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5 Facts About The U.S. Military Academy at West Point

On March 16, 1802, the U.S. Congress authorized the opening of a military engineering academy at the site of the military fort at West Point in New York. Here are five things you probably didn't know about the U.S. Military Academy at West Point...

West Point is The Site of Benedict Arnold’s Infamous Betrayal

Chances are you first heard of Benedict Arnold in elementary school, his name a symbol of being a traitor -- but you might have forgotten why. He was the general of West Point (then called Fort Arnold) during the Revolutionary War and tried to make a backroom deal with the British. In it, he was supposed to give the fort at West Point to the British for what was then an amazing amount of money (some sources say it was 20,000 pounds) and a command position with the British. Unfortunately, the man who was supposed to finalize the deal with Arnold was on a ship that was turned away that day by American fire; the man was later captured and the plot discovered.

West Point Didn't Admit Women Until 1976

West Point's cadets were all male until 1976, when the first class of 119 women joined the school. Sixty-two completed the training and graduated in 1980. From the start, the class had a tough time; they faced resentment and chauvinism, men claimed the push to admit women into the academy was alienating, and of all things, the women's uniforms were initially designed without pockets (there was no real reason for eliminating pockets in the uniforms for women, by the way).

Black Cadets Were Accepted Relatively Early on But Faced a Lot of Racism.

After the Civil War, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point started admitting black cadets in 1870, which was considered a progressive move. However, much of the administration was not on board with treating black cadets as they did white cadets and displayed racist, bullying behaviors. This caused the first black cadet to be accepted to drop out.  The first black cadet to graduate, Henry Ossian Flipper, was falsely charged with embezzlement and convicted of conduct unbecoming of an officer despite his classmates supporting his innocence. Flipper did receive a pardon, but only in 1999.

Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton Purchased The Land

Despite American forces inhabiting West Point starting in 1778, the American government did not own the land. The land was owned by a private citizen, a Mr. Stephen Moore of North Carolina. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton authorized the army's purchase of the land for $11,085 in 1790.

West Point Started as The First Engineering School in the U.S.

Originally, the academy was intended to be a science school, and when it was finally created, it became what was essentially the first engineering-based school (although it became a full military academy a few years later). It remained the only engineering school in the country until 1824, and it continued to produce excellent engineers, many of whom went on to work on some of the most important structures in the world, including the Panama Canal.

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I did  not  know  that  that  at  1st  it was a science school==2nd an  engineering  school ===and finally a  full  Military Academy====

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Saint Patrick's Day_2

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world. The holiday, which falls on the anniversary of St. Patrick's death, is accompanied by parades, drinking beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the world’s favorite Irish holiday...

Blue Was the Color Originally Associated With St. Patrick

The color blue was chosen to represent the Order of St. Patrick, which was an order of knighthood. Green was already in use, representing the Order of the Thistle. During the Irish Rebellion in 1798, people started wearing a clover on their lapels, and the green color eventually became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish and His Original Name Wasn't Patrick

St. Patrick, who was born in the late 4th century, had parents that were Roman and lived in either Wales or Scotland. But he was kidnapped as a teen by Irish raiders and was taken to Ireland. Eventually, he escaped back to Britain after having converted to Christianity, but he later returned to Ireland to preach and convert the Irish pagans. His real name, before it was changed when he became a priest, was Maewyn Succat.

The Pubs in Ireland Used to Be Closed on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is famous for the wearing of the green and drinking beer or stout, depending on where celebrants live. However, St. Patrick’s Day was strictly religious in Ireland during a large part of the 20th century, and pubs there were actually closed on March 17. It became a national holiday in Ireland in 1970, and the pubs opened to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hoisting a glass in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. .

Saint Patrick is Not an Official Saint

St. Patrick’s Day falls on the anniversary of Patrick’s death on March 17 in the fifth century. His followers in Ireland began to celebrate his feast day on that day during the ninth and tenth centuries, even though he was never formally canonized by a pope.

New York City’s parade is The Oldest in America

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated with a parade since long before the American Revolution. The first known instance happened in Boston in 1762 when Irish soldiers, who were in the English military, marched in a parade in New York City. Now, about 250,000 people participate in the annual parade, but floats, cars and other additions are still not permitted.

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I did  not  know  that  his real name  was  not  PATRICK

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Our Universe

On March 18, 1965, Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became the first person to walk in space. Find out five other fascinating things you probably didn't know about our universe...

The Moon Is Moving Farther Away From Earth

The moon is moving 3.8 cm (about 1.5 inches) farther away from the Earth every year. The increasing distance is caused by tidal movement on Earth, which slows the Earth’s rotation and makes the moon expand its orbit. At this rate, about 50 billion years down the road, the Earth’s rotation would be every 47 days, but since the Sun will be a red giant by then, there’s nothing to worry about because it may have swallowed up both the Earth and moon.

Voyager I Is the Farthest Operational Man-Made Object

Voyager I, the NASA space probe, has been traveling through outer space to collect data since 1977. It was launched at an unusual period when the four outer planets were aligned, an event that only occurs every 176 years. Voyager I in its journey has sent amazing close-up photos and data on Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. In 2012, it became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system and enter the interstellar medium.

Days on Earth Are Getting Longer

While it might seem that the years go by more quickly to some, days on Earth are actually getting longer because the planet’s rotation is slowing. It isn’t time to panic yet because a day only lengthens about 1.8 milliseconds every century. The longer days are due to the moon pulling away at the speed of a snail. The moon's gravity causes a tidal "bulge" on Earth, and the bulge attempts to rotate at the same speed as the rest of Earth. As the tidal bulge moves forward, the moon's gravity attempts to pull it back, slowing the Earth's rotation ever so slightly.

Mars Has A Mountain Bigger Than Everest

Mars holds the title of having the solar system’s largest mountain with the impressive Olympus Mons, which boasts a height of 16 miles. This is around three times taller than Mt. Everest. Olympus Mons is so wide, 340 miles, that it would cover an area bigger than all the Hawaiian islands. It was created by lava eruptions and has a low profile, being very flat with gentle slopes.

The Sun is Really Far Away

We all know that the Sun is the star that all the planets in the Solar System revolve around. You might think that the Earth is relatively close given that it just takes just 365 days to make one orbit, but you’d be wrong. The Earth is a whopping 93 million miles from its star. A distance so far that it takes light itself over 8 minutes to reach Earth. It would take a driver traveling at 65 mph an astonishing 163 years to drive to the Sun.

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 I  did  not  know  that  moon  is  getting farther  away because   of  the slowing down  for the  rotation of the  earth ===== 

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Graceland

On March 19, 1957, Elvis Presley put a down payment on Graceland, a mansion on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Elvis Presley's iconic Southern mansion...

Elvis Didn’t Name His Estate Graceland

The name "Graceland" will forever be associated with Elvis, but the King didn't actually name the property. The mansion was named by the family who originally owned the property, The Moores. Presley purchased Graceland from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, who named the property after her aunt, Grace Toof. The King purchased Graceland when he was only 22 years old for $102,50.

A Famous Musician Trespassed on The Property

Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen was such a big fan of Elvis Presley that he hopped over the fence at Graceland one evening in 1976, hoping to meet his idol. Unfortunately for him, however, Graceland had security guards as well as large dogs. Security guards on the estate caught him and escorted him out. He wouldn’t have been able to meet Elvis anyway because the King wasn’t even home at the time. Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen never got to meet his idol, who died in 1977.

The Upstairs is Sealed Off to the Public

Graceland mansion encompasses 17,552 square feet and opened to the public on June 7, 1982, as a museum with a large part of it available to the public. The second floor containing the master suite has been kept off-limits to the public. In fact, only Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley and the Graceland curator are allowed in.  It was in the bathroom of the second floor suite that Presley's body was found after his death on Aug. 16, 1977.

700,000 People Flock to Graceland Every Year

That means this is the second most visited home in America. Over 700,000 visitors head to Graceland every year to check out Elvis’ iconic home. The only other home in the United States that gets more visitors and more attention? The White House!

He Spent a Lot of Money on Groceries

A book published in 1991 focused on food that Elvis loved and insisted to be kept in stock at Graceland all the time.  We all know about the King's love of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but People reports that the superstar also required several other things in his pantry and fridge.  Under the category of drinks, he required that a case of Pepsi and orange soda be on hand. Brownies and banana pudding were required to be on hand every night as well as the ingredients needed to make meatloaf. Canned biscuits, sauerkraut, and hamburger fixings were other culinary staples kept on hand at Graceland.

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Twitter_2

On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter launched with the first tweet by co-founder Jack Dorsey. In honor of changing the way the Web works, we gathered these 5 cool facts you might not know about Twitter...

The Character Limit of the Tweet Was Increased in 2018

When Twitter started out, users were limited to posting 160 character messages. However, they generally posted 140 characters, which left the remaining 20 characters for a user’s username. Attachments, links, photos, videos and the user name no longer counted in the character limit starting in 2016.  In 2018, the text message limit was raised to 280 characters, which has changed the way people tweet compared to how they did during Twitter's earliest days.

Celebrities With the Most Followers on Twitter

Singer Katy Perry has the highest number of Twitter followers at 107 million. Former President Barack Obama follows in the number two spot with 106 million people following his tweets. With about 105 million tweeters following him is Justin Beiber in third place. Twitter itself is the 16th most popular Twitter account, with around 56 million followers.

The Icon for Twitter Was Named for a Sports Legend

The Twitter bird is named Larry after the iconic forward for the Boston Celtics Larry Bird. The original bird logo used from 2006 to 2009 was designed by a British man named Simon Oxley, and the new company bought the logo at iStock for about $15. Over the years, the logo has been fine-tuned with the last change being in 2012 with a design by Doug Bowman, the company’s creative director, and influencer designer.

A Japanese Billionaire Holds the Record for the Most Retweets

Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire who founded Zozotown, a brand of online fashions, offered cash to those who retweeted his message on January 5, 2019. The incentive to do so was his offer to share 100 million yen among 100 people. So far, retweeters have spread his message 4,678,539 times. As for regular users, analysis has shown that tweets containing images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without them.

Twitter Was Almost Named Twitch

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, revealed that the original working title for the platform was “Twitch” because when someone received a message their phone would jitter and buzz. They ended up turning to the dictionary of all dictionaries - the Oxford English Dictionary - where “twitter” is defined as a short burst of inconsequential information like a bird chirp. Since it was exactly what the new platform was designed to do, that made the name "Twitter" an easy choice. The fact that the price for the domain name was cheap didn't hurt either.

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On 3/17/2020 at 7:17 PM, phkrause said:

5 Things You Didn't Know About Saint Patrick's Day_2

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world. The holiday, which falls on the anniversary of St. Patrick's death, is accompanied by parades, drinking beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the world’s favorite Irish holiday...

Blue Was the Color Originally Associated With St. Patrick

The color blue was chosen to represent the Order of St. Patrick, which was an order of knighthood. Green was already in use, representing the Order of the Thistle. During the Irish Rebellion in 1798, people started wearing a clover on their lapels, and the green color eventually became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish and His Original Name Wasn't Patrick

St. Patrick, who was born in the late 4th century, had parents that were Roman and lived in either Wales or Scotland. But he was kidnapped as a teen by Irish raiders and was taken to Ireland. Eventually, he escaped back to Britain after having converted to Christianity, but he later returned to Ireland to preach and convert the Irish pagans. His real name, before it was changed when he became a priest, was Maewyn Succat.

The Pubs in Ireland Used to Be Closed on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is famous for the wearing of the green and drinking beer or stout, depending on where celebrants live. However, St. Patrick’s Day was strictly religious in Ireland during a large part of the 20th century, and pubs there were actually closed on March 17. It became a national holiday in Ireland in 1970, and the pubs opened to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hoisting a glass in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. .

Saint Patrick is Not an Official Saint

St. Patrick’s Day falls on the anniversary of Patrick’s death on March 17 in the fifth century. His followers in Ireland began to celebrate his feast day on that day during the ninth and tenth centuries, even though he was never formally canonized by a pope.

New York City’s parade is The Oldest in America

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated with a parade since long before the American Revolution. The first known instance happened in Boston in 1762 when Irish soldiers, who were in the English military, marched in a parade in New York City. Now, about 250,000 people participate in the annual parade, but floats, cars and other additions are still not permitted.

Bravo on the history, I am glad that other knows the true story about St. Patrick. It is Written also gave a very detail history about the man all should view it.

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5 Car Brands That No Longer Exist

On March 18 1933, the Studebaker car company declared bankruptcy. The company’s president, Albert Erskine, resigned and later that year committed suicide.  Here are 5 popular car brands that are no longer made...

AMC

Let’s kick things off with the company that gave us the Pacer, the Gremlin, and the Hornet. American Motor Corporation was established in 1954 through the merger of Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, making it the biggest corporate merger in the United States at the time. Unfortunately, as the automotive industry became more competitive, the company was unable to keep up and it eventually folded. The most well-known AMC model was the Javelin, which was produced between 1967 and 1974. AMC made the Javelin to compete against the Ford Mustang.

Plymouth

The 1960s were the glory years for Plymouth, thanks to insane muscle machines like the Road Runner (the horn really did go “meep meep!” when you pressed it), the Cuda, and GTX. Based in the United States, Plymouth was established in 1928 as the first brand under Chrysler Corporation to enter the low-priced market. Despite their lower cost, Plymouth vehicles had standard features that some of the competition didn’t have. By the 1990s, however, many Plymouth models overlapped in price and features with Dodge and Eagle models. After Daimler-Benz AG bought Chrysler Corporation in 1998, Plymouth became defunct in 2001.The most successful Plymouth model was the Duster, which was produced from 1969 to 1976.

Hummer

AM General, the maker of the military Humvee, first established the Hummer brand in 1992 to offer civilians a version of the M998 Humvee. General Motors bought the brand name in 1998 and produced the H1, H2 and H3 models. The huge Hummer brand could not survive the Recession, and as part of a bankruptcy deal for GM, the brand was discontinued. However, in early 2020, GM announced that it would design and release an electric pickup under the Hummer name.

Saab

Founded in Sweden in 1945 by Saab AB, the Saab Automobile AB brand was very loved around the world and still has a cult following. Following one merger in 1968, General Motors took 50 percent ownership of the company in 1990 and then became the full owner in 2000. The company was sold again in 2010 to Spykers N.V. After insolvency problems in 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy, and the Saab brand became inactive. In 2012, National Electric Vehicle Sweden purchased the bankrupt estate. However, the new company doesn't have the necessary licensing to actually produce cars under the Saab brand.

Pontiac

Pontiac gave us cars like the Trans Am, GTO, Grand Prix. General Motors created the Pontiac brand in 1926 as a companion to its more upscale Oakland brand. Pontiacs became more popular and entirely replaced the Oakland brand entirely by 1933. Marketed as a performance brand, Pontiac specialized in mainstream vehicles. However, financial problems and restructuring efforts at General Motors in early 2009 led to the brand being completely shut down by October 2010. The last Pontiac badged cars were built in December 2009, with one final vehicle in January 2010.

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I remember  all the  companies  and  most  of the  car  that  you  mentioned ====I  did  not  know  that the  horn

the  PLYMOUTH went  Meep  Meep like the   road runner in the cartoon

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5 Surprising Facts About Elizabeth Taylor

On March 23, 2011, actress Elizabeth Taylor, who appeared in more than 50 films, and won two Academy Awards, died of complications from congestive heart failure at age 79.  Here are 5 surprising facts you didn't know about Elizabeth Taylor...

She Had Twice The Normal Number of Eyelashes

Was there anything more stunning than Taylor's violet eyes and double eyelashes? While Taylor's eyes were not actually violet -- they were dark blue -- they could appear violet because of an excess of melanin pigment. As for those eyelashes, Taylor had a genetic mutation. This mutation, known as lymphedema-distichiassyndrome was caused by a gene called FOXC2. Apparently, 7 percent of people with this mutation also have congenital heart disease, and Taylor did have heart troubles that led to her death.

She Has Been On The Cover of Life Magazine a Record-Number of Times

Taylor landed her first Life cover at the age of 15 and was on the cover 14 times throughout her life. She's been in over a thousand magazines as well, and the only person who's graced the cover of People solo more than she has is Princess Diana.

She Launched The First Celebrity Fragrance

These days, it seems like every celebrity has their own signature fragrance. But the celebrity perfume and cologne craze all started with Taylor. In 1987, she released her perfume called “White Diamonds“ in collaboration with Elizabeth Arden, Inc. Every year, her perfume still brings in $1 billion in revenue globally.

"Cleopatra" Made Her A Million Dollars

When producer Walter Wanger was casting for the film Cleopatra, he knew he wanted Taylor to star as the lead role. He called her then-husband, Eddie Fisher, to discuss the movie. Taylor jokingly said to Fisher, “Tell him I’ll do the film for a million dollars.” This type of salary was unheard of in the industry, especially for a female leading lady. But Wanger obliged, and Taylor became the first actress to receive $1 million dollars for a single movie. Taylor later stated, “If someone’s dumb enough to offer me $1 million to make a picture, I’m certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.”

MGM Paid For Her First Wedding

When Taylor married Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950, her film career had taken off and he had a sizable fortune due to his father’s hotel chain. Though neither of them would have struggled for foot the bill for their 600-guest affair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer actually paid for the whole thing.

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  I did  not  know that   she   had double eye-lashes ====and  7% of  people  have  this  genetic  mutation=====

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Houdini_2

On March 24, 1874, Erich Weiss, better known as Harry Houdini, was born in Hungary. He went on to become one of the greatest illusionist and showmen of all time. Here are five things you didn't know about Houdini...

He Named Himself After Another Magician.

Houdini was born Erik Weisz, but his name was altered to Ehrich Weiss after his family emigrated from Hungary to Wisconsin when he was 4 years old. Young Ehrich—nicknamed “Ehrie” or “Harry”—had a fascination with magic, particularly the work of the famed French conjurer Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin. When he began his own magic career in the 1890s, he paid homage to his hero by adding an “i” to the name “Houdin” to create the stage moniker “Harry Houdini.”

Houdini Copyrighted His Most Famous Trick

Houdini’s terrifying trick, the Chinese water torture cell, caused him to be lowered into a tank filled with water upside down with his feet locked, so he might have drowned before escaping. Houdini had the trick copyrighted when he included it in his play “Houdini Upside Down!” That way, no other magician could perform it. The first time Houdini performed the escape, he played to an audience of only one person, but he continued to perform it until his death in 1926.

He Almost Died During One of His Performances

One of the most frightening and dangerous stunts that Houdini performed was to have himself buried alive when he was in Santa Ana, California in 1915. He understandably panicked as he was trying to claw his way through the dirt and get out, This in turn used up his air so he couldn’t call for help. His hand finally broke through the surface, but he passed out after he was pulled up and commented that the “weight of the earth is killing.” Nonetheless, he continued to perform variations on this stunt. 

He Was An Aviation Pioneer

Houdini developed a passion for aviation in 1909, and bought a French-made biplane and learned to fly. He crashed during his first flight, but he stuck with it, and during a tour of Australia in March of 1910, he became the first person to successfully pilot a plane in Australia, making three successful flights near Melbourne, each only a couple of minutes long. He never flew again.

Houdini Séances Are Held Every Halloween

Houdini vowed to his wife Bess that he would try to contact her from beyond the grave. Houdini died on October 31, 1926, and every year on Halloween, his widow, Bess, conducted a séance, hoping to receive a pre-arranged coded message from Houdini. Bess Houdini spent a decade trying to contact her husband before giving up, supposedly saying, “ten years is long enough to wait for any man.” Others continued the search, however, and since the 1930s, fans have held Houdini séances every Halloween to attempt to communicate with the magician’s ghost.

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5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About The $100 Bill

On Monday, March 25, 1996, the U.S. Treasury Department began circulating a newly redesigned $100 bill.  Here are 5 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the redesigned $100 bill...

The $100 Bill Last Longer Than Other Denominations

No other American paper currency has as long a lifespan as the $100 bill, which stays in circulation for about 15 years. Smaller denomination bills wear out much more quickly. For example, $50 bills wear out after about 3.7 years, while the $10 bill wears out in about 4.2 years. Since the $100 bill isn’t handled as much, it simply lasts longer than more widely circulated paper currency. However, any bill in good shape, whatever its age, is still legal tender.

The Same Company Has Produced the Paper for Generations

A Massachusetts company, Crane & Co., has made the paper for all American money since 1879. The company started out in 1770 as the Liberty Paper Mill. It even produced the paper used by Paul Revere to print the paper money used by the first American colonists. The company not only makes paper for money, but also produces the paper used for passports and other official documents as well as making premium quality stationery.

The First of the 2013 Bills Printed is Worth Thousands

The $100 bill that carries serial No. 1 and was released on October 8, 2013, is special. This is because the eight-digit serial numbers were reset. This particular bill would be worth between $10,000 and $20,000 to collectors. Other interesting serial number patterns can increase the value of bills well beyond their face value. 

No One Really Knows Why One Change Was Made to the $100 Bill

Older $100 bills show a picture of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the time on the clock shows 4:10. Newer bills have Independence Hall featured on the back as well, but the time is 10:30. Both images were done in the 1920s by engraver J.C. Benzing, and no one seems to know why the times are different.

It costs 12.5 cents to produce a $100 bill

It costs 12.5 cents to produce a $100 bill. Production of $100 bills is still much higher than it was before 2003 when they cost a nickel to produce. The increase in price is because of the changes made to foil counterfeiters. A vertical blue stripe now appears next to Benjamin Franklin's head. A gold inkwell was also added, and it carries an imprint of the Liberty Bell. Additionally, the Liberty Bell appears to move if one looks at it in different ways.

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I did  not  know  that the  same  company has  made  the  paper  or  our  paper currency  since 1879====

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5 Interesting Facts About Vladimir Putin

Today marks the 20th anniversary of when Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia. Get to know "The Gray Cardinal" himself with these five facts you probably didn't know about Vladimir Putin...

He Has Black Belts—Yep, More Than One—in Karate.

Back in 2014, then-62-year-old Putin earned his third black belt in karate. Not only does the Russian president have a 5th-degree judo black belt and 9th-degree black belt in taekwondo (the highest rank possible, granting him the prestigious title of "Grand Master"), he also has an "8th Dan" black belt in Kyokushin-kan karate.

He Has His Own Comic Book.

Most of us only dream of having a superhero molded after us on the pages of a comic book. President Putin gets to live it every day. You can check out SuperPutin online, where the Russian president can be found karate chopping terrorists and going head-to-head against a horde of zombies. He also held a gallery showing of some of the comics in Moscow back in December 2017 after announcing his plans to run for a fourth presidential term. 

He's Good Buds With Action Movie Star Steven Seagal.

Every powerful world leader needs an eclectic sidekick. Kim Jong-Un of North Korea has Dennis Rodman, and Vladimir Putin has none other than Nico Toscani himself—Steven Seagal. The two have a storied friendship stemming from their mutual love of martial arts. Seagal once called Putin "one of the greatest living world leaders." Putin repaid the compliment by attempting to get Seagal named an honorary delegate to Russia in California and Arizona (a request that Barack Obama reportedly scoffed at and said, "You've got to be kidding.")

He Doesn't Speak Very Good English.

Only about three percent of Russians today are fluent in English—President Putin is not among them. Putin generally refrains from speaking English in public settings due to his lack of comfort with the language. Get him in a room with a German dignitary—like Chancellor Angela Merkel for example—and he turns into a regular jabber-jaw. Putin speaks perfect German having spent time in East Germany during his time in the KGB (he was there when the Berlin Wall came down). 

He's Driven a Formula One Car...By Himself.

Putin is known for his feats of manliness that range from catching 46-pound pike fish in Northern Russia to shooting a whale with a crossbow. Putin has openly admitted that some of his adventures have been fake stunts, but here's one you can't fabricate: sitting behind the wheel of a Formula One. Putin reportedly drove a Formula One racing car—by himself—in 2010. According to witnesses, Putin topped out at 150 MPH before skidding to a halt. 

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5 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Navy_2

On March 27, 1794, President George Washington and Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy. Here are 5 facts you probably did not know about America’s maritime branch of the military...

The Navy produced six future presidents during World War II.

No president had ever served in the Navy until World War II, when it suddenly turned into a near prerequisite for reaching the White House. John F. Kennedy commanded a motor torpedo boat that was run over by a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands; Lyndon B. Johnson was briefly stationed in New Zealand and Australia despite being a sitting member of Congress; Richard Nixon supervised air cargo operations; Gerald Ford served as an aircraft carrier’s assistant navigator and was nearly swept overboard in a typhoon; Jimmy Carter attended the Naval Academy (and became a submariner after the war); and George H.W. Bush flew 58 combat missions, including one in which he was shot down over the Pacific. In fact, from 1961 to 1993, the only non-Navy man to become president was Ronald Reagan.

David Farragut Was the Navy’s First Admiral

David Farragut became famous for his quote, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Admiral David Farragut entered the U.S. Navy at age 9 and just two years later served in the War of 1812. By the time he was 12, he had risen to the rank of prize master, the officer in charge of captured ships. By the age of 20 he was already an accomplished ship’s officer. Farragut was promoted to Vice-Admiral by President Abraham Lincoln and was made the Navy’s first admiral following the Civil War.

The Secretary of the Navy Names The Ships

The Secretary of the Navy has been naming the government’s ships since about 1819, and the names are usually chosen from naval history, retirees, sailors and notable members of the public. An interesting bit of trivia is that the ships named after individuals are christened by the individual's oldest female descendent. Only ships commissioned after 1907 use the prefix USS (which stands for "United States Ship") when it was formalized by President Theodore Roosevelt.

There Are Only 17 Officers in The Blue Angels Each Year

Think you've got what it takes to fly with the Blue Angels? There are only 17 people who voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels each year, making the position quite prestigious. The Chief of Naval Air Training selects “Boss,” the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Boss must have at least 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours and have commanded a tactical jet squadron. The Commanding Officer flies the Number 1 jet.

The Navy Was Disbanded After The Revolutionary War

The Navy was actually disbanded after the Revolutionary War, but brought back in 1794 to fight pirates. It was President George Washington, who brought back the Navy via the Naval Act of 1794. Due to threats to American merchant shipping by Barbary pirates from four North African Muslim States in the Mediterranean, it was essential to create a permanent standing U.S. Navy. It’s been that way ever since.

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I did not  know  that the  Secretary of the Navy was the  person that  named the  ships====also I  did  not  know  that

the pre fixed USS did  not  appear  until  1907===

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Dwight Eisenhower_2

On this day in 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States and one of the most highly regarded American generals of World War II,, died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 78. Here are 5 interesting facts you didn’t know about President Dwight Eisenhower...

“Ike” Was the Nickname for the Entire Family

If someone called another family member in the Eisenhower family, it must have been confusing because all of them were nicknamed "Ike." It was the name used for all seven of the boys in the Eisenhower family, with Edgar being called “Big Ike” and Dwight called “Little Ike.” By the time World War II rolled around, the future president was the only Eisenhower sibling who retained the name “Ike.”

Camp David is Named After His Grandson

Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman originally called the Maryland presidential retreat, “Shangri-La” after the fictional Himalayan paradise. Eisenhower, however, wanted a less formal moniker so he renamed it in 1953 in honor of his 5-year-old grandson, David. “Shangri-La was just a little fancy for a Kansas farm boy,” he wrote in a 1953.

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties Wanted Him

Eisenhower became popular and famous during World War II as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, and when the war was over, both major political parties wanted to claim him as their own. At first, Eisenhower refused, but his name was submitted by Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. in the Republican New Hampshire primary without Eisenhower’s knowledge or consent. When he ended up winning the primary, he decided to continue to run for president, and the rest is history. He served two terms as president.

He Was The First President to Ride in a Helicopter

At Eisenhower’s suggestion, the Secret Service approved of the use of helicopters as a more efficient and safer means of travel than limousines for short trips to and from the White House. On July 12, 1957, Eisenhower became the first president to employ the new aviation technology when he rode in a two-passenger Bell H-13J helicopter to Camp David as part of a test of White House evacuation procedures.

His Hobby Was Painting

Even rugged men such as Eisenhower need some downtime and relaxation, and the former president found it in art. While Eisenhower was the president at Columbia University, he received a gift of a paint kit from Thomas E. Stephens, the artist who painted portraits of Eisenhower and his wife. Eisenhower produced more than 250 works of art during his lifetime but was more than a little modest about his talent.

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