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19 Things That Make 2016 Seem Relatively OK

Britain's had some shitty times.

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1. There's a lot that's bad about 2016, but at least this hairstyle has gone out of fashion.

No offense to Benedictine monk and court poet John Lydgate, or his very 1410 hair.
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No offense to Benedictine monk and court poet John Lydgate, or his very 1410 hair.

2. And you don't have to walk down the street and see people with forked beards.

Again, no offense to Dickie York and the year 1450.
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Again, no offense to Dickie York and the year 1450.

3. People don't have to stand for hours for ridiculous portraits, and instead can send a Snapchat directly to their crush.

Though shout out to this naval commander's great pose in 1700.
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Though shout out to this naval commander's great pose in 1700.

4. We don't have to worry about dragons quite so much as we did in the year 300.

Which is a big relief.
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Which is a big relief.

5. We have much less of a plague problem than in 1636.

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6. There's also much less of this going on.

RIP Charles.
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RIP Charles.

7. And MUCH less of this.

RIP these guys.
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RIP these guys.

8. There's a lot less to worry about when it comes to arrows.

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9. No matter how bad your 2016 was, it probably wasn't as bad as Titus Oates's 1668

Titus Oates invented a story of a totally fake plot by Catholics to murder the King. He was convicted of perjury and sentenced to public whipping, pelting with eggs, being stripped naked and paraded around town, and other such punishments.
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Titus Oates invented a story of a totally fake plot by Catholics to murder the King. He was convicted of perjury and sentenced to public whipping, pelting with eggs, being stripped naked and paraded around town, and other such punishments.

10. Maps are way better in 2016 than in 1597.

Admit it, you would never find a house party on this thing.
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Admit it, you would never find a house party on this thing.

11. The Tower of London is a nicer place to visit in 2016 than in 1558.

The only thing you'll have to contend with is lots of tourists.
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The only thing you'll have to contend with is lots of tourists.

12. Boats are way better.

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13. Cars are much faster.

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14. There are better ways to pass the time in 2016 than in 1340.

Not that "shooting at butts" doesn't sound great.
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Not that "shooting at butts" doesn't sound great.

15. You don't have to hire a harpist for every single house party.

Think of the cost.
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Think of the cost.

16. We have better hats.

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17. If your picture turns out bad, you can just ask your friend to take another one right away.

"Ew, delete it!"
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"Ew, delete it!"

18. You have absolutely no chance in 2016 of bumping into this Welsh bard, anywhere, for any reason, and having him make this face at you.

Sorry sorry sorry all Emrys Myrddin fans, I'm sure he was lovely.
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Sorry sorry sorry all Emrys Myrddin fans, I'm sure he was lovely.

19. And finally, chairs just seem more comfortable than in 1560.

See, it's not all bad.
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See, it's not all bad.

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