I put in the tweet here instead of the picture alone because, well, it has gone about as viral as anything I have ever tweeted. At the time I write this, it has been liked more than 13k times and retweeted over 3.3k. That is a lot for me.as this is the 75th anniversary of Japan's Surrender, here's a pic reminding us that Canada signed in the wrong place, forcing all subsequent signers to do likewise. pic.twitter.com/gBWO7UBr2k— Steve Saideman (@smsaideman) September 2, 2020
The responses fall into a few categories:
- Sorry or some version of "Sorry, eh?"
- Is this how the Canadians learned to apologize so well?
- Blame Canada, thanks to South Park
- Oh Canada, thanks to the national anthem
- Why didn't the French (next in line) just sign where the Canadians should have?
- Some people who signed the wrong spot on a marriage license and were "married" to the wrong person.
My fave response (at least of those I read, as I have something like 250 people commenting back at me) was this:
Story time.— Ashley (@ashleythetexan) September 2, 2020
Family legend has it that my great-uncle had a copy of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. He served in the Philippines as a clerk in 1945 and apparently got his hands on a copy. He never showed us. 1/6 #WorldWarII #Japanese #japanesesurrender https://t.co/ddWildJ9mu
I am sure the old Colonel who signed in the wrong place was mighty embarrassed. I am grateful to him for giving us a laugh at a time where we desperately need it. No need to apologize.