10 Things You Didn't Know About the History of the U.S.

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    Abraham Lincoln was in the Wrestling Hall of Fame because he could "outrun, outlift, outwrestle and throw down any man in Sangamon County, IL."

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    There is a desk that is full of candy on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This tradition started when California Sen. George Murphy put candy in his desk drawers because of the no-eating rule on the floor and continues to this day.

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    When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, it wasn’t her first interaction with that bus driver, who had 12 years prior forced her to board at the back of the bus rather than the front.

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    Thomas Edison cannot technically claim to have invented the light bulb. While he was working on the technology as well, its authorship is listed under a man named Joseph Swan.

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    Uncle Sam was actually a real person by the name of Samuel Wilson. Wilson was a famous meatpacker and war veteran. When Wilson gave meat to the troops during the war, people would joke that the U.S. label on the barrels actually stood for Uncle Sam.

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    The Korean War never actually ended. On July 27, 1953, the U.S. and North Korea agreed to a cease-fire until they could reach a peaceful settlement. This never happened, though, and an actual peace treaty was never signed.

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    VanGogh did not really cut off his ear for a former lover. He had a fight with a friend and gave the ear to a prostitute in a brothel. Regardless, though, this guy had problems.

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    The Mall of America, located in Minnesota, is actually owned by Canadians.

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    The U.S. Flag was designed by a 17 year old for a class project, on which he got a B-. His teacher must have been embarrassed when the design was accepted by Congress.

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    John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, liked to skinny dip in the Potomac River in the early mornings while he was in office.

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