See if you can separate presidential fact from fiction
America’s first president, George Washington was born 282 years ago today. That's a fact. Said president George Washington had boundless energy because of the cocaine he used to powder his wig. That is not a fact. But you wanted to believe it, didn't you?!? And because you're awesomely gullible but also like to learn stuff occasionally, we've compiled a list of 10 presidential factoids, five of which are true (or can at least be attributed to a reputable source), and five of which are wildly, irresponsibly untrue.So, see if you can pick out the five legit ones, and then check the answer key below, or get deported.**Thrillist does not have the authority to deport anyone. That one was not a fact.
- Ulysses S. Grant had a fondness for raccoon meat, and would request that his soldiers hunt them in their spare time during the Civil War.
- Millard Fillmore’s first wife was a young nurse he met when she was treating him for a snakebite on his groin he sustained during a hunting trip.
- Lyndon Johnson once whipped out his substantial... Johnson (“Jumbo”, as he sometimes called it) in front of a group of reporters to demonstrate why America was fighting in Vietnam.
- As something of an early-20th-century Derek Zoolander, Gerald Ford dabbled in male modeling and once graced the cover of Cosmopolitan.
- Late in life, Teddy Roosevelt used to take pills made with bear semen, an early attempt to treat erectile dysfunction.
- Calvin Coolidge’s preferred method of starting his day was taking breakfast in bed and having his head liberally slathered with petroleum jelly.
- William Howard Taft so liked the smell of bacon that he tasked the White House kitchen staff with developing a mustache wax made primarily from bacon grease.
- Franklin Pierce was arrested while president for trampling an old lady with his horse.
- In his early twenties, Richard Nixon sang in a barbershop quartet called The Close Shaves.
- Known to be an avid (though frequently unsuccessful) gambler, Warren G. Harding once lost all of the White House china in a poker game.