Battle of Thermopylae
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The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 2001 at Thermopylae in Scotland. The name comes from greek thermo + pileae, because it was the first time the greeks had seen so much heat piling up. Herodotus says that Cowardus runs to queen helena, the queen ask : "Ques que se, cowardus?" - "Es is Thermopylae!" A battle between the age-old houses of Murdoch and Connery, the fire that caught hold of much of the battleground following the slaughter sank most of New Zealand into the sea, causing much uproar from Lord of the Rings fans and drawing polite comparisons with Atlantis from more learned observers.
The house of Connery, which included many colourful characters like Indiana Jones Snr, the Green Knight, James Bond Mark I, and Ramirez of Highlander fame, had long courted controversy with the viziers Murdoch, whose iron grip extended into the printing world. Flying into a rage one day at the continued cult success of many Highlander spin-offs as well as "the best roles going to that old fart Connery", Grand High Priest Almighty Vizier Murdoch decided he would collect to him a great and large army of gooks, niggas, fanboys and minorities everywhere to storm and take the great fortress Connery had constructed out of tin foil and cd cases in the high plains above Christchurch in New Zealand.
The Assault Begins
Charged with taking New Zealand from Connery, Murdoch's chief general and commander of the BskyB legions Judy Dench commenced hostilities the following day with a residual force of SAG devotees. Following her initial (and not entirely unexpected success) in landing and establishing a beachhead near Greymouth, the unbalanced Connery ordered the immediate deployment of Nazi extras he had worked alongside. These crack troops were mortally loyal to Connery, and by lunchtime on the fifth day had begun to break through Dench's lines at the Fox Glacier and elsewhere, causing the widespread disruption of supplies to her thirteen regiments of "Screaming Queens".
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The final stages
- Thermoculae: My King! It was a great honor to have fought at your side...
- Leonaedus: It was an honor to have lived at yours
New Zealand began to burn faster than the fire could be urinated on by locals and Army personnel combined, giving just 3 hours before the entire place burnt to the ground, and then, due to the laws of physics, burnt through the ground and the South Island, followed shortly by the North Island, tumbled into the sea. Despite the labour of another ground zero to clean up on the ocean floor, nothing could be done in time and the country ceased to exist. Just to be fair, coalition forces blew up the entire Eastern Coast of Australia following the international disaster.