People Reveal Which Dead People Are The Most Ashamed Of How The World Is Going
The World seems to be in shambles most days. And so many of the people who paved the way for us to live in better conditions would be appalled by some of things we see on the regular. There'd be a ton of "That is not what I meant!" & "Did you even LISTEN to anything I said?!"
Redditor _teryn2012 posed the question _If historical figures actually did roll in their graves, which grave would generate the most power if hooked up to a generator? The correct answer is "EVERYBODY!!" But let's focus on some specifics, otherwise we'd be hear all year.
WALMART REACH AND FAR AND WIDE.
Dude started Walmart as an American store with only items made in America. He'd probably dig a hole to the factories that make his product.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE COIN HONEY!
First that comes to mind is Andrew Jackson's face being printed on Money when he presides over the "war" against Banks.
SUCH SUCCESS BEFORE BIG PHARMA TOOK OVER!
Edward Jenner, creator of the first vaccine (smallpox). Every time a kid gets measles, or mumps, or chicken pox, or rubella, or any of the dozens of other diseases that we were on the verge of eliminating because some dumbass thought they knew better than their doctor...
ON YOUR MARX, GET SET... GO!!
1) Put "Grave generator" on Karl Marx's grave :
2) Acquire energy from his spinning
3) Use energy to power business, factories, shopping malls, etc.
4) Due to being literally used to power Capitalism, Karl will spin faster
5) When he spins faster, he produces more energy, helping Capitalism even more, creating a positive feedback loop
6) Achieve an exponentially growing infinite energy source
THE MIGHTY MOUSE HOUSE!
Walt Disney would throw an eternal dance party if he learned how much power his company has.
TALK ABOUT A MIXED MESSAGE!
Probably Che Guevara.
"What. The Hell. Are you. Wearing?! A sweatshop-made shirt by a global multinational that funnels money into capitalist governmental control, featuring my face?!"
If Sir Isaac Newton knew that we were suggesting that a body at rest could spontaneously generate motion without being acted on by an external force, he'd start spinning in his grave.
I'd have to go with Richard Dawkins.
"I'm not dead! I'm not dead! Let me out of here! Aaaaaugh!"
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY... IT'S A RICH MAN'S WORLD!
I wonder how Mao zedong would feel because China is this strange hybrid with state led capitalism with billionaires but has risen to become the third Superpower
WITH THE LIGHTS OUT, IT'S LESS DANGEROUS!!
Kurt Cobain's. The number of hot topic t-shirts and tumblr quotes attributed to him that he didn't even actually say are probably making it hard for him to rest in peace.
Erwin Schrödinger would both roll in his grave and lay still at the same time, until observed. IIRC, his famous cat was an example of how stupid the concept of superpositions is. Now everyone attributes the discovery of that part of quantum physics to him.
AMERICA'S ORIGINAL FATHER HAS TO BE WIRED!!
George Washington is a pretty good candidate:
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
I HATE MONOPOLY! I JUST DO!
Elizabeth Magie, inventor of The Landlord's Game which would later be adapted into the board game we now know as Monopoly.
Magie was a believer in an economic philosophy known as Georgism, which holds as one of it's central tenets that private ownership and monopolization of land unavoidably leads to economic inequality. The Landlord's Game was intended to demonstrate how concentration of land ownership into private hands only serves to enrich landlords and impoverish tenants and was supposed to inspire in the player a sense of unfairness.
Ironically, the game is ostensibly so popular now because it appeals to the aspirational tendencies of players and gives them a taste of how fun it is to be the Robber Baron every now and then.
THE MAN WHO SPARKED IT ALL!!
Charles Darwin. The guy started the ball rolling, but jeez...people still use "Darwinism" as a pejorative like he pioneered genome mapping that proves evolution, too. Every time someone says "I didn't come from no monkey," Chucky-boy takes another spin.
TOLD YOU SO!!!!
George Orwell. If he knew about the amount of surveillance and data collection in our society, he'd be throwing wheels of cheese at us and screaming, "I warned you!"
WHAT PART WAS I UNCLEAR ABOUT?
President Eisenhower and how much he warned against the the military industrial complex.
BUILDING FANATICS WASN'T THE POINT!
Martin Luther. He was so against the ritualistic legalism of the Catholic church. Now the Lutheran church is almost as full of rituals as the Catholic church.
KHARMA BEYOND THE GRAVE.
My racist grandpa, we rented his old house out to a black family. Debating whether to install a tachometer on his headstone.
YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY, RIGHT ROUND.
The Flat Earth Society would make Galileo spin enough to power the planet for quite some time.
I HAD A DREAM AND NOW IT'S A NIGHTMARE!
Martin Luther King. His (need I say historically important) views and opinions on matters from Race to society as a whole have been used as a political volleyball for both sides of the aisle. His words are often bent and used to justify things that couldn't be further from what Dr. King would have wanted. A speech like 'I Have a Dream' is pretty straightforward, but it always astounds me how many people try to reinterpret it for their own gain or to make a point that couldn't be more different than what he would have wanted.