Fifty things you might not know about Obama

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London, Nov.9 : Here, according to The Telegraph, are the fifty facts about US presidential elect Barack Obama that you might know of.

He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

He was known as "O'Bomber" at high school for his skill at basketball

His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili

His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini

He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

He is left-handed - the sixth post-war president to be left-handed

He has read every Harry Potter book

He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali

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

His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars

He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia

He can speak Spanish

While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead

His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea

He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president - he didn't

He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia

He can bench press an impressive 200lbs

He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name

His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister's fianc, but left when a stripper arrived

His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy

He and Michelle made $4.2 million (2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books

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

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

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

His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees

He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date

He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker

He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol

He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician

As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine

His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)

He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside

He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

His house in Chicago has four fire places

Daughter Malia's godmother is Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita

He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry

He uses an Apple Mac laptop

He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300 SUV

He wears $1,500 (952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits

He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes

He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (13)

His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire

He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers

He was nicknamed "Bear" by his late grandmother

He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds

His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso

His speciality as a cook is chilli

He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"

He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life

His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

ANI

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