This article was originally about a 14th century cookbook.

It looked promising.

King Richard II’s recipe book to go online

A 14th-century recipe book compiled by King Richard II’s master cooks is to put online for the first time to give modern-day chefs an insight into the delicacies of the Middle Ages.

In fact, the story’s from 2008.  There’s been a rash of that lately, huh?  People putting up stuff that happened years ago, I mean.  Or maybe I’m just noticing it for the first time.  I only mention this because usually when a post collapses like this, about twenty minutes into working on it, I just shrug, delete everything, and leave a cryptic note.  Let this be a Dread Revelation to all of you folks; doing it that way is more interesting than simply surveying the collapse and wreckage of what had promised at first to be a towering epic of snark.

So now you know.


Do you write snark? READ THIS.

Let me be blunt, for the benefit of future researchers and academicians yet unborn: MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT IS THE REAL-LIFE EVENT YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY SNARKING ABOUT.  I understand that there is an intermittent vogue for parody articles and posts that straight-face their way throughout. I may even have written a post or two like that in the past. But: there is no excuse for not providing an explanatory footnote. (more…)

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