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What Nixon Knew About Hamlet (and when he knew it!)

We’ve obtained to get again to the times the place enjoyable posts have been all about tripping over random Shakespeare references. For instance…

Bardfilm sends me a hyperlink to Wordeebee, which provides a visible illustration of the recognition of explicit phrases over time. The phrase he’s proven me is Hamlet. After all he’s advised me none of this, he’s simply texted me the next picture:

Y’all get, “Frequency of the phrase Hamlet over the past century” from that, proper?

So I wrote again to him and requested if his scanner was damaged. However after he defined what it was, and despatched a hyperlink (above), it obtained attention-grabbing. As a result of that picture is definitely interactive.

See these darker traces? These are when the phrase Hamlet was used most. Seems it was used most, 71 occasions, in 1969. “Attention-grabbing!” thought I, this being the 12 months I used to be born. I do know of no particular important Hamlet-related occasions taking place that 12 months, a minimum of not which have ever crossed my radar earlier than.

I drill down on the 12 months and see that the preferred phrase that 12 months was … Nixon.

Fascinating! Is there a Nixon / Hamlet connection? I think about what I learn about Nixon’s final destiny, and whether or not someone was famously dropping Hamlet quotes. Then I understand that occurred a number of years later, in order that’s most likely not it.

I begin looking out “Nixon Hamlet 1969” and I rapidly discover my reply.

Picture through bztraining on Flickr

In 1969, President Richard Nixon obtained a canine. Meet King Timahoe.

Nonetheless ready for the Shakespeare reference, I do know. So was I. You’re going to hate that I made you learn this far. But it surely’s the weekend and I’m bored and want content material, so ha.

From the Nixon Library:

On January 28, 1969, Pasha and Vicky welcomed King Timahoe, an Irish Setter named after the hamlet in Eire the place Nixon’s ancestors stemmed, to the four-legged household. King Timahoe, Tim for brief, was too exuberant for the Nixon household canines, and Vicky wished nothing to do with Tim whereas Pasha barked repeatedly. Finally, Pasha and Vicky accepted Tim, and so they turned quick pals. 

Yeah. Nixon’s new canine was named after the tiny village of Timahoe, Eire, which I’m guessing sufficient information sources determined to seek advice from as a “hamlet” after they wrote it up.

Even my Google information filters to today nonetheless fall for that – it’s very exhausting to do an affordable net seek for “Hamlet” however not “hamlet”. That’s one of many few main key phrases of Shakespeare to have that drawback. Hardly ever do I see an article about “Othello, the board sport” (which was taken off the market years in the past, in order that’s not a lot of a shock) or the fallacious “Macbeth” – that’s so unprecedented I can’t even consider an instance :). Most of the different performs have turn out to be such cliches – Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, All’s Effectively That Ends Effectively – that there’s no level in looking out them.

Anyway, that was my temporary leisure for a Saturday afternoon. Hope you loved the rabbit gap.


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