Author Topic: Today in history

sam

Today in history
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2016 »


Jimmy Carter walked to his inauguration. Bill and co-president* Hillary opted to pedal along the Potomac (looking particularly tidal that day) on the way to theirs.

Hillary was actually the stronger rider, but held herself in check for the press and the sake of the nation, which was not yet ready for a woman to take the lead.




* 'Deja Two' is clever, but I'll reserve judgement on the rest of the piece. As for the elections later this year, NOTA has my support, with Sanders a close second.

Click here for more presidents on bikes.

sam

Today in history
« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2016 »


The inaugural Tour de Trump launched from Albany NY in 1989 in a bid to be America's Freedom Fries answer to the Frenchie version. There were protests



which the police controlled using water canons loaded with champagne. The spectacle finished in front of Trump's casino in Atlantic City, with Norwegian Dag Otto Lauritzen claiming the orange jersey



and a free lap dance by Donna Brazile.


Still getting work in the post-noughties: "Acts of service can indeed cross boundaries."
You can't make this stuff up.


Sponsorship later changed to chemical company DuPont, which pulled the plug in 1996. The final race was won by up-and-comer Lance Armstrong.

sam

Today in history
« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2017 »


The princess proudly rides the new trike she believes she got for Christmas from her beloved papa, as yet still blissfully unaware that the diminutive steed she found hidden in the stables was actually meant as a Boxing Day gift for the daughter of one of Bertie’s “mistresses” employed as a charwoman he mistakenly thought he had impregnated after bumping into whilst in the course of her duties and of the belief that the jostle was sufficiently intimate to have impregnated (a notion his butler Stevens, discretely employed by the queen to set him straight with a talk about the birds and the bees one would have assumed quite unnecessary at this point, was never able to disabuse him of). On being gently informed that the trike was not hers, a task it took the embarrassed king several days to communicate due to his stutter, Lilibet would dutifully hand it over to the charwoman’s daughter, one Penelope Creighton, who if history had any sense of whimsy would go on to record having many adventures as the future partner of crime-fighting chauffeur Burt Ward.