July 15th, 1922

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1922 the duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Most people viewing it claimed it was a hoax on the scale of the Feejee Mermaid and claimed that PT Barnum did it better when he had a horn screwed on a horse’s head to make a unicorn. When the people of New York were politely informed that PT Barnum never did that, everyone agreed that he would have if he thought he could have gotten away with it.

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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One Response to July 15th, 1922

  1. Harvey the Invisible Rabbit says:

    I have it on good authority that the so-called “platypus” is actually a creature that was made up for a children’s book. (Look it up on Wikipedia! If it doesn’t say that now, it probably will soon.)

    As to your story about PT Barnum screwing a horse because he thought it was a unicorn (or something like that), that’s just the kind of character assassination that keeps readers flocking to your site. I’m sure if such a thing were true, George Bailey would’ve never gone into business with the guy.

    If my comment makes no sense to you, please take some recreational pharmaceuticals and read it again.

    Thank you,
    Harvey the Invisible Rabbit

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