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Five Good Things About Casimir Pulaski

7 Mar

It’s his day!  City workers and members of some unions did not go to work in honor of Cas.

1.) A character on Star Trek: The Next Generation was named after him.  (Dr. Pulaski, season two)

2.) TWO holidays honor him – a state one in Illinois (first Monday in March) and a federal one (October 9).

3.) He stood up to Russia and Prussia, for Poland’s liberty.

4.) He was friends with Ben Franklin.

5.) He trained American soldiers and cavalry, using his own funds when necessary (often).

Five Good Things About Henry VIII

3 Mar

Henry VIII might not have been the best husband ever (he wasn’t) and he might have been crabby (he was) and morbidly obese in his later years (a true fact), but he did accomplish some neat stuff.  Admittedly, he was also kind of a jackass, so this is a somewhat charitable perspective.

1.) Bibliophile king.  In addition to owning a bunch of books, he also wrote – and published – one himself.

2.) He was one of the founders of the Royal Navy.  He DODECATUPLED the number of ships during his reign.  That’s so big I needed to make up a conjugation.  Its navy has proven pretty key to England on multiple occasions.

3.) Whether Catholic or Protestant, it’s pretty great that he allowed the Bible to be translated into English, for comprehension by the masses.  He was the first monarch to do this.  (Granted, the number of English-speaking countries limited his competition, but still!  Bible!  English!  16th century!)

4.) His coat of arms includes a red dragon.

5.) Via his Act of Succession, his son and two daughters succeeded him.  I think it’s pretty great that he recognized his daughters, as the younger one was a pretty stellar monarch.

 

Five Good Things About Stephen Colbert

18 Jan

1.) Stephen Colbert is well aware of the dangers of bears.  He is quite possibly the primary voice of warning against (and fear of) bears.

2.) Among other awards, his mantle features an Emmy and a Peabody – tres prestigious!

3.) Without Stephen Colbert, we would not have the word ‘truthiness.’

4.) Ben and Jerry named an ice cream flavor after him; it’s delicious.  Even better, the proceeds from it go to charity.

5.) Although the character he portrays is a bit of a caricature, the portrayal is both hilarious and respectful.