History jokes, famous anecdotes and short funny stories.


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Mae West-American actress (1930's) 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 07:40 PM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Art History Jokes and Anecdotes
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One friend of Mae's was overwhelmed when she saw a string of pearls around her neck."Goodness, Mae," she responded, "where did you get those pearls?" "Nevermind," countered Mae, "but you can bet goodness had nothing to do with it."

When asked how she was so familiar with the ways of men, Mae West responded, "Baby, I went to night school".
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Prince Felix Yusupov--conspirator in the murder of Rasputin in 1916 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 07:37 PM - Art History Jokes and Anecdotes, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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MGM produced a film called Rasputin and the Empress. They sought to avoid legal action by Prince Yusupov, so they changed his name in the film to Prince Chegodieff. Surprisingly, Prince Yusupov sued the film company for neglecting to give him credit for his role in Rasputin's murder. He won the case and MGM was forced to pay a substantial sum in damages to the prince. Ironically, a real Prince Chegodieff also sued the studio for libelous use of his name and MGM was forced to pay him additional damages.
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Raphael (Italian Artist and Architect) responds to criticism. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 01:17 PM - Art History Jokes and Anecdotes, Famous funny quotes and sayings
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Once while working on a frescoe in the Vatican, Raphael became irritated by the constant criticism coming from a couple of observing cardinals. One complained that, "The face of the apostle Paul is far too red". Raphael answered back, "He blushes to see into whose hands the church has fallen".
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A Picture by Rubens: an Appraisal story 
Richardson, in his anecdotes of painting, says, a gentleman came to me to invite me to his house: "I have," says he, "a picture of Rubens, and it is a rare good one. There is little H. the other day came to see it, and says it is a copy. If any one says so again, I'll break his head. Pray, Mr. Richardson, will you do me the favour to come, and give me your real opinion of it?"
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Raffael: Generousity of an Artist 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 01:54 PM - Art History Jokes and Anecdotes, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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RAFFAEL. Francis I. having received a picture of St. Michael from the hand of Raffael d'Urbino, which he much coveted, he remunerated Raffael far beyond what the painter's modesty conceived he ought to receive: the generous artist, however, made him a present of a Holy Family, painted by himself, which the courteous monarch received, saying, "That persons famous in the arts partake of the immortality of princes, and are upon a footing with them."

From Percy Anecdotes
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