Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. President

I don’t like to argue. I just don’t. It wastes too much energy, and most of the time it is over something really trivial.

You put a spoon where the forks go.

Sometimes, however, I just have to. Whatever it is that the other person believes is just so STUPID I want to scream. I HAVE to set them straight. This, of course, leads to an argument.

The arguments are not over opinions, or something that I allegedly did wrong. No, the arguments are over facts.

Here are a few examples (I will be changing the names to protect the stupid innocent).

1. New Mexico
I got into an argument over New Mexico. It all started when someone at work (I no longer work there, thank goodness) decided to test my U.S. States trivia knowledge. They asked me how many U.S. states start with the letter N. I answered, “Eight”.
“No way,” said Lucretia (not her real name).
“Yes there are,” I said, and named them. Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and North Dakota.
“New Mexico’s not a state,” said Lucretia. “It’s the capital of Mexico.”
I laughed because I thought she was kidding. She wasn’t.
We argued.
I explained to her that the capital of Mexico was NOT New Mexico, but Mexico City. I explained to her that New Mexico was the 47th states to enter the union and that it’s nickname was The Land of Enchantment.
She didn’t buy it.
“America would never name one of it’s states after a foreign country,” she said.
After another 5 minutes of argument and with the aid of an atlas that we found in the manager’s office, I was able to convince her that New Mexico was, indeed, a state.

2. Harriet Tubman

No, it's not a conductor's hat, it's a scarf.

I got into an argument over Harriet Tubman. It happened in one of those video chat rooms. I don’t do video chats anymore, but at the time I had just gotten a new web cam and was checking it out. Anyway, I stumbled into a chat room where the host was a 19 year old African-American male. He was in his first year of college. I don’t recall his name.
There were about 8 people in the chat and for the first 20 minutes or so, I just watched and listened. At one point, the topic turned to influential black leaders. Harriet Tubman’s name was mentioned. The host started talking about her work with the Underground Railroad. I listened. After a few minutes of listening to him I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. He thinks that the Underground Railroad was a ACTUAL train that went under the ground.”
I spoke up.
“You do know that it wasn’t an actual railroad. Right”?
He got all militant.
“Yes it was! Harriet Tubman was the conductor” (I should point out that her pronounced Tubman as Tubeman).
“No, I said, “That is incorrect. ‘Underground Railroad’ and ‘conductor’ were just codewords that were used in reference to the safehouses and people who helped in the escapes.
We went back and forth for a few minutes. I was then called a ‘racist’.
After he called me a racist, he said, “White people are always trying to mess with black history and twist it around. They don’t no nothing about what we went through.”
“We”? I thought.
He went on. “Harriet Tubman WAS a conductor. I’ve seen pictures of her on the internet wearing a conductor’s hat.”
I told him that he should google ‘Harriet Tubman’ and read up on her because he was sorely misinformed on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
At this point, he kicked my out of the chatroom.

3. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was not a U.S. President. According to Pamela, another co-worker, he was. I don’t remember exactly how this one started, but it had something to do with money. Anyway, not only did she think that Franklin was a president, but that he was the 10th president. I have no idea where she got that.
“He wasn’t the 10th president,” I said. “That would be John Tyler. Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, and the 10th president served from 1841 to 1845. There’s no way he could have been the 10th president unless he was a zombie.”
“If he wasn’t a president,” she asked, “then how come he is on the $100 bill? (at least she got that part right)
“Alexander Hamilton wasn’t a president,” I said, “and he’s on the 10 dollar bill”.
“Who’s Alexander Hamilton,” she asked?
I walked away.

Anyway, those a just a few examples of some of my arguments. Most of the ones that I’ve had seem to be geography related.