FileTitle: Prose1499.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: Linclon/Kennedy NOT
Subject: NOT Kennedy/Lincoln

HUMOR readers were recently treated to the famous list of
parallels between (US) Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F.
Kennedy.  The list has been around since the 60s and frequently
seems to crop up in tabloids and other such unsavory places.

The list is usually accompanied with comments about how such
parallels can't be mere concidences and must be of great
significance.  I hardly need to point out to the sophisticated
readers of the HUMOR list that this is a fallacy because any list
of a dozen or so parallels between the two individuals ignores
the many, many points on which they differ.

Some time ago John Leavy, a computer programmer at the University
of Texas, decided to have some fun with this idea of chilling
parallels between Presidents.  He and some friends drew up
astounding lists for several pairs of Presidents.  The Skeptical
Inquirer picked up on this idea and held a contest.  For those of
astounding lists for several pairs of Presidents.  The Skeptical
Inquirer picked up on this idea and held a contest.  For those of
you near a library, you can read about all of this in The
Skeptical Inquirer Vol.16, No.3 (Spring 1992) pp. 316-320 and
Vol.17, No.2 (Winter 1992) pp.212-215.

Below is Mr. Leavy's list of parallels between Willian McKinley
and James Garfield, quoted verbatim:
         Coincidence? You Decide...

         1. William McKinley and James Garfield were both
         Republicans
         2. McKinley and Garfield were both born and raised in
         Ohio.
         3. McKinley and Garfield were both Civil War veterans.
         4. Both served in the House of Representatives.
         5. Both supported the gold standard and tariffs for
         protection of American industry.
         6. "McKinley" and "Garfield" both have eight letters.
         protection of American industry.
         6. "McKinley" and "Garfield" both have eight letters.
         7. McKinley and Garfield were both replaced by Vice-
         Presidents from New York City (Theodore Roosevelt and
         Chester Alan Arthur).
         8. Both of their Vice-Presidents wore mustaches.
         9. McKinley and Garfield were both shot in September, in
         the first year of their current terms.
         10. "Chester Alan Arthur" and "Theodore Roosevelt" have
         seventeen letters each.
         11. Both of their assissins, Charles Guiteau and Leon
         Czolgosz, had foreigh sounding names.
         12. Garfield had a cat named McKinley; McKinley had a
         cat named Garfield. (Okay, okay, so I made this one up.)

                     -- SI Vol.16, No.3 (Spring 1992) Pp. 317-18.