Friday, February 26, 2010

The Shot Heard 'Round the World Follow-up

In my previous post, I asked everyone what they thought of when they heard the phrase "The shot heard 'round the world." I got a wide range of responses, ranging from the American Revolution to a famous baseball game. And in a way, everyone was right. But in another, more specific way, the people who said "The American Revolution" were really right.

Don't feel bad everyone, I was wrong too. I had always associated that phrase with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, leading to World War I.

But according to Wikipedia, the term first came about in the poem "Concord Hymn," by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem was written in 1836 for the dedication of a monument to the men who gave their lives at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolution (

Seems that most people remember this because of the "Schoolhouse rock" cartoon about the topic, as seen below.

Of course, to many, "The shot heard round the world" is associated with "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

Maybe it depends on your age, or where you live as to what you associate the phrase with, but it's still interesting to see what different things people think of when they hear the same thing.

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