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(Wikipedia)   On this day, 153 years ago, the first Emperor of the United States was proclaimed, paving the way for the abolition of Congress and both major political parties, as well as the criminalization of the word "Frisco"   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line 141
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2012-09-17 03:22:18 PM
As long as America hasn't decided to ban

upload.wikimedia.org

That keeps all the citizens happy (and fat)
 
2012-09-17 03:25:30 PM
Hail Norton!
richardsonplumb.com
 
2012-09-17 03:26:35 PM
Make it "Fresca" and we have a deal, your highness.
 
2012-09-17 03:36:10 PM
How dare you insult the Emperor by not including his full title? He was Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
 
2012-09-17 03:37:20 PM
I love that there was a time where it wasn't just acceptable to humor and make fun of a crazy man, but have an entire city just collectively decide to go alone with it.
 
2012-09-17 03:42:30 PM
And here I thought it would be William Walker.
 
2012-09-17 03:43:50 PM

Shadowknight: I love that there was a time where it wasn't just acceptable to humor and make fun of a crazy man, but have an entire city just collectively decide to go along with it.


FTFM
 
2012-09-17 03:49:00 PM
We still do it...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Chu
 
2012-09-17 04:09:53 PM
He lost $40,000??? That was a princely sum back then (if not an imperial one.)
 
2012-09-17 04:15:04 PM
NORTON!
 
2012-09-17 04:30:13 PM
Was he Republican?
 
2012-09-17 04:48:51 PM
I wonder if any of his money is still around in private hands...

/off to check ebay
 
2012-09-17 05:02:59 PM
Time-Traveling Obama?
 
2012-09-17 05:05:45 PM
And just so people know, Bummer and Lazarus were not his dogs.
 
2012-09-17 05:05:59 PM
And thus, the San Francisco nanny state values were born.
 
2012-09-17 05:06:54 PM
Every town has a guy like that.
 
2012-09-17 05:08:06 PM
Sadly the current rulers of the US have half his dignity.

And one sixty-fourth of his grip on reality.
 
2012-09-17 05:08:35 PM
I have Neil Gaiman to thank for knowing about this one.



/Thanks,Neil!
//loves me some Sandman
///miss me some Sandman :\
 
2012-09-17 05:09:03 PM
Thank you Neil Gaiman, for showing the story of this brave soul who never gave into Dispair.
 
2012-09-17 05:10:11 PM
Everybody understands Mickey Mouse. Few understand Hermann Hesse. Only a handful understood Albert Einstein. And nobody understood Emperor Norton.

/Fnord.
 
2012-09-17 05:10:25 PM
Frank Chu has jumped the shark, sadly. He was at his height when the lounge opened under the name "Twelve Galaxies."
 
2012-09-17 05:10:38 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

THE EMPEROR PROTECTS! 
 
2012-09-17 05:11:03 PM

Shadowknight: Shadowknight: I love that there was a time where it wasn't just acceptable to humor and make fun of a crazy man, but have an entire city just collectively decide to go along with it.


i114.photobucket.com 

And also accept his vision and build the Emperor Norton San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.
 
2012-09-17 05:12:48 PM
imageshack.us

Heir to the throne?
 
2012-09-17 05:13:38 PM

Smingleigh: Sadly the current rulers of the US have half his dignity.

And one sixty-fourth of his grip on reality.


bless your heart. Farker of the Day.
 
2012-09-17 05:15:00 PM
though not a San-Franciscan, I'm aware of him, and 'e was pretty cool guy.

'E stops the race riots and doesn't afraid of anything.
 
2012-09-17 05:15:42 PM

AirForceVet: Was he Republican?


No. He was compassionate and people liked him.
 
2012-09-17 05:17:05 PM
tomwatson.typepad.com
NORTON!!!
 
2012-09-17 05:18:10 PM
He doesn't sound really that crazy. He still wrote in an eloquent manner. Maybe he just decided one day to live his life in a certain way despite what others might think, and when the response was positive, he just continued on with it. What else could he have done after losing everything in life? At least he became a source of positive energy to the people around him.
 
2012-09-17 05:18:15 PM
Ah, that bit about rice prices is exactly the sort of thing commodity speculators have been farking up forever.

News gets out that there's going to be a shortage, everyone buys up the short commodity driving up spot prices and signaling traders to hustle while the price is high. Then multiple traders show up and flood the market with goods, driving prices below the original level.

We've seen this over and over again, and I'm getting sick of it. Mark my words, gold will drop to $400 an ounce when it moves and many realize it's a lump of metal (that won't produce dividends) before stabilizing around $800. You've seen it with oil and real estate.

/Silver probably should be about $20-30 an ounce. 
//Potatoes produce better dividends than gold!
 
2012-09-17 05:20:27 PM

Doogles4221: Thank you Neil Gaiman, for showing the story of this brave soul who never gave into Dispair.


Loved Gaiman's story, I was even more impressed years later when I found out it was based on a real person. I should have known better, even then. Brilliant work, go read the whole series.

/Wonders if the family had a cousin named "Dysfunction"?
 
2012-09-17 05:20:56 PM

Shadowknight: I love that there was a time where it wasn't just acceptable to humor and make fun of a crazy man, but have an entire city just collectively decide to go alone with it.


Actually, Norton was a pretty beloved figure in the city. I'm sure people were humoring him, but he was genuinely liked and probably considered to be more eccentric than crazy. I think you'd have been hard pressed to find a resident of San Fransisco who would openly make fun of him at them time.
 
2012-09-17 05:21:15 PM
static.atlasobscura.netdna-cdn.com

RIP 

/it's in Colma
 
2012-09-17 05:21:23 PM
 
2012-09-17 05:23:09 PM

JeebusofSuburbia: Everybody understands Mickey Mouse. Few understand Hermann Hesse. Only a handful understood Albert Einstein. And nobody understood Emperor Norton.

/Fnord.


You should consult your pineal gland.
 
2012-09-17 05:25:28 PM
I'll never forget you,ENI

:[
 
2012-09-17 05:28:53 PM

mainsail: And just so people know, Bummer and Lazarus were not his dogs.


I see the Christopher Moore angle has been covered, excellent.
 
2012-09-17 05:29:10 PM

AirForceVet: Was he Republican?


Seriously? A Rebublican in San Francisco?
 
2012-09-17 05:29:30 PM
Had to see his grave when I was in San Francisco, even though I had to go to Colma. Suggested the bridge and tunnel, interfered in riot/lynchmob/whatever, and, of course "Killed no one and despoiled no country, which is better than can be said of most in the king line of work."
 
2012-09-17 05:29:50 PM

bentley57: Every town has a guy like that.


About the same time as Emperor Norton, S.F. had another curiosity in Oofty Goofty. Link This guy would let you take your best swing at him with a baseball bat for a quarter.
 
2012-09-17 05:30:15 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Hail Norton!
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Hail Emperor Ed Norton!

He was a good ruler, but most of the national debt was due to Emperor Norton's investing in Ralph the Fat's many ill-fated investment schemes.
 
2012-09-17 05:30:49 PM

GAT_00: How dare you insult the Emperor by not including his full title? He was Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.


Norton? I thought the GOP insisted that was Fartbongo.
 
2012-09-17 05:30:49 PM
I hate when people call it Frisco too.

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FRISCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2012-09-17 05:31:36 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com

/Off his lawn, and his train.
 
2012-09-17 05:33:25 PM
Always makes me proud to be a native San Franciscan. (And sad I don't live there anymore.)

Are they going to name the new span of the Bay Bridge after him? I wish they would.
 
2012-09-17 05:36:12 PM
not impressed

suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
 
2012-09-17 05:36:40 PM
The only royalty ever to sit in an American legislature -- the King of Beaver Island (declared so on July 8, 1850). He was a member of the Michigan House by virtue of his position.

/For the political derps: he was a Mormon.
 
2012-09-17 05:37:23 PM
And here in Atlanta we just have Bicycle Shorts Man.
 
2012-09-17 05:37:57 PM
poor ENI best ruler EVAR.
 
2012-09-17 05:38:30 PM
William Drury's book is one of the best. Norton I, Emperor of the United States. I toiled for years trying to turn this into a motion picture. Robin Williams was interested and had been a kindred spirit, but, alas, I assume he fell into the kiddee pool. Norton has one of those amazing, yet forgotten piece of history stories, like Tesla, that somehow just fade into the woodwork.
 
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