“I mean, yeah.”
Boston Corbett, when asked “like, are you crazy, or?”
So, let’s talk about history, shall we? American history, naturally, because that’s the best kind, and all you “our church was made in 1103, and our beer has been brewed for a thousand years” European ninnys can hand us the beer, sure, but otherwise shut your damn mouths. American history is great, largely because, and we can’t believe how this gets glossed over in our Social Studies books in elementary school, but it is deeply weird a lot of the time. Like, we once had a president die because he drank a bunch of milk and ate too many cherries. Died! A real honest-to-God Commander-in-Chief died doing an impression of someone who plays Pac Man but keeps wanting to be able to eat the ghosts.
So the point is, American history is awesome, and entertaining, and deeply, deeply weird, and we at America Fun Fact of the Day embrace that, because it means that every day we can come across something we didn’t know that suddenly becomes our new favorite fact.
For example, Boston Corbett, the man who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, was a self-castrated soldier driven mad by mercury poison. Let’s talk about that motherfucker, right? Okay then!
Boston Corbett: The (Insane) Killer Of John Wilkes Booth
Posted in Fighters, Lincoln
Tagged Abraham Lincoln, America, Boston, Boston Corbett, Castration, Civil War, John Wilkes Booth, Oh God We Now Have a Castration Tag On This Site, Thomas Corbett, Thomas P. Corbett
“Ha ha, guys, what are you doing? Come on, stop that.”
~American and Canadian Forces, 1866
For years, we’ve treated Canada like our polite, little brother to the North. They’re friendly, they send over some comedians we like, and excluding the time they killed the Baldwin family in the South Park movie, they’ve been an adequate ally and neighbor. We tend to forget that they’re technically still a Commonwealth of England, with the Queen on their currency and everything, but we don’t really care about that, since we’ve not really had a beef with England since they burned down our White House and we were forced to replace it with a much more kickass presidential residence.
Now, while Canada has never really done anything wrong by us, England does have its fair share of people pissed off at them. Like, say, the Irish. Oh yeah, the Irish have a very sticky history with England and, well, there’s no nuanced way to say this so we’ll just spit it out—a bunch of Irish Americans invaded Canada as a “fuck you” to England, which is just about the closest we as a nation has come to invading Canada since the early 1800s. So that’s a thing, a thing that happened, in history. Let’s talk about it.
That One Time the Fenian Brotherhood Kept Invading Canada From America
Posted in 19th Century Factoids, England, Strange America, The Rest of Them
Tagged America, Canada, Canada Invasion, Civil War, Clan na Gael, England, Fenian Brotherhood, History, Ireland, Irish Independence
“You’re doing what with my what!?”
~American Civil War Soldier
You know when you’re mowing your lawn and you stumble across something gross or unpleasant? It can be pretty shocking, right? Like, “Oh just mowing the lawn and HOLY SHIT THERE’S A DEAD BAT!” That totally happened to one of our staff members. He didn’t run it over, but he was tempted.
Anyway, no matter what you’ve ever accidentally stumbled across, be it dog shit or a DVD of Carrot Top: Rocks Las Vegas, you have nothing on a lone American farmer who discovered a severed arm after the battle of Antietam. How do we know this happened? Because unlike most sane individuals, this farmer decided to dunk the arm in brine, and it’s still around to this very day, having just been donated to a Civil War Museum.
Wait, what? Well, time for us to launch into our newest segment…
Hey America, That’s Gross. Stop It!: The Severed Civil War Arm On Display At A Museum
“Who even gives a shit about August 26th being Women’s Equality Day, huh? What kind of bullshit is that?
~National Dog Day, which occurs on August 26th
As we saw in yesterday’s Fun Fact, Holidays are pretty cool. Even the lame holidays are fine in our book, so long as we get a day off from them. However, there are many holidays in America that you can get the day off in certain parts of the country, but not everywhere else, mainly because Alabama wants to act all douchey by giving a day off for “Confederacy Day.”
Yeah, that makes sense. “Oh, we lost a war, let’s reward ourselves with a day off from school.” That’d be like England taking a day off to celebrate losing the Revolutionary War, only the Brits would at least have the good sense to call it the, “Oh Blimey, We Bollocks Up the Wanker With This One” Day or whatever the fuck because everything that British people say sounds fucking ridiculous.
“Oh I hobgobbed the wobbler in the lift with the wassbots, blah blah Fish and Chips.” We’re pretty sure she just ordered a bomb strike on Grenada with that sentence.
With that in mind, AFFotD is here to continue our discussion of American Holidays, with a look at some of the more tenuous excuses to give people a day off from school around the nation. This list, as always will be in order of least American to most American. Continue reading
Posted in America's Holidays
Tagged A Week of Holidays, Alabama, Alaska, Bourbon, Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez Day, Civil War, Confederacy day, Holiday, Holidays, Martin Luter King Jr, Memorial Day, National Hot Dog Day, Seward's Day, William H. Seward, Women's Equality Day, YMCA
“Prrrrfftt plabber prrrftt sorry my glorious mustache was in my mouth, you see.”
Every great war leaves behind a cultural legacy. The Vietnam War spurned on counter-culture and PTSD. World War II developed and hardened the so-called “Greatest Generation.” The Korean War led to M*A*S*H*. The impact of these conflicts have been scorched into our memory, making irreplaceable connections in our minds. So, while we were riffling through the Smithsonian website looking for blueprints (we heard they have the Fonzie’s jacket there, and we fucking want it) we stumbled across this little item regarding the Civil War. Because, when you think of the Civil War, clearly the one thing you associate with it is slavery glorious facial hair.
We were going to do a fun fact on the importance of office safety, ever since we had to send [REDACTED] to the hospital when he started shouting, “GONZO JOURNALISM” and licking our supply of poison arrow frogs, but really, we figure this is more important. So, let’s rate some facial hair, everyone.
Posted in America's Greatest Fun Facts, Fighters
Tagged Adelbert Ames, Alexander Shaler, Alpheus Williams, Ambrose Burnside, America, Andrew Johnson, Anton Chigurh, Cavalry, Cheers, Civil War, Cliff, Family Guy, J.E.B. Stuart, Jeff Bridges, Jim Henson, John Haskell King, John McAllister Schofield, John Worden, Koren War, M*A*S*H*, Muppet, Mustache, NASCAR, No Country for Old men, Peter Griffin, Playmobile, Potato Chips, PTSD, Rear Admiral, Redacted, Ridiculous Mustaches, Ringo, Samuel Carroll, Sideburns, Smithsonian, The Fonz, The Village People, Tom Selleck, Vietnam War, Wikipedia, World War II
America has always had a fascination with escapes. We make movies about escaping POW camps, our favorite game during Recess was Jail Break, and there was that one show on Fox that we only really watched for the first season, but apparently lasted for more seasons than Arrested Development. There’s something American about sticking it to some sort of foreign land or domestic legal system(though we tend to have an easier time rooting for it when there’s a “Innocent person in jail” angle, but whatever).
Remember this? No? Nothing?
It is with the intrepid “this bird cannot be caged” American mindset, then, that we present you with…
AFFotD’s History of the Best American Prison Escapes
…Though Prison isn’t ALL bad…
Posted in AFFotD Special Features
Tagged Academy Awards, AFFotD's Greatest American Prison Breaks, AFFotD’s History of the Best American Prison Escapes, America, Arrested Development, Boy School, Cellblock Tango, Civil War, Colonel Thomas E. Rose, Jail Breaks, John Dillinger, Johnny Depp, Libby Prison, Oscars, POW Camps, Prison, Prison Break, Rat Hell, Ricky Bobby, Shawshank Redemption, Steve McQueen, Texas 7, The Great Escape, The Libby Prison Escape
“What’s that? 100th day of the year? Sure you can use that as a reason to drink today. You know what else you can use as a reason? THIS IS AMERICA DAMMIT!”
~Johnny Roosevelt, Editor-in-Chief of AFFotD
Today is April 10th, which sources tell us, is the 100th day of the year. So, if your 2011 has been great, or terrible, either way that’s a cause to drink. And as as result, we’re going to do something very special at the America Fun Fact of the Day offices here today. We are going to let a separate AFFotD staffer inform you of what happened on previous April 10ths in America. Except most of them will be in various states of drunk. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know who you’re hearing from, and how much they’ve had to drink, and hopefully they’ll have done their research well enough that they’re not just drunkenly pulling shit out of their asses.
But then again, we can’t make any promises.
So, without further ado, here is…
The American History of April 10th in America (As Remembered By Drunk Americans)
Posted in Today in American History
Tagged 80's Music, Absinthe, AFFotD, Alcohol, America, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Cheetos, Chicago Blackhawks, Civil War, Don't Stop Believing, Drunk, Drunk Staff, Dueling, Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death, Four Loko, Great Gatsby, Johnny Roosevelt, Journey, Mount Tambora, Patent System, Pittsburgh, Robert E. Lee, Stanley Cup, Super Volcano, The Wire, The Year Without a Summer, Titanic, Today in American History, Trumpet Flame Thrower
“I’m so drunk right now, I have no idea what’s going on. Where are my pants?”
~President Ulysses S. Grant, Battle of Gettysburg
As a general rule, we here at America Fun Fact of the Day like our Civil War generals, and our nation’s leaders, like we like our coffee. Just filled to the brim with booze. And while many famous U.S. Presidents dabbled in their own well known vices (JFK’s foot fetish, FDR’s presidential throne made out of people, Bill Clinton’s ecstasy raves) few were able to employ their debauchery to so effectively serve the nation as Ulysses S. Grant.
Pictured: Proof that no man can ever again be this manly.
Not pictured: Pants
Also Pictured: Cow lick