The Boeing 737 is the best selling and most widely used jetliner in the world; it has been in service since 1968.
Thanks to metal shortages during World War II, there was a three year span of time where Oscar recipients received a plaster statue painted gold; after the war the Academy replaced the plaster statues with the traditional gold-plated metal ones.
Thanks to the relatively short lifespan of paper-based currency, the U.S. Treasury Department keeps busy disposing of old damaged currency and printing new stock; every single day the Treasury Department presses crank out 38 million U.S. currency notes worth approximately $750 million.
The euphemism for death “kicked the bucket” entered into the English language via the mistranslation of the French phrase “kicked the beam” (which referred to the supporting beam that a pig was hung from in a slaughterhouse).
Three prominent U.S. Founding Fathers and Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the U.S. Independence Day, the 4th of July, (in 1826, 1826, and 1831, respectively).
If a super-skilled and risk-loving contestant were to play Jeopardy as aggressively as possible while getting every question right and nailing every opportunity for a Daily Double, the total amount of money they could win in a single game would max out at $566,400; the most any contestant has won in a single game to-date, however, is a still-impressive $77,000.
Maine is the only U.S. state with a single-syllable name.