"This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified ... by ... the several States . . . within seven years.

So reads Section 3 of the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. To the lay mind it may not seem particularly funny, but last week it caused Idaho's Senator William Edgar Borah some great−though very temporary−amusement.

Much reading of the Constitution has made Mr. Borah a solemn man whom the ordinary run of jokes fails to amuse. But this time he had gripped, he thought, a Constitutional jest, the cream of which would taste sour in the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!