| The World According To Student Bloopers
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Posted: 20-Mar-2006, 01:25 PM
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STUDENT BLOOPERS
One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay. I have pasted together the following “history” of the world (in two parts) from certifiably genuine student bloopers collected by teachers in the United States from eighth grade to through college freshman level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot.
The inhabitants of ancient Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so certain areas of the dessert are cultivated by irritation.
The Pyramids are a range of mountains between France and Spain. The Egyptians built the Pyramids in the shape of a he triangular cube.
The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessess, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, once asked, “Am I my brother’s son?”
God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his brother’s birth mark. Jacob was a patriarch who brought up his 12 sons to be patriarchs, bur they did not take to it. One of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.
Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients. Afterward, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to give the 10 Commandments.
David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in Biblical times. Solomn, one of David’s sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.
Without the Greeks, we wouldn’t have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns- Corinthian, Doric and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Stynx until he became intolerable. Achilles appears in The Iliad by Homer. Homer also wrote The Oddity, in which Penelope was the last hardship that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer, but by another man of that name.
Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.
Life in ancient Greece reeked with Joy. In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped hurled the biscuits and threw the java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath.
The government of Athens was democratic because the people took the law into their own hands. There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn’t climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought with the Persians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.
Eventually, the Ramons conquered the Geeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long. At Roman banquets, the guests wore garlics in their hair.
Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.
Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur lived in the age or Shivery, King Harold mustarted his troops before the battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was cannonized by Bernard Shaw and victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, the Magna Carta provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.
In midevil times most of the people were alliterate. The greatest of the time was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature. Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through and apple while standing on his son’s heads.
The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of their human being. Martin Luther 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 Donatello’s interest in the female nude that made him the father other Renaissance.
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Francis Crake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.
The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VII found walking difficult because he and 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, the all shouted ‘hurrah!” Then her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo.
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He lived at Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies and errors. In one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to kill the King by attacking his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
Students Try to Rewrite Their History
It is truly astounding what havoc students can wreak upon the English language and the chronicles of history. According to one budding scholar, the Greek epic Homer wrote “The Oddity”. According to another, Wyatt Burp and Wild Bill Hiccups were two great Western marshals. According to a third, inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.
Side-splitting slips like these are collected by teachers around the nation, who don’t mind sharing a little humor while taking their jobs seriously, Pasting together such a delightful double entendres, I present a student bloopered history of the modern world.
Christopher Columbus, whose mother was Columbine, was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing around the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, Pint and the Santa Fe.
In 1658 the Pilgrims crossed the Ocean, and this was known as Pilgrims Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, there were greeted by the Indians who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porpoises on their backs, 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 John Smith was responsible for all this.
One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in the tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. During the War, the Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. The colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.
Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, A Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He produced electricity by rubbing cats backward and declared “A horse divided against itself cannot stand.” Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
The Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.
George Washington married Martha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. Later Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Precedent. 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 wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. He also freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation, and the 14th amendment gave the ex-Negroes citizenship. But the Clue Clux Clan would torcher, torment and lynch the ex-Negroes and other innocent victims. It claimed to represent law and odor.
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 supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth’s career.
Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity and also wrote a book called “Candy”. 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. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. He was rather large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired from 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 inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn’t bear 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 on the throne. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplarory 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 of telepathy. Louis Pasteur 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 annals of human history.
From Richard Lederer’s “Looking at Language” Column
Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
- Frederick Buechner
If society prospers at the expense of the intangibles,
how can it be called progress?
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