George Washington's wooden teeth?
Most of us have heard of this urban legend; well here's the real story:
By the time he became the first US President at age 56, George Washington had lost nearly all of his teeth. Reports suggest that between 1789 and 1798 Washington had several sets of dentures made, at least two of which were made by Dr. John Greenwood (a prominent dentist at the time). Washington's dentures were carved from ivory (either hippopotamus or elephant) and gold. Not wood.
One of his dentures was stollen from the Smithsonian in the 1970's and to this date has never been recovered. At least one of Washington's denture sets were connected by springs that pushed them against his upper and lower jaw ridges for retention. Enough to make anyone look stern. We think you'll never look at a one-dollar-bill the same way again.
Now you know!