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Who Said It: NFL Coach or Dictator?

Listening to football coaches can be a little scary, with their militaristic talk of marching down the field and annihilating the enemy. In fact, it can almost sound like listening to some kind of brutal dictator. Of the quotes in this quiz, can you identify which came from an NFL coach and which came from [...]

5 Tyrants Who Died Relatively Peaceful Deaths (and 5 Who Weren’t So Lucky)

According to Herodotus, when the Athenian lawgiver Solon visited Croesus, the fabulously wealthy king of Lydia, Croesus — showing off his riches and sumptuous palace — asked Solon who the happiest man in the world was, arrogantly assuming Solon’s answer would be the king himself. But the king was disappointed and angry when Solon named [...]

The Number of the Day: 112

In 2009, ABC News found 112 different spellings of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s name. Related Fact: The longest was Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi. [Source: ABC News. Image Credit: Inacio Rosa/epa/Corbis. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]

Kim Jong Phil

Phillip Toledano thinks that his life as an artist is akin to that of a dictator: t occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator. Just like a dictator, I must live in a closed loop of self-delusion. A place where my words and ideas always ring true. A gilded [...]

Dictator-Style Self Portraits

In a series that he calls Kim Jong Phil, artist Phillip Toledano depicted himself as a heroic leader, much as North Korea’s propaganda art shows dictator Kim Jong-il. He explained that this is a natural thing for an artist to do: It occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a [...]

Top Quizzes of ‘09: NFL Coach or Dictator (#10)

Editor’s Note: For the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down this year’s most popular quizzes. Coming in at #10 is Jason Plautz’s football coach quote quiz, originally posted October 15th. Listening to football coaches can be a little scary, with their militaristic talk of marching down the field and annihilating the enemy. In fact, it [...]

Lunchtim Quiz: NFL Coach or Dictator?

Sometimes listening to football coaches can sound a little scary, with their militaristic talk of marching down the field and annihilating the enemy. In fact, it can almost sound like listening to some kind of brutal dictator. Of the quotes in this quiz, can you identify which ones came from an NFL coach and which [...]