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On this day in 1938 General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
What a sad day for history
on ths day in 1991 Michael Bolton released "Time, Love and Tenderness"
lovers if we can't be friends?
Hitler to Franco
I might make a list of my top ten dictators
Any other filthy Oliver! lyrics out there?
of anti-semitic ones
that goes without saying.
Timothy McVeigh exploded a government building in Oklahoma.
in 1995 Paul McVeigh joined Tottenham
at the McVeigh dinner table that evening.
is no witty comment or cat picture around that will convey how much I like the above statement, so you will just have to accept a 'well done' from me and this £5 Argos voucher
didnt act alone either.
Francis Drake 'signed the king of Spains beard'. Is that a euphamism for giving him a blowjob?
you daft momo. He sailed into Cadiz harbour and sank the Spanish fleet, delaying the Armada's attack by a year.
I love Francis Drake.
then you probably aren't.
It's the same with Alzheimer's. If you can remember what it's called, you've not got it.
I like olegrich's version better.
you should be ASHAMED.
raise the bar gunners!
your lazy "on this day"-ing has destroyed my enthusiasm.
whose only contribution this week was to say "bollocks" when I posted my Bat Fact
I challenge you to disprove it.
However, I accept your typographical wishes, and will henceforth refer to you as meths.
wasn't actually one person, but a name given to any English speaker being broadcasted through German Radio during the run up to and the war itself.
I like that fact.
it has NO use whatsoever, yet i am intrigued by it.
a book on the history of propaganda. Good bedtime reading!
FascistMahoneFact: I'm wearing a black shirt today.
I wonder when I can wear it next? I'd rather have a brown one
i'm saddened to see it turn into an "on this day" event. LAZY! LAZY! LAAAAAAAAAAZY!
is so called because in the 16th century it was actually made from graves
The man who invented the lampshade killed himself falling from the top of his shoe rack
The fuel pump for a Rover 820 can be used as a replacement for the mitral valve of the heart
Colonel Sanders real name is Ken Tucky
Boring a sheep is punishable by public flogging in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
:D :D :D
so go blow it out of your arse anyway:
At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandad.
that's INCREDIBLE. much more like it.
in 1998, a concert promoter in Hawaii sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert. Unfortunately the concert was never scheduled. The man was arrested and told police he needed the money for a nose job and a sex change
3. Oliver Cromwell
9. Frederick The Great
10. Tony Blair
and as such is exempt, surely?
Can't argue with any of the others
Democracy isn't necessarily the making of a dictator
See Atilla The Hun
admire Pol Pot
In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
again under Sarkozy
for too long.
How did it kill the child?
I've just finished reading I, Clavdivs, and there's a bit in it where one of the characters apparently dies after choking on a pear. "According to custom, the pear tree was convicted of murder and burnt."
but I will endeavour to find out.
enjoy telling my French colleagues this
The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
The term "déjà vu" was coined by the C19th French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac, in his book The Future of Psychic Sciences.
is the only member of the Commonwealth of Nations that was never part of the British Empire.
it was Portuguese. Spawning Eusebio, for example
They obviously joined the Commonwealth for the perks.
apart from Zimbabwe.
It's also a member of the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), along with Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor.
PortugueseFact: A Lusophone is someone who speaks the Portuguese language natively or by adoption. The word is derived from the name of the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, which covered an area that is today Portugal.
Comic duo Cheech and Chong were originally known as Spic and Span before changing due to pressure from Chicano organizations.
Not as kood as Kenan and Kel.
Here's a fact. Did you know that Nickelodeon UK has skipped 4 of the episodes of Kenan and Kel for an unknown reason?
pop singer Emma Bunton is the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandniece of Archduke William Pinkley-Hogue of Standishfordshire, making her 103rd in line for the throne of England.
it is expected that Prince William will be godfather to her baby
Archduke William Pinkley-Hogue of Standishfordshire sounds like something out of a PG Wodehouse novel.
"Phone rings in Gary's flat (Can I speak to Mr G Stead, please?)
He hangs up and takes Tony the milk, See you in the Hat n Fan at 7
Gary can't believe that Claremont Road pitch
is going to be covered in executive housing
He talks about the Newcastle game, Bontcho's debut,
but Tony can hardly hear him
They took the jukebox out, and the Aussie barstaff
are playing Red Hot Chili Peppers
He tells 'em what he thinks, he manages to keep it clean,
he buys another round"
Hendon immortalised in song by Saint Etienne on the track Teenage Winter from the Album Tales from Turnpike House.
This time last week, Saint Etienne uber lovely singer Sarah Cracknell was celebrating her 39th birthday.
If an average human scrotum were stretched until all its wrinkles were smoothed out, it could hold a basketball.
wanking in recent times your scrotum would have been the size of a dinner gong
Imagine banging your gonads to announce that the first course was ready.
Polyorchidism is the incidence of more than two testes. It is a very rare congenital disorder, with under 100 cases reported in medical literature. The most common form is triorchidism, or tritestes, where three testes are present. The condition is usually asymptomatic, but can increase the risk of testicular cancer.
is so strong that it can dissolve spearheads and large hooks that they often swallow.
If the current trend continues, by the year 2215 midgets will outnumber "normal-sized" people
I think it's time for a cull.
they'll bite our ankles off!
is it 'midgicide'?
The African black rhinoceros excretes its own weight in dung every 48 hours.
with my crocodile one, pal.
How much does it fucking eat?
the fat cunt
Ah, no Fact-o-rama would be complete without Rich calling something or someone a fat cunt.
A futuristic automobile designed by Ford for the movie Blade Runner was produced and sold in limited quantities as the "Ford Harrison."
Here they come.
Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger (I have no idea who he is, but it's an impressive name)
I wasn't expecting to see you up so early...
have little recollection of getting home. I shouldn't have started with a mini pub crawl. Don't even remember seeing the Foals. :(
I did suspect that your memories of the band would be hazy at best.
At the age of 203?
obviously. Several impressive names in there, although I confess I had to look up who John Beaumont was. Some gay poet or other.
it was a joke
John Beaumont gets a mention, but Byron doesn't? What is this, Bizarro World?
There was a wonderful exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery a fwe years ago, with pictures of Byron alongside modern portraits that were influenced by the Byronic visual cult/style. I think I have the book at home somewhere.
My favourite line from Lucky Jim ever
I don't remember that. I't was years ago that I read Lucky Jim, though.
That's the most errant apostrophe I've ever seen. How did that get in there?
one of the best laugh-out-loud books ever
so I hardly think it constitutes an interruption.
I being taken so seriously today?
I think it's a mark of respect.
King Mswati III of Swaziland
Has Bamos read that book yet?
Kate Hudson- DIE
finest moment is certainly in IT
and I need a new keyboard
I'm nothing if not predictable.
Easter Sunday falls on 19 April more often than on any other date.
once things have revolved.
I heard recently that all women had to be named Maria. Those ultra-Catholics, eh? As a result, women of a certain age will have two names, e.g. Maria Jesus, Maria Anna...
Has anyone here read Stuart Christie's book "Granny Made Me An Anarchist"? It's a great account of how he tried to assassinate Franco aged 18, and his activities after that. If only he'd succeeded.
happened if the "Republicans" had won though? I can't imagine that it would have been without bloodshed.
but I like to think that a democracy would have emerged, whether socialist or no. Though I fear it would have descended into intra-leftist power struggles, violent or otherwise.
Christie's attempt was in 1960, anyway, so it was in the context of trying to rid a country of a dictator who was already quite firmly entrenched. I'll lend you the book - there's some good later stuff on the Angry Brigade too.
Interesting though how there has always been a presumption that left-wing revolutionary aims are more valid and righteous and will result in democracy. In fact they mostly end up doing the opposite.
It's that whole thing about positive and negative liberty. By trying to enforce beliefs of what is right you often end up having to do it through violence.
Jeremy Bentham anyone?
but I've been disabused of the idea that they'll result in anything but misery, pain, and some prick down the pub saying "Communism doesn't work, does it? Look at Stalin."
"Capitalism doesn't work, does it? Look at that tramp."
Er, maybe not.
The aims are usually more righteous from the movement's point of view, but not often through the power centres. Look at Mao, Stalin. Therefore people who thought they were doing their bit for the movement and for the greater good were manipulated into committing terrible crimes and tearing countries apart..
I really do despair.
Anyway, I'm off to mount a violent takeover of the Albert's beer garden. Laters.