History Jokes: Lord Byron's gift


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!

Lord Byron's gift 
Monday, March 24, 2008, 10:59 PM - British humor, history of England, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
Posted by Court Jester
Byron once gave his publisher, John Murray, a splendidly bound Bible, and the recipient was proud of it until he happened to discover that his friend donor had altered the last verse of the 18th chapter of St. John (Now Barrabas was a robber) so as to read: "Now Barrabas was a publisher."

From The poetical works of lord Byron, with illustr. by K. Halswelle
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Descartes refuted 
Latin language and the vicinities, painting of Rome

In 1649, René Descartes, a famous French philosopher and the author of the "Cogito ergo sum" principle, accepted the invitation of Queeen Christina of Sweden, who was deeply interested in philosophy, and traveled to Stockholm. As he explained to her majesty the basics of his mechanistic philosophy, comparing all living beings to mechanisms, the queen remarked that she had never heard of a watch giving birth to little baby watches.

See also: Watchmaker argument

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Pyrrhic victory 
Monday, March 24, 2008, 01:57 PM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman, Famous funny quotes and sayings
Posted by Court Jester
Pyrrhus, after his victory ofer the Romans, near the river Siris, said to those sent to congratulate him, "One more such victory and Pyrrhus is undone."

From Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions and Words that have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
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Chester Harding and Daniel Boone 
Latin language and the vicinities, painting of Rome

Chester Harding, while painting a portrait of Daniel Boone asked the great frontiersman if he had ever been lost. "No," said Boone, "I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days."

From Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road by Henry Addington Bruce

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Queen Alexandra and the dying King Edward VII 
King Edward VII of Great Britain was quite a playboy in his day, and his wife, Queen Alexandra had often ignored his infidelities and wild escapades. As he lay on his deathbed, his faithful wife was grief stricken until one reassuring thought occurred to her. She turned to Lord Esher and remarked, "Now at least I know where he is."
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