Monday, July 23, 2012

Her Historical Highness' Pets

I do love me some history. All of my pets have historical names, you won't find any generic names like boots, duke, rover, and so on and so forth. The historian in me rises forth and will not accept such mainsteam generic names!

Here are my current and old pets, and their historical figures.

Calhoun the Kitty
Who also happens to be quite well spoken and feisty, yet not violent
much like the individual below
John C. Calhoun

Unashamably taken from wikipedia, despite how I tell my students not to cite the site...

"John Caldwell Calhoun ( March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was a leading politician and political theorist from South Carolina during the first half of the 19th century. Calhoun eloquently spoke out on every issue of his day, but often changed positions. Calhoun began his political career as a nationalist, modernizer, and proponent of a strong national government and protective tariffs. After 1830 he switched to states' rights, limited government, nullification and free trade. He is best known for his intense and original defense of slavery as something positive, his distrust of majoritarianism, and for pointing the South toward secession from the Union."

Boss Tweed the Alpha Beta Fish (no picture)

We called this fish Boss for a reason, he was a legit boss. We bought him because somehow his top fin was tied up in a knot. Boss also liked to bite, he would literally jump out of his bowl and bite your finger. Also Boss doesn't die, it as been almost four years now, for a beta that is a long time. he has traveled in plastic waterbottles throught the El and Metra of Chicago, been in many car rides and been left alone over vacations. By comparison, me and Katie's fish is still living, our suitemates, purchased at the same time, Pepito, died about a month later.

"William Magear Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878) – often erroneously referred to as William Marcy Tweed] and widely known as "Boss" Tweed – was an American politician most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and State. At the height of his influence, Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad, the Tenth National Bank, and the New-York Printing Company, as well as proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel.

Tweed was convicted for stealing an amount estimated by an aldermen's committee in 1877 at between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption, although later estimates ranged as high as $200 million.[3] Based on the inflation or devaluation rate of the dollar since 1870 of 2.7%, $25–$200 million is between $1 and $8 billion 2010 dollars. He died in the Ludlow Street Jail."

Other pets include and are not limited to:

Franz Ferdinand: Archduke of Austria, whos assasination began WWI.

Lord Nelson: British Admiral famous for naval tactics during the Napolionic Wars

Zero historical relevance
named by my brother

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