Episode 23: Hocus POTUS
Hail to the Chief! It's an episode of Facts Machine all about U.S. presidents. Listen to find out why it's not safe to run for president in 2020, how to win friends and influence people to crowdfund your mausoleum, and which president was arrested for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage.
This episode was written and hosted by Emily Costa, Rob Frawley, and Noah Guiberson. The episode was produced and our theme was composed by Anthony Antonelli. Our logo was designed by Mike Zolla.
Thumbnail photo: Ulysses S. Grant, naturally. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Solar Eclipse of 1806, also known as Tecumseh’s Eclipse, lent credence to Tenskwatawa’s identity as a prophet as well as a new term to our astronomical lexicon. The first use of “corona” to describe the “crown” of solar light surrounding the darkened moon during an eclipse is attributed to Spanish astronomer José Joaquín de Ferrer, who coined the term while observing the 1806 eclipse from Kinderhook, New York.
Possibly of interest to Joan Quigley, the Reagans’ astronomer, five of the Curse of Tippecanoe’s victims were also Aquariuses! (Aquarii?) The most represented sun signs among the U.S. presidents are Aquarius and Scorpio, with five presidents born under each. Scorpio is also the most frequent sun sign among world leaders overall.
Correction: We must issue a correction for the pronunciation of Leon Czolgosz’s surname, which we’ve since learned is closer to “chih-goss”. Goethe also (almost) rhymes with “yurt, eh?”, despite what this video would have you believe.
Shout-out to this story at NPR for nice summary of the bald-hairy Russian political roster and the most apt depiction of it we’ve come across:
The Washington Post re-visited Ulysses S. Grant’s arrest in a 2018 piece considering the (highly relevant) possibility of indicting a sitting president. The article’s header features an excerpt from The Washington Evening Star’s 1908 coverage of the story: