History Jokes: Ben Wade's Wit


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!

Ben Wade's Wit 
Friday, December 12, 2008, 05:34 PM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Famous funny quotes and sayings
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Old Ben Wade was traveling over the Union Pacific railroad, through Cheyenne and Laramie. Sitting down by Juto Daniels, who ran a ranch at Laramie, old Ben remarked:

"This is a very bad country—a God-forsaken country, Mr. Daniels."

"You are mistaken, Senator," said Jules. " This is a very good country. All it lacks is water and good society."

"Yes, that's all hell lacks," growled old Ben.
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John Adams on being a Vice President 
Sunday, November 9, 2008, 04:12 AM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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John Adams, while serving as the Vice President:

"... My country has in its wisdom contrived
for me the most insignificant office
that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination
conceived. And as I can do neither good nor
evil, I must be borne away by others, and meet the
common fate. "

From The Life of John Adams by Charles Francis Adams, John Quincy Adams
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Two rings: an anecdote with a moral 
Friday, November 7, 2008, 04:22 PM - Religious jokes, Church history jokes, Clean Christian jokes
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This anecdote is actually taken straight from a Catholic Catechism by Joseph Baxter.

A certain monarch caused the figure of an angel to be carved in white marble. From the left hand of this statue hung a silver ring attached to a thin silken cord, while the right hand held a golden ring suspended from a diamond chain. The king's son and daughter asked their father what these two rings were intended to signify. He answered : "I will give the rings to whichever of you can guess their meaning aright." Then the prince said : " The rings are doubtless emblems of friendship and love." The king replied : " That is quite right. But why is one ring made of gold and the other of silver?" The princess answered: "The silver ring signifies human friendship and affection. That friendship, that affection, cannot be relied upon; it hangs, as it were, by a slight cord which is easily broken. The gold ring signifies the love of God for man ; that is firm and unchangeable ; it cannot be broken." The king praised his children for the good answers they had given ; he gave the silver ring with the silken cord to the prince, and the gold ring with the chain of diamonds to the princess.

On promise rings see:
Promise rings: history and meaning
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Lord Byron's Childe Harold: a literary anecdote 
Thursday, October 16, 2008, 08:03 PM - Anecdotes and jokes about writers, philosophers and scientists, British humor, history of England
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Mr Dallas, who so ably fulfilled the duties of accoucheur
to the Childe, was also resolved that it
should not come into the world without a sufficient
enunciation ; and, accordingly, prepared a review of
it for a literary journal to be published immediately
on the appearance of the poem. By a very awkward
mistake, however, the review appeared before
the thing reviewed ; and Byron was greatly vexed,
from a very likely supposition that he would be
considered the author of it. Mr. Dallas, however,
explained, and the matter was made up.
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Sir Arthur Evans: a saddened archaeologist 
Sir Arthur Evans (July 8, 1851 – July 11, 1941), a British archaeologist most famous for unearthing the palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, was entertaining a group of friends on his 90th birthday. One of his guests mentioned that the Germans had destroyed Knossos. Evans was so devastated by this news that he only lived three days past that fateful evening. The sad irony lies in the fact that Evans' guest was misinformed. The Germans did not destroy the palace. On the contrary, precautions had been made by them to ensure that the ancient ruin suffered no damage whatsoever.
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