Charles sent me this today, which I tracked back to the Washington Post. If you’re not still smiling over last night’s debate, this will definitely amuse you:
0 AD: Birth of Jesus. A pretty good guy, but no Newt Gingrich.
476 AD: Rome falls. Newt Gingrich could have averted this.
1215: The English wisely take Newt Gingrich’s suggestion to write the Magna Carta.
1492: Newt suggests, winking, that Columbus sail the wrong way to India, “where I think you’ll find something very interesting.”
1533: Henry VIII decides to take the same number of wives as Newt Gingrich.
1602: Gingrich writes “Hamlet.”
1776: Inspired by “A Nation Like No Other” by Newt Gingrich, available now in hardcover on Amazon.com for just $11.25, the Founding Fathers write the Declaration of Independence.
1789: Newt’s suggestion that Marie Antoinette offer people cake does not go over with the French people as planned. Newt is bewildered (”“I’m always delighted to be offered cake.”)
1858: Newt Gingrich suggests a neat idea for debate formats to Lincoln and Douglas.
April 14, 1865: Abraham Lincoln ignores Newt’s advice to “stay home from the theater tonight, Abe, and read one of my books for self-improvement.”
1876: General Custer also ignores Newt’s advice.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell invents a great device that, later, will enable you to receive a robocall complaining about something Mitt Romney did.
1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright put one of Newt’s best ideas into practice, although they have to remove Newt from the plane to achieve liftoff.
1944: Eisenhower takes Newt’s suggestion to land troops at Normandy. Newt cannot accompany them as he is too busy killing Hitler.
1969: Neil Armstrong slowly begins putting Newt’s plans for a moon colony into practice.
1989: Newt knocks down the Berlin Wall.
1990: Newt tells Al Gore how to invent the Internet.
1995: The Best Speaker of the House of All Time takes office.
2013: President Newt Gingrich issues in a new era of peace, prosperity and moon colonies.
2045: Newt Gingrich is canonized, in what he describes as a “uniquely humbling experience for a great man of intellect and letters who has done what no other man in human history could have done because of his rare gifts.”
2060: Newt Gingrich defeats the Antichrist in a series of eight-hour marathon debates, issues in a new millennium of prosperity and revives entire economy on the strength of sales of his 19,568,020,836th book.
2100: Newt Gingrich ascends to heaven. Jesus respectfully gets up so that Newt can be seated.
By Alexandra Petri | 05:00 PM ET, 01/25/2012