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    Did you know George Washington would not tell a lie and once cut down a cherry tree? And he had wooden teeth! And he once crossed the Delaware! And president Ben Franklin invented the stove and flew a kite!

    Yeah, that's about what you get from our education system in grades k-9. (Oh and if you lived in San Antonio you get six weeks on just the Alamo.)

    Sure later in life you might find out Washington was a general that sent out really depressing memos, and that Franklin was all about the drinking and the whoring, and was not in fact a president despite being on money, but...

    And no one knew who the hell Alexander Hamilton was or why he was on our money until 6 years ago. And they still couldn't tell you who the guy on the 10$ was since he doesn't look like Lin Manuel Miranda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Kaba Fruit View Post
    It's one thing to enjoy the myths of history but it's another thing entirely to pass those myths off as fact and gospel. At some point, you're gonna have to substantiate.
    I meant mythology, my bad. As in faith, religion and such.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolus
    I meant mythology, my bad. As in faith, religion and such.
    No worries!

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    There are serious trouble with education. Dogmatism over evidence for sciences or interpretation and discussion for humanities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    Eh maybe if they picked something up from like that HBO show or some other popular entertainment. Doesn't help that most viking symbology is currently associated with racist groupings in much the same way as that confederate flag you guys have
    Eeesh, that would put a damper on anything viking. Did they do that to Odin and co. too?

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    I could imagine that history appeals more to Americans on many levels. The whole yearning for roots you never knew deal lends itself to making a big deal of your history. And since Americans tend to think of themselves as a sort of chosen people it figures that a bright spotlight needs to be shone on the story building up to why they feel they are superior.

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    Eeesh, that would put a damper on anything viking. Did they do that to Odin and co. too?
    Well the symbols associated with Thor and Odin are used prominently by the Nordic resistance movement, who holds the view that the north is under siege by corrupting foreign hordes who need to be repelled by the whatever wording used in place of Aryan these days.

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    Kind of ironic when you remember the Vikings were the hordes besieging all sorts of people. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    Well the symbols associated with Thor and Odin are used prominently by the Nordic resistance movement, who holds the view that the north is under siege by corrupting foreign hordes who need to be repelled by the whatever wording used in place of Aryan these days.
    Dammit, that's almost as bad as the Nazis taking the Buddhist Sun symbol and turning it into their swastika.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    And no one knew who the hell Alexander Hamilton was or why he was on our money until 6 years ago. And they still couldn't tell you who the guy on the 10$ was since he doesn't look like Lin Manuel Miranda.
    I still don't know who Alex Hamilton was or what he accomplished. I assume he was some middling dude since modern focus tends to go to the best and worst, like i got to know Jackson cause he was a monster, and Lincoln and Washington since they are the hero protagonists of the America manga. But i have a lot of blankspots in betwenn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B. Decent View Post
    Kind of ironic when you remember the Vikings were the hordes besieging all sorts of people. :P
    I can assure you that any ironies are lost on those dudes.

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    Dammit, that's almost as bad as the Nazis taking the Buddhist Sun symbol and turning it into their swastika.
    It's probably a bit worse for them since they still have them in use.

    It's not like we were using the hammer of Thor for anything.

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    Speaking of...


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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    I still don't know who Alex Hamilton was or what he accomplished.
    He had a musical made about him. That's all you need to know.

    Incidentally, check out the musical.

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    Breaking News: Dear Leader Kim is on a horse.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...acred-mountain

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    I love how the horse is absolutely fabulous and photogenic, while Kim looks like an awkward photoshop job.


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    How many people needed to get him on the horse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B. Decent View Post
    How many people needed to get him on the horse?
    Just one. To operate the crane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    I still don't know who Alex Hamilton was or what he accomplished. I assume he was some middling dude since modern focus tends to go to the best and worst, like i got to know Jackson cause he was a monster, and Lincoln and Washington since they are the hero protagonists of the America manga. But i have a lot of blankspots in betwenn.
    Hamilton is best known for: A. Being Washington's right hand man during the Revolutionary War, B. Being a large part of the founding of the American financial system, C. Dying by being shot by Aaron Burr in a duel. Also a musical.



    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing View Post
    Breaking News: Dear Leader Kim is on a horse.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...acred-mountain
    That is an ugly man on a beautiful horse. What a wasted horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing
    Breaking News: Dear Leader Kim is on a horse.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...acred-mountain
    I'll never use Old Spice again...
    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki
    That is an ugly man on a beautiful horse. What a wasted horse.
    I always thought that Kim Jong Un needed to get the saddle off his high horse but this is ridiculous!

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    Looks like Jeff Goldblum's gonna be outed as a creep

    Millenial tears will be shed (personally this doesn't bother me as much as Takei)

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    Wait, what? Is someone actually accusing Goldblum of an actual offense or is that twitter just bitching about?

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    I can't find anything else current on Goldblum in the news about this...I think we should be really careful about judging someone based on some Twitter account that doesn't even specify any actual incidents or occurences.

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