Saturday, April 04, 2009

Fun Facts You'll Learn from Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin After You Get Her Drunk

Calvin Coolidge was nicknamed “Silent Cal” due to his talent for sneaking up behind political opponents and garroting them with piano wire.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was, in fact, named for Grover Cleveland’s daughter Ruth, the first baby born in the White House. Coincidentally, the Clark Bar was named for President James Buchanan’s “very special friend” Clark.

Lyndon Johnson famously angered pet lovers by lifting his beagles up by the ears for the amusement of the press, despite having been repeatedly admonished for pulling the same stunt with his daughters.

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Ole said...

Please note that Y.P.R. uses "factoid" in the meaning "something that is presented as a fact, but isn't".

John said...

True, but it's more fun if I don't mention that to readers and see if it trips up anyone.