Thomas Jefferson once met Mozart to commission a piece for his wife. However, he was put off by Mozart’s personality, and ended up not going ahead with the idea.
Thomas Jefferson wanted the Constitution rewritten every 19 years. In a letter to Madison he muses that neither the constitution nor the laws of a previous generation should apply to the current one. The 19 years part comes from the mortality tables of the time (people live for much longer now than they did then).
Ice Cream, Macaroni and Cheese, French Fries, and Champagne were all popularized in or introduced to America by President Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson created his own version of the Bible, using a razor to cut out the ‘supernatural’ parts, such as the miracles and the resurrection. Today, new members of Congress receive a copy upon election.
Thomas Jefferson used a razor to cut passages from the New Testament and literally pasted them together into what is now known as the Jefferson Bible, currently on display at the Smithsonian. He felt the focus should be on Jesus’ life and moral teachings, not inexplicable miracles.
Thomas Jefferson built a clock on the outside wall of his house with only an hour hand, as he believed an hour hand would be accurate enough for his slaves.
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson was also: a lawyer, an architect, president of the American Philosophical Society, a speaker of 5 languages, founder of the Univ. of VA., inventor of the swivel chair, and author to what is considered the most important American book published before 1800.
Thomas Jefferson owned a sheep known he called “this abominable animal”. He kept it in front of the White House where it attacked several people and killed a small boy in 1808.
Thomas Jefferson argued that because no generation has a right to bind subsequent generations, the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
Thomas Jefferson tried for years to send a gigantic stuffed moose to a French count to counter claims that the North American climate made all animals (including people) weak and feeble.