Oregonaut wrote:I was sitting at the bus stop today waiting for the bus to arrive. Since I was bored, I started recounting the entirety of the Gettysburg address. No one else was at the bus stop waiting, but many people walked past. I corrected the time from four score, and otherwise left the whole thing intact. Almost every person who walked past stopped and listened with this dumbstruck look on their face. I was gesturing, using facial expressions, giving emotion to the words, the whole kit and caboodle.
After I finished one of the readthroughs (I ran through it multiple times) someone asked me if I wrote that. I said "Yes, ma'am. I happen to be Abraham Lincoln."
"Oh, like the president who fought in the Revolutionary War!"
"Oh that's nice! It is so good that your parents would honor the first president."
Another man gave me a five dollar bill, smiled, and said that he wishes his AP History students would be so random. I asked him if he understood the irony of giving me a five. He nodded and said that it was intentional.
Some people are cool. Others worry me.
A few months back somebody from a local radio station dressed up as Karl Marx and recited from 'Capital' on a makeshift stage in front of a defunct bank. Even though he nearly choked on the fake beard more than once he managed to attract quite a crowd with a similar mix of people, ranging from 'lauding the history education value' via 'enjoying the irony of having that in front of a defunct bank' right to 'I do not know who that bearded fellow is, but it sure sounds great. We should revolt and establish a state founded on this'.