<satire> But, but ... I was taught since grade school that all important discoveries and inventions were made by (mostly) Americans in (always) America.
Could it be otherwise? This understanding of our accomplishments and yes, even destiny, has underpinned our unparalleled prominence on the World Stage. This revelation that a red-white-and-blue American was not actually the first to fly is shocking. Perhaps we were second or third with railroads and automobiles also? Whoo-ee, I feel like Neo in the Matrix, removing the blinders that hid the vast incubation farms where people lived in ignorance. I guess I can handle sharing the credit for human knowledge and developments with other countries. Just don't ask me/us to share authority decisions or participate in ecological improvements. </satire> OK, back to our regularly scheduled U2 topics. Say ... didn't an American invent the first computer and compiler and database and ... Happy Friday! -Cliff ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Jenkins" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "'U2 Users Discussion List'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 3:49 PM Subject: RE: [OT] Airplane flights and stuff was Re: Optimisation ? : A Welshman flew a 'plane in the reign of the emperor Tiberius - you can see : the evidence yourself - there's a coin with a primitive 'plane on it and the : date on the coin says (in Roman numerals naturally) "TIBERIVS IMPERATOR" and : on the obverse "LXVI B.C." : : Regards : : JayJAy -- u2-users mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.oliver.com/mailman/listinfo/u2-users