Did You Know?

Unknown-2.jpeg A U.S. President’s State of the Union Address was always read by a court clerk rather than the man himself, until Woodrow Wilson took the helm in 1913.

Thomas Jefferson, who didn’t much care for public speaking, installed the rule, even though his two predecessors, Washington and Adams, preferred an audience.

Wilson, though Congress had a fit, said, why should his speech be heard by the American people in a flat, dull monotone, when the man who wrote it could and would, bring it to life?

It’s been the norm ever since.

Mr. Wilson is buried in the crypt at Washington’s National Cathedral.

Helen Keller, rests there as well.

Chicago’s nickname, The Windy City, has nothing to do with weather. Journalists, way back when, coined it that because it was filled with windbags….men full of hot air. It makes you think, many members of Congress might hail from Chicago.

The shell of an Unknown-3 armadillo, such a cuddly fella, is bulletproof. It’s a pity they can’t enlist. Think of the money it would save.

Abraham Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln bedroom.  Many of the Clinton’s heavy cashed campaign donors did, but not honest Abe.  Unknown-4.jpeg He actually penned the Emancipation Proclamation there, a fact you’d think would be more well known, then the Clinton’s cheesy manners. Oh well.

Speaking of Bubba, he and George H. W. Bush, both 6’2, are tied in fourth place as the 4 tallest presidents.

That’s all they had in common since, though not perfect, George never would have turned that bedroom into a Hyatt.

The other two tall guys were Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson who were 6’4, though Abe may have topped LBJ by a half inch.

Tom Hanks collects typewriters. Unknown-2.jpeg

Oprah has a bathtub in the shape of her body.

Elvis bought his first guitar at 11, and Graceland, when he was 22. I don’t know about you, but at 11, I was buying gum. Unknown-2.jpeg

Winston Churchill, who wrote by ear, was totally hairless, except for on his head. He loved swimming and taking baths, totally submerging, popping back up spurting water like a happy whale.


Speaking of hygiene, Napoleon liked his women so earthy, he forbid his wife, Josephine, to bathe. I’d certainly have a bone to pick with Mr. Bonaparte over that one. What would the neighbors, like Italy, think?

A group of owls is called, a parliament, the word itself meaning, to talk. Speaking of hooters (no, not that kind), Shakespeare coined the term, night owl, along with…all of a sudden, dead as a door nail and off with your head.

Unknown-4.jpeg Jackie Kennedy had size 10 feet.

Actress, Christina Ricci, size 5.  Unknown-4.jpeg

In 2013, Donald Trump sued comedian Bill Maher, for calling his father a monkey, then dropped the charges.

Did he come to realize his dad did bear a striking resemblance to Curious George, who is rather cute?

He’s never said.

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The definition of Trivia is…details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

What Webster left out was, how entertaining it all is. 🙂














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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51 Responses to Did You Know?

  1. The origin of “Windy City” was new to me, and I didn’t know the armadillo was bulletproof. Reading this collection of trivia was lots of fun.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love trivia, Susannah. Keep it coming!
    Maybe Napoleon didn’t have a sense of smell. And I want to see Oprah’s tub. I can’t imagine it.

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  3. Vasca says:

    I did not know any of this…I’m glad you wrote this ’cause it’s very interesting. I love trivia…fun stuff when it’s written by such clever author…that you are. Hugs!

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  4. A fun grouping of little known facts, Susannah. I love the pinball effect of your post as such action made it even more fun. I could see your literary flippers in motion to keep the ball in play. Well done. Have a super Sunday.

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  5. kingmidget says:

    Two thoughts … re: the windbags in Congress. For decades, Republicans have tried to limit the federal government. They finally figured the most effective way to do that. For the last dozen years, the representatives of the right-wing in Congress have simply refused to do anything. They have refused to lead, they have refused to govern. The only things they care about are tax cuts, that continue to squeeze the government, and appointing judges appointed by Republican Presidents. Beyond that, they simply don’t care.

    And Napoleon … that is just … gross!

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  6. Eilene Lyon says:

    That’s quite a fun collection of trivia, Susannah! I hope those armadillos aren’t being subjected to target practice by people trying to disprove that one.😲


    • What a chilling thought. Frankly, I know little about them so that tidbit piqued my interest. And they do look like little gladiators. I love learning things that have little importance to most, but again, pique an Eilene or a Susannah’s interest. Thanks, as always, for reading.

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  7. I’ve seen Oprah in a ski outfit in Aspen and gotta see that bathtub! LOL

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  8. Grasshopper, you never disappoint. Hairless except for his head …. oh, I’m beyond fascinated.

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  9. I love your trivia pieces (although based on your definition above, maybe I’d better say informational). I always learn something new. 🙂

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    • Me too. Loved the State of the Union lore. Had just read a little book on Woodrow Wilson knowing very little about him, just that, he wouldn’t let Teddy go to war and that he remarried a woman who myth claims, may have ran the country after he had had a stroke. It sounds like a soap opera, doesn’t it?

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