1. Scr... Archivist says

    If there is a Middle English version of this, I’d like to see it. I wonder how difficult it would be to read.

  2. Kevin Kehres says

    I agree with #3. Elvis is still the King.

    Unless you’re talking about BB King.

  3. Konradius says

    Since last year the Netherlands have Willem-Alexander as king. Does that help?

  4. Trebuchet says

    Siege engines. Needs something about siege engines. New-fangled trebuchets, or something.

  5. steve78b says

    In my day we didn’t have no siege engines….. we got together and thowed rocks…. big ones….. uphill …… both ways….

    …..siege engines…… kings these days have it so easy……


  6. Al Dente says

    Don’t you remember who you voted for to be king?

    Oh wait, you don’t vote for kings. Instead, they’re chosen by watery women tossing swords at the candidate.

  7. abusedbypenguins says

    There is no king on this planet who can play better than BB King. Elvis is second fiddle.

  8. shadow says

    Does he (the king) know the average velocity, in wing beats per second, of an unladen swallow?

  9. shadow says

    Shouldn’t the weapon of Horde choice be the crossbow? Poop Innocent II declared it the weapon of Satan, after all….

  10. barnestormer says

    If I were an actual person living in Europe in the Middle Ages, I doubt I’d be able to read Chaucer by any kind of light. Who would have bothered to teach me? Where would they get the time or a book to teach me out of? Maybe, if I were lucky, one of those traveling-performer guys would recite some poetry at the manor, and I could hang around the door until someone noticed me and whacked me on the head. Then, back to the field / kitchen / hay / whatever, maybe with a couple of songy words clattering around in my head.

  11. barnestormer says

    On the other hand, I would know enough to see that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    Supreme executive power derves from a manadate from the masses, not some farcical acquatic ceremony!

    kings are weird, eh? weird and clean.

  12. Pen says

    Well at least you can flatter yourself that you’re an extremely privileged middle-ager if you were ever in a position to read Chaucer at all. One of the 0.5%, eh… Quit whining about your little problems then. Besides you’re probably doing it in French, the language of the oppressors, so we’re choosing not to understand you either.

    Signed – cheeky young peasant.

  13. playonwords says

    Damn it lost the e-mail you gave

    Google UK is celebrating the birth of Mary Anning, thought you might like to know

  14. Trebuchet says

    Google UK is celebrating the birth of Mary Anning, thought you might like to know

    As is Google here in the USofA.

  15. robertfoster says

    Chaucer: artifice or verisimilitude? That was the topic for a term paper in English at my university. And we had to read the Canterbury Tales in Middle English. It haunts me still.

  16. felidae says

    I remember:
    when “a fate worse than death” was not your hard drive crashing
    a “tranny” was a part of a car
    CocaCola could be used to remove rust from chrome bumpers and as a contraceptive
    A McDonalds hamburger was 15 cents
    The Republican Party believed in fiscal responsibility

  17. Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy says

    “The king is gone but he’s not forgotten.”

  18. Kimpatsu says

    Yes, it’s originally from Private Eye.

    @PZ: I’m the King, so send me a chest full of gold and rubies, and your first-born, as tribute. In return I shall knight thee, so thou mayst take the bishops (to the cleaners).

  19. Ray, rude-ass yankee says

    King eh? Very nice. And how’d you get that? By exploiting the workers! By ‘angin on to outdated imperialist dogma, in which the working classes…