November 18, 1477

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1477 – William Caxton produced “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres,” which was the first book to be printed in England. He also later published “Silly Thinges That My Cat Hast Sayeth”. His book included silly little hand-drawn pictures of cats wearing funny hats and looking bored. He included a nursery rhyme titled “My Cat, He Wears A Hat Upon His Head and He Has Two Small Demons That Does His Biddings.” He and his hat wearing cat, Mr. Nicodemus, were later burned at the stake for being a witch and a witch’s familiar.

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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