July 31, 1992

On THIS DAY IN HISTORY in 1992, Georgia joined the United Nations. Then Governor Zell Miller showed up wearing a gigantus cowboy hat, bushy fake red eyebrows, a monstrously large red mustache, and two six-shooters strapped to his waist and during the acceptance speech started calling the other nations and their representative corn-sorting rabbits and dagnabitting hawg-swalloers as he fired his six-shooters in the air. When the United Nation’s security finally realized that a mistake had been made, Zell Miller was removed from the podium to allow the Nation of Georgia’s representative to be brought forward (after being found tied-up and gagged in a broom-closet). During the entire debacle, the Japanese UN Ambassador, Tsuneo Nishida, stood to one-side and marveled at Governor Miller’s refusal to break character from the cartoon character he was playing. He knew in his native land, with all the anime they produced and the crazy fans it spawned, this would be BIG. Mr. Nishida quickly chartered a jet and flew back home and introduced ‘cosplay’ to the Japan’s otaku.

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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