16 Things You Should Know About Rachel Maddow

This is not an April Fools’ Day joke, it’s her birthday and she really turns the big 4-1 today. Perfect excuse to get some more Maddow knowledge in your life.

1. As a freshman at Stanford she was outed by the college newspaper in a published interview… before she could tell her parents.

“I did an interview with the student newspaper about being one of the only two gay freshmen on campus. The mistake I made was that I had not come out to my parents.”- Rachel Maddow

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2. Rachel met her girlfriend, Susan Mikula, when she hired Maddow to do yard work at her home.

Maddow was working on her doctoral dissertation at the time.

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3. Their first date was at an NRA event.

“My first date with Susan was at an NRA ‘Ladies Day On The Range’ event, and that is as close as I have ever gotten to the NRA” - Rachel Maddow

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4. She really wants an interview with Dick Cheney:

This is the dedication in her book, Drift.

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5. She isn’t one to shy way from corny puns.

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6. Not everyone knows what she looks like:

On the game show Jeopardy, the contestants were prompted with, “This cable TV newswoman received a doctorate in politics from Oxford”, and none of the contestants could identify her even when a picture was displayed.

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7. She is a very knowledgeable bartender.

“I love most rye, but if I had to pick a desert-island one, I would probably pick Michter’s. There’s a great one called ‘Pikesville’, too, but it’s really hard to find. I wouldn’t kick Sazerac 6 or Rittenhouse out of bed for eating crackers, though.” - Reddit AMA

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8. She gives sound and honest advice.

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9. She never played softball.

Although she played three sports in high school: volleyball, basketball, and swimming.

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10. She puts her socks on before her pants.

In an AMA chat on Reddit she answered this, plus other pressing questions.

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11. Fishing is one of her hobbies.

She tweets about it sometimes.

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12. She was the first openly gay American to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

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13. She was nominated for a Grammy award for a spoken word album of her recent book Drift.

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14. She has a cute black lab named Poppy.

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15. She doesn’t consider herself an “Anchorbabe”.

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16. She is wrong.

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Happy Birthday Rachel!

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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