SNOWBIRD SILLIES: Presidential trivia — did you know?

Patrick McAlpine
Patrick McAlpine

Lyndon B. Johnson loved to "cut a rug." He loved doing the rhumba, watusi, the frug, waltz and samba.

Harry S. Truman was a terrible speller. His wife Bess was a champion whistler.

Abraham Lincoln was a champion rail-splitter.

Despite his financial holdings, George Washington had to borrow money to buy a new suit for his inauguration.

Dwight Eisenhower wore three wrist watches. He wanted to know what the times were in different parts of the world.

James Garfield could write simultaneously in Latin and Greek.

President Obama collects Spider-man and Conan the Barbarian comics.

Teddy Roosevelt was blinded in one eye in a boxing match in the White House.

Gerald Ford's name was really Leslie King Jr.

Calvin Coolidge was recruited by a professional basketball team.

Thomas Jefferson invented the dumbwaiter and swivel chair.

John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room of the White House.

Richard Nixon played the most musical instruments — violin, cello, accordion, sax and clarinet.

Herbert Hoover donated his salary to charity.

Ronald Reagan failed his audition for the part in the" President" film because they said he didn't look like a president.

President Fillmore turned down an honorary degree from Oxford. He believed no one should accept one.

Jimmy Carter was quoted as saying, "My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is nice now that when people wave at me, they use all their fingers." He could also read 2,000 words a minute.

When a little boy asked JFK how he had become a hero, he replied, "Someone sank my boat.”

Bill Clinton stated “being president was like running a cemetery. You have a lot of people under you, but nobody is listening."

Ulysses S. Grant's real first name was Humphrey. He changed it so that he wouldn't be called "HUG.”

President Taft started the first seventh inning stretch when he got up to leave in the seventh inning.

Buchanan was the only unwed president.

Chester Arthur, some say, was born in Quebec, Canada.

Rutherford Hayes was a spelling bee champion.

F.D.R. had a stamp collection of 25,000.

President Tyler was on his knees playing marbles when informed he was now president.

John Adams was one of the two bald presidents. Ike was the other.

President Harding's cabinet was called the Poker Cabinet because they were always playing poker.

Some say that Woodrow Wilson was the smartest president, even though he didn't learn to read until he was 11. Then he proceeded to get a Ph.D.

Benjamin Harrison had electricity first installed in the White House, but was terrified of it for fear he would be electrocuted. So, he left the lights on.

Grover Cleveland was the only two non-consecutive terms president.

Herbert Hoover and his wife spoke Mandarin whenever they didn't want anyone to hear what they were saying.

Zachary Taylor died from cholera from eating a bowl of cherries washed down with iced milk.

President Franklin was arrested once for running over an old woman with his horse.

James Monroe had the first wedding in the White House.

George Bush Sr. survived four crashes as a fighter pilot.

President McKinley had a parrot called "Washington Post."

Benjamin Harrison had to expand the White House for his extended family.

George Bush owned the Texas Rangers.

William Henry Harrison had the shortest stay in the White House.

Andrew Johnson asked to be wrapped in an American flag when he died.

Martin Van Buren was the first president not born a British subject.

Warren Harding was the first millionaire to live in the White House.

Andrew Jackson boasted that as a tailor his work never ripped or gave way.

Preside-Dudes — A bit of capital pun-ishment.

Which president had sharp teeth? Jaws Washington.

Which president dug up bones on the White house lawn? Rover Cleveland.

First caveman president … Ulysses S. Grunt.

This American president liked to trade … Jimmy Barter.

He liked a good pickle ... Dill Clinton.

This president needed a good shave ... Hairy S Truman.

He had the most money … Richer Nixon.

This president drove the carpool … Martin Mini-Van Buren.

This president visited Norway … Gerald R. Fjord

He worked at a gas station … Millard Fill More

He was the youngest president ... Babe Lincoln

In conclusion, someone once asked, "If the first president George Washington was first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, then why did he marry a widow?"

All the best this punny presidents' week.

Patrick McAlpine is a self-described “edutainer” and a Canadian Snowbird from Ottawa. Submit your jokes or smiles to