Photo Hunters: Upside Down

Upside down… a tough one…

First thing that came to mind is the old song, The World Turned Upside Down. Many people thought that the American Revolution (the rural scraggly band of Americans fighting for independence against the biggest empire at that time, Britain) was a lost cause. For one, the Americans had NOTHING– no manufacturing plants to make their own arms, no skill in fighting large, professional wars, nothing. Plus, a good third of the American population supported the British! But like Samuel Adams (now called the Father of the American Revolution) said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

So it was a shock to the British that the Americans actually won any battles (we lost almost all of them, actually). But the three most important we won battles were probably the ones in Oriskany, NY (because it stopped a British force from taking a fort at the border of the New York colony– now Fort Stanwix); Saratoga, NY (because it stopped a huge British force from taking New York’s capital city, Albany); and Yorktown, Virginia (where the commander of the British force, General Cornwallis, surrendered).

NY Three Pronged Attack 1777

Tea Party DontTread

On October 19, 1781, the British surrendered to the Americans in Yorktown, in a large ceremony where the conquered general hands his sword to the conquering general. However, British Cornwallis refused to hand his sword to General George Washington, so he had another general do it. The Americans were, characteristically, very exuberant and brash. The British were, characteristically, somber and quiet. A British regiment was playing a tune, unfamiliar to most Americans. Tradition says that a British regiment was playing a tune, “The World Turned Upside Down.”

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,

If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

So that’s what i think of for “upside down.” Not very picturesque, I know… I wish I had photos of Yorktown or something….

Oriskany Marker

Just for kicks, I’ll throw photos of a really neat gadget we enjoyed while visiting the Syracuse Museum of Science & Technology. I don’t remember what it is called, but you can stand in a “green” room and your image is displayed on a television. You have to think “upside down” so that you can move in the right direction (in this case, it was playing basketball with a computer-generated b-ball player). It was really really neat, but difficult to do!

Green Room TV

Green Room TV 2

So there’s my Photo Hunt! How did yours go today?

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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