Tag Archives: History Channel

A Rare Find Indeed!

Curator’s Comment: The American Hysterical Society does not subscribe to, support, or tolerate any theology in our history or history humor. However, this piece produced by and for the Mormons is actually smart and funny. We can only assume it was created by a converted heathen.

New From the History Channel: Love & Gladiators (NSFW)

Weekend Work 3-4-13: Our Liebster Award – Paying It Forward

the-liebster-awardAs our reader knows, a few weeks ago Pooja Gupta, over at The Inside Poison, nominated Peabody”s Lament for the Liebster Award. The award is bestowed by bloggers on other bloggers for the sole purpose of saying I like your work and I think others should see it too. We remain amazed and thankful for her nomination.

Here’s how the Liebster Award works:

– Liebster means you love some fellow blogger’s work and want to appreciate it by this gesture.
– You have to post 11 things about yourself, after you get the nominations.
– You have to answer 11 questions, asked by the blogger who nominated you.
– You have to nominate 11 other bloggers having less than 200 followers, like you were nominated.
– Notify your nominations candidates by commenting on their blogs.
– Post Liebster’s picture on your post as a gesture of acceptance.

With that said, here we go…

11 Things About Me

1) Like many of you, I am a figment of my own imagination.
2) I especially love staff, committee, and board meetings. If they’re not inspiring some new post for the AHS they give me time to work on them while I sit there.
3) The museum field is going through a mid-life crisis right now and the AHS is my humble attempt to keep it from piercing its ear, buying a sports car, and chasing young girls. Evidently I see the museum field as a 50-year-old man.
4) I’ve been collecting history and museum humor for my entire career. In fact, the AHS is the digital offspring of an office door I pasted history-related cartoons all over.
5) I don’t get any mail. Fan or hate.
6) I’ve noticed that museum people think of me as a reenactor and reenactors think of me as a museum person (and, as we’ve seen, that’s not a compliment).
 7) Directing & curating the AHS has helped me sort out what I want, need, and believe about working in history museums. Turns out, it’s not what I thought I believed before I started all this. And before you ask, the only thing I would change is that I would have founded the AHS much sooner.
8) My hero is Francis Grose. I think he would’ve been fun in the archive and the tavern.
9) I’m an extra medium and my favorite color is plaid.
10) I love this quote from the movie The Third Man: “in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” I believe that, if given the choice, too many museum professionals want to be Swiss.
11) I am inordinately amused that this blog went to 11 on Pooja Gupta’s list.
Pooja Gupta’s 11 Questions

1) Atheist or Theist? And why? I worship Clio, goddess of history, because she offers me a job. So, theist.

2) Explain your reasons as to why doesn’t these two worlds, mythology and science go together? (You can be as much as creative you want) Hehe. Ah, but they do go together. Both try to explain the universe. The difference is one relies on invisible forces and the other relies on immortal gods.

3) If you were immortal inside of a supernatural being, which being would you want to be? Hermes, the trickster god of the Greeks.

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The ankle wings allow for quicker post-joke escapes.

4) Your beliefs on ‘reverse racism’? It exists, or Dave Chappelle wouldn’t have a career and the AHS would have less to collect.

5) Are you a feminist? If yes/no, why? If by feminist you mean do I believe in equality, then yes. I believe we’re all equally daft.

6) According to you, what exactly is being legit? No idea. I had to look up the Urban Dictionary’s definition.

7) How did you find the spark of writing in you? I had to write because I can’t draw, paint, sculpt, compose, or act, but I can spell (usually). Also see #3 of my “about me” list above.

8) How did you decide of finally making a blog? Our premier post pretty well sums up our inspiration (see here). Plus blogging is free of charge AND board oversight.

9) Name a place where you haven’t visited yet but you wished to all your life? And, why? Merrymount, MA, about 1627. The town was established by non-Puritan settlers who fundamentally disagreed with the Pilgrims over what constituted “fun.”


Because just by existing, the town annoyed the Pilgrims.

10) If water was poison, how would you substitute it? Hard cider (beer requires water)

11) What’s your favorite car? (I’m an automobile person. So.. yeah.) If not car, what’s the closest thing to you in all of this whole wide world and why?

My 11 Blog Nominations












My 11 Questions For the Nominees

NB: These questions seem focused on history, but I tend to think that anyone who pursues history (historians, reenactors, museum professionals, buffs, etc) is a history person. As a good museum person I’m trying to be inclusive here.

1) Why do you study and present the past (you can say for the money, but we know better)?

2) It has been suggested that one of the easiest ways to navigate daily life is to make certain you don’t talk about money, religion, or politics. Then why are they all history people seem to talk about?

3) Is Clio (history) to be a muse or just amusing (actually this question is from Thomas Schlereth’s Artifacts and the American Past)?

4) What do you think it takes to create valid history (for example, an interest in critical reading, an academic degree, the ability to breathe)?

5) As I mentioned above I don’t get a lot of mail from my readers. Do you feel like you do? Do you feel as though you’re connecting to your audience? Does that matter to you?

6) As the American Hysterical Society’s collections demonstrates, there is a lot of American history humor related to Whites, Blacks, and Natives. Why do you think there is so little, if any, humor about Asians, South Asian Indians, and Hispanics in American history?

7) Should they be forced to remove the word history from the name History Channel?

8) As we are fond of saying here at the AHS, history doesn’t sell. Do you think there is a business of history? Is it lucrative?

9) Do you believe folk art is its own form of art, separate from academic art? Did you not read our previous post about this? How come?

10) When we say it’s important to know history, which history should we mean (political, social, economic, art, etc)? Why?

11) Who is your favorite member of Spinal Tap?


So there it is. Our thanks, self-incriminations, answers, nominations, and questions. Now we wait and see who responds…

History According To the History Channel

History Lesson for the History Channel

So simple, yet so elegant

History Channel Repeats Itself

Actually From The Onion

February 18, 1998 | ISSUE 33•06

NEW YORK—Tragically failing to learn the lessons of its own programming, the History Channel repeated itself 11 p.m. Sunday, airing Man’s Inhumanity To Man: The Horror Of Auschwitz just three days after its initial broadcast. “This informative and important Holocaust documentary imparted many poignant lessons last Thursday,” Harvard University history professor Dr. Edmund O. Haller said. “But what has humanity really gained from witnessing The Horror Of Auschwitz if the History Channel ignores its painful lessons and allows it to air again? This is an atrocity that, sadly, could have easily been prevented if we had only learned its lessons the first time.” Haller urged the management of the History Channel to watch its own programming attentively, “lest future generations be forced to repeat this dark hour of cable-TV programming.”

Trying To Outcrazy the History Channel

FYI: It’s not possible.


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