Fun Video Facts
The videos launched as promotional videos for POTUSMatch.com are not simply entertainment! Did you catch some of the little fun or interesting references hidden?
Isabelle Wright on Abraham Lincoln
- Lincoln is referenced in having his own patent; he received Patent No. 6469 on May 22, 1849, for a device to lift boats over shoals. He had developed a scale model (currently in the Smithsonian) for the submission, which he partly described as "a new and improved manner of combining adjustable buoyant air chambers with a steam boat or other vessel for the purpose of enabling their drought of water to be readily lessened to enable them to pass over bars, or through shallow water, without discharging their cargoes." The invention was never manufactured, but it currently makes him the only U.S. President to hold a patent. While this might come as a surprise to many, Lincoln had a lifelong fascination with mechanical gadgets, and his support for improved technology served him well during the Civil War when new inventions to help win the war were greatly needed.
- "Four Score and Seven Years Ago" is from the Gettysburg Address, given on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A "score" equals 20 years, so 20 x 4 = 80, and 80 + 7 = 87, so it was an eloquent way of saying 87 years ago.
- A "Full measure of devotion" line that Isabelle refers to at the end is also from the Gettysburg Address. It is from the last sentence of the 272 word speech, considered to be one of the greatest in U.S. History:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.