July 31, 1703

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1703 English author Daniel Defoe was forced to stand in the pillory for offending the government and church for writing and publishing his satire “The Shortest Way With Dissenters”. Apparently the British government and church believed that the best way to silence intelligent satirists was to make them stand in the stocks and have the public shout insults and throw rotten fruit at them. That always turns out well.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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