The Ku Klux Klan is America’s nightmare. With their white robes and burning crosses, they will forever haunt the American cultural landscape, symbolizing deadly bigotry and and blind hatred.
They’re also hilarious.
I was reminded of this recently when the website retronaut.com posted a wonderful photo of several Klansmen enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel sometime in 1928.
The white hoods and robes, which would probably be frightening as hell otherwise, immediately lose their power. The dark eyeholes look sort of confused and innocent instead of menacing.
This serves as a reminder that if you want to strike terror into people’s hearts, there’s certain activities you should shun, such as…
Enjoying a drink of water
Reading the paper
Involving your wives
To be fair, that last one is probably just a somebody wearing a Capirote, but it’s still a cute photo.