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

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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 July 23

The Ford Motor Company sold it's first car, the Model A, on July 23, 1903.

The Ford Motor Company Sells its First Car

Henry Ford was 39 years old when the Ford Motor Company was launched in a converted factory in Detroit, Michigan in 1903. The Model A was the first car produced using pairs or trios of men working on each car. The very first car was sold on this day in 1903. Between 1903 and 1904, 1,750 cars were made. The two-seater weighed 1,240 lbs. and could reach a top speed of 28 mph. Though Ford was and is known as the "most reliable machine in the world” the Model A had plenty of performance problems. Initially it was only sold in the color red.


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