A Texas state representative introduced a bill honouring Albert DeSalvo, widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, for his work in "population control." He wanted to prove that his colleagues passed legislation without due diligence. They passed the bill unanimously. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about Edith Sampson, who in 1950 became the first African-American to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. She later became the first Black U.S. representative to NATO and became the first Black woman to be elected judge in the state of Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Uranus is named after a Greek god, while the other planets are Roman (excluding Earth). Also, Uranus’ moons are named after characters of Shakespeare and Pope, while the other moons (except for ours) get their names from Greek/Roman myths, mostly from those about their representative god. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
There was a Russian spy in the U.S. Congress. Representative Samuel Dickstein of New York, in office from from 1923 to 1945, was a paid agent of the NKVDβ€”the precursor to the KGBβ€”according to USSR records. The Soviets gave Dickstein the codename "Crook" due to his monetary demands. theguardian.com/theguardi…
The New Hampshire General Court is the largest state legislature in the United States with 424 seats. 400 of those seats are the House of Representatives and 24 are the Senate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Connecticut ratified an amendment in 1790 that should give each Representative no more than 50,000 persons. But since Congress never noticed, it never took effect. If it did then the House of Representatives would be full of 6,489 Representatives. vox.com/2018/6/4/17417452…
Giraffe can run extremely fast - at a gallop they reach a speed of up to 60 km/h, which ranks them among the fastest animals in the savanna, right after the representatives of the cat family. needforscience.com/biolog…
From 1983 to 1987, the two members of the US House of Representatives from Maine, John McKernan and Olympia Snowe, were boyfriend and girlfriend. They later married after McKernan was elected Governor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
A teenager fooled an entire school, multiple police officers, and a car dealership that he was the youngest State Representative ever. He was escorted to the school, given a tour, and spoke to the high school students about being involved in politics. toledoblade.com/Courts/20…
As of 2018, 73% of active female senators and over 50% of women in the house of representatives were girl scouts alums girlscouts.org/content/da…
On August 18th 1920 women gained the right to vote because tie-breaker Tennessee republican representative, and an opponent to women’s suffrage, Harry T. Burn’s mother told him β€œDon’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the β€˜rat’ in ratification.” history.com/topics/womens…
In 1857 Senator James Hammond, representative of South Carolina, released a manual of breastfeeding rules for enslaved women. The manual regulated time spent breastfeeding and rigidly set weaning schedules. The women were forced to nurse the children of their owners as well as other babies. encyclopedia.com/social-s…
In the USA, Representatives do not have to live in their districts, only their states. history.house.gov/Institu…
There was once a city called Crocodilopolis, where they worshiped the crocodile god Sobek. The people of Crocodilopolis paid devotion to an earthly representative of Sobek, a living crocodile they called Petsuchos and covered in gold and gems and kept in a temple. theguardian.com/cities/20…
In May 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that states cannot impose term limits upon their federal Representatives or Senators oyez.org/cases/1994/93-14…
The House of Representatives is surrounded by 23 marble relief portraits of famous historical lawgivers, including Napoleon, Jefferson, Moses, Lycurgus, Solon, Gaius and Hammurabi. aoc.gov/art/relief-portra…
101 year old Lester L. Wolff is the oldest living former U.S Representative. Wolff was born on January 4th, 1919 & served as a Democratic representative from New York’s 3rd & later 6th District from 1965-1981. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
The gavel used by the UN President is called "Thor's gavel" as it was gifted to the UN by Iceland's first permanent UN representative Thor Thors news.un.org/en/story/2018…
A communist Prussian army officer, August Willich, challenged Karl Marx to a duel because he thought Marx was too conservative. Marx declined, but representatives of both men later dueled, and Marx's second was shot in the head. Willich later became a Union army major in the US Civil War wikipedia.org/wiki/August…
Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn was the deciding vote that led to the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote in the U.S. He said: β€œI know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_…
A teenager fooled an entire school, a car dealership, and police officers that he was the youngest elected State Representative ever. He was escorted around the school, given a tour, and even spoke to the high school students about his involvement in politics. 13abc.com/home/headlines/…
A study about VIP hospital patients discovered that physicians reported feeling pressured by patients, family members, and hospital representatives to provide unnecessary care. The study also found that the VIP status of a patient impact physician clinical decision-making. journalofhospitalmedicine…
The Cherokee and Choctaw Nations can legally appoint non-voting delegates to the U.S. House of Representatives. To date, only one has been nominated and is awaiting confirmation. yesmagazine.org/democracy…
The US House of Representatives has a silver mace of justice. history.house.gov/Blog/De…
In the mid 19th century the Mexican state of Yucatan declared independence from Mexico and petitioned the US to annex them. The US House of Representatives voted to approve the annexation, but the Senate rejected it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
US Representative Andrew J May revealed the IJN depth charges were set at too shallow a depth, allowing USN submarines to dive out of danger, during a press conference after returning from a junket. The USN estimates this breach of security cost 10 boats along with 800 sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Demographically, single people are more powerful than ever before in America. According to a 2017 Census Bureau report, more than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) said that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult cnn.com/2018/01/05/health…
Today I learned of "White monkey" jobs in China, Caucasian foreigners are hired to stand around and pretend to be a employee of the chinese company or representative of a international company to increase the value of the Chinese company vice.com/en_us/article/4w…
To get Hashima (battleship) island listed as a UNESCO heritage site, Japan admitted to using forced labour during WW2. Immediately after it was approved, they claimed "the remarks [forced to work under harsh conditions] by the Japanese government representative did not mean 'forced labor'". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
The name Kevin in Germany has a particularly bad reputation (related to lower socioeconomic status), so much so that the word 'Alpha-Kevin' has been coined, representative of a particularly unintelligent young person. 'Kevinism' has even been described as an 'avoidable childhood illness'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Article One of the US Bill of Rights is the only article that was never ratified. Article One defined how the House of Representatives would expand as the US population grew. If it had been ratified, there would be 6,563 members of the House instead of the current 435. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
On February 15th, 1798 two members of the House of Representatives used a walking stick and a fireplace tongs to attack each other. connecticuthistory.org/ro…
After Sputnik’s successful launch in 1957 and American failure to launch their own first artificial satellite into space a few weeks later, the Soviet delegate to the UN offered the US representative aid β€œunder the Soviet program of technical assistance to backwards nations" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The WWF wrestler Ludwig Borga AKA Tony Halme released a rap album whilst working as a representative in the Finnish Parliament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
The Goblin Shark is often referred to as a "living fossil". It is the only representative of the Mitsukurinidae family, a lineage of sharks dating back 125 million years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gob…
In 1924, the Ku Klux Klan got four of its members elected to Anaheim, California's five-member board of trustees, giving them control of city government. When the Klan's plan was exposed, their representatives were successfully recalled in a special election the following year. u-s-history.com/pages/h23…
California Penal Code Section 330 makes it illegal for me to conduct, play or bet at or against the Hokey-Pokey for any money, checks, credit, or other representative of value . I can be charged a misdemeanor that carries a fine and/or jail time. california.public.law/cod…
Both George Lucas and Don McLean were fans of Weird Al Yankovic's "The Saga Begins" (a Star Wars parody of "American Pie"). McLean said that the parody's lyrics sometimes enter his mind during live performances and a Lucasfilm representative said "You should have seen the smile on Lucas's face." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
That, in 1874, a bill was introduced in the United States House of Representatives to pay Harriet Tubman $2,000 for services she provided the Union Army during the American Civil War as a scout, nurse and spy, but it got defeated in the Senate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
After the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, Congress initially planned to give each victim's family $5,000 before Representative John E. Rankin, on learning most of the victims were black, intervened to lower the award to $3,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
A teenager fooled an entire school, multiple police officers, and a car dealership that he was the youngest State Representative ever. He was escorted to the school, given a tour, and spoke to the high school students about being involved in politics. toledoblade.com/Courts/20…
Nebraska has a unicameral state legislature, meaning there is not the two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the cornhusker state, there is only a Senate. Which also runs on a schedule of 60 days or 90 days depending on if the year is even or odd. nebraskalegislature.gov/
When making the 1990 film 'Frankenhooker', director Frank Henenlotter had difficulty obtaining an R rating from the MPAA. An MPAA representative called the production company's secretary and said "Congratulations, you're the first film rated S." She replied, "S? For sex?" "No, S for shit." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
An amendment abolishing the US Senate was proposed by socialist Representative Victor Berger in 1911, due to his belief that the House was corrupt as well as useless to the country as a whole. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
In 1996, Georgia State Representative Doug Teper unsuccessfully sponsored a bill to replace the state's electric chair with the guillotine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
If no US presidential candidate wins an absolute majority of votes in the Electoral College, the president is decided by a vote in the House of Representatives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The saying "Kill them all; let God sort them out." originates from the instructions given by a Papal representative to the crusaders just before the The Massacre at BΓ©ziers where all 20,000 citizens were killed. The original Latin instructions: Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
Ghanaian poet and author Kofi Awoonor whose work focused on the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people was killed in the 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Awoonor was Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, where he headed the committee against apartheid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kof…
After beating an unarmed Charles Sumner on the Senate floor with a cane, Preston Brooks challenged Massachusetts Representative Anson Burlingame to a duel. Burlingame, who was a well-known marksman, immediately accepted and choose rifles as the weapon. Brooks neglected to show up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ans…
A former member of the Florida House of Representatives attempted to repeal a ban on 'Dwarf-Tossing' , arguing it would help improve the economy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
The only Governor (PA, 1900) ever assassinated took the oath after being shot, then died 3 days later. His assassin was convicted then pardoned and served four terms in the House of Representatives. historicalcrimedetective.…
Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate the president Harry Truman in 1950 while others attack the House of Representatives in 1954. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
There's a 235 year old 4'11" long lifelike sculpture of a cod hanging in the Massachusetts House of Representatives named "The Sacred Cod of Massachusetts" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Davy Crockett was more than just a folk hero, soldier and frontiersman. He was a soldier and a politician who who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1827, for Tennessee, and was vehemently opposed to Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The Massachusetts House of Representatives has a "Sacred Cod" that has hung in its chambers since 1784, and it was once "Cod-Napped" by a group of Harvard students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
That, after being first elected to the House of Representatives in 1948, Gerald Ford lost a wager, as a result of the election, that caused him to milk a cow for two weeks in Michigan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Because of the way bacon was being packaged -- layered so as to emphasize the meaty side of the bacon and make it seem less fatty -- the federal government intervened in 1974 by enacting strict regulations requiring that a "representative slice" be made visible through a "transparent window." bloomberg.com/features/20…
Abolitionist Cassius Clay was shot during an 1843 debate for the Kentucky House of Representatives; then, β€œDespite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled Brown, cut-out his eyes, and finally threw him over an embankment.” He would later become US Ambassador to Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In response to France openly dissenting to U.S. calls for war with Iraq in 2003, the United States House of Representatives cafeteria re-named french fries to "Freedom Fries." mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The comic strip Li'l Abner was censored from newspapers in 1947 for its portrayal of the U.S. Senate. According to a representative from the syndicate which cancelled the comic, it portrayed the Senate as "an assemblage of freaks and crooks... boobs and undesirables." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li%…
The Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives can present a mace in a congressperson's face when a Member becomes unruly, thereby restoring order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In 1933 America's most decorated Marine, General Smedley Butler, told the House of Representatives that wealthy businessmen tried to recruit him in a coup to overthrow President Roosevelt and install a fascist government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
When President Polk asked Congress to declare war on Mexico citing that it had "shed American blood upon the American soil", then-Representative Abraham Lincoln protested with resolutions demanding to know the "particular spot of soil on which the blood of our citizens was so shed." history.house.gov/HouseRe…
Today I learned of the "American Hippo Bill," introduced in 1910 by Representative Robert F. Broussard, which proposed importing hippos from Africa to the bayous of Louisiana. Ideally, the hippos would eat invasive water hyacinth and Americans could integrate hippo meat into their diets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
There was a disciple of Joseph Smith that named himself King of Beaver Island MI . He had 12k followers living on the island and he served in the House of Representatives. wikipedia.org/wiki/James_…
"diligent", "persistent", "kind", and "polite" are four representative words to describe Japanese strong characteristics according to Japanese National Character survey conducted every 5 year in Japan since 1953. funalysis.net/culture-jap…
Thomas Edison told representatives of the copper industry it was a shame he didn't have a "chunk of it". The representatives decided to give a square foot of solid copper to him for his "continuous stimulation in the copper industry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The 1982 hit song 'Gloria' by Laura Brannigan has seen a surge in popularity due to the St. Louis Blues using it as a victory song. Numerous groups have since reached out to Brannigan's representatives to book her for live performances because of this, unaware that she passed away in 2004. nydailynews.com/entertain…
The First Woman to Hold Federal Office Was Elected to the House of Representatives in 1916 - Before Women Could Vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Miley Cyrus' grandfather was Ronald Ray Cyrus, who was an 11-term member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and was a Regional Representative of the Federal Reserve Board en.wikipedia.org/whttps:
Winston Churchil`s funeral (1965) was the largest state funeral in world history up to that time, with representatives from 112 nations. In Europe, 350 million people, including 25 million in Britain, watched the funeral on television, and only the Republic of Ireland did not broadcast it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about Conciliarism, a church reform movement during the High Middle Ages that argued that supreme authority in the Catholic Church, was held in a general council made up of representatives of church members, not the Pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Why lawyers say 'attorney at law'. It's to distinguish them from attornies in fact, which is when you give a relative the legal power to make decisions on your behalf. Attorney at law is a legally trained representative who acts for a party. lawcrossing.com/article/9…
Today I learned about the Barbara Jordan, the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first Southern African-American woman elected to the US House of Representatives, and the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The House of Representatives briefly renamed the "french fries" in their cafeteria to "freedom fries" as part of a protest at France's opposition to a war on Iraq news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Today I learned about Douglas Stringfellow, a disabled vet who won an election into House of Representatives by telling a completely fake story of being a secret agent who hunted Nazi scientists and aided Resistance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Sonny Bono, from Sonny and Cher, went on to be elected to the US House of Representatives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
On 1964, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill to sterilize unwed mothers who had a second illegitimate child civilrights.woodson.virgi…
In 1858 a massive brawl between more than 50 US Representatives ended when a missed punch between two Reps knocked the wig off of Representative Barksdale's head. The embarrassed Barksdale accidentally replaced the wig backwards, causing both sides to erupt in spontaneous laughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Davy Crockett, as a Congressman in the the U.S. House of Representatives, opposed President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act and was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against it. Six years later he died defending the Alamo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of the "most infamous floor brawl in the history of the US House of Representatives" from 1858. During the early morning the House was in session and debating the then Kansas Territory's constitution. 30 Reps fought, 1 wig was torn from it's scalp, and Kansas entered the Union 3 years later. history.house.gov/Histori…
The constituency of Bolsover only had two different parliament representatives since 1950 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
At a shareholder meeting, a representative suggested Apple could have greater ROI by canning accessibility features. Tim Cook responded, β€œWhen we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI" businessinsider.com/tim-c…
Polish community in the UK tried to build a memorial to commemorate the Katyn Massacre (22K Poles were killed in 1940 by the USSR), but it was rejected by successive UK governments due to Soviet’s pressure. When it was unveiled in 1976 no official government representatives showed up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
When accepting Japan's surrender in WW2, the Canadian representative signed on the wrong line. This set off a chain reaction of wrong signatures that ended with MacArthur's Chief of Staff having to cross out and amend the document in pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The Apportionment Act of 1911 is where the number 435 for the House of representatives was set en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
On March 1, 1954 four members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party attacked the US House of Representatives, shooting and injuring five congressmen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
In 2003, when the French opposed going to war with Iraq, the U.S. House of Representatives served "Freedom fries" as opposed to French fries. content.time.com/time/spe…
President James Garfield was the first and only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected to the office of President of the US history.house.gov/Histori…
Tom Moore Jr, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, introduced an April Fools resolution to illustrate how some of his colleagues didn't read things they voted on. The bill passed, officially commending The Boston Strangler for his work in population control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned of Yamei Kim, a Chinese-born American-raised scientist. As a representative of the US Dept of Agriculture, she is responsible for introducing soybeans to America as a protein source for American soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Today I learned about the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965 Pope John Paul II invited church representatives from all over the world to discuss the future of the church, the churches relation with other religions especially Judaism, the rise of communism in the world, and the rise of atheism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Today I learned of the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which has kept the U.S. House of Representatives at 435 members since then, even though the U.S. population has increased by over 200 million since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
After the Electors accidentally awarded Jefferson and his running mate Burr an equal number of electoral votes the House of Representatives had to vote 36 times before declaring Jefferson the winner. This β€œloophole” was later corrected by the 12th Amendment. britannica.com/event/Unit…
Today I learned of Robert Smalls; an escaped slave who captured and sailed a Confederate ship to the Union with 8 enslaved families, including his. He was awarded today's equivalent of $34,000 for commandeering the ship, won a seat in the House of Representatives, and purchased his former slavemaster's house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
On March 13th, 2007, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a resolution stating that Pluto will always be considered a planet while in New Mexican skies. The Illinois Senate passed a similar resolution in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
Today I learned of the Banana Massacre: when the U.S. officials in Colombia and United Fruit representatives portrayed the workers' strike as "communist" and the United States government threatened to invade with the U.S. Marine Corps if the Colombian government did not act to protect United Fruit’s interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
In 1837, The Speaker of the House of the Arkansas General Assembly Killed another Sate Representative with a Knife Right on the Floor of the General Assembly. They were arguing over a bill about wolf pelts. The killer won at trial and was never punished. encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…

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