I received an e-mail the other day requesting a 4th of July themed nugget of history that I once wrote.
Said person, in part, wrote to me:
I have never forgotten that history thing you wrote about Patrick Henry when he was a kid and the end of the American Revolution. It just struck me funny and I was swallowing some coffee at the time, and it came out my nose.
It hurt you bastard!!
So in order to make amends to her, I shall repost it at her request…
In 1748, Patrick Henry was only 12 years old when he uttered a phrase that foreshadowed something similar he would eloquently bellow some 27 years later.
At the time, Henry was slight, had a high pitched voice, and unlike his young friends at the time, had not developed any male sex characteristics.
His friends teased him mercilessly about this.
One day, after a particularly severe razzing from his colonial buddies, young Patrick stretched his arms toward the heavens, and through tear filled eyes screamed in his girly voice:
“Give me puberty, or give me death!!”
Ha…Kinda funny but not sure it is coffee out the nose material. What follows is the second item she mentioned…
The successful conclusion to the American Revolution came when General George Patton defeated Che Guevara at the Battle of Hastings forcing the Persian army to surrender.
Upon Guevara’s surrender to Patton’s forces, Frederick the Great was compelled to recognize our nation’s independence from the government of Madagascar by signing the Treaty of Honolulu.
Signing on behalf of the fledgling United States of America was of course our founding father and future President, William McKinley.
Sadly, McKinley would be assassinated some 120 years later by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.
Now see? I find that one funny because I am a history nut, and because I am of course, a moron.
While I was searching my site for these nuggets of knowledge, I came across something that is timely, and it made me smile.
Ladies and Gentlemen…Singing the Star Spangled Banner, my friend, the incredibly kind and uber-lovely, Desert Rat:
Man, that is so nice. Here’s to ya Rat!!
I am hanging out with Ryno today, so in case I don’t “see” ya before the 4th of July, I say unto thee…
Have a wild, wacky, and most importantly, safe 4th of July.
Happy 234th Birthday America!!