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The White House turns 200.
November 10, 2000 12:04 AM   Subscribe

The White House turns 200.
posted by tamim (5 comments total)

 
Wow. The last week must be the equivalent of of a roast then, or perhaps one of those surprise parties where the birthday victim is lured into a compromising position before the partygoers leap out from hiding.
posted by grimmelm at 12:35 AM on November 10, 2000


While Canadians brag about having burned down the White House, this is one of many articles that contains the truth: it was the British who did it. The Canadians were still toadying to the doomed Empire at the time, and were not, in fact, an independent nation.
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:07 AM on November 10, 2000


Burn it! Burn it!
posted by holgate at 3:48 AM on November 10, 2000


Mo, we've always blamed the British, in my memory. We never cared where the recruits came from, just whose uniform they wore ... ;-)
posted by dhartung at 10:21 AM on November 10, 2000


I think Mo may be referring to a 3 Dead Trolls (too lazy to dig up a link to their mp3.com site) song. They're a comedy trio from up here, and the song I'm thinking of sings about how we won the war of 1812 and burned down the White House.

That's really the only time I've heard it referred to as Canadians burning it down, as opposed to the British Army. Even my (Canadian) high school history class referred to the soliders as Brits.

It is FAR from their best work.
posted by cCranium at 10:36 AM on November 10, 2000


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