May 20, 1926

On May 20, 1926, American entrepreneur Thomas Edison proclaimed that his fellow Americans preferred silent movies over the new-fangled talkies. In other breaking news, Edison also determined that Americans preferred walking over riding in or driving a car, listening to ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ being sung by their tone-deaf Aunt Mildred over hearing it sung by Gene Austin on the radio, or using the Sears and Roebuck catalog over actual, soft toilet paper. Edison’s fellow Americans said, “Nuh-uh!” and told him to get with the times. It was 1926, not 1906.

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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