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Lincoln and Darwin (02/04)

Darwin came up in a discussion recently when this question occurred to me…Who was the President when On the Origin of Species was published?

Nerdy thought, I know, but if you have been keeping up with this blog you would know that one of my projects at work is a book about our Presidents.

Well as it turns out, On the Origin of Species, was published in 1859 when James Buchanan was president. (My initial guess was Lincoln, which was close) Nevertheless, Lincoln and Darwin were still contemporaries.

So much so that they were actually born on the exact same day – February 12, 1809.

Imagine that.

Maybe I should look into who was born on the same as Obama...

Perhaps I should look into who was born on the same day as Barack Obama...

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Bear in the White House (01/16)

While working on a book about our Presidents (I work for a book publisher), I learned the following fact:

When explorers Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition, they brought Thomas Jefferson a grizzly bear. He kept it in a cage on the White House lawn.

I wonder if the grizzly ever wrote a book...

I wonder if this White House pet ever wrote a book...

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