Although you need to be 21 to purchase alcohol in the United States, states have the right to make exceptions to when a minor may consume alcoholic beverages niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-hea…
Today I learned about Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first female Governor of a United States state (Wyoming from 1925 to 1927) wyohistory.org/encycloped…
Today I learned of General Yoshijiro Umezu, chief of the Imperial Japanese Army. Who vetoed a plan for the dropping of biological bombs on the United States stating how "germ warfare against the United States would escalate the war against all humanity". nytimes.com/1995/02/09/op…
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…
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…
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…
Just 3 countries, the United States, Canada, and Chile, account for 98% of the world production of cranberries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Jim Thorpe, the first Native American to win a gold medal in the United States. On the morning of his decathlon event, his running shoes were stolen. Using two mismatched shoes (including one taken from the garbage), he won the gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about Horatio Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive across the continental United States and he did it for a $50 bar bet. It took him just over 2 months, having to replace most of the parts on his car. When he got it to Vermont from SF the Drive chain snapped pulling into the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Operation Wandering Soul was a psychological warfare campaign used by the United States during the Vietnam war where eerie sounds and altered screams were played in battlefields. This exploited the Vietnamese belief that unburied soldiers’ souls would wander in constant pain and suffering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The United States made it illegal to discriminate based on an individual's DNA sequence in 2008, an act that was passed almost unanimously by the house, senate, and executive branch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
The Yakima Valley produces 77% of all hops grown in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
The only place on Earth where both crocodiles and alligators live together is in the United States, in the Florida Everglades. evergladesholidaypark.com…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
The shortest president of the United States was the 4th president, James Madison who stood at only 5' 4" whereas the tallest was Abraham Lincoln who was 6' 4" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
The Carolina Dog is a dog breed first discovered living wild in the southeast region of the United States, and after extensive DNA testing it is believed they are descendants of the first animals to accompany humans across the Bering land bridge thousands of years ago. akc.org/dog-breeds/caroli…
Inflatable, tubular, wavy men are called Airdancers and were invented by Peter Minshall for the 1996 Summer Olympics! He called them "Tall Boys" and they are banned in some areas of the United States, such as Houston. slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
Today I learned that even a century after prohibition ended in the United States, alcohol is sl banned in over 2000 juristictions. vox.com/the-highlight/201…
The United States originated the concept of National Parks by the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872. Canada followed in 1880's, Great Britain, Japan and Mexico by the 1930's. Today there are over 3,000 national parks worldwide. nps.gov/articles/npshisto…
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, according to the 22nd amendment of the United States constitution. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
For two decades, 10 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States came from thousands of decommissioned Russian nuclear warheads. npr.org/2013/12/11/250007…
The oldest federal enforcement agency in America is the United States Postal Inspection Service, a fact-finding, investigative agency of fully sworn-in federal agents. Founded in 1772 by Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin, it predates both the Declaration of Independance and the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In The War of 1812 the British captured and set fire to the White House, the Capitol, and other government and military facilities. β€˜The Burning of Washington’ is the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the capital of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Hindus in America are the highest educated religious group with 77% of all Hindus in the United States have College Degrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State taskandpurpose.com/histor…
The California Genocide was carried out between the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the late 19th century by Spain, Mexico, and the United States to decrease the indigenous population of California through acts of enslavement, kidnapping, rape, separation of families and displacement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Black American Sign Language (BASL) is a dialect of American Sign Language (ASL), used most commonly by deaf African Americans in the United States, that diverged from ASL largely as a result of the segregation of schools in the American South. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In the 1788–89 United States presidential election, John Adams, John Jay, John Hancock all ran against Washington, but it was more for Vice President as the runner up would become VPOTUS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178…
In the United States' first 100 years, the U.S. Civil War casualties make up 91.2% of all war-related deaths. militaryfactory.com/ameri…
When the first Spanish explorers went through what would become the Eastern United States they described large towns of natives with giant mounds in the center, ruled by a chief known as the β€œGreat Sun”. By the time British settlers arrived disease had decimated America’s original civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl harbour, the United Kingdom declared war on Japan nine hours before the the United States, partially due to Winston Churchill's promise to declare war "within the hour" of a Japanese attack on the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbia city in what is now the United States. Its pyramids and earthen mounds stood near present-day East St. Louis, IL. Around the year 1050, it had 30,000 people, making it larger than London or Paris at the time. It was abandoned by 1400. arstechnica.com/science/2…
19th century author Henry David Thoreau was a brilliant pencil maker who revolutionized the way pencils were manufactured in the United States. nypl.org/blog/2017/03/29/…
The 1824 United States presidential election was the only one where the candidate with the most electoral votes did not win the election. John Quincy Adams had 15 less votes than Andrew Jackson, but was elected president via a contingent election by the House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/182…
In 1925, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states cannot outlaw private or religious schooling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
At the young age of 22 George Washington, the future founding father of the United States, inadvertently started a world war in 1754. history.com/news/george-w…
The biggest battle of the American War of Independence was not fought in America at all but in the Mediterranean between Spanish and British forces, the former of whom were allied with the United States during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The area of parking per car--two billion parking spots for about 200 million cars--in the United States is larger than the area of housing per human vice.com/en/article/n7jez…
The majority of African migrants in the United States are from Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleaveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term. huffpost.com/entry/popula…
A United States $20 coin sold at auction in 2002 for $7,590,000 pcgs.com/News/1933-20-St-…
The 1st Marine Division (United States Marine Corp) has the Australian icons β€œWaltzing Matilda” as its battle hymn and the Southern Cross as its unit insignia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st…
In 2019 a ranking of the 20 drunkest cities in the United States listed the top four as all being from Wisconsin, which had 12 cities listed overall. tmj4.com/news/local-news/…
The Continental Congress may have considered electing a Prussian Monarch over the United States. Although widely denied by members, a rejection letter has been found in archives where Prince Henry of Prussia suggested they ask the French for a prince instead of him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
When Dr. Roswell Park was interrupted in the middle of surgery, he said he could not leave "even if it were for the President of the United States." He was then told he had to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…

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