- Coolest person of all time
If you doubt McQueen because he’s an actor then stop right there.
McQueen was an avid motorcycle and car racer off screen. He also flew regularly.
During the great escape they struggled to find MX riders with enough skill to get what they wanted so they filmed McQueen chasing himself at one point.
Yeah, I always saw McQueen as a motorcyclist, race driver who got into acting. As a kid it was McQueen in On Any Sunday that motivated me to take up motocross.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
No love for Richard Francis Burton then. Time for more wikipedia quotes:
While in the army, he kept a large menagerie of tame monkeys in the hopes of learning their language. He also earned the name “Ruffian Dick” for his “demonic ferocity as a fighter and because he had fought in single combat more enemies than perhaps any other man of his time.”
It was at this point that he began to work as an agent for Napier and, although details of exactly what this work entailed are not known, it is known that he participated in an undercover investigation of a brothel in Karachi said to be frequented by British soldiers where the prostitutes were young boys. His lifelong interest in sexual practices led him to produce a detailed report which was later to cause trouble for Burton when subsequent readers of the report (which Burton had been assured would be kept secret) came to believe that Burton had, himself, participated in some of the practices described in his writing.
Although Burton was certainly not the first non-Muslim European to make the Hajj (Ludovico di Varthema did this in 1503), his pilgrimage is the most famous and the best documented of the time. He adopted various disguises including that of a Pashtun to account for any oddities in speech, but he still had to demonstrate an understanding of intricate Islamic traditions, and a familiarity with the minutiae of Eastern manners and etiquette.
However, before the expedition was able to leave camp, his party was attacked by a group of Somali waranle (“warriors”). The officers estimated the number of attackers at 200. In the ensuing fight, Stroyan was killed and Speke was captured and wounded in eleven places before he managed to escape. Burton was impaled with a javelin, the point entering one cheek and exiting the other. This wound left a notable scar that can be easily seen on portraits and photographs. He was forced to make his escape with the weapon still transfixing his head. It was no surprise then that he found the Somalis to be a “fierce and turbulent race”.
In 1863 Burton co-founded the Anthropological Society of London with Dr. James Hunt. In Burton’s own words, the main aim of the society (through the publication of the periodical Anthropologia) was “to supply travelers with an organ that would rescue their observations from the outer darkness of manuscript and print their curious information on social and sexual matters”. On 5 February 1886 he was awarded a knighthood (KCMG) by Queen Victoria.Posted 4 years ago
His best-known contributions to literature were those considered risqué or even pornographic at the time and which were published under the auspices of the Kama Shastra society. These books include The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana (1883) (popularly known as the Kama Sutra), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1885) (popularly known as The Arabian Nights), The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefzawi (1886) and The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night (sixteen volumes 1886–98).tomhowardSubscriber
Is it bad that I don’t know whom Steve McQueen is? I’ve heard his name, but wouldn’t know him if I met him!
Yes.Posted 4 years ago
Out. Now. Go and have a stern word with yourself, watch the great escape, bullitt and on any sunday (or any film he’s been in) then come back when you are ready to
+1 for Chuck Yeager and Sir Richard Burton. Yeager got half cut and went on a midnight horse ride a couple of nights before his first X1 test flight. Cracked a couple of ribs and had to rig up a broom attachment to close the cockpit.
Knowing McQueen’s background explains his attitude to women, which was of the abusive variety: not cool.Posted 4 years agoredpandaMember
“I would bet money that actors have inspired more people to get out and do things than people who actually do them.”
I’ll take your money now. I doubt many actors have actually inspired people to do things, possibly the characters they play maybe, but actors are just actors. You’re in love with the myth, not the reality.
People like this are truly cool, cos they were’t trying to be something they weren’t:
And they helped change the World. Nothing’s ‘cooler’ than that.Posted 4 years ago
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