by Lisa Mathews | July 24th, 2013
Let’s see, we have two sex-addicted dishonest politicians running for office in New York, Obama just rolled out a sweeping plan to solve the global-warming problem that Senator Boxer’s own experts testified to a Senate committee doesn’t exist, a filibuster by a feminist legislature in Texas got more media attention than the whole Gosnell trial, and Al Sharpton has again reminded us why the only network that would give him a job is MSNBC.
In other words, we’ve had enough craziness for now. Let’s take a break and focus on something that doesn’t make you want to move to Canada. How about some political trivia? I bet you didn’t know that Croatia was the first country to recognize the United States in 1776. I’ve grabbed some of the more interesting factoids from a site that has tons of these (to see the source of the trivia, click here). The color commentary in the parenthesis is from me:
- Theodore Roosevelt was the first American President to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He won for his arbitration of treaty discussions at the end of the Russo-Japanese War. (that’s a real reason to win a Nobel Peach Prize)
- The only four countries that start with the letter “D” are Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica and the Dominican Republic.
- Americans pay over $30,500 in federal, state, and local taxes every second (that I believe, probably more since this was printed)
- Before Bill Clinton, no left-handed American president had ever served two
- In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
- Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt were all cousins through one connection or another. FDR and Eleanor were about five times removed.
- FDR was the most superstitious president — he traveled continually but never left on a Friday. He also wouldn’t sit at the same table that held thirteen other people.
- Of all U.S. Presidents, none lived to be older than John Adams, who died at the age of 91.
- President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House.
- John Quincy Adams took his last skinnydip in the Potomac on his seventy-ninth birthday.
- Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
- Gerald Ford pardoned Robert E. Lee posthumously of all crimes of treason.
- Gerald Ford was once a male model.
- The lightest President of the United States was James Madison who was 5′ 4″ and weighed under 100 pounds. The tallest was Lincoln at 6′ 4″. The heaviest was Howard Taft who, at times, weighed over 300 pounds. Source: “Knowledge in a Nutshell”
- Andrew Jackson was the only U.S. President to believe that the world is flat.
- President Andrew Jackson spent most of his adult life with a bullet no more than two inches away from his heart as a result of a duel he fought before becoming President.
- President Taft got stuck in his bathtub on his Inauguration Day and had to be pried out by his attendants.
- The reason Maryland did not seceed from the Union in 1865 was that President Lincoln had the state legislators arrested.
- George Washington’s false teeth were made of whale bone.
- George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be layed out for three days just to make sure he was really dead.
- George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.
- James K. Polk was the only President to have been Speaker of the House. (Sorry, Newt)
- Julie Nixon, daughter of Richard Nixon, married David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Harrison was the only president born in the same county as his vice president.
- Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Davis appeared opposite each other in the movie “Hellcats of the Navy.”
- Ronald Reagan was the only President who studied economics in college. (this really should be a requirement for all Presidents)
- When the Hoovers did not want to be overheard by White House guests, they spoke to each other in Chinese.
- William Howard Taft was the first President to own a car.
- When Harry Truman left office in 1952 he got in his own car and drove himself back to Missouri.
- According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson loved the soda Fresca so much he had a fountain installed in the Oval Office that dispensed the beverage, which the president could operate by pushing a button on his desk chair. Fresca is a grapefruit- flavored soda sold on the East Coast.
- The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named afte Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.
- There was some question as to whether Barry Goldwater could legaly serve as President. The Constitution requires presidents to be born in the United States. Goldwater was born in Arizona before it was a state. (We’ll remember this if Ted Cruz runs for President)
This is only an excerpt, visit the page for more.
Lisa @ AmericaisConservative.org (check out our newly-designed site)
Update: I have corrected the statement that David Eisenhower is President Eisenhower’s son, his is actually his grandson. Thanks to Ellen Kolb for the correction in the comments.