Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
Today I learned about two guys who used a decommissioned Atlas Missile Silo to produce an estimated 90% of the LSD sold in America in the late 90's and early 2000s. historydaily.org/skinner-…
"ignorance of the law is no defense" actually does not apply to tax evasion in America, where you can successfully get out of prosecution by proving your crime was due to your stupidity and ignorance. irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/094705…
The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) does not believe it is important for students to take calculus in high school, saying β€œthe pump that is pushing more students into more advanced mathematics ever earlier is not just ineffective: It is counter-productive.” nctm.org/uploadedFiles/St…
In 2002 a midwestern college student attempted to create a "smile" across America with pipe bombs in mailboxes. He was committed to an FBI psych hospital where he remains to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land" to counter the song "God Bless America" mentalfloss.com/article/5…
"Chef Boy-Ar-Dee" was a real Italian chef named Ettore Boiardi who came to America and opened a restaurant. His spaghetti sauce was so popular people would buy by the jug which lead him to start his own company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ett…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
1749 out of 1750 species of cacti are native to only The Americas cactiguide.com/places/
The current holder of the title "worst vice president of the United States of America" according to the Time Magazine is held by Aaron Burr, the murderer of Alexander Hamilton. You become eligible for that list only after your first term. content.time.com/time/spe…
Sacha Baron Cohen trained with an FBI interrogator before his conversation with O.J. Simpson for "Who Is America?" in the hope that he could trick OJ into confessing huffpost.com/entry/sacha-…
Failure to learn the Mayan Nixtamalization method of preparing corn (maize) lead to Pellagra epidemics in Europe, Africa, and southern USA. Nixtamalization frees the amino acid Niacin. Nixtamalized corn and beans is a complete protein diet and became the staple food in Central America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
Killer whales are such apex predators they hunt and kill terrestrial mammals such as moose and deer, When swimming between islands in North America earthtouchnews.com/oceans…
Morocco was the first country to recognize America as a legitimate nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned about Charles Liteky, the only Medal of Honor recipient to return the medal. He saved 20 wounded soldiers, while he was an unarmed chaplain, during intense enemy fire, in 1967. He ultimately chose to return the honor in 1986, as protest of US policies in Central America. Citation in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
America's first banned book in 1637, the "New English Canaan". The author lampoons and criticizes the Puritans and compares their leadership to crustaceans because Puritans believed that Indians were wild men that needed to be suppressed (among other thing). It's been sold at auction for $60,000 atlasobscura.com/articles…
America consumes 100 acres of pizza per day. theatlantic.com/culture/a…
The reason one cannot drive straight from North America down to South America is one 100km stretch of extremely difficult, dangerous and environmentally sensitive terrain called the Darien Gap in Central America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
When Fidel Castro was 14 he wrote a letter to Franklin Roosevelt & asked him for a 10 dollar bill because he admired America. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The common saying to identify a poisonous snake, β€˜Red touches black, friend of Jack. Res touches yellow will kill a fellow”, is only applicable in North America wildlife-removal.com/snak…
1GB of mobile data costs $2.06 on average in Northern Africa & $14.71 in North America cable.co.uk/mobiles/world…
Among Queen Elizabeth II's many honours - she is an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. Its award certificate "require all officers, seamen, tadpoles and goldfish under your command to be obedient to your orders as Admiral". Nebraska is America's only triply landlocked state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neb…
Paul Revere was one of America's first orthodontists, and used walrus teeth as dental implants. The walrus teeth were later helpful for identifying the corpses of his patients that were killed in the Revolutionary war. massar.org/2016/10/30/pau…
While the Europeans brought Smallpox to the Americas, the Native Americans gave the Europeans syphilis, leading to the disease's introduction to europe in 1495 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
When America fought for independence during the American Revolution, 40,000 British citizens fled to Canada to remain faithful to the crown. canada.ca/en/immigration-…
Salvador Allende, Latin America's "first ever Marxist to be elected president in a liberal democracy"; gave his final speech while his house was being bombed and raided by troops loyal to Augusto Pinochet's US-backed coup. Allende committed suicide shortly after giving the speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The United States Government encouraged Nazis to emigrate to the states and compensated them in exchange for foreign intelligence. Many of them were war criminals, yet they faced little to no punishment and were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in America ips-dc.org/the_cias_worst…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
The person on the 10,000-Yen banknote is Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was among the first Japanese to visit America in 1860, after the end of Japan's isolation period. He became known as one of the foremost experts on Western culture, and the college he founded, Keio University still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
In America, Squirrels have caused more power outages than cyber-criminals, with 9-21% of all outages across the country attributed to the. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In 2019, singer Mike Posner announced he would walk completely across the United States. On August 7, his walk was delayed a few weeks after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado and airlifted to a local hospital. He finished his walk across America on October 18, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
"Plus Ultra" is on Spain's flag and coat of arms. It's a reversal of the Latin phrase "Non plus ultra" (Nothing further beyond) supposedly on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar. The motto ("Further beyond") was adopted after Columbus' discovery of the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
They originally conceived Beavis and Butt-head Do America as a live action movie, with David Spade and Adam Sandler in mind to play the title characters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Beavis…
Breezewood, PA is one of the only places in America where an Interstate has a stoplight cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Ishi is known as the β€œlast wild Indian” in America. He lived most of his life outside modern culture after his tribe, the Yahi (of the Yana group) became extinct in the late 1800s because of the California Gold Rush. He lived alone in the wilderness after his family died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ish…
America's Favorite Pie is Pumpkin Pie. Apple Pie is the 3rd Favorite American Pie, with Pecan being 2nd. parade.com/621697/ccopela…
California’s Death Valley contains the lowest point in North America β€” a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. nps.gov/places/badwater-b…
The Americas were never named after Christopher Columbus, because Columbus believed he had sailed across the Atlantic to India. Instead, the Americas were named after Amerigo Vespucci, the first person to suggest there was a new world. britannica.com/biography/…
NASCAR oval tracks are run counterclockwise because the Brits run their horse races clockwise and America runs left to spite the king. espn.com/espnmag/story?se…
The lead singer from the President's of the United States of America, Chris Ballew, is now a prolific children's song writer/performer known as "Caspar Babypants" wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar…
Przewalski's horses are the only wild horses left in the world. The "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America's western plains and East Coast barrier islands are actually feral domestic horses that escaped from ranches and farms and returned to the wild. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
Turtle Island is a name for North America used by some Indigenous and First Nations people and by some Indigenous rights activists, based on the Iroquois belief that the earth is supported on the back of a gigantic turtle called Hah-nu-nah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the actor of Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, is a legal citizen of Japan, America, Russia, and is fluent in English, Japanese, Spanish, Hawaiian, and Korean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
During World War 2, over 120 000 Japanese Americans were held in concentration camps around America, most without any reason except their race. It wasn't publicly acknowledged as a human rights violation by the US government until four decades later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers believes his single proudest moment is ''Soul Glo'' - a jingle for an in-movie commercial from β€œComing To America” vibe.com/2016/04/in-nile-…
New York City paid more for Central Park than America paid for Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The boardgame, Clue (North America), is actually called Cluedo in much of the rest of the world! mysterygamecentral.com/fa…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl who sailed from South America to Polynesia in a hand-built homemade raft to prove that ancient humans could've reached South America via Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
North America's Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world's surface freshwater and holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks outsideonline.com/2183826…
The Crying Indian in the Keep America Beautiful ad was really an Italian guy named Espera "Oscar" de Conti. He moved to Hollywood, changed his name to Iron Eyes Cody and had a 60-year career as an Indian. Even after being found out he still claimed to be Cherokee and Cree, not Sicilian. valleyrelicsmuseum.org/ge…
India is the world’s largest milk producer, with 22 percent of global production, followed by the United States of America, China, Pakistan and Brazil indiangrowth.substack.com…
Voodoo is not witchcraft or black magic, it's an west African religion, though it has many variation in Whole America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In 1861, Japan had an illustrated history of America which depicted, among other things, John Adams stabbing a giant snake, and George Washington punching a Tiger. kottke.org/19/02/a-japane…
Henry Starr claimed to hold the record for most bank robberies in America. He wrote & starred in a movie about his robberies, "A Debtor to the Law," in 1919. Two years later he was shot & killed robbing a bank in Arkansas. okhistory.org/publication…
22-year old George Washington, who became the first president of the US, inadvertently started the French and Indian War in colonial North America. history.com/news/george-w…
There was a genus of camels native to North America and its name is from the Greek for "camel-face" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The value of the materials mined in North America that come specifically from extraterrestrial impacts totals over $5 billion per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
The first attempt to make an anti-Nazi film in America was Herman J Mankiewicz's "The Mad Dog of Europe" in 1933. The film floundered in early production and was ultimately never produced because no studio would risk being banned in Germany. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
America's last wooly Mammoths died of thirst 15 000 years ago after the land bridge to Russia eroded stranding them on a small, remote island Alaskan Island. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid down in the year 1858, which reduced the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days to a matter of minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Food waste in America is 80 billion lbs a year rts.com/resources/guides/…
In rural areas of late 19th & early 20th century America, it was the norm for the sheriff’s family residence and the jail to share adjacent spaces crimereads.com/when-ameri…
America and "the Americas" were named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator and merchant. "America" was chosen because it matches Europe and Asia, which are also womens names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The standards for β€œMade in America” tags only require 50% American material and final assembly in the US. businessinsider.com/what-…
Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution' is thought to be deeply influenced by his private tutor in Edinburgh, John Edmonstone. Edmonstone was a Taxidermist of African descent from British Guiana, South America. This relationship would later encourage Darwin to explore the continent himself. history.co.uk/shows/not-w…
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the first reigning English monarchs to visit America in 1939, 163 years after the American Revolution. history.house.gov/Blog/20…
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison owns a Russian MiG-29. The United States government has reportedly kept Ellison from flying the MiG-29 in America because it's "considered a firearm" scmp.com/magazines/style/…
The Grand Kankakee Marsh in Northwest Indiana was one of the largest wetlands in North America at almost 1M acres before it was drained for farmland in the early 1900's. It was also home to one of the densly popluated areas of wildlife. daily-journal.com/news/lo…
The largest battle of the American Revolutionary War was neither fought in America nor involved any Americans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Vikings Beat Columbus To America By Nearly 500 Years (And Were Repeatedly Repelled By Native Peoples) vocal.media/wander/the-vi…
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, is 1,776 feet. It's height is a reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
In 1972, there were only 12 paramedic units in North America. The TV show Emergency! starring Randolph Mantooth as Johnny Gage introduced people to the concept of pre-hospital care and CPR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned about Frances Oldham Kelsey who received the US President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service in 1962 for not giving FDA approval to Thalidomide: a German medication that caused over 10,000 severe birth defects in Europe, Canada and S. America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Despite being one of the most popular musicians of the modern era, Bruce Springsteen has never had an Number 1 record in America clashmusic.com/features/1…
The term "Slacker" first came to widespread use in America during World War I. It was used almost entirely to refer to young men who were attempting to dodge the military draft. Before 1917, it was used rarely. During 1917, it was so popular a film about a draft dodger was made with that title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mark Twain wrote an essay entitled Concerning the Jews. He claimed Jews didn't do their part of fighting in America's military. In response, the War Department revealed that Jewish Americans were represented in the military in a larger percentage than their share of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A desert in South America went 500 years without recorded rainfall. phys.org/news/2018-11-cen…
Saundra Williams was the first Miss Black America history.com/this-day-in-h…
The oldest operating brewery in the world, the Weihenstephan, started brewing beer 450 years before America was discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
France's longest border (730km/450mi) isn't with any European nation, but actually with Brazil in South America! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
30-40% of Vietnamese people have the surname Nguyen. To compare; the most popular surname in America is Smith, shared by 0.8% of the population atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Tomohiro Nishikado father of SupΔ“su InbΔ“dā sold in America as Space Invaders. Tanks and soldiers were replaced by aliens to not create image of war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The last weekend of Saturday morning cartoons in America was aired on October 4th, 2014. The CW aired its last segment of "The Vortexx" and replaced it with a 5-hour block of educational programming called "One Magnificent Morning" gizmodo.com/this-is-the-f…
There's a dialect of German spoken in America called "Texas German." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
In 1981, then-president of Nintendo of America Minoru Arikawa was publicly berated by the business' landlord, Mario Segale, for being behind on rent. Arikawa vowed to immortalize him forever by renaming the star of Donkey Kong, previously known as "Jumpman," to Mario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
ABC’s Nightline began airing on November 8, 1979, four days after the Iran hostage crisis began. Originally called "The Iran Crisis - America Held Hostage: Day X," where X was the number of days that hostages were being held in Tehran, it aimed to update Americans on the latest news from Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
The longest river in America by main stem is actually the Missouri, not the Mississippi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Theres an island off the east coast (near Washington DC) where the residents have unique British American accents, that are similar to Americas first settlers and founders. The accent is in danger of disappearing, because the island is sinking into the ocean wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangie…
A man was arrested because he was pissed off at Bank of America for freezing his account leaving him peniless, that he placed a bag of his own urine and fish bait to rot into their Safety Deposit Box as a form of justice. reviewjournal.com/news/an…
There are still about twenty working phone numbers in America (different zip codes) for "867-5309" snopes.com/fact-check/867…
Today I learned about avian keratin disorder (AKD), an emerging disease in North America (first observed in the 1990s) that causes overgrowth of the keratin in birds' beaks. Birds with misshapen beaks can't feed and preen properly, which often results in their deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In 1596, Abraham Ortelius, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, noticed the shapes of continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. He was the first to theorize the Continental Drift. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraha…
The idea that Hitler survived the Battle of Berlin and moved to South America was started by Joseph Stalin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
America's first recorded murderer was John Billington, an original Plymouth colonist, also a signatory of the Mayflower Compact. He shot a young man who had recently migrated to Plymouth. The motives behind the murder were never recorded so it is still unknown. history.howstuffworks.com…
Mariska Hargitay's (who plays Olivia Benson L&O: SVU) mother was Jayne Mansfield, one of the most famous sex symbols in America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Courland (located in present day Latvia) briefly colonized the island of Tobago in the Caribbeans, making it the only Baltic colony in the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 1861, the King of Siam offered a pair of elephants as a gift to America "to be let loose to increase and multiply in the continent of America". Lincoln sent a letter declining the gift, as elephants would be useless in Industrial America, and they likely would not survive anyway. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…

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