Thursday, June 4, 2009

Interesting Odd facts - Fun

At last check, the governor of Arkansas makes $60,000 a year. His salary is the lowest of all 50 states. A dozen or so states pay their governors more than $100,000 year, generally the more populous states. California pays its governor $131,000. Illinois comes in second at $130,000 and change, with New York, a close third at $130,000 even.

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first president of the United States to wear contact lenses.

President Teddy Roosevelt died from an infected tooth.

Money man Cornelius Vanderbilt was an insomniac and a believer in the occult. He was not able to fall asleep unless each leg of his bed was planted in a dish filled with salt. He felt this kept out the evil spirits. It also kept out the snails, ants, and anyone with high blood pressure.

Artist Andy Warhol became famous for his painting of Campbell's Soup cans. Before that, he made his living painting shoes for advertisements.

Flamenco dancer Jose Greco took out an insurance policy through Lloyd's of London against his pants splitting during a performance.

President Woodrow Wilson wrote all of his speeches in longhand.

Television horse Mr Ed was foaled in 1949 in El Monte, California. Mr Ed's original name was Bamboo Harvester. Raised as a parade and show horse he was once owned by the president of the California Palomino Society. He died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on February 28, 1979, at the age of 30.

President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to announce to the world that Maxwell House coffee is, "Good to the last drop."

Lloyd Vernet Bridges III is the birth name of actor Beau Bridges. He was given the nickname Beau by his family, reportedly after Ashley Wilkes's son in the classic 1939 film, Gone With the Wind.

Roosevelt was the most superstitious president. He travelled continually but never left on a Friday, nor would he sit at the same table that held twelve other people.

It is recorded that Stalin, at his desk, lost his glasses. He summoned his head of intelligence and angrily demanded that the thief be apprehended. About an hour later he moved a sheaf of papers and found his glasses, so he called in his security chief again, and told him not to bother because he had found his glasses. "But sir, exclaimed the chief, "two people have already confessed."

George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be laid out for three days just to make sure he was dead.

Richard Nixon's favorite drink was a dry martini.

Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.

James Buchanon is said to have had the neatest handwriting of all the Presidents.

Richard Nixon left instructions for, California, here I come, to be the last piece of music played (slowly and softly) if he were to die in office.

The only president to have been the head of a labour union was Ronald Reagan.

When the Hoovers did not want to be overheard by White House guests, they spoke to each other in Chinese.

Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that housed Marilyn Monroe's first modeling agency.

Benjamin Franklin lived at 141 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Theodore Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to deliver an inaugural address without using the word "I". Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower tied for second place, using "I" only once in their inaugural addresses.

A short time before Lincoln's assassination, he dreamed he was going to die, and he related his dream to the Senate.

When John Wilkes Booth leaped onto the stage after shooting the President, he tripped on the American flag.

Paul Cezanne had a parrot that he taught to say, "Cezanne is a great painter."

George Washington had to borrow money so he could travel to his inauguration.

Lyndon Johnson died barely a mile from the house he was born in.

Grover Cleveland often answered the White House phone, personally.

Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office by his own father.

Theodore Roosevelt was blind in his left eye.

Charlie Chaplin was popular during the 1920s and 1930s. He received over 73,00 letters in just 2 days during a visit to London.

Warren Harding was the first US president who could drive a car.

George Washington died the last hour of the last day of the last week of the last month of the last year of the 18th century.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to ride in an automobile, fly on a plane, and go underwater in a submarine.

JFK was the first president born in the 20th century.

Thomas Jefferson was once given a 1,235 pound hunk of cheese, giving us the term "the big cheese."

President McKinley was shot whilst shaking hands with spectators.

Theodore Roosevelt's wife and mother both died on Feb. 14, 1884.

Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.

James Garfield often gave campaign speeches in German.
George Washington died after being bled by leeches.

Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years on October 17, 1978. He was inaugurated six days later in a mass at St. Peter's Square, becoming John Paul II.

Orson Welles is buried in an olive orchard on a ranch owned by his friend, matador Antonio Ordonez in Sevilla, Spain.

John F. Kennedy's rocking chair was auctioned off for $442,000.

Actor Steve McQueen encouraged his karate teacher to pursue a career in acting. The teacher was Chuck Norris. McQueen is quoted as telling Norris, "If you can't do anything else' there's always acting."

Mao Zedong, like many Chinese of his time, refused to brush his teeth. Instead, he rinsed his mouth with tea and chewed the leaves. Why brush? "Does a tiger brush his teeth?" argued Mao. As you can imagine, his teeth were green. Chairman Mao also loved to chain-smoke English cigarettes, when his doctor asked him to cut down, he explained that "smoking is also a form of deep-breathing exercise, don't you think?"

Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle.

Galileo became totally blind just before his death. This was possibly due to his constant gazing at the sun through his telescope.

O.J. Simpson had a severe case of rickets and wore leg braces when he was a child.

Mark Twain first learned to ride a bicycle at age 55.
Vincent Van Gogh painted his last painting, "Cornfield with Crows," and shot himself at age 37.

Actor Robert De Niro played the part of the Cowardly Lion in his elementary schools production of The Wizard of Oz. De Niro was 10 at the time.

Mae West never said, "Come up and see me sometime." She said, "Come on up sometime and see me." Cary Grant never said, "Judy, Judy, Judy," and Cagney never said, "You dirty rat..."

Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake." That callous phrase was falsely attributed to the wife of Louis XIV, the Sun King, two generations before the Austrian daughter of Maria Theresa ever made the trip to France. It bred a lot of ill feelings, but she never said it. What she did say, as she walked up the stairs to the guillotine and stepped on the foot of the executioner, was "Forgive me sir. I did not mean to do it."

James Garfield, 20th President of the United States, lived in the White House with his mother.

Prince Harry and Prince William are not circumcised.

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.

The first Michelin Man costume (Bidenbum) was worn by none other than Col. Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

George Washington's face was badly scarred from smallpox.

King Alfonso of Spain (1886 to 1931), was so tone-deaf that he employed someone known as the Anthem Man. This man's duty was to tell the king to stand up whenever the Spanish national anthem was played, because the monarch couldn't recognize it.

Gerald Ford was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the assassination of President Kennedy.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

Charlie Chaplin won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

Tennis pro Evonne Goolagong's last name means "kangaroo's nose" in Australia's aboriginal language.

When he was a child, Blaise Pascal once locked himself in his room for several days and would not allow anyone to enter. By the time he emerged, he had figured out all of Euclid's geometrical propositions.

The first U.S. president to use a telephone was James Garfield.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was financed by a wealthy widow for thirteen years. She stipulated that they never meet and they didn't.

In her entire lifetime, records suggest Spain's Queen Isabella (1451-1504) bathed only twice.

Before he pursued his acting career, Jack Nicholson worked as an office boy in MGM's cartoon department.

Charles Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory at age 12.

Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to the poor in India, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

When 7-year-old Shirley Temple's life was insured with Lloyd's, the contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met with death or injury whilst intoxicated.

Grover Cleveland, the 24th president of the US, worked briefly as an executioner before becoming president.

The music hall entertainer Nosmo King derived his stage name from a 'No Smoking' sign.

Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.

Winston Churchill, prime minister of England during World War II, superstitiously feared January 24 because he was certain it was destined to be the day of his death. Churchill's father had died on that date. Churchill did indeed die on January 24, in 1965.

"I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know I'm not blonde." - Dolly Parton

"You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy." - Erica Jong

Howard Hughes made half a billion dollars in one day. In 1966, he received a bank draft for $546,549,171.00 in return for his 75% holdings in TWA.

Before they became famous, many entertainers worked in sales. Among them, Johnny Cash sold appliances, Rue McClanahan sold blouses, Boris Karloff sold real estate, Leonard Nimoy sold vacuum cleaners, and George Takei sold men's ties.

Attila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory the Tours, Charles 3 of Naples, and the Pasha Hussein were all less than 3.5 feet tall.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger paid $772,500 for President John F. Kennedy's golf clubs at a 1996 auction.

Michael Jackson was once black.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, Harry Truman became the first U.S. President to take office during wartime.

During World War II, W.C. Fields kept US $50,000 in Germany, "in case the little bastard wins."

Charles Dickens kept the head of his bed aligned with the North Pole. He believed that the earth's magnetic field would pass longitudinal through his body and ensure him a good night rest.

Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, learned Braille so that he could rest his eyes and still read. Huxley's eyes pained him when he read too much and his eyesight was failing. One of the benefits of learning Braille, Huxley said, was being able to read in the bed in the dark.

When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.

In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for applesauce, which coincidentally is what his name means in Japanese.

John Lennon's middle name was Winston.

The opera singer Enrico Caruso practiced in the bath, accompanied by a pianist in a nearby room.

Before beginning his movie career, Keanu Reeves managed a pasta shop in Toronto, Canada.

Anthea Turner, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Susan Hampshire, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Henry Winkler, Cher, Brian Conley, and Leonardo DaVinci all are, or were, dyslexic.

Whilst at Harvard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.

George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

The first president to appear on television was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was seen by U.S. viewers at the opening of the New York World's Fair on April 30, 1939.

Mystery writer Agatha Christie acquired her extensive knowledge of poisons whilst working in a hospital dispensary during World War I.

Howard Hughes' original fortune came from his father's invention of an oil drill bit capable of boring through subterranean rock.

The first U.S. president to use a telephone was James Garfield.

Shirley Temple made $1 million by the age of 10.
The first U.S. president to visit Moscow was Richard Nixon.

King Kong was Adolf Hitler's favorite movie.

Mickey Mouse was the first non-human to win an Oscar.

Napoleon was terrified of cats.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first Hummer manufactured for civilian use in 1992. The vehicle weighed in at 6,300 lbs and was 7 feet wide.

When asked to name his favorite among all his paintings, Pablo Picasso replied "the next one."

Reportedly, Virginia Woolf wrote all her books whilst standing.

Before he catapulted to fame, Bob Dylan was paid $50 in 1960 for playing the harmonica on a Harry Belafonte album.

John F. Kennedy and Warren Harding were the only United States presidents to be survived by their fathers.

Richard M. Nixon, as a young naval officer in World War II, set up the only hamburger stand in the South Pacific. Nixon's Snack Shack served free burgers and Australian beer to flight crews.

Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Dostoyevsky were all epileptics.

President Theodore Roosevelt wrote 37 books.

Vincent Van Gogh shot and killed himself whilst painting, "Wheatfield with Crows."

Bill Cosby was the first black to win a best actor Emmy.

Abraham Lincoln had a wart on his face.

Princess Grace was once on the board of 20th Century-Fox.


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