Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Liberty, President Gerald Ford’s dog, was trained to create diversions in meetings. If Ford wanted to end a conversation in the Oval Office, he would signal Liberty and she would go to the guest wagging her tail, creating a natural break.


  • There is a non-profit organization called “House With A Heart” that takes in and cares for senior dogs, many with special needs, that have been abandoned by their owners. The facility operates as a hospice, seeing to it that older dogs are not consigned to dying in shelters, or worse.


  • There is an Octopus species that cares for her eggs for 53 months, apparently not eating during this time and then dies. This brooding period is the longest known for any animal.


  • Winston Churchill is an honorary citizen of the United States of America, the first to be awarded and the only awarded non-posthumously.


  • Monarch butterflies seem to remember an ancient mountain that used to stand where Lake Superior is now, and they still veer around that long-gone obstacle during their migration flight across the lake.


  • Eton College, one of the most expensive schools in Britain, was originally founded to provide free education to poor boys.

Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.


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