Abraham Lincoln and the Samurai Fax Machine

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A popular post claimed that "there was a 22 year window in which a samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham Lincoln."
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AdvertisementsOn July 16 2021, the Facebook page "The memes your parents warned you about" shared a screenshot of a text message, which claimed that there was "a 22 year window" during which "a samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham Lincoln":

Depicting one side of a conversation via text, it read:

Okay so The samurai were officially abolished as a caste in Japanese society during the Meiji Restoration in 1867 The first ever fax machine, the "printing telegraph", was invented in 1843 And Abraham Lincoln was famously assassinated at Ford's Theater in 1865 Which means There was a 22 year window in which a samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham Lincoln

On July 18 2021, a Reddit user shared the meme to r/BrandNewSentence (and someone else posed it as a question to the notoriously strict r/AskHistorians):

That meme was not the first to use humor and surprise by juxtaposing the chronological order of purported historical events. Its claims were also fairly simple individually, combining to create a seemingly preposterous conclusion involving the long-dead Abraham Lincoln receiving a message via fax machine from "a samurai."

'The Samurai Were Officially Abolished as a Caste in Japanese Society During the Meiji Restoration in 1867'

A Brittanica.com entry both defined the meaning of "samurai" and addressed the meme's first point in its opening sentences:

Samurai, member of the Japanese warrior caste. The term samurai was originally used to denote the aristocratic warriors (bushi), but it came to apply to all the members of the warrior class that rose to power in the 12th century and dominated the Japanese government until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Emerging from provincial warrior bands, the samurai of the Kamakura period (1192–1333), with their military skills and deep pride in their stoicism, developed a disciplined culture distinct from…
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