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Zachary Taylor was the twelfth President of the United States He was a very interesting person He was a crook a gambler a drunkard and had a very short temper One source claimed that seeing Zachary Taylor sober was something few people could claim to have done A short time after Taylor was born in 1784 he was given the peculiar nickname muskrat head The exact story behind this nickname has since been lost Taylor was very sensitive when it came to his nickname The sighting of this repulsive animal or the mentioning of the animals name could send Taylor into a fury When Taylor was six years old he was being taunted by two of his classmates about his nickname He punished them by chaining them to a windmill and feeding them large bunches of grass On another occasion at the age of sixteen Taylor showed everyone that no matter who you were he would become violent at the mere mentioning of the animal On a family trip to the zoo Taylor was escorting a young lady The girl unknowingly and innocently pointed at a family of muskrats referring to them as queer-looking beasts Zack was infuriated He then turned monkeys tropical birds an alligator and an antelope loose and hurled a peanut vendors stand into a mud hole Zachary Taylor was also known for his strange behavior He liked to hide from no one in particular in a wagon of rotten vegetables and paint his beard blue He once set a local paper mill on fire He liked to lure unsuspecting girls into his secret clubhouse located in the sub-basement of the Taylor home On religious holidays he enjoyed dressing like a giant purple butterfly When Taylor unexpectedly became President in 1849 his behavior did not improve He was notorious for his laziness After holding office for little over half a day he feasted on fourteen pounds of French pastries and
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