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20 Things You Didn't Know About U.S. Presidents

Not only were these men leaders of the United States, they were multitalented, unique, and sometimes even downright quirky. We've heard a lot about their contribution to United States history. But would you have guessed the following?

1. In warm weather, 6th president of the United States John Quincy Adams customarily went skinny-dipping in the Potomac River before dawn.

2. 9th U.S. president William Henry Harrison was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term, the shortest in U.S. history.

3. John Tyler, 10th U.S. president, fathered 15 children (more than any other president)--8 by his first wife, and 7 by his second wife. Tyler was past his seventieth birthday when his 15th child was born.

4. Sedated only by brandy, 11th president of the United States James Polk survived gall bladder surgery at the age of 17.

5. 15th U.S. president James Buchanan is the only unmarried man ever to be elected president. Buchanan was engaged to be married once; however, his fiancée died suddenly after breaking off the engagement, and he remained a bachelor all his life.

6. Often depicted wearing a tall black stovepipe hat, 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln carried letters, bills, and notes in his hat.

7. 17th U.S. president Andrew Johnson never attended school. His future wife, Eliza McCardle, taught him to write at the age of 17. (Bonus fact about Andrew Johnson: He only wore suits that he custom-tailored himself.)

8. Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, died of throat cancer. During his life, Grant had smoked about 20 cigars per day.

9. Both ambidextrous and multilingual, 20th president of the United States James Garfield could write Greek with one hand while writing Latin with the other.

10. Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th president of the United States, underwent a secret operation aboard a yacht to remove his cancerous upper jaw in 1893.

11. The teddy bear derived from 26th U.S. president Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a bear with her cub while on a hunting trip in Mississippi.

12. William Taft, 27th president of the United States, weighed more than 300 pounds and had a special oversized bathtub installed in the White House.

13. Warren Harding, 29th U.S. president, played poker at least twice a week, and once gambled away an entire set of White House china. His advisors were nicknamed the "Poker Cabinet" because they joined the president in his poker games.

14. Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States, had chronic stomach pain and required 10 to 11 hours of sleep and an afternoon nap every day.

15. Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president, published more than 16 books, including one called Fishing for Fun-And to Wash Your Soul.

16. 32nd president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt was related, either by blood or by marriage, to 11 former presidents.

17. The letter "S" comprises the full middle name of the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. It represents two of his grandfathers, whose names both had "S" in them.

18. Military leader and 34th president of the U.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower loved to cook; he developed a recipe for vegetable soup that is 894 words long and includes the stems of nasturtium flowers as one of the ingredients.

19. 40th president of the United States Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "20-year curse," in which every president elected in a year ending in 0 died in office.

20. George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, and his wife Laura got married just three months after meeting each other

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10 reasons why computers and the Internet are out to get us

10) No matter how often you save your work, your computer will always crash that one time you forget. It is usually something very important and will take you hours to recreate.

9) The one file you need access to, will for whatever reason suddenly become corrupted, even though the other 250gb of data on your hard drive is just fine. The changes of the file you need become corrupt increase with its importance, I.e last years tax return or your resume you spent hours working on a got “perfectâ€.

8) When in a hurry to look something up, your Internet connection will always slow to a crawl.

7) When searching for a site through Google, the one site that you really want to look at is always unavailable.

6) No matter how many times you check your code, as soon as it goes live, it will always instantly break.

5) When posting in your blog, the chances of your browser crashing increase exponentially with the length of article you are writing.

4) You try to tab switch when your boss walks by and your computer grinds to a halt, your hard drive is grinding away and your boss gets to see you surfing porn at work.

3) You go to your parents to fix their computer because they are having problems, you fix it and instantly by the time you get home something else is wrong with it. The problem becomes more profound the further away you live from them.

2) You buy the newest graphics card, DVD burner, photo printer etc, and as soon as you get it home and start using it, you find something way better and usually cheaper than what you bought.

1) Computers are out to get us, its not paranoia its a fact, just look at Dell batteries, they explode, if that’s not to be taken personally, well I don’t know what is.

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Famous Last Words

# Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.

Francisco ("Pancho") Villa

# I'll be in Hell before you start breakfast!

"Black Jack" Ketchum, notorious train robber

# Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.

Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan

# Get these ******* nuns away from me.

Norman Douglas

# Don't worry...it's not loaded...

Terry Kath, rock musician in the band Chicago Transit Authority as he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger.

# Is someone hurt?

Robert F. Kennedy, to his wife directly after he was shot and seconds before he fell into a coma.

# Die, my dear? Why that's the last thing I'll do!

Groucho Marx

# Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!

Karl Marx, asked by his housekeeper what his last words were

# I have a terrific headache.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage

# I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.

Richard Feynman

# Drink to me!

Pablo Picasso

# I have not told half of what I saw.

Marco Polo, Venetian traveller and writer

# Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking towards me, without hurrying.

Jean Cocteau

# Dammit... Don't you dare ask God to help me.

Joan Crawford. This comment was directed towards her housekeeper who began to pray aloud.

# Lord help my poor soul

Edgar Allan Poe

# Thank God. I'm tired of being the funniest person in the room.

Del Close, improvisor, teacher and comedian, died 1999

# I have tried so hard to do right.

Grover Cleveland, US President, died 1908

# I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away. Peace, Love, Empathy. Kurt Cobain.

Kurt Cobain (in his suicide note), Lead singer for American grunge band Nirvana, referencing a song by Neil Young.

# In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide.

30-year-old anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who, on July 15, 1974, during technical difficulties during a broadcast, said these words on-air before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head. She was pronounced dead in hospital fourteen hours later.

# It's very beautiful over there.

Thomas Edison

# Now why did I do that?

General William Erskine, after he jumped from a window in Lisbon, Portugal in 1813.

# Don't worry, relax!

Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister, to his security staff minutes before being killed by a suicide bomber attack.

# No! I didn't come here to make a speech. I came here to die.

Crawford Goldsby, aka Cherokee Bill, when asked if he had anything to say before he was hanged.

# I really need a therapist'

Christopher Grace, an actor who killed himself during a matinee performance of Greece

# I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man.

Che Guevara

# I'm tired of fighting.

Harry Houdini

# I see black light.

Victor Hugo

# LSD, 100 kilograms I.M.

Aldous Huxley To his wife. She obliged and he was injected twice before his death.

# Let me go to the Father's house

Pope John Paul II

# I'm bored with it all.

Winston Churchill, before slipping into a coma and dying nine days later.

# I know not what tomorrow will bring.

Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet

# Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.

Mother Teresa

# Don't disturb my circles!

Archimedes

# I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to return.

Frida Kahlo

# Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool - good luck. (suicide note)

George Sanders, Actor

# They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.

General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the U.S. Civil War, who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying it

# Dying is easy, comedy is hard.

George Bernard Shaw

# I'm losing.

Frank Sinatra

# Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius. Will you remember to pay the debt?

Socrates

# My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

Oscar Wilde

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Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius. Will you remember to pay the debt?

Socrates

This one has always been my favourite. I have been planning to say these words few seconds before I die since I read Plato, when I was 15. Hope I have some audience around to get the joke... :smile: That would be very snob, I´m a bit snob myself so it´s fine... :grin:

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15 funniest sports quotes

1. "I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl."

Joe Jacoby, NFL Football player, of the Washington Redskins

2. "To win, I'd run over Joe's mom too."

Matt Millen of the Raiders, when he heard Joe Jacoby said 1.quote.

3. "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann

4. "I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."

Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh

5. " Pitching is 80% of the game. The other half is hitting and fielding."

Mickey Rivers, baseball player

6."I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

Shaquille O'Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece

7. "I've won at every level, except college and pro."

Shaquille O'Neal, on his lack of championships

8. "We can't win at home. We can't win on the road.. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play."

Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team's 7-27 record

9. "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt."

Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice.

10. "But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet."

Steve Spurrier, Florida football coach, telling Gator fans that a fire at Auburn's football dorm had destroyed 20 books

11. " He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."

Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins

12. "Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something."

Dennis Rodman, NBA Basketball player, on Chicago Bull's team chemistry being overrated

13. "I have a God-given talent. I got it from my dad."

Julian Wakefield, Missouri basketball player

14. "We talked five times. I called him twice, and he called me twice."

Larry Bowa, California Angels coach

15. "Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton."

Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with promoter Don King

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20 Clever Business Signs

1) At an Optometrist's office:

"If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

2) In a Restaurant window:

"Don't stand there hungry. Come on in and get nexfed up."

3) In a Podiatrist's office:

"Time wounds all heels."

4) On a Plumber's Shop:

"We repair what your husband fixed."

5) On the trucks of a Plumbing Company:

"Don't sleep with a drip. Call us."

6) Pizza Shop Slogan:

"7 days without pizza makes one weak."

7) At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:

"Invite us to your t blowout."

8) On a Plastic Surgeon's Office door:

"Hello. Can we pick your nose?"

9) At a Towing company:

"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

10) Another Pizza shop slogan:

"Buy our pizza. We knead the dough."

11) On an Electrician's truck:

"Let us remove your shorts."

12) In a Nonsmoking Area:

"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and put you out."

13) On a Septic Tank Truck sign:

"We're #1 in the #2 business."

14) On a Taxidermist's window:

"We really know our stuff."

15) On a Fence:

"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

16) At a Car Dealership:

"The best way to get back on your feet -- miss a car payment."

17) Outside a Muffler Shop:

"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

18) In a Veterinarian's waiting room:

"We'll be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

19) At a New Orleans waste disposal company:

"Our business is picking up, but it still stinks."

20) At the Electric Company:

"We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don't, you will be de-Lighted."

Extra: In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

"Please drive carefully. We'll wait."

Extra: At a Propane Filling Station:

"Tank heaven for little grills."

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Christmas Carols for the Disturbed:

1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia --- I Think I'll be Home for Christmas

4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and.....

6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

8. Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder --- Silent night, Holy, oooh look at the froggy, can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ---

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...

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40 Things That Only Happen in Movies

1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.

2. When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it's aired.

4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it's the door to a burning building with a child inside.

6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.

8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.

9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.

10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.

11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).

12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).

13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.

14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard…

15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).

16. Cars never need fuel (unless they're involved in a pursuit).

17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.

18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.

20. All single women have a cat.

21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.

22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.

23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick's Day parade - at any time of the year.

24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.

25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don't mind at all what the girl does for a living.

27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.

28. It is not necessary to say “Hello†or “Goodbye†when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?†repeatedly.

29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (this is known as Stallone's Law).

30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.

31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.

32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.

33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.

34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.

37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.

38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.

39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren't liked and would never get invited to parties).

40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).

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Homer Simpson's Words of Wisdom

D'oh!

Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life's problems.

Who are you? Why am I here? I want answers now or I want them eventually!

Because they're stupid, that's why. That's why everybody does everything!

That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!

You know those balls that they put on car antennas so you can find them in the parking lot? Those should be on every car!

Marge, I'm going to miss you so much. And it's not just the sex! It's also the food preparation.

When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.

America's health care system is second only to Japan, Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, well...all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don't live in Paraguay!

It's like something out of that "twilighty" show about that zone.

Whenever Marge turns on one of her "non-violent" programs, I take a walk. I go to a bar, I pound a few, then I stumble home in the mood for love...

It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.

English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England!

Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy's piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure...not even close!

Or what? You'll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

You're saying butt-kisser like it's a bad thing!

Well, let's just call them, uh, Mr. X and Mrs. Y. So anyway, Mr. X would say, 'Marge, if this doesn't get your motor running, my name isn't Homer J. Simpson.'

I know what you're saying, Bart. When I was young, I wanted an electric football machine more than anything else in the world, and my parents bought it for me, and it was the happiest day of my life. Well, goodnight!

Apu, you got any Skittle Brau? Never mind, just give me some Duff and a pack of Skittles.

You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.

Mmmmmm - 52 slices of American cheese.

Hey, I asked for ketchup - I'm eatin' salad here!

When I first heard that Marge was joining the police academy, I thought it would be fun and zany, you know like that movie... "Spaceballs". But instead it was dark and disturbing, like that movie "Police Academy".

I think Mr. Smithers picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone always says they have to work twice as hard when I'm around!

Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen.

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand!

I'm trying to fix your mother's camera. Easy, easy - Hmmm. I think I need a bigger drill.

You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is 'never try'.

Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. Like this Bible. It cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

Here's to alcohol - the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

God bless those pagans.

Don't let Krusty's death get you down, boy. People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow! Well, good night!

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now, quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!

You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.

Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.

I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.

All right, let's not panic. I'll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one.

Woo hoo! 350 dollars! Now I can buy 70 transcripts of Nightline!

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.

You know boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like women. You just have to read the manual and press the right button.

I hope I didn't brain my damage!

We'll die together, like a father and son should.

Let us celebrate this agreement with the adding of chocolate to milk.

We're gonna get a new TV. Twenty-one inch screen, realistic flesh tones, and a little cart so we can wheel it into the dining room on holidays!

First you don't want me to get the pony, then you want me to take it back. Make up your mind!

Son, a woman is a lot like a... a refrigerator! They're about six feet tall, 300 pounds. They make ice, and... um... Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer.

Now what is a wedding? Well, Webster's dictionary describes a wedding as the process of removing weeds from one's garden.

Now, Marge, don't discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel.

You can't go wrong with cocktail weenies. They look as good as they taste. And they come in this delicious red sauce. It looks like ketchup, it tastes like ketchup, but brother, it ain't ketchup!

I saw this movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."

I don't have to be careful, I've got a gun!

I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman!

Oh, they have Internet on computers now.

Marge I swear, I never thought that you would find out.

Shut up, brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-Tip!

I am so smart, I am so smart, S M R T, I mean S M A R T.

I'm not gonna lie to you, Marge. See ya soon!

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