5 Things You Wouldn’t Expect About American Culture

5.) The “Seventh-Inning Stretch” might have accidentally been created by Howard Taft.

Even though this may just be a myth, the legend goes that President Taft was attending a baseball game and while the game went on, he became gradually more and more uncomfortable in his tiny wooden chair. Taft was a very big man and soon enough couldn’t stand being stuck on the small chair anymore, so during the seventh inning he stood right up to stretch his legs out. Under the assumption that the president was about to exit the building, the rest of the crowd also rose just to show respect. Taft eventually sat back down and the audience joined him as well, and that right there created the “Seventh Inning Stretch.” At least according to rumor. During that game, Taft also became the first President to throw the traditional “first pitch.” Last year, the Washington Nationals made a space for Taft in its roster of racing presidents.

4.) The first-borns of the Budweiser family were made to taste the beer before their mother’s milk.

The Anheuser-Busch company was passed down from father to son throughout five generations. It was so much of a family business that each first-born son was required by family law to taste Budweiser beer before anything else, which include the milk of their own mother. In more current times, Budweiser, or really the Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., was bought out by Belgium-based InBev. Nobody has called up to see if the InBev children will be expected to partake in this long-lived tradition.

3.) Uncle Sam was a real person named Samuel Wilson.

Samuel Wilson was a meatpacker in Troy, N.Y. and he fought in the American Revolution and would eventually become known as the official meat inspector for the northern army during the War of 1812. Wilson was very popular in Troy for his meat business and for his kind hospitality and over time was given the nickname, “Uncle Sam.” When Wilson began distributing and inspecting meat for all the troops in the War of 1812, all the troops from Troy would make up jokes that the “U.S.” label on the meat barrels actually meant to stand for Uncle Sam. That idea was eventually spread out to all United States military products with “U.S.” written on them and thus Uncle Sam became the figurehead of American glory.

2.) Abraham Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

As a 22-year-old young man, Lincoln was always explained as be able to “outrun, out lift, outwrestle and throw down any man in Sangamon County,” Illinois. During one particular match, the man who would be the future president supposedly became quite frustrated by his opponent’s trying to cheat, so he used his extra-long arms to pick his opponent up by the throat and shook him around. The Wrestling Hall of Fame has only been able to find one noted wrestling defeat in Honest Abe’s 300 fights.

1.) The classic “Bald Eagle screech” is actually a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagle screeches are kind of weak.

Despite what “The Colbert Report” and countless other people want you to believe, the patriotic “bald eagle screech” is actually a false element in U.S. history. In real life bald eagles have a much less intense of a screech and that “piercing, loud cry” is as a matter of fact a completely different bird.