Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The 4th of July and other urban legends

Even if you aren't so thrilled about the direction this country is headed, there isn't much to complain about when you get a day off in the middle of the week. Especially one that encourages beer drinking and BBQ. Like any other holiday, event, or change in the wind direction there always seems to be a surge of urban legends. This is the one I'd like to quash this week. Not to offend my friends that sent this to me, but come on! You have got to start checking into things. Not everything you read on the internet is true.

This is the offending email of the week:

"Nothing important happened today."
—Diary entry by King George III on July 4, 1776

I call bullshit. George III was a raving lunatic and had his head in the sand when it came to dealing with the American colonies, but there is no evidence that he kept a diary --ever. Just because there was reference to this quote on the X-Files does not make it fact. Don't you think that more people would know about this ironic journal entry if it really happened?

And just for the record, George Washington did not chop down a cherry tree and confess to his father because he could not tell a lie. This was a story fabricated by Parson Weems. Sorry to burst your bubble.


mad said...

I like to do those things at Christmas too -- drink beer and BBq hot dogs. Never heard that about King George's diary. I did hear something similar about Geroge Bush's diary, though. But I guess that'll prove to be an urban legend also. Rats.

pineapple said...

Maybe W's diary is a coloring book. Wonder if he can color inside the lines?