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People across the pond often explain Britain's "Bonfire Night"/"Guy Fawkes Night" as the UK's version of their July 4th celebration.
Ummm….no.
Penchant for detonating sparking, explody things aside, they're not at all similar.
One is about a nation celebrating its independence (or the defeat of alien invaders, depending how strong your grip is on reality) the other is basically a nation trolling terrorists, rubbing their faces in failure.
That the thwarting of the November 5th gunpowder plot is remembered is arguably one of the two reasons why the Brits are universally unafraid of terrorism (the second being that Fair Blighty has faced down the largest war machines the world has ever seen. A random yahoo that wants to blow himself up is an irritant by comparison). You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify into 93,000 square miles of angry.
First, they find you, then they deal with you, then they really go to work and trivialise you and your cause so that both will be a joke for the rest of recorded history.
Guy Fawkes died 400 years ago, and the Brits still annually set fire to effigies of him!
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Hold on, Rather then reminding people to be stalwarts against terrorists...

Guy Fawkes night also reminds people to stand up for their rights against an oppressive government, That kept on violating their rights.
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
It only means that to fans of the V for Vendetta movie rather than actual history.
The "Gunpowder Plot" was all about religion, not fighting against the violation of rights. The conspirators, Fawkes among them, wanted to kill King James (a Protestant) and replace him on the throne with Princess Elizabeth (a Catholic).
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
interesting piece of history. also, I see how some people would think that you are talking about V for Vendetta. i have seen the film and read the graphic novel. both of which are very good...though I will admit that the film may have been a little too "Americanized"
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CuddlesTheOctopus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Wow.....

I been reading through the comments on this.

Sad to see how many ignorant motherfuckers I have to call my countrymen. Especially the ones that still somehow think that the bullshit we're told by the press about the war on terror is true. Fuckin sad.
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DarkestApollomon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Writer
How ironic that I came across this!  I'm actually doing a research project on the Gunpowder Plot. ^.^
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lilhavers Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Finally I understand that part of British story. I admire your stand against terrorism and kidnapping.
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Pikichuu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I'd much prefer a V for Vendetta ending.
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niekitty Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
that is... the best explanation of a holiday that i have ever heard... and suddenly i want to move across the pond.
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Yeah, but very soon you will be 93k square miles of ANGRY, who can't get a dull kitchen knife to use on your enemies - if Parliament and the Brit Doc's have any say. :P
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Connorses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Can you +fav journal entries? Because I want to.
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Connorses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
OH HEY YOU CAN.
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Razkiel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
BOOYAH, didn't see that!
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Aaah I remember this story, still gives me a good chuckle :lol:

Plus what I find even more amusing is the fact that this sort of behaviour/reaction is completely normal :D
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formorian5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
First off, I had to read that terrorist ball-kicking headline a few times before I believed what I was reading. Then I thought, "What the hell, not even NY cab drivers are that angry and brave. Where in the world could produce such a man. Oh, of course, Scotland."
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Most people I know just knows Guy Fawkes day has "something to do with that V for Vendetta" movie.
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Philbrush Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I don't think anyone in Aus has a Bonfire Night anymore...last I had I was really young. From what I can find, ours was the a same as firecracker night, when everyone would let off fireworks. Fireworks are pretty much illegal without a licence now in Aus, and fires are frowned upon in built up areas, and completely illegal during firebans. Ours was held to celebrates the Queen's birthday! (she seems to have a lot of birthdays in Aus)
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Understandable, given that Aus is a natural tinder box!
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Skotti71 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Last time we got real angry, we exported all our 'ANGRY' and took over about a 1/4 of the planet. Be warned, small and dangerous and do not feed after midnight......
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Moothoot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
And I thought that New York City cabbies were hardcore
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sqrlyjack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   General Artist
Good.
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Kaz-Azrael Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god that cabbie is legend. O_O Why can't my country have cabbies that awesome?!
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but whenever I hear about Guy Fawkes I can't help but think of this BBC sketch. Sweating a little...
 

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deathwing89 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Remind me not to poke at the Uk with a stick of any kind
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enfurnoh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
As an ex-American living in the UK I DO explain bonfire night as similar to the 4th of July for one very good reason.  The 4th is a day for all Americans to stand up and say they're proud to be American.  The UK doesn't have a holiday like that.  Maybe if St. Georges day becomes one that could be it.  In the meantime we have Bonfire Night.  I look at it as a day all Brits can wave the flag and say they're proud to be British, something everyone needs.  
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Turkish182 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Photographer
"You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify into 93,000 square miles of angry."

Well yeah, except WWII, in which the 93,000 of square miles still needed US assistance.

Unless black out curtains were just a fashion statement...

;)
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013

They had the option to capitulate. Despite being completely isolated, without an ally in sight and with their cities being systematically destroyed, they didn't.

I think that says all that needs to be about the people living on this wind-swept rock.

 

(PS: the US sent the Brits a bill for their assistance. It didn't get paid off until 2007, and the debt was used to dictate British foreign policy in the US's favour for the second half of the 20th century.)

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zakueins Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Writer
If I remember right, the guy that kicked the terrorist twat in the balls still can't buy a beer anywhere in the UK.
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Digoraccoon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, I've never heard an American describe Nov 5 as the UK version of our 4th of July. Guess I'm just lucky...

...then again, lots of my friends would say "Nov 5? Isn't that the Vendetta movie that came out in '06?" ;)
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ShadyIMG Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you for the lesson. :)
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BidboroughStreet Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Of course if you're Catholic, you look at it as an excuse to burn effigies of the pope (such as still goes on at Lewes) for 400 years. But all in good fun.
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MatticusDecimusRex Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I'm really glad you posted this.  For serious.
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irg555 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I can only imagine what was going through the terrorist 'suspects' mind (besides his nether regions I mean). "We shall strike terror on these infidels! They shall know...OHGODMYNADS!!!"

Just read the cabbies account of the whole thing. Holy crap that guys is AWESOME!!
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
That's a lot of angry!  So when that nut-kicker went to the clinic for his foot, did the receptionist put him at the head of the line, with others politely moving down one spot?
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nickworcester Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I have a feeling a page-long comment has made its way though here relating to Anonymous somehow...
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blahblahblah34 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow jollyjack, Fair Blighty is a fucking badass town >=)
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Psychorror Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Fair Blighty is the term used for the U.K. in general, not just London.
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blahblahblah34 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh, ok. I thought he was just talking about his hometown this entire time lol
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WindChaser24 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Not actually the comparison I've heard before...but then again that could be because I am Canadian and potentially better informed...or not.
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kalika12 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Remeber the 5th of November...
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BrightlyWound455 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is why I want to move to the UK.
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ChaosMageTwin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Writer
93,000 square miles of angry.... I'll have to remember that quote :)
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Ud-the-Imp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
While I knew November 5th is not the UK equivalent to Independence Day, the fact the holiday was made as an INSULT is new to me.
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Backfirejr Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The UK sure has a lot of security cameras in the street though.
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Napalm-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I never understood why people have a issue with that. :L

They are on streets not in your house.
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Backfirejr Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's not the point I was trying to make. It sounded to me as if Jack saw the way they handled outside threats as if they
were completely unafraid, and yet there's cameras all over the place and airport security is tighter than ever. :)

I must admit that his way of describing it did make me laugh :D
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theanon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
The majority of people don't want the security cameras or the full body scanners.  Unfortunately there's not much we can do about it.
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Backfirejr Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, so it's basically a case of the scared few being listened to instead of the rest? 
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Napalm-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
ahh i see.

I guess we just see the cameras as making it easier to find said terrorists before some guy kicks them in the balls. :L
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Backfirejr Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, that may be a way to look at it ;P
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