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.
In 2016, a very annoyed Donald Trump supporter used electricity to protect his campaign sign from thieves. The owner said his signs have been stolen and vandalized in the past, so he decided to booby trap his newest one. Surveillance video captured the hoodie-wearing neighbor trying to take the sign.
Joe Walsh, guitarist in the Eagles and other bands, ran for president in 1980 on the platform of “free gas for everyone” and promised to make “Life’s Been Good” the new national anthem if he won.
In 1984, the New Zealand Prime Minister got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost.
Back in the Reagan era (1987), Joel Slater became so angry at U.S. policies, that he decided to renounce his American citizenship. But, he didn’t acquire citizenship of another country first, so he made himself stateless.
When he renounced his citizenship he was in Australia, and he wrongly assumed that he would be able to stay there. But, Australia promptly deported him to the U.S. Then, he managed to make it into Canada and Mexico without a passport, but eventually he was shipped back to the States. Also, he couldn’t legally work without a social security number. So he became homeless, surviving on “odd jobs and the generosity of strangers.”
Finally, in 1993, after much begging and pleading, he was able to regain his U.S. citizenship.
In North Korea, since every political candidate is chosen by the ruling party, there is only one name on a ballot. A voter may cross off the candidate’s name to vote against him, but must do so with a red pen next to the ballot box in sight of electoral officials.