Ah, 1994. What a year that was.
Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
The world economy was booming.
Friends had just started.
And in the US, three-term senator for Alabama Howell Heflin horrified reporters by pulling out a pair of white knickers from his pocket in the Capitol cafeteria and blowing his nose:
Veteran Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty tweeted a photo of a fax she'd found while clearing out her office on Monday.
The statement, sent by Heflin's office 21 years ago, read as follows:
I mistakenly picked up a pair of my wife's white panties and put them in my pocket while I was rushing out the door to go to work.
Rather than take a chance on being embarrassed again, I'm going to start buying coloured handkerchiefs.
C-Span reporter Howard Mortman replied to Tumulty with a screenshot of Heflin speaking on the Senate floor the day after the press release, white pocket square clearly visible:
While we commend Heflin's efforts in getting ahead of the story, we're pretty sure those pants would have launched a thousand memes in 2015.
What a slightly different time to be alive.