Potato Fact #216

The Teddy Bear was named for Theodore Roosevelt, who famously refused to shoot a wounded mother bear during a hunting expedition. After Roosevelt left office, toymakers attempted to popularize the Billy Possum, named for William Howard Taft, who less famously gorged on an authentic southern dish, possum and taters (an 18 lb. whole possum on a bed of sweet potatoes), while stumping in Atlanta. The Billy Possum didn’t catch on.