Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Simple-Minded Fools"

Location:   New York City
Year:   November 11, 1807

Washington Irving was the first person to call New York City "Gotham." 

Irving lifted the name from a medieval English story of a town named Gotham which meant "Goat’s Town" and was populated by "simple-minded fools."

The reference first appeared in Irving's satire magazine Salmagundi, which was similar to today's Mad Magazine.

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