Archive for February, 2014

February 21, 2014

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George Washington is the only United States President who never ran for President.  He is also the only U.S. President who was unanimously elected both times, receiving all of the electoral votes.

Source: www.gwashington.net

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February 15, 2014

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Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former President Theodore Roosevelt, the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party, was shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel.  Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt’s heavy coat– a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech.  Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for at least 55 more minutes, still wearing his blood-soaked shirt and then was rushed to the hospital.

Roosevelt would spend the next 8 days in the hospital. The bullet had lodged in his chest wall and removing it was deemed too unsafe. The wound healed and he never reported trouble from the injury again. Despite having lived through his assassination attempt, the presidency would not be Teddy’s again: Woodrow Wilson’s 41% of the vote meant the office would be his, though Roosevelt did beat out incumbent Taft, marking the only time a sitting president has come in third place in a re-election bid.

Source: www.mentalfloss.com

February 15, 2014

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Democrats ran a smear campaign during William Henry Harrison’s campaign that tried to cast him as an out-of-touch old fogey who would rather “sit in his log cabin, drinking hard cider” than run the country. Harrison one-upped the haters by adopting the log cabin and hard cider as campaign symbols. He even commissioned bottles of hard cider shaped like log cabins.

Source: www.usnews.com

February 13, 2014

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The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat.  Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made.  The entire amount produced during this time sells out in just six weeks.

Source: www.bhg.com

February 12, 2014

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In the past, hand fans were used not only to cool but also as a secret way to communicate love messages.  For example, by hiding ones eyes behind an open fan you’re saying “I love you”.  The language of the fan was widely used by women and men.

Source: http://www.sharlot.org

February 11, 2014

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Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies.

Source: http://www.constitutioncenter.org

February 11, 2014

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The tendency that teenagers in love will be much more likely to pursue a romantic attachment when they encounter parental interference and opposition is called the “Romeo and Juliet effect”.

Source: www.media-studies.ca/articles/influence_ch6.htm

February 7, 2014

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The carving of Love Spoons is a centuries old tradition in Wales. Young men use to lovingly carve a spoon from one piece of wood that was traditionally presented as a gift of romantic intent.  Symbols of love such as hearts, Celtic knotwork, bells and horseshoes were intricately carved to create a beautiful and lasting memento.

Source: www.welsh-lovespoons.co.uk