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What's the childhood psychology of stuffed animals and other "transitional objects"? Why do 35 percent of adults still sleep with stuffed animals? Tune in to learn more, including a brief history of the teddy bear and why the stuff possum never caught on.

Billy Possum: The Wildly Popular Stuffed Animal You've Never Heard Of

These days, the item most closely associated with President William "Big Bill" Taft is a bathtub. Weighing more than 300 pounds when he moved into the White House in 1909, Taft had a gargantuan, new tub installed that stretched 7 feet (2.1 meters) long and 41 inches (1.04 meters) wide to fit his ample frame, stoking rumors that he had gotten stuck in the old one and need a team of men and butter sticks to hoist him out. Indeed, Taft's size was an enduring butt of jokes throughout his political career and legacy, but before the bathtub, it was Taft's taste for possum that got people talking.