When Barack Obama was asked by a child what his favorite food is, he said it was broccoli. I don’t want to say the man’s lying to a child, but, really? Out of all the foods out there, that is his favorite? I like broccoli, but it’s still way down on the list of favorites.
He enjoys cooking chili and getting carry-out from Italian Fiesta Pizzeria (presumably not at the same time, he’s no Clinton, after all.) According to White House staff, he likes salmon and favors Polynesian dishes (no surprise from someone who grew up in Hawaii!)
George W. Bush likes chicken pot pie and biscuits. One of his favorite meals in the White House combined two of his other favorites, Cheeseburger Pizza. And like any good Texan, he favors Tex-Mex cooking. He frequently had huevos rancheros for his Sunday morning breakfasts.
Cheeseburgers are a favorite of Bill Clinton along with enchiladas, barbecue, most of the McDonald’s menu, and desserts (which may or may not include interns.)
George H.W. Bush liked to snack on pork rinds with Tabasco sauce which is a nice low carb snack, but on the other hand, he also likes his wife’s chocolate chip cookies. I couldn’t find much about the 41st president’s food likes but there was one thing he made clear, he does not like broccoli.
When Ronald Reagan was president, it was well-known that he kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk (he preferred the licorice.) He also liked macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, well-done steak, and monkey bread.
Getting cold will give you a cold/the flu. (It might weaken your immune system, but getting sick is all about germs, germs, germs! It is true that not wearing a jacket when it’s cold will make your mother cold. Really. Trust me on this.)
Vikings wore horned helmets. (That came from opera costumes.)
Carrots improve eyesight. (WWII propaganda.)
Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. (No, but it makes you annoying.)
Goldfish have 3-second memories. (They can remember information for up to five months.)
Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. (Things that attract lightning once are likely to attract it again.)
Monsanto sued farmers when GMO seeds blew onto their farms. (No, they sued farmers who used various methods to circumvent paying Monsanto for patented seeds.)
Jellyfish stings should be treated by peeing on them. (No, get out of the water, rinse the area with salt water and seek medical treatment.)
“420” is the Los Angeles Police Department code for marijuana use. (No, it’s the code for juvenile disturbance.)
We eat 8 spiders a year in our sleep. (It’s just 3. Not really, I kid, it’s zero. Spiders don’t want anything to do with you.)
Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16 dress. (You’d like to think so, wouldn’t you Chubs? Nope, she had a 22-inch waist and weighed less than 120 pounds. If she were alive today, she’d probably wear a US size 4.)
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. (Unless, of course, you can’t, then it’s…)
Can we call them victims when they brought the trouble down upon themselves? If you don’t know, “the Streisand Effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.”
– A Glasgow hostel owner fights back after a guest left a negative review. There was even a drinking game created for the comment fight (at the risk of alcohol poisoning). Sure, you can say, well, it’s Glasgow, what did you expect? But the hostel owner was originally Canadian! They’re supposed to be nice!
– Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing (a PR firm) did not handle a customer’s complaint about not receiving gaming controllers. There’s even an internet meme based on it.
– Beyonce’s publicist didn’t like the fierce photos from her Superbowl halftime show.
– You might think that politicians would know better but Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson has experienced the Streisand Effect. The section of her Wikipedia page about how she granted scholarships to relatives and children of her congressional aide kept disappearing. That got the attention of the media. It didn’t matter in the long run, she was still re-elected. Having a (D) beside your name lets you get away with all sorts of funny business that would get you booted from office if you had an (R) instead.
Military advisers – U.S. Special Forces who were in Vietnam to direct South Vietnamese defenses.
ARVN – Army of the Republic of Vietnam (it was still being spelled Viet Nam at that time.)
birdfarm – aircraft carrier
bombing pause – a temporary stop to the bombing to encourage the North Vietnamese to negotiate.
click – slang for a kilometer.
defoliate – Agent Orange the bitch.
domino theory – our reason for fighting. If we let one country fall to communism, the theory was that the rest would follow like a row of dominoes being knocked over. Read about President Eisenhower’s Domino Theory Speech.
escalation – Increased attacks ordered by President Lyndon Johnson after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. We went from 2,000 troops serving as advisors in 1961 to over 335,000 five years later, and over 540,000 at the beginning of 1969.
fragging – it was first used to describe killing an officer with a fragmentation grenade but came to mean the killing of an officer (their own) in any manner.
grunt – this word became popular in the late 1960s to refer to an infantryman.
hack it – The phrase had been around since at least the early 1900s, but it gained popularity after President Richard Nixon used it in a news conference. He said the South Vietnamese could “hack it”, meaning they would not be harmed by U.S. withdrawal.
kill ratio – the number of enemy deaths compared to the number of U.S. deaths. It’s important to keep score.
napalm – (naphthene palmitate) had been used in firebombs and flame throwers for decades but became part of the antiwar conversation during the Vietnam War. Now you can buy your own flamethrower.
pacification – first used by President Johnson to describe persuading local Vietnamese to support the South Vietnamese government. It later came to a euphemism for killing armed resistance in an area.
search and destroy mission – any ground patrol mission that fought with enemy units in the jungle.
tiger cage – torture cage used by the Việt Minh to hold prisoners.
The Executive Branch – This is the President (Commander in Chief), Vice President and the President’s Cabinet. The Cabinet is made up of the heads of 15 executive departments and they advise the President:
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of State
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Treasury
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Legislative Branch – the Senate and the House of Representatives. They make the laws. There are 100 Senators, two from each state, and 435 Representatives. The number of Representatives a state has depends on that state’s population. California has the most (53) and Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming each have only one.