October 12, 2001
The Top 13 Little Known U.S. History Facts
- Janet Reno used to be female.
- Lewis and Clark were really looking for this great rib joint they heard of on the outskirts of St. Louis -- they just refused to ask for directions.
- Al Gore's invention of the electric light bulb made it possible for election officials to count votes at night.
- Boston Tea Party actually sponsored by a certain well-known coffee company from Seattle.
- During a brief period in June of 1985, certain important decisions regarding US foreign policy were made without the input of a qualified astrologist.
- John Hancock had to be physically restrained from "signing" the Declaration of Independence with his butt cheeks.
- Rhode Island is a mythical place invented by William Randolph Hearst to sell more papers.
- The designer of the Empire State Building suffered erectile dysfunction most of his life.
- Up until 1890, the Electoral College was a two-year vo-tech.
- The Statue of Liberty had to be altered because when the French originally gave it to us, she had underarm hair.
- The Liberty Bell actually cracked due to Benjamin Franklin's failed experiments in bong technology.
- Betsy Ross's first idea for the US flag was a cartoon Calvin peeing on the Union Jack.
and the Number 1 Little Known U.S. History Fact...
- "I cannot tell a lie, Father. The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy cut down your cherry tree."
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- Don Swain, Rochester Hills, MI -- 1, 9 (13th #1) Email / Website
- Bill Muse, Seattle, WA -- 2 Email / Hall of Famer
- Michael Sheinbaum, King of Prussia, PA -- 3 Email / Website
- Ed Smith, Chattanooga, TN -- 4 Hall of Famer
- Mark Niebuhr, Minneapolis, MN -- 5, 7 Website
- Mark Weiss, Austin, TX -- 6
- Sandra Hull, Arlington, VA -- 8, HM list name Email / Website
- Kevin Freels, Walnut Creek, CA -- 10 Email / Website
- Joe DiPietro, Brooklyn, NY -- 11 Email / Website
- Fran Fruit, Winnetka, IL -- 12
- Allen Lindsey, Cincinnati, OH -- 13
- Joseph Moore, Concord, CA -- Topic Email
- Tristan Fabriani, Passaic, NJ -- Banner Tag Email
- Slick Sharkey, Miami, FL -- RU list name Hall of Famer
- Jeffrey Anbinder, New York, NY -- List moderator
- Chris White, Los Angeles, CA -- List owner/editor Email / Hall of Famer
- John Philip Sousa -- Ambience (explanation)