1. Most Americans aren't aware of blackcurrant flavor (one of the most popular soft drink and confection flavors in the world) due to a ban on the plant in the 1900s because of its role in spreading disease among white pines, a principle industry of the growing American republic. 2. The 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge has a program that sends a crew member to drive people across if they're too afraid to drive themselves. It gets between 1,200 to 1,400 calls every year.