May 16, 1910

On This Date in! in 1910 the U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress. Two years later, the U.S. Bureau of Mimes was authorized after the tragic incident in Philadelphia on June 23, 1911 when 23 street mimes found themselves trapped in the same invisible box and starved to death before anyone thought to let them out. The Philadelphian police stated that they didn’t act sooner as they weren’t sure anything was wrong, particularly since the mimes never asked for help, they just made these silly hand gestures.

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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