Five Random Facts for Friday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  Mexico’s real name is not Mexico.  It’s the United States of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos).  The country is divided into 31 states, plus the Federal District.  Each state has its own laws, regulations, and police, similar to America.

2.  There have been three U.S. presidential elections where one candidate ran unopposed:  The two times George Washington ran in 1788 and 1792, and when James Monroe ran for re-election in 1820.

3.  Even though Betamax was a flop, Sony kept on manufacturing blank tapes for the machines, and only stopped in 2016.

4.  The first commercial train in America was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1827, which you might know as B&O Railroad on the Monopoly board.

5.  The melody for the “Star-Spangled Banner” was, um, “borrowed” from a British drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.


(ThoughtCo / Wikipedia / The Verge / America’s Library /