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World’s Oldest Blog Turns 250 April 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Charles Darwin

The Anvil, one of my favorite blogs (when I’m in the mood for sardonic laughter, satire, and witty wit), is celebrating its 250th Anniversary (after one year on WordPress).

For 250 years, The Anvil’s hard-hitting journalism has amazed and amused its readers:

1793 – Eli Whitney invents cotton gin; next 220 years of 5th graders don’t care.

1953 – DNA discovered; Chimps embarrassed that humans are closest relative.

1967 – Roman pagans sue NASA to stop calling rocket ‘Saturn’ V; ‘It’s offensive.’

1969 – Greek pagans sue NASA to stop calling mission ‘Apollo’ 11; ‘It’s offensive.’

1974 – Norse pagans sue NASA to stop calling Mars Landers ‘Viking’ 1& 2; ‘It’s offensive.’

My sole complaint about The Anvil’s far-reaching historic coverage of inanities and oddities is that, as a heathen, I feel marginalized by The Anvil’s single-minded focus on pagans.

It’s offensive.

World’s oldest blog turns 250

NEW JERSEY – The world’s OB (original blog), The Anvil, turns 250 years old this weekend, a span of time that saw vast improvements in broadband speed as well as the death of Bub, the world’s oldest tortoise.

Regretfully, the first 249 years of Anvil archives are lost due to a combination of the British burning our offices during the War of 1812, numerous FBI subpoenas, and … Read More


When you get a chance, swing by and wish The Anvil and its Editor-in-Chief (depicted at top right) many happy returns of the day.

Try not to be offensive.

Related post:  Apples to Apples * The Most Shocking News stories of 2011 (The Anvil) * Zeus destroys giant Jesus statue with lightning bolt (The Anvil) * Disaster at Glenn Beck rally: Too much Kool-Aid, not enough cyanide (The Anvil)


1. oldancestor - April 17, 2011

Aw, thanks Hatch. This is the best blogoverseary present I’ve ever gotten.


I just wish you had found a picture of me after I’d shaved my beard. I look a lot younger without it.

My apologies in advance to any pagans who stop by and feel picked on.

nrhatch - April 17, 2011

You’re welcome, OA! I love your journalistic satire. It’s stellar.

Sorry about using the old stock photo . . . at least it captures your bald integrity. 😉

2. Tilly Bud - April 18, 2011

Thanks for the intro. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to be friends for a long time 🙂

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Eric also writes on another, somewhat edgier, blog, but its name escapes me at the moment.

3. eof737 - April 18, 2011

Fascinating. I’m not sure I have the stomach for a visit but … I will try. 250th? Kudos to them! 🙂

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

The Anvil is well-written and mostly tasteful satire. The other blog Eric writes for is a bit more “twisted.” 😯

4. Cindy - April 18, 2011

I have a sense of humour failure today, maybe I’ll mosey on over and have a look.

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

While I enjoy some topics more than others, Eric’s wit illuminates every post.

5. liannouwen - April 18, 2011

This sounds like a great blog. Thanks for sharing this! I’ll check it out later 🙂

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Hope you get a kick out of Eric’s keen wit.

6. oldancestor - April 18, 2011

Thanks for introducing me to your readers and for the kind words. One of the great things about blogging as that there are always more seats at the table.

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Exactly! We can always pull up another chair and make room for “one more.”

7. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 18, 2011

I dunno. . .I was sort of keeping him to myself, and then you horned in, Nancy! Oh, well! With your vast readership, the secret is out of the bag! Expect your readership to at least double in size now, Eric! Just reading The Anvil once, and I gained 50 pounds. . .curses upon thee! (Since I read it regularly, you don’t want to know how much I weigh now, but that birthay pic of me was a fake – definitely pre-Anvil!)

In any event, you beat me once again, Nancy, because The Anvil is going to be the subject of my post today, too. Here’s hoping that he gets a lot more readers – The Anvil certainly deserves it – even if he does tease me unmercifully. And I’m always so nice. . . Go figure!

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Uh oh! We should have compared notes, PTC. Eric is apt to get a swelled head with all this extra attention.

And judging from the photo above, his head is already too big for his scrawny (and hairy) body. 😀

oldancestor - April 19, 2011

That’s not a swelled head. It’s solid bone through and through.

nrhatch - April 19, 2011

Duly noted. 😉

8. Alannah Murphy - April 18, 2011

Nancy, I’m deeply offended by this post 😉

No, not really, I loved your “as a heathen” comment…

Did you know where the term comes from? It simply means from the Heath 🙂

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Bwahaha! Glad you enjoyed.

I understand generally that heathens = pagans = country folk who do not follow organized religion.

9. Alannah Murphy - April 18, 2011

oh and I meant to say thanks for introducing us to this hilarious blog, some of the headlines are brilliant (I liked the one about Zeus and Jesus)

nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Eric has written some terrific posts that have had me grinning from ear to ear. Wanna see? 😀

Alannah Murphy - April 19, 2011

I know, I feel the same way after reading some of his posts 😀

nrhatch - April 19, 2011

He’s quite a writer ~ clever, witty, creative . . . with nary a misplaced comma or apostrophe.

oldancestor - April 19, 2011

Thanks for all the kind comments. I do poke fun at religion (and non-religion) but never in a mean-spirited way.

nrhatch - April 19, 2011

Some day, this post will prove that “I knew him when . . . ”

I look forward to see your writing career soar! 😀

10. The Anvil Chorus « Reflections From a Cloudy Mirror - April 18, 2011

[…] why this moment is momentous, but never mind – just take my word for it.  You can also take Nancy‘s word, or you can get it straight from the Horse’s […]

11. clarbojahn - April 19, 2011

What a laugh. Thanks for introducing me to OA. I mean Eric. I mean the man behind Anvil. Whoever. LOL with :)’s.

nrhatch - April 19, 2011

I view OA, Eric, and The Anvil as one and the same . . . like the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain, and the hot air balloonist from Kansas all being one and the same.

But who knows?

Maybe The Anvil has an entire stable of talent hiding out in a Press Room somewhere. 😉

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