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According to a widely accepted story, in 1813, there was a man from Troy, New York, whose name was Samuel Wilson. During the War of 1812, he worked as a meatpacker, distributing beef to the U.S. Army. When the meat was packaged, Wilson would stamp the barrels with “U.S.” for United States. However, soldiers soon started referring to the beef as “Uncle Sam’s.”
The designation stuck, and “Uncle Sam” was born as a nickname for the federal government.
Around the Civil War, popular political cartoonist Thomas Nast began developing a personification of Uncle Sam. He has also been credited with the creation of Santa Claus, the Democrats’ donkey, and the Republicans’ elephant.
Though Nast went through several iterations with Uncle Sam, he finally settled on dressing a comically lanky man in red and white striped pants, a blue coat, and a top hat.
However, the version of Uncle Sam that we know today was drawn by a man named James Montgomery Flagg.
Flagg’s version features a darker Uncle Sam, pointing at the viewer, staring into their eyes. He wears a top hat adorned with stars, a red tie, and a blue coat. It was originally published on the cover of “Leslie’s Weekly” on July 16, 1916, with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?”
The “I Want You For U.S. Army” poster was designed in response to the military’s need to recruit soldiers to go to battle during World War I in 1917.
More than four million copies were printed over the course of the war.
Because of its popularity, it was then recycled during World War II again for recruiting purposes, and it has since been solidified as one of the most recognizable icons in American history.
Watch how the United States was nicknamed Uncle Sam.
University of Phoenix to pay $191 million for lying to troops about its close ties with major companies
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The University of Phoenix, which is owned by Apollo Education Group, has agreed to pay $191 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised close ties with major U.S. companies that could lead to jobs for students, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.
The University of Phoenix will pay $50 million to the FTC to return to consumers and cancel $141 million in student debt.
Some of the advertisements targeted military and Hispanic students, the FTC said.
As UCF research associate Shane Reynolds guides his avatar over a virtual minefield using his iPad, small beeps and whistles reveal the location of the scourge of the modern war zone: Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. He must take his time to sweep every last inch of the playing field to make sure his character doesn't miss any of the often-deadly bombs.
Despite his slow pace, Reynolds makes a small misstep and with a kaboom! a bomb blows up his player, graphically scattering body parts.
The Navy has posthumously awarded aviator and aircrewman wings to three sailors killed in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
"The selfless acts of heroism displayed by these young Sailors the morning of Dec. 6 are nothing short of incredible," Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.
Clint Eastwood still loves his role as Gunny Highway in ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ — ‘I’m proud I got to play a Marine’
Ah, Heartbreak Ridge, the creme de la' creme of moto-movies that gave us such gems as: "Recon platoon kicks butt!" and the tried-and-tested method of firing a bunch of AK rounds at your Marines and calling it a teachable moment.