Yeah yeah, so I couldn’t quite take a day off. Independence Day is a great day for a post about forgotten Presidents, so how could I resist?

One thing that I find interesting about checking the Digg headlines is the interest that the “mainstream” audience takes in knowing geography and history (especially given how poorly America tends to stack up in those areas). You may recall that a few months ago I mentioned the Geography quiz as a fun way to pass the time when you’re sick. These days I’m to the point where I can find any country on the map… except in Africa. Africa’s tough, but I’m getting there.

Anyway, another quiz surfaced recently on Digg asking you to identify our presidents. You have 10 minutes to enter the last names of all 43 Presidents. The nice (yet not-so-accurate) part comes in with Presidents who have the same last name – since typing the name once gives you all Presidents with that last name. I remember Harrison quite easily (it helps when you grow up in a neighborhood with streets named after Presidents), but I associated it with William Henry Harrison. I got Benjamin Harrison for free. Not that I remember him, but it looks like I did. Lucky me.

My favorite part comes in when you’re done – you can check out who the most forgotten President is. The winner? Chester A. Arthur!!

A list of a few Presidents and how forgettable they are.  Chester A Arthur wins the honor at a recognition rate of 49%.

Yet another dubious honor. These results aren’t permanent – in fact, the percentages are always changing. Personally, I don’t see how people can forget the administration which gave us the Tariff Act of 1883. You should take the quiz and try to make a different President more forgettable. Franklin Pierce is close on Arthur’s tail…

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  1. On July 9th, 2007 at 9:37 am, Lisa said:

    Chester A Arthur’s name was in Die Hard 3. Everybody who forgets about him missed that movie.

    Hopefully that means they won’t miss Die Hard 4 with the Mac guy (see, back to Apple).

  2. On July 10th, 2007 at 6:09 am, zsz said:

    I only remembered him being mentioned in that movie now that you reminded me. But I love that movie! Good call. What a travesty that he’s being forgotten.

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