Did You Know…Everything But The Kitchen Sink Edition

The Statue of Liberty has an 879 size foot, a 35 foot waist and a face 8 feet long.

Now that’s what I call a big girl.  

French President, Charles de Gaulle was 6’5, an inch taller than Abraham Lincoln, with JFK a shrimp in comparison at only 6 feet. President James Madison at 5’4 was a pygmy next to all three.  

Marlon Brando, whose greatest pleasure was massaging his own feet, turned down the part of Jim Stark in the 1955 film, Rebel Without a Cause, that made James Dean a star that fell fast dying at 24, totaling his Porsche in Cholame, California, the spot now named, James Dean Memorial Junction.

30 Jazz Musicians are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in what’s known as the Jazz Corner, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Lionel Hampton.

The reason John F. Kennedy Jr. wasn’t buried alongside his parents at Arlington, was because his wife’s mother said, if her daughter couldn’t be buried there too, then the Kennedys needed to make other arrangements, which they did.

John, his wife and her sister, dying together in that doomed plane, were cremated, their ashes sprinkled at sea. 

Speaking of questionable burials, John Wilkes Booth, killed during a shoot-out 11 days after murdering Abraham Lincoln, was buried in an unmarked grave. His mother in 1869, got permission from President Ulysses S. Grant to have him moved to the Booth Family Plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, providing it was left unmarked afraid he’d become the Elvis of killers.

126 years later, his remains remain a mystery of where they actually lie, though a lone stone, minus dates, is among the other tombs pennies are left on.

Of course Lincoln is on the penny.   

Actresses Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Tallulah Bankhead, all preferred women over men, but in their day kept it secret.

Jodie Foster, Cynthia Nixon and comedian Wanda Sykes luckily, in theirs, don’t have to. 

Elephants hug with their trunks. 

Chimpanzees have the highest IQ of any animal.


Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was the first woman to lay in state at the United States Capitol. Senator Henry Clay from Kentucky, the first person in 1852, given the honor. 

Gee, only took 168 years for a woman to command the same respect.

Woody Allen’s 1979 film, Manhattan, made 40.2 million dollars.

Steven Spielberg’s 1991, Schindler’s List, made 322.

In 1997, The Titanic, directed by James Cameron leaving his wife, Julia, for her best friend, actress Linda Hamilton, made 2.19 billion dollars.

Julia Cameron is one of the best writers on the planet. 

Linda Hamilton, is no Meryl Streep. 

She and that loyal, ole Jimmy were married and divorced two years later. 

That’s what you get, Sparky.

When 89 year-old Director, Elia Kazan, received a special Oscar in 1999, escorted to the podium by Martin Scorsese and Robert Di Niro, because in 1952, gave up the names of 8 actors to the House Un-American Activities Committee ruining their careers, many of his peers refused to stand nor clap.

Let’s face it.

No one likes a stool pigeon, not even a stool pigeon.  



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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34 Responses to Did You Know…Everything But The Kitchen Sink Edition

  1. I loved this potpourri of information, Susannah. I never did understand the special Oscar for Elia Kazan, but then I guess the forgive and forget scenario applies. The Booth story was one I hadn’t heard before. I can’t imagine leaving a penny, but again, forgiveness is divine. Thanks for the fun. 😁

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    • Booth clearly still has his fans. I’d imagine those pennies are a hip hip hooray for him rather than for Abe, but who knows. Mr. Kazan was a great director, but what he did was really wrong. I may have stayed silent in my seat too.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Keep these informative and interesting pieces coming, Susannah. I love them. I never knew the burial details about JFK Jr, but agree that he and his wife should be together. I could imagine Marlon in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, but am glad James got the role.

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  3. Dale says:

    Always such a font of information, you are! I love these snippets. I don’t know why they gave Kazan that Oscar – were none others worthy that year?
    I wonder if leaving the pennies are more to say eff you. He is who we honour, not you…
    168 years? ‘Bout time…

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  4. kingmidget says:

    Those opening facts about the Statute of Liberty are the best.

    I’ve driven through Cholame. Yes, I have.

    I tried The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron last year. I didn’t get very far. Maybe I should try again.

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    • My favorite is her book, The Right to Write. She says so many inspiring things that seem to hit home when I need them. Like when your censor says, you suck…give up. That voice we need to drown out. She’s a wonderful teacher.

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  5. Eilene Lyon says:

    Another entertaining batch of factoids!

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  6. Great list. I love reading your trivia pieces (along with all the other ones, of course.) So great that elephants hug with their trunks, although considering their size, it only makes sense. Get a bear hug (as it were) from an elephant and you’ll be lucky just to end up in intensive care. 🙂

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  7. robprice59 says:

    What an eclectic mix. I am bewildered and entertained in equal measure.

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  8. -Eugenia says:

    Interesting tidbits, Susannah! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Patricia says:

    Like others have said, you do find interesting stuff. The Statue of Liberty sounds a bit out of proportion but she is wonderful all the same. For such big feet her little toes are kinda tiny.

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  10. First, I’m happy to be in the big hoove category with Lady Liberty. Although I’m not a size 35, the woman who does my pedicure may beg to differ.
    You did it again, Grasshopper! This was a wonderful history lesson with my coffee this morning. The strangest thing for me was seeing that book “The Artists Way.” I was cleaning out around here, and I found that book in my closet. Weird! No clue how it came into my possession or why it’s in the closet.
    I love that monument of the Jazz musicians … very cool.

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