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"I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid. And my mother made me eat it. Now I'm president of the United States. And I'm not gonna eat any more broccoli!"

H.W's comments on broccoli always amused me, though while looking up these comments online, I was pleasantly surprised to find an entire Wikipedia article dedicated to his comments on Broccoli alone. Many of the points mentioned were amusing in my opinion, so I thought I'd share the page with this community in case anybody else is interested in taking a gander!

[–] xyzinferno 4 points 11 months ago

Since I'm a vegetarian, a common question I've been asked since I was a kid was "If you were trapped on an island and the only food was meat, would you eat it?"

Or something to that effect. It's been asked dozens of times to me before and every time it's asked, the person asking acts like it's some novel thought experiment I haven't considered before.

Not only is a situation like that extremely unlikely to ever happen, but if it does, the answer isn't any more complicated than a yes/no

Another question I hate are all of those "Would you do for X sum of money? No? Then what if we upped the money? What's the minimum sum you'd do it for?"

The most common example of "repulsive thing" is usually incest. And it's just an annoying question that isn't even entertaining to answer.

[–] xyzinferno 7 points 11 months ago (1 children)

On the contrary, I find it to be pretty honest about the article's contents. Clickbait implies it misrepresents the content behind it, or adds noise to it that exaggerates what the content entails.

The article itself is persuasive in nature and quite literally is intended to convince the reader to adopt some new product or service- in this case, Nobara. The author is of the opinion that the reader will benefit by switching over. The title reflects that.

“look at me, I’m using this and that and you must use it as well because everyone does and you’re missing out”

It doesn't say you "must" use some alternative. Necessity isn't implied anywhere in the title. And the fomo? Nowhere does it say everyone is using Nobara and you should adopt it so you don't miss out. The article lists and elaborates on the arguments Nathan makes, which aren't just an appeal to majority, and the title reflects that.

If you're going to throw a fit over a title of an article be honest about how persuasive the content is and what the actual article is about, then that's just childish.

[–] xyzinferno 5 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

The Super Mario Galaxy duology has the best overall OST in my opinion. The orchestral music is amazing for so many of the tracks.

For any individual song, however. It would be Weight of the World from Nier Automata. For context:

spoilerit's the very emotional song that plays during the credits scene of the game, after you complete all 5 of the main endings

EDIT: I want to give an honorable mention to the Ace Attorney OST, across all of their games. A lot of people may know the Pursuit - Cornered theme, but every game in that series has banger tracks. Not as widely praised, and very underrated imo, hence the honorable mention.

[–] xyzinferno 1 points 11 months ago

I just stick a single line of HTML in the address bar and use that as a text editor. It's just a giant test field taking up the page with a dark background and white text.

Useful if I just want to write text without any need to format it.

[–] xyzinferno 1 points 11 months ago

Having studied history of world leaders as a bit of a hobby, I'm more biased in that regard

But I'd go with Lester Pearson

[–] xyzinferno 4 points 11 months ago

Been listening to more of them recently, and songs like Dark Necessities have been stuck in my head lmao

[–] xyzinferno 1 points 11 months ago

Coldplay is among my favorite bands, absolutely agree there

A lot of people criticize the direction they've taken recently, and while I don't keep up with their newest releases, Viva la Vida is still one of my favorite songs. And other tracks like Paradise, Sky Full of Stars, etc. will always be fun for me to listen to as well

[–] xyzinferno 5 points 11 months ago

I didn't know Duran Duran was even disliked lmao

Been listening to Rio by DD as inspiration for a writing piece, and it's a pretty good song imo

[–] xyzinferno 8 points 11 months ago

Going through the Red Rising series, which some of my friends praise immensely. Lightbringer just came out, though I'm only just finished Morning Star, book 3/6 in the series. Going to be starting Iron Gold soon. But until them, I'm reading 1984, which I just acquired a nice hardcover copy of.

[–] xyzinferno 5 points 11 months ago

And even with the apps, you're still able to pay for premium versions, like Reddit Premium for instance Could be that despite the app costing 0 euros up front, it can't be labelled truly free because micro-transactions exist

[–] xyzinferno 7 points 11 months ago

Probably to express that a social media app that is largely unheard of managed to make it onto Austrian top 200 list when Reddit, a far more popular platform, could not.

 
 
 

I'm a huge fan of the Jerboa app, and it's the closest experience I've gotten to RiF from any of the Lemmy apps. It's been a pleasure to use despite the occasional hiccups, but one thing that I thought I could personally contribute to was the icon for the app itself. I thought I'd share them with the community, in case if anyone wanted to download them to use for themselves :)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yd17Be_1HaCPYNje_fjKspQ1hpWDDiiS?usp=sharing

The above Google Drive link contains the five icons featured in the post, and if you guys have any ideas, suggestions, or specific assets you want, feel free to let me know and I can add them to the folder or reply with it in a comment. Things like color changes don't take much time at all, so don't hesitate to ask for something custom!

 
 

Jimmy Carter, still alive and going strong at 98 years of age, is known for many things. Being the 39th president of the US, having a background as a peanut farmer from rural Georgia, and so on.

But did you know Carter also reported a UFO sighting 3 years prior to running for president?

To quote the History.com article linked with this post:

He described waiting outside for a Lion’s Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen” in the sky. Carter, as well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as “very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon.” Carter reported that “the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance.” He later told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.

The call Carter made was to the International UFO Bureau (yes, this exists)

On the campaign train, Carter went as far as to promise that should he be elected, he would release all classified government documents pertaining to UFOs. This, understandably, never transpired due to Carter later stating that there would be "defense implications" preventing him from doing so.

Carter remains adamant about his experience. In 2005, when asked, he had this to say:

All of a sudden, one of the men looked up and said, 'Look, over in the west!' And there was a bright light in the sky. We all saw it. And then the light, it got closer and closer to us. And then it stopped, I don't know how far away, but it stopped beyond the pine trees. And all of a sudden it changed color to blue, and then it changed to red, then back to white. And we were trying to figure out what in the world it could be, and then it receded into the distance.

What it was that Jimmy Carter saw exactly, we may never know. Best wishes to Mr. Carter and his family as he remains in hospice care.

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The Tragic Story of Franklin Pierce (newenglandhistoricalsociety.com)
submitted 1 year ago* (last edited 1 year ago) by xyzinferno to c/presidents
 

Many U.S. Presidents have endured tragic lives, despite their immense success, whether it be passing away while in office, or losing a beloved family member.

However, there are few more tragic than that of Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.

Pierce had 3 children: Franklin Pierce Jr., Frank Robert, and Benjamin. Franklin Pierce Jr. died a few days after he was born, and Frank Robert died at the age of 4, leaving the Pierce family with only one surviving child.

Franklin and Jane Pierce were very doting towards Benjamin, always showing him affection- something they wish they could have also done for his other two siblings.

However, after being elected President of the United States (much to Jane's dismay as she disliked politics and D.C. and saw the presidency as vanity), the Pierces would travel via train, where tragedy would befall them once again. The train derailed, crushing Benjamin Pierce to death, while Franklin and Jane both suffered minimal injury. Unfortunately, both parents saw what remained of their son following the accident, compounding on the psychological damage they already had suffered.

Jane saw this as a punishment from God, and isolated herself in the upstairs rooms of the White House for nearly two years. It certainly took its toll on Franklin as well, as he felt immense guilt knowing that if he had heeded her wife's advice on not running for president, this tragedy wouldn't have occurred. There is no way he could have known, but for anyone that has suffered loss of this kind, the feeling is certainly relatable.

Franklin Pierce was depressed throughout much of his presidency, and fell into alcoholism as a means of coping with the most recent loss of his son.

There's hardly a happy note to end this story on, as Pierce only served 1 term, and a rather unsuccessful one at that.

Though, one quote that stood out to me in my research of this topic comes from Pierce himself during his inauguration speech:

"You have summoned me in my weakness, you must sustain me by your strength."

 

George Washington is often considered to be one of the best presidents in US History, if not the single best. In addition to setting the standard for future presidents with no role model of his own to follow, Washington's Presidency is usually associated with unity, stability, and trust in the newfound American government. There are very few mistakes that come to mind, and while I could have taken this opportunity to discuss Washington's many achievements, I'll instead take this time to address one of his shortcomings: The Whiskey Rebellion.

To summarize the cause of the rebellion, the American government was suffering financially following the Revolutionary War. In need of money, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed enacting a tax on liquor produced within the US, which the government soon enacted. This led to protests across Western Pennsylvania, which the government hadn't expected.

This wasn't as simple as alcohol-lovers being too attached to their drinks. The western half of Pennsylvania was, in part, separated from the east by the Allegheny Mountains. Farmers couldn't feasibly export their grain harvests eastward without rot becoming a factor, so to earn an income, they distilled their grain into liquor which could be easily transported.

It was a difficult situation for farmers, and the taxes raised on their primary export did not help whatsoever.

Washington initially tried condemning the protestors without resorting to force, though the unrest grew into riots, causing a total of 400 rioters to march towards Pittsburgh, leading to the death of a regional tax collection supervisor.

When this failed, Washington instead mobilized a militia of 12,950 men, and had them march to Pittsburgh to disperse the rioters. This succeeded, as the violence abated, and 150 rioters were arrested and tried for treason. Due to a lack of eyewitness testimony, most weren't charged, though two that were, John Mitchell and Philip Weigel, were pardoned by Washington.

In 1802, President Jefferson repealed the whiskey tax, putting a cork (pun very much intended) in this whole affair.

Given the handling of the rebellion after violence broke out, this was handled pretty well by Washington, even if enacting the tax itself could be considered a lack of foresight. If you have any thoughts on the rebellion, or Washington's presidency in general, feel free to discuss!

 

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans. And for all non-Americans, I hope you're having a swell summer day too!

July 4th is often associated with American independence: The day that the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, asserting the U.S's independence from Great Britain. It's a joyful occasion, often marked with fireworks, stars and stripes, and copious celebration.

But the day isn't without it's fair share of saddening and bittersweet connotations either. It was on this day, in 1826, that Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson would pass away.

Normally, I would paraphrase the source material that I cite, but I could not have said this any more succinctly:

On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were, "Thomas Jefferson still survives." He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 83.

 

The Whig Party of the US is one that often goes unnamed, due to its short lifespan and lack of prominence today, when compared to the Democratic and Republican parties. To imagine a president being elected today who doesn't have an (R) or (D) next to their name would seem absurd, but back in the 1800s, America would see 4 presidents assume office belonging to the Whigs. These would be:

9th President: William Henry Harrison

10th President: John Tyler

12th President: Zachary Taylor

13th President: Millard Fillmore

The Whig Party was founded and led initially by Henry Clay, who ran for president three times, but never won. The name "Whig" originates from the Whig Party in Great Britain, which was anti-monarchistic. The Whig Party of America perceived Andrew Jackson to be a king, which is to say, they believed he was a leader who employed too much executive power, unbefitting a president of the US.

The Whig Party notably stood against the idea of Manifest Destiny, opposing the Democratic Party's calls to expand westward and instead promoting the development of the land the US already possessed.

While managing to win two elections, through cruel twists of fate, the Whigs suffered setbacks that they would never truly recover from. William Henry Harrison died two weeks into office, from what is now believed to be contaminated drinking water. It is a popular theory that he died from pneumonia after not wearing a coat during his inaugural address, but it is widely disputed.

John Tyler, who was selected as WHH's Vice President, assumed office, but since the precedence of a VP assuming office hadn't yet been established, there were calls for Tyler to continue remaining a VP, or merely an acting president with limited authority. Henry Clay wanted to control the presidency from behind the scenes, back when WHH was alive, and intended to do the same with Tyler. Such internal struggles for power would lead to a very disorganized cabinet and presidency. Tyler was even unaffiliated from the Whig party during the latter half of his tenure.

The next time the Whigs assumed power, it was Zachary Taylor who assumed the presidency. However, one year later, Taylor would die from food poisoning while at a party. Millard Fillmore assumed office, but during his time, he signed off on controversial bills such as the Fugitive Slave Act, which forced the North to return any runaway slaves to the South if caught.

Internal struggle among the Whigs regarding slavery would quickly lead to disarray and the dissolution of the party as a whole. Being unable to agree on a stance regarding slavery meant having no consistent platform to present to the public with one of its most prominent issues.

Former Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Benjamin Harrison were once members of the Whig Party, but moved onto the Republican Party after this. So while the Whig Party may have come to a close in name, it's spirit continued to live on and set the stage for the America we know today.

 

Despite being presidents nearly three decades apart, there was a time when Bill Clinton and JFK shook hands, as captured by the photograph above.

Still a student in high school, the Arkansas government selected Clinton as one of two delegates to the Boys' Nation- a program that has been running since 1946 and brings students to Washington D.C. to participate in a week-long seminar.

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