The Brand of Folly—Embarrassing? Probably so.

Throughout time, an alarming amount of fools have—somehow—managed to write a page in history for themselves that detail their follies. It has become my reluctant duty to present to you—dear reader—what follies were committed on this day throughout history and by what fools.

However, while the inspection of others’ follies can be beneficial (for those who learn from mistakes), it is somewhat depressing in nature. Therefore, some happy instances shall be covered as well—sometimes.

June 6th:

1752: Moscow suffers from a 3rd fire—in two weeks. 18,000 houses are destroyed. One would think that some means of precaution would have been taken, but, apparently, none was. We must assume that fires were in style. BRANDED FOLLY

1850: Levi Strauss makes an extremely uncomfortable, stiff material that is widely used and loved today, despite the professor’s inhibitions on the matter. Yes, sir, June 6th 1850 marked the day that blue jeans first appeared! Since most consider blue jeans a remarkable invention, the professor hasn’t a choice. HAPPY INSTANCE

1931: There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time, a song written by Guy Lombardo, hits #1. We suffer enough from Daylight saving time. I wonder what made him want to exacerbate the matter. He should have been tarred and feathered! BRANDED FOLLY

If you’re interested in hearing the song:

There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time.  Hmm…Rather nice. Maybe he should be spared…

1938: London is visited by Sigmund Freud. It’s too late to pray, but rest assured. I’m sure many prayers were said at the time for England. So, whose folly was this? The answer? England’s. They should have found a way to keep the beast away. BRANDED FOLLY


4 Responses to “The Brand of Folly—Embarrassing? Probably so.”

  1. 1 Sarah Baram June 7, 2013 at 04:07

    Denim was discovered on the 6th of June?! I’m a little disappointed Facebook hasn’t officially declared that Denim Day yet. As much as I hate Facebook, I would totally appreciate that contribution.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2013 at 14:41

      Facebook is…is…is…horrid!

  2. 3 Jacqui Murray June 7, 2013 at 01:00

    quite entertaining. thanks.

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2013 at 14:41


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