Niels Bohr Vs. A Reporter
Groucho Marx Vs. A Contestant on “You Bet Your Life”
After the contestant revealed that he was a father of 10.
Henry Clay Vs. Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster
After seeing a pack of mules walk by.
Alcibiades Vs. Pericles
Abraham Lincoln Vs. Stephen Douglas
After Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate:
Bill Clinton Vs. Dan Quayle
After Quayle revealed that he planned to be “a pit bull” in the 1992 campaign against Clinton and Gore.
Reverend Edward Everett Hale Vs. The U.S. Senate
When asked if he prayed for the Senators.
Senator Fritz Hollings Vs. Henry McMastor
When challenged by his Republican opponent during a televised debate to take a drug test.
NY Mayor Ed Koch Vs. Andrew Kirtzman
After the reporter insisted on pressing a point about an inconsistent statement Koch had made
Abraham Lincoln Vs. A Foreign Diplomat
After the diplomat found Lincoln polishing his boots in his office.
Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller Vs. An Attendee At A Church Conference
After the man ranted against university education and thanked God that he had never been corrupted by going to college.
Dorothy Parker Vs. New Yorker Editor Harold Ross
Parker had been on her honeymoon, when Harold Ross interrupted her to ask why she was late with a book review.