Better Know A Pope: Stephen VI, The Grave Robber

Stephen VI Cadaver Synod

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You can’t tell the story of Stephen VI, who was pope for about a year in 897, without first telling the story of Formosus, the earlier pope whom Stephen had exhumed and put on trial for heresy. During the eighth and ninth centuries, the young Holy Roman Empire was convulsing with a series of wars, feuds among nobles, and external meddling from jealous neighbors doing what they could to stoke the flames. During this time, the papacy was up to its neck in imperial politics, to the extent of appointing bishops as nobles within the empire.

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Hysteria Revisited: The Satanic Panic Of The 1980s

Satanic Panic Joe

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Imagine a cultural phenomenon, arising out of nowhere, which has the ability to unite conservative evangelical Protestants with feminists, police investigators, psychologists, conspiracy theorists, social workers, victim advocates, psychic mediums, anti-pornography crusaders, talk-show hosts, aspiring politicians, and the tabloid media.

Now imagine this cultural phenomenon has just conspired to throw you in prison on the charge that you’ve been ritualistically murdering babies who were conceived and born specifically for the purpose of being sacrificed to the devil. Such was the cultural climate in the United States during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.

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Cologne, Germany After The War


262 air raids and over 34,000 long tons of bombs later, Cologne, Germany emerged from World War Two in tatters. The bombings reduced Cologne’s population by 95 percent, and it was rightly deemed by urban planner Rudolf Schwarz as the world’s greatest heap of rubble. Schwarz was behind the city’s reconstruction, and by 1959 Cologne’s population matched its pre-war numbers. Today, the city is quite prosperous, which just goes to show the transformative power of good design and urban planning.

30 Of History’s Most Famous (And Hilarious) Insults

Below is a gallery of responses, retorts, and comebacks that are so witty that they’ve outlived the person who delivered them — enjoy our collection of history’s funniest insults:

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Victor Hugo God Was Bored By Him

Victor Hugo: "God was bored by him."

Winston Churchill On Americans

Winston Churchill: "Americans will always try to do the right thing-- after they've tried everything else."

William Shakespeare History's Funniest Insults

William Shakespeare: "The tautness of his face sours ripe grapes."

Hilarious Historical Insults Mae West

Mae West: "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Gandhi's Famous Comeback On Western Civilization

Mahatma Gandhi: "What do you think of Western Civilization?" "I think it would be a good idea."

Mark Twain On Jane Austen

Mark Twain on Jane Austen: "Every time I read Pride And Prejudice, I want to dig Jane Austen up and hit her over the skull with her own shin bone."

Elizabeth Taylor Funny Insults On Men

Elizabeth Taylor: "Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."

Groucho Marx Never Forgets A Face

Groucho Marx: "I never forget a face, but in your case, I'll make an exception."

Billy Wilder: "He has Van Gogh's ear for music."

Billy Wilder: "He has Van Gogh's ear for music."

Pope Pope John Paul Funny Comeback

Pope John Paul XXIII: (When asked "How many people work in the Vatican?") "About half."

Oscar Wilde Funny Insults

Oscar Wilde: "Thinking is the most unhealthy disease in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any disease. Luckily, in England at any rate, thought is not catching."

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali: "If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you."

MIlton Berle's Famous Insults

Milton Berle: "You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think."

Famous Insults From Mark Twain

Mark Twain: "The trouble ain't there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right."

Margaret Thatcher On Getting Things Done

Margaret Thatcher: "If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

Oscar Wilde On Happiness

Oscar Wilde: "Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go."

Dorotyhy Parker History's Hilarious Insults

Dorothy Parker: "The woman speaks eight languages and can't say 'no' in any of them."

Kurt Vonnegut Funny Insults

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: "If your brains were dynamite, there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off."

Marilyn Monroe Funny Insults

Marilyn Monroe: "I've often stood at a party for hours watching my movie idols turn into dull and little people."

Kierkegaard Hilarious Insults

Kierkegaard: "My opponent is a glob of snot."

History's Funniest Insults

John Adams: "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."

Hunter S. Thompson Quote

Hunter S. Thompson: "They don't hardly make 'em like him anymore, but I think he should be castrated anyway."

Groucho Marx He May Look Like An Idiot

Groucho Marx: "He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you-- he really is an idiot."

EE Cummings Insult

EE Cummings: "A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man"

Funny Insults By Charlotte Whitton

Charlotte Whitton: "Whatever women must do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult."

Catherine The Great Being A Horrible Warning

Catherine The Great: "If you won't be a good example, then you'll have to be a horrible warning."

Calvin Coolidge Historical Burns

(On a performance) What do you think of the singer's execution? Calvin Coolidge: I'm all for it.

Aristotle History's Funniest Burns

Aristotle: "It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of lying skillfully."

Einstein On Human Stupidity

Einstein: "Only two things are infinite-- the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the former."

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