America has been in some sort of debt since its founding, but there was one year, and only one year, where it was debt-free. Unfortunately, it didn’t go that well. ...

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The phrase “slipping a Mickey” likely originated with Mickey Finn, a Chicago saloon owner known for drugging and robbing customers. Finn owned a bar called the Lone Star Saloon and ...

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The song “Auld Lang Syne” is commonly sung by party revelers as the clock ticks over to a new year, but why is that, and what does it mean? “Auld ...

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A View of the 1968 Proposed Everglades Jetport Google Earth It was an airport that was supposed to be five times the size of New York’s John F. Kennedy International ...

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Edwin Booth as Hamlet Less than a year before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, saved Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, from being injured and ...

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The teddy bear is the namesake of President Theodore Roosevelt and originated in 1902 when the president refused to kill a bear that his hunting party had captured. But there’s ...

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LPS.1/Wikimedia This is one persistent lightbulb. The world’s longest-lasting lightbulb has been burning in a Livermore, California, fire station since 1901. That’s over 120 years that the bulb has been ...

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We’ve all seen these symbols, but where did they come from, and how did they start? Some of the answers may surprise you. The Dollar Sign The dollar sign is the ...

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Cvdr/Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0 he Fulton surface-to-air recovery system, also known as Skyhook, is a system used by the CIA, United States Navy, and the United States Air Force to ...

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Dppowell/Wikimedia In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the United States Department of Commerce constructed concrete arrows on the ground across the U.S. to provide a navigation guide for the ...

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A black robe is often associated with a judge in a court, but why do judges wear black robes and not some other color or garment? Wearing a robe has ...

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