March 16, 2003 12:47 PM   Subscribe

Fascinating Freedom-minded Frenchmen in US History No. 1 - Eduoard de Laboulaye: something historical to take your mind off it all for the next twenty-four hours. [...more inside.]
posted by klaatu (6 comments total)
So why not Liberty Fries? Yeah, OK, alliteration, Fr-eedom Fr-ies - it's just a bit too convenient...

OK, I know sneaky post, but history's going to be kicked around a lot more before this week is over. The Statue of Liberty is (literally) a huge symbol of the deeply ingrained relationship between France and the US in terms of law, culture, history, politics... Is love-hate (on both sides) seriously going to become ordinary flavour hate? If the US really wants to return the statue who's going to pay the postage?
posted by klaatu at 12:53 PM on March 16, 2003

If the US really wants to return the statue who's going to pay the postage?

Well, here's what you do

1) Retrieve buckets of "Evil Slime" flowing beneath New York

2) Recharge the Slime into "Good Slime"

3) Cover the innards of Statue Of Liberty in Good Slime

4) Play "Higher and Higher" by Howard Huntsberry

5) Install NES Advantage controller (you can borrow mine)

6) Walk to France

Defeating Viggo the Conquerer optional.
posted by Stan Chin at 1:23 PM on March 16, 2003

Does the NES Advantage controller have enough doodads to work all the limbs and fire the torch at ocean going vessles and/or Godzilla?
posted by eyeballkid at 2:09 PM on March 16, 2003

That was a good post of a good site at a great time. Thanks.

And in case anyone missed this part of Ghostbusters....

"The Americans were greatly encouraged by the French alliance. Until then, the English had had the enormous advantage of supremacy at sea. Thenceforth, the French Fleet, wherever it might be, compelled England, in resisting French attacks, to use many ships which could otherwise have been used in transporting troops and supplies to America. The French Army greatly augmented American land forces, and the final victory over the British at Yorktown was made possible by the French Fleet and Army. Thus, throughout the long struggle of the Revolution, the sympathy and assistance of the French people were of incalculable value to the American cause."

Without France, there most likely wouldn't be an United States of America. Put that in your fryer and cook it up.
posted by ?! at 2:34 PM on March 16, 2003

I have detested France ever since the day I bought my first car, a Renault Dauphine. With the money I had to spend for repairs and towing etc I could have had a Mercedes. I did like French films because the babes were nice and I couldn/t understand what anyone was talking about. I love French cigarettes because they give you cancer very early and you don't have to wait around till you are old for lung removal. Berets are nice but have no visor, another dumb thing the French never thought about.
I take the day off from work on Bastille Day and tell my boss that I am French and will work sober instead on St. Paddy's Day. I like French thinkers. They use big words and sneak into American colleges to show students they are shallow and know nothings. Then it turns out that most of these thinkers were Nazi collaborators during the war or, worse, perverts.
posted by Postroad at 5:43 PM on March 16, 2003

"Give the Statue of Liberty back to the French!"

I assume this is a joke.
posted by homunculus at 2:30 PM on March 18, 2003

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