Sunday, 24 April 2016

History Fact April 24th

On this day in history in 1953 Winston Churchill is knighted.
Humorous History News Report from April 24th, 1953
And, as we watch, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, is walking slowly down the aisle of the throne room at Buckingham Palace.
To be honest, the geezer doesn't look well. But what should we expect, he's getting on a bit. And fighting the Second World War almost single-handedly can't have been easy.
He is passing the half-way point now. He looks unsteady on his feet. He isn't walking in a straight line. He's leaning to the right, and his legs are following. And straight into the chairs. Oopsie daisy.
There's a small commotion. But we're all British, so we pretend like nothing has happened.
Churchill is back on his feet, and continues towards the throne where the young, new Queen Elizabeth II is waiting to receive him.
After an hour, he makes it, and kneels at the queen's feet in preparation to be Knighted.
She raises her sword to perform the dubbing, to the music of Dubstep. OH MY GOD. Winston Churchill sneezed as the Queen lowered her sword onto his shoulder.
It's sliced right through his neck. His head is rolling across the floor towards the seated spectators. That is totally gruesome. Two of the Queen's corgis are vomiting. The other two are licking the Prime Minister's eyeballs.
Luckily, the Queen has the finest seamstresses at her disposal. They were able to sew Churchill's head back on and he was knighted correctly. That was a heck of a close shave, though.
All's well that ends well.

Unbelievable Facts About The London Marathon

21 Fun Facts About The London Marathon

1. April 24th, 2016, sees the 36th annual London Marathon take place.
2. The London Marathon is the Guinness World Record's largest annual fundraising event in the world.
3. The London Marathon has raised over half a billion pounds for charity since the first race back on the 29th March 1981.
4. The initial race had 7,741 entrants, and 6,225 completed the course.
5. In comparison, last year's event (2015) had over 38,000 participants, including the professional runners, the fun runners, a few Members of Parliament, plus Formula One racing driver Jenson Button. And a dinosaur.
6. Last year 37,740 crossed the finish line.
7. This year (2016), 247,069 people sent in applications to enter the London Marathon.
8. However, not everyone who enters gets to start the race.
The organisers draw a ballot at random to decide who can take part.
Just over 50,000 people will be eligible to participate. But, due to injury, illness, or "Oh my god I can't do this" syndrome, about 10,000 will drop out before the race begins.
9. The 2016 London Marathon will celebrate its one millionth runner.
Each racer who completes the 26.2 mile course from Greenwich to Westminster will cross the finish line with their left index finger raised and be #OneInAMillion
10. British Astronaut Tim Peake will be the official starter for the 2016 London Marathon.
He will set the runners going with a special message and the he'll start his own marathon n a treadmill on board the International Space Station in orbit above the Earth.
11. The Marathon myth originates back in 490 BC when a Greek messenger, either Thersipus or Eucles, was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens so he could announce their army had defeated the Persians.
As the legend goes, he ran the entire distance of roughly 26 miles in a time of under three hours, bursting into the gathered assembly, and shouting, "We've won. We've won."
And then he collapsed and died.
12. The course record for men was set in 2014 by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang in 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 29 seconds.
13. The women's course record was set by British runner, Paula Radcliffe in 2:15:25, which was also a World Record.
14. This is in comparison to the first Men's race which was tied between American Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen, who completed the course in 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 48 seconds, whilst holding hands.
15. The London Marathon itself isn't the only record breaker.
Thirty Three Guinness World Records were broken in 2015, including:
Ric Nardi who set a new record for the Fastest Marathon Dressed As A Telephone Box. He ran the course in 4 hours, 33 minutes, 56 seconds.
Neil Casey broke the record for the Fastest Marathon In A Nurse's Uniform (male) by running the marathon in 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 48 seconds.
Adam Jones is also a new record holder as he ran the London Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, and 30 seconds becoming the Fastest Marathon Runner Dressed As A leprechaun.
16. There are over 65 Guinness World Record chasers in the 2016 London Marathon.
45-year-old Ian Bates will be donning a costume weighing 20kg, and will hope to complete the race in a record time and achieve the record for Fastest Marathon Dressed As A 3-D Dinosaur.
17. All the fun runners are trying to raise money for their chosen charity.
Ian Bates, running as a dinosaur, is raising money for St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley. They provide specialised end of life care and support to the local people, their families, friends, and carers.

18. The slowest time to complete the race was set by Lloyd Scott in 2002, when he ran, well, shuffled, around the full course wearing a 110lb deep-sea diving suit.
He did it in five days and eight hours, a record that will remain unbroken.
19. The killjoy organisers have now imposed a maximum time limit on anyone taking part in the race of 24 hours.
20. On their 26.2 mile journey around London, the runners can take in some of the capital's tourist attractions.
These include Tower Bridge, the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark - a tea clipper built 150 years ago, and, of course, Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty, The Queen.
21. There are also 23 water stations, 1,250 portable toilets and 80 pubs on the course, just in case the runners need some refreshments or are caught short.
Not that Paula Radcliffe bothered using the available facilities. In 2005, when she was caught short, she squatted at the side of the road to water the flowers.
Bonus Round
1. The most raised by a single runner was £2,330,159 by Steve Chalke in 2011.
2. This years event is set to raise a whopping £100 million for charity.
3. After this year's race, over one million runners will have completed the course since the first race.
4. The London Marathon is televised in 196 countries around the world.
5. The route passes close to the Mayflower pub, where the Pilgrim Fathers met before setting sail for America.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Unbelievable Facts About St George You Might Not Know

Unbelievable Facts About St George You Might Not Know

St George is the Patron Saint of England and today is St George's Day.
1.  The national day of England is celebrated every year on the 23rd April -- the anniversary of St George's death in 303.
2. George became England's patron saint in 1348 when Edward III adopted him as the principal Patron of the new order of chivalry, the Knights of the Garter.
3. Edward the Confessor, former King of England, was the Patron Saint of England before St George.
He pointed the gun at me and told me to confess my sins. "Yes, I like One Direction."
Edward spat in my face. "You make me sick."
4. Although St George is the patron saint of England, he isn't English.
5. He also never stepped foot on English soil.
6. George was a Roman born in AD270ish in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey.
Bonus Round: When he was 17 years old, George joined the Roman army and became famous amongst the ranks for his bravery. And his seriously embellished stories.
He would gather the centurions around the camp fire and tell the story of him as a small boy being raised on Tatooine, dreaming of becoming a great night with a sword of light.
A great master would teach him the ways of an unseen magic, he'd kiss his sister, rescue some droids, find out his father was an asthmatic Cornishman whose voice was dubbed by an American actor, and then he saved the galaxy from the evil forces of Skeletor.
Oh, and he killed a dragon. Yeah, right. Ooh, look, George, your pants appear to be on fire.
7. The Roman Emperor Diocletian executed St George on April 23rd, 303, for being a Christian.
Bonus Round: George-Not-Yet-A-Saint was a Christian and served in the army under Emperor Diocletian, who really wasn't a fan of Christians. Some might say he loathed them. What's a Roman Emperor to do? Yep, eradicate them.
Being a Christian, George disagreed with this policy and tried to persuade the Emperor to spare their lives. It didn't work. Diocletian continued and thousands died.
The Emperor tried to get George to deny his faith in Christ with presents of land, money and slaves.
George wouldn't budge.
Diocletian frowned and said, "I have become serious. Seriously serious."
It was time for torture.
"Bring out the kittens."
When they didn't work, there was red-hot pokers, lacerations on a wheel of swords, and being made to listen to Cliff Richard's Christmas hits album.
George didn't crack. Even when Mistletoe and Wine played on repeat for seven hours.
Diocletian soon got fed up and had George's head chopped off on the 23rd April, 303.
8. St George slayed a dragon.
Well, that's the myth of St George, but can we really believe he was able to take down a dragon? Dragons are too awesome to be taken down by a bloke with a really tiny sword. Yes, St George had a really tiny sword. All the girls said so.
There are in fact two stories surrounding the myth of St George and the Dragon. Both quite ridiculous. Although, obviously both based on fact.
9. There are really famous poems about St George. And then there is this:
There once was a saint called George,
who one day fell in a gorge.
There was a maid,
and he went to her aid,
until he saw the dragon.
Then he wet his pants and ran.
But the dragon chased him, and he got eaten.
Because it's a friggin dragon. And dragons are awesome.
St George is stupid.
The End.
(What do you mean, I might be biased towards dragons? No idea what you're talking about.)
10. St George may be the Patron Saint of England, but only a fifth of English people could tell you the date of St George's Day.
In fact, only half of English people could actually tell you who was the Patron Saint of England.
And out of that half, only half of a quarter could tell you how many quarters make up a whole, and a whole lot of them think it's perfectly okay to talk to someone on the tube.
Those are the psychopaths who follow you home and stab you to death with a hedgehog. So look away. Look away now.
11. However, every Scout knows the date of St George's Day, as St George is the Patron Saint of Scouts.

Saint George and the Dragon

The Myth and the Legends: St George and the Dragon

St George slayed a dragon.
Well, that's the myth about St George, but can we really believe he was able to take down a dragon? Dragons are too awesome to be taken down by a bloke with a really tiny sword. Yes, St George had a really tiny sword. All the girls said so.
There are two stories surrounding the myth of St George and the Dragon.
Story One:
George took an all inclusive booze-cruise to Silene, Libya. Whilst there, he discovered there was a lake, within which a mighty dragon resided.
Apparently the dragon was annoying the locals with renditions of various Cliff Richard songs. Or, you know, eating people.
To appease the dragon, the locals fed it sheep. Then they fed it their children.
Perhaps there should have been another stage between sheep and children. Oh, I dunno, perhaps cows. Or goats. Maybe chickens or pigs. Throw in a curry or ice cream on occasion. And then get to sacrificing children. Bunch of amateurs.
After the first 50 or so children had been sacrificed, it was the King's daughter who was on the menu.
The king, desperate to save his daughter, told his people they could have all his gold and half his kingdom if someone else was picked for the sacrifice.
They told him to get lost.
The daughter headed out to the lake and waited for the dragon to come along and gobble her up.
As by chance, a knight by the name of George rode by and saw the princess. She told him to flee, the dragon was coming. He didn't. He wanted to watch. The sicko.
The dragon appeared from the lake and not-yet-a-saint-George made the sign of the cross. It didn't work. It's a dragon, you idiot, not a vampire.
George then charged the dragon on horseback poking it with his lance. This wounded the dragon. Not content with wounding, George asked the princess for her girdle. What-A-Pervert.
But, nope, he wanted the girdle for something else. He had a plan.
He placed the girdle around the dragon's neck and for some reason the dragon followed the princess and George back to the village, like a meek beast on a leash. Because, well, that's how it's done apparently.
George, forever a git, allowed the dragon to terrorize the populace for a bit. You see, he had a plan. A sick-twisted little plan because he was a git.
George offered to kill the dragon if the king and his subjects all converted to Christianity and consented to be baptised.
The king and the villagers all agreed, and all 15,000 became Christians.
George killed the dragon, had a barbeque, and the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St George on the site where George finally slayed the dragon.
Oh, it's not over.
Upon the site where the dragon was unjustly murdered, a spring erupted from the altar with water that cured all disease.
Story Two:
By land and sea and the Starship Enterprise, George the knight of the nose-keeps-growing-everytime-he-spoke travelled to Libya.
He met a poor hermit, who George was about to kick, as no puppies were around, when the hermit told him of a village and a lake where a mighty Dragon lived.
Curious George was intrigued about this dragon which had demanded the sacrifice of pretty maidens, and travelled to this village and lake to see for himself.
When he arrived, he was told all the single ladies had been eaten. Only one remained. The princess.
The king offered the passing knight the hand of his daughter. Not as in "chop it off and here's a hand." But as in marriage. Come on, the king wasn't a psycho. All George had to do was save her from the dragon.
Seeing that he could finally get his end away with something other than his rather annoyed horse, George agreed to go save the princess.
The dragon eye-spied him and flew from his cave, all angry and grrrrrr. His roar was louder than thunder. Thunder. THUNDERCATS HOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo.
St George wasn't, as some would be, afraid, or in fact, petrified. Thinking I could live without you by my side. He plunged his spear into the dragon. It made the Dragon's eyes water. That was unexpected. George realised his error, removed his spear, pulled up his pants, picked up his lance, and stabbed the dragon.
Dragon scales are hard, much like George's spear. But George's lance shattered into a thousand pieces. Yes, a thousand, someone counted.
There was some brief back and forth with George being sprayed with venom, crawling under an enchanted orange tree to recover and regain his strength, before George pulled out his sword.
He stabbed the dragon under his wing and the dragon fell dead at his feet.

Friday, 22 April 2016

History facts April 22nd

A Humorous History Fact for April 22nd
On this day in history in 1519, the Spanish adventurer, explorer, Conquistador, and total git, Hernan Cortes, established a settlement in Mexico called Veracruz.
Cortes had invaded Mexico with his Spanish army in the hope of finding some gold. Or a decent cigar. Or semi-decent massage parlour.
In his efforts to find some treasure, Cortes deposed or killed all the kings in and around Mexico, and anyone he met on his way. Even the bloke selling bananas by the pond.
The guy was a git. It's a fact.
To give an example: Cortes was out walking through the jungle one night, perhaps as part of an expedition, perhaps as part of a mating ritual with the local gorilla population, who knows.
He saw King-Now-A-Hostage Cuauhtémoc having a laugh with two of his fellow former-kingies. It seems the famous Spanish Explorer and Conqueror, Herman Cortes, didn't like laughter.
After asking a bloke to translate what the three were discussing - apparently it was something to do with comparing Breaking Bad with Game of Thrones - Cortes got upset at their conclusion.
He immediately ordered all three to be hanged. To Death. All the way. Cortes then invented a story to tell the locals. It involved a boy wizard, a special school in Scotland, and the ginger kid getting the girl.
When the locals wouldn't believe that story - no way the ginger kid gets the girl - Cortes made up another.
He informed them that the three kings were plotting his murder. Mwerder. To Death. All the way. And because of this plot, Cortes had no choice but to execute them all.
And anyone else who plots his Mwerder. So just you lot all watch yourself. Mwerderers.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

History Fact April 21st

Humorous History Fact April 21st
News Report April 21st 1509
The King is Dead. Long live the King.
Henry-The-Father-Of-The-famous-One, seventh of his name, died today after swallowing a hedgehog dipped in ear wax.
King Henry VII was the last king to win the crown on the field of battle. That field of battle was The Battle of Bosworth Field, both a battle, and an actual field. He was fighting against the child and nephew killer, Richard III.
Because of his death, the son of Henry-The-Seventh-Not-The-Last, called Henry-Of-The-Many-Numbers, became King of England. Wow, that's like fifteen Henrys.
Upon ascending to the kinglyshop of the land of Eng, Henry climbed on top of the tallest pauper and sang, "I'm Henry the 8th I am. Henry the 8th, I am I am. I've been married to the girl next door, she's been married seven times before. But I'll only be married once, as I'm a loyal and trustworthy husband."

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

History Fact April 20th

Humorous History Fact - April 20th
News Report - 20th April 1912
Bram Stoker was brutally killed by a vampire today, whilst trying to get to sleep.
Five minutes before his death, he was heard whispering, "One sheep. Two sheeps. Three sheepies? Two sheep. Three sheeps. Three sheps? Ships? Oh, sod it. I'll Count Dracula instead."
His body was found in the morning completely drained of blood.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

On this day fact April 19

On this day in history in 1770, Captain James Cook, intrepid English explorer, cheated at a game of I-spy.

It was a day like any other. The first round went well for the crew.
B is for Barnacle.
They congratulate each other.
Captain Cook guessed correctly in the next round.
M is for Mast.
It was time for the decider.
Captain Cook picked up his I-spy-glass, looks around the ocean, and says, "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with A."
The crew took it in turns to guess.
"A is for Apple."
"A is for Apple."
"Nope, you just said that."
"Anyone else wanna guess?"
Spock piped up, "Is A for Apple, Captain?"
Captain Kirk, oops, I mean Captain Cook, shook his head. "No, Commander, A is for Australia."
The crew are aghast. What the heck was Australia?
Blow me down with a gassy hedgehog if it wasn't the first time any European had encountered the land mass. They had no idea it was there. So, why would they even try to guess Australia? It should have been Apple.
Captain Cook definitely cheated.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

On this day history facts - 17th April


On this day in history in 1973, George Lucas began writing Star Wars.
It was a simple story: Boy lives a boring life with Aunt and Uncle. Boy meets droid. Boy falls in love with droid. Pushes his buttons. Cleans his insides.
Droid tries to communicate his reservations about this level of contact, but can only manage some beeps.
The beeps get quicker.
Boy tinkers some more. Droid ejaculates a hologram of a pretty woman. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope.
Droid is embarrassed.
This has never happened before.
It panics and escapes.
Boy chases droid. Whilst he's away "not" fixing the generators like he'd been asked to do, Boy's Aunt and Uncle get killed.
Boy captures droid.
Then Boy meets old man.
Boy is groomed by old man. Would you like to see my Lightsaber? Whoosh it around a bit? Yep, a bit more. Here, put my helmet on your head and swing your Lightsaber around.
Yep, just like that.
Trust in the Force, Luke. Feels good, doesn't it?
Now you're ready to know the truth. You kissed your sister, you sicko-pervert.
And if Boy liked it, he should've put a ring on it.
Boy finds out his father is an asthmatic psychopath. Boy kills father. The End.
This day in history in 1937 marked the first ever appearance of Daffy Duck in Porky's Duck Hunt.
Did you know: Daffy Duck is the 3rd most featured character in Looney Tunes. Only Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig featured more.
Of course, you're all familiar with Daffy Duck's favourite phrase?
"What's up doc'"
Nope, wait a minute, that's Bugs Bunny.
Okay, I'm lost, what the heck did he say?
Who cares. He's very funny. So, let's all laugh at The Duck.
"You're deth-picable."
Did you know: Only one of Warner Brother's characters is older than Daffy Duck. Nope, not Bugs Bunny. He is third. It's actually Porky Pig.
And I'm guessing you knew Daffy Duck had a wife? And her name?
On this day in history in 1951, the Peak District became the United Kingdom's first National Park.
On this day in history in 1964, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world in a airplane.
It was in a single-engine Cessna 180, christened "Spirit of Columbus" and nicknamed "Charlie." It took 29 days and covered 22,860 miles with 21 stops along the way for refuelling and sightseeing.
On this day in history in 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth.
Apollo 13 had a problem before it reached the moon, its intended target, which was made famous by the movie Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks.
On this day in 1974, the least talented of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, was born.
She is not most famous for being in the Spice Girls, but rather more famous for being the wife of footballer (soccer) David Beckham.
On this day in history in 1986, Romain Grosjean was born.
Romain Grosjean is a French formula one driver who currently races for the new American racing team, Haas.

Unbelievable Facts You Might Not Know About Daffy Duck

Unbelievable Facts You Might Not Know About Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck is everyone's favourite Looney Tunes character, so long as we don't include Bugs Bunny and the other one. You know, the Pig.
Daffy Duck is a crazy, looney, zany and devious little duck. Both the arch-nemesis of Bugs Bunny and his best friend. Mostly depending on how many cups of coffee he had that morning.
But, did you know, he originally was normal. Well, mostly normal. Okay, not normal. He was a duck, after all. His character didn't develop into the fun-loving whacky character until a few years later.
Daffy Duck didn't originally have a lisp. He also more resembled an actual duck when he made his first appearance.
Daffy Duck made his first ever appearance on April 17th, 1937, in Porky's Duck Hunt.
Daffy Duck is the 3rd most featured character in Looney Tunes. Only Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig featured more.
Of course, you're all familiar with Daffy Duck's favourite phrase?
"What's up doc'"
Nope, wait a minute, that's Bugs Bunny.
Okay, I'm lost, what the heck did he say?
Who cares. He's very funny. So, let's all laugh at The Duck.
"You're deth-picable."
Only one of Warner Brother's characters is older than Daffy Duck. Nope, not Bugs Bunny. He is third. It's actually Porky Pig.
Daffy Duck had a wife. She was called Daphne.
Daffy Duck's nephew is called Plucky Duck.
Mel Blanc voiced the zany character of Daffy Duck for 52 years. He holds the world record for the longest characterization of an animated character.
Daffy Duck appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He performed a piano duet with Donal Duck. Or, at least, he tried to perform a duet.
Daffy Duck also appeared in the movie Space Jam.
Do you have a favourite Daffy Duck moment? Post it in the comments below.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

History Facts - April 16th

On this day in history in 1319, John II, the future King of France, was born.
Instead of being fed breast milk, his mother raised him on a diet of frogs legs and snails. This may account for what happened after he was captured and imprisoned by the English.
During his captivity, France suffered. And it suffered a lot. Not least with the Black Death, which eliminated half the population.
King John (which really doesn't sound very French if you ask me), enjoyed a regal lifestyle as a prisoner in London. He was given the freedom to travel and was even allowed to buy his own horses, pets, clothes, and was fed five course banquets at every mealtime.
He even had his own astrologer and court band. Not kidding. That was all true. His people starved and died by the tens-of-thousands, but he partied until the early hours of the morning and then slept all day.
The prison system hasn't really changed much in England since that time.
King John II was released to find money for his ransom and returned to France for the funds. Upon seeing the state of the country, he decided to return to captivity in England, where he lived in a lavish lifestyle until his death a few months later.
On this day in history in 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly a plane across the English Channel.
On this day in 1972, Apollo 16 was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Apollo 16 was part of NASA's Apollo program to send men to the moon for a bit of buggy racing and a touch of golf. The crew of the Apollo 16 spent 3 days on the moon bouncing around.
On this day in history in 1646, the French architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart was born. He designed the Chateau de Dampierre, and the Grand Trianon, a retreat for King Louis XIV of France and his mistress at the time.
On this day in history in 1867, Wilbur Wright was born.
Wilbur, along with his brother, Orville, were combined The Wright Brothers, the two siblings who invented the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, powered flight on the 17th of December, 1903.
On this day in history in 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born.
Charlie Chaplin is an acting legend, specifically in the silent era of films.
But, did you know, he is also a "Sir". Yep, it's Sir Charlie Chaplin. He has a knighthood.
On this day in 1918, Spike Milligan was born. He is most famed for being a co-creator, main writer, and a member of the Goon Show.
Did you know: the epitaph on his tombstone reads, "Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite" which translates as, "I told you I was ill."
On this day in history in 1942, Sir Frank Williams was born.
He had a brief career as a racing driver and a mechanic before founding the Formula One racing team, Williams F1. It's had a lot of success over the years, if not dramatic success recently, with racing driver Jacques Villenueve winning the title for the team in 1997, and British World Driver's Champion, Damon Hill winning it the year before.

Friday, 15 April 2016

On this day in history facts April 15th


On this day in history in 1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
The 16th President of these here United States of America was shot dead by the actor John Wilkes Booth whilst he attended the theatre.
Booth, a confederate sympathiser, was known to be an evil git who, as a kid, enjoyed kicking puppies.
Abraham Lincoln, before becoming President of those there and all over here United States of America, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie ago, was famous for giving the Gettysburg Address, endorsing the killing of vampires, something he was passionate about in his youth.
Also on this day in 1955, McDonald's is founded when it opens its first franchised restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Celebrity Birthday: On this day in history in 1990, Emma Watson was born. She is famous for being the girl wizard, Hermione, in the Harry Potter films.
Yesterday's Quick History Fact
On this day in history, the 14th April - 1471 The War of the Roses took an interesting twist.
Edward IV and his House of York won a decisive victory at the Battle of Barnet over the evil forces of Skeletor, Mwahahaha, who was also known as Henry VI from the House of Lancaster.
The battle raged for several hours with only two tea and scone breaks. Working conditions back then were awful. The soldiers fought in the fog, without Hi-Vis jackets, or a proper Health and Safety evaluation, bashing each other's skulls into pulp with whatever they could get their hands on.
Edward's victory saw him restored to the throne of England, which lasted for the next 14 years.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

On this day facts - 12th April


News Report for the 12th of April - 1945The American President is dead. It has just been announced that the second most famous Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has died at the age of 63.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was only 3 months into his 4th term of office as President and has been replaced by the Vice-President, Harry Truman.
Franklin D. Roosevelt has consistently been rated in the top 3 of American Presidents, along with President Martin Sheen, who had a seven year term in the West Wing of the White House, and Morgan Freeman who head butted an asteroid. David Palmer, friend of Jack Bauer, tends to always come fourth.
News Report on the 11th of April - 1960Reports are just coming in that Jeremy Clarkson has just been born.
Jeremy Clarkson, future host of the BBC car show, Top Gear, sped out of his mother at over 90 miles an hour before performing a handbrake turn and proclaiming his mother's womb the warmest and most comfortable womb ... in the worrrrld.
A few minutes later he found out they weren't going to serve him any hot food and promptly punched the midwife in the face.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Youtube History Facts for April 10th

Just posted another Youtube video about Fun Facts on April 10th. Please check it out.

ON THIS DAY FACTS - 10th April


On this day in history in 837, Halley's Comet came closer to Earth than at any point in history. It managed a near miss of only 3.2 million miles.
Although Halley's Comet is named after the astronomer Edmund Halley, he didn't discover it. Although he did predict its orbit and observed it more than once.
The oldest record of Halley's Comet is from Records Of The Grand Historian in China, in 240 BC. It even appeared in the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidery, not an actual tapestry, depicting the invasion of England by the Normans in 1066.
Halley's comet orbits the sun every 75-76 years. The last time it was seen in the skies above Earth was in 1986. It won't be seen again until 2061.
On this day in history in 1858, Big Ben was re-cast after the original bell suffered a crack on testing.
Big Ben is the name of the Great Bell that resides in Elizabeth Tower. It's not the name of the tower, or the clock face, as some believe.
Big Ben weighs a staggering 13.76 tonnes, which is over 30,000 pounds.
On this day in history in 401, Theodosius II was born. He became Emperor of Rome when he was just 13-years-old, but had to yield power to his older sister, Aelia Pulcheria, who kept bullying and teasing poor Theodosius until he gave her what she wanted.
She proclaimed herself as Empress and reined as regent for a couple of years until Theodosius stopped crying, grew a pair, and finally kicked her out.
On this day in history in 1512, James V of Scotland was born. He became king of Scotland at the tender age of one and half after his father, James IV, head butted an axe.
Did you know: James was the father of Mary, Queen of Scots. And his illegitimate son, James Stewart, was the first person to be assassinated by a firearm.
On this day in history in 1988, Haley Joel Osment was born. He starred in big blockbusters when he was a kid - including the Sixth Sense and A.I Artificial Intelligence and Pay It Forward. He hasn't been as successful now he's all grown up.
Did you know: His sister has appeared in Hannah Montana.
Bonus facts
On this day in 1912, RMS Titanic departed Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage. It was also her only voyage as the ship hit an iceburg and sank before it reached its destination.
On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. He cited personal and professional reason.

Fun Facts About Paul McCartney

5 Fun Facts About Paul McCartney
1)  A little known fact about Paul McCartney: He can count backwards from 2,000 to Zero faster than any person on Earth. Might come in useful at parties if he ever needs a few extra quid.
2)  Paul McCartney auditioned to be a choir boy when he was a kid - twice. And twice he was rejected for not being a good enough singer.
3)  In 1960, Paul McCartney was arrested and jailed for setting fire to a condom.
The Beatles were in Hamburg, Germany, playing a concert. They had more than a few complaints from the local residents and were asked to leave the country.
As they were packing up in their darkened room, he lit a condom to aid them. It was quickly discovered, and they were accused of trying to set the building on fire.
4)  Paul McCartney sang to the largest paid audience in history.
It was in 1989 in Brazil and the concert was in front of a paying crowd of over 350,000 people.
5)  Paul McCartney is a New York Police Detective.
Well, sort of. The New York Police Department (NYPD) made him an honorary police detective after he sang at a charity concert in aid of the families who suffered tragedies in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Fun Facts for April 9th - The Video

A new project. I've created an On This Day video on Youtube for April 9th. Would love if you'd watch and offer any feedback as to whether this is something you'd like to see more of.

On this day in history facts April 9th


On this day in history in 193, Lucius Septimius Severus was proclaimed Emperor.
The previous year on 31st December 192, Commodus, Russell Crowe's nemesis and the evil Emperor who diddled his sister in the movie Gladiator, was assassinated.
Strangely, he wasn't killed by Russell Crowe, but the movie wasn't that far off the mark. He was originally poisoned by Marcia, his favourite mistress, but this just made him ill instead of dead. He vomited it up. All of it. And then kept going.
Marcia and her co-conspirators then sent Narcissus, the Emperor's wrestling partner, to strangle Commodus in his bath. So, yeah, the film was pretty close. To a degree. If looking through a really dirty telescope.
After the death of Commodus, Pertinax was acclaimed Emperor by the Senate. His reign didn't last long, and ended about as well as his predecessor. He was assassinated as well. This time by his Praetorian Guard.
This led the Praetorian Guard to auction off the title and position of Emperor to the highest bidder. Step forward Didius Julianus. He became the next Emperor.
However, at the same time Septimius Severus had been proclaimed Emperor by his own legion. And then by all the other Roman legions in the region. Severus immediately set course for Rome to dispose of this Didius Julianus bloke.
As Severus' army approached the City of Rome, the Senate decided to proclaim Severus the rightful Emperor. They condemned Didius Julianus to death and had one of his centurions do the deed.
Upon entering Rome and taking up his throne, Septimius Severus had Emperor Pertinax's killers executed, and then exiled the rest of the Praetorian Guard. He then filled the Guard with troops who were loyal to him from his own legion.
In 211, whilst on a campaign in Britain, and after naming his son, Caracalla, as co-emperor, Emperor Severus was killed in suspicious circumstances.
And by that we mean he was murdered by his son, Caracalla. That dude is really an evil little git. Read some fun facts about the life of Caracalla here.
On this day in history in 1483, King Edward IV died.
Yes. The King is Dead, Long Live The King. The handsome one, and didn't he know it, Edward IV, has died. His son, Edward V, who is only 12 years old, succeeds to the throne.
We're pretty sure the young king Edward V will have a very long and successful reign, and we extend our condolences for the loss of his father.
But who cares, you're KING.
Breaking News: Edward is currently on his way to London, escorted by his loving and trusted uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
No, wait, report just coming in: Edward has arrived in the capital and his uncle has him imprisoned in the Tower Of London. Well, I'm sure it's a mistake. His uncle is a nice guy. It'll get sorted.
This just in: Richard, Edward's gentle and kind uncle, just kidnapped Edward's younger brother and locked him up in the Tower of London with Edward.
Crikey, who saw that coming? But they can't keep the Princes in the Tower, as one of them is king. And, as a King, he'll order Richard to release him, and then rule for a very long time.
Latest Breaking News: Richard has declared Edward a bastard, making him out to be an illegitimate son of Edward IV and not a rightful king. He also declared himself the rightful king, and has become King Richard III.
But Richard is a decent man. He'll look after the two Princes in the Tower. They won't simply disappear, never to be heard of again.
And two children's skeletons won't then be found in 200 years buried beneath the stairs at the Tower of London. Click here for 5 Fun Facts About Edward V 

In other news: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY - April 9th

On this day in history in 1440, Christopher of Bavaria was appointed King of Denmark.
On this day in history in 1682, the French Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, and claimed it for France. He name it Louisiana after the King of France.
He didn't notice any Native Americans all ready milling around having been there for hundreds of years before him. When one did finally approach Robert Cavelier de La Salle, he said, "You know we've known about the mouth of this river for years?"
"Merde." De Salle thought for a moment, then asked them, "Do you have a flag?"
The Native Americans looked at each other and then said, "Err, nope."
De Salle smiled. "Then you can't claim anything. You need a flag to claim something. So suck it."
During De Salle's final voyage in 1687, his crew mutinied. Robert De La Salle was killed by Pierre Duhaut whilst he was talking to another member of the crew, Jean L'Archeveque, who was acting as a decoy.
On this day in 1967, the first ever Boeing 737 - 100, made its maiden flight. Ironically, with a married bloke at the controls.
On this day in history in 1969, the first British-built Concorde made its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford. Ironically, even though it was a maiden flight, it had no maidens on board.
On this day in history in 1981, the USS George Washington, a nuclear George Washington Class submarine, collided with the Japanese cargo ship, Nissho Maru.
The George Washington was dawdling around at periscope depth in the seas 130 miles south of Japan, where the Nissho Maru just happened to be dawdling as well.
Upon executing a crash dive manoeuvre, the submarine hit the Japanese cargo ship, totally by accident. Oops. They are very sorry.
The Nissho Maru sank in fifteen minutes, suffering the loss of two crewman. Another thirteen were rescued.
The USS George Washington suffered some minor damage and no casualties. It also took no action, along with an American patrol aircraft in the skies above, to rescue or aid the sinking Japanese ship, or its crew.
A statement afterwards stated with a stated fact that although the submarine USS George Washington did surface, and did detect the Japanese cargo Ship, Nissho Maru, it did not realise the ship was in distress. Apparently, the patrol plane also spotted the Nissho Maru, but also didn't realise it had suffered any damage.
On this day in 2003, Baghdad finally fell to the American forces during the Iraq war. Celebrating, as they don't realise sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side, the Iraqis pull down statues, including the Grand Statue of Iraq's previous leader Saddam Hussein.
On this day in history in 2005, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and heir to the British throne, married Camilla Parker Bowles, long term lover, in a civil ceremony at Guildhall in Windsor.
Although Camilla Parker Bowles is entitled to the title Princess of Wales, she does not use it. Instead, she goes by the title Duchess of Cornwall, as her new husband, the Prince of Wales, is also the Duke of Cornwall, as was all previous heirs apparent to the British throne.