Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, May 12, 2014

World War I Laffs

Compiled from his students' writings over the years by University of California at Santa Barbara history professor Alfred Lindemann. His supplementary comments are in parentheses.

World War I turned many into passivists. [They just stayed in their trenches and played cards.]

When war reached the Italian boarders, the Italian socialists revealed their true position. [The sanctity of the pensione was being violated!]

Lenin won over the populus with the call for Peace, land, and fruit! [To be more precise, Peace, land, and cantaloupes.]

By reading the diaries of the soldiers at the front, it made me more able to emphasize with them. [One, two, three, column left!]

President Wilson arrived in Paris with fourteen pointers. [There was such a scene when they met up with the Alsatians and Dalmatians.]

After Lenin's death, Stalin spread his testacles over Russia. [And I thought Rasputin had kinky tastes!]

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