Craziest Things Presidents Have Done
There have been substantial allegations that President Donald Trump sends some of his best tweets while sitting on the toilet, but this is not the first time a president took his professional tasks into the bathroom. Lyndon B. Johnson notoriously brought reporters and aides into the bathroom to continue conversations while he went about his business.
Married Woman Who Was Like His Daughter
Many have flagged some of Trump's comments about Ivanka's physical appearance as off-putting. President Grover Cleveland took things a step further and actually married a woman that had essentially been his unofficial adopted daughter. Age 21 when they wed, Frances was 27 years younger than the President and had known him since the day she was born. She was the daughter of Cleveland's law partner, and he became her legal guardian when her father passed away.
Ran To Get Fast Food
While Trump may have induced a social media uproar when tweeted pictures of his fast food display for Clemson football went wild, President Bill Clinton indulged in such fattening meals on more than just special occasions. He was known to jog to local fast food establishments frequently, a habit that was very unpopular amongst Secret Service due to the pressure that accompanies protecting a president while he is on the move through unsecured areas.
Firmly Believed in Astrology
Presidents up to and including Trump have had their share of superstitions or "unique" lines of thinking, though President Ronald Reagan took it to an unprecedented level. Though he claimed that he never allowed astrology to influence his political decision-making, he and Nancy did employ an astrological consultant to offer input on scheduling important events.
Skinny Dipped Daily
President John Quincy Adams documented his daily life in a series of diary entries, one of which detailed his passion for skinny dipping in the Potomac River. He wrote that, on a few different instances, the waves nearly washed away his clothes while he was indulging.
Nude News Conference
Another, far more public instance of presidential nudity, was exhibited by President Lyndon B. Johnson while delivering a media address from aboard Air Force One. The President invited reporters to walk into the plane to continue a conversation about the economy as he began removing layers of his clothing until he finally stood there, entirely nude, and waving a towel for emphasis.
"Saw a UFO"
During his 1976 campaign for the Oval Office, President Jimmy Carter delivered an address at the Governor's Conference in which he claimed to have seen a UFO. He described seeing red and green lights attached to a glowing orb in the sky above Georgia, and never backed down from the statement.
Planned to Kill a Reporter
President Nixon's paranoia at the height of the Watergate Scandal is very well documented. It is lesser known, however, that he developed a plan to kill reporter Jack Anderson. One idea included poisoning his food.
Refused to Engage with Electricity
Serving as President of the United States during the turn of the century meant overseeing many drastic changes to the way Americans lived, including welcoming the introduction of electricity. It took President Benjamin Harrison a little while to come around to this idea, however. Electricity was officially installed in the White House in 1891, but Harrison and his wife refused to touch light switches or otherwise engage with the new phenomenon out of fear of being shocked.
Died Due to Overconsumption of Cherries
President Zachary Taylor died in office after serving just 16 months of his term. He was a big fan of cherries, and at the White House Fourth of July celebration in 1850, he consumed a tremendous amount of the sugary fruit while gulping down milk. The combination of the acidic and basic foods is believed to have induced a series of symptoms that ultimately led to his death five days later.