History Literature / HorribleHistories

25th Jan '16 4:30:39 PM bravo104
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** ''Woeful Second World War'' claimed Generald Molotov invented the Molotov Cocktail; it was actually created by the Finnish repelling his invasion.
24th Oct '15 11:10:11 AM nombretomado
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* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: A cartoon in the Horrible Histories book of the 20th Century parodies the infamous "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry_sauce cranberry sauce]]" lyric of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Fields_Forever Strawberry Fields Forever]]", with JohnLennon reading "Cranberry sauce, strawberry jam, milk and a packet of biscuits. Wait, these aren't me lyrics...".

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* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: A cartoon in the Horrible Histories book of the 20th Century parodies the infamous "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry_sauce cranberry sauce]]" lyric of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Fields_Forever Strawberry Fields Forever]]", with JohnLennon Music/JohnLennon reading "Cranberry sauce, strawberry jam, milk and a packet of biscuits. Wait, these aren't me lyrics...".
14th May '15 11:40:17 PM genolution
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* FascinatingEyebrow: This expression is ''very'' common whenever a historical figure does something odd in, whereupon another figure in the illustrations cocks an eyebrow up in the classic fascinating eyebrow style.
11th Mar '15 11:17:40 PM jormis29
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Generally averted, however there are still a few mistakes in the books. Nothing major, generally stuff like widely-accepted historical "facts" that are actually historical legend. They expose a lot of these as well. They're like Snopes for history books sometimes.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Generally averted, however there are still a few mistakes in the books. Nothing major, generally stuff like widely-accepted historical "facts" that are actually historical legend. They expose a lot of these as well. They're like Snopes ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' for history books sometimes.
31st Dec '14 1:29:09 PM grapesandmilk
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* GoshDangUsToHeck: When ''Wicked Words'' claimed that in 1623 the English Parliament made it illegal to swear:

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* GoshDangUsToHeck: GoshDangItToHeck: When ''Wicked Words'' claimed that in 1623 the English Parliament made it illegal to swear:swear, a cartoon parodies this:
31st Dec '14 1:27:33 PM grapesandmilk
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* GoshDangUsToHeck: When ''Wicked Words'' claimed that in 1623 the English Parliament made it illegal to swear:
--> '''Judge:''' I now sentence you to twenty years in prison.
--> '''Defendant:''' Flippin' 'eck!
--> '''Judge:''' Make that forty years.
19th Nov '14 9:06:09 AM LahmacunKebab
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* MoodWhiplash: ''The Woeful Second World War'' was much darker than the other books, with quite a few less humorous moments, and a lot of very grim, confronting stories. The parts on the Holocaust and Dresden, for example are completely devoid of any humor whatsoever, and are written in a very cold, confronting tone (unsurprising given the subject)/

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* MoodWhiplash: ''The Woeful Second World War'' was much darker than the other books, with quite a few less humorous moments, and a lot of very grim, confronting stories. The parts on the Holocaust and Dresden, for example are completely devoid of any humor whatsoever, and are written in a very cold, confronting tone (unsurprising given the subject)/subject)
25th Oct '14 10:53:55 PM Fireblood
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Happpens frequently. Lord Kelvin was quite good about this, believing that heavier-than-air flight was impossible and X-rays were probably a hoax. (He changed his mind about the second one after he saw the evidence.) In addition, Kelvin insisted that radio had no future in 1897 (he preferred to send messages by pony) and that it would take human beings two hundred years to land on the moon. Horrible Histories put it best when summarising this kind of phenomenon, noting in the section about the predicted short lifespan of talking pictures that "Lord Kelvin was dead by then, so he was not able to tell us that talking films were impossible anyway."
** The live-action TV series itself got this treatment when it when they won a National Televison Award for Best Documentary Series. "I bet we all saw this coming", indeed.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Happpens Happens frequently. Lord Kelvin was quite good about this, believing that heavier-than-air flight was impossible and X-rays were probably a hoax. (He hoax (he changed his mind about the second one after he saw the evidence.) evidence). In addition, Kelvin insisted that radio had no future in 1897 (he preferred to send messages by pony) and that it would take human beings two hundred years to land on the moon. Horrible Histories put it best when summarising summarizing this kind of phenomenon, noting in the section about the predicted short lifespan of talking pictures that "Lord Kelvin was dead by then, so he was not able to tell us that talking films were impossible anyway."
** The live-action TV series itself got this treatment when it when they won a National Televison Television Award for Best Documentary Series. "I bet we all saw this coming", indeed.



* MoodWhiplash: ''The Woeful Second World War'' was much darker than the other books, with quite a few less humorous moments, and alot of very grim, confronting stories. The parts on the Holocaust and Dresden, for example are completely devoid of any humour whatsoever, and are written in a very cold, confronting tone. (Unsurprising given the subject)
** All the books' epilogues end on a considerably more downbeat note than the preceding text, describing how the civilisation in question's achievements were all for naught in the long run, or how they essentially lived by the sword and died by the sword when more powerful civilisations came along. Usually there's some kind of aesop directed towards the young reader.

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* MoodWhiplash: ''The Woeful Second World War'' was much darker than the other books, with quite a few less humorous moments, and alot a lot of very grim, confronting stories. The parts on the Holocaust and Dresden, for example are completely devoid of any humour humor whatsoever, and are written in a very cold, confronting tone. (Unsurprising tone (unsurprising given the subject)
subject)/
** All the books' epilogues end on a considerably more downbeat note than the preceding text, describing how the civilisation civilization in question's achievements were all for naught in the long run, or how they essentially lived by the sword and died by the sword when more powerful civilisations civilizations came along. Usually there's some kind of aesop directed towards the young reader.
25th Oct '14 10:48:47 PM Fireblood
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* CreatorBreakdown: In February 2013, Deary--whose work has always been subversive in nature, where [[AristocratsAreEvil the people in power are always portrayed as the bad guys]] and the hero is the {{Everyman}}--went on a huge rant about, of all things, how horrible public libraries are because [[{{Hypocrite}} they allow "the common people" to "steal his work"]] (ie. read his work without buying it at a bookstore.) [[InternetCounterattack It's not hard to guess how people reacted...]]
14th Aug '14 4:20:39 PM MarkLungo
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* The Frightful First World War - (World War I)

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* The Frightful First World War - (World War I)(UsefulNotes/WorldWarI)



* The Woeful Second World War - (usefulNotes/WorldWarII)

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* The Woeful Second World War - (usefulNotes/WorldWarII)(UsefulNotes/WorldWarII)
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