Sunday, December 19, 2004

A Probably Interesting Place I'll Never Visit

Ever heard of "Hoover-ball," a game invented by President Herbert Hoover, where you throw a six pound medicine ball over an eight foot high net for no apparent reason?

Did you know that Herbert Hoover was married to someone named "Lou?" And that Lou was an avid knitter? It's true.

Did you know that Hoover was a world-class mining engineer and metallurgist? Or that he was made an honorary member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association?

Did you know that Hoover signed the law making the "Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem? Did you know that was probably his greatest accomplishment during his presidency?

Did you know that Hoover was one of only two presidents who donated his entire presidential salary to charity (Kennedy was the other)? He did that because he was rich. Bush is rich too, but giving away unnecessary wealth is un-Christian. If you are the right kind of Christian. Kennedy was a Catholic (pagan) and Hoover was a Quaker (weirdos who make oat-based food products, but little else).

Did you know that he was inaugurated on March 4, 1929 and not January 20 (the later date was established by the 20th Amendment). He was sworn in during a heavy cold, rain storm, but thankfully make his inauguration speech relatively short and sweet in light of the weather. Unlike that dimwitted Whig William Henry Harrison who died of pneumonia a month (April 1841) after giving an hour and a half long inaugural speech in freezing weather (many who had to shiver through that pap probably thought, "serves that rapscallion right.")

You can learn more about the afore-mentioned and more at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library ( in West Branch Iowa. Don't want to learn more? Consider yourself normal.


Blogger PSoTD said...

When is Ben Stiller going to do a movie on Hoover-Ball?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Joseph K said...

Welcome to the site...I am surprised Hoover Ball didn't catch on. It seemed to give those of us who throw heavy items for no reason a sense of purpose. I think I am going to see if I can find some vintage jerseys from some of the great Hoover Ball teams of the era (I am fired up for a vintage Interiror Secretary Ray Lyman Wilbur jersey in particular)

10:32 PM  

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