The inspiration for this week’s episode came from a new discovery I recently made inside one of those magical word tombs known as books. Apparently, during the early 1920’s through the late 1930’s, it was very common to settle all sorts of disputes in the seemingly unusual manner depicted in “A Gentlemen’s Agreement”. There were three main types of settlement styles, whose details can be summed up in the following photographs:
1. The Manchurian
2. The Cleaveland-Seattle-Robo-Rouser
3. The Mid-Knight Calamity.
Of course there were many other forms of bet settlement, some more conventional than others and some so foul they’ve been banned to even be spoken of, but these three stood the test of time and came out on top as the favourites.
Unfortunately, the entire industry of “dust-bowl belly-fair” dried up, driving families and children to rethink how they had gotten to where they were in life. slowly but surely, boys grew into older boys, girls became mothers and some mothers became fathers. All of a sudden people didn’t have time anymore for a good old fashioned Mid-Knight Calamity, or MKC as it was called back then. The wonderful and joyous pandemonium of life quieted and the gears of good classic wager settlement ground to a creaking halt.
It really is a shame. It sort of makes me nostalgic for something I never knew. Boy, how much better things must have been back in those days.