8. In 1965, Byrds publicist Derek Taylor attempted to package the mop-topped California five-some as America’s answer to the Beatles. Considering the fact that only one of the five guys actually played an instrument on their debut single, the Byrds’ British tour horrendously flopped.
7. Germany‘s ill-conceived “Operation Sea Lion” – a plan to invade Great Britain – never materialized after its cancellation in 1940. Failing to KO England, Germany was doomed.
6. Eva Peron‘s 1947 “Rainbow Tour” notoriously ran amok when the Argentinian accepted the Queen’s invitation to tea, but failed to secure an invitation to stay overnight in Buckingham Palace.
5.Who can forget Mitt Romney’s infamous 2012 diplomatic belly flop when he went to England and declared himself “disconcerted” by the Brits’ Olympic Games preparations?
4. A scheduled Great Balls of Fire tour of England fizzled disastrously for Jerry Lee Lewis when a British reporter learned that the piano virtuoso’s third wife was actually a first cousin. Back then this constituted a scandal, and Jerry bailed.
3. The first wife of King Henry VIII, Spaniard Katherine of Aragon went to England in 1509 but got bumped in 1533 when His Royal Buffoonery decided he wanted to marry Anne Bolyen instead. Kathe got the last laugh. Banished, at least she escaped with her head.
2. The ultimate trainwreck was actually a shipwreck. If the Spanish Armada had successfully punched out Queen Elizabeth’s English Navy instead of getting upended up a storm, you might be speaking Spanish right now and the presidential candidates might be trying to concoct a way to corral the English vote.
1. After the measles vaccination comment and an unending battery of brutal press, it’s hard to beat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s nearly universally panned trip across the pond, which mercifully ended yesterday.