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This is a verbatim transcript of a conversation at work last night:
Colleague: Dennis Rodman is going to meet with ISIS. [This was a rumor going around the internet]
Me: Didn’t he go meet with Kim Jong Un?
Me: He’s a regular Jimmy Carter. Someone should throw a rabbit at him.
It followed — as morning follows malaise — that he hadn’t heard of the Jimmy Carter Rabbit Incident. Neither had anyone else in the conversation.
As I walked the factory the rest of the night, I asked people if they knew President Carter had been attacked by a swamp rabbit. I asked intelligent people; I asked well-informed people; I asked people old enough to hear and remember it at the time. Not a single person to whom I posed the question could remember the incident. Excuses were paltry:
“I never knew rabbits could swim.”
“I wasn’t alive at the time.”
Well, neither was I, but you don’t hear me forgetting one of the funniest events in American History.
I ask you, dear Ricochetti, what is this world coming to?
Image courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Library via Wikipedia.