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Want to know something quirky about someone famous? Curious about butterflies or sharks or the Statue of Liberty? Looking for the perfect quote to match an important occasion? Need a joke to cheer up a friend?
Paw Prints has hundreds of anecdotes about the famous and the infamous. Browse through thousands of factoids, quotes, and jokes — all guaranteed to tickle your fancy or your funny bone.

Let freedom ring

James Madison

James Madison

(1751–1836)

At the Constitutional Convention Madison was one of the most active speakers, and many wise provisions owe their origin to his foresight and learning. Apt to get carried away when addressing the Convention, he asked a friend to sit by...

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U.S. colonial flag

American History Q&A

How many Liberty Bells have there been? Did Betsy Ross design the American flag? Find answers to these and other questions related to American history.
American History Q...

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The Statue of Liberty closeup

The Statue of Liberty

The face of the Statue of Liberty was modeled on the face of Charlotte Bartholdi, the mother of designer Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.
The Statue of Liberty Factoids

Bald Eagle

America

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Quotes About America

Bald Eagle

Eagles

Two eagles build a nest and return each year to add a bit here and a bit there.
Eagles Factoids

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

(1756–1776)

In September 1776 Hale volunteered for a spying mission behind the British lines in New York. He was disguised as a Dutch schoolteacher, but was betrayed, arrested, and hanged on the following day. On the scaffold he is reported to have...

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Patriot

Patriotism

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.”
Patriotism quotes

Old Glory

Freedom

Freedom does not mean that right to do whatever we please, but rather to do whatever we ought...
Freedom quotes

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette

(1757–1834)

The harvest of 1783 was a poor one, but the bailiffs of Lafayette's estates at Chavaniac had managed to fill the barns with wheat. “The bad harvest has raised the price of wheat,” said the bailiff. “This is the time to sell.” Lafayette...

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Two cows

The Two-Cow Theory of Various Organizational Philosophies

Political and governmental philosophies explained in terms of two cows.

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Military Service Emblems

Movie Stars’ Military Service

Below is a list of famous movie stars who weren’t just acting when they portrayed men in uniform...they were/are also veterans. We offer them a sincere thank you for their service.
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One of many talents

“I’m good at firework displays. I’ve got a flare for it.”

Stand-up Colonists

Q: Which colonists told the most jokes?

A: Punsylvanians!

What if...

“What do you get if you cross a stegosaurus with a firework?” Dino-myte.

Word balloon

The Power of Words

“Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.”
Quotes about words

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

(1706–1790)

At the signing of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence John Hancock, one of the signatories, observed, “We must be unanimous, we must all hang together.” Franklin replied, “We must...

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Yankee alert

Advice to Yankees Moving South

Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later how to use it.

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I Never Knew That

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
More “I never knew that!”

Happy Birthday, America