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What’s so uncommon about a big white house?

February 20, 2012

image source, wikipedia

Truman called it a “glamorous prison” and the “great white sepulcher of ambitions”, but the American presidents simply call it home. The White House has been the dwelling of the Commander in Chief since John Adams and has become as iconic as the families who live there. Here are some Uncommon Facts about 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and the interesting characters who have graced the Oval Office.
1. The White House has 132 rooms! There are 35 bathrooms, 16 family guestrooms and 3 kitchens.

2. The White House was the largest house in the United States until after the Civil War.

3. Harry Truman’s mother refused to sleep in Lincoln’s bed during her stays in the White House, as she grew up in a Confederate home during the Civil War.

The Buck Stops Here Money Clip

4. To practice his golf, Dwight D. Eisenhower installed a small putting green in the Oval Office with a trap on one side. Finally in 1996, a full practice green was placed outside on the grounds.

5. The first woman recorded on the payroll at the White House was in 1889 under Benjamin Harrison. It is suspected that she worked as a secretary.

6. It takes 300 gallons of white paint to cover just the residential portion of the White House. The official color used is “Whisper White” by Duron.

7. First family pets are always an interesting topic and there have been many throughout the years. However, Calvin Coolidge had the most interesting menagerie with 12 dogs, 6 birds, two cats, two raccoons, a donkey, bobcat, lion cub, wallaby, pigmy hippo and bear.

8. John Quincy Adams was known to take a stroll from the White House to the Potomac River early in the morning for a naked swim.

9. The President and First Lady are charged for every meal they eat in the White House. They are also charged for incidentals, dry cleaning and toiletries, just like a hotel.

10. William Howard Taft was our heaviest president weighing in over 300 lbs. After he got stuck in the bathtub, all of the tubs in the White House were replaced with larger ones.

image source, Saturday Evening Post

These tidbits of information are sure to impress your friends this President’s Day. If you’re having dreams of a big white house for yourself, here is a collection of achromatic home decor pieces to turn your house white from the inside out!

info sources- Presidential Pet Museum, White House Historical Association, White House Museum

The Uncommon Life

Ja’von’s Uncommon Mom

April 27, 2011

Mother’s day is May 8th, but we’re skipping the greeting cards and opting to show our moms some love blog style! Today, Ugooder Ja’von tells us a little about her Uncommon Mama, Denise.

Ja’von’s Uncommon Mom

What’s one of your favorite memories with your mom?
Her kindness. She rarely ever gets upset!

What valuable lessons have you learned from your mom that you couldn’t have learned without her?
There are so many things that I’ve learned from her! My top 3 are:
1. I learned that being a single mom doesn’t have to be the end of your life but the beginning of a fun-filled chapter, in a book that’s even better than the first.
2. You never know who’s going to see you, so always be ready to make a first impression.
3. Nothing is owed to you and no one will work as hard for you as you will for yourself, so always dig your heels in and bring your “A” game.

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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Moms

April 20, 2011

Here at UncommonGoods, we wanted to do something extra special for Mother’s Day. We know that our moms helped us become the fun bunch of uncommon people we are today, so we’re taking this opportunity to shout out to our outstanding mamas!

I’m happy to kick off our Uncommon Moms series by sharing a bit about my mom, Carrie.

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