The Moron's Daily Briefing

May 31 - It was on this day that the lovely young Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback through Coventry, England, to protest the high tax rate established by her own husband, Earl Leofric of Mercia. Her protest worked and he lowered taxes. The Moron's Almanac strongly endorses this type of civil disobedience, and reminds female readers that taxes are pretty high just about everywhere these days, especially near me.

On May 31, 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging was signed, canceling the Bore War for lack of interest. (The Bore War should not be confused with the Boar War, which was much more exciting on account of tusks.)

It's also Independence Day in South Africa, and the birthday of the following historical figures: Brooke Shields, born the same year as me, has somehow become 37 despite my own arrested adolescence; Joe Namath is 59; Clint Eastwood is 72; and Fred Allen, Walt Whitman, and King Manual I of Portugal would all be blowing out birthday candles if they weren't dead.

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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