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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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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 1867.
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 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.