A Stupid Death.

Greek temple ruins

Whilst writing something else, I was reminded of my children’s favourite TV Show, Horrible Histories, based on the books by Terry Deary (Mostly) and Martin Brown, (Who helped out when things got too busy)

My Eldest daughters favourite part of the show is ‘Stupid Deaths’

And this is my favourite Stupid Death.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ackBRCjSZE

I have left a big gap so that you can watch the video without seeing the story first.

If you want to read it Scroll down. 

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If you don’t want to watch the Clip, this is the story.

Draco was a ruler of Athens, in ancient Greece, and he created lots of laws for which the punishment was Death, and is the source of the word Draconian unsurprisingly. This included opposition to the government and things like stealing an apple.

Now one of the traditions of the time was apparently to throw your cloak at someone you admired, and one day Draco was walking somewhere when a crowd gathered to ‘admire’ him, naturally they all started throwing their cloaks, untill Draco was completely buried in them, where he suffocated and died.

Which to my mind shows that nice harmless cultural traditions can have their uses if rulers get a little too big for their boots.

I wonder what George Bush would have looked like buried under a pile of shoes?

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About Transremaxculver

An entirely fictitious username I created for posting on 'alt.religion.scientology', Scientology is something of which I am highly critical. For those of you who don't know, the Church of Scientology have a habit of making life very uncomfortable for even the most legitimate of critics, which is why this username is completely anonymous. Anyway I have become quite fond of this username, and although it has to some extent outgrown it's original purpose, I think a blog is perhaps the right place for me/it to continue to grow and develop.
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