The Time Kate Warne, America’s First Female Detective, Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life (Cool Weird Awesome 482)

Today in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, having been snuck into the city to avoid a plot against his life in Baltimore. Kate Warne, the first women detective in America, was key to getting him there safely. Plus: Alex Trebek's family has donated some of the late Jeopardy! host's suits for a very fitting cause.

2021-02-23T08:15:33-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Abe Lincoln Said Thanks But No Thanks To A Herd Of Elephants (Cool Weird Awesome 229)

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln wrote to the king of Siam, now Thailand, to say thanks, but no thanks, to the king's offer of a herd of elephants. It was a gracious letter, which was appropriate because elephants themselves have lovely manners.

2020-02-03T08:54:10-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Abraham Lincoln, Wedding Planner (Cool Weird Awesome 162)

Today in 1800 President John Adams moved into the White House, the first chief executive to live in what was then called the President’s Mansion. One of the house's most adorable stories - though possibly an apocryphal one - is the time in 1862 that Abraham Lincoln supposedly helped a couple elope. Plus: the New England WizardFest gets underway this weekend in Massachusetts. Mischief managed!

2019-11-01T06:15:42-04:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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