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Is This the Most Interesting Opening Paragraph Wikipedia's Ever Published?
Foreign Policy ^ | Thursday, July 11, 2013 | Elias Groll

Posted on 07/11/2013 1:25:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Most Interesting Man in the World, meet your match.

On Sunday, Twitter user Matthew Barrett created something of a sensation by linking to the obscure Wikipedia biography of the British army officer Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart. His tweet -- "This guy surely has the best opening paragraph of any Wikipedia biography ever" -- has been retweeted more than 3,200 times over the past several days.

So just how mind-blowing is the introduction? Judge for yourself:

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart[1] VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 - 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said "frankly I had enjoyed the war." [2]

On Twitter, some are simply in awe, while others are pointing out that the rest of the bio is pretty stellar too:

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: History; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dude; rolemodel; soldier
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1 posted on 07/11/2013 1:25:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

An eyepatch and a moustache? The manliness is overpowering!


2 posted on 07/11/2013 1:29:14 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

He has me shaken AND stirred!


3 posted on 07/11/2013 1:30:36 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: nickcarraway

He Kept Calm & Chived on - KCCO


4 posted on 07/11/2013 1:34:53 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: nickcarraway

His favorite bar had human ears nailed to the wall. He would ride a grizzly bear to this bar to enjoy his favorite libation: a ‘Brain Seizure.’


5 posted on 07/11/2013 1:35:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway

In the movie someone should’ve made about him he could’ve been played by Tom Selleck!


6 posted on 07/11/2013 1:35:57 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: nickcarraway

When you click on the link, a popup covers the material and will not go away unless you “sign up.” No thanks.


7 posted on 07/11/2013 1:36:18 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: nickcarraway

I read his bio on Wikipedia.

I’m pretty sure this gentleman was a hitherto unknown series of Terminator.


8 posted on 07/11/2013 1:37:54 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: MeganC
In the movie someone should’ve made about him he could’ve been played by Tom Selleck!

i was thinking why hasn't this guy's life story been made into a movie?

The only book about him that I could find on Amazon was his autobiography. Seems strange that some historian hasn't written a book about him given all of his exploits.
9 posted on 07/11/2013 1:41:58 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: Nea Wood

I can’t do much about that but go to the Wikipedia page.


10 posted on 07/11/2013 1:42:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It doesn’t say what kind of beer he drinks....


11 posted on 07/11/2013 1:48:10 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: nickcarraway

The British Chuck Norris?


12 posted on 07/11/2013 1:48:46 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Wikipedia link
13 posted on 07/11/2013 1:50:36 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: nickcarraway

Doesn’t compare to Harry Flashman’s record.


14 posted on 07/11/2013 1:51:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: nickcarraway

Dude was pretty hard core.


15 posted on 07/11/2013 1:52:08 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Nea Wood

wikipedia his name.....very interesting gentleman


16 posted on 07/11/2013 1:55:28 PM PDT by Shamrock498
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To: Nea Wood

Sometime, if you Google the title, you can get the article without signing up.


17 posted on 07/11/2013 1:57:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Nea Wood

Sometime, if you Google the title, you can get the article without signing up.


18 posted on 07/11/2013 1:57:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Spruce

“Chuck Norris wishes...” /Sheldon Cooper


19 posted on 07/11/2013 1:59:55 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: glorgau

“Stay thirsty, my friends.”


20 posted on 07/11/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: nickcarraway

If Obama had been his commander, he would have been fired for hiring a hooker.


21 posted on 07/11/2013 2:13:39 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nickcarraway
Move over, Chuck Norris.
22 posted on 07/11/2013 2:21:19 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Boogieman

In 1908 [age 28] he married Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen (1887 Klagenfurt – 1949 Vienna), eldest daughter of Karl Ludwig, 1st Fuerst or Prince Fugger von Babenhausen and Princess Eleonora Fugger von Babenhausen of Klagenfurt, Austria. They had two daughters,

In his memoirs, Happy Odyssey, Carton de Wiart makes no reference to his wife or to his daughters.

hmmmmm - now watch the posts


23 posted on 07/11/2013 2:24:11 PM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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To: nickcarraway

This is pretty cool.

There is also Jack Churchill, the only man to fell a soldier in World War II with a long bow. Also a pretty interesting guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill


24 posted on 07/11/2013 2:28:42 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Wuli

It’s hard to say without reading it. Maybe he just wanted to keep his family private, and only told the stories of his public exploits.


25 posted on 07/11/2013 2:32:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Boogieman

That dude looks like a taker of no crap. Couldn’t read the bio, site blocked me.


26 posted on 07/11/2013 2:32:52 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Wuli

“They had two daughters,”

And thus she was Mother Fugger.


27 posted on 07/11/2013 2:35:26 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: nickcarraway
Another amazing British Hero:
Tommy Macpherson:

From Wikipida:
"On another occasion Macpherson took decisive action as the Second Motorised SS Infantry Division and the Das Reich Division pushed towards the fragile Normandy beach-head. Unarmed and accompanied by a doctor and a French officer, he drove a stolen German Red Cross Land Rover through ten miles of enemy-held territory, through machine gun fire and straight to the Das Reich Division headquarters where, dressed in full Highland regalia, he warned that he would unleash heavy artillery and call on the RAF if they did not surrender. In consequence, 23,000 German troops surrendered. It was a bluff

28 posted on 07/11/2013 2:35:31 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: Steve Van Doorn

I would hate to play poker with him.


29 posted on 07/11/2013 2:36:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Wuli
The most interesting man in the world? Eye patch and everything.

Sounds like he just could not get enough of those Fugger women.

A lot of the obituaries of British WWII luminaries in the Times and the Telegraph read like this.

Sadly, later generations aren't so interesting.

30 posted on 07/11/2013 2:36:26 PM PDT by x
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To: nickcarraway

“Maybe he just wanted to keep his family private, and only told the stories of his public exploits.”

I was thinking the same thing. After all he grew up and lived during a time when the man was the public face while his home and family were private. Also I’m sure he told the stories that were sure to sell and those


31 posted on 07/11/2013 2:40:36 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Publius Valerius
Jack Churchill looks bad ass. Tough movie stars today doesn't even look tough when compared to real life heros.

Although Tommy Macpherson looked like a typical Scotsman in a dressed in a kilt

32 posted on 07/11/2013 2:45:29 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds somewhat like Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC, KCB, KCIE.


33 posted on 07/11/2013 2:50:26 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Tommy Macpherson is still alive... you can try and play poker with him


34 posted on 07/11/2013 2:57:27 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: nickcarraway
From Cracked: 5 Soldiers Whose Horrific Injuries Only Made Them Angry

#1.
Adrian Carton de Wiart

The son of a Belgian who worked for the British Imperial office, Adrian Carton de Wiart had already seen much of the world at a very young age. He had also decided he wanted to fight as much of it as possible. He ended up joining the British Army during the Boer War, where he soon developed a reputation as a fierce and reckless warrior -- and was promptly shot through the lung.

Via Wikipedia
Eye patches are the HOV lane to Badass.

Not letting a mere life-threatening wound stop him, de Wiart recuperated just in time to sign up again when World War I broke out. Deployed to Africa, he was part of Allied action in Somalia, where during one particularly heated battle he received wounds in the ear and elbow and a blinding blow to his left eye in what to everyone else was a bloody encounter but that he described as "exhilarating fun."


"A rip-roaring good time!"

Still not one for a desk job, de Wiart, now donning a badass eye patch, felt it was time for a bigger challenge. So he headed for the front lines in France where he was -- everybody together now -- wounded multiple times, each time bouncing right back into action like it was nothing. Once, while leading his men over a trench, de Wiart was hit in the hand. Wanting to get back into action faster than the doctors would have allowed, he is said to have bitten off his own goddamn fingers to help them with the decision on whether to amputate or not. True or not, de Wiart certainly thought nothing of the loss of his hand, comparing it to having a tooth pulled.

And that was just the beginning. The rest of de Wiart's life reads out like the man was written by Quentin Tarantino. He rose up the ranks, became Winston Churchill's main man and went on to become the UK liaison officer in Poland during their struggle against the Soviet Union.


The man rolled with the big boys.

His pirate-like visage and larger-than-life warrior antics fit the Polish fighting mentality like a glove, and he happily remained there until the Nazis invaded and England called again. After several James Bond movies' worth of adventures, de Wiart was finally captured by Italian troops in 1941 during a mission in Libya. While this may sound anticlimactic, it must be said that he was in his sixties and presumably pretty tired from having just swam a mile to the shore because his plane had dropped into the ocean.

Getty
The sharks didn't bother him. Not after he turned the first one into a tasteful handbag.

A high-profile prisoner, de Wiart was treated well from the beginning. This, of course, didn't stop him from trying to escape through a tunnel with another high-ranking officer as soon as the guards looked the other way. Keep in mind, he was one-eyed, one-handed and in his sixties.

Perhaps the ultimate testament to de Wiart's unique brand of badassness is his autobiography, where he merrily reminisces about his wounds and generally treats the whole "losing body parts while fighting for your life " thing as jolly good fun. Its title? Happy Odyssey.

Amazon.com
Good times were had by all. Except the millions who died.



35 posted on 07/11/2013 2:59:31 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting guy.


36 posted on 07/11/2013 3:00:29 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: liberalh8ter
Move over, Chuck Norris.

Yup. This guy gives Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain a good run for his money.
37 posted on 07/11/2013 3:01:14 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Steve Van Doorn

Reminds me of a homicidal maniac/lunatic redhead, with a kilt and a claymore, "the most dangerous man ever to wear a skirt in Europe."

38 posted on 07/11/2013 3:11:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NativeSon

He even looks a bit like Bill Murray.


39 posted on 07/11/2013 3:18:48 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: nickcarraway

He is the very model ...


40 posted on 07/11/2013 3:31:50 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s Tom Selleck!


41 posted on 07/11/2013 3:33:54 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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42 posted on 07/11/2013 3:36:54 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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I enjoyed this sentence from Wiki - “He enjoyed sports, especially shooting and pig sticking.” I would think “pig sticking” was a sport to hunt and kill wild feral Hogs and could be very dangerous.


43 posted on 07/11/2013 3:48:14 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Boogieman

he had an iron-stiff upper lip


44 posted on 07/11/2013 3:49:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Nea Wood
When you click on the link, a popup covers the material and will not go away unless you “sign up.” No thanks.

I see it not. Back when the Wikipedia folks blacked themselves out in protest of SOPA, I disabled JavaScript in my browser for wikipedia.org. Never turned it on again. Wikipedia is basically a static site, so I don't see what value enabling JS adds to it anyway (except, apparently, to see their begging popups).

45 posted on 07/11/2013 4:13:24 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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Ah, never mind. I should have looked closer at the link in the article and seen that you weren’t referring to the Wikipedia page. Sorry.


46 posted on 07/11/2013 4:20:00 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Bratch
he merrily reminisces about his wounds and generally treats the whole "losing body parts while fighting for your life " thing as jolly good fun.

Reminds me of a character from one of my favorite films...

"Life contains a particle of risk"
Martin Balsam as Alardice T. Merriweather in "Little Big Man"

47 posted on 07/11/2013 4:33:55 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Wuli

The Countess should have married the composer Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle- dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz- ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein- nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut- gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.

The she’d be the Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen-Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle- dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz- ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein- nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut- gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm!

Ed


48 posted on 07/11/2013 5:12:52 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: Wuli
In his memoirs, Happy Odyssey, Carton de Wiart makes no reference to his wife or to his daughters.

Dude did you read her name? Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen would require half an inkwell just to write out.

And she probably would have been annoyed if he had called her Fred.

49 posted on 07/11/2013 5:19:53 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: nickcarraway

Bflr


50 posted on 07/11/2013 5:40:30 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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