July 4th the United States will be celebrating our Independence day. America will be 240 years old this year so let the booze and fireworks flow.
* - Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a "laptop," which was a writing desk that could fit on one's lap.
* - Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from "the pursuit of property" to "the pursuit of happiness."
* - The Declaration of Independence was a justification for a revolt against the British which included a list of charges against the British king.
* - Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. These countries include France,
Greece, Poland, Russia, and many countries in South America.
* - The "Star Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the
British attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until
Our National Anthem, but not the first verse but by far the best in my opinion -
25 Fun Facts about the United States -
Weird facts about the United States -
* - It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.
* - The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island is. But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska
* - The city of Juneau, Alaska is about 3,000 square miles in size. It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware.
Happy 4th of July everyone.
edit on 4-7-2016 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)
The "Star Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British
attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until 1931
The melody to the anthem is an old English Beer Drinking song.
Therefore Happy Birthday America, and get pissed up.
edit on 4-7-2016 by alldaylong because: (no reason given)
Birthday of America... hmm I'd say today is when independence or freedom was born. The birth of America is more like when the union was formed that
actually United the states after the civil war... before then it was simply colonies and statehoods with America as an ideology, when they formed in
union that's when that ideology of America was realized or born.
I've always been curious about what might have happened if the Thirteen Colonies had been granted representation in parliament, one MP per colony for
example. Such a simple simple change would have had massive consequences :
The United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland and North America.
An elightened government up to 1776 would result in different treatment of Ireland and Canada as well. The history of all three, the US, Ireland and
Canada are linked by the way the UK goverment behaved wrt catholics, terratorial claims, highland clearances etc etc
However, geography would result in a name change as powers devolve :
In honour of your birthday party, may I submit the following...legitimately filched from the InterWebz...
( Not meant for those lacking a sense of humor)
To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen... Elizabeth II:
In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the
USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look
up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she
does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron (well...we'll figure that one out), will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect: 1. The letter 'U' will be
reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the
letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.'Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.
(look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of
communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take
into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.' ' (I love that one too)
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows
that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or
speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you
wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will
go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British
sense of humour.
7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.)
8.You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are
properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as
beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. New Zealand beer is also acceptable, as New Zealand is pound
for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did
for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play
English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears
removed with a cheese grater. 11. You will cease playing American football. There are only two kinds of proper football; one you call soccer, and
rugby (dominated by the New Zealanders). Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American
football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of
America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let
you face the Australians (World dominators) first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due
(backdated to 1776).
15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus
strawberries (with cream) when in season. God Save the Queen!
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