Category: US

The day after 9-11, the Queen broke a 200 year old tradition and…

The day after 9-11, the Queen broke a 200 year old tradition and ordered the US National Anthem to be played during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

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The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in…

The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.

In 1818, the US began building a fort near the New York-Quebec…

In 1818, the US began building a fort near the New York-Quebec border to defend against invasions from Canada. After two years of construction, they realized the fort was actually on the Canadian side. They abandoned it and named it Fort Blunder.

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The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the…

The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.

In 1956, the U.S. exploded atomic bombs near a few beers to see…

In 1956, the U.S. exploded atomic bombs near a few beers to see if they are safe to drink. They are indeed.

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There’s a full-time job for defending our planet from aliens….

There’s a full-time job for defending our planet from aliens. NASA’s official title for this position is ‘Planetary Protection Officer’, and it’s existed since after the US signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. The job involves keeping Earth and other planets safe from contaminates, and it pays up to $187k.

In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was…

In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was determined by balancing a cardboard cutout shape of the US on a point. It was accurate to within 20 miles.

After the Vietnam war, Vietnamese farmers recycled thousands of…

After the Vietnam war, Vietnamese farmers recycled thousands of external fuel tanks from U.S. aircraft to create river boats and canoes.

China poured more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the US used…

China poured more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the US used in the entire 20th century.

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There’s a lake in the U.S. called…

There’s a lake in the U.S. called Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

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