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15 fun facts about American presidents

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Though it will be quite a while before we can look back and call any part of the 2012 election particularly fun, it’s comforting to know that whatever your take on the outcome, the one we can all agree on (hopefully) is that we didn’t wake up to riots in the streets.

If recent events are still too close for comfort, hide away in history for a bit with some help from Georgie at Pop Hangover and these fifteen fun facts about former Commanders-in-Chief.

1 . Jimmy Carter is the first known president to go on record as seeing a UFO.

2. “Teddy Bears” were so named when Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1858-1919) refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.

3. James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) is the first president to ever talk on the phone. When he spoke to Alexander Graham Bell, who was at the other end 13 miles away, he said: “Please speak a little more slowly.

4. Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, 1822-1885) smoked at least 20 cigars a day and, after a brilliant war victory, a nation of well wishers sent him more than 10,000 cigars. He later died of throat cancer.

Full story at Pop Hangover.

Strange bits of presidential trivia.

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