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Funny thing about George Washington...

The Last of the True French Short Bastards

His house, Mount Vernon, is named after the inventor of grog. Admiral Vernon, AKA "Old Grogram" because of his grogram coats, was the first captain to order that the neat rum be diluted before being served out -- possibly under the mistaken impression that it would make the men less drunk.

Washington's elder brother served under Vernon and named the house after him.

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