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.
Source: http://fs6.depauw.edu:50080/~jkochanczyk/president/index.htm
The disgusting fact about Nixon's cottage cheese and ketchup came from
http://reference.aol.com/mf_history/_a/richard-nixon-who-resigned-from-office/20050126202109990017

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

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5 comments:

DidiLyn said...

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

Denise C said...

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

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?

Kelli

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 same...it made me shed a tear or two!

I'll stop by again sometime!

Angela