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Here's an item in the "It Makes You Wonder" category. The basic theme has been around for a long time and perhaps you've seen it before; if not you'll find it interesting. I've seen other versions of this material that went on for pages.

Odd but true.

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  1. There are seven letters in the names of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy.
  2. Both Presidents had the legality of their election contested.
  3. Both were directly concerned with the issue of civil rights.
  4. Lincoln's secretary, who advised him not to go to the theatre, was named Kennedy
  5. Kennedy's secretary, who advised him not to go to Dallas, was named Lincoln.
  6. Both were slain on a Friday and in the presence of their wives.
  7. Both were assassinated by Southerners favoring unpopular ideas.
  8. Both were succeeded by Southern Democrats who had served in the U.S. Senate.
  9. Both successors were named Johnson, whose first and last names contain a total of thirteen letters.
  10. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
  11. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  12. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln was born in 1839.
  13. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy was born in 1939.
  14. Both assassins were know by their three names.
  15. Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
  16. Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
  17. Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
  18. Both Presidents are depicted on U.S. coins.
  19. Booth and Oswald were murdered before their trials.
  20. Lincoln and Kennedy were carried on the same caisson.


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