Monday, February 20, 2012

Interesting Presidential Facts in Honor of Presidents' Day

In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some interesting facts about Presidents, that you may or may not already know:

  • Bushu-Suru (literally translated 'to do the Bush thing') is a Japanese word for public vomiting due to the 1992 incident where George W. Bush vomited at a dinner party held at the Japanese Prime Ministers home.

  • In 1967, Ronald Reagan began eating jelly beans to help him give up a pipe smoking habit. Three-and-a-half tons of Jelly Bellies were shipped to the White House for the 1981 Inaugural festivities. Blueberry, one of the most popular current flavors, was developed for President Reagan’s inauguration so that there would be red, white and blue jelly beans at the festivities.

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

  • George Washington only received the equivalent of an elementary school education.

George Washington

  • Jimmy Carter was the first President to be born in a hospital.

Jimmy Carter

  • James Madison was the shortest President of the United States, standing at only 5'4".  He never weighed more than 100 pounds.

James Madison

  • Three presidents died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson (1826), John Adams (1826), and James Monroe (1831).
  • James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand, simultaneously.
  • The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.

Elvis Presley
Richard Nixon
Jesus Christ

  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president to ever be photographed at his inauguration. In the photo, he is standing near John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin.

Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration

  • No president has ever been an only child.
  • Every so often, Calvin Coolidge would press all the buttons on the President’s desk and hide and watch his staff run in. He would then pop out from behind the door and say that he was just seeing if everyone was working.

Calvin Coolidge

  • Gerald Ford was the first person to be both vice president and president without being elected by the people. He was appointed vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and he succeeded to the presidency when Nixon resigned.

Gerald Ford

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