Donald Trump, The Early Campaigns

Actually By Jerry Adler

From Yahoo Politics

Curator’s Comment: The American Hysterical Society is rarely interested in modern politics (except when we are), but this was too interesting a use of history to comment on modern events not to collect.


1792: “George Washington is not a hero. He’s a hero in the media because someone painted a picture of him crossing the Delaware River.” (Looks disgusted.) “The New York Times loves that painting. They put it on the front page a dozen times. The Delaware River is a total joke. I could throw a silver dollar across it.” (From a press release later issued by his campaign: “Mr. Trump was a student at the extremely prestigious University of Pennsylvania from 1772 to 1776, and was therefore exempt from military service in the Revolutionary War. Subsequently, he received a temporary medical deferment for a mild case of scrofula.”)

1836: “The Indians are coming across the border and no one is stopping them. They’re bringing in peyote and tobacco, they’re bringing in smallpox, they’re scalpers. They’re ripping off this country and the only way to stop them is — you build a wall.” (From a press release later issued by his campaign: “Mr. Trump has incredible respect for Indians and has been welcomed many times with dances and peace pipes at leading reservations. He leads all Whig candidates in polling among several tribes.”)

1860: “So Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin.” (Shrugs.) “I grew up in a log cabin, too. Not many people know this, but it’s true. And mine was even smaller than Lincoln’s. Only mine had a Jacuzzi. And do you know how much that log cabin is worth today? A million dollars. I own about a hundred of them all over the country, many of them on golf courses. My company is building the tallest residential log cabin in the world — 120 stories. The floors are all imported Italian dirt. I’ve had incredible interest in apartments from some of the world’s top kings, emperors, royal families. So if it’s a contest over log cabins, I win hands down.”

1904: “Teddy Roosevelt — all I know about him is he killed a buffalo. I don’t think he’s that smart. I would have picked the buffalo.” (Smirks.) “If he’s such a good hunter, why do we still have buffalo stampedes? There’s a tremendous problem with buffaloes in this country and nobody wants to stop it. I would put a stop to it in a day. The way you solve it is — you build a wall.”

1960: “John Kennedy is not a hero. He’s a hero because his boat sank.” (Sneers.) “I prefer guys whose boats didn’t sink.” (From a press release later released by his campaign: “Mr. Trump was a student at the highly selective University of Pennsylvania from 1941 to 1945, and was therefore exempt from military service in the second world war. Subsequently, he received a temporary medical deferment for a mild case of seborrhea.”)

Where the Only Curatorial Criteria Is “Is It Spongeworthy?”

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Shell-Sponsored Museum Exhibit Claims Oil is Birds’ Version of Wine

Actually From The Daily Mash


BIRDS love to drink crude oil with their supper, according to a Science Museum display sponsored by Shell.

The oil company denies the display entitled Oil: Useful and Delicious manipulates scientific fact to further its corporate agenda. The exhibit shows stuffed cormorants sipping oil from fluted glasses while using a coastal oil slick as a kind of hot tub.

A Shell spokesman said: “Birds and fish love drinking oil, it makes them feel pleasantly intoxicated and more sociable. Nature loves nothing more than an ‘oil party’.

“So spilling it is an act of generosity.”

The corporation has announced its next Science Museum exhibition will be Fairies, Werewolves and Climate Change, an examination of how the gullible can be manipulated into believing in far-fetched things.

Weekend Work 7-18-2015: A Jokeworm, Some Links, Alarming News, & Jilted By the Junto (AGAIN)

There are jokes which you don’t laugh at, but are so insidious that they will come to mind when you least expect and want it. This is one of them:

Shouldn’t the Air and Space museum be empty?

We’re confident the next time you visit or someone mentions the NASM you’ll repeat this. You are welcome.

As ever, we have been hard on the lookout for new collections items. We recently added a few new items to our Links Page, including:

Under “Art”

  • Ikea b4-XVI (Ikea’s pre-1650 ideas to redecorate your home)
  • What They See (life from art’s POV)
  • Ugly Renaissance Babies (which needs no explanation).

Under “Museums” (our new favorite)

  • The Conservator – Versus Life…

Since security is a key goal for any museum, most museums have alarms and security protocols in place. Larger museums do much of that in-house, but smaller museums rely on security providers for their peace of mind. Unfortunately, that company’s alarm isn’t the “magical force field” we hope it is.

As many of you know, the Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical is soon to open. The junior Americanists over at the The Junto evidently reviewed it on their blog and then, at the request of the producers, removed it soon after. No explanation or even snarky comment about how “Hollywood” (or in this case, Broadway) does things. Since they didn’t do that, we did it for them.

But, as you can see in the screen capture below, our question (from T.H. Gray) was aimed at the Juntoists.

Less than 18 hours later, the same paged look like this

We’re not surprised that this particular bit of sarcasm in the form of our question was removed. It’s certainly not the usual comment posted on a very serious academic blog. However, what is both puzzling and troubling is that the Juntoists seem too quick to delete things, either because someone has asked them to (the Hamilton post) or because they don’t like the flavor of the interaction (our question above and this comment of ours from last year).

We would love to delve into their reasons for doing all of this, but we are fairly confident that they would delete anything we asked.

Men’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History In Just Over One Minute


Invented After the First Calendar and the First Clock

Introducing the Newest Subversive Artist IKEAndrews

Curator’s Comment: The American Hysterical Society has received absolutely nothing from Ikea for showing this. Not even a couple of Stefans.

Don’t you think art museum educators should create programs like this to pull back the curtain and show everyone else that art “experts” aren’t always so?


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