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George Washington, Shame On You!

April 20, 2010

It seems that our first president, that paragon of virtue who could not even lie about cutting down a cherry tree (although he apparently had no problem going around randomly cutting down cherry trees), was a bandit borrower of books:

Founder of a nation, trouncer of the English, God-fearing family man: all in all, George Washington has enjoyed a pretty decent reputation. Until now, that is.

The hero who crossed the Delaware river may not have been quite so squeaky clean when it came to borrowing library books.

The New York Society Library, the city’s only lender of books at the time of Washington’s presidency, has revealed that the first American president took out two volumes and pointedly failed to return them.

At today’s prices, adjusted for inflation, he would face a late fine of $300,000.

It should be noted that this story is from a British news source, so it should be taken with a grain of sore loser salt.

And holy cow—we’ve just found a terribly incriminating photo of the Father of our Nation about to engage in one of his notorious book thefts! Join us after the jump for this shocking, never before seen photo!

He’s got a sword in his hand! Who’s going to say no?!

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James Fandrick
James Fandrick
April 20, 2010 2:52 pm

That is hilarious. ROFLMAO

Sara in Al
Sara in Al
April 20, 2010 3:26 pm

Good one.

MARLENE HUGHES
MARLENE HUGHES
April 20, 2010 5:39 pm

FORGET COLLEGE!! THESE FANTASTIC BOOKS OF YOURS IS ALL I NEED!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE KNOWLEDGE I’VE GAINED SITTING ON THE TOILET! VERY INTERESTING READING.

Aikou
Aikou
April 21, 2010 6:01 pm

So funny and I really like reading your books, I have [S]all[/S] a lot of them

Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson
April 24, 2010 11:11 am

I read a story (actually many stories in your great books) about Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) in one of your books some time ago. The story was about the formation of the mountain, the scuptor, how the faces were chosen, etc. Can you please tell me how to find the edition containing the story?

Thom
Thom
May 21, 2010 11:03 am

Sorry, Calvin, didn’t see your post until today. I hope you see this reply: We did the story of Mt. Rushmore all the way back in UJBR #2 (p. 132) – about 800 years ago, it seems. It’s also mentioned in Great Lives (61) and National Parks (238).

Hope that helps.

Thom

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