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Know Your Presidents! 8, 39, and 40

There have been five previous Know Your Presidents! posts, in which we've learned presidential numbers 9, 22, 24, and 33, 1, 2, 3, 12, and 14 , 16, 31, and 35, 11 and 18, and 32 and 42. You might want to bone up on these before continuing:

1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Thomas Jefferson
9. William Henry Harrison
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
14. Franklin Pierce
16. Abraham Lincoln
18. U.S. Grant
22. Grover Cleveland
24. Grover Cleveland
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
33. Harry Truman
35. John F. Kennedy
42. William Jefferson Clinton

Today we're adding three more, numbers 8, 39, and 40:

8. Martin Van Buren: This one comes from Freeven: "I could have had a V8!" (The B looks like an 8.) Were I coming up with one myself--but there's no point, since this is so good--I would have tried to see if I could connect it up to Seinfeld. I keep thinking of that episode with the Van Buren Boys:

JERRY: The Van Buren Boys? There's a street gang named after President Martin Van Buren?

KRAMER: Oh yeah, and they're just as mean as he was!

40. Ronald Reagan: You've heard of the FOUR horsemen of the Apocalypse? Inflation brings it up to FORTY. Ronald Reagan, of course, loved to ride horses on his ranch.

39. James Earl Carter, Jr.: They say you can't do it, but you can: somebody put the CARTer before the HORSEman, Ronald Reagan.

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Today we're adding two more, numbers 8, 39, and 40:

I can tell you weren't a math major, Debra!


Uh, right. Well, cutting and pasting you know. I'll fix it.


And Reagan was also responsible for all that INFLATION!

Keep 'em coming.

The only one I missed today was 9, so this is definitely working!


Debra! I hope you didn't think I was being serious! I just thought it was fun.


I know! But I hate using emoticons to signify such things. I feel toward emoticons what I feel toward exclamation points: I don't like them.


!!! :-( You don't like my emoticons OR my exclamation points!? However can I express myself then? Surely you're not suggesting more words!


No, *your* emoticons and exclamation points are just dandy. I just can't bring myself to do it, that :) business. While recognizing that they serve a function.

Must think of an argument not to bring the girls to the store....

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

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