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In the 1904 novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill, G.K. Chesterton explained the game of “Cheat the Prophet”:

The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is going to happen in the next generation. The players wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.

Hat tip: the essay “Politics and ‘Cheat the Prophet'” in The Pursuit of Virtue & Other Tory Notions, George F. Will (Touchstone, 1982).

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I love stories like this: WWII Italian prisoners of war in Wales used vegetable juice as paint, turning a Nissan hut into a chapel full of artwork – and the chapel is still in use today. More, with pictures, at The Practicing Catholic.

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