This week's Trivia Question:

Before air conditioning was first installed in the West Wing of the White House in 1930, presidents tried different methods to survive the oppressive Washington summer heat with President Taft notably trying which method in 1909: (1) installing electric fans that blew air over great bins of ice in the attic which was then forced through the air ducts of the heating system; (2) building a screened-in sleeping porch on the roof of the White House; or (3) both 1 and 2?  


Both 1 and 2.  According to a 2017 article from The Washington Post, Taft's ice-cooled air system did not work well and was soon abandoned.  Taft would also then retreat to his screened rooftop porch for a cool place to sleep hoping to catch breezes (good luck!) on summer evenings.

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