A Little Friday File Fun (03/06)

March 6, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

And here's a thousand more (words, not camels): 

How many camels can fit in a Subaru?  

The answer is at http://www.ynetnews.com/PicServer2/02022009/1857474/DSC00033_wh.jpg

And here's a couple of thousand more...

Here's an innovative business card:   http://neatorama.cachefly.net/misscellania/legocard.jpg

- - - In Sheffield, UK , it takes just seven seconds for staff to get from the third floor to the ground floor in the Electric Works building there - - - but they do it by sliding down an 85-foot slide - - - MORE at http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2278404.ece

TRIVIAL PURSUITS:   Who was the last American general to hold the rank of lieutenant general before it was "revived" in 1864 for Ulysses Grant?  

Hint:   it's NOT George Washington.  

The answer:  Winfield Scott .

He served on active duty as a general longer than anyone else in U.S. history (47 years).   In fact, over the course of his fifty-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly (until November 1, 1861), the American Civil War.

In 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President (Millard Fillmore) to nominate Scott in the United States presidential election (he lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce).   Interestingly enough, at 6'5", Scott remains the tallest man to become a presidential candidate (even the 6' 4" President Lincoln would have to have looked up to him).

He received a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of lieutenant general, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank.