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The Greatest Historical Figure Ever/Up To This Point!

Discussion in 'Fun & Games' started by Superpan, May 9, 2010.

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  1. cradleman

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    MLK Jr.

    I'd be for the way spideyfan and I run the finals, which is head to head matches for the semi's (4 left), and the two loser face off for 3rd, while the 2 winners face off for first.
     
  2. The Cartoon

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    I first want to say how much I respect both of these guys and how influential they both are on my life but in the end I have to side with my hero, Walt Disney.
     
  3. Six Year Man

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    Do a 3rd place match.

    Walt Disney probably had more of an Interational effect than MLK did.
     
  4. jph139

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    King, without a doubt. When I read Disney's biography, my thought more than often was how CLOSE he got to perfection, before falling short. His anti-communist beliefs, the fact he turned on a lot of his workers during the strike... stuff like that kind of sours him a bit. But he was certainly a force for entertainment.

    But when I hear King speak, I feel like I'm listening to a prophet. So. He's a lot better.
     
  5. SpideyFan914

    SpideyFan914 Greatest Poster Ever!

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    I agree - I like how I run these things. ;)
    Semifinals of two randomly paired one-on-ones. Then the Third Place Match, in which the losers face off for third. Then the winners face off in the Championship.
    And yes, I invented that system. :D

    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    Hands down. With Stan and Shakespeare gone, I'd say he's the greatest man left. Like johnny said, he really sounds like a prophet when he speaks.
     
  6. Superpan

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    We're going to have to go with that system since King and Disney are still tied.

    IN THE FINAL....FIVE!

    THE SYMBOL OF CHILDHOOD!
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    WALT DISNEY!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney

    THE SYMBOL OF CIVIL RIGHTS!
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    MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

    THE SYMBOL OF HONESTY!
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    ABRAHAM LINCOLN!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

    THE SYMBOL OF AMERICA!
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    GEORGE WASHINGTON!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington

    THE SYMBOL OF CHRISTIANITY!
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    JESUS (Yeshua Bar Yosef)!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus

    1. Walt Disney
    2. Martin Luther King Jr.
    3. Abraham Lincoln
    4. George Washington
    5. Yeshua (Jesus)

    1. Jesus- Yeah, there are two sites. Deal with it and move on.
    2. George Washington- DESERVES THE FINALS! Not only did he excel at EVERYTHING, but he is the only man in human history to reject ultimate power and he came back from the dead to win the Battle of Gettysburg! Huzzah for the greatest mortal man ever!
    3. Abraham Lincoln- I will return to that grave eventually!
    4. Walt Disney- I'm glad to see my final four made it to the final five.
    5. Martin Luther King Jr.- So do I get an award for most poigant and morbid final four/five?
     
  7. The Cartoon

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    1. Walt Disney
    2. MLK
    3. Abraham Lincoln
    4. George Washington
    5. Jesus
     
  8. cradleman

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    1. Jesus: JESUS
    2. Washington: 2nd favorite president
    3. Lincoln: 3rd favorite president
    4. MLK Jr.: pretty important in civil rights
    5. Disney: made cartoons. sorry, but in comparison to the rest of these guys, that's nothing.
     
  9. Six Year Man

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    1. Jesus
    2. George Washington
    3. Abraham Lincoln
    4. Walt Disney
    5. MLK

    How is this going to work? The one with the least votes is gone and then we do the final four?
     
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  10. Superpan

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    No. The top two will advance to the final round and the bottom three will have a match to determine 3rd and 4th place. Then we're done by...Thursday, I believe.
     
  11. SpideyFan914

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    1. MLK (I'd love to see him win!)
    2. Jesus (Personally, I consider him the symbol of good will....)
    3. Disney (Great man, and, uh.... does the phrase "DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENTS!!!" mean anything to you....?)
    4. Washington (Personally, I consider HIM the symbol of honesty....)
    5. Lincoln (He can be the symbol of abolition, I guess, even though that wasn't really his top concern.... Honest, my -)
     
  12. jph139

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    1. George Washington ~ More or less created the first successful democracy in two thousand years. Worth something.
    2. Jesus ~ Christianity. Kinda big.
    3. Abraham Lincoln ~ Love him to death.
    4. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ I've made my decision clear...
    5. Walt Disney ~ ...about these two.
     
  13. Superpan

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    Jesus- 18
    George Washington- 15
    Abraham Lincoln- 10
    Martin Luther King Jr.- 9
    Walt Disney- 8

    In the last tiebreaker for 3rd, 4th, and 5th place....

    ...the man who came in last, but of these, was the first to impact our minds...
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    Walt Disney
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney

    ...the fighter for civil rights for minorities and garbage workers...
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    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.

    ...and the man who was an inspiration to both of the above, if indirectly on the latter.
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    Abraham Lincoln
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

    In this final match,

    ...a poor son of an handworker living in a backwater province of an empire that now lies in dust, he was given a bath by his cousin and in his baptism, he experinced a revelation. He amassed a group of followers who followed him as he preached of love of god and neighbor through the use of stories and analogies. He was heralded as a great healer, exorcist, and prophet, but bewildered and alienated those closest to him and did not attract a large following. This went on for possibly three years until one passover, where he became particularly proactive in his political protests and drew the ire of the authorities. He was betrayed, put on trial, and crucified under Pontius Pilate. Some say he later rose from the death. Some say he was the messiah. Some say the Son of God, even God Incarnate. Whatever the truth, this homeless man who spent his nights dining and drinking wine with prostitutes and tax collectors has radically changed this planet and it's race in the past, present and future. Please welcome...
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    Jesus (Christ) of Nazareth (Yeshua Bar Yosef)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus


    In the other corner of this epic round, is a man born in very different circumstances. His childhood was one of luxury and riches in the British colony of Virginia, until his father died. Soon after his father's death, his mother scuttled his dreams of becoming a sailor and he spent his early adulthood surveying, spending time with his brother at Mount Vernon, and possibly falling in love with his friend's wife. He did marry and move to Mount Vernon, but not before making one of the most important mistakes in world history. As the young commander of Fort Neccessity, he attacked a French force nearby in an attempt for military glory and got his butt kicked. While the intercontinental war that began gave him merely a chance to prove his invulnerability, it forced the King of England to raise taxes a little bit on the colonies, so they violently rebelled. He then forced them to make him general of the Continental army, and beat the British by using an innovative strategy of running away from battles until the French arrived, because he would usually lose them. With the war won, he was practically deified, yet refused ultimate power not once, but TWICE in his life. He presided over the Constitution and the government, setting an example for the world over, because he would have rather spent his time innovating on his plantation and taeching his slaves to read and write and freeing them after his wife died after he died! Please welcome "the greatest man in the world"...
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    George Washington
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington

    1. Jesus- The poor Galilean vs. the rich Virginian.
    2. George Washington- You don't have to rank them, I just like Washington.

    1. Abraham Lincoln- He was just trying to choke out slavery, but he was an abolitionist. He was also a realist.
    2. Walt Disney- Awesome man!
    3. Martin Luther King Jr.- Also an awesome man!
     
  14. SpideyFan914

    SpideyFan914 Greatest Poster Ever!

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    Jesus for the win.

    1. MLK (Very well-deserving of this placement!)
    2. Disney (Why not? At least AN entertainer made it this far!)
    3. Lincoln (DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENTS!!!!! Y'know, I was hoping to have been relieved of the necessity of such statements by now....)
     
  15. Superpan

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    In a competiton that's solely voted on by Americans? Really?
     
  16. cradleman

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    Jesus!

    1. Lincoln
    2. MLK
    3. Disney
     
  17. Six Year Man

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    3rd place match!


    1. Lincoln
    2. Disney
    3. MLK


    Final Match!!!!!:
    Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jeeeesuuuuuussss......

    (Possum Kingdom [song] reference)
     
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  18. SpideyFan914

    SpideyFan914 Greatest Poster Ever!

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    Not necessarily - there are foreigners on this site, and I don't know everyone's origin among the voters here. ;)
     
  19. jph139

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    Let's go. Final Five.
    1. George Washington ~ He's no Roosevelt, he's no Cincinnatus... but he strikes a good balance between them, and I have no reservations naming him the Greatest Historical Figure Ever.
    2. Jesus ~ He's good too though I guess.
    3. Abraham Lincoln ~ He started the fire...
    4. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ ...and he carried the torch.
    5. Walt Disney ~ And he's not that great.
     
  20. The Cartoon

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    My three favorites to win all lost. :(

    1. Walt Disney
    2. MLK
    3. Abraham Lincoln

    I guess Jesus for the win, despite the fact that he beat out more deserving historical figures at times.
     
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