An 1849 dispute between two actors led to one of the bloodiest riots in New York history

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Alas, poor Yorick! Thwack !

I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. KAPOW!

He hath borne me on his back a thousand times. BAM!

now how abhorred in my imagination it is! Bang!

My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kiss’d I know not how oft. BOOM!

Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? POW!

Not one now, to mock your own grinning? Quite chap- fall’n? Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come. Make her laugh at that. Wham!


I thought it was between Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis.


The second bloodiest riot only killed 30 people? The Rodney King riots killed 63. A lot of the race riots have bigger body counts. For example:

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This is why I never trust actors.

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