The Magna Carta was signed in 1215.

If I remember nothing else from high school history classes, that one will stay with me until I die. Why? I have no idea. But all my friends from high school remember the date too. I imagine it was drilled into us in order to meet some test objective. (That, and “Communism is evil.” Love those sweeping generalizations!)

And now it’s up for sale!

The other thing that I will probably never forget is the entire prologue to Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, in Old English. “Whan that Aprille, with his shoures soote…” (I’ll spare you the rest of it). Each student was required to memorize it and recite it to the class. In Old English, I say again.


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