The Players: Most sources credit this exchange to John Wilkes and John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, although occasionally itÂs also credited to British Prime Ministers Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone. IÂm going to assume Sandwich said it, because itÂs less satisfying to make fun of a guy who is considered the precursor of the modern politician than a guy who invented putting stuff in bread.
The Players: Dorothy Parker and Clare Boothe Luce are the type of women destined to make this list. Both were renowned for their incisive wit, both were prolific and award-winning writers, and both loved a good old-fashioned cat fight. Parker was one of the founding members of the Algonquin Roundtable, a group of writers, editors, and intellectuals who met for lunch every day to say quotable things and laugh urbanely about how much smarter than the general public they all were. Luce, aside from being a playwright, served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and a Congresswoman, thereby posthumously zinging the hell out of Lady Astor.
The Players: Not a lot of religious figureheads are known for their sharp wit. Jesus kind of painted himself into a corner with the whole Âturn the other cheekÂ thing, and JehovahÂs idea of a comeback was killing your entire town in a rain of brimstone and blood. Not exactly FriarÂs Club Roast material. Meanwhile, MohammedÂs pathetic attempts at insult are the stuff of legend, and while Joseph Smith once said something about Vishnu winning an Âarms race,Â the reference was lost on most in attendance. Yes, in the religious world, Siddhartha ÂThe BuddhaÂ Guatama is the undisputed king of zing. Raised in a palace and educated as a prince, he had the broad knowledge base required for improvisational mockery. And, as a proponent of balance in all things, heÂs one of the few religious figures who can justify the use of a withering comeback. After all, what better way to balance out an insult than an insult of equal force in the opposing direction? This concept encompasses all the teachings of Buddhism (thereÂs some Newtonian physics mixed in there too).
The Players: Churchill you may remember from several minutes ago. At this point in our story, heÂs still the British Prime Minister, still drinks and smokes like a fishÂs chimney, and still seems to spout off horrendous burns like some kind of reverse fireman. This time, the target of his fire hose is George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, author of Pygmalion, and Socialist extraordinaire. Shaw spent most of his life crusading for the working class, even going so far as to donate the monetary portion of his Nobel Prize in literature to the effort to translate Swedish works of literature into English. This also qualified him for the Nobel Prize in Most Obscure Donation, the financial proceeds of which he used to build a gold statue of himself. Setting the Scene: When ShawÂs play
The Players: Yes, the estate of Winston Churchill is sponsoring a large portion of this article. In case youÂve forgotten, heÂs the UK PM with HitchcockÂs physique and CastroÂs capacity for oral tobacco intake. Francis Crick, along with his loyal manservant Watson, sleuthed the basic helical structure of DNA and single-handedly foiled the evil Professor Moriarty.
The Players: Albert Einstein, a Nazi defector, is best known for the series of posters he appeared on with his tongue sticking out. He also invented radiation, daily exposure to which tragically caused him to always have Âstatic electricity hair.Â This obvious physical defect led to his name becoming synonymous with idiocy or buffoonery (i.e., Âgreat job irradiating my turtles, Einstein; theyÂve transformed into man-sized ninja monstersÂ). Neils Bohr was a Nobel Laureate physicist with the Manhattan Project who provided powerful insights into atomic structure and early quantum mechanics. His mother was from a wealthy political family, his father had a molecular function named after him (the ÂBohr shiftÂ), and his brother was an Olympian. He is considered to be one of the fathers of modern physics, and was considered ÂadequateÂ by his parents.
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