US President Benjamin Harrison had electric lights installed in the White House, but would sleep with the lights on because he was too afraid to touch the switches. To be fair, old school light switches aren’t like the ones we have on the walls today. They were ungrounded toggles, either spinners or levers, which physically […]
Were you lucky enough to see the wonderful statues (erected in 2004) at Presidents Park in Williamsburg, Virginia? Well, consider yourself lucky – because the park closed due to lack of visitors in 2010.
Today, 43 giant busts of American Presidents sit on a farm in Virginia just waiting for someone, anyone, to figure out what to do with them. It’s too bad, because they are very impressive.
The busts were made by David Adickes, an artist from Houston who was inspired to create the pieces after he visited Mount Rushmore. After six years on public display, the heads had to be moved after the land where the park was located was sold.
Howard Hankins, who helped construct Presidents Park, removed the giant heads to his family farm until a decision is made about what’s next for the unique collection. Each head weighs 22,000 pounds, and they stand 18 to 20 feet tall. It took Hankins a week to lug all 43 of the statues to his property.
What comes next for the statues is up in the air. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to open a museum that will feature the artifacts, but some of the statues are falling into disrepair and need a touch-up.
As of right now, the presidential busts are held on private property, which means they are not open to the public.
Hopefully, that will change in the future…
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The only police officer to arrest a sitting President was William H. West, a black Civil War veteran. He arrested President Ulysses S. Grant for speeding on his horse in 1872, for which the President paid a $20 bond.
Teddy Roosevelt regularly staged boxing matches in the White House, taking on anyone he could – including professional boxers. He only stopped boxing when his eyesight was permanently damaged by a punch from his military aide, Col. Daniel T. Moore.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life. Ironically, the air traffic controllers union had endorsed Reagan in the election. Reagan was not merely the only President who was himself a union leader, but the only one who […]
Later in life an Alzheimer stricken Ronald Reagan would rake leaves from his pool for hours, not realizing they were being replenished by his Secret Service agents.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s disability was largely unknown to the public. He was diagnosed with polio and was mostly paralyzed from the waist down. When photographers tried to catch him in his wheelchair, Secret Service agents reportedly tore the film out of their cameras.
Donald Trump is America’s 45th President, but did you know that he’s only the 44th man to have ever held that distinction? That’s because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, so he’s counted twice. Now there’s a way to remember Grover Cleveland – the President so nice, they counted him twice!
Here are some interesting facts about some of those men who once held the highest position in the land.
1. That’s why he had a beard
Okay, that’s adorable.
2. Come here, Satan!
I love this.
Is there nothing this man can’t do?
4. Never elected
Ford had friends in high places.
5. JFK and Santa
Well, as long as he checked with Santa first…
Of course Obama would want to move a woman forward.
7. What a coincidence
They also happened to be good friends.
8. Left that one off
He was humble even in death.
9. American Badass
Now that’s what I call a US President.
Well, that was quite brilliant.
How many of those did you know?
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In 1901, a doctor was told mid-surgery that he was needed urgently elsewhere, to which he responded that he could not leave “even for the President of the United States”. He was then told he needed to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. The doctor maintained his claim and actually didn’t […]
One of the most well known Presidents of the USA, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, was against putting “In God We Trust” on currency, saying it would “… cheapen such a motto by use on coins, postage stamps, or ads”. 00