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.
is an American science fiction entertainment franchise
created by Gene Roddenberry
and under the ownership of CBS
. Star Trek: The Original Series
and its live action TV spin-off shows, Star Trek: The Next Generation
, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Star Trek: Voyager
, and Star Trek: Enterprise
as well as the Star Trek film series
make up the main canon, while the canonicity of Star Trek: The Animated Series
is debated and the expansive library of Star Trek novels
whilst still part of the franchise, are generally considered non-canon. The first series, now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC
. It followed the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk
and the crew of the starship Enterprise
, an exploration vessel of a 23rd-century interstellar "United Federation of Planets
". In creating the first "Star Trek", Roddenberry was inspired by Westerns
such as Wagon Train
, along with the Horatio Hornblower
novels and Gulliver's Travels
. Star Trek
has been a cult phenomenon
for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies
or Trekkers. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series has its own full-fledged constructed language
. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek
. Its fans, despite the end of Star Trek
episodes on TV, have produced several fan productions
to fill that void. Star Trek
is noted for its influence
on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions such as the cell phone. Moreover, the show is noted for its progressive civil rights stances.
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William Jefferson Clinton
(né Blythe III
; born August 19, 1946) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States
from 1993 to 2001. Prior to his presidency, he served as governor of Arkansas
(1979–1981 and 1983–1992) and as attorney general of Arkansas
(1977–1979). A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was known as a New Democrat
, and many of his policies reflected a centrist
" political philosophy. He is the husband of former secretary of state, former U.S. senator, and two-time candidate
for president Hillary Clinton
Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and attended Georgetown University, University College, Oxford, and Yale Law School. He met Hillary Rodham at Yale and they were married in 1975. After graduating from law school, Clinton returned to Arkansas and won election as state attorney general, followed by two non-consecutive terms as Arkansas governor. As governor, he overhauled the state's education system and served as chairman of the National Governors Association. Clinton was elected president in 1992, defeating incumbent Republican opponent George H. W. Bush. At age 46, he became the third-youngest president in history.
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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...
A surfer performing a gash, or very sharp turn, off the Santa Cruz, California coastline. Northern California is a popular surfing destination; however, the year-round low temperature of the ocean in that region (averaging 57ºF/14ºC) necessitates the use of wetsuits.
is a coastal port city and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest
region of the United States
. It is located in the state of Washington
between an arm of the Pacific Ocean
called Puget Sound
and Lake Washington
, about 96 miles (154 km) south of the Canadian border
. In 2006, the city had an estimated population of 582,174 and an estimated metropolitan area population
of approximately 3.2 million.
The first permanent white settlers—Arthur A. Denny and those subsequently known as the Denny party—arrived November 13, 1851. Early settlements in the area were called "New York-Alki" ("Alki" meaning "bye and bye" in the local Chinook Jargon) and "Duwamps". In 1853, Doc Maynard suggested that the main settlement be renamed "Seattle", an anglicized rendition of the name of Sealth, the chief of the two local tribes.
Seattle is often regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks and Tully's. Analysis conducted in 2004 by the United States Census Bureau indicated that Seattle was the most educated large city in the U.S. with 48.8 percent of residents 25 and older having at least bachelor degrees.
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Edgar Allan Poe
(January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet
, short-story writer
and literary critic
, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement
. Best known for his tales of mystery
and the macabre
, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction
genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction
. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.
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