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I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a history buff. I’m no sure how I made it through grade school knowing so little about the subject but I guess there’s no time like the present to learn a few things. Last night from 9PM to 2 AM, our kind friends at WGTS 91.9 took us around D.C. And these are just a few interesting facts that I can remember:

1. President Taft was the first president to get a bath tub at the white house but later got stuck in it, so I’m not sure that was such a good idea.

2. The cherry blossom trees that surround the water between the Washington monument and the FDR memorial were given to us by Japan, but they don’t actually grow any cherries. Just for looks.

3. There are snipers on the roof of the white house and they will shoot you in the kneecaps if you climb over the fence.

4. The capital used to be in New York City, then in Philadelphia. They moved it to the Maryland/Virginia area to make it less susceptible to ambush. They also created the District of Columbia so that no state actually has the capital in it. The down side of this is that the people that live in the ten mile area that is DC have no representatives in congress since they’re not a state.

5. In 1812, Madison was president and some people came and burned the White House down. Before it was burned, one of their servants mentioned to Mrs. Madison that it might be a good idea to try to preserve some of the old art work from the past presidents. This stuff is still around today in a museum or something, thanks to them.

One last thing…

We also visited the new World War 2 memorial and were reminded of the price that was paid by our armed forces. Thanks to those who gave their lives for our freedom and thanks to WGTS, especially Chaplain Terry Johnson, for the great history lesson!

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