0767: "Temper"

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0767: "Temper"

Postby myrcutio » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:40 am UTC

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Title-Text: Mr. Rogers projected an air of genuine, unwavering, almost saintly pure-hearted decency. But when you look deeper, at the person behind the image ... that's exactly what you find there, too. He's exactly what he appears to be.

Mr Rogers always frightened me terribly. it was easy to believe the urban legend that he sniped people in vietnam.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby samiam779 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:46 am UTC

I feel that a link to this video is in order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Wes Janson » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:50 am UTC

Well, except for the whole being a sniper and shooting people in the head at 1500 meters thing.



Yes, I know that's an urban legend. Even so...it's nice to believe in.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby GyRo567 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:51 am UTC

I have very good memories of his show. It was like a child's History Channel. (At least the parts of the History Channel that cover real history & how stuff works)
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby hailthefish » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:56 am UTC

I miss when the History Channel had shows that were actually about history. Now it's all paranormal crap half the time.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:58 am UTC

*cries a little bit*

My dad met this guy. Said he was nice.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Noslo » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:00 am UTC

Mr. Rodgers was so awesome, his clothing is displayed in the Smithsonian.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby demadaha » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Two people have already said it, and both acknowledge it's just an urban legend, but enough with the Mr. Rogers was a sniper stuff. Time after time I hear "Hello Mr. Rogers, did you know Mr. Rogers was an army/marine/spec ops/navy seal sniper?" Yes, I've heard that before. No, he wasn't.

NO HE WASN'T.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby kensey » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Don't forget it was Mr. Rogers who probably saved the VCR from being litigated out of existence:

"Some public stations, as well as commercial stations, program the ’Neighborhood’ at hours when some children cannot use it. . . . I have always felt that with the advent of all of this new technology that allows people to tape the ’Neighborhood’ off-the-air, and I’m speaking for the ’Neighborhood’ because that’s what I produce, that they then become much more active in the programming of their family’s television life. Very frankly, I am opposed to people being programmed by others. My whole approach in broadcasting has always been ’You are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy decisions.’ Maybe I’m going on too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a healthy way, is important."

His testimony was cited as an important factor in the Supreme Court's majority opinion. Fred Rogers: legal badass.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby mrgoldenbrown » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:04 am UTC

he was so nice that car thieves returned his car after realizing it was his car they had stolen. Or at least, that's how the story goes...
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby jedi » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:06 am UTC

Mr. Rodgers really was exactly as he seemed. I remember when he visited while I was in college. None of us realize until then that he wasn't acting while on TV.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby darkspork » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:09 am UTC

I cried. Why did he have to die?
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:16 am UTC

Because that's how time works?
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby wisnij » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:21 am UTC

I think this post pretty much sums it up.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby ArgentAegis » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:21 am UTC

Our community often seems to prefer cynicism. It's nice to see someone recognized publicly for simple goodness.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby SorryBoringNickName » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:26 am UTC

I have to admit that I have no idea what this comic is about.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Zhandro » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:41 am UTC

SorryBoringNickName wrote:I have to admit that I have no idea what this comic is about.


This probably has to do with Mel Gibson and his arguments with his girlfriend which have been recorded, at least the audio part.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby TripleAgent » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:47 am UTC

I grew up with Mr. Rogers, and this comic almost brought a tear to my eye. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Randomness » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:51 am UTC

For some reason I feel the need to mention a SNL skit with Eddie Murphy: Mr. Robinson's neighborhood.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Viadd » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:00 am UTC

He had to die because, without him, Heaven wasn't nice enough.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:06 am UTC

demadaha wrote:Two people have already said it, and both acknowledge it's just an urban legend, but enough with the Mr. Rogers was a sniper stuff. Time after time I hear "Hello Mr. Rogers, did you know Mr. Rogers was an army/marine/spec ops/navy seal sniper?" Yes, I've heard that before. No, he wasn't.

NO HE WASN'T.

Maybe not, but he did win the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. That's gotta count for some badass cred there.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Fixblor » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:32 am UTC

Actually, after being cryogenically frozen for 24-hours, he was uploaded onto the internet, 28 FEB 2003, where he will live on forever.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Broseidon » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:35 am UTC

My conductor, Dr. John Sinclair knew him. He once bought him a really nice pair of cuff-links. Rogers objected, I forget why, but I think it was on the grounds that they were too expensive. Over the years, it became a sort of game between the two of them to try to find new ways to "return them" to one another, both wanting to be good friends to each other. When he died, Rogers had possession of them. A while after, Sinclair was given a package and was told that he was to have the contents if Rogers died. Obviously, the cuff-links were inside. :roll:

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Aster Selene » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:36 am UTC

Rest in peace, Mr. Rogers. You'll be in my heart forever.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby racoonjwoolsey » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:13 am UTC

this comic reminds me more of my grandpa...

"DONT YOU BLAH BLAH BLAH

I'm sorry I shouldn't have raised my voice, I apologize and its just that i get so FRUSTRATED somewtimes, I'm sorry"

That happened every now and then...

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby glasnt » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:25 am UTC

I don't know who Mr Rogers is/was, except I know part of his show was played in Honey I Blew Up The Kids.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby was_fired » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:43 am UTC

That comic managed to get my eyes wet and by the time I finished the video I was tearing up. He really was a saint.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby matko5 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:48 am UTC

Zhandro wrote:
SorryBoringNickName wrote:I have to admit that I have no idea what this comic is about.


This probably has to do with Mel Gibson and his arguments with his girlfriend which have been recorded, at least the audio part.


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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Faranya » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:03 am UTC

Wes Janson wrote:Well, except for the whole being a sniper and shooting people in the head at 1500 meters thing.



Yes, I know that's an urban legend. Even so...it's nice to believe in.


That is still better than it could have been. Could have been one of the guys who had to do the up close and personal fighting...and then would just be absolutely terrifying. Cue mental picture of Mr. Rodgers with a flamethrower...
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby sourmìlk » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:43 am UTC

I didn't remember him at all from my childhood, even though I remembered that I watched the show. I looked it up on the internet and found a couple episodes. It was a nice show, and I liked its style. Mr. Rogers himself, of course, was extremely polite and absurdly friendly.

Then I watched the video of him advocating for PBS, and realized that he actually wasn't acting. I mean, holy crap, the only time he attacked cartoons was when he used the word "bombardment" and he treated that like some sort of swear word. It was like it was from some cheesey movie. The whole room started out annoyed and skeptical, but Mr. Rogers was unfazed. By the time he was done simply reading a few lines from his show, the attitude had completely changed.

He almost makes me feel like a bad person for being a general smart-ass and a cynical buzz-kill, but then I remember that,as Mr. Rogers might say, I contribute to the lives of people around me in my own, "special", and still beneficial way through that.

I think I've made it clear that just watching him do that was pretty astounding.
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby thret » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:09 am UTC

Broseidon wrote:My conductor, Dr. John Sinclair knew him. He once bought him a really nice pair of cuff-links. Rogers objected, I forget why, but I think it was on the grounds that they were too expensive. Over the years, it became a sort of game between the two of them to try to find new ways to "return them" to one another, both wanting to be good friends to each other. When he died, Rogers had possession of them. A while after, Sinclair was given a package and was told that he was to have the contents if Rogers died. Obviously, the cuff-links were inside. :roll:


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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Nyerguds » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:33 am UTC

kensey wrote:His testimony was cited as an important factor in the Supreme Court's majority opinion. Fred Rogers: legal badass.

Oh come now.. no one could EVER listen to that man and think the word "badass" :mrgreen:

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Auliya » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:30 am UTC

I'm italian, so I didn't know Mr. Rogers until now, but I felt a little outraged when I saw this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29lmR_357rA
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Almgren » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:37 am UTC

I've been reading XKCD for a long time and have been thinking about registering in the forums a couple of times before. Now I just had to reply that this strip was very interesting, because it provided insight into a bit of american culture which I had never heard of before. Also, I now have a better understanding of the meaning of the song "Your Only Friends Are Make Believe" by Bloodhound Gang.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby oddtail » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:00 am UTC

I am only (vaguely) aware of who Mr. Rogers was because of seeing Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny a while back (and promptly looking up everyone I didn't know on Wikipedia, starting with Mr. Rogers).

Today's comic still seems so heartwarming and beautiful to me in the simplicity of its concept.

...I wonder what that says about me.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby jacog » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:31 am UTC

Heh, yeah, the contrast to Mel Gibson's recent outburst is huge.

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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby SlippingStar » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:43 am UTC

Viadd wrote:He had to die because, without him, Heaven wasn't nice enough.


Indeed. March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003 RIP, Mr. Rogers. :cry:
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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby Switch31 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:23 am UTC

His testimony was cited as an important factor in the Supreme Court's majority opinion. Fred Rogers: legal badass.


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Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Postby makaveli » Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:38 am UTC

/Nostalgia filter on

They don't make TV shows like they used to. I pick up on some of the stuff my little brother watches, cartoons and children's shows in general have lost all sense of subtlety or charm, everything's running around the screen with flashing colours and cheeky attitudes to better suit the audience's growing stimulus threshold. It's turning our young generation loud and obnoxious.

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