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In 1912, the trans-Atlantic liner, the Titanic, was hit by an iceberg and sank. In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel in which a liner sinks after hitting an ice berg in the Atlantic ocean.  The name of the ship in the novel was the "Titan".In 1939, the captain of a ship which was sailing not far from the place where the Titanic sank, suddenly felt that he had to stop the ship.  He was just in time.  A few minutes later, an iceberg appeared in front of the ship, but it did little damage, as the captain had cut the engines.  The name of the ship was the Titanian, and the captain had been born on the same day that the Titanic had sank !
                           In 1939, the captain of a ship which was sailing not far from the place where the Titanic sank, suddenly felt that he had to stop the ship.  He was just in time.  A few minutes later, an iceberg appeared in front of the ship, but it did little damage, as the captain had cut the engines.  The name of the ship was the Titanian, and the captain had been born on the same day that the Titanic had sunk !


              COINCIDENCE ? 

A series of coincidences links the two American presidents, Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, who were both assassinated.
Lincoln became president in 1860; Kennedy in 1960.
Lincoln's assassin was born in 1839.
Kennedy's assassin was born in 1939.
Both presidents were succeeded by men named Johnson.Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in1806.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1906.
Both presidents were shot in the head from behind, both on a Friday, and both in the presence of their wives.
Lincoln's secretary, whose name was Kennedy, advised him not to go to the theatre, where he was later shot;
Kennedy's secretary, whose name was Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas.


In a Tokyo hotel.

Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such a thing is please not to read notice.

In another Japanese hotel room.
Please to bathe inside the tub.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby.
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In a Leipzig elevator.
Do not enter lift backwards, and only when lit up.
In a Belgrade hotel elevator.
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
In a Japanese hotel.
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid. 

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from the Russian Orthodox Monastery.

You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily except Thursday.


In a Rhodes tailor shop.

Order your summer suit. Because in big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

From the Soviet Weekly.
There will be a Moscow exhibition of Arts by 150,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.
A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest.
It is strictly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.



   My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION....
   "Just wait until your father gets home!"

   My Mother taught me about RECEIVING....
   "You are going to get it when we get home!"

   My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE...
   "What were you thinking?  Answer me when I talk to you ...
    Don't talk back to me!"

   My Mother taught me LOGIC ...
   "If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't
    go to the store with me."

   My Mother taught me MEDICINE....
   "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, you're going to freeze
    that way."

   My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD ...
   "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a
    good job."

   My Mother taught me about ESP...
   "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold."

   My Mother taught me HUMOR ...
   "When the lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

   My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
   "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

   My Mother taught me about SEX...
   "How do you think you got here?"

   My Mother taught me about GENETICS....
   "You're just like your father!"

   My Mother taught me about my ROOTS....
   "Do you think you were born in a barn?"

   My Mother taught me about the WISDOM OF AGE...
   "When you get to be my age, you will understand."

   And my all time favorite ... JUSTICE....
   "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like
    you....then you'll see what it's like."



Accomptant        Accountant

Almoner             Giver of charity to the needy

Amanuensis       Secretary or stenographer

Artificer             A soldier mechanic who does repairs

Bailie                  Bailiff

Baxter                Baker

Bluestocking     Female writer

Boniface             Keeper of an inn

Brazier               One who works with brass

Brewster            Beer manufacturer

Brightsmith        Metal Worker

Burgonmaster    Mayor

Caulker             One who filled up cracks in ships or windows or  seems to make them watertight by
                            using tar or  oakum-hem fibre produced  by  taking old ropes apart
 Chaisemaker     Carriage maker

Chandler            Dealer or trader; one who makes or sells candles;  retailer of groceries, ship supplier

Chiffonnier        Wig maker

Clark                 Clerk

Clerk                Clergyman, cleric

Clicker            The servant of a salesman who stood at the door to  invite customers; one who received
                           the matter  In the galley from the  compositors and arranged it in due form ready for
                          printing;  one who  makes eyelet holes in  boots  using a machine which clicked.

Cohen           Priest

Collier           Coal miner

Colporteur    Peddler of books

Cooper          One who makes or repairs vessels made of staves & hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs,

Cordwainer   Shoemaker, originally any leather worker using leather from  Cordova/Cordoba in Spain

Costermonger    Peddler of fruits and vegetables

Crocker     Potter

Crowner     Coroner

 Currier     One who dresses the coat of a horse with a  currycomb;  one who tanned leather by
                  incorporating  oil or grease

Docker   Stevedore, dock worker who loads and unloads cargo

 Dowser     One who finds water using a rod or witching stick

 Draper      A dealer in dry goods

 Drayman    One who drives a long strong cart without fixed sides  for carrying heavy loads

 Dresser   A surgeon's assistant in a hospital

 Drover    One who drives cattle, sheep, etc. to market;  a dealer in cattle

 Duffer          Peddler

 Factor Agent, commission merchant;  one who acts or  transacts business for another; Scottish steward
                   or bailiff  of an estate

Farrier          A blacksmith, one who shoes horses

 Faulkner        Falconer

 Fell monger   One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making

 Fletcher   One who made bows and arrows

 Fuller   One who fulls cloth;one who shrinks and thickens  woolen cloth by  moistening,   heating, and
              pressing; one who  cleans  and finishes cloth

 Gaoler            A keeper of the goal, a jailer

 Glazier           Window glassman

 Hacker            Maker of hoes

 Hatcheler       One who combed out or carded flax

 Haymonger      Dealer in hay

 Hayward         Keeper of fences

 Higgler          Itinerant peddler

 Hillier            Roof tiler

 Hind               A farm laborer

 Holster          A groom who took care of horses, often at an inn

 Hooker           Reaper

 Hooper           One who made hoops for casks and barrels

 Huckster        Sells small wares

 Husbandman    A farmer who cultivated the land

 Jagger            Fish peddler

 Journeyman    One who had served his apprenticeship and  mastered his craft,  not bound to serve a
                          master,  but  hired  by  the day

Joyner / Joiner   A skilled carpenter

Keeler            Bargeman

Kempster       Wool comber

Lardner          Keeper of the cupboard

Lavender        Washer woman

Lederer          Leather maker

Leech             Physician

Longshoreman    Stevedore

Lormer           Maker of horse gear

Malender         Farmer

Maltster         Brewer

Manciple         A steward

Mason             Bricklayer

Mintmaster     One who issued local currency

Monger            Seller of goods (ale, fish)

Muleskinner    Teamster

Neatherder      Herds cows

Ordinary Keeper     Innkeeper with fixed prices

Pattern Maker   A maker of a clog shod with an iron ring. A clog was a  wooden  pole with a  pattern
                           cut  into the end

Peregrinator  Itinerant wanderer

Peruker          A wig maker

Pettifogger    A shyster lawyer

Pigman           Crockery dealer

Plumber         One who applied sheet lead for roofing and  set lead frames for plain or stained glass

Porter            Door keeper

Puddler          Wrought iron worker

Quarrier         Quarry worker

Rigger            Hoist tackle worker

Ripper            Seller of fish

Roper             Maker of rope or nets

Saddler          One who makes, repairs or sells saddles or other furnishings  for horses

Sawbones       Physician

Sawyer           One who saws; carpenter

Schumacker    Shoemaker

Scribler         A minor or worthless author

Scrivener    Professional or public copyist or writer; notary public

Scrutiner       Election judge

Shrieve          Sheriff

Slater            Roofer

Slopseller      Seller of ready-made clothes in a slop shop

Snobscat / Snob         One who repaired shoes

Sorter           Tailor

Spinster        A woman who spins or an unmarried woman

Spurrer         Maker of spurs

Squire        Country gentleman;  farm owner;  justice of peace

Stuff gown    Junior barrister

Stuff gownsman  Junior barrister

Supercargo    Officer on merchant ship who is in charge of  cargo and the commercial concerns of the

Tanner           One who tans (cures) animal hides into leather

Tapley           One who puts the tap in an ale cask

Tasker           Reaper

Teamster       One who drives a team for hauling

Thatcher        Roofer

Tide waiter    Customs inspector

Tinker            An itinerant tin pot and pan seller and repairman

Tipstaff         Policeman

Travers          Toll bridge collection

Tucker            Cleaner of cloth goods

Turner            A person who turns wood on a lathe into spindles

Victualer        A tavern keeper, or one who provides an army, navy, or  ship with food

Vulcan            Blacksmith

Wagoner          Teamster not for hire

Wainwright     Wagon maker

Waiter            Customs officer or tide waiter; one who waited on the tide to collect duty on goods
                         brought in.

Waterman        Boatman who plies for hire

Webster          Operator of looms

Wharfinger      Owner of a wharf

Wheelwright    One who made or repaired wheels; wheeled carriages,etc.

Whitesmith    Tinsmith; worker of iron who finishes or polishes the work

Whitewing     Street sweeper

Whitster       Bleach of cloth

Wright          Workman, especially a construction worker

Yeoman         Farmer who owns his own land

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