Too much fluff writing and not enough specifics, details or high res images of the "Springfield Gazette" along with lack of links to the patent application and so on.
Too many red flags. Lincoln is one of the most studied men in history. Everything in Lincoln's life has been pored over meticulously and thousands of books have been written about his life.
If this story were true, you'd have heard of it before. Remember, just finding a signature of his is worth thousands. The Smithsonian would have published this story a long time ago if there were any truth to it.
Seems like it's just an experiment in fiction by a blogger who fancies himself a writer.
This is entirely a hoax. Clever, too. We have an official stastement to that effect due within the hour. -James
James M. Cornelius, Ph.D.
Curator, Lincoln Collection
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701-1310 217.785.7954
 - ETA.
Ok, its more like a National Treasure plot but still.
There is a disputed descendent, born 1968 and today living in Florida, but his DNA was never tested:
I'm suspicious, but it doesn't seem completely out of the realm of possibility.
Lincoln did own a newspaper in Springfield, and he did actually own a patent on a completely unrelated topic.
"A few years before, Mr. Lincoln had purchased the newspaper, The Springfield Gazette, which was a German-written newspaper that he had delivered to Mount Pulaski and other parts of central Illinois that had heavy German populations."
That said, I'm pretty sure this blog post is a piece of fiction. The "privacy controls" section is pretty telling IMHO.
I wonder if this more of a tribute to P.T. Barnum (the first subject mentioned in the article) than Abraham Lincoln.
To reuse Thomas Mann's metaphor, history is like a set of coulisses, walls sliding away to reveal something else behind. Every time you think you've found the bottom of the well, something slides out and reveals another bottomless chasm further on. So it is with ideas.
So no, it doesn't look legit.
Yeah, Lincoln totally outpwned Zuck, because the idea of a place to give updates about your life is so mind-boggling, and that idea itself is why Zuck is rich.
But it's patent #6469 for "A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" There are other Lincolns in the patent database, but none of them appear to have a patent for Facebook:
I guess it does say that this patent was rejected, but this does seem somewhat suspicious that there are no records of it to be found.
at which point I stopped to come here and tell you that if this quote - or, indeed any part of this story - is genuine I promise to upload a youtube video of me eating my top hat.
also, I just noticed, but ye "olde Caps" were for Nouns. nice Try though...
You gotta love this guy's story. It's really well done.
Now, suspend your disbelief for just one more moment... maybe Nate is actually sending us all a cleverly delivered message:
If you invest in Facebook you are a sucker. Or if you don't invest you're a sucker. Or maybe it's some other message. Choose your own interpretation.
But you can be sure that almost every element in that story is there for a reason. The choices of PT Barnum, Honest Abe, and Facebook, and of course refused patent applications, were not arbitrary. Suckers, honesty, researching connections between people, lack of any protectable intellectual property, etc.
Just really well done.