February 18, 2008, - 11:35 am
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s not supposed to be about mattress sales and winter ski trips. It’s about the men–many good and some not so good–who led our country. Later, I’ll post my picks for best and worst President’s in contemporary history. But for now, here’s a quiz of unimportant, but slightly interesting Presidential trivia.
The quiz is from the February issue of “Real Simple” magazine. So this should give you an idea of what the millions of women who read that magazine–and probably watch Oprah and “The View”–think is important in a Prez, and why we’re doomed to pick a horrid Prez as a result (answers posted below):
1) Who was the first president to be photographed?
2) Who didn’t learn to read until he was 17?
3) Who built a swimming pool and a movie theater in the White House?
4) Who was ambidextrous?
5) Who was president for only 32 days?
6) Who ordered the White House’s first bathtub?
7) Who had the White House’s first telephone?
8) Who held his wedding in the White House?
9) Who let his horse graze on the White House lawn?
10) Who gave his pet mockingbird free rein of the indoor air space?
Answers: 1) John Quincy Adams, 2) Andrew Johnson, 3) Franklin D. Roosevelt, 4) James A. Garfield, 5) William Henry Harrison (who died of pneumonia), 6) Franklin Pearce, 7) Rutherford B. Hayes, 8) Grover Cleveland, 9) Zachary Taylor, 10) Thomas Jefferson
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