Clip of the Week: December 28, 2022

First, they banned dancing (multiple times). Then, they banned alcohol and hat ticklers. Now, not even kissing is allowed?!? It is an annual custom to hold a “social” on Boxing Night. This year the new minister, the Rev. Moffatt Gautrey, decided that the kissing game which had formerly been allowed at the social should not Read More

Clip of the Week: November 16, 2022

If you live in a country that celebrated Veterans/Armistice/Remembrance Day last week, it’s time for a pop quiz: What is the most appropriate way to commemorate the end of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history? I can see you looking at your neighbor’s paper—no cheating! When you’ve circled your answer, read on to Read More

Clip of the Week: October 19, 2022

A duel for the ages: Armed with only a bicycle and an umbrella, two arrogant politicians face off. Who will win? It seems that cycling has become very popular with some of our younger legislators, and certain of them have got into the habit of coming down to the House [of Commons] on their machines Read More

Clip of the Week: September 21, 2022

Kevin Bacon—er, Ren McCormack—might have a thing or two to say about this: No new dances will be introduced during 1931, according to the decision of the dance hall managers’ official board of control of ballroom dancing, London. Santos Casani, a leading manager has announced that he is concentrating on popularizing the waltz tango, and Read More

Clip of the Week: August 24, 2022

I’m a pro at overthinking, but this person takes the cake: The Americans have a polite habit on being presented to a new acquaintance of uttering the words, “Pleased to meet you,” although upon what the pleasure can rest, or how they know that it is a pleasure, or why an ordinary incident which is Read More

Clip of the Week: August 10, 2022

This is exactly why I don’t sing outside of my shower. Mr. Andrew Carnegie is amusing his friends with the story of an old Scottish woman who had no great liking for modern church music. One day she was expressing her dislike of the singing of an anthem in her own church when a friend Read More

Clip of the Week: July 13, 2022

There are entire industries I’d like to try this trick on. The scene of one of these was the pretty village of Grosmont, where a reputed wizard called “Old Jenkyns” punished the landlady of the Cock and Feathers. Jenkyns had some bread and cheese and beer, and on leaving asked how much it was. “Oh,” Read More

Clip of the Week: June 1, 2022

Product placement doesn’t get any better than this: The following incident took place recently in the Parish Church of a well-known Lancashire town, where a mother had taken her baby to be christened. “What name do you select [for] your child,” asked the Vicar. “Venos,” was the answer. “Venus! But this is not a suitable Read More

Clip of the Week: April 20, 2022

A court-house in a certain provincial town stands near a common. During one of the cases that were being tried there counsel was in the middle of his speech for the defence, when a donkey outside began to bray. The judge, who was notorious for his wit, put up his hand at this juncture, and Read More

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