One of the nice things about playing poker for a living is that we can take random trips whenever we feel like it. G had Friday (and Monday) off for Martin Luther King Day so we took a little overnight trip. [Warning: random digression ahead]
"Probably" because I hadn't really thought about it. So I decided to do a little research. My vote would have been for George Washington. But last time I checked, being pro-George Washington doesn't win you many votes. Michael Hart wrote a book that listed the top 100 most influential people in world history. George Washington was on there, and so was Martin Luther (the Protestant dude), but no Martin Luther KING. Don't feel bad - Gandhi didn't make it on the list either. Anyway, there was an interesting list in Atlantic magazine and the top 10 influential figures in American History went like this:
10. Woodrow Wilson. I guess beating the hell out of Nazis is considered a good thing.
9. Thomas Edison. "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." I wrote a college essay on that quote and got in somewhere... decent.
8. Martin Luther King Jr. If getting 8th place gets you the top prize, there would be a lot of happy swimmers out there. (there are 8 lanes in a pool, for the sports-challenged out there)
7. John Marshall. I must've been asleep during this portion of my American history class. Maybe that's why I didn't get into Haaavaaad.
6. Benjamin Franklin. You don't get on a box of Quaker Oats for nothing. Wat? That's not him?!?
5. Alexander Hamilton. The dude on the $10 bill. Very underrated the $10 bill.
4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Nazi-hating confirmed.
3. Thomas Jefferson. Setting that fine American precedent of schtupping the help... JFK, Clinton, Schwarzenegger, etc.
2. George Washington. Yup.
1. Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Fly's vote. I guess they gave him some style points for getting shot.
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