A little factoid I picked up from a radio quiz show, the other day:
In eighteen forty-nine, in Britain, a new florin (two shillings, which was twenty-four pence, one tenth of a pound) was minted. Apparently in order to make room for the words 'One tenth of a pound,' in an early attempt to dip British toes into the water of decimalisation, the traditional 'D.G.' (Dei Gratia—By God's Grace) and 'F.D.' (Fidei Defensor—Defender of the Faith) were left off. This led, somewhat predictably, to some furore, and to the coin being nicknamed the 'Graceless' or 'Godless' florin. Almost as predictably, a bad outbreak of cholera that year was blamed by many on this 'anti-religious' slight. The coin was withdrawn and is now, if in mint condition, worth, aptly enough, a mint.
We're almost wearily used to seeing such topics as gay rights, abortion and so on—anything to do with sex that the religiously prudish don't like, in fact—leading to natural disasters and so forth being blamed—via the wrath of God, whose aim is notoriously not exactly pinpoint—on the acceptance of them. The matter of the Godless Florin got me wondering, though, about what other silly things might have been blamed over the years, for calling down the wrath of the failed sniper in the sky.
Unfortunately, Google let me down. I couldn't seem to narrow down the search parameters in order to exclude only the usual sexual stuff that's made the news over the last few decades. It's possible, I suppose, that the very reason I couldn't find any lists of similar zany wrath-callings is that other would-be list makers have had exactly the same problem. It seems the only way to compile such a list would be to ask people if they know of any.
So, Gentle Reader, do you know of any? If so, please share!
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