Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I Actually Saw These At The Time

Last year, Chancy at Driftwood Inspiration posted this lovely story about Exotic Gardening which mentioned a BBC broadcast I had seen when it was first aired in 1957 about the Swiss spaghetti harvest.

When I was in Philadelphia, the year Maya was born, the local paper ran an ad for The Taco Liberty Bell claiming the federal government, in an attempt to reduce the national debt, had sold the Liberty Bell to Taco Bell.
The full text of the ad read as follows:

Taco Bell Buys The Liberty Bell
In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is pleased to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country's most historic treasures. It will now be called the "Taco Liberty Bell" and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country's debt.

In a related release, the company explained that people and corporations had been adopting highways for years, and that Taco Bell was simply "going one step further by purchasing one of the country's greatest historic treasures."

I got this ready for April Fool months ago. This computer doesn't show the pictures, so I can only hope.


Chancy said...

J Thanks for posting this. We all need a good laugh on April Fool's Day.

Janet aka (Chancy)

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

HA! I remember when that Liberty Bell ad ran, and you were so angry about it, until my dad said, "What's the date today?" Funny.

kenju said...

I remember hearing that as a rumor (about the Liberty Bell) and I was incensed!! It was funny when I heard the truth of it.

joared said...

Funny! I didn't recall hearing the Liberty Bell story.