Friday, July 4, 2014

'Merican Quiz Answers Revealed & Closet Patriots Cheer!

For many years, my friend, Lordo and I had a task for July 4th.  Just for the record, a friend of Cherdo has to have an "o" at the end of their name...just ask Jacko, Trinnio, get the picture.

Lordo and I would gather all the kids together and work with them for a month in advance in preparation for the July 4th celebrations at a local historical fort. Costumes were required, of course! We spent untold hours looking for tricorn hats each year - there was something so fun about wearing them, that short people lost them in the following months.

The fort was usually windless, hot and packed with celebrants when we arrived. Armed with their lists, each child would step up to the microphone and recite the names of the signers Declaration of Independence by state. Public speaking fears, we attack you when you're young!

One year, Gonzo bravely played patriot melodies from colonial times. It's amazing what you can get kids to do when there is a huge red, white and blue cake involved.

The gracious hosts of the event continue without us; our kids are older and their volunteerism has shifted, but one of my favorite memories will always be the days at the fort.

Quiz Me! Answers:
  1. This president really was born on the 4th of July (please sing happy birthday to him tomorrow). Calvin Coolidge
  2. Did you think that the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 4th of July?  Wrong-o. How many people actually signed it on that day?  2
  3. What year did July 4th become a federal holiday?  1941
  4. Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?  Francis Bellamy
  5. What did Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat?  Macaroni!
  6. Another name for Veteran's Day is...   Armistice Day
  7. There were thirteen original colonies that became states...but what was the 14th?  Vermont
  8. Who was the first president to get married while in office?  John Tyler
  9. Who was the first president who was actually born in America?  Martin Van Buren
  10. One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was a shoemaker - who was it?  Robert Sherman
  11. Who was the only president who passed away before his parents?  John F. Kennedy
  12. What's the largest city in the United States - in square miles, not population?  Juneau  [Update! Janie Junebug challenges this information, and as I look further, no one agrees on fact, Juneau might now be third in Alaska, and Sitka might hold the top stop!!]
  13. Who was the first president to have been born in a hospital?  Jimmy Carter
  14. Three American presidents died on July 4th - who were they?  Thomas Jefferson & John Adams (1826), and James Monroe (1831)
  15. This president laid the cornerstone for the Washington monument, became sick with cholera later that night and died five days later - who was it?  Zachary Taylor
  16. Why were the stars (representing states) in a circle on the first flag?  So no one state would be above another (but, actually, though this was the reason - there's nothing official that states the stars represent the states or that certain stars are specific states.  You see, though I hypocritically deny you Google rights for this quiz, I googled by brains out.)
  17. Who was the first president to appear on television?  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  18. To show his disdain for ceremony, this president greeted ambassadors in his pajamas.  Thomas Jefferson
  19. His pet parrot had to be removed from his funeral - he was screaming obscenities at the mourners.  Zachary Taylor
  20. Who was the only president elected unanimously?  George Washington

Have a happy, fun and safe July 4th!


  1. "Happy 4th, dear Cherdo!" says your good friend Shadio!

    Not one "Nixon" answer??? Dang! I always thought if you threw enough poop against the side of a barn some of it was bound to stick! :)

    I'm going to challenge you on your answer to #10. Do you really expect me to believe that the shoemaker who signed the Declaration of Independence was teen singing idol Bobby Sherman? Shirley you jest!

    I can tell you and your kiddos (kid + o) racked up lots of happy Independence Day memories at your community's historical fort. Are the kids in the pictures your kiddos? I can testify that nothing beats spending a 100 degree 4th of July dressed like Paul Revere & the Raiders and sharing body heat with hundreds of other people jammed into a windless fort. I had similar experiences wearing my cub scout and boy scout uniforms back in the day such as one stifling hot, dreadfully uncomfortable mid summer trip to Washington, D.C. to explore the monuments and museums.

    I hope you got your Oscar Mayer wieners cooking, dear friend Cherdo, and that you will have a safe and happy 4th. Please remember to put plugs in Coco's ears tonight!

    1. It's a beef day for use - Oscar couldn'd make it.

      The handsome lad at the bottom and playing violin is a young Gonzo. Juggernaut and Magoo were too old for it (silly teens). Gonzo is now 16 and the last guy in the nest, if you don't count Hubzam. He got a life sentence.

      Happy 4th!

  2. You seriously need to get rid of the prove you are not a robot thing because this is not the first time I've written a comment, clicked on Publish, and forgotten to put in the stupid little numbers. Then I go my merry way until it occurs to me that my comment fricking disappeared. Now, I shall attempt to recreate the comment I wrote about ten minutes ago: Do you know why Yankee Doodle called his feather macaroni? I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and I have read in a number of guide books and been told by multiple people that Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S., area-wise. I shall be fact checking this fiction.

    Janie, who suggests comment moderation in place of prove you are not a robot

  3. Robo-removal complete!

    I accept the challenge to Juneau's geographic superiority, I do love accuracy. Perhaps my info was old and Jacksonville reigns supreme in sq. mileage. Show me the stats!

    If I remember, macaroni was an insult...sort of a french, fancy boy ne'er do well. A useless type.

    I still insist on reading your blog. ♡ Happy 4th!

    1. Janie - I can't even find three sites that agree on the "largest city" information, ha ha. I think my info was old. No matter who asked, or even the question, I'm going to say "Jacksonville" (this casserole tastes like it needs something....ah...Jacksonville).

  4. I knew a lot of those but some were new - Jefferson's PJs and Taylor's parrot certainly.

    Happy 4th!

  5. I'll bet the kids loved that! Getting to dress up and such--what a great way to learn about history!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo