Ten Random Facts
The flag of the U.K. is properly known as the Union Flag. It is only called the Union Jack when it is flown from the jack mast of a ship
Codfish were depicted on many of the first coins of the infant United States from 1776 to 1778.
The Nike "swoosh" logo was designed by University of Oregon student Carolyn Davidson in 1964 — four years after business undergrad Phil Knight and track coach Bill Bowerman founded the company they originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Ms. Davidson was paid $35 dollars for her design.
In 1947, 40-year-old British actor Laurence Olivier was knighted, becoming the youngest actor to be so honored.
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley's (1860-1926) first name was actually Phoebe. Anne was her middle name.
Miami Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Palm Beach, Pacific Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach — there are scores of U.S. coastal cities and towns with "beach" in their names. Surprisingly, there's only one city in the United States named merely "Beach." It is found in North Dakota, which is a land-locked state.
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