The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named “Resolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries.
The 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, regularly staged boxing matches in the White House and took on anyone he could- including professional boxers.
In 1974, a man stole a helicopter, flew it to Washington, D.C. and hovered for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn. He only spent 1 year in prison and fined $2,400.
In 2011, a man shot a high powered rifle at the White House, hitting it at least 7 times. It took Secret Service 4 days to realize this, and they did so only after a housekeeper noticed broken glass and cement on the floor.
In 2012, the White House responded to a petition to have a Death Star built by stating that “the Administration does not support blowing up planets” and that it would not fund a weapon “with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship”.
Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan’s daughter have all claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln’s ghost in the White House.
In 1974 a US Army Private stole a helicopter and landed it at the White House…Twice.
The White House brews its own beer.
It takes eight hours to mow the White House lawn.