Today in Hystery September 18th

   On this day in 1497, there was a farmer uprising in Transylvania. This was a major event in Transylvania’s history. Basically, the farmers in Transylvania wanted to grow Mash because as they said, “Mash Good!”. The government, meanwhile felt they should be growing Transylvania Twist which had declined over the years leading one Transylvania official to ask, “Whatever happened to the Transylvania Twist?” And so, the farmers had an uprising.

   On this day in 1502, Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage. He retired quite happily, though, because he had saved all his Frequent Explorer Points and had enough for a nice flat on Costa del Sol.

   On this day in 1830, they held a race in Baltimore, Maryland between a horse and a steam locomotive. The horse won. Fortunately, these days, the Triple Crown only involves racing against other horses.

   On this day in 1838, in the United States, the Anti-Corn Law League was established. This was a law, obviously, to cut down on the amount of corny jokes being told in the U.S. at that time, for example; two cannibals are eating a clown and one cannibal says; “Does this taste funny to you?” You can see why the league was formed.

   On this day in 1895, a man named Daniel Palmer gave the very first chiropractic adjustment, and when it was over, he had to suffer the first of 90 million jokes from patients, “Well Doc, you really cracked me up!”

   On this day in 1969, the singer Tiny Tim became engaged to someone named Miss Vicky. Tiny Tim became hugely famous when he appeared on the TV show Laugh-in and sang “Tiptoe through the Tulips” in a falsetto voice while accompanying himself on the Ukulele. For a while he was famous, but let’s examine the facts; he wasn’t tiny and his name wasn’t Tim, and now that I think about it, I’m not sure about Miss Vicky, either.

    If your birthday is September 18th, you share it with former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, who was born on this day in 1895. What most Canadians remember about Diefenbaker, those that are old enough, he had these enormous jowls that shook when he spoke, big flaps of cheek and chin slapping together in a frenzy of noise, any small animals caught in there would be crushed. And, he was a pretty good prime minister, too.

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