QUESTION: In 1921, Irish author James Joyce described which two men whose professional rivalry had made international news as "Tweedledum and Tweedledee"?
A) Woodrow Wilson & Theodore Roosevelt
B) Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung
C) Karl Marx & Friederich Engels
D) George Westinghouse & Thomas Edison
The American Treasure Tour has lots of fun stuff displayed throughout it. If you've been here, or even browsed our website, you know exactly what we're talking about. Today, we honor two of our electric animated store displays which, truth be told, would make no sense if they were displayed individually or even separately. Tweedledee and Tweedledum are two of a kind, quite literally. They look the same, they act the same, and they are equally creepy.
The first appearance of Tweedledee and Tweedledum was in print, in a poem written some time in the eighteenth century by John Byrom, an Englishman better known for a system of shorthand he created than for his poetry in some circles. He was inspired to write a poem inspired by a running feud between contemporary composers George Handel and Giovanni Bononcini, in which he mocked both men for their ridiculous behavior. Byrom contended that there were fundamentally no differences between the two men, that their rivalry was inconsequential and silly. This poem appeared in 1805, prior to another appearance by the Tweedles in a popular nursery rhyme:
Tweedledum and Tweedledee agreed to have a battle
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee had spoiled his nice new rattle
Just then flew down a monstrous crow, as black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so, they quite forgot their quarrel.
The Tweedle brothers next re-emerged in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, published in 1871, six years after Carroll first introduced the strange world Alice discovered in her Wonderland. Two people clearly the same in many ways despite or because of their disagreements. Sounds a little like politicians.
ANSWER: B) Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung. It was not a compliment.