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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
- The twentieth President, James Abram Garfield was the first left-handed President and the first whose mother attended his inauguration. (The first thing Garfield did after becoming President? Kiss Mama, of course.)
- President number seventeen, Andrew Johnson married at the youngest age compared to any other President. (He was 18 years and 139 days old.)
- Gerald Rudolph Ford, the thirty-eighth President, was the third President to marry a woman who had been divorced and the first President whose parents were themselves divorced. He was also the third left-handed President.
- Our seventh President, Andrew Jackson, was the first President to be born in a log cabin and the first to ride on a train. (Amazingly, he was also the first to marry a divorced woman. I didn't think you could get divorces way back when.)
This fact book includes particulars about inauguration days, presidential pets, presidential families, and much, much more. Have a hankering to know more about a particular Commander in Chief? Be sure to let us know! (And by the way, the ground was covered with one inch of moist snow the day Grover Cleveland took office, but the sky was clear.)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
1. From the Personals:
Please come back home! Didn’t realize it meant so much to you!
Feel free to suggest what it is Mary and John were arguing about. My guess is that she threw away his bottle cap collection.
2. There is a section called “At the Hospital” that lists everyone currently in the local hospital! No wonder everyone in a small town knows everyone’s business. In 1955, it was in the paper!
3. A shoe ad from Penney’s offers “SHOES for the entire FAMILY!” What is notable is that in every description of the shoes (baby shoes, pumps, something called "vamps,") there is the added detail that they are also “sanitized.” I am all for shoe sanitizing (especially at a bowling alley), but I am not quite sure why new shoes needed to be sanitized--or why this was a selling point!
4. I was delighted to know that in 1955, ear-piercing was becoming popular:
The old-fashioned custom of pierced ears is returning. The Jewelry Industry Council says that manufacturers report an increasing demand for earrings to fit pierced ears. The council says two factors probably influence the revival: comfort and economy. When today’s woman invests quite a bit of money in earrings, she wants to make sure they won’t get lost.
When I told Elisabeth this, she told me about the method her mother used in order to pierce her ears: some crazy screw-in earrings called “self-piercers.” From the ever-interesting Wikipedia:
Another method for piercing ears, first made popular in the 1960s, was the use of sharpened spring-loaded earrings known as self-piercers, trainers, or sleepers, which gradually pushed through the earlobe. However, these could slip from their initial placement position, often resulting in more discomfort, and many times would not go all the way through the earlobe without additional pressure being applied. This method has fallen into disuse due to the popularity of faster and more successful piercing techniques.
Funny that this method has fallen into disuse. It sounds so effective. . .and so pleasant.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Scandal Broth - Tea
Fice, or Foyce - A small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged on their lap-dogs.
Nicknackatory - A toy shop
Gutfoundered - Exceedingly hungry
Huckle my Buff - Beer, egg, and brandy, made hot
Nit Squeeger, i.e., Squeezer - A hair-dresser
Randle - A set of nonsensical verses, repeated in Ireland by schoolboys, and young people, who have been guilty of breaking the wind backwards before any of their companions; if they neglect this apology, they are liable to certain kicks, pinches, and fillips, which are accompanied with divers admonitory couplets.
Lawful Blanket - A wife
By the way, the subtitle of this outstanding book is A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. Doesn't that just make you want to swoon with delight?