History tells us that when British surrendered to George Washington’s army and its French allies at Yorktown in 1781, the British army band played the tune “The World Turn’d Upside Down” as the lobsterbacks came forward, one at a time, to throw down their muskets.

It was over. What started out as a laugher of a ragtag rebellion against what was the 18th century’s superpower had turned into an unbelievable defeat. Records show Lord Cornwallis did not attend the formal surrender, saying he was ill. I bet he was.

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