The First Man To Use An Umbrella In Britain Was Pelted With Garbage
Jonas Hanway came back from France with a new umbrella. Today, no one would give a crap, no matter how many Instagram posts he made about it. But in the 1750s, that made him the first man in Britain to use an umbrella, and all hell broke loose. He was continuously booed, and some people would even "pelt him with rubbish," so we hope that was a sturdy umbrella.
Mary Evans Picture Library"What *achoo* a *sniff* moron."
You see, at the time, the British thought that umbrellas were not only for sissies, but for French people. Umbrellas had existed in some form for thousands of years, but they didn't really catch on until France made them more convenient in the early 18th century. So to England, umbrellas became a symbol of Frenchness, like baguettes or going to war with England.
At best, people laughed at Hanway for being some sort of fashion-obsessed dandy. At worst, they tried to run him over with stagecoaches. Coach drivers were particularly incensed by this new technology because to them, rain meant money. If people realized there was a much easier way to get out of the weather, they'd lose business. When one of them tried to "solve" the problem by charging at Hanway with a hansom cab, his response was to demonstrate another use for his umbrella by "giving the man a good thrashing." England slowly warmed up to the umbrella, perhaps fearing they'd give France an offensive advantage in their next war.
Disney Animators Flipped Out About Tron, Tried To Boycott The Movie
When 1982 audiences saw the groundbreaking computer-generated imagery in Disney's Tron, they reacted with a resounding "Meh, let's see E.T. again." Disney's own animators, on the other hand, freaked the hell out. To them, this movie was an existential threat to rival the old gods.
According to Steven Lisberger, Tron's writer and director, "people used to hold up crosses when the Tron [crew] walked through the halls. We were the undead. We were making a film that was from the netherworld. They were just very afraid. This was the future and it was rolling down the most conservative linoleum hallways on the earth."
Walt Disney ProductionsIf only they had compromised and let the artists draw in a bunch of big-eyed rabbits and squirrels in the background.