Father William, the old priest, made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week. He walked into the 4th grade class, where the
children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names. Father William jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states.
One lad raised his hand and said, 'Yes sir, but in those days there were only 13 states.
The difference between a duck and George Washington is: One has a
bill on his face; the other has his face on a bill!
What kind of tea did the American colonists thirst for? Liberty!
What was the craziest battle of the Revolutionary War? The Battle of
Why were the first Pennsylvania settlers like ants?
Because they lived in colonies.
What's red, white, blue, and almost as ugly as a dog?
A revolutionary warthog!
Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington? Because
the horse was too heavy to carry!
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The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery
school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. 'We
live in a great country,' she announced. 'One of the things we should be happy
is that, in this country, we are all free.'
Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the
back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, 'I'm not
free. I'm four.'
Footnote: Good 4th of July jokes are hard to find, so if
you have one, please send it to us.
Is it an urban legend that in George III's diary on July 4, 1776 he put,
"Nothing much happened today."
In Arkansas Hill country, the Fourth of July is celebrated annually on
the 2nd in deference to those who cannot count beyond two.
Kindly sent by Merv - ye olde hot-metal newspaper typesetter
Parable For The 4th of July
Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard
behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over
the outhouse. Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into
trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark.
When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. He asked
suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"
"No, pappy," Sam lied.
"Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long
ago, Mr Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he
tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at
the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree,"
his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned,
his pappy asked, 'Abraham, did you cut down the cherry tree?' Abraham
answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the
tree.' Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are
spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So,"
the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"
"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed
knock down the outhouse."
Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy
whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"
Pappy answered, "That's because Abraham Lincoln's father wasn't in the
tree when he chopped it down!"
Rare copy of United States Declaration of Independence found in Kew
Archives, Richmond, Surrey, England
The document, which is in perfect condition, is believed to be one of
only 200 ever printed and was found among files at the National Archives in
Kew in Richmond, Surrey. Will and Guy have learned that it was discovered by
an American antiquarian bookseller carrying out research, the Dunlap print
of the declaration was printed on July 4, 1776 and brings the total of known
surviving copies worldwide to 26.
The last discovery of a Dunlap print was at a flea market in 1989, and it
sold at auction in 2000 for 8.14 million US dollars. Dunlaps were the first
official printings of the Declaration of Independence and were named after
John Dunlap, the printer whose name is given at the bottom of each copy.
Edward Hampshire, the diplomatic and colonial specialist at the National
Archives, said, 'This is an incredibly exciting find. The Declaration of
Independence is effectively America's birth certificate, making it one of
the seminal documents in world history. It is likely that only around 200 of
these were ever printed, so uncovering a new one nearly 250 years later is
extremely rare, especially one in such good condition.'
More 4th of July One-liners
What happened as a result of the Stamp Act? The Americans licked the
What did King George think of the American colonists? He thought they
Some Amusing, Funny and Thought Provoking Quotations of Benjamin Franklin
In the great tradition of American humour, the title of
"First American Humorist" rightfully belongs to Benjamin Franklin. He was
the beginning of a long line of writers who created a uniquely American form
of humour filled with clever wit, folksy wisdom, and a generous portion of
In his Poor Richard's Almanac, Franklin wrote many clever sayings which
are still part of our cultural heritage today. At 26, Franklin published the
first edition of Poor Richard's Almanac under the pseudonym Richard
Remember that time is money.
A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail, the shoe
was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse
the rider was lost.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
God helps them that help themselves.
Haste makes waste.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in
It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Well done is better than well said.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and
There never was a good war nor a bad peace.
Never contradict anybody.
Ben Franklin experts question whether, in fact, he wrote all his humorous
lines. Some believe he researched them and revamped them into his own
inimitable style. Whatever the truth Will and Guy are certain that they are
A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at Albuquerque's annual 4th of
July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.
'This baked ham is really delicious,' the priest teased the rabbi. 'You
really ought to try it. I know it's against your religion, but I can't
understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden. You don't know
what you're missing. You just haven't lived until you've tried Mrs Warren's
prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down
and try it?'
The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, 'At your
Nicholas took his four-year-old son, Bryan, to several baseball games
where "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung before the start of each game.
Later, Nicholas and Bryan attended St Bartholomew's church on the Sunday
before Independence Day. The congregation sang The Star-Spangled Banner,
and after everyone sat down, Bryan suddenly yelled out at the top of his
voice, 'Play ball.'
Little Andy Was At His First Day of School
Mrs Whyte, his teacher advises the class that each school day starts with
the "Pledge of Allegiance"*** and instructs them to put their right hand over
their heart and repeat after her.
As Mrs Whyte starts the recitation she looks around the room, 'I pledge
allegiance to the flag........', when her eyes are drawn to Andy who has his
hand over the right cheek of his bottom.
'Andy, I cannot continue till you put your hand over your heart,' she
Andy looks up and replies, 'It is over my heart.'
After several more attempts to get Andy to put his hand over his heart,
Mrs Whyte enquires, 'Why do you think that is your heart, Andy?'
'Well Miss,' answers Andy, 'because every time my Grandma comes to visit
she pats me there and says, "Bless your little heart," and my Grandma never
*** On September 8, 1892 a Boston-based youth magazine - The Youth's
Companion' published a 22-word recitation for school children to use during
planned activities the following month to commemorate the 400th anniversary
of Columbus' discovery of America. Under the title "The Pledge to the Flag",
the composition was the earliest version of what we now know as the Pledge
4th of July on The Humour Scale
Judging by our readers letters, American Independence Day is just not as
funny as Halloween, Valentine's Day or even Thanksgiving.
To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
In light of your failure in recent years to
nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern
yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence,
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will
resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories
(except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister,
David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for
further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.
questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you
noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the
following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
(You should look up
'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
1. Look up aluminium, and
check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you
have been pronouncing it.
2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words
such as 'colour', 'favour', 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will
learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix
'-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise'. Generally, you will be
expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up
3. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 pm with
proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits
(cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
On July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies claimed independence from England's King
George III. And
thus was born the mightiest nation on earth: The United States of America.
Leading up to the signing, there had been growing unrest in the colonies
surrounding the taxes that the American colonists were required to pay to
England. The major objection was 'Taxation without Representation': the
colonists had no say in the decisions of the English Parliament since they did
not send representative to sit in the English House of Commons.
Rather than attempting to negotiate a satisfactory settlement, King George sent
troops to the colonies to quell any rebellion that might break out. The following timeline will give you some idea of the history that lead to the
signing of the Declaration of Independence and America's break away from British
4th of July Name Trivia
There is a Liberty in Missouri population of about 30,000. However
the state of Iowa has more Liberty places than any other state
(Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty).
The most well know 'Independence' is found in Missouri, it has
about 120,000 residents.
Five places adopted the name "freedom." New Freedom, Pennsylvania is the
most populous with 5,000 residents.
There is but one place named "Patriot" and that is Patriot, Indiana, with
a population of 210.
1774 - The 13 colonies send delegates to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to form the
First Continental Congress. While unrest was brewing, the colonies were far from
ready to declare war.
April 1775 - King George's troops advance on Concord, Massachusetts, prompting
Paul Revere's midnight ride that sounded the alarm: "The British are coming, the
British are coming." Thus began the American Revolution at the battle of
May 1776 - After nearly a year of trying to settle their differences with
England, the colonies, once again, send delegates to the Second Continental
June 1776 - Admitting that their efforts were hopeless, a committee was formed
to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson,
the committee also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and
June 28, 1776 - Jefferson presents the first draft of the declaration to
July 4, 1776 - After various changes to Jefferson's original draft, a vote was
taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favour
of the Declaration; 2, Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No; Delaware was
undecided and New York abstained.
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the
Declaration of Independence. It is said that he signed his name "with a great
flourish" so "King George can read that without spectacles!"
July 6, 1776 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post is the first newspaper to print the
Declaration of Independence.
July 8, 1776 - The first public reading of the declaration takes place in
Philadelphia's Independence Square. The bell in Independence Hall, then known as
the "Province Bell" would later be renamed the "Liberty Bell" after its
inscription - "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants
August 1776 - The task begun on July 4, the signing of the Declaration of
Independence, was not actually completed until August. Nonetheless, the 4th of
July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence
July 4, 1777 - The first Independence Day celebration takes place. It's
interesting to speculate what those first 4th festivities were like. By the
early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were firmly
established as part of American Independence Day culture.
Footnote: Why do Americans use the date format
mm/dd/yy, yet still refer to this day using the English date format of 4th
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