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Poll #1348295 McGonagalls

Which of these people have you heard of?

William McGonagall
5(12.2%)
William the Gonnagle
0(0.0%)
Minerva McGonagall
4(9.8%)
Ticky!
1(2.4%)


The gonnagles from Pratchett's Nac Mac Feegle books and Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter books are both, of course, named after William Topaz McGonagall, one of Scotland's "great" "poets". His most famous poem is The Tay Bridge Disaster, which starts:

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

and continues in that vein for seven increasingly long verses. Fantastic! He's thought of as Britain's worst poet (apart from Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, one assumes) but is still fairly well known 100 years later because really, this is astounding, amazingly, hilariously bad poetry.

And there's a petition to put him on a stamp. Surely this must happen. Sign!

(Man, I just found out there's a Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers film about him, The Great McGonagall. (Well, "about" him. Y'know.) Only £2.98 on Amazon! I'm so tempted.)

Hat-tip to sesquipedality for the petition link!

(Oh, and happy Darwin Day, all!)

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startron
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
"They can tak' oour lives but they cannae tak' oour troousers!"

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