Five Random Facts For Tuesday
1. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is misspelled. It’s named after an explorer named Giovanni da Verrazzano, and his last name has two z’s. The bridge only has one.
2. The White House was totally open to the public through the early 1900s. Andrew Jackson had to spend his first night as president in a hotel because the 20,000 people partying at the White House after his inauguration were too rowdy.
3. The phrase “blowing smoke up your [you-know-what]” comes from the late 1700s, when doctors would give tobacco enemas to drowning victims to resuscitate them.
4. The Lakers and the Clippers both play at the Staples Center in L.A., but the arena has different capacities depending on who’s playing. Because of the way they lay out the courtside seats, there are about 60 more tickets available when the Clippers play.
5. There was an official U.S. presidential yacht until Jimmy Carter got rid of it in 1977.