Saturday, May 17, 2008

Trivial History May 17

Yes, this is a very late entry but technically tis still May 17th in this part of the spinning globe.

Some enthralling things happened on this day, one of which was when Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys in 1770, but it wasn't in 1824 when the Supreme Court of NSW was birthed or when Andrew Petrie falling over the Mary River in 1842, nor was it Port Augusta having it's standards lowered by being linked to Adelaide by a railroad in 1882.

I could be wrong but perhaps one of those exciting things was the recovery of Charlie Chaplain's stolen corpse in 1978, which had been on the loose for 10 weeks or maybe the 1990 find that 3 of Churchill's radio speeches had been read by an actor named Norman Shelley...stop snoring, it's exciting, I tell you!


  1. Charlie Chaplin's corpse was stolen? Ew!

  2. Yep, some weirdo nicked the corpse from the grave.
    Very EW !

  3. I often wonder what they would then do with it. Aside from using him as a doorstop and/or taking him on weekend at bernie's-style roadtrips, of course.