Did You Know?

The expression…your name is mud, some say, came from Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted and jailed in 1865, for setting John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, after he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln. Though pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, released from prison in 1869, his descendant, newsman Roger Mudd, evidently still takes offense. Oh Rog, lighten the fuck up, will ya?

Speaking of Abe, did you know, it’s a 50 dollar fine for climbing onto his lap at the Lincoln Memorial to have a photo taken?


Another Memorial tidbit…  Abe’s fingers on each hand, are making an A and an L, in sign language.

The last man to be executed by firing squad in the U.S. asked for a bulletproof vest as his last request. Nothing like going out laughing.

Ants never sleep. My Aunt Tillie never did either, come to think of it.

Alexander Hamilton’s 19 year-old son, Philip, also died in a duel three years before his dad was killed by Thomas Jefferson’s, not too popular after that, Vice-President, Aaron Burr with the same pistol.

Jackie Kennedy had size 10 feet.  

Steven Spielberg in 2002, finally finished college after a 33 year interval, turning in Schlinder’s List as his film assignment.  

Bill Clinton, in his 50s while president, suffered acute hearing loss resulting in hearing aids in both ears.

Speaking of Bill, a pigs orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

Once Charlie Chaplin, secretly, entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest, and came in third. 

When actress Angie Dickinson   was asked, what it was like to sleep with JFK, she said, it was the most exciting 5 minutes of her life.  

How bout, FDR refusing to let Eleanor install the new electric Otis Elevator at Springwood, their family home in Hyde Park, because he was so afraid of fire. He knew, if worse came to worse, he could lower himself down the old shaft by shimmying down the cables. After he died, Mrs. R. finally got her Otis.

When a bee climaxes, his testicles explode, then he dies. But wow, what a way to go.

The only reason President Ulysses S. Grant was buried in New York, was because, we were the only ones who said his wife, Julia, could be buried alongside him, unlike Arlington and West Point, that both said…NO.

Fuck that, said Mrs. Grant.

After the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, rumor had it, it wasn’t structurally sound, so that showoff of showmen, P.T. Barnum, walked 21 of his elephants from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan, proving it was indeed safe. Jumbo, his star elephant, in the lead was trained, when hearing applause to wag his ears, apparently wagging, all the way across.

Daniel Sickles, a northern union general in the American Civil War, later losing a leg at Gettsyburg, in 1859, shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key who wrote the Star Spangled Banner, in Washington’s Lafayette Park, for having an affair with his wife.

Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln’s future Secretary of War, defended him, getting him off on a Temporary Insanity Plea, the very first in U.S History.

 Penguins will present their beloved with a pebble, as a way of proposing. How cheap is that.  Give me a lion, with an expense account, any old day.

Teddy Roosevelt’s horse, Little Texas, he famously rode up San Juan Hill, is buried in the pet cemetery at his home, Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, now a Presidential Landmark charging 10 bucks for a house tour.

Bully, as TR would say.    

So much to learn, so much to know.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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18 Responses to Did You Know?

  1. micklively says:

    Just confirms my worst fears: all Americans are basically nuts! 😉

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  2. That was a fun read.

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  3. Ah, nothing like a FUN history lesson to start my day. I may have to print this out for future fun fact reference. Thank you Grasshopper!

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, great start to our morning. I say ‘our’ because I kept reading each entry to Pookie.


    • Pookue-pie clearly, is such a good sport. 🙂


    • One more piece of lore for Pookie. When Dr. Mudd was incarcerated at Dry Tortugas, not far from Key West, Florida, that I believe is no longer a jail, but a tourist attraction where one can visit Sam’s cell, there was an outbreak of yellow fever, so he stepped up being a doctor an all, which was a big reason Andrew Johnson pardoned him, against the outrage of many. He always denied knowing Booth before hand, but well…that wasn’t true. Oh well…history rocks Skinny, if you ask me…:)

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  5. Great facts. 🙂 I love trivia. Can you imagine being in a film class with Steven Spielberg? Talk about blowing the curve. Hopefully he got an A for Schindler’s List.

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  6. Kate Howell says:

    Love this post, you’re funny and informative at the same time. One of the best!

    Hal Rubenstein from my iPhone


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    • Wish I had a golf anecdote for you…you already know about Ike’s cleat marks in the Oval Office left for posterity. Clinton loved golf, and apparently, used to cheat…And Taft, who was very chubby, loved the game too. I guess he was light on his feet…the Jackie Gleason of presidents. 🙂


  7. Mark Hodgson says:

    Great post, love that kind of trivia. Yup, I think bullet proof vest is a pretty good last request, unless it turns out to be a hanging, then it’s a bit redundant!!

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