7 Fun "Facts" About The USA That We Really Hope Are True
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Jenny: Pierry Duvan Ramirez
Paralyzed marathoner from Bogota
Injured by a bomb when in the military in Columbia
Works with Achilles International to help differently-abled athletes
Has a goal of completing all 6 World Major Marathons, including this year’s New York Marathon, which just happened on Sunday! We can't wait to hear how it went!
Caitlin: The Drama of the Brooklyn Nets
Coach Steve Nash is now former coach Steve Nash
Kevin Durant, one of the team’s stars, gave the team the ultimatum to fire Nash or trade him, so I guess he got his wish!
Nash’s replacement? The Nets are expected to hire former Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, who was suspended from the Celtics before the season started for “crude language” and having an inappropriate relationship (read: an affair with) a staffer (rumored to be a minority owner’s wife!)
Yes, the same Kyrie Irving who refused to get a COVID vaccine last year and ended up having to sit out during all of his team’s home games due to their COVID policy…
He tweeted a link to a “documentary” based on a book criticized for being antisemitic by numerous civil rights groups and then defended that tweet.
He refused to say that he has no antisemitic beliefs and refused to acknowledge that the content of the film and book is hateful
On November 3, the Nets suspended Kyrie Irving for “at least five games“ without pay, because he refused to condemn antisemitism and denounce the film's content.
He did say, “I can’t be antisemitic if I know where I come from,” and “I respect all walks of life. I embrace all walks of life.”
The Nets and Irving both committed to a $500K donation to the Anti-Defamation League, but the ADL rejected Irving’s donation
CK’s hot take: once he refused to denounce the content of the film and book, immediate action should have been taken against him by the NBA. Charles Barkley agrees with me!
🥇 Current Obsessions
Jenny: Billy Strings Jam-Grass band and Lord of the Rings-themed shows for Halloween weekend.
Caitlin: @chasitymitchell19 on TikTok (dancing and acting out nostalgic songs in her bathroom) — she got me on a Nelly kick and now “Shake Ya Tailfeather” is in my head (specifically the FSU War Chant). And yes, I know that song is on Murphy Lee’s album and it features P. Diddy.
💎 Gem Of The Week
Jenny: The world needs a new dating app - 'Escrow Beau' - for your home-purchasing partnership. Learn about a potential purchasing partner's must-haves and style before you commit! 🤣
Caitlin: Sam drew my butt in the shower and it looked like a Shel Silverstein picture. I told him it looked like HIS butt and he told me his crack "wasn’t that big" so it had to be mine. Kids, amirite?
Real Talk: Fun "Facts" About The USA
Jenny: GPS is maintained by The Space Force (USSF), a branch of the U.S. Air Force. Who knew?
Caitlin: Many people assume Jamestown, Virginia is the oldest city in the United States, but it isn’t! Jamestown is the oldest English settlement in the U.S. The oldest city in the United States is actually St. Augustine, Florida. The area was originally claimed for Spain by the famous explorer Ponce De Leon in 1513; the United States took control in 1821 of Florida in a land trade with Spain.
While we’re at it, Christopher Columbus never stepped on the continent of North America. He did his damage in the Caribbean Islands and parts of Central and South America.
Jenny: A 17-year-old designed our current flag as a school project. In 1958, Robert Heff made his design for a class. He guessed that Alaska and Hawaii would soon be granted statehood, and was right! For his efforts, his teacher gave him a B-. He submitted it to the White House and got a call from President Eisenhower.
Of course, his teacher raised his grade to raised to an A after it was named the official U.S. flag.
Caitlin: Congress officially declared its independence from England on July 2, 1776. We celebrate the holiday on July 4 because this is the day that John Hancock became the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Jenny: The election of 1800 tied in the Electoral College. So, the election was left to the House of Representatives to determine the winner.
The House tied 35 times. THIRTY. FIVE. TIMES.
After the 35th tie vote, Alexander Hamilton famously said something along the lines of "It’s up to the delegates, Jefferson or Burr… if you had to choose, choose the devil you know." (You know, just like that.) And all of this sets up the famous duel that we know from Hamilton!
Also, the Bradenton Beach Mayoral Election of 2015 was decided after the candidates drew cards!
Caitlin: Three U.S. presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826, and John Monroe on July 4, 1831. Weird!
Bonus Caitlin! The widest state from east to west is Hawaii! Alaska, the largest state in land area, is more than twice the size of Texas. The geographic center of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, is in South Dakota.
Thanks so much for listening to us!
Caitlin & Jenny
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