You might think that the guy currently living in the White House is pretty out there. But 'out there' is nothing new for Presidents of the United States. These are the weirdest facts about former presidents that everyone should know.
1. Magic bullet.
John F. Kennedy (1961-63) remains one of the most admired presidents, despite his relatively brief tenure. Although he's still a venerated figure half a century after his death, there are a number of troubling details about his life that still are not generally known.
Everybody knows that Kennedy’s life was cut tragically short, but few people realize he was actually a very sick man before that. For starters, the president suffered from acute colitis and prostatitis. He also had Addison’s disease, which prevents the body from properly regulating levels of sugar and sodium.
The president sometimes used crutches because he suffered from osteoporosis in his lower back. Although he worked hard to hide it, the pain was sometimes so intense that he could barely dress himself or tie his own shoes.
To combat this litany of medical concerns, President Kennedy was on as many as taking medications at any given time, including codeine, Demerol, methadone, Ritalin, and a host of barbiturates. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, when one wrong move could have precipitated nuclear war, Kennedy was taking steroids, anti-psychotics, antihistamines, and antibiotics.
Remarkably, those close to him say that despite the medley of medications he was forced to take, Kennedy never allowed his condition to affect his performance.
2. Of course his last name was 'Harding'.
Before his personal letters were unsealed in 2014, Warren G. Harding (1921-23) was generally remembered as the most corrupt president not named Richard Nixon. But since the contents of those letters became public, Harding has joined the vaunted ranks of the pervert presidents.
Harding had at least two extramarital affairs, one of which produced an illegitimate daughter whom Harding paid for but never met. His love letters to his long-suffering mistress reveal a man who was passionately in love. And liked to call his penis Jerry.