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March 29, 2015 10:46 AM   Subscribe

A Historic List of Historical Lists. Particularly amusing (or distressing, depending on how you feel about the marital travails of long dead, anonymous people) is list #12, 100 types of marriage, which Slate wrote about.
posted by jacquilynne (18 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
Heh. Let me point to the section on laughter in the Principles of Politeness, and of Knowing the World: A man may smile.
posted by bouvin at 11:08 AM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


"The children scrofulous" is a great name for an emo band.
posted by chavenet at 11:29 AM on March 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


That link bouvin shared makes me laugh because it is hard not to read:
"Frequent and loud laughter is a fure fign of a weak mind, and no lefs characteriftic of a low education.
It is the manner in which low-bred men exprefs their filly joy, at filly things, and they call it being merry."
And giggle through the whole thing.
posted by Tchad at 11:36 AM on March 29, 2015


Highly reassured that my 'surly drunkard' status has been affirmed by an early 19th century Glaswegian surgeon. (p.55)

'A great propensity to take offense is a characteristic among people of this description...People of this description are very unpleasant companions.'

Nailed it.
posted by The Zeroth Law at 11:38 AM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Lest you think Buzzfeed invented something new...

Pack it up, BuzzFeed. These old-timers are totally embarrassing you. (#12 will will make you absolutely die)

FTFY
posted by univac at 12:03 PM on March 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


+3 Internet points to univac for excellence in clickbait.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:10 PM on March 29, 2015


Even more meta.
posted by HoraceH at 12:26 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Did anyone not have syphilis in the 19th century?
posted by brennen at 12:28 PM on March 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


Sloppy science: #87 says only "A procurer's family," and doesn't tell us whether the family is happy or not. Sorry, your grant proposal for a follow-up study is rejected.
posted by languagehat at 12:32 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


"They take matters philosophically !" Is my new go to innuendo
posted by The Whelk at 12:34 PM on March 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I found my marriage type!
posted by Mogur at 2:13 PM on March 29, 2015


That 100 Marriages list is like something Jane Austen brainstormed one afternoon to draw on in the novels she didn't live to write.
posted by not that girl at 2:13 PM on March 29, 2015


Also in Principles of Politeness, and of Knowing the World (1786):

'Such is the absurdity of the times, that to pass well with the world, we must adopt some of its customs, be they ridiculous or not.'
posted by The Zeroth Law at 3:12 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


HoraceH wrote: Even more meta.

That list of lists lists itself. Why has nobody made a list of all lists that do not list themselves?
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:13 PM on March 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Why has nobody made a list of all lists that do not list themselves?

Watch it or you'll attract mathematicians to the thread.
posted by brennen at 4:27 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Best old list of all time: Usenet! 63 ways to weird out your roommate!

#13 Get a bag of potatoes. Name one after each of your friends and your roommate. Play with them, but leave out the one named after your roommate. One day bake it and eat it and tell your roommate " It just didn't fit in..."
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:49 PM on March 29, 2015


Man, Spoilers for Neal Stephenson's Boroque Cycle, but Isaac Newton totally did include "Sins Since Whitsunday 1662" on his list. He didn't leave it blank! My life is a lie :(
posted by rebent at 6:27 PM on March 29, 2015


I didn't realize that Isaac Newton hit so many people.
posted by eye of newt at 7:04 AM on March 30, 2015


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