” inspired the Joker, not the Penguin.

  • Brother John

    Rather sorrily misinformed about Margaret Sanger. Such organizations were formed to rid society of the ‘undesirables,’ mental defectives, and blacks.

    Had nothing to do with giving ‘women sovereignty over their own bodies.’ It’s more like a government-hack taking sovereignty over the bodies of millions of men and women by termination of pregnancies and forced sterilizations.

  • Stryder

    First Televised baseball game in 1893? Really?

    • Egads! Believe it or not this article was rewritten 3 times and had numerous edits and how that got by the writer and the editor is beyond me. The first televised baseball game was in 1939, not 1893. I can’t even deduce what the writer may have been referring to in his description. The only interesting baseball news was this boring gem, which was not sensational at all: Oct 14th – Harry Wright suggests umps keep ball-strike count a secret.

      Anyway, I have removed the incorrect statement.

      • TWO editors because I edited an early version last year- Egads is right! And I still have not been able to get the image of the rat king out of my head – it has traumatized me…

  • FMH

    Why is it stupid to call something “Erdapfel”? Where I live, that’s still a potato and it’s a perfectly good name for it.

  • Jim

    How are any of these coincidences?

  • Sab

    rat kings are not a myth. In fact, it has happened many times. When too many roents are kept in too small a space, somehow their tails get tangled together. Most starve to death.