Question: How big a pencil-neck trivia geek are you?
Answer a series of forehead-slapping anecdotal factoids. It’s up to you to weigh each fact in each anecdotal factoid. They’re tricky. One might seem like total B.S. until it’s revealed to be strangely and disturbingly “True.” Another anecdotal factoid might seem to contain all solid and verifiable facts until it’s revealed to be yet one more big fat garden variety “Bald-Faced Lie.” And here’s the trickiest part: an anecdotal factoid might even be “Half-True“; in other words, a mishmosh of truths and bald-faced lies, where you don’t know where one ends and the other begins, much like the usual slop served by Madison Avenue, Washington D.C., and the Internet in its entirety.
Category: Hail to the Decider!
Decide for yourself, and mark “T” for “Truth”, “F” for “Bald-Faced Lie” or “TF” for “Half-Truth” in the blank slot next to each factoid.
The answers will be revealed in a follow-up “Answers” article.
1) __ George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States even though there have only been 42 presidents.
2) __ In 1986, right before his 40th birthday, George W. Bush realized that he was an alcoholic after taking Zeta Beta Tau fraternity brother Richard Clemons Jr. on a ride in his Cessna airplane and nearly crashing on take-off. It was this near death experience that caused him to stop drinking.
3) __ In his twenties, George W. Bush was arrested for trying to tear down the goalposts at Princeton’s football stadium after a Yale-Princeton game. He was also once arrested after getting drunk and stealing a large Christmas wreath from a downtown New Haven, Connecticut store.
4) __ In 2002, George W. Bush was fishing alone at his parents’ Kennebunkport compound when a crazed hissing rabbit swam toward his boat and tried to climb inside. He fended off the rabbit by splashing it. He immediately reported the incident to the Secret Service.
5) __ Also in 2002, Bush was alone watching a football game in the White House when he began to choke on a pretzel. He passed out and fell on the floor so hard that he bruised his lip and cut his cheek. Luckily, his wife Laura was in an adjacent room.
6) __ In 2004, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that George W. Bush had actually served or showed up for drill between May and November of 1972, during his supposed service in the Alabama National Guard during the Vietnam War. According to Trudeau, there had been over 1300 responses to his offer, but no credible evidence. “You can be sure some very motivated people have tried to find a witness who can establish Bush’s presence at Dannelly Base beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.
7) __ Also in 2004, George W. Bush took ten members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club on a tour of the Oval Office. Although Bush is known for having a strict policy of restricting jeans in the Oval Office, the bikers were clad in jeans and leather jackets. After the tour, Bush discovered that a box of his vintage pre-Castro Cuban Cohiba cigars were missing.
8) __ President Bush has been an avid comic book collector since he was a boy. His most prized possession is a copy of “Action Comics #1”, one of the most valuable comic books in the world, noted for the first appearance of Superman.
(see part two for answers)