Somebody outside just lit a firecracker, which reminds me that today is Guy Fawkes Day. In 1605 he tried, with some other rebels, to blow up Parliament. They wanted to have a Catholic on the throne. He was discovered, persuaded to confess his guilt, and was sentenced to be hanged, but he jumped from the scaffold and broke his neck. Since then all the British Commonwealth countries celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with fireworks and the burning in effigy of a figure representing Guy Fawkes.
One of my favorite bumper stickers in Rhodesia back in 1967 said
Guy Fawkes, Please Try Again.