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Thursday, April 19, 2007

In a blink of an eye it is Thursday again...

"An early tax protestor, she chose a unique way to get her point across. In the 11th century her husband, the Earl of Mercia, promised to reduce the excessive taxes on the people of Coventry if she would ride through the town on a horse while naked. Legend says that during her ride the townspeople stayed inside, except for one possible peeper."

Men can be so easy!

Now off with you lot to the comment section, where you´ll be leaving a HINT, limerick or whatever else you need to get off your chest (except hair, you can keep that!) and I´ll try to guide, scold or tease you along the way.


Posted by Minka :: 8:00 am :: 37 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 13:47, Anonymous quilly said...

There is some very expensive and yummy chocolate named after this lady! I had a student who brought me a box every quarter, and for my birthday and Christmas. I dang near flunked her just to keep receiving the chocolates ....

At 13:52, Anonymous the amoeba said...

A bare lady, to my recollection,
Is remembered with chocolate confection.
When it's made into syrup -
No I'm not making this up -
The two make a direct connection.

At 13:54, Blogger G said...

Who, wha, I went away to sign in and not only did Quilly slide right in there - she took my clue!

Nice husband by the way - forcing her naked on horseback! Maybe she should have looked into Doug's word of the day.

At 14:00, Blogger Minka said...

quilly, see I didn´t know that. I always research my Thrusday Brain teasers a bit to be able to answer your hints....and i love it when I discover something new :)
For security reasons and wanting to move to the next level, I always presented my teachers with a run-of-the-mill apple :)

Oc, so you knew about the chocolate too? Iceland sure does not offer everything:)

G, judging by the painting, I´d say she had nothign to be ashamed off and a bit of fresh air never hurt any body :) (see how I play with words?)

At 15:14, Blogger Theresa said...

Actually, there were seven of these ladies. If you don't believe me go check out Dr. Seuss' version of this story at http://www.comixxx.ru/GALLERY1/44/page_01.htm (If you're underage, cover your eyes)
Well, it's still a funny story, even if it's not true.

At 16:26, Blogger Doug said...

For the upwardly mobile class striver
Or the poor, hard-working survivor
There's no more relief
From taxes or grief
When the lord's pretty wife has a driver.

And we're not easy, we're differently discreet!

At 17:34, Blogger ariel said...

G, that was my thought, too! I have no idea who the lady is but I hope she didn't stay with a husband like that.

one funny story: me and my man spent a week or so in a nude camp, and an Italian group came to the beach one day. the girls saw everybody was naked, was laughing around for a while then started to pull off their own swimming dresses. the boys started shouting at them and didn't let them get naked in public. they spent the morning there and came back more times then but none of them ever got naked, and shameless nude me learnt something and respected those boys so much. :)

At 18:13, Blogger Minka said...

theresa, I am not underage...although my Mom would beg to differ, and I am very tempted to press that link, although slightly worried :)

Doug, you are late! Differently discreet is nice re-phrasing!

ariel, you went to a nude camp for a week. that is a whole lot of naked!

At 19:01, Anonymous Joel said...

As legend has it, a guy named Tom wishes he'd never sneaked a peak at the naked rider.

At 19:49, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

At school the engineers had a whole song to this Lady. I'm lead to believe the guy who peaked was infact an engineer. Hey, we're a practical lot.

At 21:04, Blogger Minka said...

Joel, poor peeping Tom. never saw that blindness coming!

Morgan, I remember him to be a carpenter. But hey...it was a long time ago and as we all know: "History turns into legend, legend into myth" and before you know it I was one of the hobbits in LOTR :)

At 21:31, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

Minka, I don't remember the incident well (I was quite young) but in the 11th century any designer and builder working with cutting edge technology was an engineer.

At 21:59, Blogger Doug said...

Morgan, in the 11th century cutting-edge technology was probably a cutting edge.

At 23:53, Anonymous neva said...

"bad hair day" meant something entirely different back then, eh?

d'oh! Quilly took the hint i would have offered, too! (actually, Minka -- and speaking of chocolate -- didn't i send you a little something with this lady's name on it, back around Christmastime????) xox

At 02:54, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

can't think of any more hints or clues but have you ever noticed how the history books focus on the naked lady instead of what a supreme jerk her husband was?

At 07:38, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, my bad!

Doug, yes...one would think so, wouldn´t one? when did you start to use tools?

Neva, why yes! That is how I learned about this lady. I ofund a chocolate bar and saw the name and wondered and wikepediot I went ;)

kyahgirl, it is just a way more beautiful perspective!

At 11:47, Blogger Theresa said...

Don't worry, nothing too bad at that link, just a Seuss book for adults (just ignore the animated, how shall I say, explicit scenes below the book.

You remind me of a friend I had in high school, we used to write stuff like that piece on the Fates you did (only our writing was crap, but, hey, we had fun). So, as a prize for bringing back fond memories, I'm linking to you from my page.

At 11:51, Blogger ariel said...

Kyah, the history books are written by men. :)

At 12:34, Blogger Doug said...

March 23, Minka.

Ariel, I was once at a clothing optional beach in Sydney. They should have had mugs there, too.

At 14:21, Blogger Diesel said...

God, I've an idea, but I can't quite think of it. Maybe chocolate would help.

Also, I feel cheated by the fact that no matter how many times I click on that picture, it doesn't enlarge.

BTW, so sorry I missed your guest posting at the Snark. I'm not sure what happened. I'm missing time.

At 14:57, Blogger The Old Mule said...

I would attend such a protest with pomp and vigor.

Ariel - sunscreen?

At 16:05, Blogger birdwoman said...

Man, I can never get here on Thursdays! And this person is so sweet and chocolaty!

In addition, when doing my family tree a few years back, one of the lines hooks into this family's line, so I learned the whole story. I never knew before that this was a tax protest or that peeping tom came from this. But I'd never have the guts of my supposed lady ancestor, indeed, I'd blind Tom.


At 16:07, Blogger Minka said...

Theresa, well...that will be highly appreciated and if you look to teh sidebar you will find a link to you :)

Ariel, that is a very good point. Whish I had thought of that!

Doug, I thought the way you used your knife and threw your fork at the dart board was somewhat odd :)

Diesel, don´t worry about it...last time I checked the post was still there ;) And chocolate always helps :) I had a larger picture and decided to minimize it, the lady has been subjected to enough leering as it is :)

Old mule, I´d be right behind you!

At 16:08, Blogger Minka said...

Birdwoman, we cross-commented there. Wow- a direct link to her...I´d put that on my CV if I were you!

At 16:59, Blogger daedalus2u said...

It was a reference to an MIT drinking song.

At 17:25, Blogger Doug said...

Minka, now you see why we write the history books.

At 18:04, Blogger Sar said...

Whadda lady. Suddenly I'm in the mood for chocolate.

At 19:24, Blogger ariel said...

Old Mule, you are indeed old in experience. :-P

At 23:10, Blogger Minka said...

daedalus2u, apparently and I wa sthinking MIT was all about numbers, curves and proportions...wait a second...it does make sense!

Doug, and that´s why we usually dontæ read them:)

Sar, it is Friday! Give yourself a treat!

ariel, let´s hope he is young in spirit though :)

At 17:42, Blogger tsduff said...

Seventeen, a beauty queen
She made a ride that caused a scene
In the town

Her long blonde hair
Hangin' down around her knees
All the cats who dig striptease
Prayin' for a little breeze
Her long blonde hair
Falling down across her arms
Hiding all the lady's charms

Loved that song - great teaser Minka!

At 18:11, Blogger Minka said...

terry, it was a very sweet pleasure. I think a nekid girl on a horse is very tempting!

At 23:21, Blogger actonbell said...

"Legend says that during her ride the townspeople stayed inside, except for one possible peeper."

Oh yeah, right. History was written by PURITAN men.

late again, as usual.

At 00:02, Anonymous neva said...

no fewer than 8 popular songs (including the wonderful one Terry just shared) reference your mystery noblewoman. also, for any TV pop-culture fans (gee, i wonder who that is...) her name is in the first line of the theme song for "Maude" (a show from the 70's, starring Bea Arthur). ah... those were the days (another pop culture reference to the show from which "Maude" was spun off!) xox

At 11:13, Blogger Minka said...

actonbell, I live in icleand. The boundaries to late are being pushed daily :) I think you are right, too!

neva, I had to check your reference -you know because I am normal and modern :)- and you are absolutely right! Will I ever find a teaser where you say, "uhm...I´ll be back later!"???

At 01:20, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful horse! Mom

At 12:33, Blogger Minka said...

The horse is what you are looking at?

At 16:06, Blogger Minka said...

Ups: the answer is of course:

Lady Godiva


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