In 1834, Catholics finally succeeded in burning down the parliament.
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce".
Dickens is characteristically hilarious:
...it took until 1826 to get these sticks abolished. In 1834 it was
found that there was a considerable accumulation of them; and the
question then arose, what was to be done with such worn-out, worm-eaten,
rotten old bits of wood? The sticks were housed in Westminster, and it
would naturally occur to any intelligent person that nothing could be
easier than to allow them to be carried away for firewood by the
miserable people who lived in that neighborhood. However, they never had
been useful, and official routine required that they should never be,
and so the order went out that they were to be privately and
confidentially burned. It came to pass that they were burned in a stove
in the House of Lords. The stove, over-gorged with these preposterous
sticks, set fire to the panelling; the panelling set fire to the House
of Commons; the two houses were reduced to ashes; architects were called
in to build others; and we are now in the second million of the cost
What sort of world was Victorian London that an address
in Westminster indicated that you would be grateful for rotten wood?
I've recently heard bitcoin advocates claiming that tally sticks are a good analogy for bitcoins, and a reason that they can violate von Mises "Regression Theorem".
Let us hope that the analogy cannot be pushed too far!