By Samantha Weaver
• It was Israeli diplomat Abba Eban who made the following sage observation: “Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.”
• John Tyler fathered 15 children, more than any other U.S. president in history. He also holds the distinction of being the oldest president with living grandchildren. Tyler was born in 1790, and his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born in 1853. Lyon Gardiner, in turn, had children at a rather advanced age for fatherhood. Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924, when his father was 71, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928. Both men were still living in 2012, and the younger of the brothers maintained the Tyler family historic home, Sherwood Forest.
• Those who study such things say that the energy expended by those chewing bubble gum every day could power Los Angeles for the same length of time.
• The shamrock is often associated with Ireland, so you might be surprised to learn that it’s not the country’s national symbol. The official symbol is actually a Celtic harp, which makes Ireland the only country in the world to have a musical instrument for its national emblem.