June 28th, 2008


22 of 30 - Presidential Pets

   Today I bring you the top ten most awesome pets of US Presidents! (This is not a complete list of presidential pets or of all the pets of the named presidents, just the awesome ones!)

10 Calvin Coolidge: An antelope?!

9 Jimmy Carter: A siamese cat named "Misty Malarky Ying Yang"

8 George W Bush: A Longhorned Cow named "Ofelia"

7 Abraham Lincoln: Actually had a dog named "Fido"

6 Theodore Roosevelt: A one legged rooster. Also a badger among other things.

5 John Adams: Dog named "Satan"

4 James Garfield: Dog named "Veto"

3 George Washington: Dogs named "Sweet Lips" (!?) "Drunkard," and "Tipsy"

2 McKinley: Parrot named "Washington Post"

and the winner...

1 Benjamin Harrison (there was such a president?!): two possums named "Mr Reciprocity" and "Mr Protection".

(Hey possums are currently winning in the poll on what I should blog about (= )

Complete list here. So many early presidents had things like alligators, donkeys and roosters I didn't incldue them in my list!
   Recall also that I had mentioned that Socks the famous Clinton cat has been discarded by the Clintons ... because they're insenstive monsters!!

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My pet chicken.

23 of 30 - Rant on Pretentiousness

   tonytornado2003 has issued a challenge that translates to "Write an entry that has a rant involving what you hate about 1 certain type of myspace photo" for me (and xaositecte).

   And of course, the topic of bad myspace photos is a well documented phenomenon and I'll point to the professional analysis of such here. But the existence of such documentation only makes it harder to come up with a rant! But I will prevail!

   It brings to mind a peculiar and relatively undocumented phenomena of girls not tagging or even untagging themselves in pictures on facebook. This procedure is understandable when applied to only your worst photos or those photos of you making out with someone regrettable at the local pub, but some girls I've noticed apply the untaggery to the extreme.
   I asked a girl about this once and she responded "it wasn't till recently that i would tag myself in my own pictures... i thought it made one pretentious." Well, I disagree. What is pretentious is that this same girl has posted about a million pictures of herself. Whether or not she tags herself in them only disguises the self-absorbtion which is already abundant.
   And on the subject of self-absorbtion, I would like to note that the most egotistic comment I've ever seen is when an associate of mine in her (LJ) bio put merely "I don't like to brag." Meaning.. you couldn't think of a single thing to say about yourself that wasn't about how mindblowingly awesome you are?! I think that simple statement conveyed heavier egomania than an entire essay about herself would have.

   Also, tonytornado2003's own post on the topic reminds me of something else that gets me riled up with loathing. Occasionally on the radio on the way home I'd hear commercials for a dating site for girls that caters specifically to girls who ALREADY HAVE A BOYFRIEND and want to cheat. I think the existence of this is absolutely dispicable. Like. Seriously. The commercials fill me with rage. I can remember the the name of it actually but I refuse to give them any advertizing by repeating it (even though I know none of you would utilize it).

   So yeah. Thats my rant. (=

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