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changingshades
07-04-2007, 10:13 AM
I got 33 on my first try. So just list your first try (http://www.sporcle.com/games/presidents.php)

Patrick J
07-04-2007, 10:21 AM
Perfect Score on my first try.

But then I spend 10 months a year sitting in a room with the portraits and names of them all hung up all around me...

JoeE
07-04-2007, 10:21 AM
Got all but one on my first try. Fucking Zachary Taylor, never in a million years would have remembered that guy.

Bryan H
07-04-2007, 10:29 AM
29, which is better than I would have thought. Putting in Harrison gave me 2 though, and I probably wouldn't have gotten Benjamin Harrison if not for that. But everyone remembers the guy who was president for a month.

Managed to squeeze in Van Buren at the last second!

SeanC
07-04-2007, 10:29 AM
17 and I am Canadian.

God, there were a couple I 'knew' but just couldn't get off the tip of my tongue (And now, it wasn't Clinton *ba-dum-bum*)

Mister Mets
07-04-2007, 10:33 AM
Washington
Adams
Jefferson
Adams
Madison
Jackson
Lincoln
Buchanan
William Henry Harrison
Ulysses S Grant
Monroe
Teddy Roosevelt
Taft
Hoover
FDR
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
LBJ
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton
Bush

Polk
Taylor
Fillmore
Johnson

Does Jefferson Davis count?

Ben
07-04-2007, 10:33 AM
25

Mike
07-04-2007, 10:58 AM
43 out of 43 with 7:46 left

tom daylight
07-04-2007, 11:12 AM
I got 14. but I bet I could ace a list of English Kings or Prime Ministers.

interesting how 4% of participants couldn't even name Bush or Clinton...

changingshades
07-04-2007, 11:13 AM
I got 14. but I bet I could ace a list of English Kings or Prime Ministers.

interesting how 4% of participants couldn't even name Bush or Clinton...

I think that factors in people, like me who refresh it at the end justdon't fill anything in

Patrick King
07-04-2007, 12:28 PM
I got 28... Seems like not much happened between the Civil War and WWI.

NickT
07-04-2007, 12:30 PM
Bush, Clinton, David Palmer and Bill Pullman.

Ray G.
07-04-2007, 12:35 PM
Got all but Fillmore and Van Buren. Can't believe I forgot Fillmore. Probably because I associate that name with a conservative duck.

Caley Tibbittz
07-04-2007, 12:41 PM
Grover Cleveland
William Jefferson Clinton
George H. W. Bush
Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
Richard Nixon
Linden Baines Johnson
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Andrew Jackson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Thomas Jefferson
James A. Garfield
John Monroe
Gerald Ford
Calvin Coolidge
Harry S. Truman
Al Gore

Chris McCarver
07-04-2007, 12:43 PM
Only got 27.

Caley Tibbittz
07-04-2007, 12:43 PM
Got all but Fillmore and Van Buren. Can't believe I forgot Fillmore.Considering their place to modern pop culture (Mallard Fillmore and Seinfeld respectively), it's embarrassing that I missed these.

On the positive side, I was home-educated and we never studied presidents as a group, so I did pretty well in that context.

artimoff
07-04-2007, 12:44 PM
I got 34 of 43. I can't believe I didn't remember Monroe. :sad:

Bill!
07-04-2007, 12:51 PM
35. As I'm sure with most people, all my misses came between 1850 and 1930. Some of those presidents just don't deserve to be remembered, like Harding.

Albert
07-04-2007, 12:52 PM
Just always remember, "We are the mediocre presidents, you won't find our faces on dollars on cents - there's Taylor, there's Tyler, there's Fillmore and there's Hayes - William Henry Harrison - 'I died in 30 days!'"

Albert
07-04-2007, 12:54 PM
35. As I'm sure with most people, all my misses came between 1850 and 1930. Some of those presidents just don't deserve to be remembered, like Harding.

Warren G. Harding was known for his skills as a regulator. Mound up!

Ray G.
07-04-2007, 12:56 PM
35. As I'm sure with most people, all my misses came between 1850 and 1930. Some of those presidents just don't deserve to be remembered, like Harding.

Harding deserves to be remembered solely for just how awful he is. He's one of those "legendary bad" presidents, much like Johnson, Hoover, and Adams.

Seriously, the guy's a classic. He spent three years paying off his buddies, and then died from bad shellfish. :lol:

Ryan F
07-04-2007, 03:26 PM
All of them with 8:04 left on the clock. Having the slots with the years helps.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 04:50 PM
38

Patton
07-04-2007, 05:05 PM
33...the clock stresses me out. It's like when mom used to time my ejaculations to build my stamina.

Foolish Mortal
07-04-2007, 05:44 PM
I was prepared to get all cocky and shit, but I didn't remember as well as I thought...

Here is all I managed to get after about five minutes and I got stumped...
http://www.imagefilez.com/out.php/t123277_Presidents.jpg (http://www.imagefilez.com/show.php/123277_Presidents.jpg.html)

And here's what it showed I missed...

http://www.imagefilez.com/out.php/t123278_Presidents02.jpg (http://www.imagefilez.com/show.php/123278_Presidents02.jpg.html)

Damn, I guess I need to beef up on my pre-Civil War and post Civil War knowledge. I missed a lot of guys in that time period. :?

Patrick J
07-04-2007, 05:46 PM
Harding deserves to be remembered solely for just how awful he is. He's one of those "legendary bad" presidents, much like Johnson, Hoover, and Adams.

Seriously, the guy's a classic. He spent three years paying off his buddies, and then died from bad shellfish. :lol:

Harding has been characterized by most historians and biographers as having been an extremely pleasant man who kept very bad company. He was also first President to have driven in any kind of motorcade.

I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
-Warren G. Harding

costello
07-04-2007, 05:58 PM
21 - too many on the tip of my tongue. The timer stresses me out.

Patton
07-04-2007, 05:59 PM
I did it twice and got about the same number, even though I memorized a bunch of the ones I had forgotten the first time.

I guess my brain only wants to remember that many.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:01 PM
21 - too many on the tip of my tongue. The timer stresses me out.

I expected the ones I missed would be "oh yeah, how could I forget that one?" presidents. But none of them were. They were all pretty forgettable anyway.

You know, like what's-his-face. And that one guy.

bradical
07-04-2007, 06:04 PM
I expected the ones I missed would be "oh yeah, how could I forget that one?" presidents. But none of them were. They were all pretty forgettable anyway.

You know, like what's-his-face. And that one guy.

true. we remember the ones that did something worth remembering.

38.

Patton
07-04-2007, 06:04 PM
I expected the ones I missed would be "oh yeah, how could I forget that one?" presidents. But none of them were. They were all pretty forgettable anyway.

You know, like what's-his-face. And that one guy.

That guy fucking sucked.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:05 PM
true. we remember the ones that did something worth remembering.

38.

Or, like James K. Polk, the ones that had songs written about them.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:06 PM
That guy fucking sucked.

Yeah, but why was he a dog? :?

Foolish Mortal
07-04-2007, 06:06 PM
All of them with 8:04 left on the clock. Having the slots with the years helps.
Damn you and your encyclopedic knowledge!! :mad:

Ben
07-04-2007, 06:07 PM
I bet I could've looked up all the presidents' names faster than you "geniuses" could remember them.

bradical
07-04-2007, 06:08 PM
Or, like James K. Polk, the ones that had songs written about them.

the holke, polke? he's one i forgot even though i sometimes do work in polk county.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:09 PM
the holke, polke? he's one i forgot even though i sometimes do work in polk county.

They Might Be Giants have a song called "James K. Polk."

changingshades
07-04-2007, 06:13 PM
They Might Be Giants have a song called "James K. Polk."

the Napoleon of the Stump, yes

bradical
07-04-2007, 06:13 PM
They Might Be Giants have a song called "James K. Polk."

ah.

Patton
07-04-2007, 06:14 PM
Yeah, but why was he a dog? :?

Because he dated that Ava chick.

John Drake
07-04-2007, 06:15 PM
11

I'm from Panama :)

Andrew j
07-04-2007, 06:16 PM
33

changingshades
07-04-2007, 06:25 PM
I swear to god I'll never remember Zach Taylor or Franklin Pierce no matter how many times I take this.

Got up to 40 this time because I couldn't remember those two and Fillmore


3 in a row, to boot

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:27 PM
I swear to god I'll never remember Zach Taylor or Franklin Pierce no matter how many times I take this.

Got up to 40 this time because I couldn't remember those two and Fillmore


3 in a row, to boot

If you remember Tyler, you should remember Taylor.

changingshades
07-04-2007, 06:27 PM
If you remember Tyler, you should remember Taylor.

should but I only remember Tyler because of Tippacanoe

Vroom_Socko
07-04-2007, 06:29 PM
I only got 29.

I can't believe I forgot Woodrow Wilson. The man created the League of Nations, for god's sake.

AAlgar
07-04-2007, 06:29 PM
should but I only remember Tyler because of Tippacanoe

Heh. I went through the denominations of money. "Washington, Lincoln..." when I got to Franklin, I thought "Benjamin Franklin wasn't a president, but... Benjamin Franklin Pierce was on M*A*S*H*... PIERCE!"

stevapalooza
07-04-2007, 06:44 PM
I got 31. Oddly enough I remembered some obscure ones like Taylor and Hayes, but completely forgot Hoover and Eisenhower.

Ryan F
07-04-2007, 07:00 PM
Damn you and your encyclopedic knowledge!! :mad:

You don't know how long and hard I've trained for this moment. :)