Gerald Ford: The Man No One Could Caricature

Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States and pardoner of Richard Nixon, was a cartoonist’s nightmare. As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time when editorial cartoonists had a president who was so boring-looking that he was almost impossible to draw. No one could seem to agree on what Ford’s most dominant figure was — his chin, his forehead, his upper lip? As a result, caricatures of the president varied widely from artist to artist. Normally, cartoonists would wait for comedians to point out what was wrong with a president’s face and take it from there. They soon discovered that they almost had to label the president with big letters on his coat, just to show who the caricature was. They all agreed that Ford had a lot of weird deformities, but he was just too hard to draw.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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