A group of genteel ladies and gentlemen held their own tea party on Boston Common today - with real tea, watercress and egg-salad sandwiches and cookies.
Almost as fun as the party itself was the reaction from passersby. Some just could not believe there wasn't a hidden agenda behind the free tea and cookies (as opposed to the nearby LaRouchies, who got their token black member to put on a Hitler mustache and stand there, looking evil).
At one point, a woman leading what seemed to be a class of Spanish speakers learning English attempted to explain the joke, which, of course, first required explaining the original Boston Tea Party. As her students stood there, confused, she finally gave up. "It's very difficult to explain, but it's very funny," she said.
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