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PostSubject: "History" in a Nutshell   Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:30 pm

Ambrose Bierce (American writer, 1842--1914) wrote:
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

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PostSubject: Re: "History" in a Nutshell   Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:00 pm

The Devil's Dictionary is great... definitely a cull at the ranch for Sacred Cows.

Something in there for us pipesters, too:
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MEERSCHAUM, n.
(Literally, seafoam, and by many erroneously supposed to be made of it.) A fine white clay, which for convenience in coloring it brown is made into tobacco pipes and smoked by the workmen engaged in that industry. The purpose of coloring it has not been disclosed by the manufacturers.

There was a youth (you've heard before,
This woeful tale, may be),
Who bought a meerschaum pipe and swore
That color it would he!

He shut himself from the world away,
Nor any soul he saw.
He smoke by night, he smoked by day,
As hard as he could draw.

His dog died moaning in the wrath
Of winds that blew aloof;
The weeds were in the gravel path,
The owl was on the roof.

"He's gone afar, he'll come no more,"
The neighbors sadly say.
And so they batter in the door
To take his goods away.

Dead, pipe in mouth, the youngster lay,
Nut-brown in face and limb.
"That pipe's a lovely white," they say,
"But it has colored him!"

The moral there's small need to sing --
'Tis plain as day to you:
Don't play your game on any thing
That is a gamester too.

-Martin Bulstrode
You can read the whole thing here... fun "grazing" for the brain.
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PostSubject: Re: "History" in a Nutshell   Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:25 pm

Yep.

There were pressed meerschaum pipes masquerading as block meerschaums back then too !

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