Lincoln Asks Twitter Followers for Speechwriting Help

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Honest_Abe: anyone got a more creative way of saying “87 years?”

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Posted by: Twitter Historian on December 4th 2008

Posted in: 1800s, Early America

59 Responses to “Lincoln Asks Twitter Followers for Speechwriting Help”

  1. Don responded on 05 Jan 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    Hahahaha. So awesome.

  2. Mark Dodge Medlin responded on 06 Jan 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    There are possibilities, but anything longer (“a century less 13 years,” for example) won’t allow you to say much more with your 140 characters. Good luck!

  3. David Hinz responded on 17 Jan 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Too funny. sadly though, with the state of modern public education, this could be taken as fact if viewed by current high school students.

  4. Drew Buddie responded on 22 Jan 2009 at 3:13 am #

    ‘Four score and seven’ :-)

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  6. Elaine responded on 15 Mar 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Wait.
    That’s what he meant by “four score and seven years ago”?!

  7. Social Media Evangelist responded on 27 May 2009 at 2:59 am #

    He sorely needs a Twitter expert :-)

  8. John Bredehoft responded on 18 Jun 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Only Twitter can make the Gettysburg Address seem long-winded.

    (I discovered the site via a FriendFeed share of Oprah’s Big Tweet. Brilliant.)

  9. Pepper responded on 24 Jun 2009 at 6:20 am #

    for a laugh, he could have said “four score and 20 years ago” or “four to nothing, that’s the score, we win, pack up and head south, you guys” or “score four to parr, you’re in the bunker, lad” or…

  10. Tessa responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Four score and 7 years ago, our forefathers brought forth upon this contintent…… shoooo wawaaaa…
    Only know the meaning of this because of the song Abie Baby from the musical Hair… and hey I am Dutch (Netherlands, Europe) so that’s quite an accomplishment!

  11. purple_sunlights responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Clever One! :)

  12. thelatemrshunt responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    maybe he should ask @mashable

  13. Mary responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    8.7 decades

  14. amber responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    “4 scre n 7 yrs ago” – In twitterverse Mr. Lincoln.

  15. laurie responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Hey Abe,

    How about: A long time ago, before most of you were born?

  16. marcelo responded on 05 Jul 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Yes, 1044 months.

  17. Kirstie responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 12:12 am #

    Some people just don’t get it do they – lol’ing at the comments below!

  18. VTG responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 12:59 am #

    yatty savane ? :\
    or…

    87?

    :(

  19. DragonMyst3 responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 1:17 am #

    I love this! Made me laugh just to know someone in twitterverse has such an escapist sense of humor. Bravo! P.S. DON’T go to the theatre!!! Stay home and draft a second speech for…umm…Honolulu, HI?

  20. Kzirk responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 1:26 am #

    omg some people really do not get this!!! its rhetorical!! (meaning its not asking you for an answer you bunch of idiots!!!) ha!!!

  21. Rogerio_RGR responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 4:19 am #

    Hey there!!

    Good Morning…

    it’s 8:19Am in Brazil….

    More creative???

    I don’t know…

    and how about Pelé?

  22. Pulak Kumar responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 4:54 am #

    no

  23. jake owen responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 5:07 am #

    LMAO

  24. Plushomme responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 5:41 am #

    It was 0b1010111 years ago

    (binary)

  25. Plushomme responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Or: I’ts 2 aces, 2 jacks, 2 queens, 2 kings and a five of hearts ago (blackjack)

  26. lorraine responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 6:14 am #

    close to 90 years ago.

  27. NoM responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 7:06 am #

    87 ears

    you said “a more creative way of SAYING” in spite of WRITTING

  28. Ale responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 7:20 am #

    lmfaooooo tats awsomeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. ToddKMeadows responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 7:34 am #

    “Hey – like — a while back – yeah — like — in the stone age! You know?”

  30. xSkywise responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 8:13 am #

    “Three quarter century and a dozen years….”

  31. Katarina responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 9:47 am #

    vuitanta-set anys ; this is eighty seven years in Catalyn

  32. vpitanga responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    0 years plus 87

  33. jh responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    1010111 in binary

  34. Fangarius responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Confidentially, Abe, I’d be more concerned about going to the theater than your speech. Specifically I wouldn’t be sitting in the balcony.

  35. billyboob responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    wouldnt that be eighty score and 7 years ago

  36. a responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I don’t get it…it says Abe submitted this tweet from his “mobile”…wow…and some people are actually trying to help him.

  37. dfsd responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    what’s so funny about this

  38. alexsis responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    hah;
    even with my highschooler
    brain i enjoy this.

  39. eSuiteOne responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    How about 7 and a quarter dozen?

  40. Scottsoup responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    “90 sans 3″

    “Significantly less time that it will take for the Cubs to win their second World Championship…”

  41. Shelly B. Nelly responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    10 x 8.7 or a factor of 8.7 & 10

  42. Dave fr Cnda responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    quatre-vingt sept ans

  43. davidlewis786 responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    The question was raised what’s so funny about this,…what isn’t? When humor is offered, even if it is not your taste, that doesn’t mean it isn’t funny to anyone. Lighten up. Try and see humor where it exists for what it is, even if it turns out to be stupid.

  44. Shilpa K responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 2:46 am #

    Maybe thts how long Abe Lincoln wanted to live…..!!!! 87 yrs…would have made a great difference…..!!!!!!

  45. peach responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 3:37 am #

    hahahaha whats wrong wif wrting 87 years huh?

  46. carol responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 8:39 am #

    oitenta e sete anos

  47. @RolfBabijn responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    About 2,743,632,000 seconds ago…

  48. Damon Shiraz responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    I can’t find him on twitter plus I thought he died in World War 2. Are you sure this is real?

  49. Filia responded on 07 Jul 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    sevenentachtig jaar or delapanpuluhtujuh tahun..

    3 years before 90

    or 7 years after 80

  50. Michelle responded on 08 Jul 2009 at 12:05 am #

    13 years short of a century ago.

    I’m such a nerd, I looked up the number 87 on wikipedia and learned the 87 is slang for anilingus… gross. Good thing he didn’t mention that in his speech.

  51. katy responded on 08 Jul 2009 at 5:28 am #

    dont get this????

  52. TipografService responded on 08 Jul 2009 at 7:39 am #

    What about “when the roman Maternus arrived in Ethiopia”? Or maybe “when Decebalus became kinf of Dacia”…
    It could also be “LXXVIII years” or “as old as my grandma” :)

  53. notaflyingtoy responded on 08 Jul 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    How about “Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away…” I think it may have been used before though!!

  54. lupchoop responded on 09 Jul 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Simply “good run”

  55. Erin Young responded on 09 Jul 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    Years limit of eighty seven

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  58. Top Gun Lawyer responded on 28 Jun 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    A century ago, give or take thirteen years…

  59. jason responded on 23 Aug 2010 at 8:14 am #

    7569 months ago or 609 in dog years.


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