Disneyland Causes International Incident

Circa 1959, that is.

You see, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, was visiting America. Like many people who visit the US, he wanted to see Disneyland.

The security forces checked it out and even made an alternate itinerary which included a visit, but it was considered too dangerous (possibly from the route to get there, or that Disneyland includes lots of people and moving rides).

So Khrushchev made an indignant speech. He was good at indignant speeches.

But just now I was told that I could not go to Disneyland. I asked: “Why not?” What is it, do you have rocket-launching pads there? I do not know.

Perhaps the Matterhorn is hiding nuclear missiles.

Khrushchev continues theorizing:

Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Or have gangsters taken over the place that can destroy me?

Yep, cholera at Disneyland. That has to be it.

Ok, so this has absolutely nothing to do with math education, but I told this story to my first period anyway because they were sleepy and I wanted to get their attention.

The most accurate version of the full story is on-line at Snopes.

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