My teachers tried and tried but alas I did not do well in english. I was more of a physics/math guy. Some of our history lessons remain in my brain like the war of 1812. As I recall the Brits and Canucks chased the Yanks down to their Mason-Dixon line and on their way home they burned the White House. In retrospect that was a little harsh and antagonistic. Maybe we should have just painted it grey.