Glenn McNaughton, 31, a dock worker and fisherman in Cambridge, Md., ate 80 raw eggs in one hour in April at the annual egg-eating contest at the Sportsman's Bar in Cambridge. "It was a bellyfull," he said. "It kind of makes you feel funny, sort of giddy."
His technique? "Just open your throat and let 'em slide right down." Richard Nixon's real claim to fame
According to Burke's Royal Families of the World, Richard Nixon is the ninth cousin of Leka I, exiled King of Albania. How Mrs. Jack Kent Cooke got rich
Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke paid the largest divorce settlement on record, according to Guinness Book of World Records. In 1979 a Los Angeles court awarded half of Cooke's $100 million fortune to his former wife. Cutting a few steps off that long walk to the taxi stand
The most dramatic arrival occurred at Union Station Jan. 15, 1953, when an express train from Boston going more than 35mph crashed through steel and concrete barriers and hurtled across the concourse. The train was three miles out of the station when its brakes failed. The station was cleared within two minutes, and only 40 of the 400 passengers were injured. No one was killed.
The train, by the way, was 15 minutes late. The only president buried in Washington
Woodrow Wilson is the only president buried within the District of Columbia. (John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft are both buried nearby, at Arlington National Cemetery.) After his presidential term ended, Wilson and his wife moved to a house at 2340 S St. NW, where Wilson planned to write his memoirs. He had finished but one page, the dedication to his wife, before he died. He is buried at the Washington National Cathedral. Proof that the Senators could catch
Charles "Gabby" Street, a catcher with the Washington Senators (lifetime batting average: .208) became the first person to catch a baseball thrown off the top of the Washington Monument on Aug. 21, 1908. A reporter observed that "had it not been for the scientific way in which Street caught the ball, it would undoubtedly have broken his arm." C&P's favorite telephone
The Greyhound Bus Terminal can claim Washington's busiest pay telephone. C&P Telephone keeps track not of the number of calls, but the amount of money collected. But it won't give out any figures, a spokesman said, for "fear of giving anyone any ideas, not that that phone would be easy to tamper with." The other top money-making phones are at the Trailways Terminal, the Silver Spring Metro station and Union Station. Travelers must like to talk. The ultimate high-fiber diet
The biggest appetite among the residents of the National Zoo belongs to the African elephants. Each of them each day eats 80 pounds of hay, 50 pounds of pellets, 28 pounds of grass, 20 pounds of alfalfa, 15 pounds of fruits and vegetables, and two one-pound loaves of bread. Sorry, no dessert. Biggest hail to the chief
The largest marching band at a Washington parade consisted of 1,976 musicians from Virginia who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue at President Richard Nixon's second inaugural parade in 1973. The best and worst places to catch Metro
The busiest Metro station turnstiles are at Farragut West, where 49,800 passengers come and go each weekday. The loneliest stop: Arlington Cemetery, with 800 passengers a day in summer and fewer than 400 in winter. A Capitol offense
The only person ever charged with murder in the Capitol, Charles Kincaid, a 34-year-old correspondent for The Louisville Times, shot former Rep. William Taulbee (D-Ky.) at the door of the House Chamber in 1890. Taulbee, who had threatened Kincaid because of an article he had written two years earlier, died from his wounds a month after the shooting.A jury found Kincaid innocent, apparently accepting the notion that that's how they settle feuds in Kentucky. The one-day Senate wonder
Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia was senator for a day. Her congressional career began Nov. 21, 1922, and ended Nov. 22, 1922, the shortest on record. Felton, the widow of a former senator, was appointed by the governor as a token gesture after the death of Sen. Thomas Watson. The day after she was sworn in, she was replaced by the man elected to fill the vacancy. Felton was the first woman and the oldest woman (87) to serve in the Senate. She marked her day in office by declaring: "The word 'sex' has been obliterated from the Constitution. There are no limitations upon the abilities of women." Speed freaks
Worm -- "Speedy," a suburban earthworm, left its competitors in the mud at the Dolley Madison International Worm Race in 1981 outside the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, Va. Speedy crawled one foot in 20 seconds, but its owner, Jonathan Chaplin, 5, of McLean, wasn't impressed. "Worms," he said, "are dumb," and he put Speedy back where he found it -- under a brick in his back yard.
Waiter -- William Wilkens of The Foundry restaurant carried a tray holding two splits of champagne and two glasses from Dominique restaurant to the White House and back -- 12 blocks -- without a mishap during the annual Bastille Day waiter's race in 1978. His time, best in the history of the eight-year-old race, was 8 minutes 12 seconds.
Lifeguard -- Frank Sharkey, a member of the Ocean City, Md., Beach Patrol, captured first place in the National Lifeguard Olympics in Daytona Beach, Fla., this summer. Sharkey raced barefoot across the sand, covering two miles in 8 minutes 58 seconds.
Metro train -- The Metro reaches a top speed of 72 mph at two downhill stretches: From the Rhode Island Avenue station toward Union Station and from the Landover station to Cheverly and Deanwood.
Talker -- President John F. Kennedy reached a talking speed of 327 words per minute in a speech he reced through in December 1961, making him the fastest public speaker, according to the Guinnes Book of World Records. First president in the rough
William Howard Taft was the first president to play golf. When President Grant saw golfers for the first time, he said, "That looks like good exercise, but what's the little white ball for?" The high school team nobody wanted to play
Cardozo High School, under coach Sal Hall, won 58 consecutive football games between 1942 and 1948. During the streak, Cardozo outscored its opponents 1,220 to 95. Top-flight attraction
The most popular museum in the country is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which attracted 7.5 million visitors last year, compared with 6.7 million at the National Gallery of Art, and 3.4 million at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Biggest bell
In this city of civil servants, the largest private employer is C&P Telephone -- nearly 8,000 workers, and not a GS7 among them. The tall and short of it: White House division
At 6', 4", Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president. George Washington (6', 2") was second tallest. James Madison was the shortest president (5', 4") and the lightest (about 100 pounds). William Howard Taft was the largest (6 feet, 332 pounds) and had a special bathtub installed large enough for four average-sized men. Metro's worst ride
The longest Metro escalator is at the Woodley Park-Zoo station: 204 feet long, a 2 1/2-minute ride. Runners-up: Rosslyn, 194 feet 8 inches; Dupont Circle, 188 feet 10 inches. Congress' heavyweight
The heaviest congressman, Dixon Hall Lewis of Alabama (more than 500 pounds), served in the House from 1829 until 1844. Colleagues voted to give him an extra large chair. Congressional arrest records: Moscow division
The only congressman ever arrested for distributing Bibles in Moscow, Earl Landgrebe (R-Ind.) was picked up by Soviet police in 1972 for passing out 10 copies of the gospel of Matthew in a Moscow department store. He told police, "I understood the people wanted them." After surrendering the rest of his Bibles, he was released. Landgrebe, who frequently cast the only vote against spending bills, also is the only congressman to vote no on a quorum call. He said later that he had a good reason but couldn't remember it. Proof that the Senators couldn't hit
Frank Howard, the Senators' gentle giant, struck out five times in one game Sept. 19, 1970. After the game, Howard, not one to offer excuses, said, "I struck out four times in a game last year, but I never had five before." Howard was so tall (6', 7") that it was said his strike zone should be subdivided. The man who never had to wear a tie
The longest beard (17 1/2 to 19 feet, depending how much it was stretched during measuring) is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It belonged to Hans Langseth, a Norwegian immigrant, who stopped shaving when he was about 30 and let his beard grow until he died 51 years later in 1927 in Barney, N.D. At his death, the beard was cut off, rolled up and stored in the family attic until it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1967. (When the beard grew longer than Langseth, he rolled it up and carried it in a sack pinned to his shirt.) The president who talked himself to death
The longest inaugural address was delivered by the president with the shortest term. William Henry Harrison, who was found of quoting the classics, took 1 hour and 45 minutes to read his 8,441-word speech in 1841. (Daniel Webster allegedly edited it, shortening it.) On that wet and chilly inaugural day, Harrison refused to wear a coat or hat, caught cold and died of pneumonia 31 days later. Anna Harrison was the only First Lady never to see her husband as president. Ill at the time of the inauguration, she stayed home in North Bend, Ohio, and by the time she reached Washington, her husband had died. She, however, lived to be 89.
The shortest inaugural address (135 words) was delivered by George Washington at his second inaugural in 1793. It lasted less than a minute. Youngest kid in the House
William Claiborne, a Tennessee Lawyer, ignored the constitutional requirement that House members be at least 25 years old and took his seat in 1797 when he was 22. He served two terms, and at the ripe age of 26 was appointed governor of the territory of Mississippi. He died at 42, a year after he was elected senator from Louisiana. Some days, news stinks
A piece of newspaper history, often overlooked in journalism schools, occurred in Washington March 25, 1937, when the Daily News became the first newspaper to publish a perfumed page. It was actually scented. The page was an advertisement for Peoples drugstores and featured flowers. Grayest head on the Hill
Sen. Theodore Green (D-R.I.), who began his congressional career at age 70, is the oldest person ever to serve in Congress. He retired in 1961 when he was 94 only because an eye ailment would have made it difficult for him to campaign. Green, a former governor of Rhode Island, served four terms in the Senate, played tennis well into his 80s, and reluctantly gave up high diving when he was 82. He died in 1966 at age 98. Long-playing records
The longest one-man congressional filibuster was conducted by Sen. Wayne Morse (D.-Ore.), who spoke without interruption for 22 hours, 26 minutes, on the Tidelands Oil Bill in 1953. The longest speech, interrupted briefly by the swearing-in of a sentor, was given by South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who spoke for 24 hours, 19 minutes against the Civil Rights Bill in 1957. Capitol hill's first movie star: better known for who defeated her
The first movie star elected to Congress was Helen Gahagan Douglas, an actress and singer and wife of actor Melvyn Douglas. She served six years in the House until she was defeated in a 1951 California Senate race. Her opponent was Richard Nixon, who charged she was "soft on communism."