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Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

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The White House is one of the most infamous landmarks in the entire world and it has a lot of history and with history comes a lot of fun facts.

There is a dentist's office under the White House

1 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Actually, there is an entire strip mall underneath the White House with a flower shop and even a bowling alley (added by Nixon)


2 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Before Theodore Roosevelt it wasn't called the White House. It was called the Executive Mansion


3 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

It was never built with a handicapped president in mind so when Franklin Roosevelt entered office the whole place had to be redone with ramps and elevators for his wheelchair


4 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

It didn't have running water until 1833 when it was installed by Andrew Jackson


5 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

The water wasn't piped to the first family's second floor bathroom until 20 years later in 1853



6 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

FDR installed an indoor pool in 1933 to help him with his polio stricken legs. Although successive presidents like Truman and JFK used it, Nixon ended up laying a floor on top of it and using it as a press briefing room. And that is still what it is today


7 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Ulysses S Grant added a billiard room in the 1870s


8 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

President Truman called it the Great White Jail and the Glamorous Prison. Apparently being the top dog can get pretty lonely


9 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Based on the size of the State Dining Room and the chef's resources, 140 people could have dinner at the same time


10 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

The White House was the biggest home in the United States until the 1860s


11 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

The original plans drawn up by George Washington and the DC city planner were significantly more elaborate


12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

There are 6 floors with 3 elevators


13 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

As we said, George Washington played a role in the White House design but he never actually lived there as it wasn't completed during his presidency


14 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

John Adams, the second president, was the first one to inhabit the mansion


15 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

When President Truman almost witnessed the tub crash through the ceiling he decided the White House needed renovation (being over 100 years old). It cost nearly $54 million but saved the White House from being condemned (it was actually declared structurally unsound before that)


16 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Dwight D. Eisenhower had a putting green placed outside his office every morning


17 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

You can choose from one out of 35 different bathrooms


18 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

In 1939 the British King and Queen had a sleepover at the White House with FDR. This was the first time a British monarch had visited America


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President Bill Clinton had a jogging track installed during his publicly documented struggles with weight and health


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In 1942 the White House received a movie theatre in what used to be the cloak room


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It takes 560 gallons of paint to cover the exterior


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The design for the White House was chosen in a contest. The winner was Irishman James Hoban


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His design was influenced by the Leinster House in Dublin


24 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)

Because the British burned it in 1814, very little of the original house remains


25 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The White House (25 pics)


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№1 Author: styopa (3 Aug 2015 03:10) Total user comments: 1289


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#0: you probably mean famous, not infamous /facepalm\
#25: that doesn't even make sense. The reason it's painted white was to cover the scorch marks of the burning, which would be pointless if it actually was mostly gone. In fact, here's a pic of it after the fire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_President%27s_House_by_George_Munger,_18
14-1815_-_Crop.jpg
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№2 Author: pedro carlos (3 Aug 2015 10:10) Total user comments: 857


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IN-FA-MOUS
having a bad reputation, disreputable; of bad report; notoriously vile; detestable; widely known, especially for something bad

i guess they really meant infamous
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№3 Author: Tomaz86 (3 Aug 2015 16:53) Total user comments: 10835


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Go Yankees.
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№4 Author: Phynix4 (3 Aug 2015 17:07) Total user comments: 5461


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Heh, didn't Clinton have special little place for receiving oral sex from Whitehouse interns? OH YEAH, that was the Oval Office, my bad...
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№5 Author: Boomer (6 Aug 2015 01:30) Total user comments: 181


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Quote: Phynix4
Heh, didn't Clinton have special little place for receiving oral sex from Whitehouse interns? OH YEAH, that was the Oval Office, my bad...


wait, don't you mean "oral" office? ;)
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№6 Author: Tom Smith (13 Aug 2015 10:52) Total user comments: 0


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Burned not by British, but by Canadians, and twice in one war
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