45 Odd Facts About US Presidents - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.3) | Summary and Q&A

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45 Odd Facts About US Presidents - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.3)

TL;DR

Learn interesting and unusual facts about US Presidents, such as their hobbies, quirks, and unique experiences.

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Key Insights

  • ๐Ÿงก US Presidents have had a wide range of unique experiences and quirks.
  • ๐Ÿš™ Several Presidents had interesting hobbies or invented their own sports.
  • ๐ŸฅŠ Teddy Roosevelt was known for his physical prowess and love of boxing and Judo.
  • ๐Ÿง€ Some Presidents had unusual snack preferences, such as Richard Nixon's cottage cheese with ketchup.
  • ๐Ÿ›€ Bill Clinton showed his knowledge of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on a radio show.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฆ Franklin Pierce was involved in a horse accident, but charges were dropped due to his position as President.
  • ๐Ÿถ Many Presidents had unique pets, like Jimmy Carter's dog named Satan and Benjamin Harrison's opossums named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection.

Questions & Answers

Q: Did Teddy Roosevelt really throw a Swiss minister to the floor during a Judo demonstration?

Yes, Teddy Roosevelt threw a Swiss minister to the floor during a Judo demonstration at a state luncheon, despite Switzerland being a neutral country. It was a rather absurd display of his strength and athleticism.

Q: What interesting hobby did Herbert Hoover have?

Herbert Hoover and his personal physician invented their own sport called Hooverball, which combined elements of volleyball, tennis, and dodgeball. It was played with a medicine ball and was considered quite intense.

Q: Who was the first President to own a Muzak franchise?

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first President to own a Muzak franchise. He believed that elevator music was an essential part of building a great society.

Q: What was the name of Jimmy Carter's children's book?

Jimmy Carter wrote a children's book called "The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer." It is a whimsical story that showcases Carter's creativity and imagination.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Gerald Ford was a male model for Cosmopolitan before becoming President.

  • Herbert Hoover invented his own sport called Hooverball.

  • Teddy Roosevelt threw a Swiss minister to the floor during a Judo demonstration at a state luncheon.

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