Fun Facts, October 29 (Teddy Edition)

OK, here’s your next installment of Thoughtless Trivia Thursday to impress your friends and belittle your enemies…. Enjoy!


This week’s trivia honors my personal hero, President Theodore Roosevelt (Born: October 27, 1858).

• The Teddy Bear is named after Teddy Roosevelt. While hunting in Mississippi during his presidency, a few of the men in Roosevelt’s party treed a small black bear and summoned Roosevelt so that he could take the shot. Roosevelt decided that killing the young, trapped bear was not sporting, and spared it. A New York toymaker heard the story, and asked Roosevelt’s permission before styling a child’s stuffed toy bear as the “Teddy Bear”. Roosevelt gave his permission, noting that he did not expect many sales.

• Once while preparing to give a speech in the Milwaukee during a 1912 campaign, a crazed man attempted to assassinate Roosevelt, and shot him with a pistol at nearly point blank range. Roosevelt declared “it will take more than that to kill a bull moose!” and finished the lengthy speech before visiting a hospital.

• After Roosevelt retired from politics, he led an expedition in South America to find the source of a river known as “the River of Doubt”. Most of the party died, and Roosevelt caught the fever yet survived. The river is now named “Rio Roosevelt.”

• Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese war. Although an aggressive president when it came to military matters, he is the only president to have been awarded the honor while President of the United States.

• After he left office in 1909, Roosevelt went on an African safari that netted many of the specimens that now stock the Smithsonian Institute.

• Roosevelt welcomed “the strenuous life”–engaging in daunting physical tests and venturing into hostile locations, even though, taking inflation into account, he was likely the richest president in history due to his family’s estate.

• Most of the original National Parks and the National Park system were created by Roosevelt.

• Roosevelt was the first to dub the executive mansion “The White House”.

• Roosevelt authored over 25 books.

• Roosevelt garnered a larger portion of the popular vote as a third-party candidate (the Bull Moose Party) than anyone in U.S. history.

• Roosevelt wanted the motto “In God We Trust” removed from the new $20 gold coin designed in 1907. Roosevelt felt it was blasphemous to use the Lord’s name on coins that were so often used to buy “worldly” goods and services. After a huge public outcry, Congress passed a law requiring “In God We Trust” be returned to all United States coinage at once.

• He was the first President to ride in an airplane. He flew for four minutes in a plane built by the Wright Brothers on October 11, 1910.

• Theodore Roosevelt was our youngest president (He was younger than Kennedy at the time that McKinley was shot and he was inaugurated).

• In 1912, Roosevelt took a drink of coffee and exclaimed, “That coffee tastes good, even to the last drop!” Maxwell House got their motto from this.

• Roosevelt was the first president to leave the continental U.S. while in office. He went to Panama in 1906.

• Roosevelt’s wife and mother died on the same day, February 14, 1884.

• He wore a ring containing a lock of Abe Lincoln’s hair to his inauguration.

• Teddy Roosevelt was a third cousin twice removed of Martin Van Buren, a fifth cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, an uncle of Eleanor Roosevelt, and a great-uncle of Joseph and Stuart Alsop.

• Roosevelt was blind in his left eye. He lost his eyesight when he was boxing.

• His favorite word was “bully” meaning great.

• Roosevelt had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence.

• He was the first president to be popularly referred to by his initials, TR.

• He was named after his father.

• On New Year’s Day, 1907, Theodore Roosevelt shook hands with 8,513 people.


~ by kuiperactive on October 29, 2009.

One Response to “Fun Facts, October 29 (Teddy Edition)”

  1. “Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese war. Although an aggressive president when it came to military matters, he is the only president to have been awarded the honor while President of the United States.”
    Unfortunately, he’s now only the first, with that whole Obama Nobel thing…

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