August 23, 1953

On this date in in 1953, aspiring graffiti artist Captain George C. Davison of Staten Island, New York was thrown into a North Korean prison for fifteen days for penciling in a moustache on a picture of Mao Tze Tung. The communist officials were not amused, but freed Davison after he served his time. Davison said he went with a big handlebar mustache instead of the Fu Manchu or Hitler ‘stache, as everyone would expect to see the Hitler ‘stache or Fu Manchu on a Chinese communist leader. Davison did state that he hoped to visit Russia after his release from the North Korea POW camp and draw mustaches on posters of Georgy Malenkov and Nikita Khrushchev, as neither of those Russians could grow a decent mustache to save their lives.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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