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5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Learned in History Class

5 Ridiculous Cold War Myths You Learned in History Class
The second half of the 20th century was dominated by the world's two remaining superpowers facing each other down. The rest of the world rallied behind one or the other as Soviet and American forces started in on spying and covert warring. There were good guys and bad guys, and it was all bullshit. For instance ... #5. It was the culmination of Kennedy's remarks in West Germany at one of the most volatile points in the Cold War. See, while Kennedy confidently delivered his kicker, "Ich bin ein Berliner" and prepared to drop the mic and walk offstage, the Germans were laughing their asses off. Wikipedia"This comedian is terrible. Why It's Bullshit: According to German professor Reinhold Aman in his epic volume Maledicta, "No intelligent native speaker of German tittered in Berlin when JFK spoke." Getty"I am neither delicious nor fattening" has a special word in 36 languages. The pedantic jack offs who still repeat this anecdote claim the use of the word "ein" is what screwed Kennedy. #4. Related:  220th Century History

5 Amazing Performances From Actors Who Weren't Acting We believe it was Frank Capra who said, and we're paraphrasing here, "If you want to film someone looking genuinely terrified, you have to scare the shit out of them. If you want your actors to cry, make them sad. And above all else, never tell them what's going on." Directors have been taking those wise words to heart ever since. #5. Previously on Alien, an astronaut was face-raped by an alien. What sells that scene isn't the creature effects, or the fact that if you were an audience in 1979, it was the absolute last freaking thing you expected to happen right then. If you think the other actors' horrified and shocked reactions were convincing, it's probably because they, like their characters, had absolutely no idea what was about to occur. "Yeah, I'm looking forward to many more long days of shooting." So the rest of the cast showed up on set knowing only that the script for this particular scene read, "The thing emerges." "Hey, it does have teeth and a moving head!" #4. #3.

8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier) Even if your knowledge of the Vietnam War comes exclusively from Hollywood films and Texan textbooks that only refer to it as "that one the good guys lost," you've probably heard about the Viet Cong. They were a bunch of jungle-fighting guerrilla warriors who killed American boys via night-time ambushes and terrifying traps. Well, that's one side of the story. #8. U.S. I became a Viet Cong guerrilla in the late 1950s, when I was 15. Via"Everybody stop the colonial exploitation for a minute and scrunch up!" I was just mad at how the South was pushing all of its excess money into the major cities like Saigon. The French, who had controlled Vietnam since the 1800s, always saw the locals as "lower," and we never forgave them for refusing to give us independence. Via War Remnants MuseumBanner politics don't really leave a lot of space for nuance. Once the fighting started, a lot of people died, well over a million on our side alone. #7. #6. With pee. #5. Via

5 Things You Didn't Know: The Cold War The term “cold war” goes back to a 14th-century medieval writer named Don Juan Manuel, who referred to the uneasy peace between Muslims and Christians in Spain. But it was George Orwell, in a piece titled “You and the Atomic Bomb,” who applied the term as we know it best to the protracted economic, geopolitical and ideological battle between the United States, the Soviet Union and their shifting allies. The precise dates of the Cold War are the subject of debate, though most agree that it began at some point in the summer of 1945 and continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Whatever the case, it dominated global politics and culture for the entire second half of the 20th century, and its effects are ongoing. To bring you up to speed, we present five things you didn’t know about the only war that categorically could have ended all wars through total and complete annihilation -- the Cold War. 2- It was predicted by Adolf Hitler Why is it Searched?

5 Bizarre Dinosaurs You Didn't Know Existed Admit it, everything you know about dinosaurs you learned from watching Jurassic Park. Or, possibly, you learned it while paying attention in school. That's never really been our scene, but to each their own. But no matter what route you took, there's a good chance your education was less than adequate. If that wasn't the case, you'd already know about these ridiculous dinosaurs that history seems to have forgotten ... #5. Look, we're all adults here. Oh, you thought we were going to mention the shiny red shaft and matching set of testicles that's taken up permanent residence on this absurd dinosaur's stupid head? To be fair, the dinosaur in this picture is actually a toy. See? #4. Dinossaurosecia You know how people like to make fun of the T. rex because it has those stupid little arms that would be completely useless in a fistfight? What the hell are those things? #3. Critters.Pixel-Shack No, seriously, we're asking. #2. Wikipedia #1. Dinopedia

cracked To badly paraphrase Douglas Adams: Anything invented before you are 35 is awesome, but anything that comes around after that is scary. It's the natural order of things. Our parents barely understand email, I have no idea why Snapchat is appealing, and one day you will be suspicious of your child's holodeck. This has been going on forever. A few months ago I told you about four things that freaked people out when they were first introduced. But sex, women, and kitchen utensils have brought society to the brink of collapse more times than that. #4. Robert Klein/iStock/Getty Images There wasn't one general moral panic over the fork so much as a 600-year slow burn of derision. So why did people fear the fork so much? slate.comTo be fair, it does look a lot deadlier than that knife. The proof that forks were evil came early. That story was still being told in churches 200 years later. Eventually, forks were introduced to France. This immoral cutlery took even longer to catch on in England. #3.

The Unknown Cold War The modernizing of China and the dissolution of the Soviet Union over the last two decades have led to the release of hundreds of millions of pages of formerly top-secret archival documents. These documents—transnational cables, transcripts, diplomatic reports, and internal memoranda—are giving the West a new view of Sino-Soviet and inter-Soviet relations. They also hint at the dangers that might have been. Historians are collecting and translating provocative accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis and other flash points in the Cold War. The Wilson Center and The George Washington University are partners in an ongoing NEH-supported collaboration to train high school teachers in recent advances in Cold War historiography and to build a website to store and display online resources. “Archives are a repository of a nation’s truths,” says Nancy Meyers, project associate at the Cold War International History Project. “Primary matter is hard for high school students to use.

5 Mind-Blowing Things Found in Our Own Solar System One of our running themes here at Cracked is "Man, space is just weird as hell." It's easy to forget that, after mankind went to the moon and found out it was just a boring, dusty ghost town. Space is full of mysteries, and you don't have to go far to find them. #5. Most storms are easily recognizable from space. What is that, what is that?! That there, friends, is a close-up image taken of a perfectly ordinary day on Saturn's north pole. It's not exactly small, either -- each wall of the hexagon is around 8,600 miles long, wider than the Earth's diameter. Above: Saturn rocking a nipple piercing. The walls of the hexagon are the most vigorous part of the giant storm called the eyewall, and the area in the middle is the eye of the storm. "You know of what I speak, Gandalf: a great eye, lidless, wreathed in flame." For one, the hexagon on Saturn never shifts from its longitude, unlike any storm ever seen. #4. Getty"No, no, you called the right guy, I just ... #3.

When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake - The Texican © Houston Chronicle >gallery_thumbnails_show|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|0 gallery_thumbnails_show|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|0 gallery_overlay_open|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|0 gallery_overlay_open_thumbs|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|thetexican-2577-post-3385-g22200|0 © Houston Chronicle 09/16/1989 - Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Randall's Supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center. 09/16/1989 - Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an...unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Randall's Supermarket after touring...the Johnson Space Center. 09/16/1989 - Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Randall's Supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center. At JSC, Yeltsin visited mission control and a mock-up of a space station.

10 Ridiculous Cold War Government Projects Politics The Cold War was a period of time when all of the countries of the world waited with baited breath to see what the outcome of the decades-long hard staring contest between the United States and the Soviet Union would be. As the nuclear arms race ramped up, some of these countries (either voluntarily or otherwise) picked sides; some began developing nuclear programs of their own, and most just kept their heads down and quietly hoped for another day without complete annihilation. Most are aware of some of the truly shady things done by intelligence agencies and military organizations during this period, but the sheer scope of programs designed to figure out the capabilities of and/or screw with the other guy—and the ridiculous amounts of money and effort involved—is staggering. Before the development of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the real threat of total nuclear destruction, people projected their Atomic fears onto all kinds of weird things. Col. Body.

6 Disasters Caused by Poorly Designed User Interfaces Until humans learn how to command machines with their minds (or vice versa), we're always going to need some sort of menu, control panel or whatever to interact with our machines and tell them to do our jobs for us. And these controls had better be really freaking clear, and simple, and easy to use. A speedometer doesn't do any good if, say, it's mounted inside the glove box and requires you to do calculus to read it. Yet in the real world, you run into interfaces that are almost that bad. The consequences range from minor workplace annoyances, like charging a custumer for a Happy Meal instead of a Big Mac because the buttons are right next to each other, to huge disasters like ... #6. Via Wikipedia Toward the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, the United States and Iran had a bit of an undeclared war on the side, presumably just to make Iraq jealous. Via Wikipedia The Dumb Problem: Actually, it was equipped with exactly that sort of thing -- the problem was that it sucked. Well, the U.S.

The 10 Biggest Misconceptions About the First World War Railways Just to add to the point of your #2, for Schlieffen's plan to work, the French main force had to be lured into Germany not mainly for the geographic distance from where the German right wing would attack, but because that would get them away from French railheads. After the introduction of railroads, but before we had mechanized/motorized land forces, the only way to move land forces around quickly was via railroad. The German right wing, in its advance out of Germany through Belgium and into France towards Paris, would necessarily give up that rail mobility, because they would have to cross enemy territory, with its rail lines presumably destroyed by retreating enemy forces, in its drive to Paris. The German left had to be kept weak not mainly to keep its right strong, but mainly so that the French would be able to push deep into German territory and beyond the French rail net. Definitely.