Is there historical consensus as to who actually Shot the Sheriff?
April 1, 2015 12:51 AM   Subscribe

 
I think I might frequent an /r/AskDuneHistorians, but only if they ignore the apocrypha.
posted by sbutler at 1:19 AM on April 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


What is happening? Are the colors different? Do they change slowly when I'm not looking?!?!
posted by heathkit at 1:45 AM on April 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


Yeah, I've been called out on the thread about Cthulhu mythos for not being sufficiently savvy about the terminology for necrophagic Americans. In my defense I was not really denigrating the worship of Mordiggian, just pointing out that Mordiggian is pretty underground, as far as Mythos cults go.

But I think you'll find my scholarship upon the usage of herrings as forestry tools during the age of Arthurian Britain to be largely spot on.
posted by LeRoienJaune at 2:16 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


It was Bob Marley. Clapton shot him again when Sheriff clawed his way out of the dirt, searching for brains.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:10 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hey they fucked up the website - hilarious!
posted by thelonius at 4:08 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]



He is, in effect, central banker to central banks, and provider of limitless liquidity.

This is, in fact, how he is able to dive into his golden pile. For most entities, that gold would function as hard currency and would therefore be deadly to attempt to dive into. But because Scrooge McDuck's gold reserve is functioning as liquid wealth, it can be safely dived (dove?) into.
this explains so much.
posted by ennui.bz at 4:15 AM on April 1, 2015 [12 favorites]


Most of them suffer from participants trying too hard, but in the People's Front of Judea* thread that's a virtue and really the thread comes out funnier than a pileon of Monty Python riffs has a right to be.

*(in fairness to all and for proper clarity, I should have written it /(?:(The)? (People's|Judean?|Front|of))/)
posted by ardgedee at 4:29 AM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm not the biggest fan of April Fool's, but AskHistorians going all silly for a day seems like a good project to me.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:34 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


It is quite obvious that Bob shot the sheriff, he even wrote a song about it.
As for the deputy, I suspect that was Bunny's work. When he was asked why he requested a clause be inserted into the Island contract that, should Chris Blackwell die, the contract should be rendered null and void, he replied that he would then be able to get out of the contract any time he wanted. We know, then, that Bunny was capable of murder.
posted by rankfreudlite at 5:10 AM on April 1, 2015


Arrrgggh!

METAFILTER 2: THE ENDARKENING
posted by freecellwizard at 5:59 AM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm not the biggest fan of April Fool's, but AskHistorians going all silly for a day seems like a good project to me.

It seems at odds with AskHistorians' general serious demeanour but to their credit they're really committing to this. There's even some self-parody in that they're not just adressing ridiculous subjects, many of the questions are ones which would be chucked out by the mods even if applied to serious subjects.
See: "Battle of the Blackwater: Could wildfire REALLY melt wooden beams?" and the holocaust denial-esque one about the genocide of the air nomads.
posted by ocular shenanigans at 6:01 AM on April 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


The air nomads one might be the best, yep. Askhistorians makes me feel insecure about my knowledge base :(
posted by Jacen at 6:35 AM on April 1, 2015


And on this one day not one single American has asked why there is an eye in the pyramid.

We know. But you don't.

You can't.

You never can.

Ever.
posted by Combat Wombat at 7:36 AM on April 1, 2015


r/asksciencefiction is doing history questions today too.
posted by Akhu at 7:46 AM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]




We know. But you don't. You can't. You never can.

Fnord.
posted by rough ashlar at 8:25 AM on April 1, 2015


That Judean People's Front thread is terrible!


It completely ignores the contributions of the People's Liberation Front of Samaria in the struggle against Rome!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:31 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


My favorite question: How close are archeologists to discovering the site of Plato's cave?
posted by benito.strauss at 8:46 AM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


My favorite question: How close are archeologists to discovering the site of Plato's cave?

They found the Unicorn cave in North Korea - perhaps Plato's Cave is nearby?
posted by rough ashlar at 8:52 AM on April 1, 2015


The Air Nomads thread is totally worth it just for the conspiratorial rants that end with "WAKE UP, KOALA-SHEEPLE!"
posted by tdismukes at 9:32 AM on April 1, 2015


Well, I've heard they're halfway to finding Xeno's cave!
posted by eriko at 9:33 AM on April 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yeah, but I doubt they'll ever find all of it. That's what happens when you send a warrior to do a turtle's job.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:39 AM on April 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


In related news, /r/asksciencefiction, the usual place for these kind of questions, has crossed over and is now /r/askhistorians for the day.
posted by disclaimer at 9:43 AM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


In related news, /r/asksciencefiction, the usual place for these kind of questions, has crossed over and is now /r/askhistorians for the day.

I was just wondering why /r/badhistory didn't do it.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:01 AM on April 1, 2015


I shot the sheriff. I thought this was well established.
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:54 AM on April 1, 2015


The Lion King: It's a neo-Mufasan work of apartheid apologetics.
posted by bouvin at 11:33 AM on April 1, 2015


On April 1, The Onion should publish only real news stories.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 12:55 PM on April 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


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