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. For some of these short jokes explanations had to be provided. Enjoy!

Trial by combat between a dog and his master's murderer 
Monday, December 5, 2011, 06:02 PM - History of France
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The picture represents the famous trial by combat between the dog "Dragon" and the Chevalier Richard Macaire, the murderer of its master, Aubri de Mondidier, which occurred in the year 1371. The assassination took place in the Forest of Bondy, and the dog not only showed the spot in the forest where the body of his master was buried, but singled out the murderer. The King granted a judicial combat between the dog and the suspected man, in which the dog came off completely victorious.
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Shaving mill (18th century invention) 
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 05:59 PM - Inventions and Curious Things
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This is a remarkable 18th century invention called a shaving mill. Up to 60 men can get a clean shave in just one minute! It may seem impractical at first, but imagine if you had a garrison of soldiers?
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Doctors and teachers 
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 06:12 PM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman
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Athenaeus, in Wise Men at Dinner says: If there were no doctors, there would be nothing more stupid than teachers.
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Demotivational quote from Epictetus 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 11:11 AM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman, Famous funny quotes and sayings
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You ought to possess your whole body as a poor mule loaded, as long as it is possible, as long as you are allowed. But if there be a press, and a soldier should lay hold of it, let it go, do not resist, nor murmur; if you do, you will receive blows, and nevertheless you will also lose the mule.

Epictetus, Discourses. Book IV

Interestingly, the second part of this quote is a lot more practical, when not fraught with the burden of a philosophical analogy.
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Make him laugh 
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 01:27 PM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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When Will Rogers was being taken to the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge, he was cautioned not to try to be funny because the President had no sense of humor. The undaunted Rogers bet that he could have Coolidge laughing within 20 seconds. When the formal introduction was made, "Mr. President, may I introduce my friend, Mr. Will Rogers," Rogers held out his hand with a questioning look and said, "Pardon me, I didn't quite get the name." Coolidge roared with laughter, and Rogers won the wager.
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