In the early days, a “presidential exploratory committee” was actually an initiation test that sent the candidate and his closest adviser to middle of the Amazon rain forest, alone, with no supplies
If the duo managed to survive and make it back to civilization, said candidate would be allowed to run for President of the United States.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the last candidate to successfully complete the exploratory committee trial.
Roosevelt though nearly died after stumbling into a poison dart frog nest, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later when on to claim the paralysis was a result of polio, so not to compromise the presidential exploratory process.
-Sent in by Jarod Ballentine