The Invention of the English
(Taking a moment to add a couple of our most popular Rants to the Greatest Hits rolls.)
Oliver Cromwell never existed, William Shakespeare was a Maine ferrier who lived from 1857 to 1892 and never left the county in which he was born. Churchill was a concatenation of manipulated photos of WC Fields-- news reels were montages of WC Fields out-takes, a French-Canadian voice actor & a Burbank janitor in chin-putty. Benjamin Disraeli was an alcoholic Hollywood soaps actor named James Levinson. Margaret Thatcher? A puppet constructed of terry cloth, angora and a cantaloupe.
There were no 13 original colonies, darjeerling tea was first genetically engineered from spinach and cloves in 1944 and the reason that the Sun never sets on the British Crown is that there is no British Crown for it to set upon.
"England" was invented in 1951 by Walt Disney himself, just a tiny element of the baroque, far-flung marketing strategy for Mary Poppins. . . .
(Yeah, I'm pimping my own rant; so what?)