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Top Ten Reasons the French Gave the US the Statue of Liberty
(submitted by Sexy Karen)
The French sure weren't going to take the tired, poor, huddled masses.
They gave the US the Statue of Liberty and the US promised never to invite them to a civil war again.
(Mad Hatter <=======]==0)
It was one of those circulating gag gifts; it was given to France by the Dutch, but the US was unaware of the gag-gift process.
(The Kitten Dutchess)
The French were secretly hoping the New Yorkers would make fools of themselves by producing endless reems of tacky merchandise based on it.
The US beat the Germans out of it in an e-bay auction. Of course, back then it was just "bay."
It was downpayment for a world renown theme park to be named at a later date.
To stand as a warning, lest careless travellers should blunder into the country of uncultured swine accidentally
It wasn't given to the US; it was purchased by young Teddy Roosevelt at a 1885 yard sale at Versaille.
They planned on attacking the US, but shortly after filling her with soldiers the French realized they forgot to drill air holes.
It was originally supposed to hold a white flag, not a torch, so they tossed it.
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