Ironically, Roosevelt didn’t even like cars! The first president to ever ride in a car was William McKinley. He took a ride in a steam-powered vehicle created by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, called a “Stanley Steamer” (not to be confused with the carpet cleaners). McKinley was assassinated before the U.S. government ever purchased a car for the president. As his successor, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to have a car. Still, the famous Rough Rider preferred riding horses (or the occasional moose).
It wasn’t until the next president, William Howard Taft, took office that the White House stables were replaced with a fleet of cars. The first president to have a presidential limousine was Calvin Coolidge. Appropriately, the president’s limo was a Lincoln.
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Usually, exercising triggers the release of hormones that suppress appetites. Not so with swimming. There is no universally agreed upon reason for this exception. However, it’s possible that the cold water can hold back the release of these hormones by lowering a person’s body temperature. Studies have shown that people who swim in colder water consume 44% more calories after their workout than people who swam in warm water.
Since 1936, the outcome of Washington Redskins home games has predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election but one!
That’s right - over the past 72 years, a completely arbitrary football game has been 94.7% accurate in forecasting the result of the presidential election! History goes to show that if the Redskins win their final home game prior to the election, the incumbent party remains in power. If they lose, the opposing party takes over the executive office. 18 out of the past 19 presidential ballots have matched up with the fate of the ‘Skins, and from 1936 to 2000 you would have almost believed this to have been a cause-and-effect relationship! However, this remarkable streak was ended by the election of 2004, when George W. Bush managed to be re-elected despite the fact that the Packers’ defeat of the Redskins foretold a John Kerry victory. Oh, and in case you were curious - back in 1932, the Redskins were not the Redskins, nor were they located in Washington. Back then, they were called the Boston Braves and the franchise had not yet acquired its mystical predictive powers.
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Apple could afford to buy everyone in the United States an iPod Touch and still have money left over.
As of the end of fiscal year 2010, Apple Inc. had $75.18 billion in total assets. With an excess of 311 million people in the United States (and counting), Apple’s total assets are just shy of being able to buy every American a $249 160 GB iPod classic. ($75,180,000,000/311,836,448* people=$241.09 per person). That would be $8 per person, or $2.5 billion total, short.
The slightly more affordable 8GB iPod Touch is $229. Theoretically, if Apple sold off all of its assets and used all that money to buy an iPod Touch for everyone, they would still have roughly $3.7 billion left. Of course, this requires that you ignore the very obvious question of “If Apple sold all its assets, who would it buy the iPods from?”.
*The Census website's population clock updates in real time, so that number will be out of date by the time you read this.
And when we say completely skateable, we mean COMPLETELY skateable. That includes every square inch of the interior, including all the furniture! There are also no sharp angles between any of the walls and floors, so every surface of the house serves as either a ramp or a ledge for grinding! The home is being built by Pierre-André Senizergues, a 48-year-old former pro shredder who also founded the popular skatewear brand Etnies.
A $50,000 prototype of the PAS House’s (those are his initials) living area was recently featured at the new Gaite Lyrique museum in Paris, which gives you some idea of how high the final price tag will be. Measuring in at 2,200 square feet, the real deal will be constructed in Malibu, CA and will be made using traditional ramp-building techniques. Back in 2007, another skateboarding house, “Ramp House”, was built in Greece by modifying an existing house with rounded ramp interiors similar to Pierre-Andre’s creation. However, the PAS House is the first home to be FULLY skateable with its grind-worthy furniture and fixtures!