Dec 29 2013

 

 

 

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ChaCha.com has printed some great facts about some of our Presidents. They will come in handy for your next Trivia Pursuit game!

Enjoy

- The 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had a dog that was banned from the White House after it left a "present" in the diplomatic reception room!

-John Quincy Adams, our sixth President, liked to go for a skinny dip in the Potomac River almost every single morning. Just imagine the media frenzy if Obama tried this today.

-Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States, and he died of throat cancer after smoking as many as 20 cigars each day! He also was fined $20 once for riding his horse too fast

-The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was actually a licensed bartender and was also the co-owner of a saloon called Berry and Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.

-William "Big Bill" Taft was the 27th President of the United States. He was also the fattest President at 325 pounds and often would get stuck in the White House bathtub

-Lyndon "LBJ" Johnson, the 36th President, slept with a large number of different women. He even called them his "harem" and had a buzzer installed in the Oval Office so that he could be warned when his wife was coming

-Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, enjoyed playing pranks on the White House staff like "ding-dong ditch." His wife was a character too, considering she had a pet raccoon!

-George H. W. Bush was the 41st President and caused a hilarious diplomatic nightmare with Japan. Bush actually vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister which spawned a new word in the Japanese language. "Bushusuru" means to publicly vomit or literally "to do the Bush thing."

-Andrew Jackson, the seventh US President, was reportedly involved in over 100 duels in his life. He had two bullets lodged in his body, one in the arm and one in the chest, neither of which killed him. Jackson must have been a really good shot, or he only challenged people when they were drunk.

-The 39th President, Jimmy Carter, was the first US President to personally confess a UFO sighting. He claims to have seen a large bright object that changed colors and was about the size of the moon in the sky.

-28th President Woodrow Wilson was the first man to show a motion picture in the White House. The film was "The Birth of a Nation," which has become one of the most banned films of all time due to it's blatant racism.

-Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd President, had an extreme fear of electric lights. The White House staff had to turn the lights on and off for him constantly.