And You Thought Trump Was Bizarre... These Are The Most Scandalous Facts About Former US Presidents.
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 Kennedys 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 Addisons 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 twelve 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.
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3. Not the Grover from Sesame Street.
Grover Cleveland (1885-9, 1893-7) only liked one thing more than being president, and that was the ladies.
Cleveland had had a child out of wedlock, and the scandal broke during his first presidential campaign. Instead of denying it (there was no Maury Povich around to make you take a paternity test in those days) Cleveland owned up to his lovechild. His honesty actually helped him win.
He had another, far creepier relationship though. Before becoming president, one of Clevelands close associates died, leaving him as guardian of an orphaned 11-year-old girl. 10 years later, Cleveland married her at the White House, and she became the youngest First Lady in history. (Shudder!)
In another weirdly creepy exchange, Cleveland once spoke with a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He told the boy: "I am making a strange wish for you. It is that you may never be president of the United States." Wish again, Grover.
4. Johnson&Johnson: NOT a family company.
Whatever else you want to say about Lyndon Johnson (1963-69) he was a pretty weird dude.
For one thing, he loved to give people gifts. "Thats nice," I heard you say. It might have been, except the gift he most liked to give was the electric toothbrush.
Doris Kearns, one of his biographers, reports that he gave her a dozen electric toothbrushes over the course of a decade. According to President Johnson, he gave toothbrushes so that people would think of him "first thing in the morning and last thing at night."
Johnson was brazen with his staff and associates, and seems to have enjoyed making them uncomfortable whenever possible. His aides claimed that he would frequently lead them into the bathroom and carry on conversations with them while he did his business.
Colleagues in Congress recalled that if you found Johnson in the bathroom finishing up at a urinal, you might be in for a bit of a show. The president liked to turn around when he was done relieving himself, still brandishing his penis, and wave it at whoever had walked in. He called his member Jumbo, and liked to ask people if they'd "ever seen anything that big in [their] lives."
If thats not weird enough for you, Johnson also had a soda fountain installed at the White House that only dispensed Fresca.
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5. Look out, Lincoln.
James Buchanan (1857-1861) is often rated among the worst presidents in history. But political legacy notwithstanding, he might have accomplished a feat that would be tough to repeat - even today. Buchanan might well have been the first gay president.
Buchanan never married, but he did have a close friend with whom he lived for a decade - a senator from Alabama named William King. Andrew Jackson called the two of them "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy" when they weren't around - understood at the time as a clear homophobic reference.
After King left him to move to France, Buchanan wrote the following: "I am now solitary and alone, having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them."
6. Riding under the influence.
Franklin Pierce (1853-57) was one of the most forgettable presidents. Its safe to assume he didnt remember much about his own reign either, because he was a raging alcoholic. On one occasion, Pierce was allegedly arrested for running over an elderly woman with his horse while he was trashed. Charges were never brought. I guess its a good thing cars hadnt been invented yet.
7. You can't account for taste.
You might think Richard Nixon (1969-74) has already been forced to give up all his secrets. You would be wrong. It turns out that Nixons favorite thing to eat was cottage cheese, which he liked to pair with either pineapple or ketchup. If you ask me, thats worse than Watergate.
8. Taft Punk.
We all know that the Teddy bear was named after Teddy Roosevelt, but did you know they made a stuffed toy and named it after President William Taft (1909-13). It was called the Billy possum, and it was meant to replace the teddy bear. Unfortunately (?) it never took off. But why a possum? The answer is pretty disgusting. (continued)
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In January 1909, while he was still president-elect, Taft attended a celebratory banquet in Atlanta. Asked what he preferred to eat, Taft requested "possum and taters." And so they fed the future president sweet potatoes topped with an 18-pound cooked opossum, which Taft reportedly gobbled up with such rapacious delight that his lawyer had to tell him to pace himself.
This is where the ridiculous (and short-lived) idea of replacing teddy bears with 'billy possums' came from.
9. Duel and unusual.
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) is best known for the trail of tears, his dreadful temper, and being on the $20 bill. But he was also a bird lover. In particular, Jackson had a pet parrot that he taught how to curse. Allegedly, the parrot was in attendance at Jacksons funeral, but had to be removed because it kept cawing four-letter words while the president was being laid to rest.
Jackson was also an unusually prolific dueller, even by the standards of his time. Its estimated that he was involved in approximately 100 duels. On one occasion, Jackson took a bullet so close to his heart that it could not be safely removed. It stayed lodged in his chest for the rest of his life.
10. Hostile takeover.
In the long and salacious history of the presidency, John Tyler (1841-45) is possibly the most unsavory person ever to occupy the office. Tyler was not elected. He took over the office after his predecessor, William Henry Harrison, died 33 days into his presidency.
At that time, it had not been established that the vice-president should take over for the president if he were unable to perform his duties. But John Tyler wasted no time in seizing his opportunity. Without seeking the consent of his cabinet, Tyler declared himself president.
And what a president he was. He was wildly unpopular, even among his own party (from which he was expelled). He drove almost his entire cabinet to resign in protest of his policies. He was the first president to face impeachment proceedings. Worst of all, when the Civil War broke out, Tyler defected to the Confederacy.
Because he was considered a traitor, Tylers death was not even acknowledged by the United States government. The New York Times called him "the most unpopular public man that ever held any office in the United States." In his obituary.
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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. Thats 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.
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14. Hayes'd and confused.
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-81) is surely one of the most peculiar presidents. By rights, he never should have taken the office at all. He lost the popular vote by 250,000, and he lost the electoral college too.
But then the delegates decided to make him president anyway. He 'won' the electoral college by a single vote after a series of back-room negotiations. They struck a deal to make Hayes president.
After the Civil War, Union troops had remained stationed in the south. The Democrats, then the dominant party in the south, agreed to allow the Republican Hayes to become president in exchange for him withdrawing those troops.
This compromise lead to the presidents unflattering nicknames: Rutherfraud and His Fraudulence.
15. Keep your Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) had a number of peculiar habits. He liked to have vaseline rubbed onto his head (stay with me) while he ate breakfast. He also makes the list of presidents who kept bizarre pets in the White House. He had two raccoons, who he sometimes let run freely through the corridors of power. He also raised chickens at the White House, but for food rather than company.
16. Hoover be dammed.
Herbert Hoover (1929-33) was one of the most unpopular presidents in history. That was partly because he had the misfortune of being elected on the eve of the Great Depression, and partly because the public perceived him as an extravagant and out-of-touch multi-millionaire.
During the dog days of the depression, Hoover feasted on seven-course meals in the White House dining room while ordinary Americans went hungry.
He and his wife were also notoriously difficult on their attendants. The first couple insisted on being served by Marine officers who were all the exact same height. It was said that Hoover demanded never to see his servants. Whenever his staff heard him coming, they would jump into closets for fear of incurring his wrath.
Extravagant and out-of-touch? Why would they ever think that?
17. Easy come, easy go.
William Henry Harrison (March-April, 1841) has the dubious distinction of delivering the longest inauguration speech in history (over 90 minutes) and following it up with the shortest presidency. He died of pneumonia 33 days into his first term.
Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?
You're not the only one.
u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.
I Know What I LikeGiphy
My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.
The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.
A Stair Step
My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.
My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.
My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.
We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.
I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.
My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.
With an ex:
"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."
She did not understand this.
I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.
"Now how much do you have in your hand?"
She still didn't understand.
She somehow has a college degree.
When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.
I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.
My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.
His answer was that I was being unfair.
How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."
To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.
A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.
A Non-Standard Ruler?
I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.
Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.
7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.
Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.
Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.
This Unusual Vegan Argument
Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.
He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.
That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."
Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.
Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.
In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.
It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.
Albert or ArnoldGiphy
Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?
Below Sea Level
I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.
I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.
This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.
Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.
Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.
An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.
I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.
Whales Are Mammals
I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.
Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.
My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.
No Balloons For Grandma
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.
He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.
He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
Spontaneous Dolphin ExistenceGiphy
How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.
I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.
Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.
But ... Ice Floats
Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.
Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.
Time Zones Exist
Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"
"no, it's red"
"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)
The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.
The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.
It was stupid.
Stars Like Our Sun
I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.
I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.
I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.
Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.
Balloon to Heaven
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.
And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.
He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.
It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.
Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".
My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.
3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.
I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.
Late to the party, but there it is.
I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.
Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.
Wicked Witch of the West
I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.
I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.
They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.
So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.
My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.
I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.
We didn't speak to each other for four days.
How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).
How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.
Dogs and ChocolateGiphy
I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.
I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.
Is water wet?
My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.
For the record, it is no to both questions.
A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.
He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.
One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.
It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.
Green Or Yellow?
When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.
Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.
Stars In Their MultitudeGiphy
I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".
I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.
She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.
We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.
I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"
I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.
I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...
Solid Or Liquid?
Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.
For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.