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Truth Serum 007 by GoldenBoyCA Truth Serum 007 by GoldenBoyCA
What basically happened was this guy came to San Francisco from London, trying to hit it rich. He had all this money and an idea for a business--etc. etc.
Typical tale at the time, right?
Well, while he did start off pretty successful his wares eventually became worthless. Soon he was bankrupt and lost all he had in some lawsuit. Then he disappeared for awhile, but came back and just a little bit crazy.
He announced to the lovely people of San Francisco, in letters to newspapers, that he was now Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. During his "rule" he decided to abolish the U.S. Congress, feeling like it was way too corrupt. He also abolished political parties while he was at it. Oh--And, he stated that referring to San Francisco as "Frisco" counted as a misdemeanor and anyone found guilty had to pay a penalty of twenty-five bucks.
Of course, San Francisco being...San Francisco just fell in love with him. The rest of the city did too. The whole city basically followed what he said. Emperor Norton would walk around in a officer's uniform and everything. Inspecting sidewalks, and making sure officers were looking sharp--this guy was even allowed to dine in the finest restaurants without having to pay a cent.
Once a police officer arrested him for involuntary treatment for a mental disorder. The whole town got pissed. Next thing you know, Norton was released and the Police Chief had to issue a formal apology to him.
Just ask San Francisco about him. She'll go on and on about the everything this guy did.
That whole period was pretty strange, but pretty amazing too.


(( One of my favorite pieces of SF history ever.
ALSO, TRUTH SERUM THINGS ARE FINALLY DONE.
FINALLY BACK TO REGULAR ASKS. /keels over ))
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BelloTempestade Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
THE BEST!!
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APH--Chechnya Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Emperor what the he--wait...nobody were against this guy's...rule? *blinks uncertainly at the story*

[[Omg awesome...I love that man's strangeness pfff <3]]
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GoldenBoyCA Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
In San Francisco anyway. He was basically unknown everywhere else. *shrugs* Awesome, right?

(( Emperor Norton is the best~ ))
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APH--Chechnya Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
But...did he win some kind of an election or something? *lifts brows in confusion* How come people let him do whatever he liked?

[[I never actually know the whole story though *googles it <3*]]
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GoldenBoyCA Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Nope. No elections, no competitions, no nothing. He just kind of announced it to everyone. That's San Francisco, man. They love the weird and quirky over there. As long as you've got personality you could sway the whole city. *chuckles*
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Ask-Washington-APH Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
....Well...thats one strange nutcase.
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