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Funny story: Snatch Clapping Outlawed In Grimsby

Snatch Clapping Outlawed In Grimsby

The tradition of Snatch Clapping has been totally outlawed in Grimsby town centre. This ancient fertility ritual was introduce to the British Isles 1200 years ago by marauding Vikings. The first recorded incidence of Snatch Clapping was recorded in 9...

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Funny story: Study: There are no more pirates today than there were 200 years ago, BUT there are more pirate movies

Study: There are no more pirates today than there were 200 years ago, BUT there are more pirate movies

A recent study released by Harfold State College confirms what many believed: the media has whipped us up into thinking that pirates have just recently come out of the woodwork. Similar to shark attacks, pirates have been around as long as there h...

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Funny story: Top Academic Fumes Over History GCSE Decline

Top Academic Fumes Over History GCSE Decline

Controversial academic Ken Lucid has lambasted government policy on teaching after it emerged that 159 state schools failed to enter any pupils for history GCSE this year. The Department Of Education revealed the figures on the day that pupils acr...

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Funny story: Lesser Known Michele Bachmann History Flubs

Lesser Known Michele Bachmann History Flubs

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann seems to have trouble remembering her history. The mistakes she makes on the campaign trail are almost becoming an everyday occurrence. While many of her well known mistakes have gone viral, I have compiled some of her lesser known flubs below. June 27, 2011: Said she finds inspiration in the way Colonel Sanders led the Spanish invasion of Norm...

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Funny story: David Starkey In Limbo As Lucid Considers Hounslow Offer

David Starkey In Limbo As Lucid Considers Hounslow Offer

Broadcaster and historian David Starkey is being made to wait to learn if he is to take over from Ken Lucid at Maidenhead University. Prof Lucid, the controversial head of history at Maidenhead, had only been in the job for a few months by the end...

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Funny story: Roman Britain: A Lesson From History

Roman Britain: A Lesson From History

Britannia was known throughout the Roman Empire as being one of the most difficult provinces to govern. It required three entire legions to maintain order, compared with only one for the larger area of Hispania. The problem lay largely with the unruly natives, which the Romans named the Chavium. All we know about these people comes from Roman writers, as the native Britons were completely illit...

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Funny story: Getting Ready for Work in 1959 Nottingham

Getting Ready for Work in 1959 Nottingham

This article was sent in by an ancient old fart from Nottingham, in the UK. It describes his getting up in the morning, and the procedures and efforts required then to get ready for work! 0530hrs: The body stirs, and I dig my self out from the 140lb of bedclothes and greatcoats covering my body. I adjust the flat cap on my head, and scrape away some the ice on the inside of the windows. Light a...

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Funny story: Local Man Invades Poland

Local Man Invades Poland

Henry Moston of Didsbury near Manchester has proved his teachers right by invading Poland. And it's not the first time he has done something like this. "He were told at school," said long suffering wife, Janice Moston, "that those who don't know h...

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Funny story: No One in Rome Ever Had Anything to Do With Sejanus, Records Show

No One in Rome Ever Had Anything to Do With Sejanus, Records Show

Despite his meteoric rise to power, his total control of the Senate, Tribunes and the Praetorian Guard and also the vice-like grip he held over the city for over fifteen years, it emerged today that not one single person in Rome had had much to do wi...

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Funny story: History Review: The Pursuit Of Italy, by David Gilmour

History Review: The Pursuit Of Italy, by David Gilmour

Subtitle: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples Ever since the Risorgimento, there has been debate about whether the unification of Italy of 1860-61 was a 'a good thing.' David Gilmour argues that it was not. Ken Lucid assesses his case: Back in my student days I shared a house with six others - there were four of us guys and three girls. We were a pretty mixed bunch, and al...

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Funny story: TV Schedules from the Middle Ages

TV Schedules from the Middle Ages

A recent copy of Ye Olde TV Timef was found in a box in an attic in Basingstoke, and it revealed that the TV Line-ups were not all that different to today's television. The only difference is that Freeview had not been invented back then (and Sky just showed clouds). There was only a small number of channels. Difficult to believe, but there was no cBeebies to take the place of a baby sitter. BB...

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Funny story: Memories of 1950-60 living!

Memories of 1950-60 living!

This article was sent in by an old twerp who used to work in the food retail industry, to the 'Oil Drum Lane Gazette, in Nottingham. "Eeeeh! The price of things nowadays! Why, I can remember when ten shillings would buy you four pints of bitter, a fish supper and you would still have change for tram ticket home." How often have we heard this sort of thing from some people usually a bit older th...

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Funny story: Rewriting History

Rewriting History

A major project funded by unknown benefactors is to rewrite history. Instead of the usual H I S T O R Y we shall have Y R O T S I H - the complete reversal of all assumptions about the past. 'We shall be turning history on its head' said Prof Bob...

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Funny story: Famous Discoveries in History

Famous Discoveries in History

Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered a magnetic property of light that could be used to generate solar power, possibly opening up new fields of cheaper and more efficient energy sources. Let's look at some other famous discoveries over the years. 175,000 B.C.: Correlation between having oxygen and not dying established. 1492: Christopher Columbus discovers America. And b...

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Funny story: Who Do You Think You Are? Or as I call it, Who The F…k Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Or as I call it, Who The F…k Do You Think You Are?

I am a very successful person in my own right, to the extent that I gave birth to myself back in 1974, in the back of Fiat, I wasn't driving at the time. My Grand father was born in a one bed roomed tenement, his mother had 54 children by the time she was twenty-seven. Fifty eight of her children went on to be millionaires. The rest joined the church. Times ware hard they were starving most of...

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Funny story: Bismarck: A Life, by Jonathan Steinberg. Review.

Bismarck: A Life, by Jonathan Steinberg. Review.

Otto von Bismarck, (April 1, 1815 - July 30, 1898) the creator of modern Germany, 'ruler of the Kaiser'... This towering figure in the history of modern Europe has hardly been over-examined in English - the last biography was nearly 30 years ago. Ken Lucid considers this latest appraisal... Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck - the Iron Chancellor, three wars, the unification of Germany,...

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Funny story: Outrage As Pupils Are Allowed To Ditch History At 13

Outrage As Pupils Are Allowed To Ditch History At 13

Experts warn that the education system is failing our children by squeezing history out of the curriculum. England is the only country in Europe where the subject is not compulsory to the age of 15 or 16. Some kids are allowed to stop studying it...

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