History Schmistory: April 17. Martin Luther Faces Diet of Worms.

1521. Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. Didn’t go so great for Luther. If you faced a Diet of Worms, how well do you think it would go for you?

History Schmistory, April 17: Canterbury Tales Told for the First Time!

1397¬†–¬†Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts. After all, it does start “Whan that aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of march hath perced to the roote”

Ludicrous Latin: Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse

No, excuse me, I believe I’m next.

History Schmistory: April 16. First Woman to Fly Across English Channel.

1912. Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. British historians were quoted saying: “Finally, a bird flies south!”

Happy Birthday, Renaissance Man!

Happy Birthday, Leonardo Da Vinci! 559 years young today! Born April 15, 1452.

Quiz: Amster Amster….

dam dam dam. Take the Amsterdam travel quiz!

Ludicrous Latin: Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.

If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar!

History Schmistory: April 15. Czechoslovakia goes Schizo!

1993. Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic gets the house and Slovakia gets the car.

Ludicrous Latin: Noli me vocate, ego te vocabo.

Don’t call me, I’ll call you

Ludicrous Latin: Sona si latine loqueris.

Honk if you speak Latin.

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