Monday, February 18, 2008

Betcha Didn't Know This!

In recognition of President's Day (just barely!) here's a little bizarre trivia on some random presidents.

Martin Van Buren, the 8th President:

  • Although he was born after the Declaration of Independence was signed (and was the first American-born President), he was of Dutch ancestry and spoke Dutch at home with his wife.
  • He presided over the Senate with loaded pistols.
  • He had 2 tiger cubs as pets.
  • Weirdest fact: His autobiography does not mention his wife once.
James K. Polk, the 11th President:

  • He survived a gallstone operation at age 17 without anethesia or antiseptics.
  • A week before he died, Polk was baptized a Methodist.

Franklin Pierce, the 14th President:

  • He was arrested while in office for running over an old woman with his horse, but his case was dropped due to insufficient evidence in 1853.
  • He had the first central heating installed in the White House.
  • He was the first one to have a Christmas tree in the White House.

Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President:

  • His real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. He changed it because he didn't want to enter West Point with the initials H.U.G.
  • While president, he was arrested for driving his horse too fast; he was fined $20.
  • He ate a cucumber soaked in vinegar every morning for breakfast.

James Garfield, the 20th President:

  • He was the only President to have been a preacher.
  • He could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
  • Garfield was the second president shot in office. Doctors tried to find the bullet with a metal detector invented by Alexander Graham Bell. But the device failed because Garfield was placed on a bed with metal springs, and no one thought to move him.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President:

  • A man of few words, he was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get the president to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
  • His family spoke in sign language when they didn't want to be heard.
  • He refused to use the telephone while he was in office.
  • He once said, "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it."
  • He also once said, "Four-fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would only sit down and keep still."
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President:

  • His right leg was 3/4 of an inch longer than his left, so he wore corrective shoes to make up for it.
  • C. S. Lewis died the same day Kennedy was shot.
Richard Nixon, the 37th President:

  • He suffered from motion sickness and hay fever.
  • His favorite lunch was cottage cheese slathered in ketchup.
Gerald Ford, the 38th President:

  • He was right-handed but wrote with his left hand.
  • When he proposed to his wife, he was wearing one brown and one black shoe.
  • He was the first President to be an Eagle Scout.
The disgusting fact about Nixon's cottage cheese and ketchup came from

Aren't some of those hilarious?! Now you can impress all your friends & family with your new knowledge!

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DidiLyn said...

All hail Queen of Presidential Factoids! Those are some fun(ny) facts, missy!

Denise C said...

Very neat facts!! Thanks for the history lesson! I love stuff like this!

Kelli said...

I loved this. I am printing it off for my son who loves presidential history. I love the part about the loaded pistols. I wonder if we should bring that one back?


Natalie said...

Sometimes I wonder why I didn't pay more attention during by history classes in high school. Oh I remember now...that cute boy in front of me. Ha Ha! I find information like that so facinating now. Thanks for those tid-bits.

Dimple Queen said...

Linda, just came from Lisa's over at The Preacher's Wife. I noticed you called your self her "blogdaughter" I thought that was too cute. I feel that way sometimes too! I have stopped by before, but not sure if I ever left a comment. So I thought I would this time. I really loved the "Church Anyone" posts you had below. And the Lord was really using those Phillipians 3 verses around the first of February, because He spoke to me about those verses around the 1st of the month! I love how He works.

And for the SCC song...hubby and I saw him on the 14th in Houston....he showed a video with the song....too cute! I couldn't see it on your site...for some reason our network here at work doesn't allow it too often...but, if it was the made me shed a tear or two!

I'll stop by again sometime!