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Horatio Hellpop 02-29-2012 04:12 AM

Lost Column on Defenestration of Prague
 
Help! I have a vivid recollection of a column Cecil wrote about the (or just "a") Defenestration of Prague, only instead of Hussites tossing out the screaming bodies of corrupt Catholic Church officials, this story involved students at the University of Prague giving a despised professor the heave-ho. Did I imagine this? Was this column deemed apocryphal and somehow deleted? Pretty sure it was from the late 1980s.

C K Dexter Haven 02-29-2012 07:51 AM

Beyond my searching. I'll pass your question over to Ed, see if he can help.

Ed Zotti 02-29-2012 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krokodil (Post 14821466)
Help! I have a vivid recollection of a column Cecil wrote about the (or just "a") Defenestration of Prague, only instead of Hussites tossing out the screaming bodies of corrupt Catholic Church officials, this story involved students at the University of Prague giving a despised professor the heave-ho. Did I imagine this? Was this column deemed apocryphal and somehow deleted? Pretty sure it was from the late 1980s.

Cecil has written no such column. The closest thing that comes to mind is the following small masterpiece:

Did a mob of angry Dutch kill and eat their prime minister?

However, this appeared relatively recently, not in the 1980s.

Horatio Hellpop 02-29-2012 10:57 AM

Ah, well. I'm on day 3 of a 5-day stay in Prague and was hoping this memory was not some hallucination. Wonder where this oddly-specific story came from?

davidm 02-29-2012 11:32 AM

Wikipedia talks about several.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenes...efenestrations
"The First Defenstration of Prague", "The Second Defenstration of Prague", an unnamed defenestration (sometimes called the one and one half defenstration) and one and that may or may not have been a self-defenestration. None of them sound like they involved students or professors.

Patty O'Furniture 12-23-2012 12:49 PM

Merriam-Webster has a video entry for 'defenestration' and I thought it'd be nice to add it to the thread.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/video...?&t=1356284811

moriah 12-23-2012 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patty O'Furniture (Post 15826574)
Merriam-Webster has a video entry for 'defenestration' and I thought it'd be nice to add it to the thread.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/video...?&t=1356284811

WARNING: The video does *not* show anyone being thrown out a window!!!

Huge disappointment.

dropzone 12-25-2012 12:13 AM

Thanks for the warning! I almost wasted part of my life watching that for no payoff.

qazwart 12-25-2012 11:39 AM

Walt Kelly’s Pogo’s Jack Acid Society Black Book featured the following exchange:

First character: Defenestrate him! Death to the enemies of our country!

Second character: Defenestration’s too good for him. Chunk him out the window!

Baker 12-25-2012 01:20 PM

One of the novels in Eric Flint's 1632 series speaks of the first defenestration of Prague. Then, in the storyline's new history, there is a second.

Irishman 12-25-2012 08:26 PM

I keep trying to figure out how Prague could get thrown out a window. "All of it? At once?" That would be a big window.

hogarth 12-26-2012 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by moriah (Post 15827334)
WARNING: The video does *not* show anyone being thrown out a window!!!

Huge disappointment.

It contains a great example of "vocal fry", though. ;)


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