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I think the biggest challenge of The Year of Living Dangerously is going to be finding stuff that I can do during the work week.  Although I would certainly like to take several hours off and go explore some museum I’ve never been to or learn Mandarin, I have a feeling the company I work for would frown on that.

So during my lunch break I was trolling around on the Internet, looking for inspiration, and stumbled upon a video of a 5-year-old kid who could name all the Presidents of the United States.  In order.  I knew Washington, Adams, and Jefferson; understood that Lincoln, Truman, and a couple of Roosevelts were in there somewhere; and then was pretty solid from Kennedy to now.  Yes, I was having my basic American history ass handed to me by a 5-year-old.

No more, pal.  As of now, I officially know all of the US Presidents, in order (44 presidencies with 43 presidents because Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and is, therefore the 22nd and 24th).  I thought of recording a video of me reading their names aloud to prove that I had done it but I knew that would wind up on YouTube along with really snarky comments, so instead you’re just going to have to trust that I am about to type all of their names without cheating…. ready?

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland (again)
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George HW Bush
Bill Clinton
George W Bush
Barack Obama

I have a witness at work who will verify that I could list them all verbally earlier today.  Feel free to quiz me the next time you see me, although I will most likely forget half of this by tomorrow.  And once again a 5-year-old will be smarter than me.  Oh well.

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