Magazine article Insight on the News

A Few Trivial Matters. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Few Trivial Matters. (for the People)

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Anthony S. Pitch's Exclusively Washington Trivia is full of the kind of facts that don't mean much but still are fun to know. For example, a question that very few of us have asked ourselves, though perhaps we should have: "Why was Teddy Roosevelt compared to a grasshopper?" The answer: "Because," went the popular reply, "you never know which way he'll hop, but when he does, he'll hop like hell."

Here are others from the same source:

Q: How did pioneer female journalist Ann Royall finally get President John Quincy Adams to answer her questions?

A: She sat on his clothes while he was swimming in the Potomac.

Q: What tune did the U.S. Marine Band strike up as President Gerald Ford led Queen Elizabeth II of England to the dance floor?

A: "The Lady Is a Tramp."

Q: What were the two favorite indoor recreations of George Washington?

A: Billiards and listening to the harp.

Q: Why did President Calvin Coolidge remove a saucer from under his cup and fill it with cream during a State dinner? …

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