Wiki Wormhole: The president’s desk was once trapped in an iceberg, and other stories

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or reading up on Christmas carols, because you just haven’t heard enough of them while doing your shopping this week. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,234,584-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: The Resolute desk

What it’s about: The most important desk in America. Since 1961, when Jacqueline Kennedy brought it into the Oval Office for her husband to use, five U.S. Presidents have sat at the Resolute desk, signing legislation and making decisions that have governed the fate of the nation.

Strangest fact: The desk is probably the only piece of White House furniture to cross the Arctic Circle. In 1854, Britain sent the HMS Resolute northward on a journey of Arctic exploration. The vessel …

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