Yes, dear reader, this is another groan-inducing Curmudgeonly post, the sort of thing that happens around here on news-free weekends.
George III (1760 – 1820) was King of England when Sir William Herschel announced the discovery of Uranus in March of 1781. For irrelevant historical context, that was seven months before Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown. The Wikipedia article on Uranus says:
In recognition of his achievement, King George III gave Herschel an annual stipend of £200 on the condition that he move to Windsor so that the Royal Family could have a chance to look through his telescopes.
What is not generally known, but which is documented in the Curmudgeon’s archive of hidden lore, is what happened during the King’s first glimpse of the seventh planet through Herschel’s telescope. Now the tale can be told, for the very first time.
Herschel’s assistant — whose name is lost to history — had a strong Cockney accent, which caused endless and rather comical communication problems, because Herschel was born in Hanover and lived there until he came to England at the age of 19. Knowing that His Majesty would soon be arriving, there was a considerable uproar as Herschel and his assistant shouted at one another in their mutually incomprehensible English while attempting to get everything just right for the Royal visit.
But at last they were ready. The assistant had carefully aimed Herschel’s telescope at the newly discovered planet. As the King approached the instrument, the assistant bowed low, gestured toward the eyepiece, and solemnly presented the heavenly spectacle by saying:
“Your ‘AYE-nesss, Uuuur-AYE-nusss!”
**Curmudgeon ducks flying shoes, eggs, and rotten tomatoes** Okay, okay — but let’s see if you can do better. Go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone.
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