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Presidential Middle Names

May 29, 2013
Originally published on May 31, 2013 10:19 am

Can you guess the Simpsons character whose first name is a Presidential middle name? If you said Milhouse, named after Richard Milhous Nixon, then you're off to a great start. In this game, Jonathan Coulton spices up the names of U.S. Presidents by "expanding" their middle names to include other famous people or characters.

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Let's welcome our next two contestants: Scott Sanders and Tim Kilroy.


EISENBERG: So we have two dads here that are both really into American history. All right, Tim, who is the weirdest president, in your mind?

TIM KILROY: Jimmy Carter.


EISENBERG: The way you said it was weird too.


EISENBERG: So that's good. And why?

KILROY: He was attacked by a rabbit.

EISENBERG: He was attacked by a rabbit?


EISENBERG: Yeah, that is weird. I'm going to say you're right on that one. Scott, do you have an answer for that?

SCOTT SANDERS: I'm gong to go with Martin Van Buren.

EISENBERG: Wow, I like the way you think.


EISENBERG: And what's your reasoning?

SANDERS: Oh, his name's just weird, that's enough.


EISENBERG: Coulton, what game are we going to play with these guys?

JONATHAN COULTON: Well, this game is called Presidential Middle Names. And we are going to spice up the names of US presidents by expanding their middle names to include other famous people or characters. So what we're looking for is the full expanded presidential name.

For example, if is said, this president convinced his best friend Bart Simpson to break into then Watergate Hotel, you would say "Richard Milhouse Van Houten Nixon."


COULTON: So that's Richard Nixon, whose middle name is Milhous and then in the middle we have Milhouse Van Houten, who is Bart Simpson's best friend. It's a very easy game.


COULTON: Okay, here we go. After this man became the first son of a president to become president, he wrote the theme for "Sanford and Son" and produced Michael Jackson's "Thriller."



KILROY: John Quincy Jones Adams.

COULTON: That is right.


COULTON: After his predecessor resigned in disgrace in 1974, this vice president turned president led Santa's sleigh through the fog one Christmas Eve.



KILROY: I got nothing.


EISENBERG: You just wanted to ring in.


EISENBERG: Okay, that's cool. Do you want to...

COULTON: Scott, do you want to ring in and say that you don't have anything?

SANDERS: I don't.


EISENBERG: Let me give you a hint. Can you think of a president who resigned in disgrace?

KILROY: Nixon.

COULTON: Okay, can you think of who came after that president?


COULTON: Uh-huh. So now, what we're looking for is the first name of that president.

KILROY: Gerald.

COULTON: Okay, good, great, we're doing it. We're doing it. And then, do you know who might have led Santa's sleigh through the fog one Christmas Eve?

KILROY: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

SANDERS: Oh, I know that. Yeah.

COULTON: Right, okay, great, great. That's all components.

KILROY: Okay. Gerald Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Ford.



EISENBERG: Wow. Right, because both of them share the middle name Red-Nosed.



KILROY: See, I thought it was "the."

COULTON: I have no idea if it's appropriate to give you a point, Tim, but I'm going to.

KILROY: Thank you.

SANDERS: No point.

COULTON: A five-star general and former supreme commander of NATO, this president was obsessed with the log lady, people speaking backwards in dreams, and the question, who killed Laura Palmer?



SANDERS: Dwight David Lynch Eisenhower.

COULTON: You got it.


COULTON: And Scott's on the board. High fives all around.

SANDERS: That was awesome.

COULTON: That was awesome. This president, who campaigned under the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," beheaded two of his six wives before he died, only a month into his term.



SANDERS: Benjamin Henry Tyler.



COULTON: Not to be rude about it, but no.

SANDERS: No, that's cool.


COULTON: Tim, do you want to have a guess here?

KILROY: So, it's - I don't know.

COULTON: Audience, do you know who it is?


COULTON: William Henry VIII Harrison. Since this president spent over 12 years in office, he had plenty of time to write the screenplays for "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle."



SANDERS: Franklin Delano Nora Ephron Roosevelt.



COULTON: And unbelievably, it is a tie score.

EISENBERG: It is a tie.


KILROY: Does the audience get to play too?

EISENBERG: Well, we'll find out, I guess. This president split his time in the Lone Star State between clearing brush on his ranch in Crawford and using martial arts to fight crime.



KILROY: It is George Herbert Texas Ranger Walker Bush.

COULTON: I feel like Tim got close but he got a couple of things wrong.



SANDERS: George Walker Texas Ranger Bush.

COULTON: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Scott, well done. We will see you again at the end of our show for our Ask Me One More final round.

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