The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 states
, a capital district
, and a number of other territories. It is located mostly in central North America
. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 states, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The U.S. traces its national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
) is the United States government
agency that is responsible for the civilian space program
as well as for aeronautics
research. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act
was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
(NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958. Since that time, most U.S. space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing
missions, the Skylab
space station, and later the Space Shuttle
. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station
and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
, the Space Launch System
and Commercial Crew
vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program
(LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.
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Selected society biography
Frederick Russell Burnham
(May 11, 1861 – September 1, 1947) was an American scout
and world traveling adventurer known for his service to the British Army
in colonial Africa
and for teaching woodcraft
to Robert Baden-Powell
, thus becoming one of the inspirations for the founding of the international Scouting Movement
Burnham had little formal education, attending high school but never graduating. He began his career at 14 in the American Southwest as a scout and tracker for the U.S. Army in the Apache Wars and Cheyenne Wars. Sensing the Old West was getting too tame, as an adult Burnham went to Africa where this background proved useful. He soon became an officer in the British Army, serving in several battles there. During this time, Burnham became friends with Baden-Powell, and passed on to him both his outdoor skills and his spirit for what would later become known as Scouting.
Burnham eventually moved on to become involved in espionage, oil, conservation, writing and business. His descendants are still active in Scouting.
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The cuisine of Kentucky
mostly resembles that of traditional Southern cuisine
. Some common dinner dishes are fried catfish and hushpuppies, fried chicken and country fried steak. These are usually served with vegetables such as green beans, greens, pinto beans (or "soup beans") slow-cooked with pork as seasoning and served with cornbread. Other popular items include fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, corn pudding, fried okra, and chicken and dumplings
, which can be found across the commonwealth. In addition to this, Kentucky is known for its own regional style of barbecue
. This style of barbecue is unique in itself given that it uses mutton
, and is a style of Southern barbecue unique to Kentucky. Although Kentucky's cuisine is generally very similar to that of traditional Southern cuisine, it does differ with some unique dishes, especially in Louisville where the Hot Brown
and Derby pie
(a variation of pecan pie
, common throughout the American South), originated. Read more...
New York State Route 22
(NY 22) is a north–south state highway
in eastern New York
in the United States
. It runs parallel to the state's eastern edge from the outskirts of New York City
to a short distance south of the Canada–US border
. At 341 miles (549 km), it is the state's longest north–south route and the third longest overall, after NY 5
and NY 17
Many of the state's major east–west roads intersect with Route 22 just before crossing the state line into the neighboring New England
The southernmost section of the road was known as the White Plains Post Road in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a major highway connecting New York City to White Plains, the Westchester county seat. Route 22 in its modern form was established in 1930 as one of the principal routes from New York City to Canada.
Selected culture biography
William Bradley "Brad" Pitt
(born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer
. Pitt has received two Academy Award
nominations and four Golden Globe Award
nominations, winning one. He has been described as one of the world's most attractive men, a label for which he has received substantial media attention.
Following a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston for five years. Pitt currently lives with actress Angelina Jolie in a relationship that has generated wide publicity. He and Jolie have six children—Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Since beginning his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues both in the United States and internationally. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B Entertainment, whose productions include the 2007 Academy Award winning Best Picture, The Departed.
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