January 2, 1859

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1859, Erastus Flavel Beadle published “The Dime Book of Practical Etiquette.” This book gave helpful everyday advice such as “be sure that the dog you kick in town is a stray, as if it is owned, the owner may shoot you”, and “for bald men, just lifting the hat slightly off the head is acceptable when greeting a lady on the street, the full doff with flourish is garish and only done by jackanapes whom God has cursed with an offending nature and a full head of hair. The bastards.”
In a odd incident of history repeating itself, Erastus Beadle’s great-great-great grandson, Erastus Flavelle “Weed-dog” Beadle VI self-published his own book of practical etiquette in 1983 called “The Practical Ettiquette Book of Dime Bagging.” It also contained helpful advice in the procurement of marijuana such as, “When buying from a new dealer, it helps to ask at least four times ‘You’re not a cop, right? Right? Right? Because when you’re a cop, you have to tell me you’re a cop, right?” As well as ‘Bring your own digital scales when buying, dealers respect that kind of professionalism.”

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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