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10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

10 Presidents Nobody Remembers

We don’t recall ever seeing them on our coins, stamps, or monuments, but we’re told the following seven men were once president of the United States. Go figure! 1. Herbert Hoover (President #31, 1929–1933) Although Herbert Hoover won the 1928 presidential election with almost 60 percent of the vote, today he’s basically remembered as a dam. Actually, [...]

Andrew Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese

There’s a great scene in The West Wing’s episode “The Crackpots and These Women” in which White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) tries to invigorate his exasperated team with a story about how Andrew Jackson kept a two-ton block of cheese in the foyer of the White House. According to Leo’s story, [...]

"Descent From Antiquity" – Genetic Trivia, or a Profound Truth?

A seventh-grader in California has collaborated with her grandfather to produce a genealogical chart demonstrating that Barack Obama is related to all previous United States presidents (except for Martin Van Buren). This happens because Obama and the other presidents have family trees that can be traced back to John “Lackland” Plantagenet, King of England at [...]