1. Ronald and Nancy Reagan test the waters while vacationing off Honolulu. 

    We’re used to seeing our presidents — and presidential hopefuls like Mitt Romney — buttoned up and polished. But it’s when they’re on vacation that the mask truly falls, revealing just how human they are.

    Here, a pictorial guide to 10 unpresidential vacation moments


  2. Mitt Romney’s six-state “Believe in America” bus tour kicked off June 15, and among the several hundred locals who greeted him at a Day 2 stop in Weatherly, Penn., was this man — who conveyed his tepid support for the Republican presidential candidate by broadcasting his undying devotion to the Gipper. 

    More revealing moments on the campaign trail


  3. There used to be a thriving trade in the relics of Christian saints — St. Anthony’s voice box, a vial of St. Gennaro’s blood, splinters from the cross used in Jesus’ crucifixion — and by those standards, a British auction for a tube of Ronald Reagan’s dried blood makes perfect sense, especially if you revere the former president. Of course, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation doesn’t see it that way.

    If the blood sample, purportedly from Reagan’s hospital stay when he was recovering from being shot in 1981, is real, auctioning it off is “a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase,” says the foundation. Many Reagan fans disagree — the top bid is already north of $14,000. Still, Reagan’s blood isn’t even the strangest celebrity relic to hit the auction block recently.

    7 other gross celebrity items sold at auction



    Late sleepers
    ABC’s Good Morning America spawns a new spin-off, Good Afternoon America, which will premiere on July 9. [Gothamist]

    Lucky breaks
    A man survives his suicidal 180-foot plunge down Niagara Falls, becoming the third person ever to survive a jump over the falls without a safety device. [The Stir

    Cruise control
    An experiment finds that drivers who keep a consistent speed and don’t slam on the brakes conserve quite a bit of gas, and can save an extra $100 at the pump each month. [TIME]


    Dignity in politics
    A 34-year-old woman poses topless in a billboard ad for her Mexican congressional campaign. [Newser]

    Olympic buzz
    Following an unremarkable showing at the 2010 Vancouver Games, the Kremlin announces a ban on alcohol at all London Olympic events involving Russian athletes. [Opposing Views]

    Respecting the dead
    An auction house is selling what it claims is a vial of Ronald Reagan’s blood. The Reagan Presidential Foundation has denounced the sale as a “craven act.” [Slate]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  5. 1983 — At a state dinner in San Francisco, a prim Queen Elizabeth II elicites a hearty guffaw from President Ronald Reagan as she details the lousy weather she experienced in California.

    We have a whole slideshow of these gems, just because they’re fun to look at. Presidential crackups: A photo retrospective of laughing leaders. Enjoy!

    Photo: Getty