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Thread #86832   Message #1617581
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
30-Nov-05 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
"We did an exercise on Emily Davidson who threw herself under the King's horse during the Derby,as a form of suffragette protest and was killed and about which everyone knew. Except she didn't. And her name was Davison." I suppose the idea of "except she didn't" is to show, by doing it, how easy it is to post fibs, since aside from the spelling of the name that summary is accurate enough.

"By 1911, her illegal actions increased. She began to believe that the suffragette cause needed an actual martyr to bring it the publicity it needed.

Her final act was to run out onto the racetrack at the Epsom Derby, and grab the reigns of the king's horse running that day. In so doing, she was trampled on, and died a few days later."
(From this BBC site.)