That is what many people do when someone misses or slips on a
historical item. Yet, the majority of us have been guilty of the same thing over
Actually, to this day, for that matter.
This is nottempt to wax philosophical over the latest entry in these wars, but rather, revisit some history we might have thought was different.
Having done this type of thing for more than 20 years, some have been etched in memory, while others have not. More importantly, we can research them. History does change over time. Imagine reading about history in 1935, when my parents were born. Or when I asked my grandmother for an old set of encyclopedias that were in her library. They ended with Z, and in the year 1919.
First some items off the top of my head from all those years writing either Tim's Tidbits, Tidbits and Trivia or Tim's Take.
And away we go, with no apologies to Jackie Gleason, because that's why it was written.
- Paul Revere...never mind, that has been done to death and people are still confused. Paul was caught, though, and let go. Have no idea what happened to his horse. Just kidding, I do.
- Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Nope, it was in front of a
photogrpahy shop. Battle of Bunker Hill. Try Breed's Hill. Besty Ross and the first flag. No way. Kitty Hawk. Not quite at that destination. Mt. Everest really has no set height. It changes. You could call the Missouri River the nation's longest. I said you could. The popular Ben Franklin-invented stove did not work. "Nearer My God To Thee" was most likely NOT the last song played aboard the "Titanic." More people have seen "Gone With the Wind" than any other movie ever. The box office numbers mean something different. But even after inflation, there you have it. Mark Twain never toured in those White Suits. The world's largest desert could really be Antarctica. In the grand scheme of themes, The Pony Express did not last long at all.
With some research help over the years.
- The real reason that Abraham Lincoln died may have been because a pinky was stuck into the wound.
- Many delegates who attended
the famous Constitutional Convention hated the document. They got it done hoping they could fix it later. Meanwhile, the Founding Fathers didn't really care for full democracy.
- Samuel Morse did not invent the Telegraph. He did that code
thing. Joseph Henry is the man you want for the Telegraph. The first message of
his Morse Code, however, was not "What hath God wrought?" but rather,
"Everything Worked Well."
- It wasn't always called The White House. It was the Presidential Palace and it was in terrible shape early on.
- Ronald Reagan was the only president to be head of a union.
- Before Charles Lindbergh's famous solo flight he threw out the radio because it weighed too much. He was also scared of heights.
- Henry Ford captured Thomas Edison's dying breath in a bottle.
- Sam Wilson, or Uncle Sam, owned a meat-packing plant.
- Not all presidents had vice presidents. And there have been more
vice presidents than presidents.
- William Rufus Devane King (Franklin Pierce) was the only vice president sworn in outside this country. He was the only single VP, like the only single president, James Buchanon.
- The exact location for the laid cornerstone of the White House is not known. Nobody took notes.
- The Minutemen, and many at the time, were terrible shots. So were
most in the wild west.
- It's OK to throw rice at a bride. That whole birds blow up thing is a myth.
- Liquor was served in the White House during Prohibition.
- Cowboys only talk like that because the movies said so. Meanwhile, wagon trains did not travel in a single line. It was way too dusty to
- It the old days, it was considered cowardly to jump over a
cannonball headed your way. Thus, they killed a lot of people because they did not blow up.
- Wyatt Earp was NEVER marshall of Dodge City.
- On average, tthere are many cities windier than Chicago. They got the name because of "blustery politicans."
- Nero did not fiddle when Rome burned because it wasn't invented yet.
- The real inventor of the radio - - Nathan Stubblefield. Marconi transmitted an "S" across the Atlanic by Morse Code.
- Monsoon is not rain. It's a wind.
- John Wilkes Booth had a famous acting brother who could play a mean Hamlet. After Booth shot Lincoln, it was downhill.
- Thomas Edison did not want his "Speaking Phonograph" in 1887 to
be used for entertainment.
- Jack Ruby's sentence was appealed and overturned in October 1966. He did not make bail by the time he died on Jan.3, 1967. Jack
shot Lee Harvey Oswald, by the way.
IN CLOSING: "To the moon, Alice." Now, that brings back memories. This was just tapping into a small piece of the pie.
More to come.
SOURCE: "The Bathroom Reader" series is main source. This one
titled "Uncle John's Great Big Bathroom Reader." Note: Over the years, I have written weekly trivia columns and have been a researcher for many newspaper syndications dealing with items such as these. Some include World Features Syndicate, Sports Features Syndicate and Crown Syndicate by L.M. Boyd.