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Gray
47099.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:02 am Reply with quote

Not an immediate source of humour, you might think, but one of the commonest ways to belittle dictators is to poke fun at their ridiculous pomp, self-importance and bizarre beliefs, and they always had those in spades. It stood in for 'charisma'.

Huge range to choose from: Adolf Hitler, Jospeh Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Colonel Qaddafi, Robert Mugabe, Chairman Mao, Augusto Pinochet, Omar Bongo...

 
eggshaped
47105.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:23 am Reply with quote

Ye, I bet we can find loads about these guys, for example apparently Chairman Mao never brushed his teeth, instead rinsing out his mouth with tea every morning.

I suppose the problem will be separating the fact from the fiction, there's bound to be many "stories" which have been distorted by supporters or opponants over the years.

 
simonp
47109.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:37 am Reply with quote

"Kim Jong Il, North Korea's dictator, who in addition to all his other duties, according to reports in the North Korean news media, plays regularly and routinely scores three or four holes in one a round.

Mr. Kim took up the game in 1994, and on his very first outing at the Pyongyang course he eagled the opening hole, according to the North Korean media.He then proceeded to ace five holes (or 11, according to some reports) on the way to shooting a 34 - or 38 under par. (The lowest recorded score in P.G.A. history is 59, and that has been attained only three times: by Al Geiberger in 1977, Chip Beck in 1991 and David Duval in 1999.)

Mr. Kim's score was so low that some disbelievers (though not in North Korea) at first suggested that it must have been for nine holes, not 18, but the 18-hole total was later verified not only by the club pro but by 17 bodyguards who accompanied the dictator on his round.

Mr. Kim will not compete in the North-South match. He has taken himself out of the fray - presumably to avoid the kind of international tension that has lately plagued the Ryder Cup competitions. "


s:http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/005207.php

 
djgordy
47115.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:47 am Reply with quote

Ah! Time to play 'Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character'.

http://www.smalltime.com/dictator.html

I have beaten it a couple of times but you have to find really obscure dictators and most of those have probably been added since I last played.

The Romans had dictators in a sense that was somewhat different to the concept we have today so I picked a couple of them.

 
Natalie
47119.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:58 am Reply with quote

Mr. Caesar was a dictator. Or so I learnt. What defines a dictator anyway? The leaders of my school could be considered dictators to me, but not to them.

 
grizzly
47124.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:24 am Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
Ah! Time to play 'Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character'.

http://www.smalltime.com/dictator.html

I have beaten it a couple of times but you have to find really obscure dictators and most of those have probably been added since I last played.

The Romans had dictators in a sense that was somewhat different to the concept we have today so I picked a couple of them.


Wowww, Dr Cox has been done 63 times

 
Jenny
47149.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:27 pm Reply with quote

I picked Victor Meldrew and it didn't know that one.

 
djgordy
47152.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:41 pm Reply with quote

Just pretend I didn't say this. Brain not in gear.


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Rory Gilmore
47154.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:44 pm Reply with quote

I dictated once whilst my mum typed, but it didn't guess me.

 
Celebaelin
47160.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:49 pm Reply with quote

It can't get Hal from Malcom in the Middle (I've tried it twice in case my opinions/choices were throwing it off and it didn't get it either time). It does have the show though as it got Lois right.

 
Jenny
47162.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:55 pm Reply with quote

I have great difficulty in distinguishing between sitcoms and soap operas!

 
gerontius grumpus
47169.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:44 pm Reply with quote

It does say 'sitcom' at the start of the game.

It didn't get Vivian from The Young Ones, Alice from The Vicar of Dibley or Patsy from Ab Fab. It did get Julius Caesar, not surprisingly.

I thought it would have got Patsy.

 
gerontius grumpus
47172.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:49 pm Reply with quote

It got Ignotowski from Taxi, I thought everyone had forgotten that character.

 
Natalie
47176.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:27 pm Reply with quote

Who? From where?

 
gerontius grumpus
47178.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:35 pm Reply with quote

Taxi was a sitcom in the early 80s about a New york Taxi company.
Jim Ignotowski was played by Christopher Lloyd.
The best character in the show without a doubt.

 

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