The third president of the United States was way more than the leader of the free world. In fact, it’s not even mentioned on his grave. Celebrate his birthday with ten stories of the fascinating founding father.
Jefferson was a giant paleontology nerd. He loved investigating prehistoric mysteries, such as that of the Megalonyx. Miners discovered an enormous claw in a West Virginia cave in 1796. When Jefferson got his hands on it he deliberated for quite some time and decided it was the claw of a cat that was “three times as large as the lion.” They named it Megalonyx jeffersoni, but he wasn’t actually correct. It was a giant sloth.