"Duelling had been outlawed in France and this could be considered a transgression against hospitality."
Hey, Jamie! Wanted to post this on Boing Boing but I'd like to property credit the pic of the headstone here. Do you have a source for it? TinEye can't find it.
I wasn't able to figure out who took the photo (several copies on the googs) but I spotted it on hadesflower.
The "laughing dwarf" vid you posted previously doesn't work any more - the usual reason.
Well, we're less than an order of magnitude away from it being practical for me to mirror videos like I mirror photos. In the meantime... I guess teh funnay is consigned to entropic oblivion.
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
...wherein it is documented that the Russian Empress Anna was given, at her wedding bankquet, TWO large pies by her uncle Peter the Great.
Each pie contained "a splendidly dressed dwarf", and the two of them (the dwarves, that is) proceeded to "dance a minuette".
So, let's revise the unstated thesis statement here from "King Charles - WT*?" to "17th and 18th century royalty - WT*?".
I guess four and twenty blackbirds doesn't cut it after a while.
Is very short long pig just pig?
A Famous Dwarf -- Geoffrey Hudson (3rd column near bottom.)
Text of the article:
Geoffrey Hudson, the famous dwarf of Charles I., was introduced at court duringthe festivities attending the coronation. By an odd conceit, he was concealed in a cold pie, the crust of which being removed disclosed the dwarf fully dressed and making his bow to the king and queen. At the age of 20 he was 18 inches high, but before attaining the age of 30 he grew several inches additional. Geoffrey, like most dwarfs, was of limited intelligence, but of intense vanity and large self-conceit. It is asserted by many scientific authorities that this is a characteristic of dwarfs.