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Funny story: Boy Time Travelled To Gettysburg Address

Boy Time Travelled To Gettysburg Address

A college professor from San Francisco has claimed that when he was an eleven year old boy he time travelled as part of Project Pegasus. The respectable forty nine year old man claimed that when he as a boy of eleven in 1974 he was involved in a top...

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Funny story: Seven Deadly Sins to be replaced by the Seven Deadly Dwarves

Seven Deadly Sins to be replaced by the Seven Deadly Dwarves

The seven deadly sins have been in existence for as long as mankind has been able to distinguish between right and wrong. However, it has been decided that they need updating to bring them into the twenty-first century. "The seven deadly sins are...

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Funny story: A Brief History of Secession

A Brief History of Secession

Following President Obama's reelection, petitioners from 32 states have filed a lawsuit with the federal government to let their respective states secede from the Union. Let's take a look at the history of secession movements in the United States 1776: 13 Colonies of the British Empire unlawfully attempt to detach themselves from the crown and form a government under the preposterous idea of se...

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Funny story: Famous Cases of Plagiarism

Famous Cases of Plagiarism

Harvard has made headlines this week with the revelation that over 125 of its students are under investigation for allegedly collaborating on a take-home final in a civics class. Let's look at some other notable cases involving plagiarism. c. 100 A.D.: Citing similarities between the two main characters, including sinlessness and virgin birth, authors of the Bhagavad Gita claim that popular be...

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Funny story: The Lamp Post

The Lamp Post

What a marvellous invention. Pavel Yablochkov certainly knew his onions when he decided to hang some lamps from a stick and light up his sewage strewn alleyway. No more treading dog shit all over the Kazak rug and giving the baby thread worm. Yes Pavel my old son, you did us a big favour. The metal pole that changed the lives of people all over the world is just as interesting today as would ha...

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Funny story: Local historical figure remembered on 400th Anniversary of Witch Trials

Local historical figure remembered on 400th Anniversary of Witch Trials

It's the 400th anniversary of the famous Pendle witch trials of 1612 when 27 women and one man were hanged for allegedly practising the black arts. The one man caught up in the whole sorry business was Isaac Ganymede, who came originally from Delph and only moved to north of Ramsbottom during the Saddleworth riots of early 1600s. He can count himself rather unfortunate, because by accident he...

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Funny story: Why "Jefferson Lies" was pulled from bookstores

Why "Jefferson Lies" was pulled from bookstores

Far-right author David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies is being pulled from bookstores all over the country for its inaccuracies and falsehoods. Let's examine some of the more dubious claims the book makes about our third president. 1) Sally Hemings was not a slave, but actually a live-in maid 2) Won Louisiana territory from Napoleon in a Bible-quoting contest 3) Invented Virginia 4) First...

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Funny story: Overly-complex human history retconned

Overly-complex human history retconned

Washington, D.C.--A group of the world's leading historians gathered in Washington today to announce that the excessively-burdened and contradictory narrative of human history was to be retconned immediately "in order to make grasping human history e...

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Funny story: D L Misty On The Olympic Torch

D L Misty On The Olympic Torch

If there's one thing I can't stand it's the Olympics. Another thing I can't stand is all this talk about the weather. You know, 'Oh how terrible the weather is, you wouldn't think it was June', that kind of talk. The other week I was in a shop buying some picture hooks when I heard the woman behind the counter saying 'isn't the weather dreadful? You wouldn't know it was June'. Apart from the fact...

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Funny story: Modern day offerings to the gods, or litter

Modern day offerings to the gods, or litter

As part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, London council workers have been dredging the river Thames. They have turned up a remarkable array of artefacts. "This is a remarkable, layered, history of London," said Dan Cruikshank, BBC Historian. "...

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Funny story: Dorking News: More (One, Actually) Letters To The Editor About History

Dorking News: More (One, Actually) Letters To The Editor About History

Dear Sir, I am writing in the hope that any of your readership may have a care for our lost histories. You see, I live here in Broadwoodwidger and am researching the lives of our ancestor, Edwin Puley, who was a Cheesewright and Noddler, and indeed served his time in your very environment before ending his days as a Master Cheesewright and Chief Noddler back here in Devon. I visited your...

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Funny story: Derek Acorah speaks to the Duke of Wellington during spirit walk to his own toilet.

Derek Acorah speaks to the Duke of Wellington during spirit walk to his own toilet.

The television psychic claims he was randomly approached by 'The Duke' following an unintended 'Spirit Walk' during a restless night after a wine and cheese-fondue dinner party. After they had exchanged pleasantries, Wellington noticed the medium...

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Funny story: Preserve the past by signing up for Spitfire combat training

Preserve the past by signing up for Spitfire combat training

A recent newspaper article got me thinking about preserving traditional skills. Commendably, British museums and heritage sites have encouraged the conservation of traditional arts and crafts such as dry stonewalling, thatching, hedge laying... I could go on. At the same time museums have often been accused of indulging in 'safe' heritage, making the past easy to digest for audiences. The proce...

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Funny story: Bettany Hughes's Divine Women "Big Disappointment" Says Alice Roberts Group

Bettany Hughes's Divine Women "Big Disappointment" Says Alice Roberts Group

As TV historian Bettany Hughes's latest series on ancient history comes to a close, one viewers' group has criticised the show for being "too timid." In Divine Women Prof Hughes has investigated the often-unsung and frequently-suppressed role wome...

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Funny story: Beards more popular today than at any time in history

Beards more popular today than at any time in history

Throughout history UK men have had a fashion for beards, so it was somewhat surprising to discover that a greater proportion of men have a beard in the twenty-first century than at any other time in recorded history. "We have this image of various...

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Funny story: Hollywood Versions Of Great moments In History - Almost!

Hollywood Versions Of Great moments In History - Almost!

Extracts from a selection of story outlines that came frighteningly close to becoming Hollywood movies... Edmund turned the key in the ignition and the tired old Toyota coughed into life. "Bloody wreck!" He silently swore. "Please just get me to Leicester. Please. "All right… never mind," he calmed himself. "We'll stick it to those bastard Yorkists at Bosworth, I get in good with Henry, t...

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Funny story: Older Person Did Things Drastically Different When He Was The Age Of A Younger Person

Older Person Did Things Drastically Different When He Was The Age Of A Younger Person

CINCINATTI, OH-Local old man Carl Jacobson has reportedly done next to nothing in the same way as his grandson Peter did when he was his ripe young age of 14. Whether due to the limited technologies of the time, economic hardships, or simply a re...

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