Welcome to PAW PRINTS, a collection of interesting and humorous trivia about people, animals, places and more.

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.

Fathers are pretty awesome

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

(1782–1852)

Webster’s father left him and his brother Ezekiel alone one day and gave them specific instructions as to the work they were to accomplish. On his return, he found the task still undone, and severely questioned his sons about their...

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Family hour

Fatherhood Wisdom

“If by chance I talk a little wild, forgive me; I had it from my father.” [Henry VIII I, 4]
Fatherhood Wisdom

cowboy

Gene Autry’s “Ten Commandments of a Cowboy”

1A cowboy never takes unfair advantage — even of an enemy.

2A cowboy never betrays a trust...

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American Gothic painting by Grant Wood (1930)

The Auction

Ole and Lena’s bull took sick and died, so they needed to go to the auction to buy a new one. Ole had to get the crops in and couldn’t leave the farm, so Lena took the train to the city to buy a bull. If she was successful, she would...

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African lion

Lions

Male lions don’t hunt for food ... or at least not for most of it. Female lions do nine-tenths of the hunting.
Lion Factoids

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(1749–1832)

In 1830, Goethe’s dissipated son August, who had caused his father much disappointment and care, died in Rome. When the news was brought to Goethe, he said “I was not unaware that I had begotten a mortal.”

Violin Practice

Little Harold was practicing the violin in the living room while his father was trying to read in the den. The family dog was lying in the den, and as the screeching sounds of little Harold’s violin reached his ears, he began to howl...

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What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.
medal

Heroes & Courage

“Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.”
Quotes of Heroism & Courage

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

The Human Animal

Man is the only species that buries its dead.
The Human Animal Factoids

Sid Luckman

Sid Luckman

(1916–1998)

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Sid Luckman was the famed quarterback of the Chicago Bears. His father, an immigrant tailor, did not get many chances to see his son play. Luckman made sure they were there for one important game against the...

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King of the jungle

The Lion’s Share

“The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep.”
The Lion’s Share

My father had a profound influence on me...

Did you know...

Male cheetahs, often brothers, usually form a coalition of 2 or 3; only rarely will a male live alone.

red car in the snow

Following Daddy’s Advice

It was snowing heavily and blowing to the point that visibility was almost zero when the little blonde got off work. She made her way to her car and wondered how she was going... cont’d...

Hunters From Prague

A couple of hunters from Prague are out hunting, and an emormous bear runs up and in a single gulp devours one of the hunters. Miraculously, the swallowed hunter remained alive, trapped in the belly of the grizzly.

The other...

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Did you know...

A widowed male ostrich never remates.

Tecumseh

Tecumseh

(c. 1768–1813)

In 1810 William Henry Harrison, then governor of Indiana Territory, was negotiating with Tecumseh in order to try to prevent open hostilities. He ordered a chair to be brought for the Shawnee chief. The man who brought it said, “Your...

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Lion King

The Golden Throne

A native king learned that anthropologists were heading his way, bent upon carrying off his cherished golden throne.

The wise king elected to hide the throne in the rafters of his hut, and retired, smugly content that his treasure...

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Volcano

Volcanoes

Only one continent has no active volcanoes ... Australia. Curious, isn’t it? Being so close to the Indonesian popping pot.
Volcano Factoids

Scarlet kingsnake

Snakes

Most popular pet snake is the king. Most common pet name for same is Elvis.
Snakes Factoids

U.S. Presidential Seal

Presidential Character

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.”
Quotes about Presidential Character

Just Following Orders

A new soldier was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear. No car was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. A big Army car came up with a general seated in the back.

The sentry said, “Halt, who...

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Sunday drive

Traveling by Car

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.”
Traveling by Car

I love you Dad
The love of a father is one of nature's greatest masterpieces.