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2013-08-21 09:20:16 AM
Heh - Abigail Adams had a dog named Satan.
 
2013-08-21 09:58:20 AM
FTA: "You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him - at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or 20 million dollars - his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since!" FDR

Sounds familiar....
 
2013-08-21 11:35:00 AM

Tigger: FTA: "You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him - at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or 20 million dollars - his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since!" FDR

Sounds familiar....


I hear Obama sent the 3rd Fleet back in time to pick up Fala at a cost of $500,000,000,000,000,000 future dollars.
 
2013-08-21 11:54:00 AM
FTFA:They had a pair of Scottish Terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley, both of whom had websites and appeared in White House-produced web videos. (Your tax dollars adorably at work!)

Obligatory

Daily Show: Barney's Holiday Extravaganza
 
2013-08-21 11:58:04 AM
Blame John Quincy Adams for setting the precedent. The sixth president also had a pet gator. His was a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette; it lived in a bathroom in the East Room of the White House. According to some reports, he enjoyed using the gator to scare his guests.

I'm picturing State Dinner guests entering the bathroom only to have a gator hiss at them.
 
2013-08-21 12:18:33 PM
Did any of them have a camel, because you know what day it is?
 
2013-08-21 12:21:51 PM
The next president should have a wolf-hound.
 
2013-08-21 12:23:03 PM
when George W. Bush moved into the Oval Office, so did his dog, Millie's son Spot Fetcher

For a dog's name?  Is this an East Coast thing?
 
2013-08-21 12:24:07 PM
President Coolidge also had a raccoon named Rebecca.
 
2013-08-21 12:31:38 PM

Rapmaster2000: when George W. Bush moved into the Oval Office, so did his dog, Millie's son Spot Fetcher

For a dog's name?  Is this an East Coast thing?


At first I misread that as "Felcher" and was... confused...
 
2013-08-21 12:33:46 PM
Unless your pet is influencing your ability to govern the country, i don't really care what kind you have.
 
2013-08-21 12:34:00 PM
Coolidge got a hippopotamus for Christmas.
 
2013-08-21 12:40:15 PM
POTUS 2.16 should have a squirrel. With big balls. Oh sure, his (her?) detractors might refer to him / her
as Ol' President Squirrel Nuts, but just imagine how FUN it would be to have one scurrying through the
White House.
 
2013-08-21 12:40:42 PM

Rapmaster2000: when George W. Bush moved into the Oval Office, so did his dog, Millie's son Spot Fetcher

For a dog's name?  Is this an East Coast thing?


Probably a pure-blooded something or other. Pure bred dogs get weird names based off their lineage.
 
2013-08-21 12:47:41 PM
Dear Abby,
Did Juno Satan?
 
2013-08-21 12:50:55 PM
How the fark can they publish that without an image?

Image unrelated:
i116.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 12:55:19 PM
God forbid they set a good example and adopt one of the thousands of unwanted dogs that get put to sleep every year.  But why not buy a thousand dollar genetic nightmare and contribute to the problem
 
2013-08-21 01:00:47 PM
Useless without pics
 
2013-08-21 01:04:04 PM

FullMetalPanda: Did any of them have a camel, because you know what day it is?

 
2013-08-21 01:04:44 PM

TNel: FullMetalPanda: Did any of them have a camel, because you know what day it is?


teach me to not hit preview.... blasted 750kb......

http://31.media.tumblr.com/78a7112c0328aa7ee48d4ca6fb727471/tumblr_m on w6ipxvf1qhry21o1_400.gif
 
2013-08-21 01:08:25 PM
www.randomhouse.com

Has anyone besides me ever read this?

/in which we learn, among other things, the horrible truth about the late Helen Thomas
 
2013-08-21 01:13:18 PM
If you visit the FDR memorial in DC using the correct order, you get a statue of Fala before Eleanor.
 
2013-08-21 01:21:03 PM

ph0rk: How the fark can they publish that without an image?

Image unrelated:
[i116.photobucket.com image 400x307]


Who's a slimy little woogums? WHO's a slimy little woogums? YOU are!
 
2013-08-21 01:24:37 PM
Frank's a nice name. President Nixon had a hedgehog named Frank. Frank, Fran, Franny, Little Franny Knickers....
 
2013-08-21 01:44:49 PM

Rapmaster2000: when George W. Bush moved into the Oval Office, so did his dog, Millie's son Spot Fetcher

For a dog's name?  Is this an East Coast thing?


FTFA:  Spot Fetcher was similarly named after former Rangers middle infielder Scott Fletcher.
 
2013-08-21 02:41:26 PM

Tom_Slick: Blame John Quincy Adams for setting the precedent. The sixth president also had a pet gator. His was a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette; it lived in a bathroom in the East Room of the White House. According to some reports, he enjoyed using the gator to scare his guests.

I'm picturing State Dinner guests entering the bathroom only to have a gator hiss at them.


Teddy Roosevelt's daughter had a pet snake she liked to let loose at important functions. And that's not a euphemism.
 
2013-08-21 02:48:12 PM

Tom_Slick: Blame John Quincy Adams for setting the precedent. The sixth president also had a pet gator. His was a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette; it lived in a bathroom in the East Room of the White House. According to some reports, he enjoyed using the gator to scare his guests.

I'm picturing State Dinner guests entering the bathroom only to have a gator hiss at them.


I'm guessing John Quincy Adams routed people he wasn't too fond of specifically to that bathroom for the laughs. Which is a hilarious and awesome thing to do.
 
2013-08-21 02:50:06 PM

Mateorocks: If you visit the FDR memorial in DC using the correct order, you get a statue of Fala before Eleanor.


Never did quite understand why they built it like that.
 
2013-08-21 02:53:49 PM
My favorite Presidential, animal-related, non-bunny swimming story (Cut/paste):

Coolidge and his wife once visited a Maryland chicken farm, where the first lady noticed a rooster and hen copulating. She asked the farmer if the rooster did that often, and the farmer said that he did it several times a day. "Tell that to the president," she suggested, so the farmer did. "To the same hen?" the President inquired. "No, Mr. President," the farmer replied. "Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge," Coolidge said.
 
2013-08-21 03:16:26 PM
Oh, I forgot to tell you, Calvin Coolidge was a good friend of mine.
 
2013-08-21 03:39:04 PM

digitalrain: POTUS 2.16 should have a squirrel. With big balls. Oh sure, his (her?) detractors might refer to him / her
as Ol' President Squirrel Nuts, but just imagine how FUN it would be to have one scurrying through the
White House.


There is precedent for this...
 
2013-08-22 01:14:05 PM
Need an appointment? Talk to my secretary, Mr. G Ator.
 
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