Five Random Facts for Thursday

Here are some random facts for you.


1.  The North Pole shifts about 34 miles a year.


2.  There have been three U.S. presidential elections where one candidate ran unopposed:  The two times George Washington ran in 1788 and 1792, and when James Monroe ran for re-election in 1820.


3.  Even though Betamax was a flop, Sony kept on manufacturing blank tapes for the machines, and only stopped in 2016.


4.  The first commercial train in America was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1827, which you might know as B&O Railroad on the Monopoly board.


5.  The melody for the “Star-Spangled Banner” was, um “borrowed” from a British drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven”.


( / Wikipedia / The Verge / America’s Library / Los Angeles Times)