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Published on December 9th, 2015 | by Flipside

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6 Things That Also Weren’t Shaggy

Shaggy is one of reggae-fusion’s most modest figures, rarely taking credit where it’s due, and always happy for others to hog the limelight. On the 15th anniversary of his smash hit ‘It Wasn’t Me’, Flipside celebrates six of the best things Shaggy also didn’t do.

1. The Magna Carta

Many people associate the signing of the Magna Carta with Shaggy’s debut album Pure Pleasure, but it was in fact signed by King John of England at Runymede, in the year 1215, to make peace between the unpopular king and some rebel barons

2. The Renaissance

Shaggy’s bouncy beats and smooth, dulcet tones are often believed to have caused the rediscovery of classicism in late medieval Italy, leading to a flourishing in the visual arts, but it was actually caused by a maelstrom of changing geopolitical circumstances and technological advances in Europe.

3. Packing your schoolbag when you were a child

Shaggy’s natural nurturing instincts might you lead you to believe that it was him who used to wake you up, make you breakfast and pack your schoolbag on a cold January morning when you were six, but that was actually your mum Brenda, and she’s sad that you always though it was the acclaimed, multi-platinum reggae artist

4. The Geneva Convention

Shaggy’s career is often confused with that of Henry Dunant, who visited Swiss soldiers after the Battle of Solferino in 1859 and was so appalled by their conditions that he suggested an establishment of standards within international law for humanitarian treatment during war. If someone tells you that Shaggy won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, they’re probably thinking about Henry Dunant!

5. Putting wellington boots on your hands while you were asleep

I know this sounds like a classic Shaggy prank, and just the sort of thing he would do when you were passed out after too many Milk Spritzers, but it was actually your mate Stevie who thought it would be a right laugh. Stevie’s also the one who hid all your left shoes last year, and tried to blame poor Shaggy.

6. Because I Got High

That was Afroman…you big racist

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