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Presidential prerogative…

From the elegantly instructive folks at Put This On:

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed pants, so he called the Haggar clothing company and asked for some. The call was recorded (like all White House calls at the time), and has since become the stuff of legend. Johnson’s anatomically specific directions to Mr. Haggar are some of the most intimate words we’ve ever heard from the mouth of a President.

We at Put This On took the historic original audio and gave it to animator Tawd Dorenfeld, who created this majestic fantasia…

[TotH to Laughing Squid]

As we reaffirm our commitment to comfort, we might recall that it was on this date in 1998 that noted style icons Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams and David “Bend it Like” Beckham were engaged.



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January 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

Even more graphic!…

Your correspondent promises to rest his obsession with visualization (at least briefly)– but not before sharing this helpful round-up from the naughty-but-nice folks at COED Magazine: “The 50 Funniest Internet Infographics“…  some will be already familiar to long-time readers, as they’ve been featured here before; many others, likely new…

As we loosen our belts we might reconsider that toga, as it was on this date in 55 BCE (or very nearabouts, scholars suggest) that Julius Caesar and his Roman force first invaded Britain.  Contrary to a rather widely-held belief, Caesar did not on this occasion say “veni, vidi, vici.”  Rather, he wrote those famous words in a report to Rome in 47 BCE after defeating Pharnaces II of Pontus at Zela (in Asia Minor– in just five days… and with no pants).

Edward Armitage’s reconstruction of the first invasion

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Crack, down…

Source: Detroit Free Press

From Flint, Michigan, the police world’s pinnacle of punning. (thanks, Glitter)

As we hitch up our trousers (and consider the rights we do and don’t have), we might recall that it was on this date in 1215 that King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta…  After years of watching rights-abridging legislation streak through Congress like greased pigs, it’s somehow comforting to recall this early example of unintended consequences:  the “Great Charter” was meant as a fundamentally reactionary treaty between the king and his barons, guaranteeing nobles’ feudal rights and assuring that the King would respect the Church and national law.  But over succeeding centuries, at the expense of royal and noble hegemony, it became a cornerstone of English democracy– and indeed, democracy as we know it in the West.

The Magna Carta

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June 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

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