Punch,  29 (1855), 139.

Proofs that Parliament is Up (With a Sub-Editor's Compliments)



Reportage, Spoof


Meteorology, Electricity, Animal Behaviour, Archaeology, Superstition

    Presents descriptions of seven deliberately absurd reports from various English locales including news that some people in Gloucestershire attribute the decline in lightning strikes on a church steeple to the erection of a lightning conductor, the prediction of severe winter weather from the flight of birds over the Salisbury Plain, and the excavation, near Petersham, of a knife marked 'r. o. g. e. r.' which was attributed to Roger Bacon.

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