Category Archives: Humour

Breaking Wind

Snippets 127.  Today’s quote is taken from Voyages to the East Indies, by Dutch explorer John Splinter Stavorinus (1798): The king, who was addressed by the title of Touang Sultan, or My Lord the King, appeared to me to be … Continue reading

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Runaway Hansom!

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards … Continue reading

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Mishap on a Train

Quick Quotes 10. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908), and takes place on a train journey from Toledo to Madrid. It must have been here that we were joined by a Civil Guard, more approachable … Continue reading

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A Bad Afternoon

Quick Quotes 9. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908): In our anxiety to see the pictures in the Prado Museum we disregarded the friendly counsel of the gentleman from the Embassy and foolishly set out … Continue reading

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The Cross-Dressing Waiter

Snippets 124.  The English Hotel Nuisance by Albert Richard Smith (1855) is one long glorious rant about how annoying it was to stay in a hotel or inn at the time. The following is part of a description of a … Continue reading

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A Disturbed Night

Snippets 122. In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a … Continue reading

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Gravity? Hocus-Pocus.

Snippets 113.  In Snippets 21 and 46 we looked at some of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe (published 1885). Amusingly, most of his ‘proofs’ can be explained away by Carpenter ignoring two simple … Continue reading

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