Posts tagged ‘History’

October 20, 2013

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In 1946, Harry S Truman declared the White House haunted.

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September 26, 2013

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John Adams was the only President to be defeated by his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.

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July 25, 2013

Reel Em’ In!

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Fly fishing has been around for more than 2000 years. There is even evidence of the use of flies tied on bone hooks as early as 1400 BC in Egypt.

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July 21, 2013

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

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 Benjamin Franklin reportedly designed the first American penny in 1787. Known as the Fugio cent, it bears the image of a sun and sundial above the message “Mind Your Business.” A chain with 13 links, each representing one of the original colonies, encircles the motto “We Are One” on the reverse.

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July 20, 2013

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Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The first version called “mintonette” was created as a recreational activity for local businessmen to enjoy during their lunch hour. The original rules allowed for unlimited players per side and unlimited contact.

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June 10, 2013

Revealing All

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Spilling The Beans is related to the system of voting used in Ancient Greece, in which people cast black and white beans or stones as secret ballots. Tipping over the jar or basket used to collect votes would reveal the outcome early, hence the saying spilling the beans.

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June 9, 2013

What’s in a Middle Name?

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Harry S. Truman’s middle name is S.  The “S” was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.

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June 2, 2013

Every Vote Counts

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Zachary Taylor voted for the first time when he was 62 years old. He wasn’t even able to vote during his own election. He served as a soldier who was relocated so often that he never established his legal residency until his retirement.

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