5 Odd Things Named After Presidents

Jul 19, 2013
Originally published on July 18, 2013 11:31 am

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington was renamed for former President Bill Clinton this week. "President Clinton not only protected the environment, which saved thousands of lives," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said when she introduced the idea, "he also maintained a strong economy and created jobs. Naming the EPA headquarters is a fitting way to honor his legacy."

It makes sense to name a federal edifice after a president. After all, counties, cities, public schools, libraries and airports around the country honor former chief executives.

But some other things — including spiders, mountains and a swan boat — that are named for U.S. presidents frankly seem a little odd. Here are a few more:

1) Obamadon – an extinct lizard

2) Jimmy Carter Nuclear Submarine

3) Dwight D. Eisenhower Locomotive

4) Roosevelt Elk, named for Theodore Roosevelt

5) Cleveland Panic of 1893

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