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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Presidents' Day

I've been making covers and preparing for different holidays in my store a month before they arrive. I just finished St. Patrick's Day products but forgot about Presidents' Day. Maybe it's because I have to work tomorrow. So as a result, I scrambled to make covers for my logic puzzles about the bizarre pets that several of our presidents owned. What do you think?

It's a lot of work for $1 products, but I've learned that dollar and free products lead to more sales.

As for presidents, I love learning about presidents of the past and know a lot of trivia. Whether about Washington's humbleness as he dug a bridge with his men or John Quincy Adams skinny dipping in the Potomac River every morning. Jefferson was impressive with his multi-talents. He was a talented writer, inventor, violinist, and had a brilliant mind--more impressive than a dinner of Nobel Prize winners, according to Kennedy.

Did you know that John Tyler was on the floor playing marbles when he learned that he was president, due to William Henry Harrison's death? I bet you didn't know that President Garfield was ambidextrous and could write simultaneously in Latin and Greek. Also, our funniest president was definitely Lincoln. For a good laugh, read about some of his antics!

Personally, I believe our most under rated president was James K. Polk. He was a one term president who grew our country all the way to California and settled borders in Canada, too. 

Our worst president, of the past--Warren G. Harding. His presidency was filled with scandal as he catered to big business. After he died from drinking sour or poisoned milk on a train, silent Calvin Coolidge took over and followed the same lame policies that plunged us into the Great Depression. Many would blame Hoover, but I don't. He was just the poor sap who took over after Harding and Coolidge did the damage. Plus, Hoover was clueless on how to fix what he inherited, and thus, Hoovervilles––cardboard box homes named after Herbert Hoover. People say our economy is bad, but no. It's dang good compared to the 1930s.

Here's a song to honor our presidents. It's not current, but I really don't care.

And a typical Gerald Ford maneuver caught on tape.


Marie Moody said...

WOW! Totally forgot that it was President's day! Thanks girlfriend for remembering. Good for you. I'm glad one of us around here has some brains! :) Big hugs & have a great week!

Rhonda Albom said...

I love logic puzzles. I hope these do well for you.

messymimi said...

Many of these facts about presidents i've heard before but forgotten, and you are right about Hoover not being to blame for what happened before him. It's true of many presidents, they inherit a mess and when they can't fix it, get blamed for it. We have to look further back in history to see where the roots of our problems start in order to properly deal with them, but that's a discussion for another time.

Wasn't it a female reporter who couldn't get an interview with him who sat on Adams' clothes while he was swimming and made him answer questions? And Ford always bragged about needing only 6 hours sleep a night, and many sleep scientists say he stumbled all the time because he needed more and was sleep deprived and wouldn't admit it.

Anyway, thanks for the fun facts!

Joyce Lansky said...

That's EXACTLY right about Adams. I'm amazed at how that reporter could get so close to him. There was no Secret Service back then. I'm glad someone else shares my interest and doesn't find this article to be a bore. I didn't know about Ford having sleep deprivation. I just figured he was one of our most active and fit presidents, so he set himself up for more chances to stumble. Thanks for reading!

stevebethere said...

That is the first time I have seen that vid of him falling down the stairs.

Hope your logic puzzles go well Joyce :-)

Have a logictastic day :-)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Joyce, I enjoyed these presidential tidbits! Adams skinny dipped in the Potomac River and Garfield's ambidextrous talents are especially interesting to learn. :) Thanks for rockin' out with the 4M crew, my friend!

Binky said...

Who knew presidents could be so much fun?

alissa apel said...

My oldest has always been drawn to presidents. I'm not sure why - we (his parents) are not too into politics. He knows a lot about them, has drawn many of them, and read about many of them.

Logic puzzles do sound fun!

alissa apel said...

Thank you for the resources. You rock!

Theresa Mahoney said...

The logic puzzles look great!

I like to learn interesting facts like this, so thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Poor Gerald Ford! He was a truly decent man but he's mostly remembered for being clumsy!

Stacy Uncorked said...

I absolutely love the educational information you've shared about past presidents - I have to admit, I didn't absorb too much historical information when I was in school, largely because I had a horrible history teacher. As an adult, however, I'm soaking up historical stuff like a sponge! Love it! And I love your tunes, too! Thanks for sharing - and for the dance! :)

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Colette S said...

Very interesting post.
You are very creative.
I did then not post anything about Presidents day because I had forgotten.
Thanks for sharing.