I know we’re splitting hairs here, but it’s not an unbroken line of one familial dynasty, but it is an unbroken line of kings in the sense that the throne was never empty, the kingdom never fell, etc. The same government stayed intact, even if there were changes of power, for more than half of human history, which is…
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Good point. The left can’t accept it when they lose a rigged election, and the right can’t accept it when they lose a fair one.
Yeah, but which one fits into a headline better?
There’s more history between the construction of the pyramids and Cleopatra than between Cleopatra and the present day.
As I understand it, the Federation was based on an idealized United Nations (originally headquartered in San Francisco, as Starfleet is)
“Immigrants are vermin. Mexico’s sending rapists.”
“Hey, that’s racist!”
I didn’t get to touch on this in the article, but Cardinals would often vote for an elderly pope thinking, “I’m not going to be Pope this time, but I’ll get another shot soon when this guy kicks it.”
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Don’t call me buddy, pal!
If you like insane family trees, you’re in luck, because I’m following the incestuous Egyptian pharaohs next week with the Greek (Ptolemic) pharaohs the week after. Ptolemy II divorced his wife so he could marry his sister! Her brother was her third husband; she married a 60-year-old at 15, had three kids, and then…
“Dig her up! Dig her up!”
My wife’s from Dublin, so I’d be in trouble if I got it wrong!
No offense taken. You’re technically correct — the best kind of correct! — but sometimes we have to make allowances for what works as a succinct headline.
Oh, just wait until I get to the pre-Christian Christmas. Pine trees, decorations, feasting, presents — it’s all Norse and nothing to do with Jeebus. But the Norse Yule celebration involved really surprising amounts of blood. Just so much blood.
I didn’t write the headline, and my wife’s Irish so I’m well aware of the history. But in fairness, most people with only a passing familiarity with the history know exactly what you’re talking about when you say “potato famine,” so for me, it works as a headline when you have only a few words to get across what the…
Oh, look at Mr. Trust Fund over here who can afford multiple apples! In my house, only the strongest and most cunning child gets that apple!
Isn’t Mardi Gras basically just Drunk Halloween?