1. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
2. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
3. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
4. LINCOLN and KENNEDY each has 7 letters.
5. ANDREW JOHNSON and LYNDON JOHNSON each has 13 letters.
6. JOHN WILKES BOOTH and LEE HARVEY OSWALD each has 15 letters.
7. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday in the head.
Approximately 130 people are killed in deer/vehicle collisions each year.
January: Janus, Roman god of doors, beginnings, sunset and sunrise, had one face looking forward and one backward
February: On February 15 the Romans celebrated the festival of forgiveness for sins; (februare, Latin to purify)
March: Mars, the Roman god of war
April: Roman month Aprilis, perhaps derived from aperire, (Latin to open, as in opening buds and blossoms) or perhaps from Aphrodite, original Greek name of Venus
May: Maia, Roman goddess, mother of Mercury by Jupiter and daughter of Atlas
June: Juno, chief Roman goddess
July: Renamed for Julius Caesar in 44 BC, who was born this month; Quintilis, Latin for fifth month, was the former name (the Roman year began in March rather than January)
August: Formerly Sextilis (sixth month in the Roman calendar); re-named in 8 BC for Augustus Caesar
September: September, (septem, Latin for 7) the seventh month in the Julian or Roman calendar, established in the reign of Julius Caesar
October: Eighth month (octo, Latin for 8) in the Julian (Roman) calendar. The Gregorian calendar instituted by Pope Gregory XIII established January as the first month of the year
November: Ninth Roman month (novem, Latin for 9). Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1582, skipping 10 days that October, correcting for too many leap years
December: Julian (Roman) year's tenth month (decem, Latin for 10).
The above picture is from 1947 and depicts an actual bug that was extracted from the Havard Mark II, an early computer system built at Harvard University (few computers existed throughout the world at this point). The bug is a moth and was trapped between points at “Relay #70” and “Panel F” and was discovered on September 9, 1947, several months after the computers first realistic tests that July. Many people use this anecdote to explain the etymology of the term “computer bug” and “debugging” but they are actually incorrect. The term had been used for decades to describe any sort of technical malfunction.
Abraham Lincoln's first vice president was Hannibal Hamlin from Maine. In 1864 Lincoln selected Andrew Johson to run with him for his second term.
Franklin Pierce, the 14th US President, from 1853 to 1857, had a life that was beset by tragedy. His wife, Jane, was never comfortable with the public life of the politician. Their first child, Franklin Pierce, Jr., died three days after birth in 1836. their second child, Frank Robert Pierce (August 27, 1839 – November 14, 1843) died at the age of four from epidemic typhus. Jane suffering from depression convinced her husband to resign his Senate seat and return back to New Hampshire, which he did in 1841.
Their son, Benjamin "Bennie" Pierce was born April 13, 1841. He became the most important person in his parentsi lives. But in 1852 he was nominated as a dark horse candidate in the Democratic National Convention and was elected President.
On January 16, 1853, two months before the inauguration, his son Benjamin was killed, at the age of 11, in a railway accident in Andover, Massachusetts. The Boston & Maine noon express, traveling from Boston to Lawrence, was moving at 40 miles per hour when an axle broke. The only coach, in which Franklin Pierce and his wife were also riding, went down an embankment and broke in two. Benjamin was the only one killed.
Jane Pierce was overcome with melancholia and distanced herself from her husband during his presidency. Franklin Pierce is considered one of the worst of all the US presidents.
The Aztecs played a sport called called tlachtli which was something like a cross between volleyball, soccer, and basketball. But to some players, tlachtli could be much more dangerous than any of those sports are today.
Two stone rings were set about 20 feet above the court, one on each of the side walls. If a player could knock the ball through one of these rings, his team won the match immediately. The player scoring the goal was allowed to seize the possessions of any spectator he could catch!
Members of the losing team did not fare so well. In some matches, the captain of the losing team was beheaded.
Every President of the United States elected in the years 1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940 and 1960 died in office.
William Henry Harrison, died of pneumonia on April 4, 1841
Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated on April 14, 1865 - he died the next day
James Garfield, was shot by an assassin on July 2, 1881 and died of complications from his injuries on September 19, 1881
William McKinley, was also shot by an assassin on September 6, 1901 and died eight days later
Warren G. Harding, died of a heart attack on August 2, 1923
Franklin D. Roosevelt, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945
John F. Kennedy, was assassinated on November 22, 1963
Zachary Taylor, died of a gastrointestinal illness on July 9, 1850, and was elected in 1848 is the only President to die in office not elected in those years.
Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980, broke the pattern.
The Pennsylvania Dutch, or Amish people, aren't Dutch at all. They came to America from Germany, and at first were called Pennsylvania Deutsch — the German word for Germany is Deutschland, and German people are Deutsch. Since that word sounded to most Americans like Dutch, Pennsylvania Deutsch soon became Pennsylvania Dutch.
Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the New World, never set foot in North America. On his first two voyages to the New World, Columbus landed on a number of Caribbean islands. On his third voyage, he touched South America, and his fourth journey took him to Central America.
There are many legends about the invention of soccer, but most people agree that the game began in England. According to one legend, English workers during the 11th century were digging on the site of an early battle against Danish invaders, when they found the skull of a slain Danish soldier.
The workers began kicking the skull around, and some boys who saw the workers made up a game to play with the skull. Later, a cow's bladder was used instead of the skull. The game that grew up became known as "kicking the Dane's head" or "kicking the bladder."
During the next century, many towns held annual matches of the new game. Often, one town would play a neighboring town, with hundreds of players on each team. The team that kicked the bladder into the middle of the opposing team's town was the winner.
The sport was very rough at the time, and English rulers tried to outlaw it. But the game continued to grow in popularity. New rules were established in the 19th century, and published as "Rules for the London Football Association."
The game then became known as "association football," and from "association" came the word "soccer."
Facebook was originally named TheFaceBook and it was developed by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. The first use of the FaceBook was on the Harvard campus and it was limited only to Harvard students. Soon the FaceBook spread like wild fire around the other major U.S. Universities. Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard and pursued his facebook dream. It went onto become the 4th most-trafficked website in the world with more than 90 million active users.
When a male lion and a female tiger breed you get a Liger - the largest of all felines. A liger looks like a giant lion with diffused stripes and some male ligers grow sparse manes. These massive creatures are 10 feet long on average and weigh about 700 lb. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II. The largest liger alive today is appropriately named Hercules and lives in Jungle Island in Miami.
A Bee hummingbird weighs only about 1.8 grams, less than a penny. Its tiny wings beat 80 times per second. Using all that energy requires them to eat half their body weight in food each day as well as drink 8 times their body weight in water.
Ten years after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a Chicago court declared his 56-year-old widow Mary insane and committed her to a mental institution. On May 20, 1875, she arrived at Bellevue Place, a private, upscale sanitarium in the Fox River Valley. Her determined efforts led to her release less than four months later, when her sister Elizabeth assumed her care in Springfield.
The egg cannot be broken when held correctly with one hand. Close your hand so that your fingers are completely wrapped around the egg. Squeeze the egg as hard as you can by applying even pressure all around the shell. Look at everyone's amazement (mostly your own) as the egg remains whole and your hand remains dry!
Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west while Hawaii is farthest south. The reason that Alaska is farthest east and west is due to the fact that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180° meridian of longitude, placing some of the islands actually in the Eastern Hemisphere and thus degrees east of Greenwich (and the Prime Meridian).
See the jagged international date line – the line darts west to accommodate Alaska, but the 180th meridian still splits up Alaska into east and west hemispheres, making it both the farthest east and west.
William Patrick Hitler (later Stuart-Houston) nicknamed Willy, was the nephew of Adolf Hitler. Born to Adolf's half-brother Alois Hitler, Jr., and his first wife Bridget Dowling. William fought for the US during World War II against his uncle and was awarded a Purple Heart and a World War II Victory Medal.
Perhaps, surprisingly, the diet Pepsi can will float while the Pepsi can will sink.
How can this be since they both are 12 oz? It is because the 12 oz. is a measure of volume, not of weight.
The Pepsi can weighs more because it uses corn syrup for its sweetener, while the Diet Pepsi uses a powdered chemical sweetener, which weighs less.
General Order No. 11 was issued by General Ulysses S. Grant on Dec. 17, 1862 expelling all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. The order was issued because Grant thought the black market in cotton was run "mostly by Jews and other unprincipled traders." It was revoked a few weeks later by President Lincoln.