Sunday, 17 February 2013

False Teeth, Poker Games & Skinny Dips

In honour of President's Day tomorrow, here are ten things you may not know about the American Presidents.

1.  George Washington's teeth were not wooden, but rather were made of gold, ivory, lead and animal teeth.

2.  Liberia's capital, Monrovia, was named after James Monroe, a staunch supporter of the country's colonization.

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3.  John Quincy Adams used to skinny dip early in the morning in the Potomac River.

4.  Martin Van Buren  popularized the saying "O.K.".  He hailed from Kinderhook, New York, also called Old Kinderhook.  His support groups were called O.K. Clubs, which was shortened to O.K., meaning all right.

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5.  Millard Fillmore married his teacher who was only two years his senior.

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6.  Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket while riding a horse down a Washington street.

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7.  Warren G. Harding lost the White House china in a poker game.

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8.  Calvin Coolidge used to have someone rub Vaseline on his head while he ate breakfast in bed.

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9.  Dwight D. Eisenhower sustained a leg injury in high school which led to a nasty infection.  Doctors wanted to amputate his leg, but he refused to let them, and his leg miraculously healed.

10.  Gerald R. Ford, and his wife Betty, were both fashion models earlier in life.  The future president graced the cover of "Cosmopolitan" in 1942.

Bonus:  Barack Obama is a comic book nerd.

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