Sunday, December 13, 2009

March 4, 1952: PLEEEESE?


Before her awesome rage-based powers became evident, Lucy was quite the charmer.


  1. Good Grief, he said Great Scott.

  2. Your comment got me curious as to the origins of the phrase. The mighty PEDE (er, that is to say Wikipedia) has this to say:

    The expression is of uncertain origin. It is believed to date back at least as far as the American Civil War, and may refer to the commander‑in‑chief of the U.S. Army, General Winfield Scott. The general, known to his troops as Old Fuss and Feathers, weighed 300 pounds (21 stone or 136 kg) in his later years and was too fat to ride a horse.[1] A May 1861 edition of the New York Times carried the sentence:
    These gathering hosts of loyal freemen, under the command of the great SCOTT.
    In an 1871 issue of Galaxy magazine, there is:
    "Great—Scott!" he gasped in his stupefaction, using the name of the then commander-in-chief for an oath, as officers sometimes did in those days.

    So there you go, "Great Obama" doesn't have quite the same ring to it though.