A Presidents' Day Round-up of Presidential Facts


President No. 2: John Adams spoke with a lisp because he stubbornly refused to wear dentures.

President No. 4: James Madison was hardly an imposing figure. Our shortest president, he was not quite 5-ft., 5-in.-tall and weighed only 100 lbs.

President No. 5: In 1831, James Monroe became the third founding father to die on Independence Day. Before him, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826.

President No. 6: John Quincy Adams was partial to skinny-dipping in the Potomac. Once, he was surprised mid-swim by an intrepid female reporter, who forced him into a naked interview.

President No. 8: Martin Van Buren wrote an autobiography that failed to mention his wife.

President No. 9: William Henry Harrison was the first president to receive more than one million votes. He died after only 31 days in office.

President No. 27: At 325 lbs., William Howard Taft couldn't bend over to tie his own shoes. His valet did it for him.

President No. 28: Ironically, the best-educated president, Woodrow Wilson, enjoyed imitating drunks and telling racist jokes in an Irish accent.

President No. 29: As president, Warren G. Harding bet a priceless set of White House china on a poker game—and lost.

President No. 31: Herbert Hoover didn't like to look at his servants, so he installed a bell system in the White House. Three rings signaled that he was approaching, meaning it was time for them to hide in a closet or behind a bush.

President No. 32: During a speech in 1933, an assassin shot at Franklin Delano Roosevelt five times and hit five people surrounding him. One was the mayor of Chicago, who later died.

President No. 33: It's true; Harry S Truman's middle name was S.

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President No. 35: John F. Kennedy usually only watched the first half of movies. Then he'd get bored.

President No. 38: Gerald Ford was a male model who once graced the cover of Cosmopolitan.

President No. 39: Jimmy Carter wrote a children's book called The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer.

President No. 41: In Japanese, Bushusuru means "to do the Bush thing," but it's slang for vomiting. Bushusuru entered the language after George Herbert Walker Bush vomited on Japan's prime minister.

President No. 42: Bill Clinton won a 2004 Grammy along with Sophia Loren and Mikhail Gorbachev for the group's recording of Peter and the Wolf.

President No. 43: Dallas Cowboys star running back Calvin Hill (father of Duke and NBA star Grant Hill) was a fraternity brother of George W. Bush at Yale.