Odd facts about America’s Presidents

April 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As a rule, presidents tend to be extraordinary people, but there are just some facts about the presidents that are hard to believe. From skinny dipping to record numbers of offspring there’s a lot to learn about our past and present Commanders in Chief. Here, we’ll share an interesting fact about each of the men that have held the title

1. George Washington: Although George Washington was the first American millionaire, he had to borrow $1,500 in 1789 to travel for his inauguration.

2. John Adams: John Adams is the first president whose son became president.

3. Thomas Jefferson: After the Library of Congress was burned during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson sold his personal library of 6,487 books to the Federal government to restart it.

4. James Madison: At 5′4″, James Madison was the shortest president-Lincoln was the tallest.

5. James Monroe: Once, James Monroe chased the Secretary of the Treasury out of the White House with tongs.

6. John Quincy Adams: John Quincy Adams liked to go skinny dipping in the Potomac.

7. Andrew Jackson: As a prank, Andrew Jackson invited prostitutes to the annual Christmas Ball.

8. Martin Van Buren: Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born an American citizen-all before him were British before the American Revolution.

9. William Henry Harrison: Although he gave the longest inauguration speech of any president, William Henry Harrison died in office after serving just one month, the shortest term of any president.

10. John Tyler: John Tyler fathered more children than any other president-15 among 2 wives in his lifetime.

11. James K. Polk: It’s believed that Polk worked so hard while serving as president that he weakened himself, as he died shortly after leaving office.

12. Zachary Taylor: Zachary Taylor’s nickname was “Old Rough and Ready” because of his sloppy dressing.

13. Millard Fillmore: Queen Victoria once declared Millard Fillmore the most handsome man she’d ever seen.

14. Franklin Pierce: Franklin Pierce perfected the comb-over.

15. James Buchanan: James Buchanan never married, and was the first president to send a transatlantic telegram. It was to Queen Victoria in 1858.

16. Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln only had 18 months of schooling. After that, he was self educated and had a habit of reading.

17. Andrew Johnson: As a teenager, Andrew Johnson was sold as a servant to a tailor with his brother, and ran away 2 years later.

18. Ulysses S. Grant: By the time he was 9, Ulysses S. Grant was so good at breaking horses, many farmers came to him for assistance.

19. Rutherford B. Hayes: Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House, and began the tradition of the Easter Egg Roll of children on the White House Lawn.

20. James Garfield: James Garfield was the first President to campaign bilingually, in both English and Spanish.

21. Chester Arthur: Chester Arthur was a sharply dressed man, owning over 80 pairs of pants, which he often changed several times a day.

22. Grover Cleveland: Grover Cleveland’s nickname was Uncle Jumbo.

23. Benjamin Harrison: Benjamin Harrison was accidentally shocked by electricity in the White House, and refused to touch a switch. He often went to bed with the lights on.

24. William McKinley: When William McKinley’s wife suffered epileptic seizures at public events and dinners, he would just drape his handkerchief over her face.

25. Teddy Roosevelt: Teddy Roosevelt often ate a dozen eggs for breakfast.

26. William Taft: William Taft was so large that an oversized bathtub had to be brought into the White House.

27. Woodrow Wilson: Woodrow Wilson may have had an undiagnosed learning disability, as he could not read during the first decade of his life.

28. Warren G. Harding: Harding liked to sneak off to burlesque shows.

29. Calvin Coolidge: Calvin Coolidge’s swearing-in oath was administered by his father, a Notary Public and Justice of the Peace.

30. Herbert Hoover: Herbert Hoover wanted White House servants to be “invisible,” so they had to jump into the nearest closet to avoid being seen when he or the First Lady were close.

31. Franklin D. Roosevelt: FDR was the only president ever elected to 4 terms.

32. Harry Truman: The University of Missouri’s mascot is Truman the Tiger, named after Harry Truman.

33. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Eisenhower carried 3 coins in his pocket for good luck.

34. John F. Kennedy: Before being elected President, JFK won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Profiles in Courage.”

35. Lyndon B. Johnson: LBJ was elected president of his 11th grade high school class.

36. Richard Nixon: Richard Nixon proposed to his wife Pat the first night he met her. She refused, but agreed after 2 years.

37. Gerald Ford: Although he loved golf, spectators had to watch out because of his wild shots.

38. Jimmy Carter: As a child, Jimmy Carter shot his sister in the rear end with a BB gun after she threw a wrench at him.

39. Ronald Reagan: The Secret Service code used for Ronald Reagan was “Rawhide.”

40. George H.W, Bush: George H.W. Bush played on a Yale baseball team that reached the finals of the College World Series twice.

41. Bill Clinton: As Governor, Clinton served all of the hired help at the Governor’s mansion Thanksgiving dinner before he and his family ate.

42. George W. Bush: George W. Bush currently holds the title as the president with both the highest and lowest approval ratings in history.

43. Barack Obama: Barack Obama worked in a Baskin-Robbins as a teen, which sparked a lifelong distaste for ice cream.

Original story here


Iran: Tehran police chief says suntanned women will be arrested: “Women with suntans are violating Islamic law and will be arrested in Iran, the capital city’s police chief was reported by The Daily Telegraph as saying Wednesday. ‘The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehavior by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values,’ Brigadier Hossien Sajedinia said. ‘In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins,’ he continued. ‘We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.’ The warning follows recent comments made by a hard-line Iranian cleric, who claimed women dressed in revealing clothing were disturbing young men and causing earthquakes.”

American Ayatollahs ban thongs: “If you plan on going to Kure Beach, North Carolina, bring your sunscreen and shades, but please leave your thong behind. The seaside community has adopted a zero tolerance policy on anyone wearing the barely-there bikini by the shore on their part of North Carolina’s Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington. ‘You can do what you want to in your own space,’ said Mayor Dean Lambeth, ‘but for public decency, keep it off the public beach.’ Lambeth told CNN he and the town supervisors last week unanimously approved the ordinance banning the skimpy bathing wear. ‘Everything we do is family oriented. We like the small town atmosphere,’ he said.” [Compare this news item with the one below]

‘Orangutan-sized raccoons’ invade Chicago: “Chicago residents say raccoons as big as orangutans and German shepherds are invading their neighbourhoods as the wild animals take shelter in homes left empty after bank foreclosures. “He looked like an orangutan swinging-swinging around. It was scary, very scary,” said Chicago resident Wilma Ward about her recent run-in with a raccoon. Ms Ward, who lives in Chicago several kilometres away from the nearest forest, found herself face to snout with a raccoon she described as being almost her height, FOXNews.com reported today. She was forced to barricade herself in an upstairs bathroom until morning, and when she emerged she discovered the raccoon had bent steel window-bars to get into her kitchen. Others in the neighbourhood have described these raccoons as being the size of German Shepherds.”

Court gives sex toys to police: “A COURT has awarded control of a brothel’s sex toys to SA Police, although prosecutors have admitted they are unsure what officers will do with them. The former manager of Snoopy’s brothel, Georgia Nicola, 45, of Unley, today pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel, living on the earnings of prostitution, and receiving money paid in a brothel. Henry Cleland, prosecuting, told Adelaide Magistrates Court that an undercover policeman had entered the South Rd brothel in November, 2008, and paid Nicola $140. Police then raided the house and seized cash and “numerous articles to do with sexual acts” before arresting Nicola. Mr Cleland asked Magistrate Terence Forrest order Nicola forfeit the items, but admitted he “did not know what police would do with them.”

Henry VIII’s opulent wine fountain returns to Hampton Court Palace: “From tomorrow a working replica of one of the Tudor monarch’s most intoxicating extravagances will be serving wine to visitors at Hampton Court Palace. The fountain will run with red and white wine at weekends and bank holidays after curators re-created a 16th-century design from a painting of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The summit meeting with the young French King Francis I in 1520 was one of the highlight’s of Henry’s reign, a weeks-long festival of jousting and excess. At the centre of it, according to a Tudor painting that hangs in the Palace, was a vast wine fountain around which Royal hangers-on can be seen drinking, fighting, vomiting and sleeping it off.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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