On the day that Texas joined the Confederacy, a dissenting Texas Ranger was forced to fire anvils into the air with gunpowder. He was not the first to do this.
The Gallagher Index measures how well the makeup of a legislative body represents the proportion of votes cast to elect it. Some countries do this much better than others.
What does an American accent sound like to an Italian? The Italian song Prisencolinensinainciusol will show you.
You can drive from northern Alaska all the way to Tierra Del Fuego in southern Argentina… except for a 106km gap in the road between the two.
The United States motto, e pluribus unum, appears in several classical sources. In one of them, it’s part of a recipe for pesto.
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In a bid to free up jobs after the onset of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people were deported from the United States to Mexico. The majority were American citizens.
The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world, but what lies at its centre? Until 2006, it was a hot dog stand.
Mickey Mouse’s first words were spoken not by Walt Disney but by Carl Stalling, who went on to compose 22 years’ worth of soundtracks for Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
The first film to feature a woman tied to train tracks starred one of the earliest female directors and producers, Mabel Normand. She may also have been the recipient of the first pie-in-the-face film gag.
All roads lead to Rome… but where in Rome do they lead?
120 years ago engineers permanently reversed the flow of Chicago River.
When US farmers bought seeds or flour during the Great Depression, the most important question was this: what patterns were printed on the sack?
Blackcurrants, Kinder Surprises, and haggis have all been illegal in the United States at some point.
The latter half of the 19th century saw an arms race between New York City legislators and the builders of slum-like tenements. The battleground: windows and fresh air.