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Six Interesting Facts About the US Government
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During World War 1, the United States Government tried to rename hamburgers as 'liberty sandwiches' to promote patriotism.
During WWI, the government encouraged Americans to rename traditionally German foods. They attempted to rename sauerkraut "liberty cabbage" and hamburgers "Liberty Sandwiches." Whether or not Americans embraced this change, eventually we went back to calling these foods by their original names.
Due to a loophole in the US constitution, the Vice President would preside over his own impeachment trial.
Impeachment in the United States is when the legislature presses formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. These civil officers are often given a trial that is presided over by some other government official.
When the impeachment trial involves a US president, the Chief Justice is required to preside over the Senate trial. In other trials, the Vice President presides in his capacity as President of the Senate.
Due to this unintended omission in the Constitution, however, the Vice President would also have to preside over his own impeachment trial. Guess we all know the result of that trial.
JFK purchased 1200 Cuban cigars before signing the trade embargo 51 years ago.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the trade embargo against Cuba. This effectively shut down trade between the US and Cuba because of Cuba's repressive form of government. It is still in effect today. However, Kennedy didn't sign it before he was able to secure some Cuban goods of his own.
The night before Kennedy signed the trade embargo, he asked his head of press, Pierre Salinger, to secure 1200 Cuban cigars for him. Salinger was successful, and Kennedy got his cigars before the embargo went into effect. Wonder if any of those are left over.
A $5 bill with Santa Claus on it was once a legal tender!.
In the 1850s, the Howard Banking Company printed legal tender with Santa Claus on his sleigh with reindeer. From the time the American Revolution ended until 1861 private banks were the ones who printed legal tender.
Today, the federal government issues all of the paper currency in the United States. Anyone else doing it is committing a federal crime. The money from back then is now called "obsolete bank notes". Each bank made their own paper money and they often ended up being quite colorful.
In the 1850s, several banks used Santa Claus in their money. The Santa who graces this Howard Banking Company bill is descended from Sinter Klaas, a traditional figure brought by Dutch settlers to New York in the 17th century.
He went through several significant metamorphoses in America, including features added by Washington Irving in his "Knickerbocker History" and the 1822 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas".
No US president has lived and died without a new state being added in their lifetime!
The United States is almost unique in how our government is organized. The balance of power between the federal and State governments is constantly altered, and with each new addition the balance is changed in some way. Originally starting with 13 colonies, in the early years we expanded relatively quickly. In the early 20th century there had not been a state added for some time after Arizona in 1912.
It was not until 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii were added, meaning the flag changed to include 50 stripes. To this day, no president has been born and buried under the same flag. Until a president is born after 1959 without the new addition of a state, the statement will remain true. For those expecting Obama to be the first, it looks like Puerto Rico might just break the over 50 years of non-additions!
The first thing Buzz Aldrin did on the moon was take communion, but NASA kept it a secret so they wouldn't be sued!
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever step foot on the Moon. On July 20, 1969 his Apollo 11 mission successfully landed on the Moon and although Aldrin was supposed to be the first person out of the spacecraft, he instead came out second due to awkward positioning. His first action after landing was holding a short religious service.
Aldrin is a Presbyterian, and after landing said, "I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way." He then gave himself communion, the first person to ever do so not on Earth.
NASA and Aldrin decided to keep this a secret because of a recent lawsuit that atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair had enacted against them. O'Hair complained against the reading of Genesis on Apollo 8. Her case made it to the Supreme Court and although Aldrin was not allowed to tell anyone that he had taken communion, the government still allowed him to do so.
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