Why not. . IA/ fun tact #2929 First recorded [ilm, of a human witll . wings happened IT the year 'f: GE. Emperor the Yang liked to strap kites to his prisoners

Why not

IA/ fun tact #2929
First recorded [ilm, of a human witll . wings happened
IT the year 'f: GE. Emperor the Yang liked to strap kites to his
prisoners and throw them off of towers. the lucky guy, Yuan
Huang "Fm, got '.' kite that worked well enough to earn! him
safely to the ground.
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#3 - becefalus ONLINE (08/23/2014) [-]
Yang's fw
Yang's fw
#2 - thelizardlord (08/23/2014) [-]
The Emperor's fw he flew away
The Emperor's fw he flew away
#1 - anon (08/23/2014) [-]
No random hate on the jews? Not even in the description? Trevor, you're becoming mature.
No random hate on the jews? Not even in the description? Trevor, you're becoming mature.
User avatar #43 to #1 - dalgaard (08/24/2014) [-]


User avatar #5 to #1 - I Am Monkey (08/23/2014) [-]
Don't worry, I'm sure the Jews were secretly behind this.
Like they are most all things.
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User avatar #28 to #1 - norkas (08/24/2014) [-]
you mad? because I did not see that coming and frankly I'm furious
#4 - include (08/23/2014) [-]
Emperor FW
Emperor FW
User avatar #8 to #4 - acheryus (08/24/2014) [-]
... you live!
#27 - grimmwaters ONLINE (08/24/2014) [-]
>Prisoner's FW
#15 - mookiez (08/24/2014) [-]
Guys face when
User avatar #6 - tsurugi (08/24/2014) [-]
That's not flying, that's falling with style.
#13 to #6 - kez (08/24/2014) [-]
going down steps quickly is just controlled falling.

And i generally add style to most things
User avatar #9 to #6 - guiguito ONLINE (08/24/2014) [-]
I understood that reference, but that kinda is flight.
User avatar #10 to #9 - tsurugi (08/24/2014) [-]
More like gliding. Flying means there was some form of propulsion, not just gravity and drag.
User avatar #11 to #10 - threadz (08/24/2014) [-]
Well then I guess I've never flown a kite. Only glided them.
Words are weird.
User avatar #12 to #10 - demandsgayversion (08/24/2014) [-]
So if the guy jiggled a little while he was gliding, then he'd be flying?
#32 - SuperHyperCrazy (08/24/2014) [-]
>Emperor's face as he watches his prisoner fly away
#50 - sanbonzakura (08/24/2014) [-]
emperors fw
emperors fw
User avatar #16 - redrex ONLINE (08/24/2014) [-]
I would say that is more of gliding
User avatar #47 - arstya (08/24/2014) [-]
I'd let that ************ go unless he tried to commit another crime.
#37 - anon (08/24/2014) [-]
**anonymous rolled image** prisoner's fw
#25 - rockerforlife (08/24/2014) [-]
Factchecked it, it's ********
#26 to #25 - cormy (08/24/2014) [-]
akchuyally iz true.
In fact, he managed to fly nearly 2 miles before safely landing.
The emperor wasn't pleased and sentenced him to starvation.
User avatar #40 to #26 - garaichu ONLINE (08/24/2014) [-]
Man, the emperor was kind of a dick...
User avatar #49 to #40 - shadowkingdr ONLINE (08/24/2014) [-]
china was founded by a killing spree, and since then has always been insane
#51 to #49 - anon (08/24/2014) [-]
Yeah but they got nothing on Rome. ******* Sporus.
User avatar #33 to #26 - greedtheavaricious (08/24/2014) [-]
If I was the emperor I would have given him freedom, a ******** of meat and a pot of gold
User avatar #68 to #26 - rockerforlife (08/24/2014) [-]
User avatar #55 - evanxzile (08/24/2014) [-]
This fact is actually pretty fun.
#38 - MisguidedIdiot (08/24/2014) [-]
User avatar #34 - topperharly (08/24/2014) [-]
yeah. but he was executed later. (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Huangtou)
#29 - nargogh (08/24/2014) [-]
I doubt that. If it would be true they would surely pursue this idea and create more efficient flying machines.
#30 - tck (08/24/2014) [-]
"6 CE"

Did people really get butthurt enough about the birth of Jesus being referenced to replace the BC/AD system
#54 to #30 - anon (08/24/2014) [-]
Well since not every culture and scientist in the world recognises the existence of Jesus, it's a little silly to keep referring to him as a turning point in history. I mean what if it was BM Before Muhammad and AM After Muhammad? or if it was all counted from 4000 years ago as creationists believe, and everything was AC After Creation and we're living in 4014 AC? Would you still be happy accepting that?
#72 to #54 - tck (08/24/2014) [-]
Actually the existence of Jesus is pretty widely accepted. Whether you believe he was the son of God or not, he WAS still a person.
#73 to #72 - tck (08/24/2014) [-]
Also if it referenced Muhammad I don't see a problem. Muhammad was also a real person. Again, whether you believe he was a prophet or not.
User avatar #67 to #30 - agreatusername (08/24/2014) [-]
BCE/CE is actually the correct usage when speaking of the past as it negates all possibility of confusion.
BCE -before common era
CE- common era
The difference is a set date in which the year was officially reset to 0.
BC and AD technically dont even mean before Christ or after death.
Its some Latin terms that I cannot remember.
#71 to #67 - tck (08/24/2014) [-]
AD is Anno Domini, "the year of our Lord."
#31 to #30 - amuzen (08/24/2014) [-]
kinda makes sense seeing as how AD didn't really mean anything since it wasn't actually counting from the day jesus died but rather sometime around the day jesus died + BC was neither before jesus was born nor the time that jesus became famous.

AD BC is just crappy nomenclature really

Also now that religion and state are separated on a global scale there's really no sense in trying to draw everything around religion.
#35 - lolzordz (08/24/2014) [-]
we would've achieved flight much earlier if this story was real
#36 to #35 - anon (08/24/2014) [-]
having working kites does not make them invent engines all of a sudden
User avatar #39 to #36 - lolzordz (08/24/2014) [-]
the wright brothers didnt invent engines neither
#53 to #35 - anon (08/24/2014) [-]
Just because the Chinese fluked a rudimentary glider by strapping a guy to a kite (kites having been around for thousands of years) doesn't mean we would've discovered sustained flight earlier. The Chinese also had handguns, rocket launchers, landmines and hot air balloons, the ancient Egyptians had steam power, rails and scaffolding, the ancient Greeks had napalm, hydraulics and democracy, the ancient Romans had concrete and arches.

The technology existing doesn't mean someone has realised how to use it, that takes the inventors, to take existing technology and make it work. It's easy to see how something should have been discovered and used in hindsight.
#45 to #35 - kanedam (08/24/2014) [-]
different cultures had different values.

the old egyptians already had steam-engines, but they didnt use them... because slaves were simply cheaper than engines.
in china engines were invented, but one of the rulers decided not to use them since they were so unnatural and would be against the principle of yin&yang or something like that, so it wasnt manufactured.

humanity has had a lot of cool stuff forgotten and reinvented again and again... like the led was invented in something 18xx. but nobody had a plan what to use it for so they said **** it...
User avatar #48 to #45 - lolzordz (08/24/2014) [-]
you cant honestly expect me to believe they put off the ability to fly because of Yin Yang philosophy. Ive studied Yin Yang in chinese medicine, there would be no reason for engines to be considered unnatural. youre spouting ******** and people are believing you because it sounds nicer.
#52 to #48 - kanedam (08/24/2014) [-]
who said they put off the ability to fly because of that? maybe they didnt realise the possibilities or who knows what made him decide on that. and your reply completely ignores the egyptians having invented a steam engine and simply not using them because slavery was cheaper.
just think about when engines started to be used in human history. once slavery was basically forbidden in most parts, and they started exactly at those places that havent had slavery anymore. (just a little link, doesnt have to be the reason for it...)
i'm not too sure right now if it was confucius or laotse (i think it was laotse) who stated:
machines and constructions that amplify the strength of a human shouldnt be used, just as dams and such things shouldnt be used.
also another part:
people shouldnt travel as far as to the next village, even if they can hear the dogs bark. for keeping people simple is good for everyone, make them use knots instead of letters (and so on)

a big part of chinese philosophy had the opinion to keep peoples life simple so theyr hearts wouldnt get confused.

you shouldnt simply spout someone states ******** because you havent heard of it.
i'm not really in the mood to search for the correct sauce (as in which book, chapter and so on) but if you really dont believe me i might if you ask me for it.
User avatar #18 - levvy (08/24/2014) [-]
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