Browsing: Humor

A Brief History On December 23, 2022, we at History and Headlines would like to wish all our great viewers and subscribers a hearty and happy Festivus! Digging Deeper So what is Festivus?  It is a secular pseudo-holiday first introduced on the Seinfeld television sitcom back in 1997, supposedly to compete with religious and other winter holidays.  No presents are needed and no religious affiliation is attached, and celebrants are welcome to make up their own rules, though there are a few general guidelines. Some of the staples of Festivus include “The Festivus Pole” and some sort of snacks and…

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A Brief History On November 7, 921, the Treaty of Bonn was signed by two Frankish kings, Charles the Simple and Henry the Fowler.  Once more, as we have noted in other articles, kings and other leaders have had some pretty goofy names. Digging Deeper Henry got his moniker, “The Fowler,” because of his affinity for hunting birds, and was said to be fixing his bird catching nets when a messenger found him to tell him he had become King of East Francia.  The other party to this Germanic treaty was King Charles III of West Francia, known better as Charles…

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A Brief History On September 26, 46 BC, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to Venus Genetrix, a temple he promised the goddess while fighting the Battle of Pharsalus.  Today, we ask you, “Who would you dedicate a temple to?”  We graciously supply a few suggestions, although you may freely pick your own! Digging Deeper Colonel Harland Sanders, the Godfather of Fried Chicken Eminem, The Rap God Michael Phelps, the modern Olympian “water god” Philo Farnsworth, inventor of of the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system Teressa Bellissimo, creator of Buffalo Wings The Sun, because George Carlin…

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A Brief History On April 15, 2016, we ran an article acknowledging April 15th as the day your income tax return must be filed by each year in the United States, and used that fact to list five days people really look forward to and five other days many people may dread.  Today, we do it all again, with an updated list for both columns that takes into account the changing nature of our society, or as you may have guessed already, coronavirus.  As always, we welcome your input on days we could have added to the list or should…

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A Brief History On April 1, 2016, we published an article using made up “scientific” names of fish in a pathetic effort to be funny.  (This author, according to most people, is not funny.  I beg to differ…)  Today, we take a look at the common name of some real life fish in fresh and salt water.  Feel free to nominate others that you believe should be on such a list.  Sometimes people butcher the names of fish and create their own stupid/funny names, a fact I learned working part-time at an aquarium store.  Examples are “African American Cichlids” when…

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