Anyway, for now, here are the rest of the selections that I found of particular interest in the book:
"Hark! The herald angels sing
Beechan's pills are just the thing.
Peace on earth and mercy mild
Two for man and one for child."
There was also this one that I didn't feel like typing out (my fingers are getting tired!), so I managed to locate it online - slightly altered from the book's text, but the story comes across nonetheless:
It is said that in the House of
Representatives in the 1890s, the then Speaker of the House, Thomas Brackett
Reed, was once forced to send telegrams to absent members asking their
attendance in order to obtain a quorum. One congressman, delayed by a flood
that had disrupted railway service telegraphed back: "Washout on line. Can't
come." Upon receiving this message Reed sent a reply telegram: "Buy another
shirt; come on next train."
The same is true for the following story, found here:
[JFK] told a good-humored story on himself and two other aspirants, Senators Lyndon Johnson and Stuart Symington, at the Gridiron Club dinner: 'I dreamed about 1960 myself the other night and I told Stuart Symington and Lyndon Johnson about it in the cloakroom yesterday. I told them how the Lord came into my bedroom, annointed my head and said, "John Kennedy, I hereby appoint you President of the United States." Stuart Symington said, "That's strange, Jack, because I too had a similar dream last night in which the Lord annointed me and declared me, Stuart Symington, President of the United States and Outer-Space." Lyndon Johnson said, "That's very interesting, gentlemen, because I too had a similar dream last night and I don't remember annointing either of you."'
And this was a neat tidbit (found here) : Following the death of William McKinley, the press covered the brief swearing-in of the new president, Teddy Roosevelt. One New York paper mistakenly used the letter "b" instead of "o" in the word oath. The next morning, readers read the following headline: "Mr. Roosevelt took his simple bath, as President of the United States."
I also learned that "the only nonwhite to be elected vice-president of the United States was Charles Curtis, a Kaw Indian, who served under Herbert Hoover." Being reminded that we've been ruled by an elite, white male government for so long just makes me so sad.
Okay, sorry that this entry was so long! I think I should be done, for now...although the next book I'll be attacking is Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, so I can't promise! (I took both of those books out of the library at the same time, and therefore am forced to read them one after the other, whereas otherwise I would definitely take a break). This book is a "teen book", though, so hopefully I'll be able to speed throught it rather quickly. I just thought the concept sounded too good to pass up. Kind of like a kiddie version of A People's History, heh.
Well, for now, I have to go get some sleep. Goodnight! xoxo
TITLE: The Wisdom of Crowds
AUTHOR: James Surowiecki
TITLE: Lies My Teacher Told Me
AUTHOR: James W. Loewen