June 14th is Flag Day in the USA, marking the date in 1777 when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. Some facts about the U.S. flag:
— President William Taft issued an executive order in 1912 dictating the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before then, these features were left up to the flagmaker, resulting in unusual star arrangements and odd proportions.
— Betsy Ross, often credited with sewing the nation’s first flag, apprenticed not as a seamstress but as an upholsterer, learning to make and repair curtains, bedcovers, tablecloths, rugs, umbrellas and Venetian blinds.
— Congress officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as the nation’s flag on June 14, 1777. The next day, Ross married her second husband, Joseph Ashburn. Her first husband, John Ross, had died during the Revolutionary War, as did Ashburn a few years later. Her third marriage, to John Claypoole, lasted 34 years.
— The national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is based on a 15-star, 15-stripe flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill for Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Vermont and Kentucky had recently been added to the original 13 states.
— The U.S. flag has been modified 26 times since its adoption in 1777. Today’s 50-star flag, created in 1960, has been in use the longest.
Tim Janus won the World Burping Championships in New York City setting a world record with an 18.1 second burp.
1. Creed has sold more records in the U.S. than Jimi Hendrix
2. Led Zepplin, R.E.M. and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single. Rihanna has had 10
3. Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” has sold more copies than any Beatles single ever.
4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles “Hey Jude”
5. The Black Eyed Peas “Ive got a feeling” is more popular than any Simon & Garfunkel or Elvis song.
6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record.
7. Same with Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”
8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album.
9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined.
10. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus’ album “Some Gave All…” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album.
11. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles.
12. Justin Beiber exists.