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January 28, 2006

Early Warning

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Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died

Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament
4. Pope Died

Lesson to be learned: The next time Charles gets married, someone should definitely warn the Pope Aussie Cricket Team.

Posted by Peskie at January 28, 2006 12:00 PM


I put this on my blog ages ago and got caught out coz de Pope he die in 1978 not 1981....bugger

Posted by: Dave t at January 30, 2006 05:03 AM

That is rich, indeed, especially the

Posted by: old horsetail snake at January 30, 2006 06:11 AM

Hmmm, *which* Pope? John Paul I died in 1978...

Posted by: Wilson at January 30, 2006 12:38 PM

And JP1 having only lasted a few weeks, JPII took over in 1978 and only died last year....

Posted by: Dave t at February 1, 2006 02:52 AM

The Pope died in 1978 not 1981. His successor was shot but not killed in '81.

Posted by: Marie at February 2, 2006 09:15 PM

Four facts, and I haven't checked three of them. But one's definitely wrong.
Very good Ozguru. Urban myths dont come any easier to debunk.

Posted by: Aurelius at February 4, 2006 03:49 PM

Thanks to all the many who pointed out the error in this post. The pope was *shot* in 1981 but he did not die. The rest of the facts are true and were verified by Snopes:

Pope Paul VI died on 6 August 1978, and John Paul I also passed away just a month after being selected as his successor. However, although the next pope appointed that year, John Paul II, was wounded in an assassination attempt in 1981, he survived the shooting and remained the pontiff for another 24 years, until his death in 2005. No pope died in 1981, as claimed above.

Anyway, thanks for the feedback. It tells me that people are really reading this stuff :-)

Posted by: Ozguru at February 5, 2006 08:15 AM

Actually Aurelius still reads my blog (for reasons completely unknown to me), and evidently thought it would be fun to bring me down in public. Oh well :)

Posted by: kazza at February 6, 2006 05:54 PM