i wanna tell y'all about the funniest historical quote in the WORLD. it’s attributed to Prince William Henry, a british royal who lived during the 18th century, and it was directed at Edward Gibbon.
Ed was a historian who is these days most famous for writing The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by all accounts a seminal historical work. it consists of six big fat volumes, and i do mean big. most of the full six-volume collections i could find had their total page counts listed as somewhere around four THOUSAND.
took him a while, too. the first volume was first published in 1776, and the sixth came out in 1789. i don’t know how long Eddie spent researching the period before starting work on the first volume, but i’d bet at least a few years.
and then along comes Prince William Henry, who, when presented with like the third or fourth volume in the series, had this to say:
like it just blows me away!! imagine putting that kind of work into something, and then along comes Prince Asshole and says that shit to your face! “scribble scribble scribble.” how fucking demeaning. here’s this fuckwit who’s never done anything in his life but sit on his ass, and he’s calling your Life’s Work “scribbling,” and you can’t even rearrange his face for him because he’s an honest to god member of the royal family!
and the prince probably didn’t even mean it in a demeaning way. that was probably just his idea of jocularity. maybe there was even a dash of admiration in it. “damned thick book” indeed. and now all poor Eddie G can do is to smile and nod and try to keep the spaghetti from spilling out of his pockets while Prince William’s courtiers laugh their asses off at his expense
and that is THE funniest historical quote that exists. thank you for coming to my ted talk
alright y’know what i’m giving leon a luxray rn and i am going to hope it’ll somehow result in the prophecy coming true for gamefreak bringing back the line >:U i already have hcs and i cannot contain them theyre spilling out of my pockets like spaghetti sO–