A witness in a Scottish court who had answered “aye” to confirm he was the person summoned was told by the Sheriff that he must answer either “yes” or “no”. His name was read again and he was asked to confirm it, he answered “aye” again, and was imprisoned for 90 minutes for contempt of court.
Some of the male background characters in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ can be seen wearing skirts. This was explained as “a logical development, given the total equality of the sexes presumed to exist in the 24th century.”
Last time when US president formally declared a war supported by Congress was in 1942. Everything since were conflicts without war proclamation.
WWII fighter pilot James Howard received the medal of honor for single handedly taking on 30+ German fighter planes all by himself to protect a group of American bomber planes.
In 2007 the Mexican Army sick of the incompetence and corruption of the Tijuana local police confiscated their weapons and issued them slingshots.
In 1859, an American farmer in the San Juan Islands shot a pig who was eating his potatoes, but the pig happened to belong to a British colonist. In the ensuing confrontation, 461 Americans and 14 artillery faced 5 British warships with 70 cannons and 2140 men. The only casualty was the pig.
The Kingdom of Hawaii declared itself neutral during the American Civil War. Despite that decree, many native Hawaiians enlisted anyway.
The Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan cost $12 Million alone, employed use of over 1,500 extras and has been rated ‘the best battle scene of all time’ by Empire magazine.
The U.S. school system serves 30.5 million lunches per day. 65% of the students are so poor that their lunch is free. Another 7% only pay $0.40. Only 28% of students are well off enough to pay the $3 per meal.
Scientists at UCLA noticed that “time and time again” people suffered their first experience with anxiety or depression right after stomach illnesses. They did brain scans after patients ate probiotics, and found that stomach bacteria actually directly affected connectivity of the brain.