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Schott's Miscellany 9 August 2009

America and Britain signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, setting the frontier between the U.S. & Canada (1842)


A number of American presidents and first ladies have lent their name to cartoon characters or served as their inspiration. In The Simpsons, Bart's bespectacled friend Milhouse is named after Richard Milhous Nixon; Marge Simpson's chain-smoking mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, is named After Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier); and Mayor Quimby arguably shares some characteristics with JFK--including his accent and his wife's fondness for pillbox hats. According to one theory, William Howard Taft was the inspiration for Popeye's nemesis Bluto/Brutus. The newspaper comic strip Mallard Fillmore (about a politically conservative duck) is a pun on the name of the 13th president, Millard Fillmore; a Mallard Fillmore also appeared in the DC Comics series Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew. Yet, while the comic strip character Garfield shares his name with the 20th president, James Garfield, the strip's creator, Jim Davis, says the lasagna-loving tabby was named for his grandfather, James.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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