The word “Afghanistanism”, which means the practice of concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues, is almost 70 years old.
President Harry S. Truman’s administration purposely infected the people of Guatemala with syphilis after WW2.
A group of Oregon lawmakers rickrolled the state legislature in 2011. Each person incorporated one line into their speech.
New Hampshire has 400 state representatives and each are paid $200 per two-year term. In contrast, California has just 80 with each making $100k+ per year.
In 1938, 150 women chained themselves to cherry trees in Washington DC in protest of plans to cut the trees down to clear space for the Jefferson Memorial. The protest ended when they had to use the bathroom.
Laws in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas prohibit people who don’t believe in God to hold the public office.
Some have argued that the US legally holds sovereignty over Taiwan due to a peace treaty signed at the end of World War II. In 2006, a group of Taiwanese residents unsuccessfully filed a complain asking for Taiwanese residents to receive US Constitutional rights for this reason.
The Mexican ambassador to the United States, said in response to the Kennedy administration’s 1961 call to collective action against Cuba: “If we publicly declare that Cuba is a threat to our security, 40 million Mexicans will die laughing.”
US election day is always held on a Tuesday because in 1845 farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse-drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. Farmers would leave Monday, vote on Tuesday and be back in time for market day, which was on Wednesday.
A 20 year-old book titled “Foundations of Geopolitics” outlined Russian goals to annex Ukraine, separate the UK from the rest of Europe, and foment racial and isolationist groups in the U.S.