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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Who Keeps Writing All These Abraham Lincoln Books?

In honor of President's Day yesterday, Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington unveiled an impressive stack of over 15,000 different books about the one and only Abraham Lincoln. Over. Fifteen. Thousand. Different. Books. About. One. Person.    Amazing.



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Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

Me. I do.

I just submitted a post titled 'The Best Time I Wrote A Book On Abraham Lincoln Because IDK I Was Bored And H&M Was Closed'.

Megasus

Fiction or non-fiction? Basically I just want to know if Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was included.

tortietabbie

@Megan Patterson@facebook Did you see the trailer?! Holy shit, Abe is so badass! And so hot!

Megasus

@tortietabbie Yes! I might actually get my butt to the theatre. Also: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also super hot!

Lucienne

@tortietabbie It distresses me that there isn't more Rufus Sewell in the trailer.

tortietabbie

@Lucienne Also apparently Alan Tudyk is in the movie! Who knew?

Megasus

@tortietabbie whaaaaat!? DEFINITELY THERE.

SheWhoReadsInSkirts

@tortietabbie OH GOD ALAN TUDYK. Fiance was already emotionally invested in seeing this film; now I am WAY too excited. Alan Tudyk. You complete my trifecta of much older sometimes-redhaired celebrity crushes.

tortietabbie

This will be me someday! Except you'll all be saying, "There's ONLY 15,000 books about TT? This is a travesty!"

Anne

@tortietabbie You may enjoy my feline legal thriller: "Tort (i.e. Tabbie) [sic]." Its complicated title led to its demise.

annepersand

And I'm pretty sure my dad owns every single one.

whizz_dumb

@annepersand your dad seems too cool.

annepersand

@whizz_dumb He is so lame he's gone right 'round back to cool.

samafaye

1.) Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president. 15,000 books is NOT ENOUGH.
2.) I made a model of Fords Theater in eight grade, and we used popsicle sticks for the floor of the stage, and then stained it with real wood stain! It was LEGIT. It's one of the top five best things I've ever done.
3.) Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter the movie looks about ten million times better than the book seemed to me.

redheaded&crazy

@samafaye woah. wood staining popsicle sticks. that shit ain't messing around!

samafaye

@redheaded&crazy at 14 years old, we all thought that that was pretty much the best idea anyone had ever had. unfortunately, we won SECOND place because everyone thought that we cheated and had our parents help :(.

Audley

@samafaye Last night, my friends were arguing about who was the best president and one friend told a story she had read about how Lincoln once rescued three kittens whose mother had died.

Super Nintendo Chalmers

@Audley So I had to fact check this and it's truuuuuue:

Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, loved cats and could play with them for hours. When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, “cats.” President Lincoln visited General Grant at City Point, Virginia in March of 1865. The civil war was drawing to a close and the enormous task of reuniting the country lay ahead, yet the President made time to care for three orphaned kittens. Abraham Lincoln noticed three stray kittens in the telegraph hut. Picking them up and placing them in his lap, he asked about their mother. When the President learned that the kittens’ mother was dead, he made sure the kittens would be fed and a good home found for them.

Best president or bestest president?

New Commenter Name

Did anyone scroll down after reading the short article and see the pictures of ferocious underwater dogs? Also the stark white room covered in dot stickers? It hurts my brain.

cherrispryte

Haha - the Ford Theater Education Center is about 300 ft away from where I'm currently sitting. I shall go examine the books on my lunch break!
(Is this what it feels like to live in NY?)

catfoodandhairnets

@cherrispryte Well, if you don't go and then spend your lunchbreak reading the Hairpin instead and feeling guilty that you never take advantage of living in the cultural epicenter of the world, then it's exactly like living in NY is for me.

Tuna Surprise

@catfoodandhairnets

When you're out drinking in the West Village, point out to your friends that 45 Grove St. is the house John Wilkes Booth lived in when he planned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

meetapossum

Having attended a college associated with the Civil War, I am painfully aware of how ubiquitous Lincoln is. The guy is everywhere!

EpWs

@meetapossum I attended a college that was vaaaaaaaguely associated with Lincoln (some dude who ostensibly gave Lincoln some law books and/or encouraged him to go to law school went to my college...I don't know, I wrote a paper kind of debunking the whole myth my junior year, but no one listens to me) so especially for Lincoln's bicentennial, he was EVERYWHERE. I think they're now building a statue of him. As a loyal alumna, however, I will be seeing Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. School spirit and all that.

meetapossum

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I hope the statue is better than the one in Gettysburg. It looks like he's welcoming Perry Como to the town.

DDay

@meetapossum I love that statue! It is so cheesy awesome to take pictures with.

meetapossum

@DDay It's pretty much my favorite thing. I have a picture of me holding an umbrella over Lincoln's head from homecoming a few years ago.

Judith Slutler

As a certified Civil War Enthusiast (seriously the 150th anniversary did things to my brain apparently), I'd just like to pass along two things from the David Blight Open Yale course:

"Three subjects you can always sell books about: dogs, horses, and the Civil War".

AND THE BEST LINCOLN ANECDOTE OF ALL LINCOLN ANECDOTES:

Shortly before the election in 1864, when Lincoln was seriously worried that he might get his butt kicked in the election and that the next President might choose some kind of negotiated peace with the Confederacy, he invited Frederick Douglass to the White House. He asked Douglass to get in touch with his Underground Railroad buddies and start up some kind of secret movement to get as many slaves as possible out of Confederate territory in the event of Lincoln losing the election.

Tell me that isn't fucking awesome.

meetapossum

@Emmanuelle Cunt Sesquicentennial! It's been new favorite word for the last year.

Judith Slutler

@meetapossum It is a pretty awesome word.

notandersoncooper

My Zachary Taylor stack makes a nice night table.

Zeki Yol@facebook

great work, thank you. i always follow web sites. thanks for sharing. Fıkra .

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