Wiki Wormhole: Hail to the list of presidential pets

With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or wondering when Nate Silver will start putting up the big red/blue map so we can stop worrying about the election. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,084,953-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: United States presidential pets

What it’s about: From Martha Washington’s parrot to the puppy President Obama promised his daughters during his first inaugural address, pets have been part of every first family in our nation’s history. While the majority have been cats, dogs, and—in the pre-automobile era—horses, there have been some unusual furry creatures in the White House, and we don’t just mean Chester A. Arthur’s side-whiskers. If we had been planning ahead, we could have timed this with …

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