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   Feeling cynical today? Here are five inspiring and true stories to make you feel better

19 Nov 2012 04:15 AM   |   15412 clicks   |   Cracked
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teto85    [TotalFark]  
#5. Is not high enough.

One to add: Tammy Duckworth.

18 Nov 2012 10:27 PM
SilentStrider    [TotalFark]  
Some of those take some serious courage.

19 Nov 2012 12:37 AM
haemaker    [TotalFark]  
Wow, I had no idea Mr. Rogers fought for our right to own a VCR...

19 Nov 2012 12:38 AM
SpaceyCat    [TotalFark]  
Mr. Rogers, was and still is, very awesome.

That teacher should have been given the Golden Brass Balls of the century.

19 Nov 2012 03:14 AM
Enigmamf    [TotalFark]  
"5 inspiring and true stories" from cracked.com makes me expect 1 true, 3 stretched, and one widely believed but false story.

19 Nov 2012 04:16 AM
sexorcisst     
www.maniacworld.comView Full Size

Yeah you better listen.

19 Nov 2012 04:17 AM
Summoner101     
This one always puts a smile on my face.

/and makes me feel woefully inferior

19 Nov 2012 04:24 AM
redly1     
don't mess with snipers

19 Nov 2012 04:25 AM
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy     
You didn't fark with Fred Rogers.

He won the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.

19 Nov 2012 04:27 AM
carnifex2005     

Summoner101: This one always puts a smile on my face.

/and makes me feel woefully inferior


"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."

/ makes me feel cynical and angry.

19 Nov 2012 04:29 AM
Summoner101     

carnifex2005: Summoner101: This one always puts a smile on my face.

/and makes me feel woefully inferior

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."

/ makes me feel cynical and angry.


It's the CNN Hero spot on Narayanan Krishnan.

19 Nov 2012 04:30 AM
carnifex2005     

Summoner101: carnifex2005: Summoner101: This one always puts a smile on my face.

/and makes me feel woefully inferior

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."

/ makes me feel cynical and angry.

It's the CNN Hero spot on Narayanan Krishnan.


Thanks!

/ Now I'm 75% less cynical.

19 Nov 2012 04:36 AM
Shadow Blasko     

SpaceyCat: Mr. Rogers, was and still is, very awesome.

That teacher should have been given the Golden Brass Balls of the century.


I'll not disagree, but in my opinion Liviu Librescu has that honor for now.

19 Nov 2012 04:45 AM
othmar     
i guess i am not getting a pay raise.

19 Nov 2012 04:49 AM
Bob Down     
If I wanted to feel less cynical, Fark is the last place I would be. Especially in a thread posted by Submitter.

/Farking Submitter

19 Nov 2012 04:51 AM
Mr. Ekshun     
My surprise that the teacher in #2 wasn't fired for having inappropriate contact with a student didn't help, but I do admire Fred Rodgers so it sort of balanced out.

/Is inappropriate eye-contact a thing?

19 Nov 2012 05:02 AM
jmr61     
I had some interest in reading the story but I got a Pennzoil pop up that wouldn't go away. Back to sleep sans that knowledge.

Hate commercials of all kinds

19 Nov 2012 05:06 AM
sexorcisst     

19 Nov 2012 05:08 AM
ybishop     
Narayanan Krishnan is my hero. What a huge heart and small ego.

19 Nov 2012 05:11 AM
TommyymmoT    [TotalFark]  
Donald Trump stated out with a mere $10 million.
If that isn't inspirational, then I don't know what is.

/don't shoot!

19 Nov 2012 05:24 AM
starsrift     
I remember the human chain. That was amazing.

19 Nov 2012 05:26 AM
randomjsa     
Three Countries Achieved Independence (by Holding Hands)

That is, until 1989


After you're done cleaning up that load of BS, Ronald Reagan would like to say "You're welcome"

19 Nov 2012 05:28 AM
spawn73     
#1 is bullshiat.

The Soviet Union retook the public buildings in Lithuenia by millitary force, killing 14 civilians in the process + wounded tons more.

http://www.balticsworldwide.com/news/ features/crackdown.htm

Not that Cracked is going to correct anything, they never do, but anyone who read the article on Cracked, can read my link (or Google it yourself) to know what happened during the process of independence for the Baltic states.

19 Nov 2012 05:41 AM
RatMaster999     
Just imagine the kind of world we could have if every neighborhood had a Fred Rogers.

We need to clone him and send a couple the Middle East immediately. Hell, I bet he could even turn Detroit into a nice place to visit.

19 Nov 2012 05:57 AM
Andromeda     
I always thought the best ambassador for the good of religion was Mister Rogers. Guy was an ordained minister, but obviously just wanted good for others.

19 Nov 2012 06:47 AM
Tumunga     
Sorry. I quit reading the article when I came across this gem, "because why should there be such a thing as kids' programming that isn't one long barrage of advertisements for toys and snack food?"

There was no such thing as "Children's Programming" on the networks at the time. There were things called, "Cartoons". Unlike today, when that statement would be true, back then, cartoons were works of art, you know, entertainment.

To let Crack blaspheme my childhood like that is an abomination. I will now treat any Crack story on Fark the same way the libartards in the politics tab treat ANY news story linked to any news site other than Slate, NYT, HuffPuff, Daily KOS, etc. I ain't gonna look at it no mo.

19 Nov 2012 06:48 AM
shpritz     
One more from Izzeldin Abuelaish.

19 Nov 2012 06:54 AM
dragonchild     
The greatest story never told:
As the Soviet Union occupied sovereign Lithuania in 1940, many Jewish refugees from Poland (Polish Jews) as well as Lithuanian Jews tried to acquire exit visas. Without the visas it was dangerous to travel, yet it was impossible to find countries willing to issue them. . . At the time, the Japanese government required that visas be issued only to those who had gone through appropriate immigration procedures and had enough funds. Most of the refugees did not fulfill these criteria. Chiune Sugihara dutifully contacted the Japanese Foreign Ministry three times for instructions. Each time, the Ministry responded that anybody granted a visa should have a visa to a third destination to exit Japan, with no exceptions.

From 18 July to 28 August 1940, aware that applicants were in danger if they stayed behind, Sugihara began to grant visas on his own initiative, after consulting with his family. He ignored the requirements and issued the Jews with a ten-day visa to transit through Japan, in direct violation of his orders. Given his inferior post and the culture of the Japanese Foreign Service bureaucracy, this was an extraordinary act of disobedience. He spoke to Soviet officials who agreed to let the Jews travel through the country via the Trans-Siberian Railway at five times the standard ticket price.

Sugihara continued to hand write visas, reportedly spending 18-20 hours a day on them, producing a normal month's worth of visas each day, until 4 September, when he had to leave his post before the consulate was closed. By that time he had granted thousands of visas to Jews, many of whom were heads of households and thus permitted to take their families with them. On the night before their scheduled departure, Sugihara and his wife stayed awake writing out visa approvals. According to witnesses, he was still writing visas while in transit from his hotel and after boarding the train at the Kaunas Railway Station, throwing visas into the crowd of desperate refugees out of the train's window even as the train pulled out.

In final desperation, blank sheets of paper with only the consulate seal and his signature (that could be later written over into a visa) were hurriedly prepared and flung out from the train. As he prepared to depart, he said, "please forgive me. I cannot write anymore. I wish you the best."

19 Nov 2012 06:56 AM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  
Frankly, I'll remain cynical. The story about the baltic soviet states isn't true in the least. While the independence movement is generally referred to as the "Singing Revolution" it wasn't one, event across three states as romantically depicted in the article. Further, the reason that the "tanks didn't come rolling in" was that the Soviet Union was already coming apart (not only the Baltics but also Georgia had declared independence) and the Soviets had even already passed a resolution stating the occupation of these countries was wrong even well in advance of the final dissolution of the union.

.

19 Nov 2012 07:16 AM
jso2897     

randomjsa: Three Countries Achieved Independence (by Holding Hands)

That is, until 1989

After you're done cleaning up that load of BS, Ronald Reagan would like to say "You're welcome"


Tumunga: Sorry. I quit reading the article when I came across this gem, "because why should there be such a thing as kids' programming that isn't one long barrage of advertisements for toys and snack food?"

There was no such thing as "Children's Programming" on the networks at the time. There were things called, "Cartoons". Unlike today, when that statement would be true, back then, cartoons were works of art, you know, entertainment.

To let Crack blaspheme my childhood like that is an abomination. I will now treat any Crack story on Fark the same way the libartards in the politics tab treat ANY news story linked to any news site other than Slate, NYT, HuffPuff, Daily KOS, etc. I ain't gonna look at it no mo.


Thanks, guys. I knew we could count on you.

19 Nov 2012 07:22 AM
Kibbler     
Fred Rogers is a giant.

19 Nov 2012 07:28 AM
ChubbyTiger     
What do you mean "today" subby?

19 Nov 2012 07:49 AM
Summer Glau's Love Slave     

othmar: i guess i am not getting a pay raise.


Are you on FARK at work?

/Cynic.

19 Nov 2012 07:53 AM
NobleHam     

Tumunga: Sorry. I quit reading the article when I came across this gem, "because why should there be such a thing as kids' programming that isn't one long barrage of advertisements for toys and snack food?"

There was no such thing as "Children's Programming" on the networks at the time. There were things called, "Cartoons". Unlike today, when that statement would be true, back then, cartoons were works of art, you know, entertainment.


Sure. But they were also on for-profit television networks and had commercial breaks. The article's not criticizing the quality of non-PBS programming itself, but the consumerism it's wrapped in.

But hey, congrats on making it two sentences into the article.

19 Nov 2012 08:08 AM
doubled99     
All these stories are bullshiat

19 Nov 2012 09:33 AM
wambu     
#1
Awwww . . .

19 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
Edymnion     
Only Mr. Rogers could walk into congress, politely ask for $20 million, and actually walk out with it.

Who am I kidding, he's Mister Rogers. I'm pretty sure if he had teamed up with Mr. Wizard they could have politely asked to be made rulers of the world and we would have happily handed over the keys.

19 Nov 2012 10:31 AM
AbiNormal     
Mr Rodgers is a Jedi Master.
Congress "We are going to slash your funding."
Mr Rodgers "You will not slash my funding."
Congress "We will not slash your funding."

19 Nov 2012 11:01 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
So, Mr. Rodgers, rather than compete in the marketplace of ideas and create a quality product worth being supported by the market, chose to sponge off taxpayers by demanding Congress fleece everyone else for his sake.

Hmmm. Great lesson, kids. Grow Up To Be a Crony, Kids

#4 is cool, if true. See, I have this aversion to trusting the media to tell me anything that hasn't been spun. "The people will believe what the media tells them they believe."---George Orwell

#3 is stupid

#2 Cool, if true. 'Cause, you know, social workers have never lied to make themselves look good.

#1 the real inspiration is that these three nations then went on to take up free markets, limited government, flat tax policies and refused to participate in the central bank schemes of the western nations, and their economies flourished like nothing the 20th century had ever seen.

CRACKED ain't called Crack for nothing.

19 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
AbiNormal     

Clemkadidlefark: So, Mr. Rodgers, rather than compete in the marketplace of ideas and create a quality product worth being supported by the market, chose to sponge off taxpayers by demanding Congress fleece everyone else for his sake.

Hmmm. Great lesson, kids. Grow Up To Be a Crony, Kids

#4 is cool, if true. See, I have this aversion to trusting the media to tell me anything that hasn't been spun. "The people will believe what the media tells them they believe."---George Orwell

#3 is stupid

#2 Cool, if true. 'Cause, you know, social workers have never lied to make themselves look good.

#1 the real inspiration is that these three nations then went on to take up free markets, limited government, flat tax policies and refused to participate in the central bank schemes of the western nations, and their economies flourished like nothing the 20th century had ever seen.

CRACKED ain't called Crack for nothing.


You're republican aren't you?

19 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
x-caliber     
I don't feel very uplifted right now. I feel like I have never accomplished anything. I don't think that's how this should've worked. I'm even more cynical.

19 Nov 2012 02:07 PM
kg2095     

Clemkadidlefark: So, Mr. Rodgers, rather than compete in the marketplace of ideas and create a quality product worth being supported by the market, chose to sponge off taxpayers by demanding Congress fleece everyone else for his sake.

Hmmm. Great lesson, kids. Grow Up To Be a Crony, Kids

#4 is cool, if true. See, I have this aversion to trusting the media to tell me anything that hasn't been spun. "The people will believe what the media tells them they believe."---George Orwell

#3 is stupid

#2 Cool, if true. 'Cause, you know, social workers have never lied to make themselves look good.

#1 the real inspiration is that these three nations then went on to take up free markets, limited government, flat tax policies and refused to participate in the central bank schemes of the western nations, and their economies flourished like nothing the 20th century had ever seen.

CRACKED ain't called Crack for nothing.


Toddlers in Tiaras anyone? Free market quality indeed. At least you don't get crap like that on PBS or The BBC.

19 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
Niveras     
#1 reminds me of a link in the old Music tab a while back (like, maybe a year or more) of some country's national anthem. It was an outdoor venue (not a sporting event, but a musical event), a crowd of several dozen thousands of people singing their national anthem, led on stage by a choice selection of people. Part of the tradition was in the sheer pride they had for their identity in the face of much more powerful neighbors in the past. It was a pretty rocking anthem; it was pretty upbeat compared to the more usual standard, solemn style you expect - not sure if that's how it is always sung or if it was just one particular arrangement. Maybe it wasn't the national anthem at all.

I'm pretty sure it was some eastern European country, but I don't remember which one, exactly. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania sound familiar but I'm not sure if it actually was any of those states. Maybe Romania?

Anyone happen to know maybe what the fark I'm talking about, perhaps have a link?

19 Nov 2012 08:19 PM
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