Chester A. Arthur – Myths and Speculation

On 31 December, 2006, in Random Thoughts, by C. Scott Davis

Chester A. Arthur has been the subject of more rumours and misinformation than any other U.S. President, except for the rest of them.

Here are a few popular misconceptions, none of which is true (except where noted) :

  • He was not King of the Britons.
  • His First Lady was not Bea Arthur (she may, however, have been his second or third).
  • He was not killed during his first year of office and replaced with a wax replica.
  • There has never been a film based on his autobiography, not even that one with Dudley Moore.
  • He never shot a man for snoring (although he could get rather grumpy if you stole all of the covers).
  • At no point in his presidency, did he ever order the Secret Service to construct a 40′ tall statue in his honour (it was actually only 20′ tall, and very tastefully done).
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Unfunny Joke

On 12 December, 2006, in Cartoons, Other Cartoons, by C. Scott Davis

Unfunny Joke

 

The Bible – Red Letter Editions

On 10 December, 2006, in Random Thoughts, by C. Scott Davis

In many modern books of The Bible the dialogue of the character Jesus are printed in red letters. Although this is fairly recent among English-language editions, the practice itself dates back to the earliest known manuscripts of the Gospels, in which the dialogue of Jesus was written using the author’s own blood.

Many Biblical scholars theorise that some of the apparent inconsistencies that appear in parts of the text may actually have been the result of severe blood loss. In fact, the Gospel of St. James the Lesser was never completed, because he (the author) had a rare blood disease and bled to death while attempting to transcribe it.

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Dill or No Dill

On 9 December, 2006, in Other Parodies, Parodies, by C. Scott Davis

Dill or No Dill

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