If George Washington was still alive today… he’d be a Vampire. ;)

17 Feb

While everyone else is home celebrating “Cherry Pie Day” at Denny’s…

We’re working our butts off, trying to get all of our Spring builds ready for kick-off, here at Corten Central.

Both “President’s Day” and “George Washington’s birthday” are always celebrated on the third Monday of February.

The observed federal holiday is actually called “George Washington’s Birthday.” Certain states, however, list the holiday as “Presidents’ Day”.

Did You Know?

If you think that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and then admitted his wrongdoing by telling his father;

“I can not tell a lie…”

… you’d better think again. It’s a LIE. George didn’t say it. EVER. In fact, he didn’t even chop down the tree!

Parson Mason Weems (1759–1825), who was one of George Washington’s biographers, made the story up in an attempt at highlighting Washington’s honesty.

It was probably the first recorded event of “White House Spin!” LOL!

This “cherry tree” tale is not the only myth about Washington. We’ve all heard the one about Washington’s wooden dentures. Bullpucky. They weren’t really made of wood. No. They weren’t. Geppetto wasn’t commissioned to spend weeks making ole’ George a set of fake choppers. George Washington’s dentures  were made from a set of (get this) hippopotamus teeth that had been filed down so that they would fit into Washington’s mouth.

If you’ve seen some of the “historically accurate” portraits of old George, that certainly explains a lot! 🙂

Also (probably due to the “Cherry Tree Chopping” lie) Cherry Pies are traditionally served on President’s Day.

Did you know that George Washington wasn’t particularly fond of cherries?

George Washington’s Birthday

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Although George Washington’s birthday is celebrated on February 22, it is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of February.
Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731.

How can that be?

Well, first the daddy and the mommy wrestle and make cooing snorting sounds and then… nine months later… wait, that’s not it! 🙂

During Washington’s lifetime, people in Great Britain and America switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar (something most of Europe had done in 1582).

As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates.

A while back in Missoula, I overheard a couple of kids talking about a lecture they’d recently attended in college. One of them told the other that he had no idea how John Lennon’s son Julian could have gotten himself into a position of influence and then changed our calendars. When they overheard me laughing at them, they asked what was so funny. I told them that they needed to start working on their memorization skills. When they looked at me funny, I suggested a phrase I thought would benefit them most;

“Would you like fries with that?”

Where were we? Oh yeah… Calendars.

People born between January 1 and March 25 (remember that George was born Feb 11th) also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732. Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote;

“My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution.”

Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong.

Did you know that people think Robert E. Lee was George Washington, reincarnated?

The claim is that George Washington was reincarnated as Robert E. Lee in what might be the world’s most obvious example of a ‘direct reincarnation’! Alexandria, Virginia was also home to young Robert E. Lee whose father – ‘Light-Horse’ Harry Lee – was perhaps the general’s best-friend. It was he who delivered the famous eulogy of Washington;

“First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen”.

Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis who was the great-granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington. Lee’s father-in-law was George Washington Custis who was the step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington. At the time of Lee’s wedding, Arlington House was a memorial to Washington and had more of his memorabilia than Mount Vernon!

There is a very long list of ‘coincidences’ re: Washington & Lee. If one is open-mined to Gen. Washington being reincarnated as Gen. Lee, then the question begs,

“Who was Lee reincarnated as?”

The BIGGEST clue is military genius. Add that he also imitated Washington and became president: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Is it a ‘coincidence’ that Ike bought a farm near Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg?

Now… get ready for the obligatory “Obama Selfie” as he once again plasters his face over any historical event he possibly can.

Till next time…

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