Among the amusing bits of this and that making their way around the internet today, we have the winners of this year’s Bulwar-Lytton Contest.

My favorite? The historical fiction entry, of course:

Napoleon’s ship tossed and turned as the emperor, listening while his generals squabbled as they always did, splashed the tepid waters in his bathtub.

(Given that The Garden Intrigue involves Napoleon’s attempts to chivvy his navy into invading England, I was particularly amused.)

Elsewhere on the web, a friend sent me this fascinating exposition on Tudor-Stuart corseture: The Seventeenth Century Breastoration.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. Gina on July 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I had no idea such a contest existed – some of those are truly excellent.

  2. Sheila on July 28, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Still love the line Bulwar-Lytton cribbed from Snoopy: “It was a dark and stormy night”…brings back many wonderful memories of both gothics, and Peanuts ..strange pairing, but there it is.

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