America’s 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson was a renowned practical joker. How would he scare visitors to his ranch in Johnson City, Texas?

Answer: Johnson was one of the first owners of ‘the amphicar’, an amphibious automobile first produced in 1961. He would often take visitors in the car and then drive directly into the property’s large lake, all the while complaining that the brakes were malfunctioning. Back in the White House, LBJ showed another side of his multi-faceted character by pubicly announcing new appointees to a government position, before informing the appointee, thus making it impossible for them to refuse the job.

Source: The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson by Joseph A. Califano

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