Earl Grey has had a hard time at the top of this monument. During World War Two he was struck by lightning and his head fell off and onto a tram. A witness at the time flew across the carriage and his uniform was set on fire.

We tweet about the coffee we are drinking, this poor guy was attacked with a giant flaming head and had no social media to tell the world of it. I’m sure it will be remembered much more than any skinny latte.

It sounds like a far fetched movie scene, but this really happened! The below photo of his new head being carved is from this article from The Chronicle.

Today, he is a regular toilet stop for birds. Can you see the white substance covering the top of his head? Yeah, go figure.

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Nature doesn’t care about incredible human achievements. It doesn’t care if you have a tea named after you. It treats us all equally, and there is a beauty in that. At least he takes the hit so we don’t have to, providing a service as he did when he was around, the reason he has a monument in the first place.

And what a great monument it is.

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    1. It is, however I like that it is a reminder that we are all human, no matter what what pedestal we are on. The Queen, President, they get crapped on by birds like the rest of us! xD

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