Monday, 11 August 2014

Aug 11 1885 - $100,000 Raised For French Present

A post taking real life incidents from this day in history and my view of them as if they were happening today and what my honest view would have been then on that day ignoring hindsight or knowledge of how it ended.

To some the French giving the United States the Statue of Liberty symbolises the alliance between the two countries, the torch enlightening the World and freedom from slavery, oppression, and tyranny but to others it's a 93m, 225 tonne knock off of a couple of statues they already have standing around in Paris.
What is funny is that the French handed the statue over and it cost the United States $100,000 for the pedestal to stand it on in New York harbour.
Finally, after nine years of having the statue laying around in parts in different parts of the country, the Americans have now raised the money to build the pedestal to put France's present on.  
I guess when the French said they was sending over someone with a 35 foot waist and a 4 foot nose they were expecting Pierre Leroux.
Certainly would have been cheaper so maybe just ask for some onions next time France want to offer a present.

2 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

We had to hold onto our money because the English are overdue for another attack on America...

Q

Anonymous said...

Thats very french. Give us a present and it costs us $100,000.