Things You May Not Know

I love trivia, the stuff that’s not mainstream, but should be since it’s always so fascinating, along with entertaining.

Did you know P.T. Barnum’s initials stood for Phineas Taylor?

Or, that Napoleon insisted his wife, Josephine, didn’t bathe because he liked an earthy smell?

Thomas Jefferson, despite his southern swagger, hated public speaking, begging off whenever possible.

Unknown.jpegElvis dyed his brown hair black, its style inspired by the actor, Robert Mitchum, Unknown-1.jpeg had a black belt in karate and a twin brother who died at birth.

Huckleberry Finn was the first novel to ever be typewritten.

Jennifer Aniston, Anderson Cooper, Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno and Cher, are all dyslexic.

The term, red tape, comes from the American Civil War years, when soldiers or their widows, showed up in Washington demanding back pay, their records, when finally found, held together with strips of red tape.

John Wilkes Booth was only 27 when he shot Abraham Lincoln, who was the tallest American President at 6’4.

James Madison, the shortest, at 5’4, while William Howard Taft, the fattest, images.jpeg tipping the scales at 350 making it necessary to build him a special bathtub referred to as, the Taft Tank.

Mr. Taft also, on April 14th, 1910 at a game between The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Athletics, threw out the very first baseball coined, the ceremonial pitch, and besides JFK, the only other American President buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

President Andrew Jackson taught his pet parrot how to curse. It was funny, until the parrot had to be removed from Jackson’s funeral because he wouldn’t stop. See, I think Andy would have loved that, and the bird should have just given the eulogy.

images.jpeg Jackie Kennedy Onassis used to send her maid to the local resale store to sell her designer clothes, under the maid’s name of course. Encore, one of the first of its kind, still stands more popular than ever a few blocks from Jackie’s old apartment. images

What did Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott have in common? They all married each other twice as unsuccessfully as the first time.

Like a friend of mine said, marrying your ex is like breakin’ back into jail.

Speaking of Elizabeth Taylor who took care of her former daughter-in-law stricken with AIDS and when asked why said, “She’s the mother of my grandchildren, that’s why.”

One in every 38 Americans live in New York City.

A hotdog vendor in Central Park can pay close to $300.000 just to open his buns.

Elephants, despite what Babar may have said, do not like peanuts, and can run faster than any human. Can’t you just see one in shorts and sneaks, winning the New York Marathon. And speaking of such noble beasts, I’ll end with one of my favorites going back to Mr. Barnum.

When the Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 24th, 1833, people were afraid to go across since rumor had it, it wouldn’t hold. Phineas, whose circus was in Brooklyn at the time, collected his band of 21 elephants trunks linked, his star, Jumbo, in the lead, marching them across, proving the bridge was indeed safe.

Crowds roared clapping in approval, while Jumbo, a showman in his own right, hearing the applause, wagged his ears as he led his comrades with great aplomb, over to the Manhattan side.   Unknown-3.jpeg








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 Thanks.
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16 Responses to Things You May Not Know

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I actually was aware of about half these factoids, but enjoyed being reminded of them and learning new ones. I love this kind of info. I think what makes biographies and autobiographies so interesting is the introduction to all the information left out of text books.
    The Civil War red tape was a new one to me. I read it to Pookie. Great post!

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  2. Good collection. Not a fan of Barnum though. He wasn’t kind to his animals. He had one of his elephants killed when it got spooked by all the people. Also, I heard Elvis’ daughter say he didn’t like banana sandwiches which he is credited with loving.


    • You’re speaking of Gypsy the elephant who retaliated when a kid put a cigarette out on him. It’s one of the worst stories ever how they, well…I won’t go into it, it’s just too, too sad. I’m not a Barnum fan really, but lore is lore, so that’s what I’m a fan of, rather than many of its players.

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  3. Can you imagine being at the Brooklyn Bridge back then and watching those elephants parade across it. That must have been a sight. 🙂 Thanks for dose of knowledge.


  4. robprice59 says:

    I love this stuff. I have a head full of utterly useless information. The pity is, there is precious little useful stuff to accompany it. For example: do you know the name of Tonto’s horse? I do. Please, somebody tell me why!

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  5. I love trivia, especially the things that no one cares about like: there were 3 golf balls hit on the moon.

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  6. Hold on! Nepolean …… I will never forget this piece of information.
    Once again Grasshopper rocks her knowledge!

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