Did You Know…All Bets Are Off Edition

Abraham Lincoln stashed papers in his Stovepipe hat.    Do you think Jack and Ike did too? Maybe that’s where Jack hid all those long-legged phone numbers. 

Marilyn Monroe lived in 20 different foster homes, sexually abused by more than half of her foster-fathers.

Shall we form a posse and beat up all their descendants?  

Marie Antoinette had a Pug called Mops she never left the palace without, till she was axed that is, for high treason. Apparently she never said, when complaints were laid at her feet by starving Parisians…let them eat cake.

See how rumors get started. Maybe she said, may I have some cake, France’s 1793 version of Fox TV.

I just saw Bill O’Reilly in a powdered wig eating Entenmanns.

Babe Ruth is buried at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York… gravesite: Section 25, Plot 1115, Graves 3 & 4. His tomb, regularly visited, is covered with momentos like baseballs, 5ths of whiskey and letters written by young Babe wannabes who worship the Bam, the Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat. 

George Herman Ruth Junior died of throat cancer on August 16th, 1948.

He was 53 years-old.

The Yankees retired Babe’s number  given because he always batted third.  

When I visited him, I left a hot dog with the works, loving the story of how he used to pick up kids in his 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental and treat them on the way to the stadium.


Thomas Jefferson promised his wife, Martha he affectionately called Patsy, on her death bed, he’d never marry again because she didn’t want another woman bringing up her children.

How selfish was she, and what a putz he was for listening. Hey, death do us part amigo, and if you really love someone, you want them to be happy.

Well, maybe not happy, but at least, taken care of.

  Francis Ford Coppola had to fight Paramount boss, Robert Evans, for Al Pacino to play Michael    in The Godfather, Robert Redford, Evans’s first choice.

I’m a Bob fan, but can you really hear him say…

“Fredo, You’re My Older Brother, and I Love You. But Don’t Ever Take Sides With Anyone Against The Family Again. Ever.”


They also wanted Frank Sinatra to play the Don. 

Too close to home I would think, and speaking of Ol’ Blue Eyes, he wasn’t too happy with the Johnny Fontaine character that was based on him. Rumor has it, he threatened to break Francis’s and writer, Mario Puzo’s legs, but who knows. 

Was Fox on the air in 1972?

Robert Kardashian, OJ’s best friend, was Kim Kardashian’s father who appeared in court every day, to support his friend, even though some say he thought he was guilty, staying friends with OJ till he died of esophageal cancer in 2003 at age 59. 

Speaking of his OFF-spring, who now owns Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank Watch she snagged at auction for… $379,500 bucks.

Is there no justice?

Her ass makes 6 of Jackie’s for starters.

Does the watch even fit her wrist?


Don’t get me started. 









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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58 Responses to Did You Know…All Bets Are Off Edition

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love these posts, Susannah. It’s a Reader’s Digest of interesting info.
    I’m a Redford fan too, but he could never pass for Italian. However, I can imagine Frank as the Don. And poor Marilyn. She searched for true love so desperately.
    As for Marie’s famous quote, I once read that today’s translation of ‘cake’ was ‘bread’ in her day. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of that.

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  2. Kate Howell says:

    Good one! Really enjoyed 😎

    ~Hal Rubenstein from my iPhone

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  3. robprice59 says:

    The horologist in me says the Cartier would look better on your wrist. I know you’d appreciate it more.

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  4. I enjoyed this run-through of facts, Susannah. I had to laugh out loud on several—very much fun.

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  5. Sorryless says:


    This is Thin Girl at her thinking cap best, I love these.

    As for the Babe, I’ll take his shenanigans over A-Rod’s any day. At least Babe was lovable and accessible. He was the Sultan of Swat and his exploits made Yankee Stadium THE place to be, and yet, he never thumbed his nose at his adoring masses.

    Redford as Michael makes me shudder. And I agree with you on Sinatra, much too close to home. And does it make me a bad person to feel nostalgic about the story of Frank wanting to break things with a baseball bat? Adjudication via Louisville Slugger . . . I remember those days.

    Stovepipe hats would never work with today’s leaders. Their heads are too fat.

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  6. kingmidget says:

    All good stuff. Love the way you ended it … with a shot at the Kardashians. They are at the top of Useless Celebrity Mountain for me … and it’s pretty crowded up there.

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  7. Dale says:

    These are fabulous, Susannah.
    I honestly don’t understand how Caroline could let that fat-ass become the proprietor of Jackie’s watch. I guess we never know what goes on inside.
    Always a joy to read.

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  8. Patricia says:

    You find the strangest stuff about the famous. But then it seems most of them are strange…at least to me. But then they would think me strange…as do some who know me.😼

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    • I love trivia and always surprised by some of the things I read. Why would Caroline Kennedy put up for auction a watch her mom wore every day of her life practically. Then it hit me…money…they had a huge inheritance tax to pay, and her mother had told both kids, take what you want and sell the rest, you’ll make a fortune, and they did…the auction at Sotheby’s gleaned something like 34 million dollars. I still think they could have kept the watch.

      Thanks for reading Patricia. It’s always a pleasure. 🙂


  9. I was listening to an interview about the Godfather’s making last week, and I yelled Robert Redford!!?? in my car. I can’t believe it was an option.
    Oh, that ass, there are no words other than why? V would always ask, “are you sure it’s real”? Lol! I hope that she appreciates that watch and purchased it for Jackie’s sake, not Cartier.

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    • It’s one of those mysteries that she has the watch. They still make it, so she could have just gone to Cartier to buy a new one, so I’m guessing she wanted it because it was Jackie’s. To have that kind of money to tickle your fancy, blows my mind. Think of the people you could feed or the kidneys to buy for kids who need one. I’m like you Top. I’m a Quaker/Shaker at heart. 🙂


  10. It’s good the studio trusted Coppola’s artistic vision. Clearly he knew what he was talking about. 🙂

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    • I think Evans may have been thinking of the early Michael when he’s a soldier at the wedding. I just don’t think Redford could have made that change from Joe College to killer the way Pacino did. His eyes turned like a cobra’s about to emerge from a basket.

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