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“A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn’t”*…

 

An accomplished accordionist, driving to a performance, stopped in front of his dry cleaner and ran in to pick up his tux.  Arriving at the counter, he realized with a shock that he’d left his instrument on the back seat, in plain view.  He grabbed his suit, ran back to the car– and was horrified to see that his worst fear had come true.  As he peered through the broken back window of his car, he saw a second accordion lying next to his…

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* Tom Waits

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As we get in touch with our inner Lawrence Welk, we might recall that it was on this date in 1844 that Samuel Morse tapped keys of a different sort to send the first telegraph message:  “What hath God wrought?” Morse sent the famous message from the B&O’s Mount Clare Station in Baltimore to the Capitol Building.  (The words were chosen by Annie Ellsworth, the daughter of the U.S. Patent Commissioner, from Numbers 23:23.)

Morse’s original apparatus

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May 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

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