As the eleventh president, James K. Polk was president from 1845 to 1849. He’s often referred to as the first “dark horse” president, elected over Whig candidate Henry Clay. Despite limiting himself to a single term, he had four objectives that he attacked: cut tariffs, reestablish an independent U.S. Treasury, secure the Oregon territory, and acquire the territories of California and New Mexico from Mexico.
His presidency resulted in a great expansion to the United States, as well as falling out with Mexico. Though he entered the White House full of energy, the stresses of the position took their toll on Polk. Shortly after leaving the presidency, Polk passed away.
I Think We Can All Agree: Best Dog
Guide dogs have tough jobs, which is why they require all that training, the correct temperament, and affection toward their handlers. It's not easy, and it's quite a bit more difficult if you happen to be a guide dog in one of the worst disasters of the twenty-first century.
Roselle performed to the highest standards of guide dog stardom, leading more than just her owner to safety. She also provided some dog love to a woman that was unable to handle the event. She became the most famous guide dog in America, despite being asleep under her owner's desk when the plane impacted above them. After a lifetime of heroism and being a very good girl, Roselle passed away in 2011.
Just Hold a Boombox Outside Her House, Dude
Muammar Qaddafi had a big crush on one Condoleezza Rice. We can't exactly blame him for that, but we can say he didn't exactly go about it the right way. When Libyans raided his palace in Bab al Azizia, they found a scrapbook full of photos of the former U.S. Secretary of State. Like, a homemade scrapbook. He would ask other members of the State Department why his “African Princess” wouldn't visit him.
He eventually showed her the song he had commissioned, which was on a videotape – it included photos of Rice with President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and other world leaders. The name of the song was “Black Flower in the White House.” While the song was weird, Rice reported it at least wasn't raunchy.
It Doesn't Matter the Password
Whether your password was “P4ssw0rd” or the entire text of “A Tale of Two Cities,” just typing e and h into the password field of Hotmail gave anybody – anybody – access to the emails contained within. This was discovered by a group calling themselves “Hackers Unite,” doing so in order to draw attention to the poor security that Microsoft had set up for people's emails.
Some thought that it was a backdoor left in the program for Microsoft's benefit. Microsoft, obviously, denies this idea. Thankfully, the fix was a quick one, and thanks to the Hacker's Unite group, people's emails were a little more secure.
Gotta Stay Fresh
Apparently, there are lots of birds that like to take this tactic in order to protect themselves from dangerous blood-sucking lice. It isn't always ants – birds sometimes use garlic snails, amphipods, millipedes, grasshoppers, wasps, or other creatures. Not only does this defend against lice, but it's thought to protect against ectoparasites, helps with feather grooming, makes the ants safer to eat, and even helps certain birds molt.
Of course, it's difficult to tell which of these are the real case, since they're all just theories. Still, the formic acid is, at the very least, a defense against lice, and that's as good a reason as any.