And now, from our Peabody Department of Way Back, here is:

Subject: Mangled History

Source: (Richard Lederer)

One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is

receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay. I have pasted

together the following "history" of the world from certifiably genuine student

bloopers collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eight grade

through college level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot.

The inhabitants of Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the Sarah

Dessert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the

inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so certain areas of the dessert are cul-

tivated by irritation. The Egyptians built the Pyramids in the shape of a huge

triangular cube. The Pramids are a range of mountains between France and


The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the

Bible, Guinesses, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their

children, Cain, asked "Am I my brother's son?" God asked Abraham to sacrifice

Issac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Issac, stole his brother's birthmark.

Jacob was a partiarch who brought up his twelve sons to be partiarchs, but they

did not take to it. One of Jacob's sons, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led

them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made

without any ingredients. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the

ten commandments. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He

fougth with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

Solomon, one of David's sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.

Without the Greeks, we wouldn't have history. The Greeks invented three

kinds of columns - Corinthian, Doric and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth

is a female moth. One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the

River Stynx until he became intolerable. Achilles appears in "The Illiad", by

Homer. Homer also wrote the "Oddity", in which Penelope was the last hardship

that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer

but by another man of that name.

Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice.

They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, and

threw the java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath. The government

of Athen was democratic because the people took the law into their own hands.

There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn't

climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought the

Parisians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.

Eventually, the Ramons conquered the Geeks. History call people Romans

because they never stayed in one place for very long. At Roman banquets, the

guests wore garlic in their hair. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the

battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March killed him because they thought he

was going to be made king. Nero was a cruel tyrany who would torture his poor

subjects by playing the fiddle to them.

Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur

lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harlod mustarded his troops before the

Battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was cannonized by George Bernard Shaw, and the

victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, the Magna Carta

provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.

In midevil times most of the people were alliterate. The greatest writer

of the time was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verse and also wrote liter-

ature. Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple

while standing on his son's head.

The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of

their human being. Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenberg

for selling papal indulgences. He died a horrible death, being excommunicated

by a bull. It was the painter Donatello's interest in the female nude that

made him the father of the Renaissance. It was an age of great inventions and

discoveries. Gutenberg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical

figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the

circulation of blood. Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot


The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking

difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Vir-

gin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself be-

fore her troops, they all shouted "hurrah." Then her navy went out and

defeated the Spanish Armadillo.

The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespear. Shakespear

never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He lived in

Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies and errors. In one

of Shakespear's famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving

himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Mac-

beth to kill the King by attacking his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an

example of a heroic couplet. Writing at the same time as Shakespear was Miquel

Cervantes. He wrote "Donkey Hote". The next great author was John Milton.

Milton wrote "Paradise Lost." Then his wife dies and he wrote "Paradise


During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great

navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships

were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe. Later the Pilgrims

crossed the Ocean, and the was called the Pilgrim's Progress. When they

landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by Indians, who came down the hill

rolling their was hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porposies on

their back. Many of the Indian heroes were killed, along with their

cabooses, which proved very fatal to them. The winter of 1620 was a hard one

for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John

Smith was responsible for all this.

One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was the English put tacks in

their tea. Also, the colonists would send their pacels through the post with-

out stamps. During the War, Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over

stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. Finally, the

colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.

Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress.

Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the

Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his

clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented elec-

tricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared "a horse divided against itself

cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

George Washington married Matha Curtis and in due time became the Father

of Our Country. Them the Constitution of the United States was adopted to

secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the

right to keep bare arms.

Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother

died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own

hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said,

"In onion there is strength." Abraham Lincoln write the Gettysburg address

while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. He

also signed the Emasculation Proclamation, and the Fourteenth Amendment gave

the ex-Negroes citizenship. But the Clue Clux Clan would torcher and lynch

the ex-Negroes and other innocent victims. On the night of April 14, 1865,

Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in

a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a sup-

posedl insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

*3 Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare

invented electricity and also wrote a book called "Candy". Gravity was

invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the

apples are flaling off the trees.

Bach was the most famous composer in the world, and so was Handel. Handel

was half German, half Italian and half English. He was very large. Bach died

from 1750 to the present. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He

was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when

everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for


France was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished

before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolu-

tion, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napoleonic Wars, the crowned

heads of Europe were trembling in their shoes. Then the Spanish gorrilas came

down from the hills and nipped at Napoleon's flanks. Napoleon became ill with

bladder problems and was very tense and unrestrained. He wanted an heir to

inheret his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't bear him

any children.

The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in

the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen.

She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of

her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final

event which ended her reign.

The nineteenth century was a time of many great inventions and thoughts.

The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus

McCormick invented the McCormick Raper, which did the work of a hundred men.

Samuel Morse invented a code for telepathy. Louis Pastuer discovered a cure

for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturailst who wrote the "Organ of the

Species". Madman Curie discovered radium. And Karl Marx became one of the

Marx Brothers.

The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by a surf,

ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

From the book 'Anguished English', Wyrick, 1987, Dell


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