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Friday, April 3, 2020

A to Z Historic Trivia - C


According to Merriam-Webster, 1830 was the year the word “Clothesline” was first used. Given the definition of  “a rope or wire upon which to hang wet clothes to dry,” one can only assume the word was merely the wish of an everyday housewife before the creation of the first clothesline in 1860.  Unless you take into account a group of Americans (including one woman) called the Culper Spy Ring, who organized during the Revolutionary War (1779) for the express purpose of secretly exchanging information between the troops and Washington. In addition to risky courier activities, another (unverifiable) means of transferring important messages was by hanging pre-determined garment color and quantities on a backyard line.

In one of his most famous illusions, David Copperfield, magician extraordinaire, made the Statue of Liberty disappear on April 8th, 1983. Before making the statue reappear, he explained to a stunned
audience that he wanted them to imagine a world without American freedom, liberties, and justice. As Lady Liberty came back into view, Copperfield went on to note that while our forefathers would not have realized the benefits of their efforts, they made sure we would and that our children will!  Copperfield then proceeded to enthrall audiences by levitating over the Grand Canyon, walking through the Great Wall of China, escaping from Alcatraz and flying around a stage for several minutes in 1992!

If for a moment you forgot to think about the world at large, my work here is done ;-)