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May. 6th, 2008 12:16 am
prunesquallor: (american history)

Huh. If I can trust amazon, apparently Mary Chestnut's diary is in print, but George Templeton Strong's isn't.


Well, tonight my head exploded. Yours can too, if you click on the links and "learn" about the New Chronology of Anatoly Fomenko.

You will discover some pretty interesting "facts" :

  • History only goes back to 800 CE!
  • Sumeria, ancient Egypt & Greece, and the Roman Empire were all medieval fabrications!
  • Jerusalem, Constantinople and Rome are the same city!
  • Solomon's temple is the Hagia Sophia!
  • Jesus and Gregory the Great were the same person! Plus he/they lived c.1000 CE!
  • The New Testament was written before the Old!

You'll have to excuse me now. I need to go lie down. I have a headache, what with my head exploding and all.


Jan. 20th, 2007 10:52 pm
prunesquallor: (american history)

With Hillary's announcement today, some critics pointed out that if she gets the nomination and wins (two big, big ifs), our recent history could be summarized as follows: "Bush - Clinton - Bush - Clinton." These people cry out in indignation and ask, do we really want this sequence to occupy twenty-four years (or more!) of our history books?

However, alas for their argument, because we've been there, done that. In the first half of the twentieth century (1900-1950), we had thirteen Presidential elections, and as it so happens, a Roosevelt was on the ballot in eight of them (1900, 1904, 1912, 1920, 1932, 1936, 1940, & 1944). They won six of 'em, too; just shy of half.

All other issues aside, it's a bit late in our imperial history to be handwringing about the establishment of Presidential dynasties.

The last few American WWI vets.



Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:02 am
prunesquallor: (american history)

So Neil Armstrong said it right after all. Nice.


Earlier I posted a link about Communist jokes; as a followup, Nazi jokes. (IIRC, Shirer made most of the same points here in a couple of throwaway paragraphs in Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.)

If it had been a snake it would have bitten them.

Oh. Wait. That didn't come out right . . .

Update: Original Discovery article is gone; replaced with London Times equivalent.