Laugh with Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln was one funny President!Did you know America had a President who was famous for playing pranks, making jokes, and telling riddles?
Abraham Lincoln--the sixteenth President--had no need for comedy writers. He used his natural quick wit to make people laugh, and he used humor to make them stop and think.
The Young Prankster
Even as a boy, Abe must have thought about pranks and jokes. When he was about sixteen, he wrote in a school copybook (programming, library) copybook - (Or "copy member", "copy module") A common piece of source code designed to be copied into many source programs, used mainly in IBM DOS mainframe programming.
In mainframe DOS (DOS/VS, DOS/VSE, etc. :
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When Abe was a few years older, he played a practical joke at home. By that time Abe was almost six feet four inches tall, and his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, teased him gently about his height. She is said to have told him he'd better keep his head clean or she'd have to scrub her whitewashed ceiling.
Stories say that one day when his stepmother was away, Abe spotted two barefoot boys playing near a mud puddle and remembered what she had said. He decided to play a joke.
Abe asked the children to walk through the puddle, squishing the mud between their toes. Then Abe told them his plan and gathered the two on his doorstep. One by one, he picked up the boys and carried them into the house. Abe turned them upside down, telling each child to press his muddy feet onto the whitewashed ceiling. They "walked" across the ceiling, leaving a trail of gooey See GUI. brown footprints.
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. all accounts, when his stepmother returned, she laughed. Because Abe didn't intend his prank to be destructive, he covered the ceiling with new whitewash whitewash, white fluid commonly used as an inexpensive, impermanent coating for walls, fences, stables, and other exterior structures. It varies in composition, being generally a mixture of lime (quicklime), water, flour, salt, glue, and whiting, with other that same day.
Abe's Quick Wit
All his life, Abe Lincoln also cracked jokes about himself--especially about his awkward, gangly gan·gly
adj. gan·gli·er, gan·gli·est
[Alteration of gangling.]
Adj. 1. looks. Once when he was asked why he walked so crookedly, he reportedly replied, "Oh, my nose, you see, is crooked, and I have to follow it!"
Lincoln may have made fun of himself, but he didn't like using his quick wit to hurt someone else's feelings. Once, after an author read aloud to Lincoln from his new book, the author asked how he liked it. Abe Lincoln didn't like the book, but didn't want to say so. He is said to have told the author, "For people who like that sort of thing, that is about the sort of a thing they would like."
Another time, while visiting someone's house, President Lincoln took off his high stovepipe hat A tall silk hat with a brim, worn commonly as an item of formal dress by gentlemen in the late 1800's.
See also: Stovepipe in the reception room and left it on a chair. Later, when he returned to claim his hat, he discovered that a lady had sat on it. When she stood up to bow to Lincoln, she realized she had ruined the President's hat. Lincoln could have been angry, but he bowed to her, picked up his squashed hat, and is supposed to have said, "Madam, I could have told you that my hat wouldn't fit you before you tried it on!"
Lincoln often had quick responses to everyday situations, but it seems so did his son Tad. One story tells of the time they were eating together, and Lincoln corrected Tad's table manners Table manners are the etiquette used when eating. This includes the appropriate use of utensils. Different cultures have different standards for table manners. Many table manners evolved out of practicality. by saying, "Don't eat your fish with your knife, my boy. It's not polite."
Tad is supposed to have replied, "But, Father, is it polite to stare at folks when they're eating?"
A Love of Riddles
Because he enjoyed playing with words and meanings, Lincoln loved to tell riddles, showing how a situation might not be as simple as it appears.
During political arguments, Lincoln sometimes asked one of his favorite riddles: "How many legs will a sheep have if you call the tail a leg?"
Everyone guessed that the answer was five.
Lincoln always replied that the answer was four, not five, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. This answer must have made people smile, then think about what Lincoln was telling them--you can't solve a problem by simply changing a word or name.
Lincoln's Healing Humor
As President, Lincoln had to deal with two of the worst problems the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ever faced--the Civil War and slavery. But even as he struggled through years of tough decisions, the gaunt gaunt
thin plus obvious diminution in abdominal size, indicative of reduced feed intake leading to reduced gut fill. , sleepless Lincoln never lost his quick wit.
At a White House occasion, Governor Saunders of Nebraska is said to have told President Lincoln about a little settlement in his state near a stream called Weeping Water. Lincoln is reported to have said he thought that if the Indian name This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims.
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Americans remember Abraham Lincoln for his wise, solemn leadership during the Civil War and for signing the Emancipation Proclamation Emancipation Proclamation, in U.S. history, the executive order abolishing slavery in the Confederate States of America. Desire for Such a Proclamation
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Now, over one hundred years later, we also remember him for his humor. Lincoln's jokes and stories have been passed down through the years and retold re·told
Past tense and past participle of retell. in many different ways.