10/25/2011 02:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rick Perry Once Put '15 Defecating Chickens' In Room Of Upperclassman Bully

Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry don't take guff from nobody, at least according to a recent interview with his longtime friend John Sharp, who says Perry once got back at a college bully by putting "15 defecating chickens in his room."

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Sharp described Perry as a person with an intense drive to get what he wanted. He provided this anecdote to underscore Perry's character:

About midway through their freshman year, fed up with an insufferable upperclassman who had made their lives hard, the two friends assembled a pack that plotted revenge. "Are you in?" Perry asked others, in a recruitment drive. He was persuasive. After the upperclassman finally left campus for a long holiday break, Perry and his buddies locked about 15 defecating chickens in his room. "That place was never the same -- and that guy never messed with us again," Sharp remembers with a laugh.

If Perry does indeed have a passionate will to succeed, he'll most likely need it to bounce back from a recent dip in primary polls. Perry has attempted to get over his campaign hiccup by rolling out a new flat tax proposal this week, but that news has largely been overshadowed by his repeated flirtations with birtherism.