There’s a love of American History in our house.  Given our proximity to our nation’s capitol and our dominant victory during the 4th of July wagon parade, this is certainly understandable.

My lovely red headed wife and I took the opportunity to introduce Schoolhouse Rock and both snowflakes were immediately smitten.  I’d have been surprised if they weren’t.  More than 40 years later and I’m still happy to recite the Preamble to the Constitution… as long as there are no rules preventing me from singing it.

How did the magic of Schoolhouse Rock first come about?  According to Wikipedia, one of the creators had a son who knew all the words to Pink Floyd songs but was struggling with his multiplication tables.  A couple of highly memorable tunes later and the problem was solved.

And as further proof of this technique, I haven’t had any problem finding Albania on a map since approximately 1983.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post had a pretty ridiculous error.  It’s since been corrected.