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Something Lighter For My Readers

January 20, 2017

Thought all my thinking friends might need something lighter to read.

President Ulysses S. Grant ran into some issues during his pair of inaugural ceremonies. At his first inauguration in 1869, he asked guests to kindly check their coats. After the ceremony was over, the “illiterate” coat check attendants couldn’t read the tickets, according to historians. Four years later, the coat check wasn’t necessary. Grant’s staff neglected to heat the room where the inauguration ball would take place. It was the coldest day on record for a March inauguration, at negative 15 to 30 degrees with wind-chill. Birds were supposed to fly in honor of the celebration, but they died — falling on the heads of guests as they danced.


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