Presidential Factoids

Okay, so, President’s Day came and went, but we still have a President.  Wierd!  I guess I just have a skewed view of these holidays ever since my mom left us on Mother’s Day.  Anyway, in honor of the 43 guys who seemed to have it all together, here’s a collection of one fact about each of them.  Enjoy!

  1. George Washington looked a lot like Meryl Streep.
  2. John Adams cast 29 tie-breaking votes in the Senate as Vice President.
  3. Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair, and may have been an Atheist.
  4. James Madison had to flee the White House during the War of 1812 … because the Brits set it on fire.
  5. James Monroe was the guy holding the flag in the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware.
  6. John Quincy Adams predicted the Civil War nearly 30 years before it happened.
  7. Andrew Jackson was wounded so frequently in duels that it was said he “rattled like a bag of marbles.”
  8. Martin Van Buren had the ugliest sideburns a man as ever grown.
  9. William Henry Harrison was a retired national hero before becoming President killed him.
  10. John Tyler was the unfortunate bastard responsible for admitting Texas to the union.
  11. James K Polk fulfilled Manifest Destiny, and issued the first postage stamps.
  12. Zachary Taylor died of a tummy ache.   Yay modern medicine!
    Good thing shes a women - tummy aches kill Presidents!

    Good thing she's a woman - tummy aches kill Presidents!

  13. Millard Fillmore ran on the Know Nothing ticket … and lost.  Surprise!
  14. Franklin Pierce declared support for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
  15. James Buchanan never married, because he may very well have been gay.
  16. Abraham Lincoln had a beard, a top hat, and a plan to overcome everything.
  17. Andrew Johnson’s Secretary of State engineered the purchase of Alaska 90 years before its statehood.
  18. Ulysses S Grant ate vinegar-soaked cucumbers for breakfast.
  19. Rutherford B Hayes won by the slimmest of margins:  one electoral vote.
  20. James Garfield waited 80 days after being shot to die.
  21. Chester A Arthur, as far as public opinion goes, was basically the anti-W.
  22. Grover Cleveland was, for whatever reason, on the $1,000 bill.
  23. Benjamin Harrison oversaw the installation of electricity in the White House
  24. Grover Cleveland had the audacity to win non-consecutive terms.
  25. William McKinley’s namesake, Mt. McKinley, is the highest point in North America.
  26. Theodore Roosevelt had a black belt in Judo.

    Picture you in white, and any President in blue ...

    Picture you in white, and any President in blue ...

  27. William Howard Taft was the last President to wear facial hair.
  28. Woodrow Wilson is often thought of as “the most highly educated President.”
  29. Warren G Harding is the only President to share a moniker with a rapper.
  30. Calvin Coolidge died of a heart attack less than a year after the end of his term.
  31. Herbert Hoover was elected primarily because his opponent was Catholic.
  32. Franklin D Roosevelt actually thought he would one day walk again.
  33. Harry Truman was directly responsible for the deaths of 200,000+ Japanese.
  34. Dwight D Eisenhower was the last President to have admitted states to the union.
  35. John F Kennedy repeatedly ranks near the top of the rankings, despite serving just over 1/2 a term.
  36. Lyndon Johnson was the first president sworn in by a woman.
  37. Richard Nixon was a crook, despite what he’d have you believe.
  38. Gerald Ford vocally disagreed with W’s war on “terrorism.”
  39. Jimmy Carter has had at least one rock band named after him.
  40. Ronald Reagan’s bitch wife is responsible for the War on Drugs.
  41. George Bush is eponymous in Japan with the act of vomiting.
  42. Bill Clinton was a first chair saxophonist in Arkansas’ high school band.
  43. George W Bush was a member of Yale’s Skull and Bones Society.

    Somehow, I got in to Yale!
    Somehow, I got in to Yale!
  44. Barack Obama is the only President whose name shows up as a misspelling in my racist spell checker.

One response to “Presidential Factoids

  1. those were way fun. I liked 29.

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