The U.K. Telegraph compiles the “Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama.” The list includes such tidibits as:

• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire

• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso

• His favourite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini

• His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea


• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck

• His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy

• He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can’t stand ice cream


He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.

Ah, there it is. List, consider yourself justified.

[h/t Avi Zenilman]

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.