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The Missing Links: Diabolical Villains Love Their Fruit Pies

The Boy Who Found A Dead President Lincoln Back in the 50s, a teenage boy uncovered the only photograph of the deceased President Lincoln known to exist. Here is the story. * Also Presidential: Planning A Trip to Paraguay? Be sure to check out the Rutherford B. Hayes statue. * The 64-Day Nap As a person with narcolepsy, this [...]

The Vice Presidents That History Forgot

Schuyler Colfax Writer Tony Horwitz visited the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center in Huntington, Indiana. It is the only museum dedicated to the 47 vice-presidents of the United States. Museum director Daniel Johns admits the title of second banana is not held in high regard. “Ridicule is an occupational hazard of the job,” Johns observes, leading me [...]

Why Do We Call the President’s Wife “First Lady”?

We may have Zachary Taylor to thank for coining the term, but it’s a journalist who popularized it nearly 30 years later. As I’m sure many of you know, Dolley Madison was one of the most beloved first ladies in the history of the White House. She was a charming and thoughtful hostess, she was the [...]

In the Beginning: The Origins of 9 Cat Breeds

We’ve covered the origins of various dog breeds before, so it’s about time we gave cat lovers some info, too. Let’s take a look at how several of your favorite breeds grew to prominence. 1. Siamese Yes, they are Siamese even if you don’t please. The precise origins of the breed are somewhat murky, but it’s generally [...]

8 U.S. Presidents With Statues Abroad

Every former U.S. president has been honored with a statue in the United States, some more than others. A handful of the 43 men who have held the nation’s highest office have also been honored with statues abroad. Here are a few examples, including some that may surprise you. 1. George W. Bush—Albania Bush will always [...]

The Most Egregious Election in American History

Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we put up a story from our archives about hero-worship of Rutherford B. Hayes in Paraguay. “Repost old articles about Rutherford B. Hayes” week continues with Jenny Drapkin’s look back at the election of 1876. No matter what you think of the current political process, no election in American history is more shameful [...]

Rutherford B. Hayes: The National Hero of … Paraguay?

Editor’s Note: We originally put up this story in April of 2008, but after a (lively) inter-office discussion of the Hayes administration this morning, we decided it was time to re-post. In Rutherford B. Hayes’ hometown of Delaware, Ohio, there’s a memorial to the late U.S. president; it’s a plaque that marks his birthplace, which is [...]

A Few Quick Poison Ivy Facts

Summer is winding down, but a lot of us are still venturing through the local flora and fauna bare-legged. As a public service, we thought we’d scratch up some poison ivy facts. • Poison ivy can be found in every U.S. state except for California, Alaska and Hawaii (California has plenty of poison oak, however) and [...]