Jeeze, Illinois. You’re thirsty.
Jeeze, Illinois. You’re thirsty.
Making use of the very strait that many believe to have allowed for the human migration from Asia to the Americas some 20,000 years ago, various organizations have motioned to unite Russia and the United States via a Bering Strait railroad. The proposed crossing has been dubbed everything from “The Intercontinental Peace Bridge” to the “TKM-World Link” to the “AmerAsian Peace Tunnel”, and in 2007 Russian government officials stated that they would put forth $65 billion to build the tunnel.
However, given the strait’s proximity to the Arctic Circle and its volatile conditions, construction would likely take longer than ideal, and the finished product would deteriorate at a quicker–and therefore more expensive–rate than normal.
The political landscape of the 1960s United States is one filled with fascinating yet devastating intersectionalities. Ostensibly and aggressively promoting liberal democracy abroad through war, the US government remained a laggard when it came to domestic enfranchisement for African Americans. A little over a decade following Brown v. Board, many blacks still felt like second class citizens who existed as pawns of the American colonial state, and were therefore rather opposed to fighting for a country that never fought for them.
As phrased by Malcolm X, “It will take black nationalism to bring about the freedom of 22 million Afro-Americans, here in this country, where we have suffered colonialism for the past 400 years…
When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare. We haven’t benefited from America’s democracy. We’ve only suffered from America’s hypocrisy. And the generation that’s coming up now can see it. And are not afraid to say it. If you go to jail, so what? If you’re black, you were born in jail.”
George Washington was the first President of the liberty-loving nation, and The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Both of these comprise rather well-known events throughout the course of American history. But there’s a wealth of hidden history nuggets that you might not know about. Here are ten of them.
1. The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber. The democratic delegates eked out the document’s first and second drafts—completed on June 28th and July 2nd 1776, respectively—on Dutch hemp paper. The final document had a more official air, though, as it was printed on parchment.
Most prominently found in Namibia, fairy circles are natural ‘bald spots’ whose formation is rather contentious. Some think that it’s the work of the sand termite, while others speculate that it is–as you might imagine–the work of aliens.
Officially opening its doors to the public in 1968, Madison Square Garden is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in New York City, and one of the busiest music arenas in the world. With a price tag of a cool $1.1 billion, it’s also thought to be one of the most expensive venues ever built.