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Old January 23rd, 2012, 02:54 PM   #11

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It's said Randolph Hearst, and other forest paper financiers bullied through congress , with a phony morals campaign, the laws against hemp to protect their interests and squash the competition from hemp.
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Here's another piece of useless information. Well, actually the first as the others are really pretty interesting.

Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana. Back in their day it was called hemp and was used for making rope and for low quality cloth used to clothe slaves. It was also used as a form of currency and sometimes taxes were paid with nickel bags, err..I mean hemp things.
I guess before inflation those were fairly significant nickels.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:15 PM   #13

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Abraham Lincoln's coffin has been moved 17 times and the coffin opened 6 times (the last time in 1901).
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:53 PM   #14

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Abraham Lincoln's coffin has been moved 17 times and the coffin opened 6 times (the last time in 1901).
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And he is buried in a steel cage, down a ten foot shaft, filled with concrete, below this marker.
Guess it is hard to stop a vampire hunter.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:03 PM   #15

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In 1801 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Manual of Parliamentary Practice for the Use of the Senate of the United States, the first American book on parliamentary procedure.
I'm thinking the Senate used his guide up until the 1970s and the House still uses his rules.
Thomas Jefferson: A Manual of Parliamentary Practice
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:20 PM   #16

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President James Madison, and protege of Thomas Jefferson, died exactly five years
to the day that John Adams and Jefferson did-4 July 1831.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:38 PM   #17

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George Washington had an aversion to handshaking which led to his bowing
to guest. He would often hold a hat in one hand and rest his other hand on a
sword to avoid contact with people. President Adams followed the 'tradition'
started by Washington, but President Jefferson did just the opposite, he shook
hands when he greeted people.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:59 PM   #18

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Thomas Jefferson believed one way to good health was to wash
his feet in cold water every morning. He wrote to Doctor Utley in 1819,
"the habit of bathing my feet in cold water every morning, for sixty years past."
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Duels & Dueling


By 1872, the influence of Code Duello was fading fast. Participants had often become subjects of ridicule and disdain rather than someone to look up to. The following from Savannah:

"ANOTHER DUEL FIASCO: Late Thursday night, a certain young gentleman of this city, representing one of the First Families of Virginia, visited one of our leading hotels, became offended at one of the clerks, and threw him his card, at the same time asking if he knew what that meant. The clerk, without hesitation, replied that he did and would be ready to receive any communication which the Virginian might send through a third party. The consequence was that yesterday the second of the Virginian called on the second of the Canadian and assured him that he meant business-that his gentleman would exhibit no white feathers. The clerk's second responded very much in the same spirit and claimed the choice of weapons when it was arranged that, in a quiet kind of place, the affair of honor would be settled this morning to the satisfaction of all parties. About half past two o'clock yesterday afternoon the friends of the Virginian apologized for their friend-and from the popping of pistols the sound was changed to the popping of corks."

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