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SolusLupus
2010-Sep-02, 01:25 PM
http://www.cracked.com/funny-5720-the-history-channel/


A while back, it became fashionably witty to refer to the History Channel as "the Hitler Channel," because going by its schedule, you'd think World War II accounted for about eighty percent of the human record. It may have seemed like the network had a soft spot for National Socialism, but really it was simple laziness: the abundance of WWII film footage made it easy for them to fill out their lineup with documentaries on dogfights, D-Day, and legendary officers like George Patton and Tom Hanks.

I laughed. :D

Paul Beardsley
2010-Sep-02, 01:31 PM
Me too!

There's another channel that thinks the 1970s drama series The Onedin Line was non-fiction. It was good, and (as far as I know) historically informed, but not quite what I'd describe as a documentary.

Fazor
2010-Sep-02, 01:41 PM
:) So many good lines! The "... legendary officers like George Patton and Tom Hanks" you quoted was one of my favorites (the accompanying screen shot from Saving Private Ryan was the perfect accent.)

Another favorite was:

give credence to the prophecies of ancient peoples, who supposedly could foresee our demise, despite being completely surprised by their own.
Again with an accompanying picture of an apparently Mayan woman watching as Spanish ships made land.

kleindoofy
2010-Sep-02, 09:18 PM
... legendary officers like George Patton and Tom Hanks.

I still get tears in my eyes every time I think of poor General Hanks being caught out there all alone on that island with Private Wilson.

Fazor
2010-Sep-02, 09:45 PM
... legendary officers like George Patton and Tom Hanks.
I still get tears in my eyes every time I think of poor General Hanks being caught out there all alone on that island with Private Wilson.
That took me a second to get the full effect of that joke. Bravo. :)

vonmazur
2010-Sep-04, 07:33 PM
I thought it was Woodrow Wilson...or Alexander Knox, right?? (Maybe it was Wilson Pickett, waiting for the Midnight Hour as well??)

Dale

Ara Pacis
2010-Sep-05, 08:47 PM
I used to watch history. Now I'm spending more time trying to make it.

Paul Beardsley
2010-Sep-05, 08:54 PM
I used to watch history. Now I'm spending more time trying to make it.

Well, you may think that when you were typing the post I'm quoting, you were doing it in the present, but it's already history! Doesn't it make you think, and doesn't it make you want to grow a beard and drive a big truck?

Ara Pacis
2010-Sep-05, 11:11 PM
Well, you may think that when you were typing the post I'm quoting, you were doing it in the present, but it's already history! Doesn't it make you think, and doesn't it make you want to grow a beard and drive a big truck?

Just call me the Rubber Duck.

Mr Gorsky
2010-Sep-16, 01:08 PM
I used to watch history. Now I'm spending more time trying to make it.

You do not make history, you can only hope to survive it.

Ara Pacis
2010-Sep-17, 04:36 AM
You do not make history, you can only hope to survive it.

I thought the victors wrote the history books.

Gillianren
2010-Sep-17, 06:23 AM
Not of the American Civil War . . . .

Atraveller
2010-Sep-17, 06:44 AM
You do not make history, you can only hope to survive it.

Life = no one gets out alive...

vonmazur
2010-Sep-29, 04:42 AM
Or as Jim Morrison said; "No one get outta here until the Pu Pu Platter is paid for!"

Dale

otakenji
2010-Oct-01, 05:24 AM
As a history buff, I find that contemporary accounts tend to be much more accurate than ones written a generation or more later. I like to read about U.S. History, as I find it to be a fascinating story. As for the History Channel, a lot of the programming they show these days have nothing to do with history.

Gillianren
2010-Oct-02, 05:30 AM
Contemporary accounts of some historical events are terrible. You have to look at perspective. For example, you can't trust most of what was written about the Germans (apparently, no one cared near as much about the Austro-Hungarian Empire, since "Hun" seems to have meant "German" to a lot of the stories) by people from a lot of other countries during World War I.