Category: US

Charles J. Guiteau who assassinated US President James A….

Charles J. Guiteau who assassinated US President James A. Garfield intentionally used a gun that would look nice in a museum.

Charles J. Guiteau who assassinated US President James A….

Charles J. Guiteau who assassinated US President James A. Garfield intentionally used a gun that would look nice in a museum.

Of the United States’ 2.9 million female high school…

Of the United States’ 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics and carries the highest rate of catastrophic injuries in sports.

In 1901, a doctor was told mid-surgery that he was needed…

In 1901, a doctor was told mid-surgery that he was needed urgently elsewhere, to which he responded that he could not leave “even for the President of the United States”. He was then told he needed to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. The doctor maintained his claim and actually didn’t leave.

Several people in the US have married themselves, as part of a…

Several people in the US have married themselves, as part of a self-empowerment movement that started in 2000. Sometimes they even have a wedding reception and take themselves on a honeymoon. Advocates say it acts as a coming–of-age ritual for single people.

Historians say one reason the US never embraced the metric…

Historians say one reason the US never embraced the metric system is due to pirates. In 1794, a French scientist was sailing to the US to meet. Thomas Jefferson and deliver the standards for a meter and a kilogram. But his ship was captured by pirates, and he died.

Martha Hughes Cannon was a Mormon and polygamous wife who ran…

Martha Hughes Cannon was a Mormon and polygamous wife who ran for state senate against her own husband. She won, making her the first female state senator in the US.

The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord…

The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. In the US, Aldi Sud has been rebranded as Aldi, and Aldi Nord is what we now know as Trader Joe’s.

Photo : David P Howard / Geograph.ie

The US Navy has started using Xbox 360 controllers to control…

The US Navy has started using Xbox 360 controllers to control periscopes on some submarines. The old joysticks were described as clunky by junior officers. The change has drastically reduced training times, and lowered costs from about $38,000 to $20 per controller.

Photo : Lockheed Martin via Stripes.com

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.

Photo : Presidencia de la República Mexicana / wikipedia