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Old 04-23-13, 04:56 AM   #481
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Re: Richard III -- Statues gone bad

And he was a Virginian. So step off.
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Old 04-23-13, 08:50 PM   #482
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To each his own Jefferson. You're right that he was brilliant and that no one in history is perfect. But his hypocrisy (imo) is extra shiny -- he billed himself as the avatar of the free and equal individual but owned people, including some who were probably his children (born to his wife's half-sister and not freed until they were adults).

I will agree that sucking up to France during the Revolutionary War was good strategy, but Jefferson (and many others) stayed pro-French for years after -- until they didn't. I read last night that Jefferson pushed the Louisiana Purchase partly because he worried that the French would establish themselves there and threaten the U.S. [Not a criticism of T"D"J; just interesting.]

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Very true, but most of those guys weren't, and H's actions to stabilize the financial system did as much to help the little guy as any high-faluting declaration ever did.

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That was a good summation, BA, but why were they so mad at Mozart and Beethoven? Too new and different? Their haircuts?

I've tried to think what the Founders would do if they suddenly time traveled to the U.S. now. I always picture T"D"J picking up his frock coats and running away, screaming in horror. But you just know that within minutes Franklin would be in a Hawaiian shirt partying with babes of all ethnicities, sipping an umbrella drink in one hand and deconstructing an Iphone with the other.
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Old 04-23-13, 09:17 PM   #483
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Re: Richard III -- Statues gone bad

If Jefferson would suddenly appear in the present, a quantity of his descendants would give him a little grief. In fact, seeing Obama as president would likely cause in Jefferson a raised eye-brow. But it's the present, Tommy. The present usually involves fixing problems of the past. In this instance, we've well evolved beyond white slave-owners as presidents.
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Old 04-25-13, 12:49 AM   #484
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Re: Richard III -- Statues gone bad

Seeing Obama as president would give anyone from the 1770's a raised eyebrow, if a raised eyebrow means major cardiac event.
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Re: Richard III -- Statues gone bad

Except maybe the Quakers.
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I thought that even before Obama, but he would probably startle most of the Founders at first. I think Washington would like how serious Obama is. Washington would accept modernity, although he'd be appalled by some of it. He'd probably get all wrapped up in GPS systems and modern maps. Jefferson wouldn't like the highway system or television. Ben Franklin would love motorcycles and NASA.

Quakers. I loved reading about those guys when I was little.
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Old 04-26-13, 07:45 PM   #487
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Re: Richard III -- Statues gone bad

We need to see:

Thomas Jefferson vs George Jefferson (marry her, honky)
Richard the Third vs Richard Simmons (i'll sweat that hump off in no time)
Alexander Hamilton vs Margaret Hamilton (brrrrr I'm cold)
Arnold Ziffel vs Benedict Arnold (i'd sell my country for bacon)
George W Bush vs George Washington (father of the nation vs father of drunks)
Paul Revere vs Rupaul (you better ride)
Opaque Palace vs Hendo (a draw)
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The British Dental Journal () is reporting that Richard III probably was a teeth-grinder and that he apparently had a few teeth pulled by a medieval barber. Just the thought of a medieval barber pulling your teeth would probably make you grind them.

Also, the king showed signs of upper-class tooth decay from having sugar and carbohydrates in his diet. They're going to analyze the tartar they found on his teeth to let us know about his oral hygiene. Dudes, let it go. We don't want to know.

But the article does have this interesting bit of dental history:

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Dental and oral hygiene received its first taste of strategic guidance in the first half of the 15th century, when Giovanni de Arcoli, professor of medicine and surgery at Bologna extolled the virtues of preserving teeth by cleaning them twice a day and avoiding sweet foods. He also pioneered the use of gold leaf as a restorative treatment to fill cavities.
It also has a pun in its headline: Richard III’s teeth leave a lasting impression

Dental humor. :/

[According to wikipedia, dental floss was invented in 1815 by a New Orleans dentist, Levi Spear Parmly.]




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Re: Richard III -- Brush AND Floss

Puns in article titles should die a slow and painful death.

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