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 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. 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.
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.
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.
Jackie Kennedy had size 10 feet.
Actress, Christina Ricci, size 5.
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.
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. 🙂