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August 25, 2014 AT 8:53 AM
Sunday marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House during the War of 1812. In cheeky fashion, The British Embassy in Washington tweeted a joke about the event and the two nations' improved relationship. Apparently, 1814 is murky territory in terms of the "too soon" rule, and the tweet was met with some harsh criticism. The Embassy issued an apology about two hours later, linking to an essay by Deputy Head of Mission Patrick Davies.