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    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.

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

    3. Their first date was at an NRA event.

    4. She really wants an interview with Dick Cheney:

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

    6. Not everyone knows what she looks like:

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    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.

    7. She is a very knowledgeable bartender.

    8. She gives sound and honest advice.

    9. She never played softball.

    10. She puts her socks on before her pants.

    11. Fishing is one of her hobbies.

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

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

    14. She has a cute black lab named Poppy.

    15. She doesn't consider herself an "Anchorbabe".

    16. She is wrong.

    Happy Birthday Rachel!