How Old Is Too Old?

The United States appears to have settled the question of “how old is too old to run for president,” but what about “how old is too old to vote?” Mrs. Lydia A. Sharpless of Whittier, Cal., 104 years old, is the oldest woman voter in the United States. She was the first woman to register Read More

Clip of the Week: June 26, 2024

Does anyone know a good barber? This guy could use a recommendation: Mr. Frederick Wilkins, landlord of the Tow Tree, a village inn at Burghill, in the lovely lands of pastoral Hereford, renowned as a man of a strange oath, and bearded like the pard, may now go to the barber again. Sixteen years ago Read More

Clip of the Week: May 15, 2024

Proof that politicians have been saying “Do as I say, not as I do” for at least 100 years: A rather amusing and somewhat unusual incident occurred during Mr [future New Zealand Prime Minister William] Massey’s recent visit to the West Coast. . . The leading citizens of Greymouth decided to banquet him, and the Read More

Clip of the Week: May 17, 2023

This guy puts the “petty” in Pettibone: Some New York man has been having fun at the expense of the editors of that city. Knowing the eagerness with which republican editors publish letters from democrats who have turned republican, “A. C. Pettibone” wrote a letter to a republican paper in which he said he had Read More

Clip of the Week: October 19, 2022

A duel for the ages: Armed with only a bicycle and an umbrella, two arrogant politicians face off. Who will win? It seems that cycling has become very popular with some of our younger legislators, and certain of them have got into the habit of coming down to the House [of Commons] on their machines Read More

Clip of the Week: June 29, 2022

Stay tuned until the end for some shameless self-promotion! This is what happens when women aren’t allowed to vote: A funny incident happened at a Parliamentary election in Cork a few years ago. The contest lay between two rivals, both Nationalist candidates. The wives of four voters whose political views differed from those of their Read More

The Haying Faker

If you’re reading this post in real time (of course you are—you refresh your inbox every Wednesday until my blog post arrives, right?), join me in singing happy birthday to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt: ♪ Happy birthday to you! ♪ Happy birthday to you! ♪ Happy birthday, dear Teddy! ♪ Happy birth— If my terrible Read More

Clip of the Week: September 22, 2021

An amusing incident, in which Viscount Peel, the ex-Speaker, was the principal figure, took place the other afternoon in the part of the [House of Commons] which is specially reserved for visitors from another place. His Lordship forgetting for the moment that he was anything more than a distinguished stranger, was observed by the horror-stricken Read More

“What Was Your Most Memorable Halloween?”

More than a century ago, an unnamed journalist was tasked with running around Washington, D.C. and asking notable politicians the burning questions of the day. No, not those about national politics, the burgeoning movement for women’s suffrage or even the war on the tango: Instead, this no-doubt future Pulitzer Prize winner asked U.S. cabinet secretaries Read More

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