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02-20-2016 Odd Presidential Facts!   Leave a comment

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I decided to step away from a journal entry today and offer up some unusual tidbits of presidential trivia.  Since the political winds are once again beginning to blow I thought it might interest some of you. This information has been chosen at random and I’m not picking on any one party. To be sure, there’s enough useless information coming out of both parties to make everyone happy.  Here we go. . .

  • Edith Wilson, the wife of Woodrow Wilson, often rode a bicycle in the corridors of the White House.
  • Richard M. Nixon  once worked as a carnival barker.
  • Thomas Jefferson had a pet mockingbird that followed him upstairs to bed every night.
  • First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, used to hang laundry in the White House East Room to dry.
  • David Rice Atchison, a state senator from Missouri (1843-1855), was President of the United States for one day.

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Who knew we had a president for just one day?  I can think of quite a few others I would have loved to have for only one day.

  • Calvin Coolidge, President from 1923 to 929, was the last President to write his own speeches.
  • President Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
  • Ronald Reagan received over seventy-five thousand gifts, including three hundred seventy-two belt buckles, a dog house, a six foot long pencil, and a four-square-foot portrait made out of ten thousand jelly beans.
  • When Zachary Taylor became President in 1849, he kept his horse “Old Whitey” on the front lawn of the White House.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested near the White House and fined twenty dollars for driving a team of horses too fast.

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I don’t doubt for a minute that Grant was probably under the influence of some unknown alcoholic beverage. That’s the same guy who once upon a time allegedly threw up on one of his officers .

  • The middle initial “S” in President Harry S. Truman’s name didn’t stand for anything.
  • John Tyler (1790-1862), 10th president, was unable to get a decent job after leaving office and worked at a village pound tending cows and horses.
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), once delivered a one-hour speech in spite of being shot moments before by a would-be assassin.
  • President George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from the White House in March 1990, the California broccoli growers delivered nine tons of the vegetable to Washington.
  • President Millard Fillmore, in 1851, became the first chief executive to use a bathtub in the White House.

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Here’s a special bonus entry for JFK. He was known for a lot of questionable shenanigans but I’ll be nice and take the high road today. He was also the first President born in the twentieth century.

That should do it for today.  More to come. . .

08-18-2015 Journal – Presidential Trivia!   Leave a comment

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I’m not feeling too domestic today so gardens, food, and computers are off the menu.  I’ve been paging though my library of interesting but useless facts and factoids.  At first I couldn’t decide whether to supply all of you with unusual information about sex but I think I’ll save that for another day. Since I consider myself a patriotic citizen it was only logical (Thanks Mr. Spock) that I find as many odd and unusual facts about some of our great and no so great presidents.

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With Obama on his way out (Yeah!)(Finally!) and the presidential election looming I felt we needed to reconnect with our American roots.  Lets start if off with ten quick questions about some of our past presidents.  I’ll list the questions first and the answers will be found at the end of this post.

Questions

1.   How many bathrooms are in the White House?

2.   What was the Secret Service’s code name for Barbara Bush?

3.   What did Woodrow Wilson, Americas 28th president, denounce as a symbol of “the arrogance of wealth”?

4.   President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva D’Aquino in 1977. Who was she?

5.  President Lydon Johnson called his pet beagles Him and Her; what did President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, name His and Hers?

6.  What president was ticketed for speeding in Washington, D.C., while he was in office?

7.  What did President John F. Kennedy commission Pierre Salinger to do on the eve of signing the Cuban Trade Embargo?

8.  How many tons of jelly beans were purchased by the White House during the presidency of Ronald Reagan?

9.  What did President Franklin D. Roosevelt have printed on the White House matchbooks?

10. Which American president was the first to have a telephone on his desk in the White House? th

I found a few of the question interesting but the answers were even better. I’m sending this bonus trivia story along because it’s just do damn strange.

"On his way home from Harvard one day, Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln, fell off the platform while waiting for his train. He was saved from possible death by Edwin Booth, the actor, and brother of John Wilkes Booth – the man who, only a few weeks later, assassinated President Lincoln.”

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Answers

1.   34

2.   Tranquility

3.   The Automobile

4.  Tokyo Rose, the seductive-voiced Japanese radio propagandist during World War II.

5.   The pistols they kept under their pillows.

6.   Ulysses S. Grant, in his horse and buggy. He was fined $5.00.

7.   Buy and stockpile 1,500 Havana cigars.

8.   12 Tons

9.   “Stolen from the White House”

10. Herbert Hoover, in 1929. Previous presidents used an enclosed phone booth in the hallway outside the Oval Office.

MORE SEX TRIVIA TO COME

02-07-2015 Journal–Happy B-Day Ron!   Leave a comment

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Before I start my post for today I thought I’d celebrate for just a moment the 104th birthday of one of my favorite people, Ronald Wilson Reagan, our fortieth president.  Things have certainly gone downhill since he left the presidency and he is sorely missed.  Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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My convalescence continues today after my colonoscopy. I was told to take it easy for a few days and I tend to listen closely to doctors who tell me to do things I enjoy doing. So a lazy day for catching up on emails, writing a little, and loafing a lot.  We’ve been given a one day reprieve by the weather gods with no snow anticipated.  Starting tomorrow we’re being warned of another damn snowstorm preparing to drop a foot or more of snow on us.  We already have so much snow we’re running out of places to put it.  These pictures were taken in the city of Biddeford, Maine yesterday and as you can see another foot of snow will make walking around town a real chore.

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Our family group braved the cold weather last night and thoroughly enjoyed a meal at Famous Dave’s.  There were ribs, brisket, and sauces all around.  I’d been jonesing for catfish for the last two weeks and it was well worth the wait.  The grandson munched on his favorite meal of Mac and Cheese, pineapple chunks, and a few Oreo cookies. Top that off with a glass of chocolate milk and he was in hog heaven.   It was a great evening out even though the temps were near zero and the wind-chill even worse.

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Our visitor from Los Angeles, my better-half’s oldest son, flies out today to return to the left coast.  He was greeted here by more snow than he’s seen for many years.  He’ll appreciate that California weather a lot more I’m sure.

08-10-2013   Leave a comment

Since my better-half and I are road tripping for the rest of the weekend I thought I’d just get Sunday’s posting out of the way before we leave.  I hope you’ll enjoy your weekend.

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I’ve been watching and listening the the President and his minions for years now.  I’ve discredited him when I could and attempted to convince anyone who would listen to look, see, and understand truth of things. If you’re still a big supporter then you’re obviously one of the Obama “Kool-Aid” drinkers.  Why not listen to our past presidents who’ve been through the political wringer and survived.  They have experiences that should be drawn upon for guidance and help in these perilous times.  Listen up!

“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.”

George Washington – Farewell Address 1796

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Thomas Jefferson 1785

“The American people will ever do well if well done by.”

Abraham Lincoln 1860

“The strength of our Nation must continue to be used in the interest of all our people rather than a privileged few. It must continue to be used unselfishly in the struggle for world peace and the betterment of mankind.”

Harry S. Truman – State of the Union Jan 1949

“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – First Inaugural Address 1953

“America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and one another.”

Richard M. Nixon – Beyond Peace 1994

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Ronald Reagan – Farewell Address Jan 1989

“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have a purpose today.  It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”

George Bush – Inaugural Address 1989

I’ll say it again as I’ve said it so many times before.  Know your past.

07-29-2013   2 comments

Since this week has been so traumatic and disturbing I’ve decided to lay some more really useless information on you.  I’m just not up to writing anything too serious today because I’m still a little unfocused with everything that’s been going on.  These facts are somewhat odd but still interesting and I hope you enjoy them.

  • Cats urine glows under a black light.
  • Blueberry jelly beans were especially made for Ronald Reagan.
  • In every episode of Seinfeld there’s a superman somewhere.
  • Checkmate comes from the Persian phrase "shah mat" which means the king is dead.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds while dogs have only ten.
  • 91% of Americans lie daily.
  • When you sneeze water can come out of your mouth at speeds of 60mph.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • On a Canadian 2 dollar bill the flag flying over the parliament building appears to be an American flag. It’s actually Canada’s earlier flag of the Red Ensign.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • Sloths are actually fast, they just prefer to move at a slow pace.
  • There are only two families who produced a father and son who were US presidents: Bush and Adams.
  • A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
  • Humans and horses are the only two animals that have hymens.
  • Polish is the only word in the English language that has two completely different meanings when the first letter is capitalized.
  • The longest word in the English language is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • Margaret Kerry was the live action model for Walt Disney’s Tinkerbell.
  • The average human lies at least twice a day.
  • Before Late Night Television, Jay Leno appeared in an episode of Laverne and Shirley.
  • In "American Graffiti", the license plate on Richard Dreyfusses’ car is changed every time you see it.

That should just about do it for today.  I’m on my way to begin the search for another vehicle for the better-half.  She’s still in morning for the loss of her little yellow car and the only way to help her along is to find another car as soon as possible.  I’m actually surprised she didn’t want to bring the remains home so we could bury it in the yard next to our previous pets.  She gets attached to the weirdest crap.  It can be amazing, unbelievable, and disturbing all at the same time.

07-26-2013   2 comments

I’ve always been a lover of quotations for many years regardless of the time period from which they’ve sprung.  I’ve discovered quotes from politicians in ancient Greece that remain totally applicable to the nonsense we witness every day in Washington. I’ve even found myself shocked and awed that occasionally someone I disagree with politically will say something noteworthy.  The old adage that “Even a blind man will find a pearl eventually” remains true.  So here are a few of my favorites that most of our current pols should be required to read and memorize before running for office.

“There are two parts of good government; one is the actual obedience of citizens to the laws, the other part is the goodness of the laws which they obey.” Aristotle (384-322 BC)

“The effect of a good government is to make life more valuable; of a bad one, to make it less valuable.” Henry David Thoreau 4 Jul 1874

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul”.” George Bernard Shaw 1944

“In this [economic] crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan 20 Jan 81

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”  Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”  Barry M. Goldwater 21 Oct 64

See what I mean?  Almost everything we say or do had been said and done already.  It makes reading them, listening to them, and understanding them even more important today. I’ll leave you with that thought as I head out the door for a day of relaxation at a local church fair and then later to the beach to cool off.  I hope your weekend is a good one as well.

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