Burger King has the rights to use its name throughout the entire United States, with the exception of a 20-mile radius surrounding a totally unrelated restaurant, also called Burger King, in Mattoon, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The Soviets realised that the Americans and British were developing an atomic bomb when they noticed that Western scientists had ceased publishing papers on nuclear science. Correctly guessing that nuclear science had been made a state secret, they began their own program en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Kyrgyzstan is more distant from the ocean than any other nation. At a minimum of 1620 miles from any ocean, it is the most land-locked state in the world centralasiarally.com/kyrg…
In 1990, a man named Iben Browning predicted a massive earthquake would hit New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd. The prediction sparked a panic. Schools in 5 states closed, and over 200 media outlets sent reporters to the area. Browning had no seismology expertise, and nothing happened. stltoday.com/news/local/h…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. "Tesla Stores" exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. thenewswheel.com/tesla-st…
Each US state manages a federally-allocated fund to support victims of crime; if you are the victim of a crime, you can apply for reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. ovc.ojp.gov/help-for-vict…
In 1995, an inmΠ°te sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crΡ–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrΠ΅sted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blog…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Japanese film Battle Royale (2000) is banned in South Korea and took 11 years before it was released in the United States and Canada. The film was banned in Germany in 2013, but this was later overturned. Quentin Tarantino considers Battle Royale to be one of his favourite films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The United States Senate used the same gavel from 1789-1954, until then Vice President, Richard Nixon, broke it during a particularly heated debate on nuclear energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gav…
Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Someone in New York state bought an old bowl at a tag sale in 2007 for $3. When the buyer had it appraised several years later, they learned it was a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl initially valued at $200,000 to $300,000. It later sold at auction for $2.2 million. edition.cnn.com/2013/03/2…
In the late 90s with millions in the bank, David Lee Roth became a state-licensed EMT who went on hundreds of calls wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
Today I learned about highpointing: The act of ascending the highest point of every American state. Only 10 new people manage to climb them/year, making it more unique than climbing the Mount Everest! wanderlustpulse.com/highp…
Today I learned about "the Singing Revolution" which happened between 1987 and 1991 in Estonia when people gathered in public places to sing national songs together despite the ban. This and the "human chain" from Estonia to Lithuania were among the events that led to the independence of Baltic states. nonviolent-conflict.org/e…
When Bill Paxton died, hundreds of storm chasers spelt out his initials BP across three states using GPS markers to honor him for his role as a storm chaser in the 90s movie Twister. variety.com/2017/film/new…
A Grateful Dead concert from 43 years ago still remains the largest ticketed concert in the United States. September 3, 1977, Englishtown, New Jersey 107,019 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
John Tyler (10th president of the United States) is the only president ever laid to rest under a flag other than the United States. Tyler was a big supporter of the Confederacy and the secession of the South from the United States, so his coffin was instead draped with a Confederate flag. robinsonlibrary.com/ameri…
29 of the 30 most watched broadcasts in the United States were Super Bowls, with the other one being the final episode of M*A*S*H en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Queen Elizabeth II was furious with the United States when it invaded Grenada. She believed that they should have asked her permission beforehand. psa.ac.uk/events/usa-cari…
When people try to list all 50 states, "Missouri" is the most likely to be forgotten rd.com/article/most-forgo…
Today I learned about the high levels of PTSD in low-income, urban neighborhoods in the United States. A sample of 1900 patients in Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital found that 87.8% of the sample suffered at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and the lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 46.2%. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
At the height of their popularity in the 1990's baseball card manufacturers produced an estimated 81 BILLION cards per year. That's about 325 cards per every man, woman, and child in the United States. failuremag.com/article/th…
The computer chips that are put into spacecraft are not state of the art, but are so old as to be obsolete. Their known reliability makes up for it. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Irish-Americans account for almost 2 out every 3 US Medals of Honor awarded, and if the country of Ireland was compared to US states, it would come third to only Texas and California for the total number of MoH awarded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are only 5 countries in the world that still officially use Fahrenheit to measure temperature: the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau and the United States. sciencing.com/countries-u…
Today I learned about Jason Vukovich, known as the β€œAlaskan Avenger,” who was convicted of using the state’s sex offender registry to track down offenders, break into their homes, and beat them with a hammer. nypost.com/2018/01/02/ave…
In 1960, debris from a failed American launch fell on Cuba, killing one cow. Many Cubans demonstrated, with banners on cows reading "The Yankees are killing us without mercy" and "Eisenhower, you murdered one of my sisters". Cuba received $2 million compensation, and the cow had a state funeral digitaljournal.com/tech-a…
Hawaii is the only US state that has no rabies. health.hawaii.gov/docd/di…
Actor Dan Richter, the lead man-ape in "2001: A Space Odyssey", had the status of a β€œlegal” drug addict in England, and injected a doctor-prescribed combination of heroin and cocaine up to 7 times daily. When he needed additional stimulation, he always had state-supplied crystal meth on hand history.com/news/making-2…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visit…
82 percent of avocado oil sold in the United States is either rancid or mixed with other oils. While it is a great source of vitamins and minerals when fresh and pure, the vast majority of avocado oil in the United States is of extremely poor quality. ucdavis.edu/food/study-fi…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The United States has the world's most violent weather, receiving more high-impact extreme weather incidents than any other country in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Benjamin Harrison before signing the statehood papers for North Dakota and South Dakota shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. "They were born together," he reportedly said. "They are one and I will make them twins." grandforksherald.com/comm…
The Democratic Party in the United States is the world's oldest active political party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
In Georgia one can be sentenced to banishment from all but one county (a total banishment is unconstitutional). Usually that is Echols which is mostly an unpopulated swamp. Most choose to leave the State instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
Adultery is a felony in the state of Michigan, and when a Married Woman and Single Man commit adultery, the male is also guilty of a felony legislature.mi.gov/(S(fko…
The United States gave cherry tree cuttings back to Japan in 1952 because the parent stock was struggling from neglect during WWII smithsonianmag.com/histor…
For decades, southern states considered Thanksgiving an "act of northern aggression." Pumpkin pie was seen as a "Yankee food" and a symbol of anti-slavery sentiment. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There were once people who considered Elvis to be a danger to the security of the United States, because he danced too provocatively. wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI_fi…
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…
Despite flopping massively, Grease 2 inspired an Indian remake. While Bollywood didn't make a remake of the original Grease, instead only focusing on the sequel, the movie became so successful the state of Karnataka had to grant a public leave day so people could watch the movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
During the reign of Tsar Peter the Great, it was customary for foreign dignitaries to drink from the "Cup of the White Eagle", a chalice containing 1.5 litres of vodka - so many nations' ambassadors travelled in pairs, with one official drinking the vodka, and the other discussing state issues mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Just 3 countries, the United States, Canada, and Chile, account for 98% of the world production of cranberries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Solipsism syndrome is a psychological state in which a person feels that reality is not external to their mind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…

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