Happy Birthday #4 & #7!


Two presidential birthdays on two consecutive days!

President #4, James Madison, was born today in 1751.  The United States owes a great deal to Mr. Madison.  Known as the “Father of the Constitution,” Madison was instrumental in its drafting and ratification.  As well, he was the primary author of the Bill of Rights.

Andrew Jackson, president #7, was born yesterday in 1767.  At the age of 13, he was captured by the British while serving as a courier during the Revolutionary War.  The rest of his career is no less dramatic, and certainly controversial.  On the one hand, you’ve got to respect a hardcore duelist who died with more than a half-dozen bullets in his body.  On the other hand, he signed and enforced the Indian Removal Act.

If you’ve got presidential aspirations of your own, show your swagger in a pair of POTUS socks from PLNDR.com

Friday the 13th – AGAIN!

Friday the 13th in two consecutive months – what are the odds?  Well, it’s 11%.  It happened in 2009, but won’t come around again for another eleven years.  This isn’t the last one of 2015.  November 13 also happens to fall on a Friday.  But don’t worry, we can’t ever have more than three in one year.  Find out more at Earthsky.org.

Little is known about why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky.  Some believe it started in the Middle Ages as an allusion to the Last Supper (Jesus plus his 12 disciples).  Though, it’s likely it began in the early 20th Century.

Twenty-third President Benjamin Harrison,1 suffragist Susan B. Anthony,2 and Scopes monkey trial lawyer Clarence Darrow3 all died on March 13th.  Though, none occurred on Fridays.

1. 1907, aged 67
2. 1906, aged 86 
3. 1938, aged 80

The Lincoln Library’s Dirty Laundry

Oh, the stories these stockings could tell.  From the Lincoln Library’s official Tumblr page:

“Like the famously flashy artifacts that attract visitors from around the world, one lowly pair of socks teaches us just as much about American history. By studying Lincoln’s handwriting, experts can conclude something about the man’s character. By studying an unnamed young woman’s bridal hosiery, we can also conclude something about her character. Are the socks well cared for? Are there rips, or holes, and if so, were they mended? If they were mended, perhaps the owner couldn’t afford new ones. Perhaps there is a lesson in conscious consumer responsibility here. Alternatively, what kinds of materials were used in making socks in 1835? Are the socks plain, or do they have embroidered patterns? What does this tell us about fashion trends of the day?”

Thank you Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for recognizing that socks have important stories to tell about history.

Happy Birthday #16!

Ol’ Abe – our tallest President and the first to sport a beard – celebrates his 206th birthday today!  So, pull on a pair of your Lincoln socks and start splitting some rails.

But if your Lincoln socks are a little worn and need replacing, head on over to Joy of Socks, for they have Lincoln socks in Red…

Olive…                                              And Gray…