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December 28, 2013

Mencken’s Tub & Hot Water

H. L. Mencken    (1880 - 1956)

H. L. Mencken
(1880 – 1956)

By Steve King

On this day in 1917 H. L. Mencken’s “A Neglected Anniversary,” his hoax article on the American invention of the bathtub, was published in the New York Evening Mail. Mencken’s lifelong campaign to deride and derail Main Street America — the “booboisie” — had a number of easy victories, but this joke at the expense of the squeaky-clean succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

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