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America is a continent-sized country of extraordinary natural diversity. While the bald eagle is the national bird and the North American bison the national mammal, each state has chosen different...
It has been almost a year since the District of Columbia began its path towards statehood. A key milestone was reached on April 22, 2021. The House of Representatives passed Eleanor Holmes...
“It is a hero among sandwiches, although it is not the one called a hero,” wrote critic Pete Wells in the New York Times several years ago. He was talking about the breakfast sandwich, an...
The Cold War was more than a buildup of arms, it was also a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union that began with the launching of Sputnik in 1957 and culminated with...
Often, the foods and beverages people love the most are unhealthy — soda, for example, can be killing you in at least 10 different ways — and should be consumed only once in awhile....
Since the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, every state has carved out its own individual identity, with a different cultural mix and a variety of languages...
Many people around the world consider themselves superstitious, and far more will act superstitiously if the chance presents itself. Superstition is defined as a belief or practice resulting from...
Sea level rise is one of the most serious problems facing humans as a result of climate change. Rising waters cause and may result in the loss of land if levels continue to rise. All around the...
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures took a toll on U.S. auto sales, which declined 16% in 2020 compared to the previous year. But while most brands will likely recover as the country opens up...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the U.S.’s restaurant industry, including on the uniquely American institution of diners. Like many eating establishments, diners were...
On May 5, 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a patent in the United States. (It was for her technique of weaving straw with silk.) Of course, women inventors existed before this time,...
In March 2019, Jimmy Carter became the longest-living former president in U.S. history. Carter, who is now 96, passed President George H.W. Bush, who, at the time of his death, was the longest living...
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered several historic moments in the U.S., including the largest economic recovery package ever signed into law. As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on...
“There’s one thing that’s really great about waking up early,” the comedian Kathy Griffin apparently once said, “and it’s not jogging or greeting the day —...
In a country as young as the United States, being the oldest of anything can be a source of  pride. Towns that claim their origins before the American Revolution, or even earlier, proudly tout that...