History Jokes: Napoleon and His Engineer


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!

Napoleon and His Engineer 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 10:54 PM - History of France, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
Posted by Court Jester
Bonaparte was passing along the dreadful road across the Echelles de Savoie, with his engineer, when he stopped, and pointing to the mountain, said, "Is it not possible to cut a tunnel through yonder rock, and to form a more safe and commodious route beneath it?" "It is possible, certainly, sire," replied his scientific companion, "but"—"No buts;—let it be done, and immediately," replied the Emperor.
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Louis XII 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 08:22 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
Posted by Court Jester
This father of his people was told that the players
of Paris had the insolence to take him off upon
the Theatre, as an avaricious man who drank
out of a vessel full of pieces of gold, without
being able to quench his thirst. "Buffoons,"
said he coolly, " think they have the privilege to
turn every one into ridicule. I am not more
perfect than the rest of mankind. The idea is
fair enough. I very readily forgive them: and
after all," added he, "I had rather that my
people laughed at my parsimony, than that they
wept at my prodigality."
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Bungtown Riflemen 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 07:19 PM - Civil War jokes and anecdotes
Posted by Court Jester
Sparrowgrass' proposition, that the Home Guard should not leave home except in case of invasion, is equal to the old story of the Bungtown Riflemen, an Ohio military company, whose by-laws consisted of two sections, namely :
- Article First. — This company shall be known as the Bungtown Riflemen.
- Article Second. — In case of war this company shall immediately disband.
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Sentimental poem 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 06:48 PM - Civil War jokes and anecdotes
Posted by Administrator
A Sentimental Young Lady in Northern Georgia indited the following to some of her admirers in the — "Ridgeament":

"'Tis hard for youens to sleep in camp;
'Tis hard for youens to fight;
'Tis hard for youens through snow to tramp;
In snow to sleep at night;
But harder for weans from youens to part,
Since youens have stolen weans hearts."
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Grave Inscription 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 06:41 PM - Civil War jokes and anecdotes
Posted by Administrator
A rebel soldier, after burying a Federal who had been killed during one of those sanguinary engagements which terminated in the retreat of the Union army from before Richmond, fixed a shingle over the grave, bearing this inscription:

“The Yankee hosts with blood-stained hands
Came southward to divide our lands
This narrow and contracted spot
Is all that this poor Yankee got!"

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