Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Something I Have To Share

So I'm driving home from work yesterday and I end up listening to a radio interview with Douglas Brinkley about a new book he's written about Teddy Roosevelt and his contributions to the American environmental movement. The book (Wilderness Warrior) sounded reasonably interesting, and I'm sort of mildly paying attention when Brinkley lets fly with what I think may be the single greatest bit of presidential trivia ever: Theodore Roosevelt owned a pet badger named...

...wait for it...



After further research I learned Josiah was "tossed on to the Presidential train as it traveled through Kansas in 1903 by a little girl, who shouted the animal's name to the President. Josiah was bottle-fed until he cut his teeth, at which point he started to nip at any legs available."

My estimation of Theodore Roosevelt--already fairly high--just went through the roof.

After searching the web, I've not been able to find any actual photos of Josiah, so instead I'll just put up a picture of a non-presidential badger. (By the way, "Presidential Badger"--fantastic band name).


Barbara Carlson said...

Second only the Presidential Wombat --


You started it...

Cartooniste said...

Wow. That story just made me happier than I could ever have imagined. The one question is - which underling was the designated presidential badger bottle-feeder?

JMW said...

Wait, Barbara, do you know of ANCIANT's predilection for wombats? And was there a presidential wombat?? The link seems inconclusive.

ANCIANT, this post started my day right.

Barbara Carlson said...

"Inconclusive" -- LOL

No, I didn't know of Anciant's penchant for wombats, but I hear the southern hairy-nosed wombat, although equally stout and sturdy, has larger ears than the common wombat, and its snout is coated with fine hairs.

What's not to love? In either case?

Barbara Carlson said...

And if there wasn't a Presidential Wombat, there should be. We need all the stout and sturdy we can get. They are calm but feisty when need be.

By the way, they can live 27 years in captivity.
In the wild, not so much. There is always a trade-off.

Barbara Carlson said...

However...as a wombat grows and matures, it becomes less and less friendly, and increasingly hostile and unpredictable. They have sufficient strength and speed to be dangerous.
Sarah "The Wombat" Palin.
Know fear, as Andrew S. would say.

Barbara Carlson said...

BTW, I did not post these at 5:43+++ AM. Default/random times, used to fill the space? They mean nothing, right?

Or is there some alternative time/space continuum in cyberspace that posters tap/type into?

Until I saw my own time/date today, I thought everybody else rose early or bedded very late.
Now, not so impressed.