— Barack Obama is a giant comic book nerd.
— Lyndon Johnson frequently had co-workers or aides follow him into the bathroom to carry on discussions.
— Lyndon Johnson had so many affairs while in office that is aides called them his “harem,” which is the Muslim term meaning women who occupy a part of the household meant for wives, concubines, and female servants.
— Lyndon Johnson smoked around 3 packs of cigarettes a day.
— Thomas Jefferson was a big foodie. On a trip to France, he was enamored with pasta and popularized mac and cheese in the United States. He also grew a very large variety of vegetables.
— Thomas Jefferson had two pet bears.
— Thomas Jefferson spoke 6 languages.
— Gerald Ford and his wife were both models.
— Ronald Reagan briefly did standup acts in Las Vegas … and I bet it was hilarious.
— The White House name was formalized in 1901. Before that, it was called the President’s Palace or the Executive Mansion.
— George Washington (and others) grew cannabis in mass quantities.
— George Washington is the only president to be elected unanimously with all electoral votes (then 69), and he had no formal education.
— George Washington held his sword and hat in his hands to avoid handshakes; he thought it beneath a president.
— Woodrow Wilson is the only president to have held a PhD.
— Herbert Hoover spoke Mandarin Chinese.
— Richard Nixon had a bowling alley installed in the White House.
— George H.W. Bush vomited at a Japanese banquet hosted by the prime minister.
— John Adams and Thomas Jefferson visited Shakespeare’s house, then cut off a piece of his chair for a memento.
— John Quincy Adams and Herbert Hoover both had pet alligators.
— The Secret Service was created hours before Lincoln’s death.
— William Taft’s father co-founded Yale’s Skull and Bones secret society.
— John F. Kennedy asked Ian Fleming (the author of James Bond) about overthrowing Fidel Castro.
— Andrew Jackson was involved in 103 duels; most of which were over his wife’s honor.
— Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.
— George W. Bush got a DUI at age 30.
— The Constitution has lots of spelling errors. Most noticeably, Pennsylvania is spelled “Pensylvania.”
— The word ‘democracy’ is not mentioned once in the Constitution.
— Ben Franklin is the oldest person to sign the Constitution; he was 81.
— Ben Franklin once wrote a pamphlet entitled, “Fart Proudly.”
— George Washington and a resolution from Congress proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in 1789.
— The Constitution was drafted in summer over 100 days (10 days off), in a small room, with the doors and windows shut to ensure secrecy.
— James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry S. Truman all belong to the poorest bracket of presidents, and each had a net worth of less than $1million.
— The wealthiest president to date was John F. Kennedy, with a net worth of over $1billion (although most of it was his family’s wealth, not his own). The second richest president was George Washington with a net worth of about $525 million — most of which came from land ownership.