• As the bloggers under the rocks go on about Obama's roots, what about the fact that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone? He would be the first president from Panama since Manuel Noriega.

• Knowing their son would some day run for president, McCain's parents told him not to mention his birthplace. "Never wear a Panama hat," they told him. "And never order the coconut shrimp."

• It is a myth that young Johnny McCain once threw a silver dollar across the Panama Canal.

• Even back then, he sometimes had trouble controlling his temper. Like the time he threw his mother across the Panama Canal.