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Presidential Facts on Presidents' Day

Ten trivial facts with a quirky bent.

 

Today is Presidents' Day, a holiday first established in 1885 and known then as Washington's Birthday, in honor of America's first president, George Washington.

According to the web site history.com, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which created additional three-day weekends for workers. 

Here are ten trivial and goofy facts about US presidents.

We found these on AOL's Huffington Post; for a whole book of presidential trivia try the Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia

Ten Quirky Facts

1. President Obama collects "Spiderman" and "Conan The Barbarian" comic books.

2. President Johnson was famous among White House staffers for having no shame about asking people to follow him into the bathroom to continue conversations as he relieved himself.

3. Supposedly, President Van Buren popularized one of the most commonly used phrases to date: "OK", or "Okay". Van Buren was from Kinderhook, NY which was also called "Old Kinderhook". His support groups came to be known as "O.K. Clubs" and the term OK came to mean "all right".

4. When Abe Lincoln moved to New Salem, Illinois in 1831, he met a rowdy bunch called The Clarence Grove Boys. Their leader, Jack Armstrong challenged Lincoln to a wrestling match outside of Denton Offutt's store, where Lincoln was a clerk, and townspeople gathered to watch and wager on it. Lincoln won the match and Jack's respect, and the two became best friends.

5. When Lewis and Clark were exploring the West, two young bear cubs were sent East to President Jefferson. He kept the bears in a cage on the White House lawn and occasionally went on walks with them. Other strange presidential pets include: Alligator (John Quincy Adams), Elephant (James Buchanan), and Zebra (Teddy Roosevelt).

6. Ulysses S. Grant was given a $20 speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast down a Washington street. 

7. Warren Harding bet the White House china collection in a poker game, losing it all in one hand.

8. While in the Navy, Richard Nixon noticed that his friends were winning money in poker games. Always the opportunist, Nixon had the best poker player in his unit teach him how to play the game. Within only a few months, Nixon had won around $6,000 in poker games, which he used to fund his first congressional campaign.

9. John Quincy Adams was known for his early morning dips in D.C.'s main waterway, the Potomac River, always in the nude. 

10. In 1954, Ronald Reagan's acting career was going so badly that he took a gig as a Las Vegas stand-up comic for a few weeks.

Steve Marino February 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
In what should be a day to celebrate our great leaders of the past, has become sad times for hard working Americans! Our current president, and the Democratic leadership in the Senate had promised to tax the rich and not tax the middle class. Boy were we all fooled! Instead of taxing the people who actually are rich, like people making over a million dollars a year or more, they instead raised taxes on the small buisness owners that hire middle class workers as well as raised s.s. taxes by 2 percent. This means everyone that works and pays taxes is paying 2 dollars more for every hundred they earn. Example: A person making 40 thousand dollars a year pays 800 dollars more in taxes then they did in 2012. Their boss making 500 thousand dollars a year pays 33,500 more a year in both income and the new s.s. tax. I don't imagine that this would hurt the middle class workers that work for him or her! Nah, they will just work harder to make up the differance in this robust economy the democrats have, and are creating! All you people that work hard and pay taxes, hold on to you wallet because Obama Care costs have not started yet, and even the people that created the monster increase in Government spending, have no clue as to its cost! John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan as well as the founders of this great nation that once was, are turning in their graves!

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