25 Unbelievable US Congress Facts You Might Not Know

Congress is somewhat mysterious to the average American. To most people it is just some place that politicians meet and discuss things. They probably make some rules, change some rules, get rid of other rules. It doesn’t seem like a very fun place to be, or a place that would be filled with very likable people. Something like Wall Street except with politics and laws. But is that all that their is to this critical institution? It has been around since the birth of the United States. And legislative bodies made up of representatives from the population are an important aspect of democracies around the globe. Therefore, it is important for us to understand the history and purpose of such institutions. In the span of only a couple hundred years Congress has had its share of eventfulness. Today we are going to go over some of the crazier things that have happened in its short past. We are also going to learn about some of the more unique aspects of what Congress does and the laws that it passes. Some are controversial, some are useful, and obviously some are just incomprehensible. These are 25 unbelievable US congress facts you might not know!

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In 1814, when the British invaded Washington they held a mock Congress where they voted on whether to burn Washington to the ground. The decision was a unanimous yes.

In 1814, when the British invaded Washington they held a mock Congress where they voted on whether to burn Washington to the ground. The decision was a unanimous yes.Source: plymrock.org, Image: wikipedia
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In 1985, when Frank Zappa testified before Congress to protest the censorship of rock lyrics, he famously told Congress "they were treating dandruff by decapitation"

In 1985, when Frank Zappa testified before Congress to protest the censorship of rock lyrics, he famously told Congress "they were treating dandruff by decapitation"Source: downlode.org, Image: wikipedia

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When Walter Washington became the first Mayor of Washington DC, he also became the first African American mayor of any major city in the US.

When Walter Washington became the first Mayor of Washington DC, he also became the first African American mayor of any major city in the US.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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After Walter sent a proposed budget to Congress, Democrat John L. McMillan sent a bunch of watermelons to Walter's office

After Walter sent a proposed budget to Congress, Democrat John L. McMillan sent a bunch of watermelons to Walter's officeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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Disney managed to lobby Congress to have Mickey Mouse's copyright extended. This new law is known as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act

Disney managed to lobby Congress to have Mickey Mouse's copyright extended. This new law is known as the Mickey Mouse Protection ActSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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