Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for April 22

The 1964 World's Fair Opens

The 1964 New York World’s Fair opened its gates for the first time on this day. The fair featured over 140 pavilions and 110 restaurants. A total of 80 nations were represented and hosted by 37, 24 of the United States were featured along with over 45 corporations all spread out on 646 acres. The fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding," was dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe” and was symbolized by a 12-story-high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere. It was built on the foundation of the Perisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair. Disney fans know that some of Disneyland’s earliest attractions had their start here including It’s a Small World (which was a salute to UNICEF and was featured in the Pepsi pavilion), The Carousel of Progress (then known as Progressland and sponsored by General Electric), Ford’s Magic Skyway (used as a prototype for the PeopleMover ride system and the large dinosaurs featured on the attraction are now part of the Primeval World diorama seen when riding the Disneyland Railroad) and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln which appeared in the Illinois pavilion. It is said that the fair also provided many guests with their first interactions with computer equipment.

The the Coinage Act was created on April 22, 1864.

The Coinage Act is Passed with a Two-Cent Coin

On this day in 1864, US federal law changed the design of the penny coin actually authorizing the minting of a two-cent coin with the Coinage Act. As a result of the law, the phrase, “In God We Trust” was first minted on the two-cent coin. Later the next year on March 3rd, Congress allowed the Mint Director to place the phrase on all gold and silver coins. In 1956, “In God we Trust” replaced “E Pluribus Unum” as the nation’s motto.


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