History Students Say Mid-Evil Times were Toughest
ASHS Column for 11 30 06
Jerry Simmons

    By the time you read this, the Boxcar Barbeque
will be long over. All the tired ol’ feet have rested in
a tub of Epson salts, the ol’ bones that creaked
through all the effort to make the event a successful
one have had time to heal, and all is well with the
    From my perspective, the day was a hit. Thanks
to all those who put in long hours of hard work
cooking, serving, and managing the Treasure Sale;
to the antique auto owners who drove from
Pensacola to be a part of the day. Thanks to the
Civil War reenactors who provided an occasional
surprise to the crowd with the boom of the cannon
and the rifle volleys; to the entertainers who
provided enjoyment to the crowd, to the younger
and older dancers whose long hours of practice
showed in their skills; to the vendors who graciously
displayed their wares and their collections – a
great big thank you!
    So – we did it, but wait! Another event is gonna happen in April – time for the annual bash for the anniversary of the naming of Century in 1901. Might as well mark those calendars now, because you’ll not want to miss welcoming the coming of Spring with us!
    This week, we’ll have a look at history from about 1000 A.D. to World War I, supposedly based on essays (complete with errors) compiled years ago by a Mobile high school history teacher. I hope you enjoy.

    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 literature. 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 Luthor 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 Donatell's interest in the female nude that made him the father of the Renaissance. Guttenberg 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 worth. With a 100 foot clipper.
    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 "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before 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. He lived in Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies and errors. 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 Regained."
    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 they were called the Pilgrim’s Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried propoises 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 Joan 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 parcels through the post without stamps. During the War, Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. 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 invented electricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared "a horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
    George Washington married Martha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. Then 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 President. 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 supposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth’s career.
    Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity. Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling 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. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
    France was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napoleonic Wars, the crowned heads of Europe were trembling in their shoes. Then the Spanish gorillas 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 19th 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 naturalist who wrote the "Organ of the Species." Madman Curie discovered radium.        
    And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.
    The First World War, cause by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by a surf, ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

    And I thought I knew it all!
    Yawl come.

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