Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cool and funny facts about America part 5

// The 1962 escape from Alcatraz, the only successful one, is still under investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.

// More than 90% of all jury trials in the world occur in the United States.

// In 2014, individual Americans gave US$258 billion to charity —more than twice the amount given by corporations and foundations combined.

// As of 2017, every American would have to contribute US$43,503 to pay off the U.S. national debt.

//  Women news anchors are 20 years younger than male news anchors and get paid 23 percent less.

// The average salary of an African-American female college graduate in a full-time position is less than that of a white male high-school drop-out.

// 38% of American children under the age 12 who died in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.

// In 1835, an unemployed house painter tried to kill the US president Andrew Jackson. Both killer's pistols failed, and Jackson beat his attacker several times with a walking cane.

// 60% of Americans order food for takeout or delivery at least once a week.

// There are only 3 countries in the world that don't offer paid maternity leave: Suriname, Papua New Guinea and the United States.

//  Salvador Dalí made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island (NY), which hung in the prison dining room for 15 years. In 2003, the painting was stolen by 4 guards.

// Richard Milhous Nixon (who resigned when facing impeachment) and William Jefferson Clinton (who faced an impeachment trial in 1998) are the only US Presidents whose full names contain all the letters to spell the word ‘criminal'

//  It is legal in 43 U.S. states to sue former inmates for the cost of their incarceration.

// In 2015, life expectancy in the U.S. decreased for the first time since 1993.

// If the U.S. freed all its prisoners except murderers and rapists, it would still have more people in prison per head than Germany.

// The greenest, safest and most productive buildings in the U.S. are airports, followed by government offices and hospitals.

// The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe during filming of The Misfits sold for US$66,000.

//under the original terms of the U.S. Constitution, the President could not choose his vice president, instead it was the canditate with the second most votes

//69% of Americans have less than US$1,000 in savings.

//If you have US$10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

//The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.

// In the 1960s, most Americans didn't support the idea of a moon landing and thought the government was spending too much money on space.

//The poorest place in the U.S. is Allen, South Dakota, where 96% are Native American

//1 in 25 U.S. teenagers has attempted suicide

//There are still cases of bubonic plague reported in the U.S. every year.

// U.S. presidents earn less salary now than any time in American history, at just US$400k per year.

//In 2013, there were 8 deaths and an estimated 11,400 U.S. consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks

//There are more TVs in the U.S. than people in the U.K.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cool and funny facts about America part 4

// In the 1980s, the financial sector claimed just 10% of U.S. corporate profits. By the 2010s, it's almost 30%, supplanting manufacturing as the biggest profit center in the economy.
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// The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of sperm.

//  The first female governor of a U.S. state was elected in 1924.

// Prison terms for killing  husbands are twice as long as those for killing wives.

// There is a city in the United States called George, Washington.

// In 2015, the marijuana market in the U.S. was 
bigger than craft beer, wine and organic food.

// A small town in Minnesota decided to secede from the U.S. in the 70s and declared war because "it is much easier to get assistance as a foreign country, which we need badly."

// One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 U.S. Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the U.S., it will automatically be accepted.

// There are 189 things named after George Washington: 1 state, 7 mountains, 8 streams, 10 lakes, 33 counties, 9 colleges, and 121 towns and villages.

// When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word "sacred" be replaced with "self-evident" because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.

//   5,840 people in the United States have a last name that ends with their first name, with Donald MacDonald being the most common.

// The longest prison sentence served in the U.S. was over 68 years long.

// It's estimated that 93,000 Canadians live in the U.S. with expired visas, more than any other group of immigrant.

// Only about a third of Americans consider themselves "very happy."

// New York nightlife is a US$10 billion per year industry.// In 2012, about 42 million Americans had never been married, twice as many as in 1960

// At the beginning of WW2, the U.S. army was smaller than the army of Portugal.

// One of the most expensive wigs ever auctioned off was one that belonged to Andy Warhol, which sold at $10,800.

// In 1912, as a young man, former president of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh worked as the cook's helper on a ship bound for the U.S.

//If you have US$10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

// To enlist in the U.S. army, you have to have all ten of your toes intact.

// Favorable views of the U.S. around the world rose from a median of 51% in George W. Bush's final year in office to 66% during Obama's final 2 years

// More people die in car crashes each year in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.

//   Ernest Hemingway's son, Gregory, was transsexual and died in the women's section of the Miami-Dade county jail.

// 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year.

// When electricity was installed in the White House, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline, were scared to use the light switches for fear of getting shocked.

// Canada's immigration website crashed on U.S. election night of 2016

// 2-1-1 is a U.S. 24/7 hotline run by the United Way that assists people in need by connecting them with assistance programs that may help them.

//Houdini drew on his arsenal of magician's tricks to provide special instructions to American troops during WWI.

//  37% of all American women will have a hysterectomy by the time they are 60 years old.

// 95% of enrollees in weight-loss programs are women, although the sexes are overweight in equal proportions.

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