Thursday, May 22, 2008

Someone needs a new hobby

In Her Royal Spyness our heroine is 34th in line to the British throne. When I read this I thought it was pretty funny; just out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia to look up the succession to the British throne today. I'm not quite sure what I expected to find (since I'm part Irish, and Roman Catholic, I knew I wasn't going to be on that list), but I have to admit that I was astounded by what I saw. They don't list 10 or 20 in the line of succession. They don't list 100 in the line of succession. No, they list 1287 people in the line of succession. 1287!!! And the only thing I could think of was, who, exactly, put this list together? Could figuring this issue out that far possibly have not been the best use of that person's time? With all the energy that went into all that figuring (including all the skips: check it out for yourself ), that person could have invented time travel, been the first human on Mars, and learned to bake a perfect souffle.

1287. Amazing. If you're interested, #1287 is the young daughter of Countess Friederike-Christiane of Castell-Castell in Bavaria. I never would have guessed her in a million years.


1 comment:

edithnebel said...

How funny! Somewhere at the end of the list - position 1185 - I found a former classmate of mine. I remembered him being a Duke and thougt I might give it a try. Unfortunately he and his sister are among the ones skipped.

They wouldn't give the reason for skipping certain people and having them listed anyway, would they? At least I did not find any explanation.

So it feels like: "This could have been your prize, Duke Whatshisname, if only your ancestor had not ..." And just where the story begins to becom interesting, the information stops.