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5 Odd Things Named After Presidents

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

An illustration of the extinct lizard Obamadon. Carl Buell/Courtesy of Nick Longrich, Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, and Jacques Gauthier/Yale University hide caption

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2) Jimmy Carter Nuclear Submarine

The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter in 2004. Bob Child/AP hide caption

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The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter in 2004.

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3) Dwight D. Eisenhower Locomotive

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The locomotive Dwight D Eisenhower at the National Railway Museum in York, England.

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4) Roosevelt Elk, named for Theodore Roosevelt

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Roosevelt elk on a river gravel bar in Olympic National Park.

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5) Cleveland Panic of 1893

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The Cleveland Panic: A scene at the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of May 5, 1893.

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