11. Naked ambition.
John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) swam naked in the Potomac River every morning at 5 AM. An enterprising early American journalist named Anne Royall heard about this peculiar ritual. She had repeatedly been refused the chance to interview the president, so she decided to catch him in a compromising position.
One morning, while Adams was skinny dipping, Royall wandered down to the bank of the river, sat on his clothes, and refused to return them until he agreed to grant her an interview. That’s how Anne Royall became the first woman ever to interview a president.
Apart from his fondness for skinny dipping, John Quincy Adams also earns a place on the (surprisingly long) list of presidents who kept bizarre pets in the White House. In Adams’ case, it was an alligator, which was gifted to him by his friend the Marquis de Lafayette. Adams kept the enormous reptile in the East Room of the White House, where he reportedly took delight in showing it off to his terrified guests.
12. Two in the Bush.
George W. Bush (2000-2008) was better known for coining terms than his father George H. W. (1989-1993). But Bush Senior did manage to inspire a new word in the Japanese dictionary: ‘Bushusuru’ which translates roughly as ‘to pull a Bush.’ What does that mean? It means to throw up, which President Bush did onto the Japanese Prime Minister at a meeting in 1992.
13. Nobody puts Teddy in a corner.
Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) was famously one of the most energetic presidents. He liked to live what he called "the strenuous life." To him, that meant maintaining a rigorous physical regimen on top of his presidential responsibilities.
Roosevelt liked to box. Even while he was president, he would bring in sparring partners a few times a week to keep up his form. This continued until one of them punched him in the face so hard he actually went blind in his left eye. After that, he decided to tone things down a bit and took up judo.
Like some other presidents, Teddy also had a fondness for swimming naked in the Potomac River. Unlike the others, he enjoyed doing it in the wintertime.