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Scarab Sages

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Tacticslion wrote:
That... needs to change.

Agreed.


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Alanis Morissette wrote:

Despite the popularity of Rickrolling and "Never Gonna Give You Up" garnering millions of hits on YouTube, Rick Astley has earned almost no money from the meme, receiving only ~$12* (U.S.) in royalties from YouTube for his performance share*. Songwriter Pete Waterman has only received ~$17* (U.S.) in YouTube royalties for it.

* As of August 2010

Rick Astley update, courtesy of Skeptic Stack Exchange (2012):

"[I]t wasn't until 2011 that YouTube settled the 2007 lawsuit to allow artists and publishers to enter into a licensing agreement with YouTube. This was after the "$12" quote was provided above. ...

[A]n artist/publisher has the following three options: keep the song there, take it down or make money off of it. If the third option is chosen the song appears with the artist information and typically a link to iTunes. ...

[I]f you look at the main RickRoll video from Youtube, the one with 64 million views, it isn't marked with artist information. However, the VEVO one does and so does another one that was added later.

So they have chosen not to make money from the original video. Thus the $12 is realistic, maybe the $12 wasn't even made from that version of the video. Considering the VEVO video now has over 50 million views and there are other videos marked as copyright, someone is making money from them. However, how much Rick gets directly from this is not currently public information."

Rick Astley weighs in:

"I think it’s just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it ... but that’s what's brilliant about the Internet. Listen, I just think it’s bizarre and funny. My main consideration is that my daughter doesn’t get embarrassed about it."

Scarab Sages

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David M Mallon wrote:


f you look at the main RickRoll video from Youtube, the one with 64 million views, it isn't marked with artist information. However, the VEVO one does and so does another one that was added later.

So they have chosen not to make money from the original video. Thus the $12 is realistic, maybe the $12 wasn't even made from that version of the video. Considering the VEVO video now has over 50 million views and there are other videos marked as copyright, someone is making money from them. However, how much Rick gets directly from this is not currently public information."

I'd thought about that, actually - it is an entirely different story if NOBODY'S really making money off it.


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Independent conservative political commentator Bill O'Reilly and liberal political commentator & comedian Jon Stewart are good friends in real life.


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The role of villain Simon Phoenix in the 1993 sci-fi action comedy film Demolition Man was originally slated to go to Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, but ended up going to Wesley Snipes after Chan declined. Also, actress Lori Petty was originally cast in the role of Lenina Huxley, but was replaced with Sandra Bullock after less than a week of filming.


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Canadian actor Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors) was an elementary school classmate of Rush bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Geddy Lee.


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90% of English Puritan names were taken from the Bible. Some Puritans took pride in their learning by giving their children obscure Biblical names they would expect nobody else to have heard of, like Mahershalalhasbaz. Others chose random Biblical terms that might not have technically been intended as names; “the son of Bostonian Samuel Pond was named Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin Pond”. Still others chose Biblical words completely at random and named their children things like Maybe or Notwithstanding.

Wasting time in Puritan Massachusetts was literally a criminal offense, listed in the law code, and several people were in fact prosecuted for it. Another law just said “If any man shall exceed the bounds of moderation, we shall punish him severely”.


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One of the most widely-accepted origin of the generally pejorative term "cracker" (referring to Americans of European descent, especially the "poor whites" of the American South descended from the Borderer people of the northern British Isles) is that it is derived from the Middle English crak or craic, which originally meant the sound of a cracking whip but came to refer to "loud conversation, bragging talk".

In Elizabethan times this could refer to "entertaining conversation" (one may be said to "crack" a joke) and "cracker" could be used to describe loud braggarts; this term and the Gaelic spelling craic are still in use in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England. It is documented in Shakespeare's King John (1595): "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?"

This usage is illustrated in a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth which reads:

"I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia, who often change their places of abode."


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There have been 43 people sworn into the office of President of the United States of America, and 44 presidencies (Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) served two non-consecutive terms and is counted chronologically as both the 22nd and 24th president).

Of the individuals elected as president, four died in office of natural causes (William Henry Harrison (#9; 1773-1841), Zachary Taylor (#12; 1784-1850), Warren G. Harding (#29; 1865-1923), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (#32; 1882-1945)), four were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln (#16; 1809-1865), James A. Garfield (#20; 1831-1881), William McKinley (#25; 1843-1901), and John F. Kennedy (#35; 1917-1963)) and one resigned (Richard Nixon (#37; 1913-1994)).

Four presidents (John Q. Adams (#6; 1767-1848), Rutherford B. Hayes(#19; 1822-1893), Benjamin Harrison (#23; 1833-1901) and George W. Bush(#43; 1946-)) lost the popular vote but assumed office. Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.

There are currently five living people who have held the office of President of the United States: James Carter Jr. (#39; 1924-), George H.W. Bush (#41; 1924-), William J. Clinton (#42; 1946-), George W. Bush (#43; 1946-), and current sitting president Barack Obama (#44; 1961-)

Scarab Sages

David M Mallon wrote:

Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.

That's a lie; read Fooled Again by Mark Crispin Miller.


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.

That's a lie; read Fooled Again by Mark Crispin Miller.

Granted, Miller also believes that Bush orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so I'd take that with a king-sized brick of salt. I doubt Bush could successfully have orchestrated a weekend barbecue, much less a massive government conspiracy.

Scarab Sages

9/11 stuff is one thing, but we know they took the White House by election fraud the first time - to think they'd play by the rules the next time around is silly.

Speaking of which....

Vincent Bugliosi (1934-2015), best known as the prosecuting attorney who put Charles Manson behind bars, spent the last few years of his life fighting to bring another murderer to Justice: George W. Bush.


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

Speaking of which....

Vincent Bugliosi (1934-2015), best known as the prosecuting attorney who put Charles Manson behind bars, spent the last few years of his life fighting to bring another murderer to Justice: George W. Bush.

OK man. This conversation is done. I don't want this thread getting locked.


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Earth's 25 largest cities by population (city proper; as of 2014):

1. Shanghai (China) - pop. 24,256,800
2. Karachi (Pakistan) - pop. 23,500,000
3. Beijing (China) - pop. 21,516,000
4. São Paulo (Brazil) - pop. 21,292,893
5. Delhi (India) - pop. 16,787,941
6. Lagos (Nigeria) - pop. 16,060,303
7. Istanbul (Turkey) - pop. 14,657,000
8. Tokyo (Japan) - pop. 13,297,629
9. Mumbai (India) - pop. 12,478,447
10. Moscow (Russia) - pop. 12,197,596
11. Guangzhou (China) - pop. 12,080,500
12. Shenzhen (China) - pop. 10,780,000
13. Cairo (Egypt) - pop. 10,230,350
14. Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - pop. 10,130,000
15. Jakarta (Indonesia) - pop. 10,075,310
16. Lahore (Pakistan) - pop. 10,052,000
17. Seoul (South Korea) - pop. 9,995,784
18. Mexico City (Mexico) - pop. 8,974,724
19. Lima (Peru) - pop. 8,852,000
20. London (United Kingdom) - pop. 8,538,689
21. New York (United States of America) - pop. 8,491,079
22. Bengaluru (India) - pop. 8,425,970
23. Bangkok (Thailand) - pop. 8,280,925
24. Dongguan (China) - pop. 8,220,207
25. Chongqing (China) - pop. 8,189,800

Earth's 25 largest cities by land area (metropolitan area; as of 2007):

1. New York (United States of America) - 8,683 sqKm
2. Tokyo/Yokohama (Japan) - 6,993 sqKm
3. Chicago (United States of America) - 5,498 sqKm
4. Atlanta (United States of America) - 5,083 sqKm
5. Philadelphia (United States of America) - 4,661 sqKm
6. Boston (United States of America) - 4,497 sqKm
7. Los Angeles (United States of America) - 4,320 sqKm
8. Dallas/Fort Worth (United States of America) - 3,644 sqKm
9. Houston (United States of America) - 3,355 sqKm
10. Detroit (United States of America) - 3,267 sqKm
11. Washington (United States of America) - 2,996 sqKm
12. Miami (United States of America) - 2,891 sqKm
13. Nagoya (Japan) - 2,875 sqKm
14. Paris (France) - 2,723 sqKm
15. Essen/Düsseldorf (Germany) - 2,642 sqKm
16. Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto (Japan) - 2,564 sqKm
17. Seattle (United States of America) - 2,470 sqKm
18. Johannesburg/East Rand (South Africa) - 2,396
19. Minneapolis/St. Paul (United States of America) - 2,316 sqKm
20. San Juan (Puerto Rico / United States of America) - 2,309 sqKm
21. Buenos Aires (Argentina) - 2,266 sqKm
22. Pittsburgh (United States of America) - 2,208 sqKm
23. Moscow (Russia) - 2,150 sqKm
24. St. Louis (United States of America) - 2,147 sqKm
25. Melbourne (Australia) - 2,080 sqKm

In other words, there are way more people in South and East Asia than there are in North America, but the cities in North America are way more spread-out. For example, the largest city in the world by population, Shanghai (China), has a land area slightly smaller than that of Allentown, Pennsylvania (United States), even though Shanghai's population is nearly 30 times as large.


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Just over a year before the 2001 release of Peter Jackson's critically-acclaimed film adaptation of the fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, film studio & distributor New Line Cinema released another well-known epic fantasy film. The earlier film, however, is well-known for entirely different reasons.

Scarab Sages

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In 1999, the family of Dr. Martin Luther King won a civil case in which a full jury unanimously ruled that the legendary activist's death had NOT been at the hands of a lone James Earl Ray, but by a much wider - yes - government conspiracy intent on removing a unifying public figure whose vision had moved beyond the comparatively provincial concerns of ethnic tension and to the more fundamental concern of class warfare and the American Military-Industrial Complex.

The full transcript of the case can be found here.

Strange...do you remember this making the news in 1999?


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

In 1999, the family of Dr. Martin Luther King won a civil case in which a full jury unanimously ruled that the legendary activist's death had NOT been at the hands of a lone James Earl Ray, but by a much wider - yes - government conspiracy intent on removing a unifying public figure whose vision had moved beyond the comparatively provincial concerns of ethnic tension and to the more fundamental concern of class warfare and the American Military-Industrial Complex.

The full transcript of the case can be found here.

Strange...do you remember this making the news in 1999?

Move it elsewhere please. If you want to talk politics, then make another thread about it.

Edit - Damn, but you do not listen. David also requested that you stop it. Do you want this thread locked because you can't control yourself?

Scarab Sages

What, exactly, is wrong with what I posted (either time)? This is the "Did You Know...?" thread, and these are things people should know.

Incidentally, it might be worth understanding that the timing of the two previous posts made it appear far more confrontational that it actually should have looked, since I was typing up the Bugliosi thing immediately after the Fooled Again thing, and David's intervening objection was a "ninja" post.


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Just to put it out there before this gets out of hand-- I'm not pissed off at anyone here.

I'd be fine with talking politics if we were talking face-to-face, but unfortunately, this is a moderated public forum run by a private company, and political threads here have a marked tendency toward getting locked.

In the interest of all of us being able to post and read interesting facts that we all find, I would suggest not trying to inject any posts with any particular political aim.

This kind of thing can get exhausting very quickly, and I really don't want to have to talk about this again, so let's just drop it and move on.


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The bearded fictional paleontologist Dr. Robert Burke, who is eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex in Steven Spielberg's 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is an affectionate caricature of famed paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker. In real life, Bakker has argued for a predatory T. rex, while Bakker's rival paleontologist Dr. John R. "Jack" Horner views it as primarily a scavenger. According to Horner (who served as the technical advisor for all four of Spielberg's Jurassic Park films), Spielberg wrote the character of Burke and had him killed by the T. rex as a favor for Horner. After the film came out, Bakker recognized himself in Burke, loved the caricature, and actually sent Horner a message saying, "See, I told you T. rex was a hunter!"


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Though separated by the country of Belgium on the European mainland, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands share a 15-kilometer border on the Caribbean island of St. Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten), which is divided between France's Collectivité de Saint-Martin and the Kingdom of the Netherlands' Nederlandse Antillen (Netherlands Antilles).

As France and The Netherlands are members of the European Union, and native residents of Saint-Martin/Sint Maartin are French and Dutch citizens, respectively, inhabitants of the island are classified as European citizens, despite its closer proximity to Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States' Territory of Puerto Rico.


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The main character "The Avatar" in the widely-panned 1999 role-playing video game Ultima IX: Ascension was portrayed by voice actor J.C. Shakespeare. After his role in the ninth single-player Ultima game, Shakespeare played a handful of voice roles in the realms of film and gaming, such as small parts in the 2003 video game Freelancer (alongside Mass Effect's Jennifer Hale) and the 2001 animated film Waking Life (with Ethan Hawke). However, since 2004, Shakespeare has since become a licensed professional counselor and part-time new age religious blogger. And given the quality of his dramatic performances, it's a good thing, too...


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Paul Seed, who directed the British (original) version of House of Cards (and a lot of other stuff) began as an actor, appearing, among other roles, as the Graff Vynda-K in the Doctor Who serial The Ribos Operation.

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