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In a world without the benefit of the internet it could take decades for cat memes to circulate throughout Europe while an email could take several months to deliver - a speed surpassed by AOL as long ago as 2014. So how could news be efficiently spread to an illiterate, turnip-obsessed public? The answer was to use illustrations to convey complex ideas. Chaucer himself records the latest treatise on hamster rearing arriving in Chichester and the peasantry pouring over its sage advice even while they coughed out their intestines during the Great Scratching Sickness of 1364.

Hygiene standards were low in the Medieval World, leading to endemic dysentery and a consequent chronic paper shortage. Scribes took the sensible decision to pass on their knowledge in the spaces alongside the script of a popular self-help book of the day, The Holy Bible. The superstitious psycho-babble of this frankly bizarre publication now seems as incomprehensible as it is dated, but the wisdom of the Medieval Marginalia often hidden in its darkest corners speaks to us down the ages.

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Drowning
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  • ...that babies explode when you put them in the microwave?
  • ...that 69% percent of statistics contain sexual innuendo?
  • ...that the first use of "LOL" is in Shakespeare's play, As You Like It, and that the first use of "OMG" may be found in Macbeth?
  • ...that this is just a distraction while we take your car?
  • ...that since haste makes waste, and slow and steady wins the race, it follows that everybody who loses a race must therefore be charged with littering?
  • ...that really fat people cannot wash themselves but must avail of car washes late at night?

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  • 1/0 AD - I was born... My name is "undefined"
  • 331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Bands.
  • 1987 - Malaysia :the smartest guy born in Sibu.
  • 1890 - 'Yosemite Sam' National Park established.
  • 1919 - Woodrow Wilson falls down the White House stairs and is the first President to lose use of his left big toe.
  • 1928 - The Soviet Union introduces its first Five-Year Plan, which is to come up with another five year plan in five years.
  • 1930 - "October 1 day" celebrated in Paris. Rioting ensues.
  • 1960 - Nigeria gains independence from the United Kingdom. This event is celebrated by a solemn ten seconds of not sending spam emails.
  • 1962 - Riots in Mississippi as Alabama wins the "America's most racist state" award. Alabama's victory brought to an end Mississippi's 30-year winning streak.[1]
  • 1963 - Intelligent design is no longer taught in schools after the California State Board of Education is created.
  • 1964 - The Free Speech Movement is launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. Previously students had been charged up to a nickle per syllable for each word uttered.
  • 1971 - Orlando, Florida founded after settlers discover Walt Disney World.
  • 1975 - Muhammed Ali declared the eventual winner against Joe Frazier in a fight dubbed the "Battle in Guadacanal".
  • 1979 - The Hunt For Red October officially began. It was supposed to start on September 28th, but they waited a couple of days to save them changing the name.
  • 1998 - Raccoon City is destroyed by three cruise missiles and repeated aerial bombardment in an attempt to contain a T-Virus outbreak
  • 2003 - Bournemouth recognised as a city by the British government, entire world shocked.
  • 2004 - In a desperate bid to diversify its business Microsoft engineers and a team from Wigan University, England invent the pineapple chunk.
  • 2005 - Official Reminder: September has now ended. Now is an appropriate time to wake up Billie Joe from Green Day.
  • 2007 - 12 men celebrate Man Flu by going on an all night bender, only 5 survive, a doctor prescribes reruns of Match Of The Day and plenty of Nuts magazines.a.j hastings willingly raped by 24 men
  • 2007 - Punch me in the Nuts Barney is launched and instantly becomes a sell-out.
  • 2009 - Swine Flu kills everybody but the Republican leaders. They die soon afterward due to the fact they never learned how to feed themselves.
  • 1973 - Richard nixon crowned worlds sexiest man; Rioting ensues.

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MonoLisa

DaVinci's Hewlett-Packard printer was to be the undoing of his most famous work, resulting in what art scholars have termed the "Mono Lisa."
Hewlett Packard were unavailable for comment as the CEO was busy discussing a merger with Ferrari to create the world's first petrol powered printer.
DaVinci is said to be in a closed door meeting with Dan Brown to discuss the implications of this event.

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