Fun Fact #1: Andrew Jackson loved to party, and he partied plenty in the White House. Inviting everyone from dignitaries to the local riff raff, our seventh president held numerous public receptions. My favorite? The Great Cheese Party. Featuring a 1400 lb. wheel of cheese in the center of the room, people were encouraged to nibble on it while they socialized. Don't believe me? Here's proof, taken from a painting in the White House Visitors Center:
Fun Fact #2: John Wilkes Booth wasn’t just any actor. He was THE actor of the day. When he shot Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater, it was the present day equivalent of Brad Pitt popping off Obama. I wonder how Ye Olde National Inquirer covered that news story….
Fun Fact #3: Star Wars permeates Washington, D.C.
Evidence - The National Cathedral
More Evidence -The National Museum of American History, First Ladies Exhibit.
awful lot like Princess Leia’s. Could George Lucas have gotten his inspiration from
her? Maybe. (And by the way, museum curators, placing Nancy Reagan’s less-than-zero-sized inaugural dress next to Barbara Bush’s considerably larger one, though historically appropriate, is cruel. Just cruel.)
My Final (though I'm SURE there is more out there) evidence- The National Museum of American History AND The Air and Space Museum's gift shops
the market. Here’s my son, gleefully modeling the Darth Vader one. (And, no, he does not share the same stauture as an ewok. The only size left was a XXL, meaning all but the largest of men-children have chosen to indulge their latent geeky tendencies.)
Fun Fact #4: The Star Spangled Banner is frickin’ HUGE. Originally 30 feet x 42 feet, the flag that inspired our national anthem is still a whopping 30’x 34’ today. Each of its 15 stars is two feet wide. Same with its 15 stripes. Why 15? Because by the War of 1812 two more states had joined the union, Vermont (1791) and Kentucky (1792). The original plan was to add both a star AND a stripe for each new state that joined the union, but they soon realized it hand the potential to get way out of hand. The third Flag Act of 1818 changed the number of stripes back to the original 13 to pay homage to the original states.
So there you have it. The educational part of my post has now concluded. If you are interested in a few trip tidbits of a more personal nature, click here.
If you REALLY can’t get enough of me -- which is super sad, BTW, cuz I’m just not that cool -- you can read my interview with Blog Catalog and/or read a guest post I did for Radical Parenting entitled, the Top 21 Things Teens Never Say to Their Parents.
If you want more, you're out of luck. You also need therapy.