Billions of wooden pallets are circulating through the world (2 billion in the United States alone). Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. They’re so widespread they account for more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production. slate.com/business/2012/0…
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the Department of Commerce because President Nixon's Secretary of the Interior publicly criticized the administration's Vietnam War policy. Nixon punished him by putting the new agency under a different department. sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
The metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce" in the USA (Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988) and that US Customary Units (e.g. foot, mile, pound, quart) have actually been defined in terms of their metric counterparts since 1893. nist.gov/system/files/doc…
The first thing that was ever bought and sold over the internet was weed. In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford's AI Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at MIT, and thus the first act of e-commerce was a pot deal. fastcompany.com/3054025/y…
America's Interstate Highway System was motivated by National Defense as much as it was by commerce. The full name is "National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". Eisenhower's military experience convinced him highways were needed to redeploy troops if America was invaded or nuked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
For decades the US Navy Freedom of Navigation program has kept the global shipping lanes free and open for commerce and trade, even for US enemies like Russia and China. The FON program acts as a deterrent against regional conflict, arbitrary maritime claims and piracy. policy.defense.gov/Portal…
A 'barrel' of crude oil is not today's standard 200L/55G barrel of commerce, but was originally the 40 gallon whiskey barrel before settling on, in 1866, the 42 gallon (159L) wine tierce established by English King Richard III in 1485, which we still use today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Several studies compiled by the US Department of Education, Commerce, Labor, and various colleges from 2009-2016 found a large correlation between SAT scores and taste in music by genre and artist. Beethoven, Rock, Indie has above average and Lil Wayne, Rap, Punk has below average. ledgernote.com/features/h…
In 1927 Santa Clause was officially given a pilots license and airway maps from the Department of Commerce loc.gov/pictures/resource…
If Texas was a country... It would have the tenth largest economy in the world, ahead of both Canada and Australia. [Texas's GDP is about $1.7 trillion, which would make it the 10th largest economy in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.] markets.businessinsider.c…
During WWI, no foreign coaling stations were available to Germany, and its coast was blockaded. So the Germans outfitted a sailing ship as a commerce raider and disguised it as a Norwegian woodcarrier - it sailed past the British blockade and captured 15 ships over the next two years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS…
The seven sins according to Gandhi: "Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the U.S Senate Commerce Committee requesting funds to help support the growth of a new concept. National Public Television. youtu.be/fKy7ljRr0AA
In Las Vegas there were atomic bomb parties chamber of commerce advertised detonation times and the best spots for watching. Casinos offered special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties,” Women dressed as mushroom clouds for the β€œMiss Atomic Energy” crown at the Sands. citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
-That the symbol depicting a snake coiling around a rod found on ambulances represents the rod of Asclepius used by Asclepius the Greek God of medicine and doctors and is often confused with the Caduceus which depicts 2 snakes representing negotiation and commerce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about 10,000 years ago artists depicted apiculture (beekeeping) on the walls of Spanish caves. Centuries after that, demand for bees wax and honey drove commerce across the empires of ancient Greece and Rome. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned about Felix Von Luckner, a World War I German commerce raider who sank 64,000 tons of British shipping and destroyed 14 vessels. With a three-masted old-school sailing ship. And all without killing a single person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
The fictional company Dunder Mifflin from "The Office" became a real life member of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. The town receives massive exposure as many businesses and locations are mentioned in the show. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/t…
Santa actually has a pilot's liscense, it was awarded to him in 1927 by the then assistant secretary of commerce Aeronautics William P. MacCracken loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
The caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The United States has been on the metric system since 1975 through the Metric Conversion Act, declaring that the metric system is "the preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A new E-commerce scam called Brushing involves sellers sending strangers empty packages or cheap items to build a history of confirmed orders and 5-star reviews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
The metric system is the the preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce since 1975, but the conversion was "completely voluntary" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In 1930, the President of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce invited Al Capone to move from Chicago to the Black Hills of South Dakota blackhillsknowledgenetwor…
The Caduceus is incorrectly used to symbolize 'medicine.' The caduceus actually represents 'commerce.' The correct symbol is called the Rod of Asclepius and has one snake instead of two. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In the US you can be tried for a federal violation known as Hobbs Act Robbery by robbing a pizza delivery person. This is because the pizza’s ingredients originate in different states and require chains to engage in interstate commerce. The sentence if convicted can be up to life imprisonment. gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURT…
In the 1930s, to control prices, govt placed caps on how much a farmer could produce, claiming that a farmer growing more than that cap, even just to feed his family, was "interstate commerce" because NOT having to buy grain to feed his family would affect prices - the Supreme Court agreed! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
Santa Claus received a pilot's license from the US Secretary of Commerce in 1927 loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, was equated by the Romans themselves to the Greek goddess Athena, and was also the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, and the crafts. There are many monuments dedicated to her even today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned about Masaki "Hard Gay" Sumitani, a former pro wrestler and commerce major who performs acts of charity for random bystanders while dressed in a fetish suit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Saddam Hussein was given an export licence from the U.S. Commerce Department. This led to him mail ordering anthrax from American suppliers. markswatson.com/iraqbio.h…
Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence contained a passage attacking slavery, calling it an 'execrable commerce'. The passage was removed due to pressure from Southern plantation owners and Northern slave merchants blackpast.org/primary/dec…
The Order of the Phoenix is a real order. The honour is bestowed by the Greek government to Greek citizens who have excelled in the arts and literature, science, public administration, shipping, commerce, and industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
The first e-commerce transaction was in the 70's for cannabis between students from MIT and Stanford en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-c…
After the death of Swaziland's King Sobhuza II in 1982, the reigning queen enforced a 75-day mourning period that only allowed commerce essential to the life of the nation. During this time, the queen outlawed sexual intercourse and those caught were punished by flogging. lonelyplanet.com/swazilan…
The US Navy engaged in only one action in the Pacific during WWI. A German commerce raider ran out of coal for its boilers and docked at Guam to resupply in 1914. Guam lacked coal, so it stayed moored for 3 years until the US entered the war in 1917, whereupon they promptly scuttled it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in history, was a ferryboat for Thomas Gibbons. The same Gibbons from the landmark Supreme Court case Gibbons v. Ogden which helped to expand Congress' federal powers and its ability to regulate commerce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gib…
The first e-commerce transaction was for a Sting album nytimes.com/1994/08/12/bu…
The Sherman Anti-Trust Act makes it a felony for entities to conspire in the restraint of trade or commerce and makes it a felony to monopolize trade or commerce. economics.fundamentalfina…
Germany's digital infrastructure only has a 59% 4G coverage. That is less than any Eastern European country's and way less than the US (87%). This despite being one of Europe's wealthiest countries and a hub of innovation, industry and commerce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The US Chamber of Commerce is a lobbying group that sounds like a gov't agency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The first e-commerce was a drugs deal in the early 1970s theguardian.com/science/2…
In 1982 the City of Oakland claimed eminent domain to take control of the Raiders to prevent their move to LA. It was only overturned due to violating another amendment to the Constitution regarding interstate commerce. legalgist.com/facts-holdi…
RenΓ© LΓ©vesque was the first leader since Canadian Confederation to attempt, through a referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec. His achievement was Bill 101, to make French "the normal and everyday language of work, instruction, communication, commerce and business." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
In 1995, online porn invented e-commerce businessinsider.com/the-p…
In the current line of succession for POTUS, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health & Human Services, Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and Veteran Affairs are farther up in the line of succession than the Secretary of Homeland Security (in that order). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Euro Disney changed its name to Disneyland Paris to help people locate the park more easily on the map. Disney CEO Eisner also said while Americans associate the term "Euro" with glamour, to Europeans it means business and commerce rather than excitement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Predating the Euro by over 130 years, The Latin Monetary Union standardized the value of member nations' currencies, pegging the Franc/Lira at .29 grams of gold. So for example an Italian 20-Lira coin had the same value as a Swiss, French or Belgian 20-Franc, which made commerce much easier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Commerce under Roosevelt and Truman, predicted in 1947 that Truman's policy towards Russia, Greece and Turkey, would make America "The most hated Nation in the World." teachingamericanhistory.o…
Thomas Jefferson believed that unlimited expansion of commerce and industry would lead to the growth of a class of wage laborers who relied on others for income and sustenance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…

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