Style Invitational Weekly Winner #261

Style Invitational Week 261


WINNER : Andrew B. Gibson

Week 261 which you were asked to alter some fact of history, and tell us how things would have changed

And the winner of the autographed "Best of the Annals of Improbable Research":

What if television had been invented in 1832 instead of 1932?

"Our American Cousin" is broadcast live. In front of cameras, John Wilkes Booth shoots President Lincoln in the ear, and jumps to the stage shouting, "Sic semper tyrannis!" The crowd responds by leaping to its feet and stadium-clapping while yelling "Woof! Woof! Woof!" Later, Jerry Springer's great-great-grandpa interviews Booth and asks him about his feelings. He tries to arrange an on-air reconciliation between Booth and Mrs. Lincoln. Booth becomes an instant celeb. After a jury acquits him, he gets a running part in Springer's show, sneaking up behind people and shooting them in the ear.

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